Seems our little island’s close proximity to Libya (150 miles south over the Libyan Sea) has some folks at home worried. No need for concern. Other than an increase in unusual looking aircraft coming in and out of the base, everything is pretty much normal for this time of year…normal meaning VERY quiet…EXTREMELY quiet…yawn… zzzzz. The weather alone drives a person indoors. Whether it’s sideways rain, blasting winds, chilling temps or that strange phenomenon of dirty “fog” that blows in from the south (hence called “Kadhafi dust’), it’s tempting spend the winter months indoors eating, drinking and resting up for the excitement of the coming spring and summer. But, compared to the extreme weather in the NE United States and even in our beautiful Colorado, we have pretty mild weather here so that a daily walk or weekend bike ride is still possible. Each season here brings its distinct beauty and purpose, plus the winter weather provides the necessary R&R (rest and rain) to prepare for the hot, dry, busy months of summer.
We’ve enjoyed our second winter here even more than our first mostly because we have relished the fellowship of good friends. Board games, bible studies, crafting with the girls, orange picking in Modi, Richard’s famous waffle breakfasts, chili nights at the Artemis, hiking, biking and fireside lunches in a mountain taverna – all are enriched by sharing those times with the people we cherish.