Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Whatcha Think?

Oops, not one picture turned out clear, but I had to show you this larva and its cocoon dangling from the tree. Katie and I watched it for a long time Monday morning as it gradually pulled itself back up to the tree leaves. Forgive me if it is a pest that will now hurt the tree, I just couldn't disturb it at the time because it was working so hard to pull itself back up. We could even see the gobs of thread that it had already pulled, and we watched it use its first set of legs to grab more of the thread. Seeing this up close was really neat.

Of course, the Moocher cat kept us company during the worm vigil!

Now, in the interest of entertainment that isn't as slow-paced as worm-watching, let me tell ya about Wildheart's Works blog. Joe Cheray even featured me there just the other day. I won't give you any humble lies-- it was really cool to have someone ask to write about my glass! Now, she's tagged me with a birthday meme-- another version of a blog tag. The instructions for this one are to go to Wikipedia, type in your birthday, and then find these things that are associated with your birthday: three events, two birthdays, and one holiday. Of course, you get to tag five more people when you're done, but participation is up to you-- if you don't like this sort of thing, just smile and don't worry about it :) I think it might be interesting to see what I find for February 3, 1966, so here goes:

One holiday: Setsubun, a Japanese holiday
This traditional holiday, although not a national holiday, marks the beginning of spring. Setsubun inherits a number of traditions peculiar to the season. One of these traditions is mamemaki, the throwing of beans. In which, one throws roasted beans out of one's home, crying oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi ("out with the devils, in with good fortune"). There are regional variations of this saying, and one temple in Nara Prefecture even invites the devils in. During Setsubun, each person also eats a number of beans equal in number to his or her age. In recent years, people in Japan have begun using peanuts instead of Soybeans for this part of the holiday festivities. Supermarkets, however, still stock both peanuts and more traditional soybeans for this purpose.

Two birthdays: There weren't any listed for 1966, so here are two from other years.

Three events: Okay, click here for the list of February 3rd events throughout history. Hmm, I think these three are interesting, says Angie after skimming a few:

1690 - The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in America.
1815 - The first commercial cheese factory is founded (Switzerland).
1959 - The Day The Music Died: A plane crash kills rock-and-roll performers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper.

That's all for now, folks! Talk soon, Ang

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