Evening sunlight shines through prairie grasses along Illinois farmland east of my hometown of Lebanon earlier this week. We've experienced about 10 days of unseasonably warm temperatures, breaking the record on at least one of those days. Even though it's getting cooler now, it's still about 10 degrees above normal for this time of year, with the mercury climbing into the upper 50s during the afternoon. The forecast for Monday, however, has the temps dropping into the 30s, and we could be seeing some snow. I guess I shouldn't complain; it's the holiday season, and a lot of people probably hope we have a white Christmas. Let's see, how many days until spring?
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.