The Summer Solstice is upon us. Up here in Alaska, it arrives at 7:32pm, today, Sunday, the 20th of June 2021.
This is a poignant day for us and those in other Northern climes and locations around the world.
Elsewhere this day does not have the meaning it has here in the far North. To us it means the beginning of the long downward slide into the short days (The Winter Solstice) of winter. Yes it takes time. Yes it takes a month or more before we really begin to feel the days getting noticeably shorter, but that doesn’t matter, in our hearts we know the sun is beginning to turn Southward as of today.
And life continues for us.
We are still closely following the NBA (National Basketball Association) playoffs as the Conference Finals begin. Today the Los Angeles Clippers will play (‘our’) Phoenix (Arizona) Suns. Because of the time (dating back to November of 2016) we have been spending in Arizona at the Mayo Clinic and elsewhere in the Greater Southwest, we feel a close association with the Suns.
And we continue to take very pleasant evening walks to The Sitka Street Park here in our local neighborhood. Our visits to the park are happy and joyous and wonderful. We have a favorite bench with a comfortable back we sit upon (when it is vacant that is) and just watch the happy doings all around us.
The Picnic Pavilion rocks.
The children enjoy their various favorite playground activities.
Ah yes. Then the reality of our ages and life come into play.
Last Friday the 18th, Patti and I were up early for her appointment at our local Hospital for a throat endoscopy to check the status of her Barrett’s Esophagus. For all, and perhaps more than you want to know about these medical issues, the two Mayo Clinic links below will bring you up to date.
And we continue to enjoy several live, in-person, meetings a week.
Happy Summer Solstice to you wherever you are.
Patti and Cap
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