A strong wind has come up this grey afternoon. Not a nice, warm wind such as that which people in Los Angeles have been enjoying, but a cold and damp mountain wind, ripping the leaves from the trees and driving the birds into shelter. I can't use the computer for long, because this type of weather inevitably leads to power failures here. I am thankful that wind this strong is a rarity in this place. As much as I enjoy the invigorating wind, I don't enjoy freezing in the dark when some tree falls across a power line and takes a pole or two with it.