Goodbye Blue Sky

By , May 20, 2018

Oddly, Pink Floyd has provided the soundtrack of my life recently. Today, the song, Goodbye Blue Sky* runs through my head. Our fair weather has turned to rain.

We’ve had gloriously sunny, warm weather for a while, as we feel we deserve in May (see Confessions of a Squeaky Wheel). It lasted long enough for me to buck up a big fallen birch, and to help a dear friend honor her recently passed dog companion.

She held a street fair to remember her dog, Suki, with treats for humans and dogs. We sat in the sun and visited, remembering Suki, and spoiling the dogs that attended. Suki was a guest on the homestead in the past (see Puppy Camp). We’re going to miss her a lot.

cirrus clouds

On Friday, I turned my camera skyward to capture the cirrus clouds above the homestead (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

At that memorial, friends discussed the coming change in the weather, heralded overhead by the “mackerel sky” cirrocumulus clouds (“Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, not long wet, not long dry!” says the old weather rhyme). Armed with the latest weather forecast, I confidently told a friend that, with only a 60% chance of rain predicted, we’ll likely not get any rain till after 1 p.m. Luckily, I offered the caveat that this holds mostly true for our homestead, which gets slightly different weather than Haines. Further luckily, my friend knows I’m sometimes more certain about things than I should be . . .

. . . because, of course, this morning we woke up to rain.

cirrus clouds

Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

To my credit, I didn’t jump up and run around trying to cover the wood I’d hauled out of the forest and laid out on the rocks to dry in the sun. I’ll wander out there sometime before lunch to either flip the pieces over, facing the aggressively waterproof bark skyward, before the real rain begins. It’ll all dry in good time; I don’t feel like it’s worth the stress.

cirrus clouds

Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Instead, we’ll focus on building some bookshelves for Aly’s cottage. We’ll continue reading our latest family book aloud. We’ll make sushi for dinner. Michelle and Aly are both off work today, both a bit disappointed that the sunshine didn’t extend to their day off, but also happy, like me, to have a family day at home, whatever the weather.

cirrus clouds

Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

*Greetings, fellow Grammar Nerds! I omitted the comma in the titles because the band omitted it in theirs. Please do not take me to task for a mistake!

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