I thought it would be fun to post a list of current Thanksgiving themed coloring pages, click the links below, to save and print the originals from their sites. You could use them to decorate, as patterns for other crafts like a flag or a banner or even in a flower arrangement, or to entertain the kids while the adults do boring stuff like socializing.
I think everyone knows by now that coloring is the new yoga, right? It is supposed to relax you and help you focus better, “Promoters of coloring for the older set say it has therapeutic properties and can aid in personal growth. ‘Creativity positively impacts many parts of our lives and helps us grow cognitively, emotionally and even professionally,’ notes Brit Morin, CEO and founder of Brit + Co in the article linked below. I’ve included the NBC News link on the stress relieving effects of coloring and another on the Greek mythological antecedents of the Thanksgiving cornucopia, ya, of course it’s Greek.
Link to Adult Coloring Article from NBC News.
Isn’t this too funny? There is something to be said about people who can get worked up about knitting. And I especially love the dramatic music. Enjoy!
Hiker Discovers Viking Sword in Norway
HAUKELI, NORWAY—A hiker who sat down to rest discovered a 1,200-year-old Viking sword in central southern Norway. “The sword was found in very good condition. It is very special to get into a sword that is merely lacking its grip,” archaeologist Jostein Aksdal told The Local, Norway. He added that the sword probably dates to between A.D. 750 and 800, and is of a type that was common in western Norway. “When the snow has gone in spring, we will check the place where the sword was found. If we find several objects, or a tomb, perhaps we can find the story behind the sword,” he added. To read about another recently discovered Viking weapon, go to “Artifact: Viking Sword.”
Today is the day the Sun enters Libra and the beginning of Autumn. In the same way that the Solstice marks the days of longest and shortest “light,” the Equinoxes mark the day of equal light. Nox is the Roman goddess of night so equinox literally means “equal night.” The glyph for Libra represents the setting sun expressing the balance between night and day. In traditional Astrology, the Sun is “exalted” in Aries while halfway through its circuit along the ecliptic, it is in “fall” in Libra, Aries’ opposite sign.
The rising of the constellation Libra marked the beginning of the New Year in ancient Egypt. Equinoxes are the two points in the year (March 19-21 and September 21-23) when the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At these times, day and night in Northern and Southern hemispheres are of equal length. The Spring (vernal) Equinox occurs midway between the Winter and Summer solstices; the Autumnal Equinox occurs midway between the Summer and Winter solstices. The Autumn equinoctial festival of Mabon mirrors the spring equinoctial festival of Oestara with the Light and Dark forces of the Universe switching ascendancy.
In myth, the goddess Persephone departs the earth to join her husband in the underworld. It is time to give thanks for the summer and to welcome the impending dark. Traditionally, this was when some of the heaviest work of the agricultural year began. The harvest was stored away, the farm animals were measured against their feed and decisions were made about how many to keep and how many to slaughter and eat. This is why so much Thanksgiving feasting went on now. Fresh meat and fruit only last so long.
Symbols of Autumn:
Blackberries, cranberries, wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, nuts, corn, apples, pomegranates, ivy
Foods of Autumn:
Breads, nuts, apples, squash, pomegranates, and pumpkin pie.
Colors of Autumn:
The colors of the sunset: violet, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.
Stones of Autumn:
Libra is pink tourmaline, opal and rhodochrosite. Scorpio is topaz, bloodstone, and yellow agate. Sagittarius is turquoise and jasper.
Activities of Autumn:
Making cider and wine, gathering seeds and seedpods, walking in the woods, Halloween, and Thanksgiving celebrations, Christmas shopping.
You know you were wondering about this… Well here it is, put as succinctly as I’ve ever seen by Ann Edwards,
i.e. is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘id est,’ meaning ‘that is.’
e.g. is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘exempli gratia,’ meaning ‘for example.’
Use i.e. when you want to give further explanation for something.
After work I’ll walk over to the Thunderdome, i.e., the new sports arena a few blocks away.
Use e.g. when you want to give a few examples but not a complete list.
I love drinking holiday-related beverages, e.g., hot chocolate, apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes.
Reposted from Grammarly.com
Here is a cute bit of news for you that combines two of the things that I love, rescuing animals and knitting:
Reblogged from a story by Amanda Froelich
109-year-old Alfred “Alfie” Date has witnessed some momentous events in history, including the sinking of the Titanic and the declaration of World War One. But when the caring elder is not visiting with one of his seven children, 20 grandchildren, or “about the same amount” of great-grandchildren, he dedicates his time to knitting tiny sweaters for penguins affected by man-made disasters.
The Phillip Island Penguin Foundation began requesting the tiny sweaters to aid the survival of little penguins after oil spills in 2013. Little penguins are a species of penguin only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, with a singular colony of 32,000 remaining on Phillip Island. In the event of an oil spill near the Phillip Island’s colony of penguins, wildlife clinic workers put oil-covered birds in sweaters to minimize the amount of oil they ingest while preening themselves. The substance also matts the penguins feathers,preventing its regulation of bodily temperature and reducing the animal’s buoyancy in water, according to the Philip Island Penguin Foundation.
Republished under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author and TrueActivist.com.
Read the complete article: http://www.trueactivist.com/australias-oldest-man-knits-sweaters-for-penguins-affected-by-oil-spills/?
Have you noticed that the Solstices occur on a different day each time and that the beginning and ending dates for zodiac signs are different depending on which book you read? Did you wonder why one year Cancer begins on the 21st and the next on the 22nd? This is because both solstices and sun signs relate to the Sun’s path along the ecliptic and the Sun doesn’t change from one sign to another at exactly midnight. See Kelly’s article below for a table that shows this better. These variable dates can be a concern if you are born on one of those days when the Sun is changed signs, sometimes you’ll hear it referred to as a cusp and people will say you aren’t really one or the other but that isn’t true. The Sun moves through all 30 degrees of one sign before passing into the next so even if you are born close to a boundary you’ll be either 29 degrees Cancer or even 0 degrees Leo. 0 degrees Leo is still Leo and an astrologer can easily look up your date in an ephemeris and tell which on side of the cusp you fall. Or you can check your own using the ephemeris links below.
Here is an Ephemeris to check your own birth date: Link Astro.com, Swiss Ephemeris Files
Here is a good article in which Kelly Surtees shows why these cusp dates may look confusing. Link: Kelly’s Astrology – Sun Changing Sign, Dates for 2015