Sometimes things are not as they seem. Often they are more; lots of times they return way less. This was a scary sky that drifted overhead Monday afternoon. It looked dreadful and ominous, but it was just a little ol' pussycat. Nothing became of this scary look above. Problems in other areas nearby however. Now, yesterday around here it was another matter. All morning and most of the afternoon, it was sticky, humid with a perfectly blue sky. While finishing up some painting, I heard distant rumblings of thunder for two hours or so. Later, some gray clouds covered the sky and it got dark, but nothing like pictured here from the day before. All of a sudden there was a clap of thunder that sounded more like a huge stick of dynamite. The sound lasted about 5 seconds or so. No rumble. It sounded like an explosion. Had never heard something like this storm-related, ever. The skies unloaded. Torrential rain that looked like fog. It was so heavy. Then came the dime-sized hail. They sort of resembled little sticks in a way. Pretty much covered the driveway. It was a rat-ta-tat-tat on the bulkhead, leading to the cellar, for about 15 minutes or so. We had two waves of heavy rain and hail covering about two hours. Then it was over. One day sinister heavens. Nothing. Another, innocent milky gray. Kaboom! Weather's a funny thing.