Tuesday, December 27, 2011

27 December 2011 I’m on my 2nd cup of coffee

          Gordon Lightfoot penned a lament concerning his need for a 2nd cup of coffee to clear the previous night’s, and most likely, the approaching night’s ethanol fumes from his brain and body.  I’m sipping at my 2nd mug this morning.   I would happily have slumbered later this morning.   The culprit leading toward my apparent fatigue is the wind. 
          I pulled maintenance and battery replacement on my weather station yesterday.  I began about 1230 under partly cloudy skies and finished about 1430 under overcast skies.    When I took Loki out at 2200, there were no stars visible and the wind was beginning to rise.  By midnight, the wind was clocking at ca. 10 mph. 
          The rest of the night featured gusting winds, howling in the wires and driving rain against the house.  This morning we topped out at about 25 mph sustained with gusts of 30-35.  We gained about 0.17 inches of rain as this current front came through.  The storms of last April 27th still gnaw at us when the wind blows heavily in the dark. 
          I have no difficulty facing the day.  I wake up happy to be alive, and have for the last 19 years.  What a difference a day makes. 
          Currently playing: “Dawg after dark.”  Nicely composed acoustic work by David Grisman and played by the DG Quintet.  Various canine soloists not named.  

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