Sunday, December 21, 2008

Out of the Dark


Today is the Winter Solstice which begins precisely at 7:05 AM EST.  From this point forward, our days start getting longer. Yippee!  See?  There is always a bright spot, we just need to look for it.  

I had dinner with four good friends last night and it was wonderful. The five of us worked in ICU together.  Only one stuck and the rest of us listened to a different drummer. Sister Jeanne was visiting from Nicaragua so we got together to celebrate and feed her something that didn't contain red beans, rice or bananas.  I made the purchase of the chickens official.  There will be five chickens, one busy rooster and a bit of fencing to keep the chickens from hightailing it out of there.  May they all have lots of little chickadees and a prosperous new year- especially the family who receives this blessing.

I don't want to gloat or anything, but I am now in possession of a bag of Nicaraguan coffee that looks amazing.  I consider coffee as essential as a blood pressure.  As I burn logs and light candles to chase away the dark on this special day, I'll sip that coffee and think of the friend who gave it to me.  Thanks Jeanne.

11 comments:

Mrs. G. said...

Cheers to longer days!

Winifred said...

Yes I'm looking forward to the longer days.

That sounds like a great time you had together.

Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a great year in 2009.

Rositta said...

Thank goodness for longer days. Today 18 years ago my last grandson was born in Yellowknife. There were some great outdoor celebrations to welcome the solstice but at -40 not so much fun...

flydragon said...

Yep, the first day of winter here brings one more minute of daylight, 19* temps. and falling, heavy wind advisory, and lots of snow expected tonight and tomorrow.
Whoo hoo.

Brenda said...

I do love my lighter longer days! Sounds like you had fun. Stay warm!

Gill - That British Woman said...

thanks for reminding me that the days will be getting longer...

Merry Christmas to you and your family..........

Gill in Canada

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Love the pic, looks a little like me, turning blue in cold weather.

Sandy said...

Sister Jeanne must be an amazing person and love that she got those chickens. And not nice of you to gloat over that coffee..sounds so good.

Anonymous said...

You are most welcome,my dear friend. I had a most wonderful time with you and Kim,Freddie and Judi. And...the food was awesome! Thanks for stopping by and spending time with my family. Glad you like the coffee. And 'gracias' for the chickens and books!! Yes, the rooster will be busy.
Love 'ya, Jeanne

debra said...

This day was my #2 daughter's 17th birthday. She was born exactly halfway between the solstice and the full moon on her birth day. Pretty cool stuff.

And enjoy the chick a biddies. I have 19 hens----slackers right now due to cold weather and to some being old and others young. But the eggs they are a comin'

Rudee said...

Debra, thanks be the chickens aren't mine. I bought them for an impoverished family in Nicaragua. Part of a community sponsored agricultural program my friend Sister Jeanne helps run. I sold my sister a pregnant cow for the same program. We are 2 of Jeanne's best customers. hahaha

I can only hope the chicks I bought are as prolific as yours.