We finally got rain this week! When it started to come down I swear I heard an audible sigh of relief from the earth. It wasn't a downpour - which is good, the ground is so dry I don't think it could stand it - but it was a nice, steady rain. I opened the back door and watched for a good 10 minutes. A few days later our lawn still looks like straw, but there are now some little green sprouts poking through. The 10-day forecast doesn't show much hope for more precipitation, but I'll keep my fingers crossed.