Counting the Minuets

Despite our recent “falling back” to Standard Time, the sunrise comes later and later every morning. So we lose a minute or two of daylight every day.

But there’s good news. When the calendar hits December 21 and the Winter Solstice, the days will start to get longer — and will continue to get longer until the Summer Solstice on June 21.

No one tracks this cycle better than my nature-loving mother-in-law. She can cite the sunset or sunrise on any given day to within a minute. I predict that on December 22, she’ll say “We gained a minute of daylight today!”

So when I get depressed with the increasing darkness, I have my source to buoy by spirits and help me make the most of the daylight we do have.