The only news I have to report is that everything is blooming, including the weeds! I do, however, have a quote about the purpose of Earth Day:
“The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy and, finally, force this issue permanently onto the national political agenda. In a speech in Seattle in September 1969, I announced a national environmental teach-in which became Earth Day 1970.” — Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earthday.
I can’t resist sharing some flower pix. So, I hope you have sunny weather and I hope you enjoy these …
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. Abigail Adams ( 1744 – 1818 ), 1780
For more Abigail Adams quotations: click WikiQuote
Well, the class was excellent! It was a spinning technique called Wrap & Roll, taught by its originator, Sarah Anderson. Coilspinning is a cool-looking plying effect but the core yarn gets overtwisted which makes for a very stiff finished product that unwinds if released from tension. Sarah came up with a technique that alleviates this problem by using a spindle to hold the core yarn. You can see her spinning this way, using a wheel and spindle here (part 1) and here (part 2).
I really wasn’t getting the technique at all until it finally occurred to me that my spatial-perception-learning-disability-thing was complicating a very simple process and that the way the spindle was spinning was the way it was supposed to be spinning and I didn’t need to keep stopping it and spinning it the other way. Sheesh, Is that so me, or what? At least I’ve gotten to where I can think it through, remember I have a problem with stuff like left/right and clockwise/widdershins and save myself a lot of frustration. So, I got it figured out, then Scott joined me, and we had Red Cossacks at Kaleenka‘s kiosk, strolled the barns, petted goats, didn’t buy any goats, walked Robert and then left for home. Once home, I practiced my new skill, with diligence, until 2 am just to make sure I had really gotten it. I’ll post pix when I take some.
Lambcam Update: We, ok the farm, have two kids! Arno was born the night before Easter and now a doeling has joined him. Too cute! … Whoa, two more babies just now! Anyway, click the link to see pictures.
For more sheepy news, Scott, Robert and I are going to The Shepherd’s Extravaganza this weekend. I will be taking a class and Scott will be wandering around looking at sheep, goats and sheepdogs. Rob will be waiting in the truck, hoping for a chance to meet, play with or chase something! If you have time this weekend, check it out!
Tax day! Or, another Holiday History Lesson… If you can consider tax day a holiday.
Taco Del Mar is giving away free tacos today. That does make it a bit holiday-ish, YUM!
Anyway, prior to 1913, taxes were most commonly levied against consumption of various goods and services rather than against income. Remember the Stamp Tax, the Tea Tax, and others during the Colonial era? It was taxes such as these that helped give birth to the American Revolution.
The Short Version or IMPORTANT DATES IN U.S. TAX HISTORY
From the now defunct M.E. Hansen Tax Consultants website:
1862 – Abraham Lincoln enacts an emergency measure to pay for the Civil War; minimum tax rate is 3%.
1872 – Lincoln’s income tax law lapses.
1894 – A 2% federal income tax is enacted.
1895 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules the Income Tax “unconstitutional” in Pollack vs. Farmers Loan & Trust.
1909 – The 16th Amendment, authorizing Congress to collect taxes on income, is proposed.
1913 – Wyoming casts the 37th vote, ratifying the 16th Amendment. Only one in 271 people pays an income tax at a rate of 1%.
1926 – The Revenue Act of 1926 reduces income taxes because “too much money is being collected.”
1939 – The Revenue statutes are codified; One in 32 citizens now pay an income tax; the rate is 4%.
For the long version from the US treasury, click HERE
“The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.” Senator Goldwater, 1989
We get the word “Easter” from the name of a German Goddess of fertility, Oestarae. She is the deific equivalent of the Greco Roman Aurora, the personification of the sunrise. Her name is where East and Easter both come from. This is logical considering that the sun rises in the East. A creature associate of hers is Ostara’s hare or … the Easter bunny.
Modern Easter is the Christianized version of the festival of Oestara or Ostara. It celebrates the resurrection of the Christ after three days in the tomb thus associating him with the Sun gods of many other cultures who spend three days in the underworld before coming forth with a treasure or a new teaching. (See Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20)
Christians dropped the fertility rituals of Ostara but for some reason retained the traditional rabbit and eggs. The early Christians, many of whom had been brought up in the Hebrew tradition, simply regarded Easter as a new feature of the Passover festival, a commemoration of the advent of the Messiah as foretold by the prophets. I prophesy that every store will have a sale on chocolate bunnies and Cadbury creme eggs next week!
There are no baby lambs or kids yet on the lambcam (see previous post) but I have spent way too much of my time watching them. Most of them were sheared last week so now they are kind of naked and pink but so much cleaner. I am not much of a farmer; lambcam and the “My Farm” application on Facebook are about my speed dirt-wise.
The crocuses have finished blooming and the camellias and hyacinths have taken over. It is awfully pretty and I don’t mean to sound picky, but it is still too cold!
Anyway, keeping in line with an Aries theme, check out the lambcam where baby lambs and kids are due any day. I have it open in my browser all day long, just because they are so relaxing to watch. And here is a craft project! Whether you are a Wallace and Gromit fan, or just celebrating Spring, you can make your own “Shaun the Sheep” from yogurt cups… No, honestly! Just click the link: Shaun the Sheep.
Thank you all for a fun Spring party. Robert had a blast, dividing his time between a baby and his dog-buddy, Nala. We’ll have the dates rest of the 2009 dates on the webpage this week so you can plan ahead. Hope you can join us for Summer!
February 2nd, AKA Candlemas AKA Groundhog Day was bright and clear here in Seattle. Yup, a groundhog could have easily seen its shadow. I saw mine. According to tradition, that means 6 more weeks of Winter and by the groundhog, that is what we have gotten.
Well, I am finished, tired of snow, cold, the whole thing. How about you? March 20th is the Vernal Equinox and the first day of Spring. Equinox is derived from the Latin words equal and night meaning that the day and night are equal again and we are heading to longer days. Whoopee! Let’s celebrate Spring!
It has been a long time since my last post! I have been working hard and also taking a much needed creativity break. Scott now has a complete wardrobe of scarves, hats and socks and I have some new scarves and mitts. These have been good projects for me, combining instant gratification because they knit or crochet so quickly, organization because I have emptied two of my bins of stashed yarn, and practicality because I made warm clothes all at the same time. I also brought my spinning wheel up from the laundry room, where I put her when I enrolled in Kepler College, and have determined that I still remember how to spin. All this manual labor has also been a great way to compose hypnosis scripts so I am just waiting for this cough to go away so I can do some taping for you. Those will be in the store soon and I’ve actually had so much fun that I am going to put some scarves, mitts, handspun and jewelry in the store in next month or so too.
What do spinning wheels, wool and March have in common? Yes, sheep!
March is said to arrive like a lion and leave like a lamb. Aries, the first sign of the tropical Zodiac begins with the Vernal Equinox on March 20th. Get ready to move into the active time of the year. It is time to break out of Capricorn-mode and start thinking like an Aries. That means finding fun ways to motivate yourself like giving yourself a creativity break or planning your projects as if you planning a party.
I found a perfect quote to relate to goals:
“Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.” James Baldwin
Let this be a reminder to make your goals positive – not I am tired of looking dumpy but…I am fit and vibrant! Think of organizing your basement as an archeological dig. Don’t make Spring-cleaning drudgery — Be kind to your inner Aries and make it fun!
We have a party coming up on the 21st of March to celebrate the Vernal Equinox and beginning of Aries. So be on the lookout for your Evite! If you don’t get one and want one, call or email me. – Inga >^..^<