Category: Seasons & Celebrations

Silent Awakening

By , March 18, 2018

For the last few days, Tina Malia’s song, The Silent Awakening, has been running through my head. All around us, a “silent awakening” has definitely been palpable, as spring advances.

Today is the Vernal Equinox on the homestead’s latitude. Two days ahead of official Vernal Equinox, when the sun crosses the equator on March 20th this year.

lately, we’ve felt spring at its annual tipping point. Our days are warming up enough to melt the snow. We can smell the earth, the budding plants, even the animals around us. The compost pile, frozen hard most of the winter, has come a live slowly but surely.

Beach view, Zeiger Family Homestead

Nice day on the veranda, if a bit chilly… (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Out of Time

By , March 12, 2018

Sunday, I tried to perform a chore I hate more than almost any other: I tried to change my watch to Daylight Saving Time.

I utterly despise Daylight Saving Time (see It’s Happening Again: Daylight Saving Time Returns to Screw Things Up). So, imagine how I felt when I discovered I couldn’t advance my watch an hour forward!

My watch is a Citizen Eco-Drive solar powered chronometer. I’ve had it for a long time. I’m still embarrassed to have spent so much for it; or was, until Sunday.

Citizen Eco-Drive watch

Mark’s trusty old Citizen Eco-Drive watch, catching some early spring rays (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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