It is raining here in California.
And it is cold. Like the arctic. Lows in the 30s.
We can actually see our breath outside.
This changes things up a bit.
Because here, we like to wear flip flops into November.
It is with great irritation that I realize I must go in search of socks.
To those of you who have never been to California,
let me just explain a few things.
We don't have seasons. Not really.
We have sunny, a little bit more sunny, oh for goodness sakes,
it's the sun again, here's winter it's raining, and oh praise the Lord,
here is the sun. Yep, that's about it.
Our winter can sometimes be all of 5 days.
And just so you have an idea of how long our winter is,
in my college days we would take to the the beach in February.
We crammed all of our classes in before lunch because
we knew we would not be able to resist
the call of the sand and salty air nor
the lure of baby oil in which we lathered ourselves
like pieces of teenage bacon crisping in the sun.
Now, I do like rain.
I love falling asleep to the gentle tapping of raindrops on the roof.
I love the new clean after rain smell outside,
like the world has been freshly laundered.
I find it the perfect foil for a cup of tea and cookies.
For this very reason, I can only take a few days of rain at a time.
The problem is when the rain goes on for months,
the baked goods stack up and
I can no longer fit into my pants.
When I did a missions trip to Ireland, it rained everyday for 3 months.
I gained twenty pounds.
It took me a good year of California sun to recover.
I think I have grown to be weather intolerant
and am raising my kids to be the same.
When I lived in Illinois as a kid,
we actually played in the snow. The snow!
I don't know if you realize this, but snow is cold.
Here the temperature drops below 60
and I'm calling the kids in for jackets
and plying them with hot chocolate,
like one of those rescue dogs from the alps.
So it is supposed to be cold and rainy here for the next week.
Pray for strength for me, tsgs.
Even now, the chocolate chip cookies are in the oven.