Tuesday, February 9, 2016

haiku~~powerful





a mans hand piles stone
rain, sunshine, carried on the wind
a seed rests then grows

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A mostly silent Sunday with the works of Chelsey Bahe














 

 
 
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

haiku~~~ coax the embers



frost ferns on the window
coaxing embers into fire
and the coffee perks

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Imbolic ramble


" Clearing the way with the fiery brilliance of insight, which comes from visiting the deep, dark internal winter of our souls and seeing therein our own part in the constant and continually changing cycles of life."~~~  Donnna Henes

The  long nights of winter are over and Gaia stirs in her sleep, pulls her snowy blanket closer and returns to her slumber, knowing that she must soon wake.   It may not feel like that to us, as we crave the warmth of the sun, and the freedom of not having to wear heavy clothing  to venture out doors as our woodpiles  shrink.   Though apples, potatoes and cabbages are still in storage, something fresh form the garden, not the grocery store would be nice.  The long nights are beginning to give way to the lengthening daylight.  My thoughts turn from the stillness and reflection of winter to  longer days and wanderlust.  

The fire in the woodstove has been allowed to die out and will soon be rekindled.  There will still be snow and wind and wicked chill, but the darkest of winter is behind us now.  Welcome to the light and life and blessing of this Imbolic.

"It is better to light one candle, than to curse the darkness."  ~~The Christophers


Sunday, January 31, 2016

A not at all silent Sunday with Punxtitauney Phil

Groundhog Day is an annual traditional that occurs every year on February 2nd. Legend has it that if a groundhog comes out of his burrow and sees his shadow, he'll be frightened and run back to his home and hibernate, signifying six more weeks of winter. If however he doesn't see his shadow, he'll stay out and spring will come six weeks early. There are many weather prognosticating groundhogs around the world and many Groundhog Day celebrations. Arguably the most famous groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil who lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where there are huge Groundhog Day celebrations every year. Other towns and cities have their own groundhogs and celebrations as well including Staten Island Chuck on Staten Island in New York City, New York and Balzac Billy in Balzac, Alberta, Canada.

~~~~most of the information, pictures etc in this post are from http://countdowntogroundhogday.com/   ,please visit it this site for more fun and


 
 






the stump used by Phil when he makes his prediction at Gobbler's Knob


Phantastic Phil - “Phillage”

In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, there are 32 6 foot tall fiberglass groundhogs scattered throughout the town. These statues are known as Phantastic Phils. The first Phantastic Phil was named “Phillage” and first appeared on Groundhog Day, 2004. It was sponsored by The Groundhog Cluband painted by local artist Kelly Porada. I took this photo of the statue on a recent trip to Punxsutawney.

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During the hours before dawn on February 2nd, a crowd of hearty revelers gather on Gobbler's Knob  to await Phil's prediction.  If however you are the more stay at home type of  you might want to gather a group of friends and some refreshments and sing  some groundhog carols while waiting for Phil to make his appearance.  There are more songs and activities on the website. 



The Twelve Days of Groundhog Day lyrics
On the first day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
A baby groundhog on the ground.

On the second day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the third day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the fourth day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Four flying groundhogs,
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the fifth day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Five singing groundhogs,
Four flying groundhogs,
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the sixth day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Six pet groundhogs,
Five singing groundhogs,
Four flying groundhogs,
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the seventh day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Seven hungry groundhogs,
Six pet groundhogs,
Five singing groundhogs,
Four flying groundhogs,
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the eighth day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Eight swimming groundhogs,
Seven hungry groundhogs,
Six pet groundhogs,
Five singing groundhogs,
Four flying groundhogs,
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the ninth day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Nine king groundhogs,
Eight swimming groundhogs,
Seven hungry groundhogs,
Six pet groundhogs,
Five singing groundhogs,
Four flying groundhogs,
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the tenth day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Ten growling groundhogs,
Nine king groundhogs,
Eight swimming groundhogs,
Seven hungry groundhogs,
Six pet groundhogs,
Five singing groundhogs,
Four flying groundhogs,
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the eleventh day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Eleven bouncy groundhogs,
Ten growling groundhogs,
Nine king groundhogs,
Eight swimming groundhogs,
Seven hungry groundhogs,
Six pet groundhogs,
Five singing groundhogs,
Four flying groundhogs,
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

On the twelfth day of Groundhog Day
an acquaintance gave to me:
Twelve mommy groundhogs,
Eleven bouncy groundhogs,
Ten growling groundhogs,
Nine king groundhogs,
Eight swimming groundhogs,
Seven hungry groundhogs,
Six pet groundhogs,
Five singing groundhogs,
Four flying groundhogs,
Three digging groundhogs,
Two fuzzy groundhogs,
And a baby groundhog on the ground!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The wonderfulness of Social Media on a bitter cold day

 subtitle~~  Your attention please, History Channel, potential programming idea


 The weather has been really cold, going outside is so no fun, so I thought, why not take this time as an excuse to upgrade my knowledge of what is popular in social media.  And other than the sundry political chatter , it still seems the major topics are ridiculous shoes and cats.   The idea that cats are aliens is really a new one to me, but then they have been worshipped by the Egyptians and reviled by the Christian Church, who among other things thought cats were lazy and useless and that rats were industrious and to show their approval of the vile vermin put them into church art, but the rats carried the plague and well we know how that worked out, don't we: and a whole bunch of stuff  has been said about them by much less reliable souses, so who knows.   If you turn your head just so and squint a bit, and unfocus you eyes they look like the alien in the closing credits of Star Trek, who I affectionately call Herbert F. Solow , because that is the name imprinted over his image, and BTW , there is a real Mr. Solow, hes about 85 and has written about His years working at Desilu Studios,and working on Star Trek and OMG, IDK but I think that image of the alien has inspired the "grays" just using the theory on mass illusion, just sayin'.  Oh, and before I forget, I always wondered why Desilu Studios made Star Trek, I mean weren't they about sit coms??  An furthermore bet you didn't know Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown , New York, and that here is a big mural of her and Desi and Fred and Ethel on the side of a building there. She was a very intelligent woman and once said something like, "You have to be smart to play dumb."  that should be a meme.

So the other day someone asked me who created the internet, and why.  I didn't know the answer, but I know I can search it  and find the answer.  But being smart mouthed I said  " You ever hear that thing about aliens thinking cats are worshipped by humans, and they created the internet so that they could post tributes to them?". 
She seemed to think I was serious, well I wasn't then, but now I am.  " Yeah, I get  it."she said "and you know that guy on Ancient Aliens he should do a program about  cats."  don't you just hate that moment when you don't know how to answer?  Yeah, that's right! 

So later on I looked it up, Googled it, and look what I found.  and there were all sorts of obviously Photoshopped  pictures and out of focus video  of weird occurrences and even weirder creatures. 

However these videos are in focus,I mean I know this is like supposed to be funny, but ....but I just can't help wondering.   And I hate it when that happens, it's creepy, not like dolls or clowns, neither of which I  think are creepy, but more like when two people say the same thing at the same time.  I watched  several hours of this evidence, purely for research.



and as if that wasn't enough, hers another one

This stuff is all entertainment, something to do on a day when it is too cold and the snow is so deep you can't even get out of the driveway, or just don't want to.  It's probably OK to include your cat, because after all your cat might know more than you know, probably has 9 lives, kinda like Dr Who, and has probably trained you telepathically to do his or her bidding and be his or her obedient slave.  Anyway that was how it always works at my house.   All that cuteness and intelligence too, imagine that.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

haiku~~~~my feet are cold

 
 
snow falling all night
 feet so cold I couldn't sleep
the sun is coming up