Category Archives: Food

Caturday Thoughts – Spring Commences lì chūn 立春 Feb 3th

As a solar term, Spring Commences had already entered people’s lives in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). At that time, there were eight solar terms. According to some experts, the 24 solar terms were used for the first … Continue reading

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Major Cold dà hán 大寒 Jan 20 T

Major Cold, dàhán in Chinese, daikan in Japanese, daehan in Korean and đại hàn in Vietnamese is the 24th solar term.  It  begins this year on Jan 20 and ends on Feb 2. Major Cold is the last solar term in winter and … Continue reading

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Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

The new year has begun. We entered into the period of Minor Cold on the 5th of January although for many serious cold has already come. Xiǎohán, or Shōkan in Japanese, Sohan in Korean, or Tiểu hàn in Vietnamese is … Continue reading

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Planning a New Year

We all make them, even if only in jest. There are lists of them in newspapers and on the internet, the most popular, the most often not kept. New Year’s Resolutions. Year after year the lists remains basically the same, … Continue reading

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Friday Files – 437 Things to Do by Next Week Part II

Last Friday morning the truck wouldn’t start. I had left the lights on after coming home from the laundry in the snowstorm Sunday. After having the AAA tow truck driver analyze the battery and alternator he decided to see if … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Shots, Diets and Other Feline Concerns

Thursday Hansel had his booster shot and is all done. Dr Reeder likes to stagger shots to help ward off possible side effects. His neuter has had little effect on his behavior but if he gets a regular session with … Continue reading

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Major Snow dà xuě 大雪 Dec 07

On December 7th we move into the 21st solar term of 大雪 Dàxuě , or Taisetsu in Japanese, 대설 Daeseol in  Korean and Đại tuyết in Vietnamese. It is literally translated as major or great snow. It snows heavily for the first time in … Continue reading

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