Category Archives: Ritual

Problem House

The house I live in has many peculiarities. Some days I thought there was a ghost. Weird noises go with an old house on a concrete block foundation in an area where the ground is shifting. But late at night … Continue reading

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Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 4th

On the fourth we passed into the period of Clear and Bright. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern China, but perhaps more accurate for where I … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

I am a big fan of the movie “Groundhog Day”. All the characters are believable and the cast do a very good job in bringing them to life.  Every year I try to watch it on the day. Most years … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Happy New Year to Me and My Cats

With all the repairmen traipsing in and out and swapping out refrigerators with the contents plus all the cleaning for Chinese New Year  I was thinking I’d be too worn out to celebrate. Being a cat dominated household we don’t … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Cats Don’t Miss Hot Water

I am still waiting for the parts to repair the faucet to come in from the specialty supplier. The refrigerator is not scheduled to be delivered until the 25th. It had better come and not make my Chinese New Year … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – New Year’s Eve With Cats

No fireworks unless the neighbors have 4th of July leftovers. No Times Square crowds or glitzy, tacky hotel parties. No silly TV countdowns with talking head presenters. I like my New Year’s Eves quiet at home. Of course that means … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Christmas Eve With Cats

  Christmas Eve is a special quiet time for me and the cats. There is an atmosphere in vigil evenings that is special. We will be following a ritual we made up beginning at sunset. Solstice has just past and … Continue reading

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