I hope this finds you all well, and just about ready for Christmas this coming Friday (and there will be a Christmas/Weekend Post). And I hope everyone is safe and warm as Winter is fully upon us (well, you know what I mean. Hey, if it makes you feel any better, we’re supposed to get rain this weekend…).
I am excited that today (Saturday) brings the arrival of one of my oldest friends, here to spend the week with us in Grand Cayman. It will be her first visit here, so naturally, I cannot wait to show her this beautiful island Suzy and I enjoy so much. Suzy and I have a few things on the agenda already, including a submarine night trip, and a visit to one of our favorite places, Stingray City, on the Dawn morning trip (no more than 7 people, including the dive master, will be there).
Below is some footage Suzy shot on one of our trips out to Stingray City:
Neat, right? Such graceful creatures these stingrays are, don’t you think? I love to watch them “fly” underwater, since that is what it looks like they are doing. Amazing animals, soft to the touch, beautiful to watch swim, and just plain magical, I think. Being able to go there is such an amazing experience. I cannot wait to see them again…
This Tuesday the 22nd brings us the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. So break out the Yule Log and get a fire blazing to provide the light to last until the night is past.
And to celebrate the official arrival of Winter, I have a lovely song from Mary Chapin Carpenter:
What a beautiful way to bring in this season. Carpenter has such a way with words, and she encapsulates well the meaning of the Winter Solstice. “Find the light in everyone” are good words to bear in mind, especially during this holy, and holiday, season.
I also have a great mashup for you from The Piano Guys:
How, um, cool is that?! These guys are so amazingly talented, but the setting along with the tunes – both of them – seem mighty appropriate to ring in the beginning of Winter.
I hope you have a good weekend, Winter Solstice, and week leading up to Christmas. May you be safe and warm, may you travel safely, and may you feel the warmth of love during this season.
This is an Open Thread.