Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Fruit colors, flavors
hard and stale in the candy dish
sugar looks like  snow


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A really wordy Sunday, with a guest Blogger who knows about rocks that can kill you

As if there weren't enough things to worry about, here are some rocks that can kill.

Deadliest rocks on the planet

They look pretty on the outside but some of these stones are one of the most toxic and potentially deadly rocks on the planet. 

1. Chalcanthite

Chalcanthite crystals broken down and introduced to water weakens and kills both animal and plant life by shutting down their vital functions. In this form, it was used formerly to clear ponds of plant growth.

2. Arsenopyrite

Sometimes mistaken for fool's gold, arsenopyrite is arsenic iron sulfide. Heating it releases the lethal gas, but just handling it alone can bring you into contact with the poison. Always wash your hands before you eat.

3. Chrysotile (Asbestos)

Asbestos destroys human lungs and causes cancer with its tiny crystals that become airborne. Among its lovely effects, those unlucky enough to breath in some of it can expect lung irritation and scarring.

4. Cinnabar

Cinnabar is one of the most toxic rocks on the planet. It forms near sulfur deposits and volcanoes. When heated or disturbed, the crystals can release mercury which causes anything from severe tremors to death. Ancient medicines, however, believed that the rock had healing powers.

5. Torbernite

Found in granite and made of uranium, these green crystals have been long admired by collectors. As well as being radioactive however, the rocks release deadly radon gas when heated.

6. Stibnite

Once used as an alternative to silver for making utensils, these crystals killed many before production stopped. The antimony-laced rock can have a similar effect to arsenic poisoning in humans.

7. Orpiment

Found near hydrothermal vents, these rocks are made of arsenic and sulfur. Touching them is enough to release a neurotoxin, but some cultures have even used it as a weapon by rubbing arrowheads into its dust.

8. Hutchinsonite

Hutchinsonite is what happens when thallium, lead and arsenic raise a child together. Found all over Europe, and can cause severe sickness, death and hair loss in people it comes in contact with.

9. Galena

Galena forms in silver, neat-looking cubes. It is also extremely brittle and poses a high risk of lead poisoning to those exposed to it for prolonged periods through simple contact or by inhaling its deadly dust.

10. Coloradoite

Found in magma veins, coloradoite is what happens when mercury fuses with tellurium - another toxic mineral. When heated, it releases a poisonous dust. It is also dangerous if handled poorly

full moon of March

The sap isn't rising, because the temperature is falling, it has rarely been this cold during this winter. the sap was running during the warmspell last week, and it will when it warms up to normal temperatures, there fore we can still call it the Sap Moon.  When I drive past the sugar houses tomorrow the sweet smelling steam will be billowing. 

Marches' moon is also called the Worm Moon, but if there are any out and about tonight they are wearing their Carharts  whist chewing and digging thru snow.    In the back of my whimsy driven mind I think  that knitting sweaters for earthworms might be a good project for the quiet time caused by the up coming snow storm.  Though they are far from cute and cuddly they help make the garden grow and that makes me  like them,  ALOT!

The robins are here, in fact they have been here for awhile!   This was taken of 2-27-17!!  Though if I hadn't forgotten to put the card in my trusty, and usually with me camera I would have had a photo from a few days earlier.    Perhaps I could call this the Hungry Robin Moon.   Little robins are always calling to be fed, and I hope that these robins have plenty of little robins when it gets warmer.

Farmers Almanac has graciously aforded me with some interesting information to round out this post.  You just gotta love the "Maniac Book",  and imagine  "Mad Jack" holed up in his trappers shack cussing out his well thumbed copy of his treasured Maniac Book .

Full Worm Moon of March

Best Days in March 2017

Below are the best days for activities based on the Moon’s sign and phase in March.

For Planting:

  • Aboveground crops: 6, 7
  • Belowground crops: 15-17, 25

For Setting Eggs:

  • 12-14

For Fishing:

  • 1-12, 27-31

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

For a few minutes anyway, I love winter

           This winter has been a gentle one so far no crippling storms, no tree crashing  ice, no snow roller creating windstorms.   Today I am graced by an enchanting Lake Effect snow, possibly 10 inches of huge fluffy flakes, that at times will fall with an enthusiasm  making it difficult  to see 20 feet ahead, could call  that a ferocity .

For those of you who don't live near the Great Lakes, lake effect snows are created by cold winds blowing across the unfrozen water of one of the Lakes.  They are often called bands or streamers of lake effect snow because on a radar or other image they look like a stripe of snow and clouds.   One can be driving  down the highway and suddenly find themselves engulfed in a wall of falling snow, and just as suddenly find they have driven through that wall, possibly only to drive through others down the road.

Who would think that such fragile  things as snowflakes, could turn into something so strong.   Strong enough to close  schools and business, and even stop trains.   Sound is also stopped, perhaps absorbed is a better word, by fresh snow.   The silence  created by freshly fallen snow is not your imagination, it is real.

Slowly the clouds get thinker and grayer, it no longer looks like early morning, but more like late afternoon.  As first one little snowflake, is joined by a multitude of big fluffy flakes.  Taking a few moments to see if the snow is good for making an army of tiny snowmen, seeing if February snow tastes differently than December snowflakes, as it lands on my tongue, and to snap a few pictures before the snow gets so thick that my faithful little camera gets dangerous wet.  The little kid in me can't wait to come out and play, but now it is time to go inside and watch my world turn into a snow globe.   The flowering quince  harbors a multitude of chickadees that know  that I will soon fill the feeder, so they wait patiently, while I fetch their snack. 
I have all day today to watch it snow and all day tomorrow to dig out, so why not enjoy a big pot of soup, fresh bread and real coffee.   And of course the solitude.  Sometimes I must admit, I like to pretend I am a pioneer, because I , lulled by the silence, know that I only have to pretend.

