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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

haiku "summer sighed"

 only tracks in white sand
when winds blow, summer sighed
 white sand turned white snow

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aug 20th National Radio Day

Radio, I can still remember listening to the radio before we got TV. That would have been in the early 50s.  In spite of, or may-be because of, the many advances  we still turn on the radio, for news and music. 

There was not much information on National radio Day, seems it's origins were in the 80s or may-be the 90s.  Radio itself was invented about 100 years earlier.  They were. and still are, a staple in American homes since  the 1920s, there were also a hand crank models for those who did not have electric yet.  The day when radio brought  soap operas, serials like Little Orphan Annie and The Lone Ranger or dramatic programming are gone, though some of the programming is still available, complete with the crackling and static.

We had an old gray Zenith radio on top of the refrigerator, and I had a few transistor radio to see me through my teen years from the British invasion, to the Jefferson Airplane.  TV was not aimed at the young audience in those days, Radio was still the place to get news, and little did I realize I was getting an education from those 5 min news segment every half hour.  The not so accurate weather forecasts fostered an interest in backyard meteorology. Radio was quick to find a new niche when TV came along and people wanted to see and  hear their "stories".   And that of course was music, especially once the very portable transistor radio came along.  My introduction to the transistor radio came during the 1960 World Series, one of the boys in our class started wearing what the teacher thought was a hearing aid, though most of us knew it was the earpiece of a transistor radio.  Radio also began to program with a younger audience in mind. My favorite station went off the air just before 6PM every day, way back then, and I would sit and listen to the "dead air" wondering what the town the station was in was like.    Those little radios accompanied me everywhere, on hikes or fishing, anywhere I might go.  It sang me to sleep at  night, when I was crushed by a heartbreak.  But then in the morning the battery was dead, and I was out of music until I could get another battery. 

 The huge furniture like tube radio sets, remnants of the previous decades  still sat in people parlors. The man who repaired our TV in those days also repaired  the furniture/radios.  It always seemed so very strange to listen to the Rolling Stones on a set meant to play Gabriel Heeter's newscast, or Kate Smith.   Listening to will Rodgers on  YouTube strangely doesn't seem the same way, at least to me. 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

black cat appreciation day-August 17th


My little friend here is all decked out to celebrate Black Cat Day Appreciation Day, August 17th.  He knows that he is one dapper fellow.  Black cats are more likely to be male than female, the Bombay, is the only all black breed. They are the offspring of a Burmese  and a black American shorthair.   The American Cat Fanciers Association recognizes  black cats in 22 breeds.  Cats with black and some white,  called  "tuxedo "cats, are often credited with be very loyal to, and protective of  their humans.   
The adoption of Black Cats from animal shelters, is a part of this holiday.  Unfortunately , black cats are  more difficult to find homes for.  Rumor has it that in the United Kingdom. people are leaving black cats at shelters because the cats don't photograph well....which in the words of Capt.  Peacock "neither rhythms nor scans".
Poor little guys and gals, they were once worshipped.  The ancient Egyptians  followed Bast ( also Baast or Bastet) shown as a black cat or a woman with a cats head.
Cats were mummified, and ritually buried.  Killing a cat was punishable by death.  The cat, domesticated in about 1000BC, is one of the more recent domestication.  Cats would tell you that they are not domesticated, unless they want to be.
The industrious nature of rats and mice was revered by the church during the medieval era, and the cat with it's mysterious comings and goings, and moods, was considered to have evil intentions, sadly they were hunted and killed for their alleged connections with witches and devils.  The images of rats who carried the plague  can be found in churches built during this time.

Owners of black cats are warned to keep their cats indoors at Halloween to keep them safe.


Black domestic cat (Wikipedia)
Black jaguar (Wikipedia)
Melanism, the term that describes being  black  is also found in the  wild cat breeds.   It may help in camouflaging the animal making it easier to ambush prey.  there is some evidence that melanism  is linked with increased resistance to pathogens.   Of the 36 species of wild felines, 11 have black or melanistic  color phases.
Black leopard (Wikipedia)

 It has been a very long time since I had a cat sharing my life, but when the times comes, I hope a black cat picks me.    I have had, black rabbits, black goats,  a black rooster, and a black snake, and if hubby had his way black scorpions....and a very overprotective tuxedo.  Think I'll call him or her "Inky", and may-be buy us both a top hat.