It’s early morning. The sun has not risen. It’s still the longest night of the year. But I’ve been in bed too long. My body thinks it’s time to go to bed when the sun goes down at 5:30 and by 9:00 it’s no use fighting it. but that means that by 4:30 or 5am, I’m up for the day and the sun doesn’t show up until 7:00. I’m sure happy to be celebrating the lengthening of the days.
Outside the dawn is breaking.
As usual, black clouds at the horizon.
Not much color on this Winter solstice morn.
As the light comes into the sky I turn to get a Solstice picture of Winnona.
The color disperses and David joins me outside.
Doesn’t look like a great day ahead weather wise but we’re sure going to have a good time.
Optimistically, Carrie and I get the chairs set up as the colors brighten in the cloudless spaces.
Here comes the sun!
The colors are beautiful despite the clouds.
It’s a wonderful Solstice Morning.
We’re singing “It’s gonna be a bright bright sunshiny day”.
Back inside, I catch this picture of Santa leaving the stockings hung on the door with care. It’s a rare sighting.
Our singing was apparently ignored as all those clouds gang up and down comes the rain. But our party is inside so it’s OK.
That’s the wing of the butterfly on top of the tree in the left of the picture.
Time for those carefully chosen pastries.
After those many bakery taste tests, David seems pretty happy with his choice and the evil black brew he’s painstakingly made to go with it..
The rain clears out but the winds are still whipping the flag around. I really do love our front window view here at Long Key.
Carrie’s first present is a set of baby bibs. There are never enough of those.
I really hate to open some of the pretty packages under the tree.
Books are always favorite gifts.
We’re one of those families which open every gift separately and have to look each one over and enjoy it before moving on to the next. Even stocking gifts are opened one at a time. This will take us nearly all day. What fun!!
More rain. Time for a breakfast break.
Matthew isn’t able to be with us but there are presents under the tree for both Carrie and him.
A special ornament commemorates their wedding this past May.
It is hand painted and says Carrie & Matthew May 23, 2015
Both the investment book and Sibley’s Guide to Birds are also for them both.
Other favorite gifts
Dried Cherries UNsweetned. Boy are they hard to find.
A keyboard and case for Carrie’s Kindle fire HD 8.9. Now she can finally type again.
And speaking of Kindle, I’m going to TRY stepping into the 21st Century with a Kindle Paperwhite reader. Now I need everyone to tell me where to get Free books that aren’t all the classics I’ve already read. It appears the purpose of the paperwhite is to force you to buy books from Amazon. Hope I’m wrong about that.
My sweetie surprises me with two jars of Cherry Salsa from The Cherry Republic.
Love their slogan.
A big smooch for you dear!
More rain. Time for dinner.
Yes it’s true, it’s dark outside, this takes us all day.
Boy do we have a good time.
Our very favorite gift is this wedding photograph from Carrie and Matthew. What a perfect day that was.
Among the final notes are a new Earth Flag to replace my well used and well loved and well faded one. Now maybe folks won’t ask me “what’s on that flag”. Thank you Carrie.
I managed to sneak some jars out of the Mustard Run Nancy and Bill did for us this summer.
So Mr. Mustard is well pleased and has to sample them right away.
What fun that the last gift of the day, like the first one, is for the upcoming additon to the family.
Inspite of the rain, We’ve had a grand time.
It’s been a wonderful wonderful day with lots of gifts, laughter, fun and food.
It’s truly a Wonderful Life!