Le giornate di settembre

If you have ever basked in the sweet melancholy or is it melancholy sweetness of warm September Day with its flowers and meandering butterflies, this will pluck at your heart strings.

words and music and stories

Mi è sempre piaciuto settembre con le sue dolci giornate splendenti. Un mese pieno d’ uva, di mele, di fichi profumati e di amici ritrovati.
Regala languidi raggi di sole, dolci profumi inebrianti, rondini che fissano appuntamenti, foglie e farfalle vaganti prima di scegliere dove poggiarsi silenti.
Evoca una felicità sommessa e una dolce malinconia
… e anche il rimpianto di un’altra estate che scivola via.

September Days

I have always loved September with its sweet shining days. A month full of grapes, apples, fragrant figs and rediscovered friends.
It offers languid sunbeams, sweet intoxicating scents, swallows setting appointments, leaves and butterflies that wander before choosing where to rest silently.
It evokes subdued happiness and sweet melancholy
… as well as the regret of another summer that slips away.

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Saturday, September 4 is National Hummingbird Day

Did you know that Hummingbirds are native to the Americas? North, Central and South America

Did you know that Hummingbird do not flap their wings? Instead they rotate them in a figure 8.

Did you know how small a Hummingbird is? These diminutive birds weigh only about 4 grams—or .141 ounce! That’s tiny! For comparison, a U.S. penny weighs 2.5 grams. The egg of a hummingbird weighs just 0.4 gram to 2.4 grams. A newly hatched bird is just 0.62 gram. However, when it’s time to migrate, hummers pack on the grams for the long trip—sometimes doubling their weight.

Click here for more fascinating Hummingbird facts.

Behold the mighty hummingbirds:

Pollinators
Trans-continental navigators
Territorial instigators
Human fascinaters

Sturgeon Moon on August 22.

Why Is It Called the Sturgeon Moon?

The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not solely to the full Moon.

The Sturgeon Moon

August’s full Moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer.

What Is a Sturgeon?

These prehistoric-looking fish have been traced back to around 136 million years ago and many people call them “living fossils.”

  • Females require around 20 years to start reproducing, and they can only reproduce every 4 years. However, they can live up to 150 years!
  • Today, there are about 29 species worldwide, including the lake sturgeon found in the Great Lakes. They have evolved in size from the size of a bass to monster sturgeon as big as a Volkswagen.
  • The lake sturgeon is quite rare today, due to intense overfishing in the 19th century, pollution, and damage to their habitat.
Song Lyrics for the Virgin Sturgeon


Caviar comes from virgin sturgeon;
Virgin sturgeon's a very fine fish.
Virgin sturgeon needs no urgin';
That's why caviar is my dish.

I fed caviar to my girl-friend;
She was a virgin tried and true.
Now my girl-friend needs no urgin',
There isn't anything she won't do.

I fed caviar to my grandpa;
He was a gent of ninety-three.
Shrieks and squeals revealed that grandpa
Had chased grandma up a tree.

Father was the keeper of the Eddystone light,
And he slept with a mermaid one fine night.
Results of this were off-spring three;
Two were fishes and the other was me.

The postman came on the first of May;
The policeman came on the very same day.
Nine months later there was hell to pay:
Who fired that first shot , the blue or the gray?

Little Mary went a-sledding,
And her sled turned upside down.
Now little Mary's singing,
"M'ass is in the cold, cold ground."

Litmus Test

Litmus paper A strip of paper that is chemically treated with a dye named litmus. This strip is placed in the liquid whose pH is being determined. The use of litmus paper, which is red at any pH less than 5 and blue at any pH greater than 8, allows an inspector to determine only whether a solution is acidic or basic.

Maybe instead of flying outdated political signs, why don’t we just plant hydrangeas in the color of our political preferences? At the end of each season, the flowers fade and may fall off so we don’t have to see them again until the following spring. If you change you allegiance from Blue to Red or vice versa, change the composition of the soil around the hydrangeas. For the few that are can still see both sides of an argument, hydrangeas can accommodate that also. A whole new spin on Flower Power.

