It is raining, grey skies, and very chilly this morning. Yesterday it was mild, lower 60s and breezy, but very pleasant. I worked outside off and on. Late afternoon, I began to feel a chill, although my temperature in the house was around 71°, so I closed the windows. I usually leave a window open in every room, at least an inch or so, but I continued to be uncomfortable, so I ended up closing all of them by about 8:00. At bedtime, I did reopen the bedroom for some fresh air, but added a comforter to my bed before crawling in.
When I took the dogs out the last time it was "snowing" again. there was another of those fine, misty snows going on. It was extremely light, but It dawned on me why I was feeling a chill! We were expecting some rain, but I didn't think about snow till I opened the door.
About 3:00 in the morning, Ali was scratching, his nervous behavior during thunder storms. He hasn't dong that is a long, long time! I listened, but I didn't hear thunder. I'm guessing he was sensing it via something besides aural. SI turned on some music and I got him on the bed to cuddle, but he didn't want to stay. He seemed to be calmer, however, curled up on the floor beside the bed and went to sleep.
About the time I got him settled I noticed that Jazmyn was in the crate, very wide awake. I'd forgotten that I have a second baby who is afraid of thunder. Jaz isn't extreme, but she certainly doesn't like bad weather. I used to have to hold Ali, sometimes for hours, and always while he shook violently, clawed at anything (including the person holding him), chewed up or clawed to pieces anything he could get close to. It used to be awful!! Jaz just gets nervous and wants to be close to me. At worst she shakes a little, but that calms when she can snuggle. So I got her out of the crate and let her burrow down beside me.
The northern part of the State has a winter weather advisory, and the forecast is for snow in the mountains, as much as a foot at altitudes over 7500 feet. I'm not in that weather advisory area (but it isn't far away, I'd guess 60 miles), but my elevation is 7200 feet. No wonder I was getting a light flurry last night. There is a heavy fog between me and the mountains; it looks like a solid grey mass rather than a moisture cloud. My high today is going to be around 50, and the rain is to continue most of the day. I think I'll stay in!
I'm going to make a beef stew today. Linda is going into her studio to work, then coming by here on her way home for dinner. She moved into a new house in August, and there was no gas line into the house. She is still waiting for the line to be run, so she cooks only with the microwave and a hotplate. When I mentioned I'd make biscuits or cornbread to go with it, and she said, 'OH, please make cornbread! I've been wanting cornbread for weeks!" So cornbread it is!
I have a couple interesting pictures I took on Sunday night. When I came home from the movie, the sky was amazing. The sky was very black with clouds scattered around. The moon was nearly full and very bright, with the clouds moving across it, in and out. I knew that my night pictures wouldn't be very good, but I took some, anyway, then played with them a little to make them "seeable." I've loaded a couple of them here. I've left them small because they are unremarkable until you click on them to enlarge them.
When you enlarge them, you'll see how grainy they are with my tinkering. But you'll see the cloud patterns, and you can see a number of stars in the sky, too.
Hope you enjoy!
On a somber note, I got an email this morning from a friend who has struggled with stomach or digestive problems for a long time. He said he was in the hospital a few days ago, and has been referred to the cancer center in Albuquerque. His note was very cryptic, so I don't know more. I'm assuming his digestive tract is the target area. I'm going to call a little later and see what I can find out, but meanwhile, keep him in your meditations and prayers, please.
UPDATE: I spoke with my friend, and the cancer is in his liver and pancreas, so the outlook is not good. I have had a couple friends/acquaintances who survived pancreatic cancer, but if this has metastasized, and it sounds like it has, the odds are not good. He will learn more next week at the cancer center. So thanks for your kind thoughts for him, especially over the next few days.