Looking the back door I saw the old yellow bench which we don’t sit on because some of the slats are missing and it is not that comfortable. But it is bright and a nice contrast sitting among the oaks and the ferns. The squirrels use it sometimes as a feeding station and the jays will land there and scold the cat that also hangs out there. Since we are now a few days past December the 21st the days will begin to lengthen and soon the trees will bud and the crocuses will push through the now frozen ground. Life will begin anew.