It is a Saturday afternoon in the middle of May. I have been looking forward to this day for about three weeks. It is the first day, in a very long time, that I have nothing scheduled. I have no need to go into work. I have no family commitments, no need to buy groceries, and no household projects started. My plan was to spread a blanket on my back deck, lay in the sun with a big glass of iced tea, and read a book. I figured that in the middle of May, I could count on a nice, sunny day. I was even hoping to have a bonfire in the evening, and maybe roast some marshmallows. Instead, my day has been ruined by the weather. It is so cold and rainy outside that I actually have my furnace running. There’s no hint of sunshine in the sky, and no hope of spending any time outside. Instead of drinking iced tea, I am drinking hot tea. Instead of getting a tan, I am wrapped in a thick blanket. I keep bumping up the thermostat a little higher every hour. I can’t believe that I’m going to be paying a heating bill in May. The spring weather this year has been absolutely terrible. I’m worried that I’ll still be operating the furnace in July. I certainly don’t need to worry about air conditioning. It feels more like winter than spring outside. All of my spring flowers are blooming and in danger of being killed by frost. I am very disappointed in how I am spending my Saturday.