photo: dove after flood detail from stained glass window

Rafe doesn’t feel well today, but just having him here gives me
hope. It’s a good day to feel hopeful, the first day of the year.
I think this photo is hopeful, too. It’s the dove carrying the
olive branch back to Noah’s ark after the flood, but doves and
olive branches have taken on other meanings since then.

We spent the day indulging in simple pleasures: We met our
dog-friends at a nearby skating rink, and gave each other plenty
of exercise as we all did our best to keep from falling down.