Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

I just found out that tonight is a lunar eclipse and that this full moon is called the Full Worm Moon. The Farmer's Almanac sent me their newsletter this morning at 11:51 and I just now read it. I didn't miss much because throughout most of N. America observers find the eclipse already in progress as the Moon rises tonight and no eclipse will be visible from westernmost N. America (British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California) since the event ends there before the moon rises. I found this info on NASA Eclipse home page. They list all the eclipses for 2006.

I just looked out back and caught a quick glance at the moon- slow clouds going past it and then it was gone. The NW is not the best place to live if you want to be an avid star gazer.

6 days until Spring...

* Vernal Equinox (March 20)

Spring begins at exactly 1:26 P.M. (EST).

Wind northeast or north at noon of the vernal equinox, no fine
weather before midsummer. If westerly or southwesterly, fine weather
till midsummer.

St. Patty's Day-

Cabbage seeds are often planted today, and old-time farmers believed
that to make them grow well, you needed to plant them while wearing
your nightclothes.

and for a tasty St. Patty's Day breakfast here is a receipe for Murphy's Irish Toast

8 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup Irish Cream Liquor
16 slices cinnamon raisin bread

Combine all ingredients (except for bread). Keep refrigerated if made ahead. Dip bread in batter. Fry on lightly oiled griddle until just crisp. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.

A toast to you..

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

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