Tag: Seasons

Full Moons, Time Travel, and a Holiday

After taking two days off from my day job last week, I had a five day weekend with the Labor Day holiday. And can I say those five days went by incredibly fast? Somehow, in my busyness to finish Unknown Reasons as well as formatting another book, I lost track of the fact we had a full moon this week until I saw the setting moon in the western sky as I left the house yesterday morning. [caption id="attachment_3924" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Harvest Moon from a few years ago. One of my attempts at capturing a good shot.[/caption] Frustrated that I'd missed this year's Harvest Moon, I searched for the date once I arrived at work and learned the Harvest Moon occurs in October this year because it's closest to the equinox on September 22. Hopefully, I remember to look at the horizon on the night of October 5. I…

December~Winter Solstice and More

December. The twelfth month of the year. It's unbelievable almost a full year has passed since I began this series. Activities, holiday festivities and celebrations fill the month of December - one of the busiest times of the year. The winter solstice occurs on December 22. What else can we learn about this month? December comes from the Latin word decem, meaning ten as it was the tenth month of the year in the ancient Roman Calendar. "I heard a bird sing, in the dark of December. A magical thing, and sweet to remember." Oliver Herford A few more things about December: Turquoise is the December birthstone Narcissus is the flower December is Universal Human Rights month, National Read a New Book Month, and National Stress Free Family Holiday Month (easier said than done). Nobel prizes are awarded in December. Poinsettia day is December 12 and National Chocolate Day is…

November ~A Time of Thanksgiving

In most parts of the United States, trees have already lost their leaves. However, where I live we often see the peak of fall colors in November. Daylight Saving Time ends and nights come early. But what else can we learn about our eleventh month? November, the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar, gets its name from the Latin word novem, meaning nine. "November comes, and November goes. With last red berries, and the first white snows." ~Elizabeth Coatsworth A bit of November trivia: Topaz is the November birthstone The chrysanthemum is the month's flower On November 2, 1769 a Spanish expedition reached San Francisco Bay Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in California on November 1, 1776. San Juan Capistrano is known for the swallows that nest there. Each year swallows leave their nests at the mission around St. John's Day on October 23 and return around the…

October ~Autumn’s Masterpiece

What can I say about October? That glorious month of the year when the trees are full of vibrant color, the sounds of migrating birds fill the air, and the days are crisp and sunny. L. M. Montgomery's words sum it up: "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~L.M. Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables October, the eighth month in the ancient Roman calendar, gets its name from the Latin word octo, meaning eight. Let's learn a bit more about this glorious time of year. The tourmaline and the opal are the October birthstones The October flower is the calendula Russia launched the first artificial satellite on October 4, 1957 President Harry Truman delivered the first telecast address from the White House on October 5, 1947 Christopher Columbus arrived in America on October 12, 1492 October is National Cookie Month, National Pizza Month, Lupus…

The Weekend

"What's the deal, doctor? Will I live?" Kaye Owens sat on the exam table, swinging her feet off the side. She'd worked hard to establish her own catering service. Now that it was profitable, she could ill afford to slack off. The three hours spent in the doctor's office were ones she would never get back. She made an appointment because of her husband’s persistence. Scott knew she would never do it on her own. He even insisted on coming with her. "Your lab work is normal. Blood pressure is a little high, but at this point nothing to be overly concerned with. The headaches are likely caused by tension. Have you been under a lot of stress with your business?" "No." "Yes," Scott said. "She works too much. She hasn’t had a free day in over a year." "The best medicine I can prescribe is for you to take…

September ~ The Golden Month

Kids have started a new school year, summer vacations have ended, and autumn begins later in the month. Leaves have started to turn, birds begin to migrate, and change is in the air. It must be September. Time to learn more about this ninth month of the year. September gets its name from the Latin word septem, which means seven. September was the seventh month in the ancient Roman calendar. "By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer." ~Helen Hunt Jackson Here are some fun and interesting facts about September: The birthstone is the sapphire The September flower is the morning glory On September 3, 1783 the American Revolutionary War ended when Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris The first permanent European-established settlement in the US was founded in Saint Augustine Florida on September 6, 1565 Elias Howe…

The End Of Summer (Summer Adventure, Part 5)

Lauren sighed when she saw the exit sign for her hometown, Cade's Crossing. She and Hannah had a wonderful vacation, and she hated to see it end. In only one more week, school would begin. Teachers had to report on Monday. She loved her job, but there were times when the day-to-day routine grew old. They had been on the road for two months, traveled almost 4000 miles, and visited fourteen states plus Washington, DC. They saw the battlefields of Gettysburg, monuments and museums in DC, and the Old North Church in Boston. They swam in the Atlantic Ocean, toured lighthouses in Maine, stayed a night at Niagara Falls, dipped their toes in Lake Michigan, and walked across covered bridges in Indiana. "The time went fast," Hannah said. "Yeah, it did. Seems like yesterday we began our journey and spent the first night at Sleepy Hollow." "Without a doubt, that…

August ~ It’s Summertime

Whether you're basking in the sun, or hibernating inside an air-conditioned house, the eighth month of the year is often the hottest in the northern hemisphere. Although autumn doesn't arrive until the third week of September, the daylight hours have grown shorter. Let's learn a bit more about the month of August. August gets its name from the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, nephew of Julius Caesar. Not only did the Roman Senate name a month after Augustus, they decided the month should have the same number of days as July. "August brings the sheaves of corn, then the harvest home is borne." ~Sara Coleridge The August birthstones are the Peridot and Sardonyx Gladiolus and poppies are the August flowers Christopher Columbus set sail on his first voyage across the Atlantic on August 3, 1492 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph on August 12, 1877 August is National Family Fun Month, National…

I Took a Vacation

It's the same each year. I'm going along at a good pace for writing, making progress on various projects, and have numerous story ideas. I can't wait to finish one project and begin a new one. I live breathe, and think about writing—even in my sleep. And then it happens. Call it writer's block, mental exhaustion, or perhaps it just coincides with summer, but the enthusiasm for writing is gone. I struggle to think of ideas or to transfer the ones in my head to the computer. I don't want to think about writing, let alone write. In fact this year there were a few times when I wondered if I even wanted to be a writer. So, what did I do? I took a vacation. [caption id="attachment_2712" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Lincoln Memorial[/caption] To be honest, my husband and I planned this trip several months ago. We made Virginia our…

June~Summer, Strawberries, and More

Can you believe we're already into the sixth month of the year? Summer is upon us, school is out, and many families take vacations. Let's learn a little more about the month of June. June is one of my favorite months. In the northern hemisphere, it is the time of summer solstice, or the longest day of the year. In the early Roman calendar, June was the fourth month and had only twenty-nine days. Julius Caesar added an additional day when he reformed the calendar. The month got its name from the Roman goddess Juno. "Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June." ~Al Bernstein The birthstone for June is the pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. Rose is the flower June is National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, and National Adopt a Cat Month (I already have three cats, so I'll pass on the that one.) On June 14,…