This time of year is supposed to be the thick of fall for us here in the midwest. It's usually pretty difficult because the leaves are still coming down and the weather is normally cold. So you should be outside raking the leaves, but you don't want to be because it's just too chilly to be out. What makes the chore so bad is leaves aren't like snow. It seems that no matter how much you clear them, you can never quite get the yard as clean as you want it. Then to top it all off, you have to deal with the weather at the same time.
But we were blessed with an early Christmas present this year. For the past couple of weeks, we've had temperatures in the 60s and above. This past weekend, it even got up to 70+ degrees. We aren't used to that around these parts. We got to walk around in shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts which isn't supposed to happen here. Well...at least for those folks with sense. You always see the occasional idiot walking around outside in the snow and ice in a pair of shorts. Funny how that's more infrequent around a college campus.
This type of climate could really spoil a brotha. Here I am talking about getting to warmer temperatures to avoid any more winters then this happens. It's like it's God's way of telling us "I'll go ahead and give y'all a break for now". Then again, it could also be His way of letting us know "Hey...if you get down south, you could be enjoying weather like this all the time." I'm going to go with the latter.
I should have gotten out more and enjoyed the reprieve. Who am I kidding? I should have gotten out to enjoy it even just a little bit. Instead, I called myself soaking up the nice weather by opening up the windows and pulling the shades. I can't lie though...even that was nice to be able to do that in the middle of November. I'm a simple person so that was enough for me.
As I glance at the forecast for the next week looks just as promising. Still having highs in the 50s for at least the next several days. They won't be the clear, sunny skies that we had earlier, but it's still not a bad trade-off. I can deal with a little rain and overcast as long as the temps are well above freezing. THIS is the type of greenhouse effect I can handle.