There is complete cloud cover and it has been raining off and on since yesterday. I awoke in the night to the sound of rain and slipped further under the covers so I could keep the window open to listen. Bird song kept me from closing the window in the morning. Birds seem to have rain preferences; lots of robins were out but fewer meadowlarks. I can be sure the ranchers are crowing too, unless they have cut hay getting wet. It is all such a gamble, what you need and what the weather provides you. The rain has prevented me from drawing, so I’ve watched everything that goes on outside from window squares. Cloistered in the kitchen with a small heater to stay warm, it’s been a day for observation and separateness.