It snowed yesterday in the Cle Elum area, my friends there told me. It rained buckets here, of course.
As November opened with early portents of winter, I realized the month has a public relations problem.
I'm sure more than a few folks grumbled amidst the rain or slush as they went about their day on Nov. 1. It doesn't make it any easier, though, that the month doesn't have a catchy slogan or phrase to remember its importance on the calendar.
Everybody knows March "comes in like a lion" and that "April showers bring May flowers." Then there's June, with the first day of summer and end of the school year.
Even November's neighbors have some zing.
October is orange with pumpkins and Halloween while December is a white Christmas.
It has two noteworthy holidays, to be sure, Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving Day.
But sometimes they get overlooked in the shopping rush between Halloween candy and Christmas candy canes.
Maybe November's stature would rise if we put down our sales catalogs long enough to salute a veteran and focus more on thanksgiving rather than getting.
Even November's wet weather is a boon, especially for farmers looking to a healthy snowpack for a sufficient water supply next spring and summer.
All wet or not, my entry for November's catch phrase isn't all that catchy, but I think it gets the point across - "November, an attitude of gratitude."
Let's be thinking thanks this month for family, friends, colleagues and community.
And, yes, a thanks for the wet and wild rain.
Which reminds me, I better hurry and trade in my snow shovel for an umbrella before I get soaked.