I woke up this morning to Mom saying, "Get up, don't think just because it's dark and raining outside you can sleep in!" And I think I actually bounced out of bed to see for myself. Rain, it really was raining!! This winter had been too cold for much rain, but now it was back! Think child-like glee.
I finished most of my school work by lunchtime (bizarre miracle, usually being away for four days means I have more school to do, not less) and made a beeline for the door, yanking on my coat and grabbing my hat. "If I'm not back in twenty minutes, uh, call or, yah, be worried," I told the sibs before I stepped outside for my walk in the rain.
It was amazing. The sky was seriously a purply gray, and the rain was the perfect drizzle. And there were no worms! It was cold, though, so I only made it the length of my street and back (it was very Robert Frost, "I have walked out in rain - and back in rain."), but it was so tremendously prosaic, my spirits were lifted higher than I thought it was possible for them to go!
And, jeans damp and feet cold, I got back to work. No sooner had I sat down at the computer to do some speechifying, did I look out the window and see, yep, snow. First it was flurrying, but then it started to gain momentum, and now it's falling fast and furious. The deck, the yard, the roof, the trees, it's all covered with a decent layer of wet and frozen snow.
And I just gotta say, this crazy weather better yield some amazing maple syrup.