Category Archives: Cats

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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Beltane

The first of May came in colder weather than I would have preferred. The tradition of a bonfire on Beltane is not something I do just for myself, but I decided the cold rainy weather was perfect justification for a … Continue reading

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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 21st

Monday was the vernal equinox. It was a very warm sunny day here and without much wind , which has been unusual lately. Everyone seemed very happy to celebrate the first day of spring, including yours truly. In the traditional … Continue reading

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March Calendar

Indoors or out, no one relaxes In March, that month of wind and taxes, The wind will presently disappear, The taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), “Thar She Blows”  [Tax Day used to be on March 15th … Continue reading

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Major Cold dà hán 大寒 Jan 20th

January 2oth will begin the period of Major or Greater Cold. It is supposed to be the coldest time of the year. In fact we had extremely cold weather a few weeks earlier and now we are having what might … Continue reading

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Monday Misery, Wednesday Woes

Last Monday morning, first thing, my laptop, which had been fine when I closed it up the night before, would not even come on. Even after plugging it in and letting it sit all day, hoping I had just really … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Quarterback

I am not a fan of American football but the phrase Monday morning quarterback is a good one. Sometimes it just implies sour grapes but I think if you go over the good and bad of anything with an eye … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Adopt a Senior Pet Month

When I did a lot of tutoring of younger students I was always on the lookout for entertaining reading for them. One main criterion was that I also would find them enjoyable. Thus I found the Mr. Putter and Tabby … Continue reading

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Friday Files: Battening Down the Hatches

“Battening down the hatches” is an old nautical term. Most people know what a hatch is but might not know what the sailors are doing when battening them down. The dictionary defines a batten as : noun: batten; plural noun: … Continue reading

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Change in Plans

Things have been a little hectic. Somehow as I tried to keep up with my goal of a post a day to celebrate my favorite month, several got pushed forward, I had a lot more material and ideas than I … Continue reading

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