Tuesday, November 30, 2010

decorate your dinosaur

Once upon a time a long, long time ago, Natural History Magazine thought it would sell more subscriptions if the decorated a Dinosaur for Christmas, I don't know if it sold more gift subscriptions, but it makes a great subject for a holiday potholder.

Monday, November 22, 2010

I think it was a Friday

I think it was a Friday, about 2:30 PM, I was sitting in the school Library, just looking out the window. There were several other people around the table, some were studying, some reading. Their faces at the moment that the Principal's voice came over the loudspeaker and announced that the President had been shot during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas; will forever be etched in my mind.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Blue Moon????

November's full moon has many names, Long Night Moon, Fallen Leaves Moon, Hunter's Moon, first Snows Moon, Frosty Moon, even Beaver Moon or the Bare Trees Moon, wonderful names, all with a Pioneer times poetry to them. I might call this the Pumpkin pie Moon, Venison Sausage Moon, the Denning of Bears Moon or the Smoking Chimney Moon, however this has turned in to the Controversial Moon.
Why? because it is a Blue moon, no it's not physically blue, it is sort of an extra moon.
Trivial Pursuit, yes the game Trivial Pursuit, popularized the Blue Moon being defined as the second full moon in a month. But this time the older definition, the Almanac definition of the fourth full moon between the Equinox and Solstice or between the Solstice and Equinox, is called the Blue Moon. The third full moon is usually the one designated the Blue Moon, this does not mess up the order of the Full moon names as the Almanac lists them.

One thing is sure, that it will be beautiful. Worth putting on your heavy coat, the one with the faintest scent of mothballs still clinging to it and going out under the night sky. Remember also, the we are all under that same beautiful moon.

If you would like to read more about this here is another point of view.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

With a song in my head

May-be it is a song in my heart, or my head, but more likely my subconscious.
I know some songs, think they are called jingles, are meant to stick in your head, meant to influence you, but why do other songs do that? Sometimes, I astound myself with the things I think about, but this has bothered me for a very long time.

I read once that these songs are can tell you about your true mood, my true mood therefor is silliness it was also suggested that these tunes could reveal hidden motives and meanings.
Well, may-be I agree with that one. So now I listen to that tune that keeps running through my head.

"gimme a break, gimme a break Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar"
And all of it's mysterious, delicious and sad possible meanings.

Monday, November 15, 2010

November thoughts


Autumn is now half over. By the looks of it, all of
nature has died. But looks are deceiving. Though
they appear spindly and bare, trees are very much
alive and vibrant with growth. It is in the dark cold,
in fact, that trees do their most growing. This
expansion is mainly in their roots, which spread out
and expand their reach and capability to provide
nourishment from and for the earth.

Perhaps we should take our cue from our giant plant
brethren. This is a good time for us, too, to dig in for
the duration of the chilly dark season. Time to send
our roots deep down into the soil of our spirit to
steady us and help us draw sustenance from the inner
reaches of our own souls. - Donna Hennes

Yep, that sounds like me but I didn't write it. It was written by Donna Hennes, who wrote "Celestially auspicious Occasions", another one of the books that had deeply impacted my life.

Said so much better than I ever have.
So indeed it is the time to tend the garden of my soul. And it is also the time of year to do, and or finish all off those projects I started or wanted to start. The books I have set aside to read and ponder.
To think and to daydream about other times, live and places, and most imortant to sink my roots into some new ground.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Can't say it enough!!!!

It is often that we enjoy a several days and clear skys and warm days in the usually dreary month of November, and as this will shortly , all to shortly be over I am trying to make the most of it. I am actully trying to think up things to do outdoors.
Raking leaves, well actually raking them out of the woods and using them as compost was on yeaterday's list.
Tempered of course , by savoring the warmth of the day, and the magisterial pattern of bare trees against the sky.

Some days work just isn't work it is more like a prayer, and the lightness of being that comes with it.

I have worked hard, preparing for the dormancy of winter, every muscle aches with the joy of accomplishment and every joint sings of the serenity of being at one with the land. I am giddy with hope and filled with anticipation of Spring. This year for a change, I will be welcoming the dormant weeks ahead, at least for now.

I am " lucky mud" and that is a very good feeling.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

thinking too much AGAIN

In fact the weather is most un-November-like!
The sky is bright and the air is pleasantly warm, I have been spending every moment out doors, for there are so many things that I can use this time to do, there will be plenty of time for being indoors later.
Even pulling weeds is a joy!!!!
This afternoon I was thinking, I get to do that alot while I am in my garden, and this time it was my seriously weedy perennial garden, so there was plenty of thinking time.
It occurred to me that it is an amazing thing to pull a weed out of the ground seeing as the whole world has a grip on it's other end.

Silent Sunday with animals