Weekend Happenings & Fun Day Sunday


funday smileIf you’ve been here before then you know Sundays on my blog are all about wonder and smiles. In honor of mentally kicking back once in a while, Sundays are Fun Days! Each Sunday, visitors will find a fun, interesting, or unusual something here. I’m a nerd with a complex sense of humor and absurd wit. It could literally be anything.

People are driven to make music. I’m a drummer so I know that drive exists in me. In my Fun Day posts I’ve shared music made on ice sheets, drums, and wood. Today I have one that makes music on glass. The Glass Armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin. Here’s a clip from the History Channel.

Here’s a classic piece played on the glass armonica.

Cool, huh?

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My Other Weekend Happenings

Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

My Sexy Saturday & Sexy Snippets
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Sneak Peek Saturday
http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Sunday Snippet
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RB4U purpleToday our guest is Author Nicole Zoltack. http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/

Romance Books ‘4’ Us ~
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One of those curve balls


curveballI had planned to continue yesterday’s topic a bit but life threw me a curveball yesterday afternoon. Luckily I’m fine, but my head isn’t clear enough to write more than this little bit. I’ll get back to it in a day or so.

In the meantime…

RB4U purpleI blog the4th of every month at Romance Books ‘4’ Us. My post is still up this week. It’s about an unusual hobby that led to reading tea leaves. Come see! http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/01/reading-leaves-with-rose-anderson.html

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Blow, blow, thou winter wind


wind-godBlow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude.
~William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Good grief is it cold and the wind is howling. I’m sitting here writing in this drafty farmhouse and my hands are cold. My hands are never cold. According to the weather site today, we have an Alberta Clipper passing through. When I envision a clipper, one of those speedy streamlined sailboats from the mid-1800s comes to mind. I suspect that’s a clue — speed.  Well, not knowing for sure warranted a thlook-see. What exactly is an Alberta Clipper, why is it called that, and does speed play a role? This info hound poured another cup of coffee and went looking for answers.

I discovered the Alberta Clipper is a winter storm system that originates in the Canadian Province of Alberta. Hence the first part of the name. Clipper does indeed tie in to those ultra-quick sailing ships. This is one fast moving weather system.

Map_640wThe weather phenomena occurs when a low-pressure system develops on the lee side of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, though sometimes the system starts in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, aka Saskatchewan Screamer and Manitoba Mauler (Sometimes they originate  in upper Montana). Fueled by warm Pacific Ocean air,  the low-pressure system gets caught up in the jet stream. Riding along those lofty air currents, it travels southeastward gaining speed across the Northern Plains, and on through the Great Lakes. It will eventually pass the Mid-Atlantic coast and from there head out across the Atlantic Ocean.  There can be snow with an Alberta Clipper but its typically quick snowfall bursts generate only 1-3 inches because of the speed and general lack of deep moisture involved. If conditions are just right, deeper snowfalls can happen.  Especially on the Atlantic coast. Alberta Clipper are known for gusty winds that blow in colder temperatures. Oh yeah.

I used to love stuff like this when I was a kid. I still do, come to think. I love how things get their names. I think I’ll linger on this topic a bit.

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bubblebathAnother thing came to mind today. Bubble baths.  Because January 8th is Bubble Bath Day. (I have no idea who decides what day is devoted to what, but sometimes they are fun to write about.)
For all the years I’ve known him, my husband has always been a fan of long bubble baths. His, not mine. lol

When we lived in Chicago in an 1890s wood frame house, we had a glorious bathtub — a big, high-backed, claw-footed, iron beauty just perfect for bubble baths. It was painted royal blue on the outside and that went perfectly with its white porcelain interior. I can’t imagine what it weighed when filled. Fortunately we never fell through the floor while bathing. In the winter, the tub had to be filled using only the hot water tap  because the cold iron took forever to warm.  A high-backed, cold-backed, tub is a real jolt to the body.

We don’t really use the tub anymore, haven’t in years. Baths waste too much water and there’s only so much clean drinking water in the world.  Hubby and I compromised on the shower head. It’s a water-saver gadget that’s a tad more giving than the last. He said the last one was like taking a shower in the fog. His humor is why I married him.

