In the early pre-dawn hour I reach from my bed and switch on the heater, it was colder than usual.  I know the science behind the cold weather; east winds and clear skies.  For now I cuddle under my blankets with my two dogs.   As I drifted back to sleep I was thinking it will be a sunny day at the lighthouse.  I will enjoy it if I dress warm enough.

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Our bed.  I haven’t convinced the dogs that the floor is a good place to sleep.

Sadie jumps off the bed at 5:00 am demanding her walk.  I do not ignore her commands.  She is a mature girl of 14 years and knows when she needs to go.  Like many seniors, she lacks the bladder control she once had and I move fast when she needs to go out.  I throw on my coat and head lamp, slide on my muck shoes, clip the dogs to their leashes and head outside.  I am already familiar enough with my neighbors to not be concerned about walking around in my fleece PJs.  It is a quick walk in the dark and most likely all my neighbors are asleep.

Later in the day I pack multiple layers of clothing including, hats, mittens, scarf, earmuffs, long underwear, extra sweater and head to the lighthouse at 10:30. My shift today is 11:00 to 2:00.  Surprisingly it wasn’t too cold and windy at the lighthouse.  The sun is out and the winds have died.

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View from my work

There are four of us at the lighthouse today which gives us time to stand outside and talk with the visitors.  With the smooth calm waters I see many sea lions, a number of whale spouts, and I saw a falcon that routinely sits on a rock by the lighthouse.   I named him/her Perry.

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