Thursday, December 1, 2011
December Thoughts of a Sagittarian
December 2011 is upon us. It was unusually mild today with clear skies and little if any wind. November was fairly mild too. There was no snow to speak of in November and no real cold snaps either.
You don't know how happy this makes me.
I am not a big fan of winter. I don't like ice fishing much, and am not really a downhill skier. I cross country ski and when I do, I really enjoy it. At the same time if it meant not skiing all year because there was no snow, I'll take the no snow, every time.
So if you throw in a mild week at the end of November and no snow as of Dec. 1st, well, that makes winter just that much shorter for me. Seriously, I appreciate every mild or snow/rain-less day.
I know, I know, if I don't like winter what am I doing living here? That is the question.
I did get my outdoor Christmas lights on today. I started this task 2 weeks ago but ran into two strings that were defective, so I just quit. Donna picked up a couple of new ones, and so I got them all up tonight. I am not a big outdoor light-show guy, but for some reason, it doesn't feel right if I don't do these eave lights every year. Tomorrow Ben and I are going to get a Christmas tree, and this weekend we'll put it up. As much as I hate the winter weather, I do love the holiday season.
As I was walking home from work on Tuesday, I came across a breathtaking sunset that I had to capture on my phone. It is the image shown above. It is these kinds of sunsets and landscapes that remind me of the power and beauty of God. It also evokes memories of Rob for some unknown reason which makes me sad and joyful at the same time.
The latest revelation about Rob's story that has occurred to me is that his passing at this young age, and the fact that he is in heaven already, has made my acceptance of my own fate much more bearable. It's not that I'm morbid or wanting death at all, only that if I was suddenly faced with it I would be much more able to deal with it knowing that he is there already. Another way to put it is that heaven, death and dying just got a whole lot less scary. I think this is a healthy outlook and am going to run with that for now.