Scott, your blog reporter-at-large, here. I asked for a white Christmas but this is getting ridiculous! It just keeps coming. Freya, Robbie and I have shoveled the front sidewalk and steps umpteen times, not that they mind one bit. While I toil with the shovel, they romp, chase squirrels, and eat snow.
With a break in the storm on Saturday and the next forecast sounding absolutely dire, people are flocking to the grocery stores in droves. We went across the street to Fred Meyer and found lines 50 people deep at the registers. So we bailed out and plan to come back later at night once the storm has arrived.
During the first few days of this Winter Wonderland, my preferred vehicle has been my ultra competent Honda Element with all wheel drive and ABS but as of Saturday night, the snow is deep enough to break out the serious hardware and fire up Inga’s Toyota Tacoma with 4WD, ABS, ample clearance and big ass tires. I push the 4 – 5″ blanket of snow off the truck and venture out into the empty fluffy white streets, the dark night filled with snowflakes. I tool around the neighborhood enjoying the beauty of it all and the simple pleasure of driving in snow for fun before ending up at Freddie’s across the street. As hoped, it is utterly empty of manic shoppers and I leisurely browse the aisles for a few extra supplies in case the power goes out.
It’s now Sunday afternoon and the storm warning has been extended into Monday morning. It’s been snowing on and off for hours and the sidewalk needs shoveling yet again. Robbie looks for squirrels in the trees and Freya plops down in the snow and starts eating it. The snow melts on Robbie’s back but Freya just looks like she’s been sprinkled with coconut flakes due to her super thick fur coat. Little birds are steadily chipping away at the suet. It’s only 30 degrees and the snow is going nowhere. Seeing how we have about 30 or so snow plows in all of Western Washington, getting to work tomorrow may be problematic. Thankfully, it’s very quiet at work right now due to the holidays so working from home is an excellent alternative. The weather people are saying that it will not get above freezing until Christmas Eve and Inga is now talking about moving to San Diego. */:-)
I am sorry about the weather preempting the Solstice party. It was a bummer missing the opportunity to spend time with you. Maybe we’ll wait for the Spring Equinox or maybe we’ll do something for Candlemas, a.k.a. Groundhog Day. I made Robby a batch of oatmeal peanut butter cookies for his birthday. What a great recipe! I left out the wheat germ because I didn’t have any and just added a little more flour and oatmeal and he and Freya love them. Stew and I thought they were pretty tasty, too.
Dec 21st is the Winter Solstice. On this day, the Sun enters the part of the space-time continuum belonging to Capricorn. This is the official first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin sol, or “Sun,” and stitium, or “stoppage.” At the Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the same spot on the horizon.
On June 21, the Summer Solstice, the North Pole is tilted most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year. On December 21, the Winter Solstice, the North Pole is pointed away from the Sun giving us in the Northern Hemisphere, our shortest day and longest night. It is this tilting of the Earth’s rotational axis that gives us our seasons. If you want more information on how this works, just ask and I can recommend some articles and books that explain it really well. I don’t know about you, but to me, the important part of this is that from here on out, we get a few minutes more of daylight each day, until the Summer Solstice, that is. Here is evidence that humankind’s fascination with the Sun hasn’t waned in thousands of years. Study-buddy-Jacqui sent me this website featuring a series of photos called “Holding the Sun”
The 25th is Christmas. Do you believe in Santa? Did you? I did until I was 10 because we had one. The guy across the street used to come over on Christmas Eve and hand out presents. He had a Santa suit and Grandpa left the bag of presents on the front porch for him. He did a great job because I never had a doubt he was the real Santa.
My Kepler College Newsletter just arrived and it has links to our graduation speeches! You can watch my study-buddy, Jacqui and me here on You Tube. We were the serious, no-fun, class-nerds so of course, we gave the comedy speech at graduation while everyone else gave serious ones. Our Senior Projects are also featured in this issue. Thank you, Enid!
I’ve received two notes from people who have planets made by Josh Simpson! I’ve only seen them on the website and can only imagine how beautiful they are in person.
This Moon will appear exceptionally large as it rises since it is both full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit where it passes closest to the Earth. At midnight, it will appear quite high and bright. The Full Moon is when you can “see” the results of what you have been planning and working on for the last two weeks. It is time to release the plan and review your ideas and to reorganize or restructure where necessary. The Moon in Gemini can indicate distraction and difficulty in focusing your energy. One way to try to help your self to get tasks done is to use the distractions rather than fighting them Make a list of what you need to get done and then just go ahead and start a few of the items on the list. Don’t worry about forcing yourself to methodically finish one task then the next and so on, but just allow yourself to flit from one to the next. When I have needed to do this, I’ve noticed that I do complete all the tasks that need to get done without the procrastination and stress that would be caused by forcing myself to work on just one task at a time when my “brain” isn’t in the right mood. Leave a comment if you try this or if you want to share what you are working on.
Are you looking for last minute holiday gift ideas? How about a gift certificate? We make a beautiful one that can be used for a relationship, natal or transit report, the jewelry in my store, a consultation, or soon to be available, relaxation and stress release mp3s. Call 206-459-6963 or email me for more information.
Other gift ideas: I am fascinated by Josh Simpson’s little “planets.” The planets are hand blown glass marbles. Check out his Infinity Project scrapbook which contains photographs of his marbles that have been placed all over the world as “a testament to the longevity of glass.”
The cool book of the season is Porn For Women. Also in the same series: Porn for New Moms. No, honestly… you MUST click the link and then post what you think.
Mom arrived in town and she and Robby are hard at work training for the “reading to dogs” program offered by Therapy Dogs International. He looks concerned about her choice of reading material and I am betting kid’s books will be more his speed.
Have you seen The Best of Cassini? Scott sent me these photos from the Orbiter and they make great screensaver shots. Don’t they look more like graphic design logos than planet photographs?
Step away from the computer and go outside. No, really! Jupiter and Venus are conjunct and the Moon will appear to pass right by them. The best pictures of what to look for are here at Skytonight.
The other important item is that tonight is a New Moon which means that NOW is the time to start whatever new project or new practice you’ve been planning. Sorry the distribution list isn’t set up yet. You will get proper warning for the upcoming Full Moon!
I’ll get to see the conjunction on my way to take Rob to class. He is finishing Beyond Basic Obedience tonight. At least, I think he is, he may have one more week to go. It is a good thing I don’t have children, eh?
Welcome to my new Blog! Unlike the newsletter format, this “goes both ways” and will allow all of us to post comments and share back and forth. I hope you enjoy this as a better way to keep in touch. If you get the newsletter now, you’ll be registered to post in a day or so. New readers will need to register in order to post.
You’ll notice lots of changes when you visit the website. Like it has been completely transformed! It isn’t finished yet, so be patient. Scott moved the jewelry catalog into what will soon be an online store and I will be adding mp3 files and astrological reports that you will be able to download.
Make sure you fill out your “pick a party” survey for the upcoming Winter Solstice Party!