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Happy Solstice!

And a Happy Solstice to All!

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Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of winter solstice on northern hemisphere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 22, 2018. The word Solstice is Latin in origin and translates as, Sol =the Sun, + stitere =standing still.

On that day, the North Pole tilts most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year.  Around December 21, or 22nd of each year, the Winter Solstice, the North Pole points away from the Sun giving us in the Northern Hemisphere, our shortest day, and longest night. This tilting of the Earth’s rotational axis gives us our seasons. During each Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the opposite spot on the horizon. The Solar Calendars like Stonehenge and the Sun Dagger in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico operate by indicating this point. The Autumnal Equinox will be on September 24th.

Symbols of Summer:

The rose, the fast-growing vine, and the bright sun. Modern symbols include flip-flops, outdoor weddings, icy pitchers of lemonade, beach umbrellas and baseball games!

Foods of Summer:

Peaches, nectarines, melons, pickling, grilling, salads, cold soups, tomatoes, and iced tea.

Colors of Summer:

Brights: lime green, lemon yellow, sunny orange, sky blue.

The Zodiacal Signs of Summer:

Cancer from June 22 – July 23, Leo from July 23 – August 24, and Virgo from August 24 – September 24 this year.

The Stones of Summer:

Cancer resonates with white stones like shell and pearl. Leo with gold stones like citrine and tiger-eye. Virgo with blue stones like sodalite and sapphire.

Activities of Summer:

Barbecues, picnics, lawn-mowing, parades, festivals, fireworks, weeding, swimming outside.

Links:

The Farmer’s Almanac’s Solstice Page

The Chaco Canyon Sun Dagger petroglyphs

The Solstice Project: A Research Project about Fajada Butte

An interactive model of the Sun Dagger.

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Twill shawls

This is a long warp that should make three shawls. I’m planning on one gray, one black and one blue. These are all cotton so they will look quite a bit different once they are off the loom, washed and dried. I corrected the threading error that you can see in the gray one. It won’t show once it is finished.

The gray is a basket weave. The black is three different twills and the blue will be a zigzag pattern.

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There will be no “Z”

In this Oct. 15, 2002 file photo, mystery writer Sue Grafton poses for a portrait in New York.
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Mystery writer Sue Grafton dies in California

RIP Sue Grafton and condolences to your family.  Wow, I’ve been reading this series since I was 20, really my entire adult life. I’ll miss them and I’ll miss waiting for each new one to arrive every couple of years. This reminds me of Master and Commander ending with the unfinished 21, published as Patrick O’Brian left it at his death. Tony Hillerman’s series ended on a satisfying note as did Terry Pratchett’s, but the Alphabet mysteries will end on “Y”, always leaving me to wonder what “Z” would have brought. Sue, thank you for 25 entertaining books.

Mystery Writer Sue Grafton Dies In California

Sue Grafton Books on Amazon

 

Salvador Dalí Illustrates the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac

No melting clocks, but click the link below to see large-size pictures of Dali’s Zodiacal signs. These were created in 1947 and still look fresh and modern. His color choices and spare line work give a different interpretation to some of the signs than you may be accustomed to.

Source: Salvador Dalí Illustrates the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac – Brain Pickings

Every Day

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That’s one to stick on the fridge, eh?

White Christmas

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We had snow on Christmas eve and it stuck around today. I thought this was pretty unusual and then this morning I saw a news story about it, this is supposed to be our third White Christmas in the last 100 years. The bird bath was icy until afternoon so the chickadees, sparrows and juncos were squawking until it softened up. The hummingbird feeder didn’t freeze at all so I still had customers there. The sheltered spot on the porch and amount of sugar in the mix must combine to keep it from freezing. 

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God Jul

 

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