To me, well ... weather can't get much better than it's been for just about all of this December. Sunshine each day, no rain to speak of, temps right around the high 70s in the daytime and low 60s at night. It simply doesn't happen that way in December. But it happened that way this December.
So there I was on Saturday night, with all those stars. I had just finished dinner with Gwen, my girlfriend, at her place in Lighthouse Point. We stepped outside about 8:30 to take a walk and look at holiday lights. But the real lightshow was overhead. "Look at those stars," I said, "that's amazing!" It was amazing. Brilliant pinpoints and bright clusters and even a whole constellation or two plainly visible to the naked eye. At least one planet was obvious too - Mars I think, judging by the red cast to its light. Even among all the city light pollution, the Saturday night sky looked like something from a Van Gogh painting. In all my years of living here, I've observed similar stars in South Florida perhaps only nine or ten other times. Just gorgeous this weekend, really. That's what made me reflect on the entire month of December 2014, with stunning weather here while so much of the country has suffered unpleasant times, unfortunately for them. Lucky for us. I plan to savor every moment while it lasts, with the hope that 2015 brings our customary delightful winter and spring weather. All I know is that truly this is a December to remember for a long time ... If you're in town enjoying it with me, though, I guess you don't need a blog to tell you that, do you? The moment you step outside, it's as obvious as the stars in the sky.