Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sky watch Friday ~ Good morning Sun

Spring is almost here! The lyrics[1] were written by Eleanor Farjeon in 1922 and are found in the hymnals of many denominations.[2] The original poem can be found in the anthology "Children's Bells" under Farjeon's original title A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring), published by Oxford University Press in 1957. The tune to which it is normally sung is called "Bunessan", based upon a Scottish Gaelic traditional melody. Before Farjeon's words, it was used as a Christmas carol which began "Child in the manger, Infant of Mary", translated from the Gaelic lyrics written by Mary MacDonald. [3] The English-language Roman Catholic hymnal also uses the tune for the hymn "This Day God Gives Me". Morning Has Broken

As Sung by Cat Stevens

Lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon

Date of Birth

13 February 1881, London, England, UK

Date of Death5 June 1965, Hampstead, London, England, UK

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word
Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day

Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Skippy

More snow…
Paisley, the inside cat looks out and begins to do her “ I’m going to have some food” gurgle.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ABC Wednesday Letter “F”

ABC pictures

Mrs. Nesbitt runs the ABC wed.Each wed its a letter.
Freud Freudian slips or parapraxis named after Sigmund Freud, who described the phenomenon he called Fehlleistung (literally meaning "faulty action" in German. If you really need a pair… Click Here!
With foresight, a couple of weeks ago I KNEW what I would do…FROGS, cause I collect them.
I decided not to because as I was springhouse cleaning the other day I Found my lost Floppy Slippers. With the help of the Fluffy Teddy I got my Sweetie for Valentines DAY here is my contribution for fun find for “F”!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Some days “Catitude” reigns

Precipitation, overcast, murky and the chance of 1 to 3 inches of snow tonight has rendered me totally lacking in large amounts energy. Sad I have one half of the room with washed down walls…but alas no sun to aid on my quest for every little nip of dirt…

Rain and snow through March 6, EGADS
Gosh and goodness sake Saturday will be the FIRST of MARCH…ummmmmmmm
Will it come in like a Lion OR a Lamb?
I am ready with a beautiful Kite… ;)
The phrase apparently has its origins with the constellations Leo, the Lion, and Aries, the ram or lamb. It has to do with the relative positions of these constellations in the sky at the beginning and end of the month. But don't take my word for it, check out this illustrative cartoon from the Stargazer himself, Jack Horkheimer. Lore: according to the Farmers Almanac ~~~
Weather sayings are as colorful as our imagination. While many sayings are based on careful observations, and do turn out to be accurate, others are merely rhymes or the beliefs of the people who came before us. Those people often believed that bad spirits could affect the weather adversely, so they were cautious as to what they did or did not do in certain situations. Those beliefs often included ideas that there should be a balance in weather and life. So, if a month came in bad (like a lion), it should go out good and calm (like a lamb). With March being such a changeable month, in which we can see warm spring-like temperatures or late- season snow storms, you can understand how this saying might hold true in some instances. We can only hope that if March starts off cold and stormy it will end warm and sunny, but the key word is hope. This saying is more a rhyme rather than a true weather predictor.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Yesterday I played in the DIRT

Yup, it was just warm enough, for about 2 hours, I was able to begin cutting the tops off our Ornamental Grasses.


Trimming Ornamental Grasses It is necessary to trim ornamental grasses in late winter to remove old blades and seed heads before the next growing season. If you have ever struggled with trimming an ornamental grass with hand trimmers, here is a better way to trim ornamental grass with a chain saw or trimmer:
1. Separate your ornamental grass plant into several bunches.
2. Tie each bunch tightly with a strong piece of string.
3. Cut off the bunches below the string and as close to the ground as you can.
4. Use the string to pull the bunch of blades and seed heads to your disposal area.
5. Untie the string and repeat.
Although that was not on the DO LIST… it was something that needed to be done…
Do you all have DO LISTS?
It seems to help us focus…
Then there is the neat part about crossing THINGS off.
Quite a sense of accomplishment!
Ummmm sometimes, it is a self-imposed race to see who gets the most accomplished, which is not really fair, but the thought has entered my minds from time to time… ~~~~~~~~~
The other NEAT thing that happened this weekend was finding the first Duck Egg. Oh yes that is a biggie here.


My Sweetie in his ventures on the DO LIST located the first goose nest with ONE egg, so far…that was not touched…
That particular nesting site has been a proven winner.


