It’s cold and gray outside, and it’s making me tired and grouchy.

Only one way to handle a crappy day: Work on a Route 66 project.

Fortunately, I have one brewing. Rich Henry, proprietor of Henry’s Ra66it Ranch on Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois,┬ámentioned on the Yahoo! group the other day that he was looking for a volunteer to paint a Rainbow Bridge mural on the side of his building. I told him I might know a girl. ­čÖé

I can’t drive two and a half hours in the dark┬áto go paint a mural in the rain┬áright this second, but a cold Monday evening seems as good a time as any to get out some colored pencils and work up a rough sketch.