Thursday, February 28, 2013
Some descriptions of this months full moon are as follows:
• Full Snow Moon – February Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.
February: The Snow Moon http://www.moonconnection.com/full-moon-names.phtml
Snow piles even higher in February, giving this moon its most common name. Among tribes that used this name for the January moon, the February moon was called the Hunger Moon due to the challenging hunting conditions.
Next Month is the Full Sap moon or Full Worm Moon it will rise on Wednesday March 27th, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Sometimes I am not sure How family traditions get started?, but one of ours is making Doughnuts for Oscar night. Oscar night always falls on the last night of winter vacation. It is a good midwinter thing to do. I will include the recipe at the end of this. It is the same one my mom used when we were kids and the Boy Scouts use it as well. It is simple. We heat the oil on the wood cook stove. We have found that thinner cut doughnuts cook through more consistently than thick cut doughnuts. In past years we have always used paper bags to shake the doughnuts in to get them sugar coated. This year at the last minute we could not locate the bags - so we put the sugar in bowls and it worked out just fine. Kids are to old to enjoy the paper bag shaking anyway- but they still love the doughnuts.
Chestnut Hill Doughnuts
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp. of nutmeg
Heat Fat to 375 degrees
Mix dough until well blended, knead 10-12 times roll out 3/8 inch cut with floured cutter.
Makes 12 doughnuts and holes.
When ready to fry put in fat and turn over-when floating on the surface and browned nicely. If your fat is to hot - your doughnuts will burn and your fat can catch fire . . .Be careful and do not wear nice clothes. Lots of newspaper is helpful.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Awaking today to brilliant blue sky and sun, the likes of which we have not seen for some time. Albeit it was -5, not a deterrent to Edna & I we are snow warriors. Again it was very quiet and still in the early morning. Winter is the best time for truly hearing Nature. The stillness is broken by drips, a shrill call of a Blue Jay, the crack of a branch or the crunch of snow underfoot. Even after a sunny day there is still a lot of snow on the tress and branches. It is just so breathtaking. Truly Mother Natures Magic at her best.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
It's better to have it and not need it,
than to need it and not have it.
~ Elizabeth Ann Nolan
Well I am not sure why the bottom picture would not rotate but I did try.
Living in a house of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and married to the Scoutmaster of local troop we live day and night with the Motto- "Be Prepared". I am sure it means different things to different people. Certainly on this hike one can see just on the outside of the backpack is water, hand sanitizer and Leave no Trace guide but I know inside is trail-mix, sunscreen and bug spray, raincoat and a myriad of other small items. Certainly different situations require different levels of preparedness.
I grew up driving over an hour to grandparents. We went almost every weekend or so it seemed. During the winter months we never went without water, hats, gloves, boots, snacks, blanket, shovel in the car-" just in case".
It was and is just part of life.
When I go away for a creative weekend- the list might have these types of basics but also project specifics like needles, scissors, light, thread, adhesive, paint or ink, depends on what I am doing. I can tell you the last time I went away - I totally forgot pins and it was a weekend of sewing . . . .I don't think that will happen again.
So I hope no one was stranded in Blizzard 2013 and I hope that every one will think about being prepared for the every day ( work/ school and the not so everyday trips), it takes time but it is worth it.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
|Friday 5 pm|
|Saturday AM- 24 hours form Friday|
|Edna loving it all, branches bent a lot|
|All the trees held the snow differently - Kousa Dogwood|
|Lilac about laying down|
|Backyard view - Fairy land|
|Chestnut Branches Curve upward- made for snow, I like how the snow formed differently on all the bark as well.|
Friday, February 1, 2013
So this is a fine example of why I have a lot of posts in "draft" as soon as I sit down to write one. . . .one of my 3 kids comes along and has something that can only be done on " this computer." They need to take a college quiz, print something, use software etc.. it is amazing , , I also do my work notes from home and the same thing can happen then, I sign on and boom everyone has a need.
OK enough of that. The sunrises in January are quite often gorgeous. As was this morning. There is something to be said for taking the time to watch the sunrise or sunset.