I’m blessed with far too many friends to possibly send a physical greeting card to you all, so I hope you’ll accept this virtual facsimile from my family to yours. This year I was overwhelmed with incredible support from around the world, and today I want to send some warm thoughts back to all of you. I’m wishing you a very Happy Holidays and an amazing New Year. I hope in 2014 you find as the kind of simple joy my two jingle dogs experience when dashing through the snow.
No, that post title is not intended metaphorically. I am today quite literally writing about an honest-to-gosh saw. Over the past few months I’ve come to realize what a really wonderful thing it is to have the time for occasional idleness. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still pulling late nights and weekends when necessary to get something done that needs to be done, but by and large I’ve been far more successful in working a full day and then stepping away to enjoy what’s around me. As we’re into winter now, I’ve spent a bit of time the past few months stocking up on firewood. For me, that entails collecting fallen trees then cutting, splitting, and stacking the resulting pieces before you know, burning them.