It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed. Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon! While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up.
~ Charles M. Schulz, It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy
An hour or so before I went to bed last night, it was snowing and cold. By the time I went to bed, the snow had stopped and the wind had picked up. Throughout the night the wind howled and shrieked like a banshee. Since I’ve really no idea what a banshee sounds like, perhaps it would be more accurate to describe it as caterwauling. At one point, around 3:00 am, I woke up thinking giant cats were fighting on the roof of the house. Rain pummeled and crashed and thundered, as the wind hissed and yowled. You might have thought there was a hurricane going on outside.
When I opened the blinds in the bedroom this morning, I fully expected to see the world outside the windows flattened by the forces of wind and rain. I was surprised to see grasses and trees were still standing.
I was even more surprised when I stepped outside for my walk. The morning was soft and misty, not at all was I was expecting. The wind was on a break, and the rain had become a gentle mist. And it was warm, almost tropically warm. I’d overdressed for it, and had to remove a few layers.
Out on the dock, Back Creek was higher than usual levels and still making its way in to complete the high tide. I’m not sure that’s due to the storm since this is a nor’easter and the coastal flooding predicted is on the ocean side of the peninsula. (The Wabi-Sabi Ranch is closer to the Chesapeake Bay side.) There is a full moon tonight, and that is probably influencing the tides.
(Side note: There are about two hundred Red-Winged Blackbirds sitting outside the office window as I type. I am still astounded when I see so many of them grouped together.)
With all the ruckus going on throughout the night, I didn’t sleep well. I find it amusing this storm was named Pax which means peace. Heh. It was hardly peaceful.
The day, so far, has been peaceful. The birds seem to be enjoying themselves. There is a lot of chatter and singing going on outside. The wind is supposed to come back around tonight and bring a mix of precipitation with it. Might be snow, might be ice, might be rain. Might be another dark and stormy night.
That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today. Thank you for visiting, and taking another walk with me. I hope the weather hasn’t been too severe in your part of the world, and that Thursday has been peaceful, at least on an inner level if not all about you in the outer world.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