Monday, June 30, 2014

July! already??

      How can it be July already?!?!?!?


Cozy into a hammock with your favorite summer cooler.
What a way to spend a summer day  
 
 
My internal atomic clock says that it is only half past May.  Well then winter was much too long and  that is my excuse and I am sticking to it.  The calendar isn't wrong, it's just misguided.
  • National Blueberry Month
  • National Anti-Boredom Month
  • Unlucky Month for weddings
  • National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month
Week Event:
  • Week 2 Nude Recreation Week
July 2014 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days: 1 Canada Day 1 Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day 1 International Joke Day 2 I Forgot Day 2 World UFO Day 3 Compliment Your Mirror Day 3 Disobedience Day 3 Stay out of the Sun Day 4 Independence Day (U.S.) 4 National Country Music Day 4 Sidewalk Egg Frying Day- Hmmmm, I wonder why!?! 5 Work-a-holics Day - even though everyone is on holiday 6 Build A Scarecrow Day - first Sunday in month 6 National Fried Chicken Day 7 Chocolate Day 7 National Strawberry Sundae Day 8 Video Games Day 9 National Sugar Cookie Day 10 Teddy Bear Picnic Day 11 Cheer up the Lonely Day 11 World Population Day 12 Different Colored Eyes Day 12 Pecan Pie Day 13 Barbershop Music Appreciation Day 13 Embrace Your Geekness Day 13 Fool's Paradise Day 14 Bastille Day 14 Pandemonium Day 14 National Nude Day 15 Tapioca Pudding Day 15 Cow Appreciation Day- Go out and give a cow a hug 16 Fresh Spinach Day 17 Peach Ice Cream Day 17 Yellow Pig Day 18 National Caviar Day- something's fishy here 19 National Raspberry Cake Day 20 National Lollipop Day 20 Moon Day 20 National Ice Cream Day (third Sunday of the month) 20 Ugly Truck Day- it's a "guy" thing 21 National Junk Food Day 22 Hammock Day 22 Ratcatcher's Day 23 National Hot Dog Day 23 Vanilla Ice Cream Day 24 Amelia Earhart Day 24 Cousins Day 25 Culinarians Day 25 Threading the Needle Day 26 All or Nothing Day 26 Aunt and Uncle Day 27 Parent's Day  - fourth Sunday in July 27 Take Your Pants for a Walk Day 28 National Milk Chocolate Day 29 National Lasagna Day 30 National Cheesecake Day 30 Father-in-Law Day 31 Mutt's Day


      

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Joyous Solstice




If I could say it in every language I would, because we all one earth, one people and at least in our core one voice. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

a rather wordy,but still silent Saturday with a brave girl

1777, 16 year-old Sybil Ludington rode 40 miles (which was farther than Paul Revere’s ride!) on horseback in the middle of the night to warn the American militia that the British were coming.

Sybil Ludington (1761-1839)

SIBYL LUDINGTON
A young American patriot, Sybil Ludington is the female counterpart to the more famous Paul Revere.  Born in 1761 in Connecticut, Ludington was the eldest of twelve children.  Soon after her birth, her family settled in Dutchess County, New York. In addition to being a farmer, Ludington’s father held various positions within the small town and served in the military for over sixty years.  He was loyal to the British crown until 1773, when he joined the rebel cause.  He was quickly promoted to Colonel and led his local regiment.  Colonel Ludington’s area of command was along a vulnerable route that the British could take between Connecticut and the coast of Long Island Sound. 
When British troops and British loyalists attacked a nearby town, Danbury, Connecticut, in 1777, a rider came to the Ludington household to warn them and ask for the local regiment’s help.  At the time, the Colonel’s regiment was disbanded for planting season, and all of the men were miles apart at their respective farms.  The rider was too tired to continue and Colonel Ludington had to prepare for battle, so he asked his barely sixteen-year-old daughter Sybil to ride through the night, alerting his men of the danger and urging them to come together to fight back.  Ludington rode all night through the dark woods, covering forty miles (a significantly longer distance than Revere rode), and because of her bravery, almost the whole regiment was gathered by daybreak to fight the British.
After the battle at Danbury, George Washington went to the Ludington home to personally thank Sybil for her help. After the war, Ludington married a Catskill lawyer named Edward Ogden; they had one son.  She died in 1839. 
Although Ludington never gained the widespread fame that Paul Revere did in America’s history, she was honored with a stamp by the Postal Service in 1975. There is a statue of her by Lake Gleneida in Carmel, New York, and there are historical markers tracing the route of her ride through Putnam County.

