Today is the winter solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the day of the year with the shortest period of daylight. Did you know that the Twin Cities are located on the 45th parallel. That’s exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole. This makes us further north than some parts of Canada, like Toronto for example.
I am betting that I am not alone when I say that I struggle with the dark and gloomy days of November and December here at the 45th parallel. Typically November and December are the least sunny months of the year for us. Even January has more sunshine. This time of year I leave for work in the dark, and return back home in the dark, which makes blog photo taking very challenging.
I often tell people that I don’t mind the cold or the snow, but if only winter weren’t so dark.
So I greet the arrival of the winter solstice with some relief knowing that from here on in we are going to slowly start getting more daylight hours each day. We’ll also start getting more sunshine during those daylight hours.
I am more than ready for that.
In the meantime, I’m going to take a bit of a blogging break over the holidays to regroup, spend time with friends and family, maybe even take a few naps. But I also want to focus on painting some furniture.
As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been posting five days a week since September. I didn’t really mean to start posting every week day, it just sort of happened because I had a lot of smaller projects going on that I wanted to share.
Plus, a I received a few comments on how much readers were enjoying getting a post every day. I didn’t want to disappoint people by cutting back on the frequency of my posts.
But after taking a bit of time to reflect on that, I’ve realized that daily blogging has taken too much time away from my true love which is painting furniture. Suddenly the furniture painting is taking a back seat to the blogging instead of the other way around. In addition, I often find myself rushing thru my projects so that I can get them done in time for another blog post. Quality is suffering in favor of quantity, and nobody wants that, right?
But don’t worry, I promise I won’t abandon you. I’ll be back to help you celebrate the new year (and the longer days).
I’ll share a recap of my favorite pieces from 2017 and I’ll definitely have some new furniture makeovers for you.
So be sure to stay tuned and in the meantime happy holidays to you and yours!