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About angela1313

I am a cat lover, a writer, and an overextended blogger trying to foster for a cat rescue, finish a Master's degree and rehab a fixer upper house i bought.

Minor Heat xiǎo shǔ 小暑 Jul 6th

We were fortunate that this year the coolness lingeredas long as it did. In fact we had three late frosts, a gift of the Arctic.    Now however, we are making up. On  July 6th we entered the solar term … Continue reading

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The Dog Days Are Upon Us

Starting yesterday, on July 3rd we moved into the Dog Days of Summer, which will be with us until August 11th. These  days of muggy, hot, oppressive weather punctuated by thunderstorms or plagued by drought are considered the hottest days … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: No Reason to Celebrate

I have no motivation for celebrating the Fourth of July. The reasons go both deep and wide. In most years my main complaint is the fireworks, which disturb the cats. They trigger me , too. I never liked the random … Continue reading

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July Calendar

July 1 is Canada Day/Dominion Day unless July 1st falls on a Sunday. In that case it is celebrated the next day. Canada Day commemorates the day Canada became self-governing on July 1st, 1867, with the passage of the British North … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 Jun 21

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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 6th

On June 6th the solar term of Grain in Ear began. China is divided by climate into a wheat growing north and a rice growing south. At this time in the north the wheat becomes ripe and in the south … Continue reading

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June Calendar

June 4th Eid-al-Fitr Eid-al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر‎) is a day of feasting and is celebrated on the first of Shawwal (10th month of the lunar Islamic calendar).  This Eid is a reward to the Muslims who spent the month of … Continue reading

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Small Full (Grain) xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21st .

On May 21st we moved into the Chinese calendar solar term of Small Full Grain. This refers to the grain and seed crops which are now beginning to become plump, but are not yet ripe. As an example, my blackberry … Continue reading

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May Calendar

Cinco De Mayo History Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over France during  the Franco-Mexican War.  During Mexico’s war with France, the US was engaged in its Civil War. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican … Continue reading

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May Day

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