Saturday, September 13, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

September moon, the Looking Backward Moon

The full Moon of September,  is again a supermoon,   it is nearer the earth, and therefore appears  larger. The moon always seems to look larger near the horizon no matter what moon it is, anyway that is my observation, and I was glad to find I am not the only one with that opinion.

 Gathering in Moon,  Harvest Moon and Hunters Moon are names it is also known by,  I don't know if it is true or not, the light from this full moon is said to have been used to for these vital  activities. Vine Moon, Turkey Moon, Acorn Moon, Apple Moon, Nut Moon, Chestnut  Noon, the first frosts will be here soon and after that they will be dormant under the snow.  The time to get in those last few apples, or go on a road trip, make repairs and gather supplies, before the biting cold of winter winds.

The Falling Leaves Moon and the Turning Leaves Moon, Michaelmas Daisy Moon, Frost Moon, Singing Moon, Hazel Moon are among it's names. This year the September full moon  really does bring in the season of colored leaves, cork stalks and pumpkin patches, last of the garden pickles and crisp clear nights.

From some long distant reading, I remember this Moon being called the Looking Backward Moon.   I am not sure what it meant, though perhaps it was more like looking over your shoulder , the book was about the Old West,  perhaps looking back to Spring and Summer, or even looking back over ones life in general.    And then again to look forward again. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

a Sorta Silent Saturday slice of Sience

'Fire rainbows' are a rare phenomenon that only occur when the Sun is higher than 58° above the horizon and its light passes through cirrus clouds made of ice crystals. At the right alignment, the ice crystals act as a prism, and refract the light to look like a rainbow. Photo by Livescience.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello September

Hello September

You are early this year. But never mind, the daylight is getting shorter, and the leaves are hinting at their true colors, there are Mammoth Sunflowers, and the fences are covered with morning glories, goldenrod, bursting into golden plumes....and the carefully tended pumpkin vines, wither as the great green pumpkins turn into orange globes,  tomatoes hang so heavy on the vine that the vine withers under their weight.  Before long there will be a wisp of smoke in the air, and even blankets to warm ourselves, under after a day of apple picking.

Thinking back to a time when shortly after Labor Day we returned, most of us very reluctantly to school.  Wearing our new clothes and new shoes that gave us blisters,  because we had been barefoot for most of the summer.  There to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.  Discuss the teachers we hated and why.  We grimaced our way through the first few weeks, but as the weather got colder, it wasn't so bad. It was something to do.  I lamented the lost freedom, the chance to roam around the hills  gathering fossils, berries, or nothing at all, except for  memories.  Then the first snows fell. And I was waited for Spring.

Later I sent my own off to school, I remember thinking, even saying that "This is the day you go out to join the world."  And hoping I done a good enough job. 

I relish the changing seasons and consider myself lucky to live where I can enjoy them.  But if I am being honest, they could all be a bit longer, except for winter, which should be the very shortest of all.

  • Classical Music Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Fall Hat Month
  • International Square Dancing Month
  • National Blueberry Popsicle Month
  • National Courtesy Month
  • National Piano Month
  • Chicken Month
  • Baby Safety Month
  • Little League Month
  • Honey Month
  • Self Improvement Month
  • Better Breakfast Month
September, 2014 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days: 1 Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator 1 Labor Day First Monday of month 2 National Beheading Day 3 Skyscraper Day 4 Newspaper Carrier Day 5 Be Late for Something Day 5 Cheese Pizza Day 6 Fight Procrastination Day 6 Read a Book Day 7 Grandparent's Day - first Sunday after Labor Day 7 Neither Rain nor Snow Day 8 International Literacy Day 8 National Date Nut Bread Day - or December 22!? 8 Pardon Day 9 Teddy Bear Day 10 Sewing Machine Day 10 Swap Ideas Day 11 911 Remembrance 11 Make Your Bed Day 11 No News is Good News Day 12 Chocolate Milk Shake Day 12 National Video Games Day - also see Video Games Day in July 13 Defy Superstition Day 13 Fortune Cookie Day 13 National Peanut Day 13 Positive Thinking Day 13 Uncle Sam Day - his image was first used in 1813 14 National Cream-Filled Donut Day 14 National Pet Memorial Day -second Sunday in September 15 Make a Hat Day 15 Felt Hat Day - On this day, men traditionally put away their felt hats. 16 American Legion Day 16 Collect Rocks Day 16 Step Family Day 16 Mayflower Day 16 Mexican Independence Day 16 National Play Doh Day 16 Working Parents Day 17 National Apple Dumpling Day 17 Citizenship Day 17 Constitution Day 18 National Cheeseburger Day 19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day 19  National Butterscotch Pudding Day 19 POW/MIA Recognition Day - Third Friday of September 20 National Punch Day 20 Oktoberfest, begins, date varies 21 International Peace Day 21 Miniature Golf Day 21 National Women's Friendship Day - third Sunday in September 21 World Gratitude Day 22 Business Women's Day 22 Elephant Appreciation Day 23 Checkers Day 23 Dog in Politics Day 24 National Cherries Jubilee Day 25 National Comic Book Day 26 Johnny Appleseed Day 26 Native American Day - fourth Friday of the month 27 Crush a Can Day 27 International Rabbit Day - Fourth Saturday in September 28 Ask a Stupid Question Day (one of my favorite days) 28 National Good Neighbor Day - Always September 28, previously the 4th Sunday in month 29 Confucius Day - Try your luck. Get a Fortune Cookie. 30 National Mud Pack Day ~~

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

rambling back

Of the many ways, and dates I use to mark the turning of the year, today the 97th anniversary of my Father's birthday is the one I am most grateful for. Not only because I wouldn't be here, but also because of the many things that as I get older I never realized  I learned from his quiet ways. And the ways, knowledge and ideas that are through him a gift from my ancestors...all of whom live on in what they passed  to him,  all the lives  touched by that legacy . 

I can't choose what was the most important part of this legacy, a legacy we all have, and not that we have to follow it perfectly or can't lend our own ideas to it.  Oh! wait, that is the biggest and most important part of it, handed down it becomes ones own. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014