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Vernal Equinox 2020

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Well, Spring has finally sprung and not a moment too soon. I’m sitting in my Adirondack chair, with my bare feet on the ground, watching the sunset through the limbs of my Hackberry tree. Yes, I have short feet. Shut up. (All photos are my personal collection. ©)

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Grounding with Mother Earth on the Vernal Equinox

According to the Farmers’ Almanac 1818, this is the earliest First Day of Spring in 124 years. Yahoo! Maybe some warm, beautiful weather will offset the corona beer virus and this needless, manufactured hysteria that has appeared with it.

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Japanese Maple waking up.
Hackberry in the background.

I did a Vernal Equinox post last year when it coincided with the Full Worm Moon. In our area, it was as high as 80° and I was out in it. My buddy Ray had some errands to run so, off we went to the county north of us. Once the errands were completed, we headed to downtown Roxboro for lunch & a minor visit to their museum (pictures coming tomorrow).

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Lunch at the museum with a view of the flag.

From Farmers’ Almanac 1818:

[Spring] will occur at 11:50 p.m. EDT for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere […]. Traditionally, we celebrate the first day of spring on March 21 but, astronomers and calendar manufacturers, alike, now say that the spring season starts on March 20th, in all time zones in North America. And, in 2020, it’s even a day earlier than that…something that hasn’t happened since 1896.

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Happy Narcissus in my side yard.

There are a few reasons why seasonal dates can vary from year to year. The first is that a year is not an even number of days and neither are the seasons. Another reason is that the earth’s elliptical orbit is changing its orientation (skew), which causes the earth’s axis to constantly point in a different direction, called precession. Since the seasons are defined as beginning at strict 90-degree intervals, these positional changes affect the time the earth reaches each 90-degree location in its orbit around the sun. The pull of gravity from the other planets also affects the location of the earth in its orbit.

Cheers! ~Vic

Additional Interesting Reading:
First Day of Spring (The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792)

Flashback Friday: 26 Questions+

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Photo Credit: Frank Vex on Unsplash

Two months ago, on Friday, September 14, fellow blogger Bottomless Coffee 007 requested I answer the following 26 questions. I got busy and I forgot all about it (Sorry, Coffee). Here we go…

[1.] Who are you named after?
The first name is for the second longest reigning British Monarch. My second name came from my paternal-paternal great-grandmother…and my father misspelled it! My last name is English-Welsh.

[2.] Do you like your handwriting?
Sometimes.

[3.] What’s your favorite lunchmeat?
I don’t eat that stuff. I’ve watched it being made.

[4.] Longest relationship?
That depends…
♡ The longest is my dad.
♡ Friend? A girl I met in nursery school. Still friends after 49 years. Graduated HS together. My dad dated her mom when they were in HS, together. Oh, the parties and boyfriends…
♡ Significant other? My Vietnam vet. We met 26 years ago but, were otherwise ‘engaged’. We have been a permanently-attached-at-the-hip pair for 7 1/2 years.

[5.] Do you still have your tonsils?
Yep.

[6.] Would you bungee jump?
Never.

[7.] Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
If they have laces, yes…most of the time. I have a tall pair of boots that have laces & a zipper. I just use the zipper. Lacing those things are a pain in the ass.

[8.] Favorite ice cream?
I don’t eat ice cream. I like Italian sorbeto or frozen coconut milk with chocolate & peanut butter.

[9.] What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Stature, demeanor and gait…then the clothes.

[10.] Football or baseball?
I loathe professional sports but, local, AAA/AA baseball is really fun to go to.

[11.] What color pants are you wearing?
Dark olive-green.

[12.] Last thing you ate?
Cereal.

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Photo Credit: pinterest.com

[13.] If you are a crayon, what color are you?
Cornflower blue. That was always my favorite crayon in the big box.

[14.] Favorite smell?
Burning white sage.

[15.] Who is the last person you spoke to on the phone?
My buddy, Ray.

[16.] Hair color?
Very dark brown.

[17.] Eye Color?
Hazel.

[18.] Favorite food to eat?
Organic dark chocolate with mint.

[19.] Scary movie or happy ending?
I prefer science fiction, action, suspense or a thought-provoking drama.

[20.] Last movie you watched?
At a movie theatre, Darkest Hour. There is a reason why Gary Oldman won an Academy Award for Best Actor. He becomes Churchill. I have been following Oldman ever since Dracula.

[21.] Favorite holiday?
Halloween. BOO.

[22.] Beer or wine?
Between those two, wine. But, I’d rather have a Margarita with Anejo tequila or a Flying Grasshopper with aged, single-barrel rum.

[23.] Favorite day of the week?
They are all the same to me.

[24.] Three favorite bloggers you want to learn about?
I already know quite a bit about my three fave bloggers.

[25.] The additional info you didn’t know you wanted?
I drive a gun-metal gray 2008 Nissan Frontier 4 x 4 with suicide doors.

[26.] When’s the last time you got on the scale?
At my chiro’s office on Wednesday.

[Bonus Question (that’s more than 26…)] Who’s your favorite superhero?
That is tough. I have so many. I am a Marvel geek for sure. On the screen, I like what Chris Evans has done with Captain America and I like what Hugh Jackman did with Wolverine, even if he was a foot too tall. In the comics, Jean Grey (originally Marvel Girl, 1963)…all day, everyday.

Shutterbug Saturday: The Wall That Heals

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All Photos Are Personal Collection 10-19-2018

Yesterday, my friend Ray and I went to see The Wall That Heals. It came to Wake Forest, NC, over the weekend, sponsored by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and held at the E. Carroll Joyner Park.

In a previous post, I talked about nearly being an Army brat. I also could have potentially been fatherless as 2nd Lieutenants had short life spans in Vietnam, but…that was not my fate…nor, the fate of my father.

I do not personally know anyone that died in Vietnam. I have no names to scratch for my own memories but, my partner, my ‘significant other’ knew many that perished as he was in country 1967-1968 with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 (PDF) at Camp Haskins-South, Red Beach, Da Nang . There will be a future post on him.

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A veteran named Dave. He was grieving and I gave him a copy of this.
Travis & Mark Image Three
A veteran named Travis (left). A veteran named Mark. Each received a copy.
Mother & Daughter Image Four
Mother and daughter. I tried to share to the daughter but, I messed up the phone number.


Ray Image Five
Ray scanning names.

Little Ones Image Six
The little ones with their Mom. She wanted them to understand.
Cover Image Seven
Veteran Travis left a ball cap/cover for his USS Oriskany shipmates that perished in a fire in 10-26-1966. The two reflections are me & veteran Travis.
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Dale R. Buis, the first casualty.
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Richard Van De Geer, the last ‘known’ casualty.
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Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines & Coast Guard (right to left).

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~Never Forget~

Shutterbug Saturday: October Beauty

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All photos are my personal collection ©. ~Vic


Mum Image One
Front porch Mums.
10-13-2018


Coleus Image Two
A Coleus farm amid the weeds.
10-13-2018


Happy Bee Image Three
The happy bee.
10-13-2018


Fuchsia & Red Mums Image Four
Fuchsia & red Mums.
Side patio.
10-13-2018


October Berries Image Five
October berries.
10-13-2018


October Rose Image Six
October Rose
10-13-2018



October Sun Image Seven
My friend Ray in the October sun.
10-13-2018


Orange/Yellow Mum Image Eight
Beautiful orange & yellow Mum in my concrete planter.
10-13-2018


Lavendar Flowers Image Nine
Lavender flowers in the Turnip Patch Park.
I wish I knew what they were.
10-06-2018


October Sunset Image Ten
October sunset.
10-13-2018