It’s the winter solstice today, well at least it was at 11:28 am this morning. The shortest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere is also the harbinger of longer days to come. Unequivocally, I hated the short days of a Minnesota winter. There’s nothing more depressing than a sunset at 4:30 pm.
Here in Florida, the sunset was around 5:30 pm tonight and was gorgeous. If it weren’t for the horribly short days, you would hardly know it is winter here. Piggie and I were out on our run enjoying the beautiful weather. As we pushed to mile 3, Piggie recoiled with fright into my left knee. My left leg is a veritable disaster with hip flexors and a IT band so tight if it snapped, it would poke your eye out. What was the monster that frightened her so? Perhaps another animal or a loud car? Oh no, my Piggie was afraid of the orange cone. If I wasn’t so out of breath, I would have ended up on the ground in a laughing fit.
As you’ve probably gathered from reading my recent blog posts, things have been a bit stressful in our household. It’s not always amazing to own your own business, but that’s the price you pay for autonomy. In addition, we had a health scare with one of our boys, so we ended up at a specialists office this afternoon. Fortunately, his bladder and kidney looked good on the ultrasounds. This gave him quick relief as he was worried they’d find something in his organs.
Nevertheless, he will have to undergo an outpatient surgery in early 2018. This should be quite simple and result in minimal downtime. However, if anything is discovered during the procedure it could result in a more protracted and complicated recovery. Here’s hoping for an uneventful procedure and a miraculous (quick and uncomplicated) recovery.
Speaking of miracles, I’ll need to start and finish my Christmas shopping (food included) in the span of 72 hours. Unfortunately, this means online shopping isn’t going to work. Well, unless I want to spend $250 for Saturday shipping, which I don’t as that’s ridiculous. Wish me luck as I hit the stores with the snow birds and all the glorious people South Florida has to offer.
Tonight’s song, performed by one of our hockey sister’s Julia and her classmate, is “The Prayer.”