Additional Resources:


Web Sites:


Books:


  • Dacquino, Vincent. Sybil Ludington: The Call to Arms. Fleischmanns, New York: Purple Mountain Press, 2000.
  • Hominick, Judy and Jeanne Spreier. Ride for Freedom: The Story of Sybil Ludington. New York City: Silver Moon Press, 2001. [children’s book]
  • Winnick, Karen. Sybil’s Night Ride. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press, Inc, 2000.  [children’s book]

Works Cited:


~~ information from the National Womens History Museum.  Think I will visit this site more often at
http://www.nwhm.org/t

What makes the Friday the 13th Moon unlucky??? answer:clouds




June full moon, the Honey Moon, the Strawberry Moon, call it what you will but this year it is also on Friday the 13th, now to me Friday the 13th is usually a very lucky day. And one thing that is for sure lucky about it this year is that I got my trusty laptop up and running again so I could post this.  You see there won't be another full moon on Friday the 13th un 2049...yeah well 35 years, a lot can happen.

So http://live.slooh.com/ will be showing the illusive full moon live.

Friday, June 6, 2014

sorta silent Saturday with "The President"~~I mean the tree

This is the first full-length shot of "The President" - the biggest tree on earth.
It's in Sequoia National Park, 3,200 years old and 247 feet tall.
The portrait was taken by National Geographic, and it's actually a mosaic, made up of 126 photographs in order to capture the whole thing.
The President is not the tallest tree in the world – that honor goes to a California redwood, which stands 379 feet (116 meters) tall – but in terms of mass, it's the largest.
....To give you some perspective, that tiny red dot at the bottom on the left is a person!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June holidays~~~ National Repeat Day

Repeat what, you might say, well how about June, June is a lovely month if you don't count the occasional humidly thundery day.  Let's repeat, let's repeat. Let's hope its a good day worth repeating worth repeating.  Repeat what ever pleases you, I repeat pleases you.
Or just repeat something and keep repeating it.






Month:
  • Aquarium Month
  • Candy Month
  • Dairy Month
  • Fight the Filthy Fly Month
  • Gay Pride Month
  • National Accordion Awareness Month
  • National Adopt a Cat Month
  • National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
  • Rose Month
  • Turkey Lovers Month

Weekly Events:
  • Week 1 Fishing Week
  • Week 2 Email Week

June, 2014 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
1 Dare Day 1 Flip a Coin Day 2 National Bubba Day 2 National Rocky Road Day 3 Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day") 4 Applesauce Cake Day 4 Hug Your Cat Day 4 Old Maid's Day 5 World Environment Day 6 National Doughnut Day always the first Friday in June 6 National Gardening Exercise Day- Get out and exercise with your plants. 6 National Yo-Yo Day 7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day 8 Best Friends Day 8 Name Your Poison Day 9 Donald Duck Day 10 Iced Tea Day 12 Red Rose Day 13 Blame Someone Else Day - first Friday the 13th of the year. 13 Friday the 13th 13 Sewing Machine Day 14 Flag Day 14 World Juggler's Day - Saturday closest to June 17th 15 Father's Day - third Sunday 15 Smile Power Day 16 Fresh Veggies Day TBD Nursing Assistants Day - First day of National Nursing Assistants Week 17 Eat Your Vegetables Day 18 Go Fishing Day 18 International Panic Day 18 National Splurge Day - Oh yeah!! 19 World Sauntering Day 20 Ice Cream Soda Day 20 Take Your Dog to Work Day Friday after Father's Day 21 Go Skate Day 21 Finally Summer Day- Summer Solstice 21 National Hollerin' Contest Day - third Saturday in June 22 National Chocolate Eclair Day 23 National Columnists Day 23 National Pink Day 24 Swim a Lap Day 25 Log Cabin Day 25 National Catfish Day 26 Beautician's Day 26 Forgiveness Day 27 Sun Glasses Day 28 Insurance Awareness Day - Now who do you think invented that!?! 28 Paul Bunyan Day 29 Camera Day 29 Hug Holiday 29 Waffle Iron Day 30 Meteor Day




Monday, June 2, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

"gave springtime a miss and went straight on to....

Winter was long and harsh and cold and how I longed for Spring.  And I waited, but not not so very patiently for it. 
And then spring came!
And it came with a rush
And a swirl of everything that had been waiting to bloom.
Everything blooming at once.
Every blade of grass, every tree every, weed, every seed
exploded to life.
One week it was sleeting and the next week
there were tiny leaves on the trees.
Rare sights!
And i relished them all,
Bridalveil bush
forsythia
red flowering juice
jonquil
wood Hyacinth
dog toothed violet
periwinkle
yellow lady slipper
trillium
blueberry
apple trees
scilla
columbine
forget-me-not
lily of the Valley
lilac
celdane
 all are in bloom at once.
I think it unlikely I will ever see this again.
 
  
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Then there are the blossoms I don't know the names of.   Ah so many things, simple things that make my heart sing. 


The Old Farmer used to say that "if it's a good lilac year, it's gonna be a good garden year."    And so it goes on this first day of June, this first day of meteorological summer.

Haiku~~humidity

 humid night, quiet dreaming of the winter's wood the curtains are still