FOR SOME REASON, I'm almost always taken off-guard. It's not like I wasn't aware of the down-pouring of rain yesterday. And of course I knew about the snow that got all mushy the day before that. But this morning the sun was right up there where it belongs, doing its job so admirably. I set out to run errands, drove down the hill, never giving a thought that there might be a small ocean where the creek usually flows.