The stars are aligning today. I will be alone in my house for a few hours of sweet solitude. Z and the boys left at 7 am to go snowboarding for the day. My brother and his lovely family are heading up to the cottage late morning to spend a few days with friends. So from 11 to whenever the lads return, I will be utterly alone.I will admit that my plans include vacuuming up pine needles and laundry as well as eating leftovers, knitting, and reading. But it will be in silence, which has been a scarce commodity these past couple of weeks. And desperately needed.