When you live in a place that is well-known for its sunny days, gray days are rare. It’s with that in mind that, when the forecast calls for several gray days, you prepare differently. When I lived in Virginia, for instance, I’d wake up in the morning, see it was raining and grab an umbrella to go about my day.
In Arizona, however, the idea of a rainy day brings concerns of accidents on roads that get slippery with oil coming to the surface on roads that rarely get wet from precipitation. But it’s not just the potential hazards of drivers, it’s the spectacle of rain in the desert.
With all that in mind, when the forecast called for several days of gray skies ahead, we planned for it. I added a few things to the shopping list so I could make soup and maybe bake a bit. Greg considered a few projects he hoped to tackle in the garage and we made a run to Lowe’s for some items he’d need.
I briefly considered digging out my umbrella in case I’d need it, then I realized I have no idea where it might be. In fact, I’m not even sure I still have it. I do know my raincoat is way in the back of the closet just in case.
I’ve looked over the offerings on the movie channels for the next few days. I’ve lined up a couple of books to read. I’m looking forward to just relaxing and maybe even sitting under the patio roof and watching a storm or two water my lemon tree.
Oddly, I’ve always said I like all kinds of weather. Windy days are my favorite. There’s something magical about playing in a summer rain. The idea of catching snowflakes on my tongue makes me smile. Thunderstorms have always intrigued me and, of course, who doesn’t love a perfect sunny day?
I’m grateful for all kinds of weather, but I am particularly grateful for the good folks at the National Weather Service for giving me a heads-up so I can enjoy a rash of rare gray, icky weather in the safety and comfort of my home. In a nod to my weather-loving husband – please take a moment to be ready for whatever weather comes your way … Remember, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Keep an eye on the weather so you can safely enjoy the journey.
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