It's raining lightly and they are calling for a good chance of freezing rain in the later evening hours, as the temperature is expected to dip. A new cold front is being pushed our way by a Colorado low system, which is also expected to bring some wind gusts with it (60kmh/max). We'll be meandering back by the Rockcliffe Parkway, 50 to 60 klicks... takin' 'er easy. Mind you, Timothy's closed at 1500hrs today, so we won't be able to share a nice, hot cup of chai latté on the way home, as has become our habit these OC Transpo-less days... But that's alright... We have a good-sized container of their special mix at home. We'll just brew some up after our lobster supper.
We don't have a tree up yet and for all I care right now, it's not an emergency. There may be one sitting there, waiting to be decorated when I get in, but if not... it's all the same to me. The smell of a tree is very evocative of Christmas to me, but it's not deemed absolutely essential. The food? The stockings? Yeah, pretty much necessary. Somehow the thought of not having to test and thread many strings of lights (with never a replacement bulb in sight and all the stores closed...), provides a wonderfully stress-free atmosphere in which to begin enjoying these Yuletide Holidays.