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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mary Poppins wind

We're having Remember Who's In Charge weather here in Baumholder.

A couple of days ago I remarked to myself that it was beginning to feel as though there was a hint of spring in the air. Which of course, I knew, meant snow would be coming soon. The past three years, just when you thought you were getting clear of winter, a snow storm dropped several inches on your head.

Of course, it's only Februrary, so we're not nearly out of the woods yet, but sure enough, two days ago it began snowing. Yesterday it snowed a little in the morning but was mostly dry the rest of the day. When I went to take Chokydar out last night, however, the ground was no longer visible. There must have been at least 3 inches covering everything and I was surprised at how quickly it must have come down that evening.

This morning it's all gone! It's raining pretty steadily and there's some serious wind. Chokydar always gets really excited by crazy weather. With the wind and rain coming down sideways I had to change pants once I got back inside from the sweats I had worn as pajamas to---well, more sweats. No judging please.

When I was a child I used to love windy days, especially on the walk home from the bus stop after school. The walk was maybe two blocks; from our house it was down to the corner of the cul-de-sac and then 90 degrees to the right and just down to the next corner. It seemed a lot longer as child, and I would day dream and sing outloud and pick flowers as I walked/skipped/ran home. I was totally oblivious to the fact that anyone might be observing me through a window...I imagine some of the neighbors got a good laugh now and then as I practiced what I thought must be a really good dance move or leap. Windy days were the best, though, because it felt as if I might get swept up and could fly away. I'd spread my arms out wide and jump sometimes, and if I were really lucky, I had an umbrella that day and I got to fully induldge my imagination, doing a full out Mary Poppins.

Watching Chokydar race around with the excitement born in the raw energy of the weather makes me so happy. I think we'll enjoy some hot chocolate today, watch some fantastic B-grade science fiction, play on the floor and crochet. Life is good.


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