These days, the weather here in Northern California has been sunny and warm. It has been chilly at night, and frosty in the mornings. But we’ve had almost no rain this fall and winter which means very little snow in the mountains. (sad face) It is worrisome, to be sure. The salmon here had a very late spawning season and their eggs are endangered by the low flows in the rivers. Californians depend on snowpack for their water through the Spring and Summer months, so low snow levels could cause serious problems come Summer.

For now, we’ll just have to wait and see. If we are lucky, February and March will bring heavy rainfall and snow. The sunny warm days have been beautiful and its very nice to be outdoors. But I feel almost guilty enjoying it. I really hope we’ll get lots of rain, soon.

Brother looking through a sheet of ice

We did go up on the mountain on New Year’s Day to check out the snow scene, but it was pretty disappointing, snow-wise anyway. It was really warm up there, too, and we were totally overdressed. We would have been fine in jeans and t-shirts. It was fun, though. And we did make a few snowballs.

Young Son leaning over some snow in a ditch

Since the days have been so warm, we’ve been hiking in the forest near our house a lot. Not only is it beautiful, it also smells really good. Just one of the things I love about it. The boys run up and down the hills and shout and imagine all sorts of fantastic and exciting events are transpiring. It’s a lot of fun.

bright sunlights peeks from between the forest trees

Young Son and Brother walk down the path ahead of me through the tall trees

Brother and Young Son run through a field still covered in morning frost

In this picture above, the sun hadn’t reached over the tall trees to the meadow yet, and the morning frost was still thick on the grass, even though it was almost mid-day.

For some reason, I’m reminded of the old saying, “The rich get their ice in the summer and the poor get theirs in the winter.” This winter has been pretty poor in ice, for us all.

We’ll keep livin’ it up in sunny California, playing outside and soaking it up, while we pray for rain…