Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 Happy New Year!

2010-I am telling you now- you BETTER be a good year!

New Year's Eve Blue Moon

Tonight is New Year's Eve and a Blue Moon. 2009 was a strange year. It started out really very good for me, until about September when chaos ensued.  Today, the last day of 2009 things in my own life anyway, appear to be stabilizing. As for the state and nation. . .  well that is a different story altogether.  Here's to 2010 and hopes that we will all recover our sense of balance and grace.

Monday, December 28, 2009

I LOVE this- The Gashlycrumb Tinies

I LOVE this- California

Average daily temp in the Winter  65-70, Average night time temp 40-55. Cold to us native Californians yes, but some of the best weather in the world! I LOVE California!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Carousel Lovers Unite

Did you know that there is a National Carousel Association? I didn't either. Until I was doing a little research for my photos of the Carousel at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and The Carousel at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. You can get to the National Carousel Associations webpage HERE  and you can look at my photos at the November Obscura blog. There is a link button on the right side of this blog near the top.

Friday, December 25, 2009

I LOVE this- Sherlock Holmes

Seriously LOVED this movie. Can't wait for the sequel!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve. I have the greatest memories of childhood christmases. I hope you do to!

Monday, December 21, 2009

This has to change

I consider myself a pretty strong person, but sometimes, with certain people and situations I just do not know what to do, or say or suggest anymore. This situation lays heavy on my heart and mind.  I can not keep doing this for you, it is taking a big toll on me.
 You are going to have to step up and take charge of your own circumstances. It has been going on for far too long and I just don't think that you are quite the victim of circumstance that you portray yourself to be. You are very intelligent and very capable and I think that you need to put every bit of effort that you can muster into improving the situation.
You are so much more than this and there IS a solution and you CAN succeed! I don't think you have really pushed for a resolution, because it has been too easy for you not to. My resources have limits and I am going to have to make some changes. I hope I  have not been taken advantage of, because I have acted out of love and kindness.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Guess What

Guess what?

and her name is Morticia. We picked her up today!
She gets her spoiler on next week.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dark Alice

This is my newest doll. Her name is Alice- as in the Alice of Wonderland fame.

New Grange and the Winter Solstice

How cool is this? AMAZING I SAY!

Newgrange (Irish: Sí an Bhrú) is a passage tomb of the Brú na Bóinne complex in County Meath. It is one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world, and indeed the most famous of all Irish prehistoric sites. Newgrange was built in such a way that at dawn on the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, a narrow beam of sunlight for a very short time illuminates the floor of the chamber at the end of the long passageway

The complex of Newgrange was originally built between c. 3100 and 2900 BC, meaning that it's aproximately 5,000 years old. According to Carbon-14 dates, it is more than 500 years older than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and predatesStonehenge by about 1,000 years.

In the Neolithic period, Newgrange continued as a focus of some ceremonial activity. New monuments added to the site included a timber circle to the south-east of the main mound and a smaller timber circle to the west. The eastern timber circle consisted of five concentric rows of pits. The outer row contained wooden posts. The next row of pits had clay linings and was used to burn animal remains. The three inner rows of pits were dug to accept the animal remains. Within the circle were post and stake holes associated with Beaker pottery and flint flakes. The western timber circle consisted of two concentric rows of parallel postholes and pits defining a circle 20 m in diameter.

A concentric mound of clay was constructed around the southern and western sides of the mound and covered a structure consisting of two parallel lines of post and ditches that had been partly burnt. A free-standing circle of large stones was constructed encircling the mound. Near the entrance, 17 hearths were used to set fires. These structures at Newgrange are generally contemporary with a number of Henges known from the Boyne Valley, at Newgrange Site A, Newgrange Site O, Dowth Henge andMonknewtown Henge.

The Newgrange mound is 76m (250ft) across and 12m (40ft) high, and covers 0.4 hectares (one acre). Within the mound, a long passage, stretching approximately one third of the length of the mound, leads to a cruciform (cross-shaped) chamber. The passage itself is over 18m (60ft) long. The burial chamber has a corbelled roof which rises steeply upwards to a height of nearly 6m (20 ft). A tribute to its builders, the roof has remained essentially intact and waterproof for over 5,000 years.

Once a year, at the winter solstice, the rising sun shines directly along the long passage into the chamber for about 17 minutes and illuminates the chamber floor. This alignment is too precise to have occurred by chance. Professor M. J. O'Kelly was the first person in modern times to observe this event on December 21, 1967.

The sun enters the passage through a specially contrived opening, known as a roofbox, directly above the main entrance. Although solar alignments are not uncommon among passage graves, Newgrange is one of few to contain the additional roofbox feature (Cairn G at Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery is another). The alignment is such that although the roofbox is above the passage entrance, the light hits the floor of the inner chamber.

Today the first light enters about four minutes after sunrise, but calculations based on the precession of the Earth show that 5,000 years ago first light would have entered exactly at sunrise. The solar alignment at Newgrange is very precise compared to similar phenomena at other passage graves such as Dowth or Maes Howe in the Orkney islands, off the coast of Scotland.

Current-day visitors to Newgrange are treated to a re-enactment of this event through the use of electric lights situated within the tomb. The finale of a Newgrange tour results in every tour member standing inside the tomb where the tour guide then turns off the lights, and lights the light bulb simulating the sun as it would appear on the winter solstice. Anyone visiting the historic site can experience an approximation of the phenomenon any time of year, and is often the highlight of the tour. A lottery is held annually for "tickets" to be allowed into the tomb to view the actual event. The popularity of this event was the reason a lottery was introduced, and also why the lights were installed.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fractured Fairy Tale

Remember this? I never missed the Fractured Fairy Tales on the Rocky & Bullwinkle show as a little girl.


Yesterday, Jeff tore out the old sink and cabinet in our tiny under the stairs bathroom. Discussing paint we decided to go with 2 red walls, leaving the ceiling, mirror wall and back wall white.  I love the results of a freshly painted room but don't like to do house painting really.

 Each time I do it I say to myself- ugh how did you talk yourself into this? Well anyway, I have 2 coats on already- as it is a very small bathroom. We should have the whole thing in and done by the end of the week ( knock on wood)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Eartha Kitt- Love Her!

Best Cat Woman EVER!

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