When I opened the door and stepped outside this morning I didn’t expect the blast of chilled, moist air. A few flurries zagged in front of the truck’s headlights as it idled and warmed while I fed the horses.
It’s been dark later in the mornings and earlier in the evenings. Have you noticed? We’re at the zenith of long nights. Tonight is solstice, the longest night of the year and will occur technically at 11:30 p.m. here in Arkansas. It happens to the entire world at the same time, but our clocks all read different times, that’s all.
After tonight, the days will begin to incrementally get longer again. This is probably my favorite time of year. This is the origin of many of our holiday festivities. Wassail, Yule logs, Bonfires, Festival of Lights, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ – it all hinges on hope. Hope that there will be a tomorrow. That the sun will rise again after this exceptionally long night. In the case of Jesus, hope for eternal life.
It might sound contradictory that I said this is my favorite time of year when only last week (and the many weeks prior when ‘Christmas’ crept into every commercial outlet) I complained about being a grinch.
It is not *Christmas* that I enjoy so much. I absolutely hate the commercialism of this time of year.
I love being ‘connected’ to the earth and I enjoy the marking of time’s passage. THAT is what I like about this time of year. It is the noting of the turning of the wheel of life, on my own personal scale all the way through to scales of something much larger than myself. And it doesn’t matter to me what name any particular religion decides to give it. This is still the season of Hope.
Dan McCullough from the Budget Cooking Blog nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m honored he thought of me while composing his own list of 15 bloggers to nominate. Thank you Dan!
The nomination is a pay-it-forward type recognition in which select bloggers are asked to nominate 15 fellow bloggers who not only write a fun and entertaining blogs, but have been supportive and helpful to their fellow bloggers.
When a blogger receives the nomination, they are requested to:
- Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
- Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
- Share 7 random things about yourself.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
- Add the Versatile Blog Award logo on your blog post.
As I began thinking of blogger-friends to nominate, I couldn’t help but think of the Friday Fictioneers. There isn’t a more supportive group of bloggers I can think of. Every Friday we read each other’s stories and offer words of encouragement. So, I listed the Fictioneers – every one who was there this past Friday - and yes, it’s more than 15 in total. I’m not setting a new precedent, I just couldn’t list only 15 because everyone who participates in my Friday fun should get this award. As time allows, I’ll leave a comment on your blogs to notify you, but you should also get the ping from the link I left here just now.
These are the bloggers I nominate:
Here are the 7 random things about myself:
- I usually get hungry before lunch-time officially arrives
- Water is my main beverage, but I have coffee twice a day
- I’m cold-natured and have to bundle up to stay warm
- I work in a laboratory as a metals analyst for my day job
- In my household, besides myself, I have one boy, three dogs, three cats, two horses and eight chickens. When Rob comes back there will also be one man
- Talking in public, or doing anything in public where people watch me, makes me extremely nervous
- I can’t line dance
I’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award before by other wonderful blogger friends, but was unable to complete my duties as a recipient because of lack of time. Just so happened that today I was able to compose this list and make this post so if you’re pressed for time, don’t worry – I understand!