I feel like I've been focusing on a lot of negative things lately, so here's something positive. The fireflies are out. I saw them last night. Since I grew up in an area without them, they always require a double-take, a "Did I just really see a flashing light in the bushes?" stare. They also make me feel happy, almost giddy with the memory of catching them and feeding them to my frog and watching him flash all evening as he digested them. Yes, I'm weird, but fireflies make me happy. Other recent happy nature occurrences include the wonderful sound of frogs after the massive rain. I enjoy listening to them rather than just the regular creaking crickets.
Happy warm fuzzies to you all today!