The weather here lately has been absolutely ridiculous. I always thought the 40 days and 40 nights of rain in the Bible was hyperbole, but I'm starting to change my mind. It has been raining at least 18 hours every day for all of November and December. And cold. But it refuses to snow. The snow has made it down to an altitude of 400 meters, and we can see it approaching on the mountains, but down here by the sea the temperature is just too warm. And by warm, I mean a couple of degrees above freezing. Personally, I would love to see some snow. Our lifestyle would be very minimally affected by snow.
The result is that everyone is going a little stir crazy. This morning we went for a long, wet, walk around town and only returned home when the discomfort of cold and wetness became unbearable. After a change of clothes, I unboxed the old Tannenbaum. As I was setting it up, something didn't feel quite right, so I went to my computer to see if I had any Christmas music, only to discover my iTunes library devoid of holiday spirit. Within 5 minutes, I had two albums downloaded and classics like First Noel, Let It Snow, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Little Drummer Boy, Joy To The World, White Christmas, and Silent Night were bringing merriment to the entire living room.
This construction site in the middle of town has created a rather lovely lake.
I'm thinking about writing a letter of complaint to the meteorologists on television. I've had enough of their self-fulfilling pessimism!