Saturday, March 29, 2014

a not very silent Saturday, with some rocks

The Secret Behind How This Guy Balances Rocks Is Very Unusual. Can You Guess It?

vHow This Guy Balances Rocks Is Very Unusual. Can You Guess It
Michael Grab has mastered the art of stone balancing. He explains how he does it. “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”
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Michael says “it’s a fun way to relax, release stress, play, create… learn… all while challenging my skills and dabbling with countless possibilities…”
This guy rocks (pun intended)! If you were impressed by this guy's talent, share this story by clicking below. I love seeing people create such unique works of art that I could never have the patience to do!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Theres a poem in here somewhere

The only thing I know about this picture is that it was taken in about 1950.  Don't know the location or the photographer, or anything else about it.

A dog, dressed as a man,sitting on a wooden chair while holding a cat, who both seem relatively calm. Behind them is a weathered board fence and a well tended rock garden,just guessing but  looks like it was at least mid August and probably later.
From the soft smokey quality of the shadows, I would guess it was a overcast day.  But what I want to guess most about is who created this. 

 Created is the word here.  Notice that the shoulders of the man are made by putting the jacket over the chair and buttoning the dog in, that is one mellow dog!  And one mellow cat!  My first thought was that it was a tribute to beloved but absent family member.  A sadly missed Grandfather,  who tended the rock garden.  However  it could be a brother or husband, even a son who was  in the military, or just a long way from home.   Any or none of whom also belonged to the cat and dog.  I will never know.

Could gave been a CAREFULLY staged photo, for someone, perhaps that brother, father , son or grandfather?  A photo of their faithful, and mellow cat and dog, there to let them know that all of the folks at home missed them.  A   loving  expression, with humor, and a homemade pride.  Something not too sentimental intended for someone special.

Then of course it could have other explanations.  It could be for a contest or a school project, or something to do on a dull afternoon.

 I said to myself "Theres a poem in here somewhere."   Even though i don't have any information it seemed to me to be a poem in photographic form.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Standing eggs on the Equinox with MamaDonna

the Vernal equinox approacheth~~~~ yeah
no matter that the ground is covered with icy snow, and looking back over the pictures i have of standing eggs, some years did have snow on the ground,
but some also had brilliant sunshine and daffodils....and so it goes

I plan to join with MamaDonna, but this year it will be from indoors.

The eggsact moment is 12:57 PM EST
39th Annual World Famous Spring Equinox Celebration
Eggs on End: Standing on Ceremony
This year's eggstraordinary event will take place:
MARCH 20 at 12:30 PM
The equinox moment: eggsactly 12:57 PM, signals the official start of spring. At this time, the sun crosses the equator into the Northern Hemisphere and it is possible to stand an egg up on its end.
According to Chinese custom, if you stand an egg on its end on the first day of spring, you will have eggsceptionally good luck for the entire year. The egg represents the life force in many cultures, and is particularly used to symbolize the rebirth of nature in the spring season.
A basket of 360 eggs will be provided for the eggshilarating standing ceremony. Participants are invited to bring drums and other musical instruments. This is a family-friendly event and FREE for all.

It proved  to be a whole lot harder to balance and egg on a counter top than on grass or stone, wood or concrete, and those who were injured will become part of the chocolate cake we will enjoy this evening.  I wish to thank them for their participation.

Friday, March 14, 2014

silently melting snow on Saturday

March Moon

The March full moon, Luna rises through the  still bare branches, but the winds toss the clouds around and Ladymoon shimmers and glows softly through them.  How beautiful  she looks for a moon called  by  unglamourous names like Mud moon, Worm moon, Strong Winds Moon, Famine Moon, Snowblind Moon, Plow Moon and  one of my favorites Old Moccasin Moon. 

The Maple Moon, and the Sap Moon,  when great clouds of stream rise from the Sugaring shack, and the aroma of maple syrup hangs in the air.  The Bud Moon, Returning Geese Moon, Songbird Moon, the Lenten Moon all remind us the even thought the ground is covered with snow more often than not, it will not be that way for long.

