It's finally Solstice! Finally the day when the days cease getting shorter and shorter threatening to blot out the teeny bit of light that is left. From here on the days elongate and stretch back into the glorious days where light is the dominant force. Not the darkness. Yay Solstice!
I was reading about all these ways to celebrate Solstice but they mostly sound and feel like Christmas things to me, and I'm not too much into that. Perhaps I'll just be happy to have the days get shorter and do a Solstice toast at some point.
I haven't been complaining too much about winter this year in Saskatchewan because it has been unusually mild! To have single digits either positive or negative constitutes weather I deem compatible with life. And this is exactly what we've had! We can LIVE! The dark is always hard, but now the days will start going in the direction of light so perhaps even this aspect will feel better soon.
There is another reason the winter hasn't got me down too too badly. Our time to leave desolate winter tundra land for 5 weeks away is getting close. So close in fact. In a few short days (less short now thank you Solstice) we will be on our way to New Zealand and Australia to visit family, play music, and do all the fun things except have warmth too! I am so excited for this.
I haven't really prepared at all though. I don't think I've ever not done this type of escape from winter before. It feels so odd to think of clothing I will need and the various items that don't include my heavy winter coat. As wacky and unreal as it seems, I think I will have to actually sort myself out at some point. I know my gorgeous mandolin and bouzouki are coming. They can't wait.
Well, have a good day. It is Friday although it's a weird Friday isn't it? It's all holiday crazy for all the days now. I wish you well on this day - getting through it, being alive, and whatever you have to do that you feel you need to accomplish.