Greetings and brrrrr! from a cold Chester County, PA. It is 17 degrees and the boys are still a little miffed with me regarding our morning walk even tho' they had on their wool coats to help in braving the cold temperatures. Many radio stations in this area are playing Holiday Music 24/7 and I love it. Except for a couple of exceptions, of course. Grandma and that tragic accident and the Italian Donkey are not my seasonal favorites but then again, who asked, right! On this day in 1958 the "Chipmunk Song" reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100. That success paved the way for many albums and singles, movies and an annual seller, their Christmas Album. Has anyone heard it? I finished wrapping presents yesterday afternoon, delivered a bench and then did some work later in the night. Today I am hoping to deliver the lighting fixtures that finally arrived after the email was left flying through the netherworld. Today is also the most common day for the winter solstice to occur. This is at the instant when the Sun's position in the sky is at its greatest angular distance on the other side of the equatorial plane from the observers hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the event of the winter solstice occurs some time between December 20 and December 23 each year in the northern hemisphere, and between June 20 and June 23 in the southern hemisphere, during either the shortest day or the longest night of the year, which is not to be confused with the darkest day or night or the day with the earliest sunset or latest sunrise. Did you all get that? I hate to argue, but I will experience tonight and am guessing that it is not the longest night of the year. Oh, what? I get it. 'Seeming' like the longest night of the year doesn't count. Gotcha. I am awaiting aqua and chocolate fabric and some thermal lining, which, at 17 degrees makes even more sense than when I ordered it and am also awaiting the arrival of friends from Naples, FL. Won't they be surprised when they step off of the plane. I got them a set of acrylic wine glasses and an acrylic wine cooler so they can have cocktails by the pool without worrying about broken glass. Oh, and some wine. Have a great day everyone. Depending on where you are stay either warm or cool. And if tonight is going to be the longest night of the year, well, plan accordingly. Today's photo is from this past Summer. If you look closely you can see dolphins in the distance.