If I had to, I couldn't pick a better name for this moon that Seed Moon, not just because of all the little birds scurrying around in the dirty snow looking for seeds, but because Seed moon speaks to me about the warmth, flowers, and gardening to come. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

lets dance with Albert Einstien

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” ~Albert Einstein~

I knew that I heard that quote, or something like that quote somewhere before. However I never would have guessed it was authored by Albert Einstein, until I took the time to learn more about his life, and learned that he was certainly a multifaceted person. But this isn't about Einstein, the literal translation of his surname being "red rock", which I think is pretty cool also: it's about dance.
I'm not talking about  ballroom dancing, or anything like that. Nor am I talking about ballet, or any other standardised dance.  they are all wonderful, but i am talking about the dances that one does spontaneously with or without music, the connections  between between feelings or emotions that well up and express themselves though motion, through dance.  Dance that is not for other people, but for yourself, in your space in the universe.
Dancing the dance that comes from your core, the dance that is the rhythm one body laughs to, or cries to, the expresses the need to create to , or enjoys the feeling of moving to.  The something primal, creative , joyful, life affirming, that comes to the surface and one bursts into dance, with or without music.   A point where, your brain and your heart, your brain and the rhythm of you limbs create expression  that is as close to flying as anything a human can get  or perhaps the sad shuffle, on a bad day.  the dance we make for ourselves, the feelings that can't be words and the expression that is a transient connection with the universe.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

grandma by the shed

I don't know who this woman is, but she looks resolute but satisfied, sitting in front of her shed, with the tomatoes ripening on the the window ledge.  I imagine that her shelves are filled with jars of fruits and vegetables.  she has put up countless jars of jams, jelly preserves, pickles, cinnamon apple rings and pie fillings; and has taken  time to enjoy the cool early autumn sunset.    Her garden is nearly finished for this year, the cabbages and sprouts will remain  for awhile and the sunflowers with their ruff of  yellow petals nod gently in the breeze.   She watches the sunset, the colors remind her of the quilt top she didn't finish last year, but will be able to work on once the garden is put to bed for the winter.  There are also the seed catalogs he put in the bottom of the bread drawer in the Hoosier cupboard, too keep the bread fresh she said but the real reason was so she could look a the illustrations for the flower seeds. 
In the morning she would  study each illustration and description as she drank he coffee.  The pictures she saw of English gardens in a book were like dreams of fairylands to her,  and each year she planted cosmos, hollyhocks, balsam and marigolds along the side of the house where she could see them from the kitchen windows.
This year the tomatoes were plentiful, and so were the peppers and red beets, oh, but there was time to think of all of that when a thick blanket of snow covered the garden.   Sitting  in her rocker mending or working on her quilt, she could  think about it then.  Winter was always too long, but never long enough to get everything done.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Weather Preparedness Week

put a shortcut to this site on you desktop
put it on your mobile device
It can pinpoint with relative accuracy the weather in your area.
Or an area where you have friends, family or are just curious about.
It can save your life and your property. Also it updates frequently and  after a very little bit of practice it is fun to use.
 Severe storms, are they more frequent or are they just more noticeable because there are more people, and people living in areas that were uninhabited a couple decades ago.  Probably all of those things are factors.  And as the weatherman/woman always says, the weather has always had extremes that is why there are averaged temperature and averaged conditions.  But here I am repeating things that you already know.

No, I promise no stories about near misses with tornadoes, thought in fact I have had several.  Or the how I would have been trapped by a winter storm if I hadn't visited this site, 'cause that didn't happen.  or how I was prepared for an ice storm that knocked out phone and power for days, that did happen.   Scare tactics are...well scary.

