No, that's not the winter solstice sun rising over my garden this morning. It's frost on my orange bowling ball, which cost me all of about $1.99 at my local thrift store. It decorates my garden, along with a blue one and a bright pink one.
This morning at 8:28 Pacific time the winter solstice occurred in the Northern Hemisphere. It's the shortest day of the year, and here in our Washington latitude the sun rose at 7:53 and will set tonight at 4:22 p.m., for 8 hours, 29 minutes and 3 seconds of daylight. It will not actually be our earliest sunset, that happened back on December 5, at 4:19. The temperature overnight got down into the mid-20s, which I think is cold.
I haven't been doing much gardening lately. It's been too cold, and when it hasn't been cold, it's been wet.
I've been baking cookies -- a specific type of cookie called a Jammie Dodger. The term Jammie Dodger is probably unfamiliar to most Americans, it's a British thing. They were a Christmas request from my husband Nigel, who, as many of you know, is English (and a Doctor Who fan, of course).
|Jammie Dodgers in the making|
Doctor Who Saves the World with a Jammie Dodger
I doubt if my Jammie Dodgers will save the world, but they are quite yummy. Cookies (biscuits if you're British) will probably save my sanity, in the absence of gardening.