It is sometimes funny how we use weather to meet our own needs. All fall it seems like I have been writing about the wonderful weather.
We have had so much wonderful weather that you almost feel guilty if you don't get outside and enjoy it. Of course for much of the fall, I did exactly that. I was out in the boat, in my kayak, on my bike or walking the beaches of Emerald Isle.
I had a great time fishing and spent some wonderful afternoons on or near the water. The trouble is that if you do all that neat stuff everyday, you eventually get worn out. The fresh air, physical exertion, and warm sunshine all conspire to sap your energy.
I would come home from my adventures with the best intentions. I always planned to work on my writing after dinner. Of course a warm home cooked meal just added to the problem. I would go up to my office and start work only to find my face falling into the keyboard.
While I was having a great time, I was getting nothing done on the book that I had started writing. Then we had some cloudy cooler days, and I got back in the grove of writing.
Luckily we went off to Roanoke, VA for a few days, and it rained for about half the time that we were there. It was great for my productivity.
We came back to the coast, and I was immediately back out in the kayak and enjoying the shorts weather in December in our skiff. Luckily the days have been getting shorter and cooler. The cool weather that we had at the end of last week certainly helped me get a lot of writing done.
This morning we awoke to fog in the neighborhood. On my morning walk, I figured out that it was a pretty warm cozy fog, and not like a Nova Scotia fog. When I came back to the house I convinced my mind that it was cool and damp outside so I could double down on my work. Fog is fairly rare here so it is easy to trick the untrained mind.
It didn't take long for blue skies to show up, but by then I was in the groove and writing. I knew that if I kept at it, that I could finish my first draft by this afternoon.
Even as I opened the windows this afternoon to enjoy the warm December breezes, I knew that I could resist the temptation. I already had checked the weather forecast and knew that it was going to be even nicer Wednesday and Thursday. So I finished my work.
So tomorrow and the rest of the week, I am going to enjoy this stellar December weather. It looks like we will be in the sixties tomorrow and perhaps even stretch to seventy on Friday.
Weather that good will make it easy to ignore anything that needs doing and let me spend some time on the water.