Happy Winter Solstice (12 hours late…sorry) and Happy Birthday Gracie!!!

Yes, late on the Solstice Greetings…so sorry.  The last two years we’ve had big Solstice parties, complete with bonfire in the back, bell ringing and wishes for the coming months!  The wishes ranged from world peace (yes, that was my mom) to saving the polar bears’ land (that was Gracelyn) to people just getting along (himself no less).  There were many more and though some of them didn’t specifically come true in the last two years, our Solstice celebrations were a time to gather with family and friends and share some love.  Also to celebrate little Gracelyn Cassidy’s birthday!!

She is a Solstice baby..born at 4:43 pm on December 22, 2006…the time and day of the Winter Solstice that year (it moves between a couple of days each year).  So in order to make sure her birthday doesn’t get lost in the spirit of the holiday season, we try to make a big deal of the Winter Solstice and her place in it.

That being said, we didn’t ring in the Solstice last night…there was no bonfire.  For a couple of reasons really.  One, the munchikin is very sick…going on eight days now…I won’t go into the gory details, but suffice it to say there’s not been a lot of sleeping the last several nights –for the momster anyway.  Mommies never sleep when a wee one is vomiting all night.  Or thrashing from a fever.  Mommies truly are SUPERHEROES…right ladies?  …….not to toot my own horn or anything…but sometimes my superpowers amaze even me.

Wow, I digress.

The second reason for no Solstice celebration/bonfire was the teeny, weeny, itsy, bitsy, miniscule little concern that the fire could spark something bigger and whooaaaaa……the end of the world.

I didn’t want that on my hands.  I’ve got enough to deal with right now.

So…Happy Winter Solstice a day late.  This is a time to reflect on the coming year, to be grateful for what has gone before, to cherish time with loved ones and to rejoice in this beautiful earth…the nature all around us if we but take the time to see it and experience it.

(We finally got about 14 inches of the white stuff last week…here are some pics from the front and back door…sorry…I didn’t venture any further out…it was below zero and a wee bit chilly.  The wind has been blowing the last couple of days, moving it around a bit.  We’re supposed to have more tomorrow and Christmas Eve…so we’ll see how it ends up.  See the $$$$$$$Rudolph? Hint:  Pic #2 under the blanket of snow on the rock post.)

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About madranchwife

Mother, Mad Ranchwife(as in--at times-- crazy, nutso, loco, off-my-rocker insane), Veterinarian, Physical Therapist, "Liberal, pinko, gay-loving, Subaru-driving Socialist" (as I've been called), proud to be a totally tree-huggin', climate change believin', granola girl environmentalist, ObamaGirl, Pro-Choice (don't even get me started here...), and in my younger days a feminist vegetarian as a result of time spent at CU Boulder (this lasted approximately 14 months, until all the Jimmy Buffett I was listening to caused me to crave a cheeseburger). Now I just get pleasure out of swimming against the stream and ruffling a few feathers here in the wild west state of Wyoming!
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