Although the day was mostly cloudy again, the clouds were thin enough that faint shadows were cast, and now and then the sun emerged into a patch of blue sky. There was a pleasant rise in the temperature, as well. Oregon's weather may be returning home, at least for a while. The abundant rain has produced an impressive crop of short winter grass in the fields. They are nearly the greenest I have ever seen them, and even under the comparatively wan sun of January, the dense carpet of color under the bare trees is cheering. Even though the greater part of winter lies ahead, the warming has given us a foretaste of spring, and I was able to leave my windows open for several hours. My disposition is much improved by this good fortune.