Weather Tricksters!

It was last Friday evening and I was gathering my stuff to go to the gym, debating in my mind whether I’d do an easy work out that night and a heavy work out in the morning, or just do a normal work out and wait until Saturday evening to go again.

Tony walked in the door and said, “It’s raining outside. They’re forecasting thunder and heavy rain for tonight.” I turned to him and replied flippantly, “Huh. Maybe we should go to the mountains…”

His eyes lit up and, a few phone calls later, miraculously, everything we were scheduled to do that weekend was able to be rescheduled and completed that Friday night.

You see, we never go to the mountains when it’s already raining (which means snow up there), but always when there’s snow in the forecast and then 99% of the time, it wimps out on us and we just go up and see dirty snow. Or no snow at all. Also known as sunshine at a higher elevation.

So it was that last Friday, it was raining heavily and halfway up our drive on the twisty mountain road, the rain that was loudly splattering on our windshield, turned to snow which gently, quietly settled for a moment before being whisked away by the windshield wipers. We were the ones making the noise at that point, shouting giddily at each other, “We tricked it! We tricked the weather!”

It was around 2am that we settled in the cabin and finally went to bed. We awakened the next morning to a world blanketed in white. I love fresh snow. When it lands in the night, it’s as if it makes nature pause — everything is so still and quiet. Before it’s touched by humans, the pure white, drifting mounds seem to go on and on. It’s so beautiful. This is the first snow we’ve seen this season, so we were reveling in the magical quality of it.

On our way to breakfast, we drove past our neighborhood donkey, she was contentedly under cover munching on her breakfast. The wicker couch on a porch, which not that long ago held a woman basking in the last rays of sunshine while reading a book, is now covered by a blue, plastic tarp. Dogs reveling in the snow were out with their humans who were alternately shoveling and laughing at their pet’s antics. People wearing snowshoes and winter clothing were briskly heading to mountain trails, replacing bicycles that were not long ago being idly pedaled down the road. Instead of people fishing alongside the bridge, birds were standing opportunistically in their place, waiting for the ice to break just enough…

Our favorite restaurant was pleasantly busy. One of the waitresses was just back from maternity leave, and it was so good to see her. We sat at the counter, as we usually do, and partook in the camaraderie that is such a part of the place.

While eating at the counter, the lady next to me took a phone call. In a low, discreet voice, she asked her caller a few questions and then left her seat for a more private spot. I asked her husband if she was a bail bond agent, he gave me an assessing look, and replied in the affirmative.

Knowing I have a magnetism for strangers telling me most anything and everything about themselves, I mentally shrugged and asked him what he did. He replied, “I’m a criminal lawyer, but I also do Federal Marshall work…” and the conversation continued on to discuss his work, his hopes for his future career, the economy, long-time restaurants in Los Angeles, and continued for another 15-20 minutes, when his wife returned to finish her meal, she joined in the conversation.

After we left, Tony said to me, “Did you find out if they’re on LinkedIn? Maybe you should network with them.” I blinked a couple times, laughed, and replied, “Nooooo?” I’m still trying to figure out if Tony thinks we’ll maybe need a bail bond agent and a criminal lawyer in our future?

After making our rounds in town, it was back to the cabin for movies and peaceful afternoon naps. Relaxing and rejuvenating.

Someone once made the statement that we move at such a fast pace in this world, we need to stop and let our soul catch up with our body.

That’s what the mountains do for us — the beauty and peace, devoid of everyday obligations, allows our souls to catch up with our bodies.

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10 responses to “Weather Tricksters!

  1. tony

    You never know if we will need a bail bond agent and a criminal lawyer, we don’t know what the future holds, hehehehe. It was a great relaxing time in big bear. I love the mountains and our little get away. I am so happy that my parents did not sell the cabin, I think it would be a big mistake. Love you sweetie. :mrgreen:

    • You crack me up, babe. Can you imagine calling them? “Yeah, hey, you met me in the mountains? We were sitting at the counter together… I know I looked nice, but… ” hehehe
      I love that we’re able to get away up there. It’s a wonderful gift that your parents give to us when we need it. 🙂

  2. How fun! Getting away for the weekend is such a treat. Ellen and I used to do that pre-kids when we lived in VA Beach. I’d come home on Friday and we’d just decide to go to DC for the weekend and spent a couple days walking around the monuments. Such a good time!

    • We rarely do such crazy spontaneity, but the plans we’d originally laid had been trumped by something else, the backup plans were favors to help someone move something, and then we were able to reschedule that, and it was just so awesome. 🙂 Someday you’ll be able to go spontaneously with Ellen places again. Sooner than you think, given the rate of speed your boys are growing up. 🙂

  3. You took the bird with you? too bad the fish don’t travel as well.

    • We always take the bird with us to the mountains. She’s a traveling bird, plus she gets great 1-on-1 time with us that way. Oy. I’m grateful to leave those fish behind.

  4. It sounds like it was just BLISSFUL! And so relaxing….The snow looks beautiful in all your pictures. I’m happy for you both that you fooled the snow, and got to have such a wonderful weekend…..

  5. angi

    I was gonna ask about the bird too! Ever take the cats? That would be a fun trip lol.

    I wanna come to the mountains! Oh wait, I live in mountains already! 😉

    • The cats don’t travel well, not even for the 15 minute drive to the vets office. It’s filled with meows and whining and desperation. So, nope, we leave the cats at home, too. That way they can sleep.

      You can come to our mountains if you want, they’re nice. 🙂