Ummmmmmmm paradox would be a pair of DUCKS?
Visions of soufflés dance in my head, or waffles, pancakes heck even a CHOCOLATE Cake…everyone knows Soufflés are Heaven scent ;)

Did I ever mention I like to cook? ;)


Pear Soufflé yummmmmmmmmm mmmmieeeeeeeeeeeee

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Reminder ~~~

Daylight Saving Time, or Summer Time as it is known in Britain, was invented by William Willett (1857 - 1915), whom was a London builder living in Petts Wood in Kent.

In April 1916, Daylight Saving Time was introduced as a wartime measure of economy, not only in Britain but also, within a week or so, in nearly all countries, both allied and enemy. Sadly, William had died the previous year so never saw his idea put into effect.
William Willett invented DST and advocated it tirelessly.
This past year, Daylight Saving Time changed for those of us living in the U.S., this Web site is really neat. Here you will find time change information for the European Union, as well as, other places all around the world.


This year, it will be on March 9, 2008 at different times during the day, depending on your time zone. In Europe, it will be on March 30, 2008. This site gives you that information in an easy to read table, as well as, more information about the changes below the table. You’ll also find out where Daylight Saving Time is not observed and why.


It also explains the grammar behind Daylight Saving Time, including the common usage of the phrase and what you’ll find in the dictionary. You will also learn about important safety measures you should take at this time, such as changing the batteries in your smoke detectors.


On the side menu, you’ll find more sections about Daylight Saving Time and its history. Daylight Saving Time certainly has had an impact on history.


So, are you ready to spring FORWARD?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fun Today

What could be more fun, on a dreary overcast winter day than to get together with people that love to cook?
I am sure there other things that pop into mind, but this is what I did today. It was totally delightful. A Pampered Chef Party… what fun we had…so much so that I am going to have one this summer… Go figure that?
Besides meeting new people and seeing some really neat gadgets we had lunch…and did not have to clean up.
How kewl is that?
Yes there is a recipe here… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ fact there are TWO... ;)
Lettuce begin with a SPIN
~~~~~~~ Fun Today it was the BERRIES…
yup I am getting the lettuce and berry spinner… ;)


It even has a BRAKE, how Kewl is that?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 oz. pkg. uncooked penne pasta ~~~~~~~~~~ 1 head romaine lettuce Cooked chicken in a special pot, Yup I got that too The pot...
1 large carrot
~~~~~~ 2 plum tomatoes
1/2 medium red onion
a Zucchini
fancy sliced...
Not shown
1 small head broccoli
1/2 c. sliced pitted ripe olives
YUM on those black OLIVES....
2 oz. grated fresh Parmesan cheese (1/2 c.)
1 c. Italian or ranch salad dressing Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold running water. Spoon pasta onto large serving platter.Meanwhile, thinly slice lettuce, carrot, and red onion. Coarsely chop broccoli. Slice tomatoes into thin wedges.Top pasta with lettuce, broccoli, carrot, onion, tomatoes, and olives. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over vegetables. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately.16 servings
Source: Pampered Chef ~~~~~~~~~~
A new butter Recipe Now called Christine’s butter
This was added to the Italian bread that was served with the salad... REALLY good!
4 sticks butter
¼c. honey
½ tsp cinnamon
½ vanilla extract The butter needs to be soft before you add the other ingrediants...then whip it to
blend in all the flavors...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sky Watch Friday ~ the Lunar eclipse

See Dot HERE~~~~~~~~~
I reviewed the pictures I took last evening of the Lunar eclipse. I managed to go out @ every 10 minutes. That is until the eclipse was ready to go the other way…bedtime for me…plus it was @ 15 degrees outside. At this point I can say I am pleased with what I was able to get. I feel sure others will have better pictures, and that is SUPER by me. Makes me start thinking about another camera… HA HA.
Today to edit what I think is good and pass on for the Sky watch. Bottom line, despite the cold, it was so pretty. We did see that red haze, which seems to have come through in several of my pictures…
My little Canon Power Shot S2 IS did not do a bad job! I just knew that the sky would be clear…even after going to bed; we opened the shade to the skylight over our bed and continued to monitor the moon. Soon it was like a Giant Pizza pie in my eye!
Has some super pictures…[I am comparing with what I have ;)]
Plus they tell what camera was used etc.
Valuable info for sure![still thinking about a new camera… ;)
I was thinking last night, wonder how many Sky Watch people were looking at the same thing I was… sorta neat ey?

Three degrees BUT

After taking pictures of the Lunar eclipse last evening at a mere 15 degrees…
My assistant, George and I took a BRIEF walk about! "Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" said the Rooster
"Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" said the Buddha
"My paws are getting cold," said George.
This morning was a RUDE awakening
This a.m. @ 8 when I took these pictures