More~
Remember this guy? Hard to believe he’s 54-years-old. He used to give me a head-to-toe rash. lol
http://mrbubble.com/history/

This is interesting.
History of Bathing

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RB4U purpleI blog the4th of every month at Romance Books ‘4’ Us. My post is still up this week. It’s about an unusual hobby that led to reading tea leaves. Come see! http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/01/reading-leaves-with-rose-anderson.html

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Love Lights in the Morning


moonsunI was just out with the little dog and boy oh boy is it bitter cold. That spotlight moon that shown through my bedroom window all night long created a false dawn and got me up early. That moon is still in the shadow-blue sky as bold and bright as it was last night. I like when the full moon lingers in the west while the full sun is cresting the horizon.  There are legends that say the sun and moon are lovers who linger in the sky as long as they can just to see one another.  I remember one. I’ll paraphrase…

Long ago, when all things were simpler than today, the sun shown brightly.  The people loved the sun for he brought warmth and light and helped things grow.  But no one realize how lonely he was hanging in his sky.  Unaware, they reveled in his light and made music and danced. The sun watched the people, and while it made him happy to see their joy, he keenly felt his solitude. When it became too much to bear each day, the sun set.

At the same time on the other side of the earth, the moon rose among the clouds in the night sky. She too was sad, for at night no one danced or made music out in the darkness. One evening as the sun began to set he caught a glimpse of her radiance as she rose. He thought her most lovely. The moon saw him as well and thought him magnificent. So happy to have found love at last, he painted the sky for her as a gift. Even today, the sun colors the horizon when he rises and sets out of love for the moon. And the moon slips away from the night sky every month just so she can be with him. Sometimes they’re spotted together. People call this tryst an eclipse.

More~ J. R.R. Tolkien wrote this about the sun and the moon. http://tolkientaleslost.blogspot.com/2013/03/8-tale-of-sun-and-moon.html

RB4U purpleI blog the4th of every month at Romance Books ‘4’ Us. My post is still up this week. It’s about an unusual hobby that led to reading tea leaves. Come see! http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/01/reading-leaves-with-rose-anderson.html

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Snow-covered Slumber


I love to watch the fine mist of the night come on,
The windows and the stars illumined, one by one,
The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily,
And the moon rise and turn them silver. I shall see
The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass;
And when old Winter puts his blank face to the glass,
I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight,
And build me stately palaces by candlelight.”
~Charles Baudelaire

weatherI’ve mentioned before how I’m a Midwestern gal who likes my four seasons. People think I’m crazy for liking winter and disdaining summer. I’m not crazy…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. When summer is in its full blazing glory I’m completely miserable. There’s only so much a body can do to stay cool. So yes, I prefer winter.

To me cold weather means soups and stews and baking something delicious to warm the house. It means snuggling under blankets with my husband. I love his colder body temperature melting against my much hotter skin. I find it particularly humorous that after a few minutes of that he’ll struggle to get out from under the blankets, tossing over his shoulder something like good god, you’re like a furnace! I am, and he’s my heat sink. I suspect he’s waiting for me to spontaneously combust. lol He even gave me a Chillow for Christmas. 
:)

Last year was terrible — too cold even for me. That dirty mountain of snow in my driveway was higher than the roof of my car and so frozen solid that it sat hogging parking spaces until the warm spring air of mid-April finally melted it away. Well, winter has officially returned. Last night brought several inches of snow.

I can’t speak for everyone, but sleep during a snowfall is the deepest sleep I can have. My husband feels this too. Maybe it’s because we’ve lived in the quiet wild for so many years. There are winter mornings where we’ll both wake together and one or the other of us will comment about sleeping soundly and the realization always follows with, it must have snowed. Most times it did indeed snow. Like last night.

black-bear-I have a theory on this deeper sleep with snowfall — Mammal hibernation. Hmm…hibernation might also explain how easy it is to gain weight in the winter. After all, bears gain up to 30 pounds a week before they sleep. An interesting fact about bears — adult females have their young while hibernating. By the time the family emerges in the spring, delicious things to eat are getting plentiful. Mom goes in chubby and comes out visibly thinner.

Anyway…
All mammals with a tendency to lay low in the winter months have their own specific style. For example: bears experience winter in sort of a twilight sleep while hedgehogs are totally zonked. This torpor allows animals to survive the extremes of winter because food becomes scarce and what is available has little energy value left to it. Hibernating species have built-in mechanisms to survive. Their bodies reduce metabolic rate and lower their body temperature, and all the while they live on fat reserves built up by the plenty found during the other seasons.

