As a kid it was summer---every kid’s favorite season. An opinion greatly influenced by three months of vacation. As an adult I particularly enjoy autumn and winter. I like the cold. I take pleasure in rain and snow when it comes. Occasionally the blowing wind feels great. I live in the
desert. In winter we get some rain and
historically, we get snow. California
I shivered with anticipation at a coming El Nino winter. Most certainly I’d see a snow-day or two. The mysterious dry-washes that riddle the desert would flow with water. Weeks of brisk days and freezing nights would guarantee sweet sleep underneath down-duvet and colored quilt.
I wasn’t the only one. A ton of people purchased flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reported (that) insurers have written more than 55,500 new policies from Aug. 31 through Dec. 31, 2015 — a 25 percent increase. So the snow came! It came to the dry Sierra, bringing a much needed snow-pack to assure water for 2016. An almost empty
massive replenishing of water. The city
Shasta , an
hour away and only some short miles ‘as the crow flies’ got snow too. And we got---what? Big Bear
Snow fell all around. The hills that make this a valley received fine dustings of white. It snowed in
away. Our front yard remained snow
free. I pulled my favorite winter jacket
from the closet for one cool morning that got into the forties! I spent this winter clothed in short-sleeve
shirts. Favorite sweaters remained in a
box. If dust caused rust our umbrellas
would be stuck shut. From the porch there have been great views of snow; always in the distance. Pioneer
Summer may bring my long awaited rain. I’ve heard that 60% of rainfall occurs during summer monsoons. Summer rain comes with humidity; its more difficult to sleep under light sheets with fans blowing. I hold onto hope that April will surprise me with the improbable Alaskan cold front. Could happen. Barring that I look forward to summer rain…and a week of vacation.