what a beautiful day to start my 4th favourite day of the year!
lots of people love christmas...me - not so much. some people love and celebrate a variety of christian and/or jewish holidays. again, me - not so much. some people love to celebrate their birthdays, wedding anniversaries and a variety of other special days. and that's all good and fine.
i have 4 days every year for the past 15 years that i celebrate with unbounded joy! the first and foremost day that i love is january 19 - the day i met jambaloney. it doesn't matter that we often forget our anniversary on the actual day - usually by january 20 or 21 or 22 one of us remembers and then we celebrate - bahahahah!
my second favourite day of the year is february 13 - the first time we told each other that we loved each other. for some reason we never forget that day.
my third favourite day of the year is the second monday of october as that is when Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in canada. i love it because for me, it begins the cycle of a new year. the harvest is in, preserving and canning starts, and plans for next year's garden begins.
and today, december 22nd, is my 4th favourite day of the year. the reason: because yesterday was the shortest day and longest night of the year! we are now moving in to the time of longer days, more sunshine and it makes both jambaloney and i feel renewed. the Solstice has passed and we are one step closer to spring. we still have to get through proper winter but winter is the season to sort our seeds, plan next year's garden, make snow angels for our friend Max, hopefully build a snowman for JUGM and Senior's boys, make hearty and filling meals, re-read all of our Harrowsmith magazines, spend time together learning new skills, writing more blog posts, enjoying the hottub in the freezing cold, and talking and planning about what we want to accomplish in the new year.
today is our "New Year's Day". my man is at work on-site all morning and then bringing the truck in to have some part fixed or whatnot. he gets such great service at our dealership. he will be home at the end of the day but when he gets home, it will be a little bit less dark than usual. i love december 22!
and to celebrate - we'll be having this for supper!
(and just to clarify for my friend Sol - even though we have gone off milk, cream, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream, etc. - we still use butter. butter doesn't have any casein in it whereas the aforementioned things are loaded with casein. we get really good organic butter here and so butter stays in our meal plans. however, i am going to try to make a hollondaise-type sauce using coconut milk. stay tuned for the results.)
well - those are my favourite days of the year. and today, being my 4th favourite, is feeling mighty fine. i hope you all are enjoying this day too!