Category Archives: Health

Caturday Thoughts – Cats vs Halloween Decorations

I love Halloween. But I have a house full of running, jumping, wrestling and sometimes squabbling cats. This makes decorating problematic. Last year a really cute ceramic pumpkin man got knocked off the mantelpiece and smashed on the brick below. … Continue reading

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Apples – Baked, Sauced, Thrown into Dinner and Taken Straight

Apple season starts as early as September and winds up in October, at least here in Virginia. I dutifully went to the orchard at the first part of September but because of another year of excessive heat and humidity the … Continue reading

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Feng Shui for Fall

With house renovation proceeding a a glacial pace and chaos constantly threatening to take over the house it seemed like a good idea to do some feng shui for fall. Tony has progressed from lawn man, to yard man to … Continue reading

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Cold Dew hán lù 寒露 Oct 8th

Today, on October 8th we enter the period of Cold Dew (hán lù 寒露) the 17th solar terms of the year. The night temperatures become cold enough to condense the moisture in the air to dew, but not cold enough … Continue reading

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Chongyang Festival Oct 7

The 9th day of the 9th lunar month is the traditional Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Festival. It usually falls in October in the Gregorian calendar. In an ancient and mysterious book Yi Jing, or The Book of Changes, number … Continue reading

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Autumnal Equinox qiū fēn 秋分 Sep 23rd

The Autumn Equinox is the 16th solar term of the year, starting on the 23rd of September. It marks the second half of autumn in the Chinese calendar. It is the start of sunlight moving to the south and the … Continue reading

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White Dew bái lù 白露 Sep 08

This coming Sunday begins the solar term White Dew, which marks transition from summer to autumn. In China the temperature drops sharply, and the autumn rains come. Here the temperature began to drop last week after a rainstorm and has … Continue reading

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