Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Moon

The moon in the sky at mid-day is one of my favorite sights.  It has always been a wonder to me, I find it hard to look away, and I want to stay and watch it. 

Aprils full moon is often called the full Pink Moon, or even the Yellow Moon, perhaps these manes come from the misty atmospheric conditions at this time of year. I don't know.  Other names on the list are the Ashes Moon, perhaps for the trees, but to me more likely for the amount of ashes that have accumulated from the hearth fire over the winter, and this year were very useful as anti skid on the patches of ice that remained too long.  The tress have finally begun to bud out, hence the Budding Moon, and I did see a few rabbits, The Hare Moon, though Hare is a European term, the first day of fishing season, thus the Fishing Moon, though more likely the ice has finally melted on the ponds and lakes, the water is warming up and it is easier to catch the more active and hungry fish.  I wonder if Bullhead Moon refers to the fish or the attitude of those who have had to wait too long to get back into their gardening routine this year.   The Egg Moon, the Tulip Moon, The Grass Greening Moon, The Wind Moon, The Maple Sugar Moon, are all pretty self explanatory. The White Lady Moon, what a beautiful name, refers to Beltane, and that the Goddess is mirrored not only by the moon, but by  white flowers.
Willow moon, the willows are among the first trees to green up, and I can recall making willow whistles with my Dad, that was a big treat.   Frog moon, the sound of  a chorus spring peepers, a tiny frog, means spring to me and last evening as I finished raking a section of the yard, I paused to listen to them,  what magical voices.

The Moon when Nothing Happens...truly sounds odd, one possible meaning is that some people fear the Blood Moon is a sign of impending doom, but there have been many Blood Moons and so far, nothing has happened, could be the origin of this odd name.

Of all of the name on the list of full moon names that were sent to me , my favorite  for this month by far was the  Broken Snowshoe Moon...yes break those snowshoes, those broken down snowshoes... use them for kindling the bonfires of Spring....we surely do deserve some warm weather.

 Vega Star Carpenter

And here we all be under the Wind Moon, so I thought it might be appropriate to celebrate with prayer flags. Homemade prayer flags, with homemade prayers, a prayer can  be as simple as the word,  like HOPE, drawn on a cloth square with magic marker or a complex as you want them to be.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 11th is Eight Track Tape Day

Return with me now to those glorious days of yesteryear, when people still rolled  down the windows in their vehicles for ventilation, when both men and women wore platform shoes, and had big hair.  Disco ruled, I will never understand that, especially all that, sweaty almost bullet proof polyester.   A time when recycling meant making things out of milk cartons and tin cans, I still have several pencil holders made from Spaghetti'Os cans, most don't even have pencils in them,  would feel so guilty if I tossed them out though.

However I did toss out my eight tracks....all except for a few that I found in a very snazzy, shinny case, made specifically for eight track tapes.  And they were grabbed up at my last yard sale.  The tapes were big and bulky, jammed easily, had very poor sound quality, but you could listen to them in your car or truck as you cruised around on a warm summer night with the windows rolled down.   And it might have been more than a little difficult to get them into and or out of the tape deck, sometimes the case came out and the tape, which was a continuous loop stayed in there wrapped numerous times around just about everything.   Still it was exhilarating to turn up the speakers and roll down the windows, cruise along, listening to Fleetwood Mac, Boston, McKendree Spring, yeah was a new kind of freedom.   Listening to your favorite tunes, no commercials, and no DJs. Listening to the music you like, and only that music as you drove along, though by current levels of technology that doesn't sound like much, it was alot then.   Some  cars even came with a factory installed  Eight Track player.   It would seem that these fragile and pioneering plastic wonders would really be in demand by collectors. Certainly those that didn't get warped by being left on the dashboard, or tangled up inside the workings of the tape deck, or just tossed out the window by a frustrated user, would be rare items. Perhaps they are rare items, but they are not , except for a few ,  of any value.    In those days we lived nearer to town and it was not unusual to find tapes in our yard of Saturday or Sunday mornings.  Some of them still worked.  Free tunes!!!  But that was then.

Did you know that the  Eight Track was invented by William Lear, yes the same guy invented the Learjet.   Both symbols of their time. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

snail haiku

climb it and learn, old
 moss covered stone with footholds,
 new stone slick with rain

Saturday, April 5, 2014

sorta silent saturday with Volker Kraft

Volker Kraft hung 10,000 colored eggs in his apple tree this week in Saalfeld, Germany

Thursday, April 3, 2014

a spring tradition

There is something on the wind, and something in the blue of the sky, may-be there is snow on the ground, and nary a crocus has popped through, nor are the buds swelling up threatening to pop open and turn into fresh green leaves.  But it's coming, something tells me change is coming. 

It's going to be Spring, and soon I hope, even though there is snow, and the nights are well below freezing, if the sap is not rising in the maples, it is still rising in my soul!  And even before one can turn the first spadeful of garden, it's time to go for a long leisurely walk.