How about this one, I called my aging parents to warn them that there was a big snowstorm coming, they weren't home.  When they came home they called me, and I told them about the storm coming so they didn't plant the grassseed  they had just bought, that was in March of 1993.
Or one day I was going to hang freshly washed quilts on the line, then go into town. I checked the weather forecast first, the charts indicated it would be raining at about 9:30 AM, that was in a few minutes, the sky was clear and the sun was shinning..."el wrongo", I scoffed, however by the time I had  the quilts ready to hang the sky had turned dark, and it pelted down rain all  that day.

Or the time we packed up our campsite very early on a sunny Sunday morning, and were home  cozy and dry before it began sleeting that afternoon.

 And as a thank you for reading  all this stuff and hopefully at least considering my advice, here is a "cuteness overload" baby polar bear.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

goodbye February Hello! March.

Fair well to February!!!
February 2013 average temp 21.9F
February 2014 average temp 13.9F
I sorta had a clue it was colder than normal when the windows had frost on them and the doors froze open and /or shut depending on their own whims.  And when there was always a chill around the edges and sometimes to the core no matter how well the fire in the stoker was going.  Then there was the time the laundry froze to the dryer drum, and the cans of soda froze.  there was a thaw, for about 36 hours the temperature surged upward to near normal.  I may say it laughingly, but when you think 20 degrees is a heatwave, the other days must be pretty cold.
Still all of that running up and down the steps to keep the fire going made the longest days of the shortest month go pretty fast.  and it was pure joy to hibernate under a stack of blankets.
Can't say as much for having the bare skin of my hand freeze to doorhandles, winds that took my breath away, and going days on end not feeling warm enough. 
Daylight Savings time!
The average temperature slowly rise.
Kite flying in the fields!  Even though they are under a foot of snow now.
And like the New Year this month began with a new Moon.  The New Sap moon, maple sugaring  begins, or if you prefer the New Seed Moon, because it's time to order your seeds.


National Caffeine Awareness Month
National Celery Month
National Flour Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Noodle Month
National Nutrition Month
National Peanut Month
National Sauce Month

March 1 National Peanut Butter Lover's Day
March 1 National Fruit Compote Day
March 2 National Banana Cream Pie Day
March 3 National Cold Cuts Day
March 3 National Mulled Wine Day
March 4 National Poundcake Day
March 5 National Cheese Doodle Day
March 6 National Frozen Food Day
March 6 National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
March 7 National Crown Roast of Pork Day
March 7 National Cereal Day
March 8 National Peanut Cluster Day
March 9 National Crabmeat Day
March 10 National Blueberry Popover Day
March 11 Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day
March 12 National Baked Scallops Day
March 13 National Coconut Torte Day
March 14 National Potato Chip Day
March 15 National Peanut Lovers Day
March 15 National Pears Helene Day
March 16 National Artichoke Heart Day
March 18 National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
March 19 National Poultry Day
March 19 National Chocolate Caramel Day
March 20 National Ravioli Day
March 21 National French Bread Day
March 23 National Chip and Dip Day
March 23 National Melba Toast Day
March 24 National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
March 25 National Lobster Newburg Day
March 26 National Waffle Day
March 26 National Nougat Day
March 27 National Spanish Paella Day
March 28 National Black Forest Cake Day
March 29 National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
March 30 Turkey Neck Soup Day
March 31 National Clams on the Half Shell Day

March Holidays and Events:

This month in History:
  • March 12, 1912- The Girl Scouts were founded.
  • March 17, 1845 The rubber band was invented. Can you imagine life without them!?!
  • March 29, 1886- Coca Cola is invented.
  • Find more at More this Month

Among other things, March is:
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Women's History Month

March Notes: Flower of the Month: Daffodil, Jonquil Birthstone of the Month: Aquamarine, Bloodstone Astrological Signs: Pisces Feb. 19 - Mar. 20; Aries March 21 - April 19 The Moon this month is called the Crow Moon, Lenten Moon, Sap Moon, Seed Moon.

Silent Sunday with animals