Winter has arrived and with it the holiday season has been brought to the forefront. It is a time of celebration with loved ones and of reflection on our priorities. The shorter days and long colder nights give us the necessary backdrop for a season where we can be thankful for our families, friends and homes. But along with all the positives comes the frustration of trying to make arrangements for dinners and a holiday get-together that works around everyone's busy schedule.
It seems that as we grow older it becomes increasingly difficult to get everyone to meet at a time that agrees with all the individual schedules. After all, the children now are married and have responsibilities with their spouse's family that also require consideration. So we do what we can, make what seems like never ending changes and strive to see everyone - especially the grand kids - at least once during the holiday season. And we try so hard to keep in mind that even though the times can be trying, we are most thankful for a healthy and safe family.
Some days I just want to pull the warm covers up over my head and stay in my toasty bed as long as possible. But the dog has other desires that require daily attention no matter what the outside may hold in store. So I reluctantly get up to an excited canine of 8o pounds that is overjoyed to see me rise, get dressed and open the door for her. She rushes out to see if the yard has been invaded. Alas, after a scan of the yard, there is no sign of an invader and she then takes care of business and returns to the door awaiting re-entry and the forthcoming treat. Yes she is spoiled. Loved and spoiled. And she knows it.
Such are my winter days and I hope you can enjoy the same joys that I do, not just during winter but on a daily basis all year round. May God bless and keep you safe from harm.