When I was a kid, my Dad and I would go for long walks down the hill almost into town and then onto a dirt road that curved around the hill and finally brought us to our house.  The air no longer smelled cold and metallic, a sweet and grassy scented breeze pushed us along as we climbed up the hillside the jackets so necessary when we left the house were now burdensome as we walked under the midday sun.
Some days were perfect for kite flying.   And some days were just for looking for flowers and listening to the birds sing.  There were days when we looked for the Easter Bunny, or any bunny for that matter, and on those days when I came home there was often a foil wrapped fruit and nut egg in the old cigar box, that I kept my treasures in.  Some days we foraged for leeks and watercress, wild asparagus and  a few things that I can no longer remember.    And sometimes we were just glad to be outdoors again.

My Dad is gone, the road we walked along is gone, the meadow is now rows of houses and even part of the hill is gone.  I walked a different dirt road with my son, and I hope he will walk still another road with his child, enjoying the gentle beauty of spring.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hello April!!!

Goodby March!!!! 
Came in like a lion, hung around like a bad cold, and left like a pouting pitbull.

 Now the April showers will bring May flowers, My feeling is that this is the most changeable months of the year when it comes to weather, a characteristic of just about every month can show up during this month, truly the weather changes every five minutes.

What was frozen solid is beginning to thaw, the birds are chirping and the buds swelling, though in most spots the ground is still frozen and there is still snow in  sheltered places.  Long ago and far away,Ok not so far away, on one of my spring walks I was pleasantly surprised to find ice, between the rocks I was climbing over. I  say pleasantly because the temp reached the upper 80s that day, and even I had a touch of sunburn.

  • National Humor Month
  • International Guitar Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • Lawn and Garden Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • National Pecan Month
  • National Welding Month
  • Records and Information Management Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Weekly Celebrations:
  • Week 1 Library Week
  • Week 1 Read a Road Map Week.
  • Week 2 Garden Week
  • Week 3 Organize Your Files Week
  • Week 3 Medical Labs Week
  • Week 4 Administrative Assistants Week
  • Week 4 National Karaoke Week

April, 2014 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days: 1 April Fool's Day 1 International Fun at Work Day 1 International Tatting Day 2 Children's Book Day 2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day 2 Reconciliation Day 3 Don't Go to Work Unless it's Fun Day - we know your decision 3 Tweed Day 4 Hug a Newsman Day 4 National Walk to Work Day - first Friday of month 4 Walk Around Things Day 4 School Librarian Day 4 Tell a Lie Day 5 Go for Broke Day 6 Plan Your Epitaph Day - a little morbid if you ask me 6 Sorry Charlie Day 7 Caramel Popcorn Day - Most likely created by a popcorn maker, or an Ecard company. 7 No Housework Day 7 World Health Day 8 All is Ours Day 8 Draw a Picture of a Bird Day 9 Name Yourself Day 9 Winston Churchill Day 10 Golfer's Day 10 National Siblings Day 11 Eight Track Tape Day - do you remember those? 11 Barbershop Quartet Day 11 National Submarine Day 12 Big Wind Day - this day blows me away! 12 Russian Cosmonaut Day 13 Scrabble Day 14 Ex Spouse Day 14 International Moment of Laughter Day 14 Look up at the Sky Day - don't you have anything better to do? 14 National Pecan Day 14 Reach as High as You Can Day 15 Rubber Eraser Day 15 Titanic Remembrance Day 16 National Eggs Benedict Day 16 National Librarian Day 16 National Stress Awareness Day 17 Blah, Blah, Blah Day 17 National Cheeseball Day 17 National High Five Day third Thursday 17 Pet Owners Independence Day 18 International Juggler's Day - also applies to multi tasking office workers 18 Newspaper Columnists Day 19 National Garlic Day 20 Easter Date varies 20 Look Alike Day 20 Volunteer Recognition Day 21 Dyngus Day always the Monday after Easter 21 Kindergarten Day 21 Patriot's Day - third Monday of the month 22 Girl Scout Leader Day 22 National Jelly Bean Day 23 Executive Admin's Day (Secretary's Day) - date varies, Also called Administrative Professional's Day 23 Lover's Day 23 National Zucchini Bread Day - they hold this at a time when you are not sick of all that zucchini. 23 Take a Chance Day 23 World Laboratory Day 24 Pig in a Blanket Day 24 Take Your Daughter to Work 4th Thursday 25 East meets West Day 25 World Penguin Day 26 Hug an Australian Day 26 National Pretzel Day 26 Richter Scale Day 27 Babe Ruth Day 27 National Prime Rib Day 27 Tell a Story Day 28 International Astronomy Day 28 Great Poetry Reading Day 28 Kiss Your Mate Day - guys, do not forget this one. Kiss her, then read her some poetry. 29 Greenery Day 29 National Shrimp Scampi Day 30 Hairstyle Appreciation Day 30 National Honesty Day