Do I vote blue
or do I vote red
Just examine
the hydrangea head

It will tell you 
all you need to know
You may call them
I told you so.

Thanks to Audrey Driscoll for the idea.

Reblog: California’s Early June Heatwave Cooked Coastal Mussels in Place

I prefer my mussels cooked in a garlic broth in a restaurant but…

Bodega Marine Reserve research coordinator Jackie Sones has worked in or walked on the rocky shores of the North Coast almost every day for the last 15 years. But while she was surveying the reserve for sea stars in mid-June, she saw something new: strips of bleached algae draped across the rocks, like frost, and a swath of dead mussels, hundreds or maybe thousands of them, black shells agape, orange tissue shining in the sun, stretching across 500 feet of rocky tidepools. 

“It’s one of the first things you see, coming down the rocks into the middle of the intertidal zone,” she said. “They were very visibly dead.”

In all her time in Bodega Bay, she wrote in her blog The Natural History of Bodega Head, she’d never seen a mussel die-off that size, or affecting so many individual mussels. 

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“Mussels” by Steve Parker is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Beside the Stream

I paused beside the tumbling creek
as it splashed and jumped from
pool to pool
leaping high over rocks
in competition to
tag the leaves 
and me on my 
trail-rest.

The creek was fed from a spring.

The peace and energy
of that pulsating water
echoed and stirred
my languid limbs and heart.

Eventually I could tarry no longer
as the creek continued on its travels
so must I
refreshed and restored
by the vitality of 
the tumbling creek.

To be Nimble with Bimble

I learned a new word and found a new app after reading Easy Malc’s Top Ten Places to See In Torbay.

From his blog:

9. Broadsands to Elberry Cove

This easy walk is a delightful way to bimble along next to the sea for anyone who can’t, or doesn’t want to walk too far.

Although the word is accurately implied in the context of the sentence, I still looked it up.

bim·ble/ˈbimbəl/ Learn to pronounce informal•Britishverbverb: bimble; 3rd person present: bimbles; past tense: bimbled; past participle: bimbled; gerund or present participle: bimbling

  1. walk or travel at a leisurely pace.”on Sunday we bimbled around Spitalfields and Brick Lane”

nounnoun: bimble; plural noun: bimbles

  1. a leisurely walk or journey.”we were enjoying a pleasant bimble over the rocks”

Thanks to Google, I also found that is an app available for both Google and Android

I joined Bimble on line and have found it to be easy to use, with a comment block for your comments. You can make your Bimble records private or public.

Time to Remove the Weeds of COVID

A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, “a plant in the wrong place”.
The pool tarp was put in place after Labor Day in 2019. By June 2021 it has still not been removed and the weeds have made it their home.

Hopefully the time of COVID is passing. As more people get vaccinated, business is resuming, and people are traveling again–it is time to plow the fallow fields of our COVID mindset and root out the weeds that we have allowed to flourish in that abandoned ground.

  • Have you stopped thinking for yourself and turned control of your beliefs and values over to someone or some group that is not worthy of that privilege?
  • Have you allowed habits to form that you could not imagine having before COVID?
  • Has your sense of entitlement grown because the past year has been rough, despite your best efforts?
  • Has your government, belief system, employer, friends and/or family failed you when needed them most?
  • Do you want somebody to blame other than yourself?
  • Do you want a time capsule back to the good old days, whenever that was?
  • Do you have to feel better than another group in order to convince yourself that you are not at the bottom of the pecking order?

What are the weeds in your COVID mindset? What needs to be yanked out by the roots before it spreads further? What values have you jettisoned because your burden was getting too heavy?

Does it include common sense, courtesy, the truth, belief in progress, faith in a higher power, a sense of community and belonging?

When I looked in the mirror
a stranger stared back
Who was that person I didn't know?
Could I find myself again?
Did I even want to?
Stress either strengthens
or breaks
an organism.

