Solstice greetings from 33.1284° N, 107.2528° W.
This being the winter solstice, the warmth from the (safely contained) bonfire I built was welcome.
The bonfire had twofold purpose: to symbolically mark the sun’s nadir, and to generate ash and bio char from garden stalks and other prunings from the season past.
After some sawdusty woodwork, on a project to turn salvaged planks into a seed packet display box for my market stall in the new season, I treated myself to a solstice soak in the healing hotsprings waters downtown. My choice (because there are at least ten) was the historic 1930s Charles bathhouse. Their water is the hottest. Their people the best. I was grateful they had a tub available for me.