It's the day after Solstice and it's already lighter!
And the rain stopped! Tom and I went out for a walk today for the first time in a long while. It felt great to be outside with Christmas music on my iPod. With weeks of decorating and baking and gifting, we were too busy and too tired for more walking, and then when we did have time to rest, the rain was unrelenting. But now! Dry, and the sky is lightening. In fact, over to the west, the Olympic Mountains are in sunlight! I think some of the blue sky might be heading this way.
Yesterday the sun set at 4:20, and here was what that sunset looked like over Henderson Bay at Jan's house. The already dark day just got darker, but at least the rain had stopped.
Inside we had light and warmth and fun. I didn't take many photos, but we played games and ate and opened gifts and ate some more. We laughed and learned about the Solstice and just enjoyed being together.
Jan had stockings for all of us, not just any stockings, but Blue Footed Booby stockings. Blue Footed Boobies are a family thing with us, sort of an inside joke, but there is also a real appreciation for the odd and different. As I said, we had fun.
Now I'm settling in to watch the Seahawks football game. Jill and the kids are there in the stadium. I am happy to be in my recliner, and there are cookies left over from yesterday that I get to eat.