July Holidays to Celebrate

July is the seventh month of the year (between June and August) in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honour of Roman general Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis, being the fifth month of the 10-month calendar.

It is on average the warmest month in most of the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the second month of summer, and the coldest month in much of the Southern Hemisphere, where it is the second month of winter. The second half of the year commences in July. In the Southern Hemisphere, July is the seasonal equivalent of January in the Northern hemisphere.

July is also Anti-Boredom Month. July was selected, according to the founder Alan Caruba, because after July 4th, there’s not much going on and it’s the hotter part of the summer break from school. That’s no excuse to experience boredom during July, though.

Symptoms

  • Become irritable
  • Become tired
  • Begin to not care about how well we do a task
  • Seek stimulation to relieve the boredom

Canada Day is July 1. It celebrates the anniversary of Canadian Confederation which occurred on July 1, 1867, with the passing of the Constitution Act, 1867 where the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.[1][2] Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982 when the Canadian Constitution was patriated by the Canada Act 1982. Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in various locations around the world attended by Canadians living abroad]

Dog Days run from July 3 through August 11. “The term “Dog Days” traditionally refers to a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months of July and August in the Northern Hemisphere. This period of sweltering weather coincides with the year’s heliacal (meaning “at sunrise”) rising of Sirius, the Dog Star. Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Majoris—the “Greater Dog”—which is where Sirius gets its canine nickname, as well as its official name, Alpha Canis Majoris. Not including our own Sun, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky.

Be a Dork Day is July 15. What is a Dork?- a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia. A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one. A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions

How to Observe National Be a Dork Day

The creators of the day have suggested the following for how to celebrate: “Wear goofy clothing, don’t brush your teeth, eat yucky food, and fall off a swing set.” Some “goofy” clothing and accessories that you could wear to look like a dork could include highwater pants, shirts that don’t fit, suspenders, a fanny pack, and large rimmed glasses. To be a dork, you could also act clumsily and constantly talk about your pet rock or bottle cap collection.

Moon Day is July 20.

National Moon Day on July 20th commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969. NASA reported the moon landing as being “…the single greatest technological achievement of all time.”

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 carried the first humans to the moon. Six hours after landing on the moon, American Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface. He spent two and a half hours outside the spacecraft. Buzz Aldrin soon followed, stepping onto the lunar surface. After joining Armstrong, the two men collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material. Their specimens would make the journey back to Earth to be analyzed.  In the command module, a third astronaut waited. Pilot, Michael Collins, remained alone in orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned

June 30 is Meteor Day and also Asteroid Day

What is the difference between a Meteor and and Asteroid?

  • Meteoroid: A “space rock”—a relatively small object traveling through space, between the size of a grain of dust and a small asteroid.
  • Meteor: A meteoroid that enters Earth’s atmosphere and burns up.
  • Meteorite: A meteoroid, especially one that has hit Earth’s surface.
  • Asteroid: A rocky object that orbits the sun and has an average size between a meteoroid and a planet.
  • Comet: An object made mostly of ice and dust, often with a gas halo and tail, that sometimes orbits the sun.
If you look up into the sky at night
You'll see many things that do not look right
An asteroid, comet, or a large rocky chunk?
Maybe a leftover piece of space junk
or  perhaps a UFO has drifted in sight.

 

Shine on Strawberry Moon–June 24, 2021

“According to this Almanac, as the full Moon in June and the last full Moon of spring, the Algonquin tribes called this the Strawberry Moon. “The name comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in the north-eastern United States

This is the last super moon of 2021.

June’s full Moon is always particularly low in the sky, this can make it shine through more of the atmosphere than at other times in the year.

It won’t technically be pink or red but, according to NASA, its low position can sometimes give the full Moon a reddish or rose colour.

Hanging low in the sky
Luscious and full
Seems close enough to touch

O Succulent moon
If I place a plumb ripe strawberry
in front of your shining face
I can imagine
the sweet rich strawberry juice
dripping over my face
and into my mouth
before creating a long pink trickle
down my t-shirt.

“Strawberry moon with reflection” by vpickering is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0