Happy whatever you call it

October 8, 2018

Today is Columbus Day, at least that’s what we used to call it
back in the day. We were told in school it is to celebrate his
arrival in America on October 12, 1492. So why are we observing
the celebration on the 8th? We haven’t got a clue.

Columbus Day has been around since 1792 in various forms and
some don’t recognize the holiday at all. Alaska, Florida,
Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Vermont don’t recognize
Columbus Day.

Hawaii has Discoverer’s Day in honor of the Polynesian
discoverers of Hawaii. Vermont has Indigenous People’s Day,
South Dakota has Native American Day. Oregon renamed it
Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Several cities declared today something different from the
original name and it is now believed Columbus didn’t
discover America anyway so why bother. We don’t know as we
weren’t there. We’re old not dead.

And although Iowa and Nevada don’t declare it an official
holiday the governors proclaim the day each year. So regardless
of what you call today, whether you recognize it as a holiday or
not; Happy Whatever You Call it!

This post is late as I had a good intention of waking early and
taking off like a herd of turtles. Instead, while my mind said
go my body said not on my watch. But the chores got done and I
feel halfway human now. Golden years my rosy red behind!

Enjoy or Monday, or whatever you call it, as we will. Now I
need a lot more coffee to finish the rest the day.
Comments are always welcome.

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Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2018


Remembering

May 28, 2018


Here’s the deal

May 27, 2018

Tonight if you have a clear sky and look to the southeast at
dusk you will see the planet Jupiter near the moon. It won’t be
hard to spot as it appears as a bright star, but it is Jupiter.

We’ll have an even better event in a few months. Around July 7
to September 7 Mars will be brighter than Jupiter and it is
supposed to glow red.

And the full moon officially occurs on May 29th yet in the
Western U.S. it will be closer to full on the 28th. As happens
some times those of us on the mainland won’t be able to see the
moon at the exact moment when it turns full. But we can get
close enough we won’t be able to tell the difference.

Watched the sun go down last night with temperatures in the
middle 90s and heat indexes we don’t even want to think about.
I’m not complaining either, just moving a little slower when
outside.

I don’t think the feral cats like the heat. This one just
plopped down and took a nap. The others were hiding somewhere as
they didn’t even come out to eat.

Enjoy our Sunday as tomorrow is a day of remembrance. Memorial
Day is when we remember and honor those who gave all.
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Happy Mother’s Day

May 13, 2018


On May Day

May 1, 2018

Today is May Day and we thought it time for a little history of the
day. Ancient Celts called the event “Beltane”, the day halfway
between spring and summer. Young people were paired with a mate
and if the courtship continued the wedding would be held six
weeks later on June’s Midsummer’s Day.

The dance around the Maypole had a whole different meaning back
then. As happens the Maypole has been sometimes banned over the
eons usually because those who did the banning believed those
who did the Maypole dance were taking part in fertility rites.
Others banned it because of it’s pagan origins and the dance
inspired bawdy revelry.

Maypole dances today are choreographed and are something to
see. The multi colored ribbons circling the pole as the dancers
weave and twirl are usually done in historic areas today.

There are many May Day traditions and we’ll mention a few here.
Farmers plant corn, cucumbers, and turnips today. Kids can go
barefoot on May Day for the time, beekeepers move bees, and
fishermen expect to catch fish today.

Some groups crown a May Queen and neighbors might leave baskets
of of flowers on each other’s doorstep, and in Hawaii today is
called Lei Day.

Lore has it if a maiden gathers dew before sunup and sprinkles
her face with it, she will enjoy luck and youthful beauty for
the rest the year.

So enjoy our May Day and I’ll get some more coffee.
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Of full moons and unicorns

March 30, 2018

I had good intentions of doing an early post today but our
computer decided it didn’t want to work. So there I was, ideas
flowing from my brain like rainbows over a field of daffodils
and unicorns. Rabbits were scampering, deer eating fallen apples
from a nearby tree, and songbirds twilled from every branch.

That made me think of the full moon tomorrow night and Easter
on Sunday. The full moon tomorrow will be the second, and last,
blue moon this year. That hasn’t happened since 1999 and it
won’t occur again until 2037.

And Easter falls on April Fools Day this year. That begs some
questions. We all know about the Easter Beagle who leaves eggs
and treats under the kitchen table as we snooze: but will he
pull a trick and not leave treats this year?

The Easter Beagle could be a prankster who leaves eggs filled
with broccoli this year! It’s too horrible to think about. Of
course we haven’t had a visit from the Easter Beagle since the
kids moved out, but with our luck he’d stop by with eggs filled
with green vegetables. The wife would like that while I’d be
searching for the candy.

Yes the post is late again even though I tried. If you must get
mad at someone try the unicorns, rabbits, deer, birds and the
Easter Beagle. Enjoy our Friday as that means Easter weekend is
here. Now I’m headed for more coffee and the leftover pizza I
spotted earlier.
Comments are always welcome.