galwithglasses: (Tigers)
Good Morning!  Happy Groundhog Day.  Of course, after six months of gray sky (ok maybe 3) the Minnesota sun came out today just for the local groundhogs to see their shadows and promise six more weeks of winter.  Arghhhhh!

For those of you sick of the groundhog, Happy Imbolc and Saint Brigid's Day a day late, happy halfway between the last solstice and the next equinox, Blessed Candlemas, lively start of Mardi Gras, and happy blessing the throats tomorrow on St. Blaise's Day.  Today is also Crepe Day, Sled Dog Day, World Wetlands Day and International Play Your Ukulele Day.

Here in the US, February is Black History Month.

Sixteen days 'til pitchers and catchers return for Major League Baseball spring training.

Whatever you're up to, I hope it's sunny where you are.

Well I don't know if all that's true
'Cause you got me, and baby I got you
galwithglasses: (Tigers)
First of all, my hat is off to anybody who participates in any kind of challenge where they have to produce something in 24 hours.  Trying to do an entry a day has showed me how much of a challenge this really is.  Right now, the [livejournal.com profile] artpaperscissor challenge is going on and if you haven't had a chance to see what's been done so far, have a look.  It's all wonderful.

The latest word kicked out by the random word generator was month.  I don't even know where to start with this one.  A month is a length of time originally established to track the phases of our Moon.  Here's a random list of things we measure or number by month rather than by day or year.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Employment statistics
Pregnancy
Age of children under 2 years old (24 months)
Time left in the senior year of high school until about March and then we switch to days
SPN hiatus back in May
Time early in a relationship
Length of a season - summer months, winter months
Plans for weight loss or quitting smoking
Planning a wedding
Training for a marathon
Recommended time between teeth cleanings
Leases and mortgage interest
Budgets
Bills

Here's a list of things I like about this month, September, in the northern hemisphere.

Back to school time
Cooler, dryer air but still warm days
The gorgeous color of the late day sunlight
Leaves start changing color
Harvest time for lots of veggies and fruits
Canning tomatoes
Wild rice harvest
Harvest Moon (September 8-9, 2014.  It’s also a supermoon this year.)
Autumnal equinox - first day of fall
Beginning of playoffs for Major League Baseball...World Series, here we come.

There are some major holidays in September but here is a list of some more obscure ones.

9/7  National Salami Day
9/8  National Hug Your Hound Day
9/11  National Make Your Bed Day
9/13  Roald Dahl Day - author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
9/16  Trail of Tears Commemoration Day
9/21  World Alzheimer's Day
9/22  Hobbit Day - birthdays of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins
9/26  Johnny Appleseed Day
9/29  National Coffee Day

I hope your September is a good one.
galwithglasses: (zep dean b&w)
Trick-or-treating is done for another year.  We had 57 beggars come to the door even though we had a light rain.  Still some candy left for me though, yum yum.  Here are our pumpkins from this year.

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galwithglasses: (Crabapple in snow)
If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it was holly and jolly.  We had Christmas today and it was good but as chief cook, bottlewasher and Santa's elf, I'm a big fan of Boxing Day.    We made Christmas cookies and frosted them yesterday while we watched NORAD's Santa Tracker follow Santa as he delivered his 7 billion some odd presents.  The kid is allergic to milk so the sugar cookies have to be made without butter.  They are incredibly sticky and the dough needs to be practically frozen to roll out.  We managed a good batch though and I managed not to cuss.  Here's the dude that turned out the best.



Even snowpeople need cheesy Christmas sweaters.  Tomorrow is The Hobbit and his long expected movie with the kid.  Tonight, I'll leave you with the last bit of Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales.

"Always on Christmas night there was music. An uncle played the fiddle, a cousin sang "Cherry Ripe," and another uncle sang "Drake's Drum." It was very warm in the little house. Auntie Hannah, who had got on to the parsnip wine, sang a song about Bleeding Hearts and Death, and then another in which she said her heart was like a Bird's Nest; and then everybody laughed again; and then I went to bed. Looking through my bedroom window, out into the moonlight and the unending smoke-colored snow, I could see the lights in the windows of all the other houses on our hill and hear the music rising from them up the long, steady falling night. I turned the gas down, I got into bed. I said some words to the close and holy darkness, and then I slept."

   
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galwithglasses: (Crabapple in snow)
For those celebrating something in the next couple of days, I wish you joy.  Have a lovely day even if you're not celebrating one of any number of holidays.  We celebrate Christmas, it's winter here and we just had the longest night of the year.  The kid has been counting down the days until NORAD starts tracking Santa.  It's a fun way to get a geography lesson.  I'll be disappearing into the kitchen for the duration - ham, roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, some sort of green thing and lemon meringue pie.  Molasses cookies tomorrow.  Here are the cookies decorated last weekend by the kid, who is 8.  We have to make them dairy-free because of an allergy.  Sugar cookies with no butter is quite a challenge but they turned out pretty well considering.  


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