Blue Moon

Once in a blue moon there is one on New Year’s Eve. According to popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. But don’t expect it to be blue as the name has nothing to do with the color.

The New Year’s Eve blue moon will be visible in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa. The Eastern Hemisphere can celebrate with a partial lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve when part of the moon enters the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will not be visible in the Americas.

A full moon occurred on Dec. 2. It will appear again on Thursday in time for the New Year’s countdown.

A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, and most years have 12. On average, an extra full moon in a month, a blue moon, occurs every 2.5 years. The last time there was a lunar double take was in May 2007. New Year’s Eve blue moons are rarer, occurring every 19 years. The last time was in 1990; the next one won’t come again until 2028.

Blue moons have no astronomical significance, said Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “‘Blue moon’ is just a name in the same sense as a ‘hunter’s moon’ or a ‘harvest moon,”‘ Laughlin said in an email.

Notes From Myron

Myron was doing some guest posts for me this Christmas. He missed a few days due to his house guest., Miso. She tolerated the bow but not the bells (photo coming later).
I’m not sure who was more animated…Myron with his white paws swatting out from under the bed at her nose (he has no front claws) or Miso as she tried and tried to fit something more than her nose under the bed.
Hourly the noises escalated depending upon who had the upper hand…or paw. Growling that would rival most mountain lions emanated from under the bed. Husky talk and soft barks were accompanied by fierce tail wagging.
Quite the sites and sounds. But no fur flew.

The Growling Continues…

Well, Miso (aka the dog) continues to try to make friends with us (Myron and Mable). Since we are cats we really just wish she would chill out.

But, she almost convinced Mable to be her friend. And then she just couldn’t keep her excitement to herself. She barked. Mable did what any self respecting cat would do…she puffed up, hissed in Miso’s face and hid in the corner. Miso didn’t know what to make of that. She escaped to another room.

As for me, Myron, I just hide under the bed until Miso sticks her nose under it. Then I lunge and swat at her. If only I had claws! I have ventured out when she is sleeping. She doesn’t look so bad then.
We’ll see what today brings. Now if she would just stop eating our food.

Miso Comes to Visit

No photos yet…just a guest entry in the journal from Myron and Mable, my cats.

Last night a large dog that looks like a wolf came to visit us for Christmas. We immediately hid under the bed hissing and growling. Because she can’t get under it we are safe from her sniffing.
Good news…she’s afraid of our hissing. She even yelped when we became louder.
Bad news…she ate our food. Now that’s low. I guess we’ll have to hiss more at her.
She’s really nice, for a dog. But she is a dog, after all. She just doesn’t understand the rules around here. And that is…cats rule. We’ll have to find a way to teach her that rule.
Tune in later for an update.

Wreaths at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

What color on a cloudy rainy December day. In fact, red is one of three colors present right now at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.

Green wreaths and red bows are impressive against the stark white headstones.

Sobering in size this newly dedicated National Cemetery is the seventh in California and the 124th in the nation. Able to serve veterans’ needs for the next 50 years fourteen of the 561 acres are currently developed.

Saturday, December 12 was the date for the wreath-laying event honoring fallen veterans. This year wreaths were placed on all 5,400 grave sites.
Impressive to look at…sobering to know these men and women gave it their all for our freedom.

Festive Pelicans Have Last Minute Ideas

If you are in need of last minute ideas for your traveling friends…here’s what these festive pelicans have to say.
Give a gift certificate to a spa. When your friends get home from traveling, they just might need a spa treatment.
How about a Christmas tree ornament in the shape of a globe…complete with maps.
Find a pair of easy to pack slippers.
Luggage tags.
Gift certificates to restaurants.
Movie passes.
Flowers…even at Christmas.

Don’t Forget to Pack…

When I asked for favorite things you always take with you, these are some of them:
slippers…especially when going to a B & B as the floors may be hardwood and a little chilly
wine glasses…if you dislike plastic cups in your room, pack a couple of Riedel O glasses
coffee essentials…as a coffee addict you might like to take your own to use in a hotel coffee maker
wool shawl…works as a blanket on the plane or when you need an extra layer
reading light…small battery powered lights are great in hotel rooms with poor lighting
silk travel pillow…it’s worth the room it takes up
fleece hoodie…except in hot weather this works on the plane & out in public; plus you can wad it up in your purse or backpack and it still looks good
iPod…great for long plane rides
a husband…(my personal favorite answer)…good for leaning on in the plane, reaching stuff out of overhead bins, watching my purse when I go to the bathroom, carrying cash, holding my hand, getting me coffee in the morning…need I go on?

Protect Your Camera From Humidity

If you plan a trip to a destination with high humidity, save the silica gel packets that come in purses or shoes. Or you can ask for them at your local camera store. When you pack them in a plastic bag with your medications, binoculars, camera or iPod they prevent the humidity from damaging or fogging them.
When you get home, put the gel packets in a 150 degree oven for about half an hour and you can reuse them your next trip.
For your clothes, pack a large garbage bag inside your suitcase or duffel bag and pack your clothes inside it. Everything will stay drier.