Monday, January 12, 2009
I am loving my walks now. I enjoy looking at nature and looking at things with a child's eye to learning. Today I found moss. The picture is of holly berries that have fallen into the moss.
We have alot of moss around our place. I had been told they only grow where the soil is poor. Most of our soil is rocky but I decided to read up on Moss.
Moss is an ancient plant and where most green plants have 2 chromosones, moss most of the time has only 1. It lives in shade and needs water to not only live but to reproduce. There are approximately 12,000 species of moss. Some mosses can dry out and then completely come back to life with water. Moss has had lots of uses down through the ages. The Japanese still use it today in their gardens and thought to add a sense of calm, age and stillness to their garden scenes. Moss is also used in floral arrangements and for other decorating uses. We sometimes buy peat moss to add to our house and garden plants. Peat moss is also mined for fuel and also in smoking malt in the making of Scotch whiskey. Phagnum mosses were used as first-aid dressings on soldiers' wounds, as these mosses are highly absorbent and have mild antibacterial properties.Some early people used it as a diaper due to its high absorbency.. In the UK it was traditionally used to extinguish fires as it could be found in substantial quantities in slow-moving rivers and the moss retained large volumes of water which helped extinguish the flames. This historical use is reflected in its specific Latin/Greek name, the approximate meaning of which is "against fire". In Finland, peat mosses have been used to make bread during famines.
So this lowly little plant is really something quite unique and with worth. We may think we are lowly little people in a great big world and that we have no worth but like the moss, we are one of God's creations. We have worth and are unique or He wouldn't have made us. He has given us a unique world full of wonder and awe and we need to take care of not only the world we live in, but also the bodies we live in. Just as the moss needs fresh water, we need water to have everything function in our bodies as they should. Moss need shade from the hot burning sun. We need some sun just as the moss needs light to live, but we, like the moss, we don't need to scorch our skins with the burning rays. Moss need nourishment from the soil and rain just as we need the proper nourishment from the best foods. So we can learn even from the lowly moss.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
"Full Wolf Moon - January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January's full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
If skies are clear Saturday, go out at sunset and look for the giant moon rising in the east. It will be the biggest and brightest one of 2009, sure to wow even seasoned observers.
Earth, the moon and the sun are all bound together by gravity, which keeps us going around the sun and keeps the moon going around us as it goes through phases. The moon makes a trip around Earth every 29.5 days.
But the orbit is not a perfect circle. One portion is about 31,000 miles (50,000 km) closer to our planet than the farthest part, so the moon's apparent size in the sky changes. Saturday night (Jan. 10) the moon will be at perigee, the closest point to us on this orbit.
It will appear about 14 percent bigger in our sky and 30 percent brighter than some other full moons during 2009, according to NASA. (A similar setup occurred in December, making that month's full moon the largest of 2008.)
Tides will be higher, too. Earth's oceans are pulled by the gravity of the moon and the sun. So when the moon is closer, tides are pulled higher. Scientists call these perigean tides, because they occur when the moon is at or near perigee. (The farthest point on the lunar orbit is called apogee.)
A full moon rises right around sunset, no matter where you are. That's because of the celestial mechanics that produce a full moon: The moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, so that sunlight hits the full face of the moon and bounces back to our eyes.
At moonrise, the moon will appear even larger than it will later in the night when it's higher in the sky. This is an illusion that scientists can't fully explain. Some think it has to do with our perception of things on the horizon vs. stuff overhead.
Try this trick, though: Using a pencil eraser or similar object held at arm's length, gauge the size of the moon when it's near the horizon and again later when it's higher up and seems smaller. You'll see that when compared to a fixed object, the moon will be the same size in both cases.
If you have other plans for Saturday night, take heart: You can see all this on each night surrounding the full moon, too, because the moon will be nearly full, rising earlier Friday night and later Sunday night."
I took this excerpt from MSN and thought it was really good. I happened to be outside yesterday as the sun went down and got to see the moon. I commented to Sonny about how bright it was and then heard on the news late last night that it was a "Wolf Moon". It got my curiosity up about it. It is amazing how our universe is so connected and we in turn are connected to it. The moon phases control our tides and the tides control our weather. And even control our sleep cycles. I know I don't sleep as well on a full moon.
God placed all these to work together to allow changes to occur in our world. Why do we need such changes. Well think about it...we would get mighty bored if we didn't have changes. Same old thing day in and day out. Then it brings beauty and cleansing. Have you ever watched the wind...it blows the leaves around and moves them from place to place. I think of it as God's vacuum cleaner or broom and he sweeps up the debris. The leaves that are blown around are eventually crumbled and the rains stick it to the ground and it returns to dirt and it adds so much to the dirt. It is God's way of naturally building up the soil and fertilizing it.
I can really say that the moon is beautiful and only hope your sky is clear enough to get these views. We miss so much sometimes staying inside and going to and fro working and being busy in general. Stop and take time out to just enjoy what God has provided.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Have you ever watched a dog sleep. Or do anything for that matters...they do it with their entire being. They put everything they have into doing what they are doing at the present moment. When they chase a rabbit..they chase it with all their might. If they sleep, they seem dead to the world. We can learn a lot from a dog. They are faithful and a true friend. They are happy when they see you and don't get upset if they don't get the best bone as long as they get a bone. They don't get mad at you if you scold them but will come running back for another pet.
You know if we lived our lives the way a dog does, we wouldn't have near the problems. We would be completely happy whether we are sleeping in a hut or a mansion. We would always keep our friends and we would really just enjoy life in general. And we would sleep a whole lot better too.
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