I awoke considerably later than usual this morning, having allowed myself to stay up later than I usually do. Once up, I wrote my daily “ruminations” post, then went back to bed. Less than an hour later, the weather radio alarm jolted me awake to listen to the latest alert: a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Garland and surrounding counties until noon.
The radio made it official; “you’re up for the day.” And so I was. I put on my sweats and walked outside the get the paper, only to discover that sweats are utterly inappropriate to the temperature this morning. It must be in the low seventies, but high winds suggest a cold air mass must be interacting with a warm mass; my guess is that the thunderstorm watch and the high winds are just preludes to cooler temperatures and more severe weather.
When I walked up the driveway to get the paper, huge leaves swirled all around me. The branches of some large trees between our house and the nearest neighbor twisted and creaked in the wind, bending so much that I thought they might break. My recent efforts to rid my driveway and decks of leaves were fruitless.
Getting up late confuses me. I’ve missed parts of the day I should have witnessed. I might not have been so terrified by the sound of the weather radio alarm if I hadn’t gone back to bed. Confusion reigns in my mind.