Friday, February 12, 2016


The weather changed today. Our week of early Spring arrived with the wind. Walking towards the wind becomes a challenge as my legs are pushed this way and that so I can't walk in a straight path. Makes me think if I just raise my arms, I could fly.

The weather changed today. I look up hoping to see the Peregrin Falcons that have returned to nest near Mt. Diablo. I am envious instead as turkey vultures glide effortlessly with the wind.

The weather changed today. The last dry leaves scurry across the road, the grasses bend trying to follow, and my hair does too. I hear the grumble of the wind as it builds in the tree tops and knocks off branches at my feet. One old oak tree lost a branch that is trunk-size. It must have come down like thunder.

The weather changed today. The fruit trees are confused. They usually flower in order: white-flowered pear trees, apple, peach and plum trees, then cherry trees, and finally, tulip trees. This year the tulip trees came out first, fooled by an earlier warm spell in January. Now the others are all in bloom at once, trying to catch up.

The weather changed today. The glad rain we had in December and January has blown away. As I walk, I worry: are we back in a drought? We could be, unless our usual stormy March comes swaggering in. We can only hope and continue to walk, this time, downwind, with the wind shoving us back home.


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  1. Such a lovely post. I believe I felt the weather changed today as I read it. (I found my way here via Pathways and Wanderings.) Now I must see what's in my pockets ....

    1. Thank you, Jan. I'm so glad you found my blog. I hope you find many treasures!


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