Life has its rhythms. Circadian rhythm is that 24-hour body clock — you sleep when your body tells you it’s time to sleep and become active when it says get moving. Circannual rhythms are something else. They include mating seasons and ruts, migration, and hibernation. These inner clocks aren’t fully understood by science but all animals feel their effect, even us. I felt it strong enough to sleep an extra two hours and now I’m blogging late.
:)

More~
Here’s an oldie that explains the hibernation process well.

RB4U purpleI blog the4th of every month at Romance Books ‘4’ Us. My post is still up this week. It’s about an unusual hobby that led to reading tea leaves. Come see! http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/01/reading-leaves-with-rose-anderson.html

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Our January contest is on! Lots of prizes.
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Come Kiss Me Sweet and Twenty


taking-down-christmas-tree-deOur decorations are finally down and this morning the last of the holiday treats were packed up. My husband took them to work for  other people to eat. Chances are they won’t want them either! 

Speaking of endings, today marks Twelfth Night.  Twelfth Night is the last part of that twelve days of Christmas celebration presided over by the Lord of Misrule. Remember him? He popped up in my Saturnalia post mid-December. Yes, if we were being authentic, this Ancient Roman celebration would have continued on until today.  Personally, I’ve had enough merriment for a while. For me it’s time to settle into the deep stillness of winter and write. I’ll come out of my mind cave when the seed catalogs arrive… in March.
:)

You can’t talk Twelfth Night and not have William Shakespeare come to mind. I’ve mentioned before that I am a fan of the Bard. I was immersed in Shakespeare my freshman year in high school due to the fact the spelling of my last name dictated where I sat in English class for ten long months. I’ve always been a quick reader and so often had the luxury of extra time in class.  Right beside my desk was a miniature replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and a glorious stack of Shakespeare plays that I could read while waiting for the bell to ring.

What I loved about the Bard was the way he seduced the mind with words. By that I mean most of what he wrote was lyrical.   The style he wrote in  is called blank verse. It uses a poetic measure of lines consisting of unrhymed iambic pentameter. In case you’ve forgotten your high school lessons, iambic pentameter reads like this line from Romeo and Juliet:

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

Generally, when you read Shakespeare as originally written, the inflection has a high/low beat to it. Try saying the line above with this rhythmic inflection.
da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum

  :) You might say his prose had a pulse. 

His play Twelfth Night has some marvelously evocative sentences. Here are a few of my favorite lines ~

  • If music be the food of love, play on.
  • In delay there lies no plenty, then come kiss me sweet and twenty.
  • Still you keep o’ the windy side of the law.
  • He does smile his face into more lines than is in the new map with the augmentation of the Indies.
  • Out of the jaws of death.
  • But be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Fantastic stuff, no? That’s what I mean by seduce the mind.  :)

To get the full feel, put your feet up and immerse yourself in this lengthy version of Twelfth Night. It’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, himself an accomplished Shakespearean actor. Even if you only watch the first 10 minutes or so, you’ll pick up on the da Dum da Dum da Dum of the iambic pentameter right away.

More~
It’s time to make your King Cake. What about the Queen of the Bean? Here’s a terrific post from Author Julianne Douglas, Renaissance writer. http://writingren.blogspot.com/2010/01/queen-of-bean.html

An interesting 4-part historical series about the long celebration with a decent glimpse of the Twelfth Night festivities during the Tudor period.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Part 4

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RB4U purpleI blog the4th of every month at Romance Books ‘4’ Us. My post is still up this week. It’s about an unusual hobby that led to reading tea leaves. Come see! http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/01/reading-leaves-with-rose-anderson.html

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My Blog Day on RB4U & Fun Day Sunday


RB4U purpleIt’s the 4th of the month and that means it’s my blog day at Romance Books ‘4’ Us. I’m talking about an unusual hobby that led to reading tea leaves. Fun stuff! Come see. http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/01/reading-leaves-with-rose-anderson.html

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funday smileIf you’ve been here before then you know Sundays on my blog are all about wonder and smiles. In honor of mentally kicking back once in a while, Sundays are Fun Days! Each Sunday, visitors will find a fun, interesting, or unusual something here. I’m a nerd with a complex sense of humor and absurd wit. It could literally be anything.

Today I’m sharing two fun clips of a pancake artist…no really…a pancake artist. Follow his youtube channel to see his other breakfast creations — guaranteed to blow your mind. My kids would have loved these when they were younger. They’d even enjoy them now.



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Nathan Shields pancake artist extraordinaire

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My Other Weekend Happenings

Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

Sexy Snippets
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Sunday Snippet
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