The shortest day of the year has just passed us by—and we didn’t have to be awake long to see the daylight portion of it pass. Up at the crack of dawn means about 11:00 AM. And you’d have to be sick to go to bed at sunset (about 2:45 PM). It’s been a little cool up here this week. It was -36 F a couple of days ago on my drive in—crispy cold. But we’ve been keeping busy and warm, looking forward to the holiday break as everyone else has. Today we begin creeping upward in day length (a whole minute!). The sun is skimming low across the southern horizon, and it looks like a Christmas card outside with the snow sparkling in the tree branches.