A mere eight days ago Springfield looked like this:
Today it was sunny and a balmy 43 df (degrees Fahrenheit). It is unbelievable how good 43 freaking degrees feels. Man it was so nice I was driving around with the windows down! It was that good! I went to my favorite park and had a nice walk, then I found an awesome picnic table right on the edge of the lake where the water was lapping up against the rocks.
I had brought a book to read but instead I just sat there face turned up into the sun absorbing it's magical rays and listening to the water lap against the rocks. I felt so good that when I got back my truck I had an incredible urge to play Frisbee! I tried to get a hold of Erika to she if she was up for it but no luck. So I went and found another lakeside park and had another walk in the sun!
It was A Truly Glorious Day!
It fascinates me to no end how much perspective alters your perceptions. Back home in Dallas 43 is pretty miserable. I would not even THINK of basking in the sun on a 43-degree day there. I would have a fire roaring and wishing for a better day. At this time and this place though, sunny and 43 was a magical, invigorating day!
Alas, it's now late afternoon and a brutal cold front is approaching. The sky is clouding up portending the misery to come. Somehow, right now, I do not mind. :)
On another weather note, Springfield has been in a fairly severe drought for months now. Just a few days ago our boat dock looked like this:
Here is what it looks like today:
A week ago we received that foot of snow you can see above. Just a few days later the storm system that spawned all of those tornados that killed over 50 people down in Tennessee dumped two inches of rain here in two days. That rain combined with the melting foot of snow FILLED the lake up in 3 days. It was unreal! On Sunday you could drive over the bridge and see over 100 yards of dry lakebed. On Monday morning the entire lake bottom was covered again. On Monday afternoon the lake was only about 4 inches shy of being full. By Tuesday it was overfull.
It boggles my mind that a lake can get several feet deeper in a matter of a couple of days!