January 6th, 2013

caillebotte_man at his window

Blown Away

The days I shop always seem truncated. Today seemed especially truncated, as I had to make an extra stop. It was almost dark by the time I got home, and the unfed feral cats were very glad to see me. I doubt there's anything that makes a cat happier than the prospect of being fed, especially when dinner is already an hour late. The only experience I have that can be compared to it is knowing that I don't have to go shopping again for another week.

A close second would be knowing that I get to have my head yanked by the chiropractor on Tuesday. True, something could happen to delay it, as has happened so often lately, but I'm going to enjoy the anticipation of getting my head yanked for as long as I can. This is because my neck has gotten really achy over the last few days, and badly needs adjusting. It must have been put asunder when I jammed my head into the corner of the couch during one of my recent unintentional naps.

Last night we got an unexpected quarter inch of rain. No more is expected tonight, so I wouldn't be surprised if some falls. Better news is that the next two days could be relatively balmy, getting up to sixty degrees. Sixty degrees in January is tanning weather. I'm betting somebody will be out mowing their lawn, and the kid from up the street will probably be running around wearing a t-shirt. I'll still have my jacket on, of course, but I might take advantage of the weather to get some overgrown plants trimmed. There's some sort of flowering plant that is about to cover up the front yard hose bib, and attempting to crowd out the sourgrass. It needs to learn who runs this place. Chop, chop.

Looking at the weather map I noticed that there is a high wind advisory in effect for Los Angeles. Ah, the Santa Ana winds. I really miss them! It was always nice to go out walking on a windy winter night, when the air was so clear, and usually at least as a warm as it will be here tomorrow afternoon. The wind always made the lights twinkle. Sometimes it would also make some of them go out, when a falling tree would take out an electric line, but that was a small price to pay for the spectacle. If I could go back to Los Angeles for one day, I would choose a day when the Santa Ana winds were blowing.

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