I awoke this morning at the break of dawn. Which is 10:30.
Today is the winter solstice, and it was the first decent night's sleep I had since returning to Norway on Tuesday. It's very nice to be back with my family, and it's taken a few days to get used to not being by myself. There are definitely pros and cons each way, but being with family is better for sure!
We are in full holiday swing now. There was a school party yesterday, and we started opening presents... one a day like vitamins. We received several packages for Christmas and the base of the tree is buried in gifts.
At noon today we went for our annual solstice nature walk. We walked in shadow, the tops of the trees illuminated by the sun. On this day the sun is at its lowest high, and it's remarkable just how low it is. It is now 2:30 and as I write the sky is painted pink and purple with the setting sun. Soon it will be dark again.
A cat followed us home from our walk and we brought it in and fed it. It seems to be keeping with some holiday tradition of feeding strangers. Of course the kids are sad we can't keep it.
This evening we will go grocery shopping. Nearly every store in town will be closed for a week, so this is our last chance to stock up on supplies.