Frigid. That’s an apt way to describe the last week of the year. We reached a high of about -2F / -19C on Christmas Day, and today, December 28th, we finally climbed above zero to a balmy 12 degrees. The high for the next three days looks to vary between about zero and 10 below zero. The HIGH.
I will say nothing makes me appreciate a warm house and a hot meal or cup of coffee/tea as much as icy winter. We work all day, but we hibernate when we come in at night.
We did have a blessed Christmas in spite of the cold. A whirlwind of food, family, travel, and gifts. Speedy enjoyed tearing paper and eating cookies, but I think it will be another year before the true wonder and magic of Christmas come alive for him. I can’t wait. I really enjoy his current age though as he discovers new words, new preferences, and shrieks at me with glee. Or little fits of toddler anger. 😉 He’s almost as cute either way.
Year-end also brings lots of paperwork and accounting, and that’s especially true this year with our new farm transition structure. It’s making my evenings as busy as my days, but I’ll get through the worst of it by the end of January. Somehow. We are still working on moving, and originally we’d hoped to be moved to the farm by the end of the year. Now my goal has adjusted to be settled before Speedy’s birthday. That gives us until late March – which is more than generous. If our house is sold by then even better!
I’ve written less this year than ever, but I still enjoy chronicling tidbits about farming, weather, cows, running, and family. I love and appreciate the feedback my readers share, and I thank you for sticking with me through another year. It’s been a full and hard and crazy year, but as I reflect on this cold evening I can also see it has been very blessed.