i've realized that i spend most of my winter in a hibernation of sorts. when summer gets here, my days get longer and longer, and give way to night. once all the tasks of life are dealt with, i often find myself shuffling out to the porch at 10:45 or so. it feels so good to just sit and listen to the crickets, watch fireflies, and have a popsicle. it's even better when david joins me. sometimes we giggle. well. ok. i do the giggling, he just laughs a bit. sometimes we process some bit of our day. but mostly it just feels good. and when we finally stretch out our old bones and shuffle back inside, the clock winks at me, 12:07, and i don't even miss the extra sleep.