Happy New Year, everyone!
And Merry Christmas, again, for it is still Christmas until Epiphany on January 6. We're up to maids-a-milking, if you're keeping count.
On New Year's Eve Afternoon, we went out to do a few errands: to the library to pick up The Road to Character by David Brooks, a book recommended by our rector; to Staples where we accomplished nothing except discovering that our magic (corporate) credit card no longer gives a discount (boo!); and then to Steak 'n Shake for the supposed highlight of the trip, a half-priced Speculoos Cookie Butter milkshake!
The milkshake was all we could have wanted, but that it was worth waiting nearly an hour for is questionable. It seemed that half the world was at Steak 'n Shake, and the other half was on the roads. The traffic was ... I was going to say unimaginable, but we could well imagine that it would be yet worse at night, with half the drivers drunk, and therefore were very glad to be planning a quiet evening at home.
Lo and behold, 2016 came in just fine without me being awake to welcome it. I guess the world doesn't revolve around me after all.
I went for a swim on the last day of 2015, and again on the first day of 2016. That's a first for me: our pool is screened and well-shaded and has never in my memory been so warm at this time of year. If you live in Florida long enough, you get used to surprises from the weather. Last week the water temperature was 72 degrees (the year-round temperature of our freshwater springs), but today had climbed to an unbelievable 75. Today's high is predicted to be 86 degrees, but this may be the peak: tomorrow is supposed to be 20 degrees cooler.
May your 2016 be blessed with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (See banner above.)