I'm not sure how long this clear stretch will last. Rain was expected again tomorrow, but at the moment there isn't a trace of cloud remaining. All the gray afternoon, I listened to the squawks of the acorn woodpeckers, and watched them chase each other about, their bobbing red topknots the brightest color to be seen. They are quite playful birds, and cheering to watch. In fact, they are my favorite seasonal decoration. But I seldom see them out and about when rain is falling. Another clear day would be nice, and I'm sure the birds would appreciate it, but now that I've seen such a splendid winter moonrise, I think I could be happy with more rain, too, should it come.
PS -- Spellcheck tells me I should write "moon rise" or "moon-rise" instead of "moonrise." Let's see... sunrise/moonrise... I think people will get it. Yeah, I'll stick with moonrise.