Happy Solstice! The light is now returning. Last night was the longest night of the year and now each day will get a little bit lighter. In our family, we celebrate Solstice by letting the kids open up one present each day during the week and lighting candles each night.
This year the best present of all was our two new kittens! The girls named them Zen and Sushi. They are complete terrors - racing around the house, climbing the Christmas trees, and getting into absolutely everything. When they get separated from each other they mew and mew until they find each other again. Silly kittens! They chase each around until they finally collapse into a sleepy little pile of fuzzy warmth. Kittens are definitely the cutest thing on the planet.
I've never had black kittens before and it is extremely difficult to take a decent picture of them. They just absorb all the light. They are like little shadows with claws. This also makes them easy to accidently sit on or step on and hard to find when they are hiding.
Winter graced us with unusual weather this week. We've had snow and ice pretty much every day for a week now. We live so far down in the valley that we very rarely see snow especially not this early in the year. This is the only time we have ever had snow for Solstice. This morning we woke up to everything glittering with a coating of ice. The whole world is crunchy and shiny.
Good thing I don't have anything more pressing to do than sit in front of the fire and possibly make some orange cranberry bread later. I just hope it's cleared up by Tuesday so we can drive down to Eugene. I'm getting my tattoo colored Tuesday afternoon!! Oh, and having Christmas with my family, too.
Merry Solstice! Stay warm and snuggly and look forward to lighter days.