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Penguins

From the email inbox:
Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica? Where do they go?

Wonder no more!!!!!!!  It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life.  The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintain a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into, and buried.

The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

“Freeze a jolly good fellow.”
“Freeze a jolly good fellow.”

You really didn’t believe that I know anything about penguins, did you?
It’s so easy to fool OLD people.

I am sorry, an urge came over me that made me do it!!!
Oh, quit whining, ( I fell for it, too)

Winter Solstice

Today, December 21,  begins the first official day of winter. It is also the shortest day of the year, day light wise. As the days start getting longer again, we will have one extra second of day light beginning Wednesday, and as the days go by, gradually the sun will be rising earlier, and setting later, right up to June 21, then back to the days of getting shorter again.

With this being the first day of the winter solstice, depending where you are, cold, sometimes frigid weather, snow, sleet and if we’re lucky warmer temperatures and just plain old rain. I prefer the liquid over the white stuff, and surely not a big fan of black ice, since I’d practically wrecked my shoulder, from slipping on it, many years ago. The cold I can deal with, as I have always loved the cold weather, versus the hot, humid air that comes in during the summer. In any case, 90 days from now, spring will be here.