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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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Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

The new year has begun. We enter into the period of Minor Cold on the 5th of January although for many serious cold has already come. As the period progresses, however, weather rapidly reaches its coldest. In view of this … Continue reading

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Minor Snow xiǎo xuě 小雪 Nov 22nd

On November 22nd we will pass into the period of Minor Snow (xiǎo xuě 小雪). My friend who runs the cat rescue had flurries as early as the evening of the 9th. The weather has been colder earlier than the … 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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Autumn Leaves

It seemed to take forever this year but the leaves finally began to turn. I noticed it starting when I drove up to Maryland. In a mere two weeks, however, the brilliant color is waning, red orange and gold turning … Continue reading

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Fall and Winter and The Farmer’s Almanac

A man I was talking to at the dump while we tossed construction debris into the dumpsters said an acquaintance who worked for VDOT, the Virginia highway department were already planning for a lot of cold and snow in January … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: The Big Kitten Swap (2nd try)

I don’t know how this post got eaten. I wanted to do a part two and came back to an empty post that published with only a title. Yet I could see a number of revisions. So lets start over. … Continue reading

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