Rain and cicadas were the backdrop of this week. We are experiencing both in earnest. For those who do not know about the cicadas, here’s a quick study from The Washington Post from May 29th: “The ground temperature officially reached 64 degrees last week and Brood II of the 17-year periodical cicadas have emerged in large pockets from Virginia to New York. The cicadas will have four-to-six weeks to mate and lay eggs before they die. For the next several weeks, their mating calls will be quite loud. In July, however, it gets quite bleak for the bugs. They all die.” Well, right now there is a whole lot of mating going on in our neighborhood. On Sunday morning, I found my husband on the patio reading with noise-cancelling headphones on to drown out the drone of the sounds of nature. We joke that sex literally is in the air all around us! And while we have had a lot of rain, it has not drowned out these little buggers.