Last Day of August

Today is the last day of August and also Eat Outside Day. I’ve never been much for eating outside because of the bugs and such. You also have to consider the weather before deciding to eat outside. Here in Southern California it has been over 100 degrees for over a week. The worse part is it is not cooling down much at night. It has been 80 when we get up at 5 or 6 am.  That’s way too hot. If I were to eat outside, I would want to take a cool salad and here is the perfect recipe, Cucumber Honeydew Salad with Feta.

2 Tbsp. Lemon juice
¼ c. olive oil
1 tsp. Honey
¼ tsp. Poppy seeds
1 Honeydew melon, cut into bite-size cubes
1 cucumber, unpeeled & cubed
1/3 c. finely chopped red onion
3 Tbsp. Chopped fresh dill weed

In a large bowl, pour lemon juice. Whisk in olive oil in a slow, steady stream until incorporated. Whisk in honey, ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and poppy seeds. Add melon, cucumber, onion and dill weed. Toss to combine. Top with feta just before serving.

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Photo Albums

Yesterday was crazy here in southern California.  We had a thunderstorm with an inch of rain. That’s really unusual for California but can be expected in Louisiana. I guess the weather is just acclimating us. Even with the heat, 110 degrees, and humidity, I was able to complete 3 photo albums: 1 from Mac’s childhood, 1 from Louisiana and 1 with my son’s school stuff. Today I will try to get my daughter’s album done and maybe the one from when we lived in Germany.

It is sort of cool to see all the pictures from years ago. So much you forget. Anyway – I continue on this quest. Have a great Wednesday!!

Groundhog Day

Just heard that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. That means six more weeks of winter. If you visit the following site you can see the  groundhog making his forecast.

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*Punxutawney Phil saw his shadow on Thursday morning, predicting six more weeks of winter during Groundhog Day festivities at Gobbler’s Knob, a small hill just outside Phil’s hometown.

Members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle revealed Phil’s forecast by poem as is tradition.

“It’s mighty cold weather, you’ve been braving,” this year’s verse read. “Is it more winter or is it spring that you’re craving? Since you’ve been up all night and starting to tottle, I, Punxsutawney Phil, shall not dawdle,” the proclamation read. “My faithful followers, I could clearly see a beautiful, perfect shadow of me. Six more weeks of winter, it shall be!”

Records dating to 1887 show Phil predicting more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times — including last year, the AP reports. There are no records for the remaining years.

 

 

*https://weather.com/news/weather/news/groundhog-day-did-punxsutawney-phil-see-his-shadow

Spring & Palm Sunday

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Today is the First Day of Spring.  Here in California it has been springlike for a month or so.  I realize many places across the United States has been having some serious weather. Hopefully Spring will bring better weather.

 

Today is also Palm Sunday which is the beginning of Holy Week & the last Sunday of Lent. This means next Sunday will be Easter.

 

Palm Sunday – Holy Day of Obligation

Palm-Sunday-Pictures-images**  Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.

Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.

Palm branches are widely recognized symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.

The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war.

A week later, Christ would rise from the dead on the first Easter.

 

 

** http://www.catholic.org/clife/lent/palmsunday.php

 

 

Groundhog Day

This Groundhog day, I’m sure a lot of folks – especially those back east are hoping that Punxsutawney Phil will not see his shadow. I found it interesting that even NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a page about Groundhog Day. Below is a small part of the web page, so if you would like to read more the link is at the bottom of this page.

Groundhog Day
** Every February 2, thousands gather at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to await the spring forecast from a special groundhog. Known as Punxsutawney Phil, this groundhog will emerge from his simulated tree trunk home and look for his shadow, which will help him make his much-anticipated forecast. According to legend, if Phil sees his shadow the United States is in store for six more weeks of winter weather. But, if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, the country should expect warmer temperatures and the arrival of an early spring.

 

 

 

 

** https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/customer-support/education-resources/groundhog-day

New Car For Me

So we purchased a pre-owned Toyota Camry because I didn’t want to ride my motorcycle in the rain this winter.  I know – it’s not bad riding weather it’s bad riding gear. But I am older and have chosen not to ride in bad weather. That means cold  or wet. That being said the Camry we purchased is in really good shape and gets good gas mileage as I am traveling about 35 miles to and from my driving job.20151231_150423

 

By the way the rain has made it to southern California today. It is windy and raining steady. We’ll be staying home tonight through tomorrow and even Thursday until I have to go to work in the evening.  This weather makes you want to stay home, watch movies and maybe have a hot toddie or some other tasty beverage.