It was a miserable December morning in Michigan. The meteorologist predicted 40’s degrees F and sunny last night, but it was 30 degrees and grey skies. Even the clouds were grey, probably with cached snow.
Usually I would put the pillow over my head and go back to sleep in disappointment; not today. Today I determined to take a drive out to the lake and walk along dune trails to the water. Knowing that uplifting music would bring my mood up, I grabbed my Beach Boys CD on the way out of the door.
Sipping fresh hot coffee as I listened to celestial harmonies on the 10-minute ride to the parking lot at the State park, I thought about the trip I took to California back in 2008 and how mesmerizing it was driving from L.A. along highway 101 to Santa Barbara. It was almost surreal how similar, yet how different the ocean highway view was to the one along Lake MI.
I leapt out of the car humming California Dreamin, and like magic, the grey skies parted and the brilliant rays of the sun warmed my face. Leaves danced around and around in columns as I laughed and spun with them.
Paula Light is the host of Thursday Inspiration. Paula says:
This week’s theme is leaves and the picture is [above.] Here is the song snippet from “California Dreamin’” recorded by The Mamas & The Papas in 1965:
All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day
I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day