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.