Last night I worked until a bit after 6 p.m. at the office. I was dreading going out into the gloom and I saw that the sky was still a bit lit up! When I went out to the car it was not pitch black and I didn’t need my little keychain flashlight. Oh, that is the first sign to me that winter isn’t eternal. What a great moment.
February 2nd is the half way point of winter, though. It’s: Groundhog Day, Candlemas Day, St Blaize’s day (invoked against throat diseases), Imbalc and Lughnasagh in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and Inventors’ Day in Thailand!