I'm really glad to see the other side of the winter solstice - if the days had become any shorter I was ready to start hitch-hiking towards the southern hemisphere. It has been (typically) grey and dreary - and so dim, even during the day, that it's hard to keep my point-and-shoot flash from going off when I take photos outside.
I went looking for some beauty today, something to keep me from feeling as gloomy as the weather: we have had to cancel our Christmas trip to see my family because of a sinus condition I can't resolve before the flight. So I tried to feel grateful it's just my sinuses and nothing worse, to count the blessings of friends happy to set two more places at their Christmas dinner, to be joyful on Frankie's behalf that he won't have to spend the holidays in a kennel. And I went outside to see if my sleeping, rooted friends in the garden could bring a bit of peace to my heart.
Of course they did.