It takes the Earth about 365.242189 days — or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds — to circle once around the sun; roughly, it takes one year. If we don’t add an extra day every 4 years, we would lose about 6 hours every year, or in a century we’d be off by about 24 days.
Winter has officially arrived, and I’m already thinking spring 2020. I tell myself every nice day we have is one less day that we have a chance of cold, stormy weather. On sunny days, even in the winter, the greenhouses need to be ventilated to keep the temperature where the plants favor it. Plus, we’re not having to keep furnaces running to warm the space up for the plants. Plants are like us, they seem to do better on warm, sunny days!