Except when the winds howl and topple a tree onto the power lines, or an unfortunate motorist skids into a pole, and the power really does go off.  Then I fetch my loverly hand made {by me} candles from the linen closet and  set then up in rows  of jars and lite them, what a warming glow, now I can return to pretending I am a pioneer, Ok that is after I use my cell phone to call the power company and inform them of the situation.  and here  I sit and rock in my great Grandfathers rocker, and what it snow.  Until I am so tired that I drift off to sleep, lulled by the silence and for these few moments only, I Love winter.

Why is it quiet after a fresh snowfall?

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
January 26, 2017, 12:50:24 PM EST

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In the moments after a snowstorm concludes, leaving behind a landscape shrouded in white, the great outdoors often become noticeably quieter.
As it turns out, there's a scientific reason behind the calming silence, with the characteristics of snow playing a big role in how sound can travel.
When light, fluffy snow accumulates on the ground, it acts as a sound absorber, dampening sound waves much like commercial sound-absorbing products.
“Snow is going to be porous, and typically porous materials such as fibers and foams, and things of that sort, absorb sound pretty well,” said David Herrin, a professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering, who studies acoustics.
snowy street Residential street covered in snow with sunny sky. (Photo/LynnKHansen/iStock/Thinkstock)

Usually it takes a couple of inches of snow, but even an inch can be reasonably absorbing, especially if you go higher in frequency, according to Herrin.
Sound absorption is measured on a scale from 0 to 1. Based on previous measurements, sound absorption for snow is in between 0.5 to 0.9, Herrin said.
"That implies that a good amount of sound is going to be absorbed," he said.
However, as the structure of snow changes, the amount of noise in the surrounding environment could increase.
When the snow surface melts and refreezes, it can become hard and reflect sound waves, causing sounds to travel farther and become clearer, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).
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“Generally after a snowfall, the sound absorption is going to be at a maximum then,” Herrin said. “After a snow has gotten hard or icy, then a lot of the sound is going to bounce back or be reflected at that point.”
“It doesn’t seem as quiet outside in that case.”

Have questions, comments, or a story to share? Email Kevin Byrne at Kevin.Byrne@accuweather.com, follow him on Twitter at @Accu_Kevin. Follow us

This year I will keep looking up

another post from before the "CRASH"

In keeping with my New Year Resolution of not making resolutions,  I'm not going to make any resolutions.  

Does it mean the same thing if I call it a "to do list" or plans?  I am just not sure.  And may-be I don't really care if it is or not.   And that is why I am including this little to do list....yah, can you just see me writing  things down and checking them off.   I have tried to write a list for your amusement or amazement or something like that, but it just didn't work, I strive to be a goal-less person, hmmmm  must be better than I thought because anyway after awhile and  a lot of scribbles and cross outs but I persevered and got a list together.   My idea of thinking into the future is  considering  what I will be doing tomorrow and because it never works out like I plan, I only do that when I feel I can  tolerate the disappointment of it.

So for those of you who might be snowed in or just want to try you  holiday weary mind, here is a copy you can print  out and try, better make that a couple of copies.

I though may-be my readers would like to see what I came up with.  And as you can see even though this is my neatened-up copy, this was a struggle---yeah, ya got me, the inner child one and the more fun one and the grow more veggies one were easy the rest not so much.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Haiku~~gingerbread snowstorm

Snowflakes like saucers
my shovel scrapping along
deeper  and deeper

smell the gingerbread  
Grandma always made for us,
steeping in  hot cocoa


last leaves cling to branch's
tree limbs clinging to the moon
I cling to my dreams

Haiku~~~last summer's rose

under a cold sky
once velvet petals now crack
a changing beauty


Haiku~~February full moon

full moon bright as day
color of sun bleached bones
warm ye by the fire


perched here, high above
a leopard watches, waits
a housecat you think!

Monday, March 6, 2017

a little thought

Here is my little thought for the day, and for my entire life.   Every morning my Dad would come down the steps and say  something like  "Cheer up better days are coming!'   And eventually they did.  Eventually they do.
And a nudge, or outright push from ones psyche sure can't hurt.

Abraham Hicks, said it well, and it works well , a passing thought becomes , a sustained thought, becomes an idea, then an action, and eventually a reality.  Not saying it works every time, but then what does??

As my regular readers have probably noticed I haven't been posting lately, if you guessed that it was due to internet machine failure, you are mostly correct, add into that illness in the family, and it is after all tax time, then there was this little thought,  what would it be like to be without the internet after having used it for sooooooo looonnngggg??   Turns out I did miss it, but not much.  I missed sharing my Blog, I missed the people I had come to know and correspond with and I missed the how-tos, recipes, instant info, etc. etc.  I always knew I would get back online....so here I am.   What did I learn from this experiment?  I learned that Librarys are wonderful.

plowing~~~guest blogger

Gentlereader, now that the garden is tilled  and for a time, at least, the big jobs are done.   This piece on Clifton Clowers came to mind,...