We had winter weather here today in DC - nothing like the snow that hit Chicago last night and shut the city down - or the blizzard that dumped 19 inches on Lake Tahoe and caused an avalanche. We don't get that kind of weather in DC - or at least when we do - we call it snowmaggedon and the city shuts down and we lose power for three days - and the world comes to an end - at least within the beltway because we are not made of sterner stuff here.
Instead - we had rain and a little bit of gunk mixed into it - maybe a little sleet or snow - but just a little. I had a meeting with a client and then I came home and turned the fireplace on. Around 4, Arthur and I went out for a walk in the rain - and it was raining hard. He had on his raincoat - which only covers his back and underbelly. His head was bare and bowed and his four legs and paws were trying to dance through the rain gushing along the gutters and down the middle of the street. Every once in a while, he would stop to shake his whole body as if that would make him drier in a cold winter rain storm. Since I didn't want to repeat this experience for several hours, we stayed out until I was sure that he had done all the business that he needed to do. We were wet through and through.
By 7:30 or so, the rain had stopped and we ventured out again. In the time that we were inside, the rain had stopped and the drops on the trees had frozen into a beautiful winter scene. The temperature had risen a few degrees and now all I could hear was the drip of the rain - but it wasn't raining. It was kind of like being in a cabin at summer camp and hearing the rain hit the tin roof. You were safe and dry inside but you definitely knew it was raining. This evening was like that. I was safe and dry walking down the middle of the street - but it sounded like it was raining all around me - drip drip drip as the ice on the trees melted. Kind of a magical way to walk through the evening.
What I am finding interesting about these posts is that when you are determined to find something awesome - or fun - or enjoyable in your day --it turns up - even when it means walking your dog in the dark and the cold. There is actually beauty around us when you want to see it and enjoy it.