This week in pictures: Feb 14-20: Click picture frame for full-size pop-up image!
Feb 14 – 20: Happy birthday this week to my sister Melanie! We finally got our second Pfizer vaccination (five days late due to state screwup), so that was a great relief. I worked in the yard the next day, so no side effects for me. Kev had the “Covid Arm” rash for a couple days that actually went pretty much upper torso, too. I lost a tooth – it just fell out of my head (crown or bridge, who knows?) – so that’s the next challenge. We went to the Arboretum and took new trails, and to Hannah, where the birds were extremely friendly this week and let me close enough to get great shots. We also went to the ocean. Started a new beading project so will reveal that next week when it’s done. Hope my cousins are warm in Texas with the weather-related outages – praying for all of you to have the very best lives possible.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski:
Born mute, Edgar leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the family raised and trained a fictional breed of dog known for loyal companionship, epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong ally. When catastrophe strikes, Edgar is forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him. Great read!
3 New "Friends of the Week"
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Husband of the Week:
He's the life of the party, the guy with the funny quips and nonsensical trivia facts. He stands out, even minus the goofy glasses, fake mustaches, eyepatches, or pointy hats.
Kev draws you in. He loves people and people love him. Whether he's Santa, a pirate, a fortune teller, the Easter Bunny, or the "Real McCoys" grandpa, he's a walking party everywhere he goes.
The Mystery of the Scottish Calanish Stones
Where did these monument stones, which overlook the sea of Loch Roag, come from? Were they Druid worship stones, or a lunar observatory?
According to archaeologists, 5,000 years ago there was some form of an enclosure in this area, a structure likely used for ritual purposes.
Then, around 2900 BC, a new mysterious structure was erected in a form of a stone circle. Years later, a tomb was added to the eastern part of this circle of stones, which was then used for hundreds of years. The site was later abandoned in about 800 BC.
Many scientists today believe the stones at Calanais functioned as an astronomical lunar calendar. The moon’s position in relation to the visible horizon varies over time, peaking every 18.61 years. The Calanais Stones accurately mark this cycle.
The mystery remains: Where did the rocks come from, how did humans 5,000 years ago know about the lunar cycles, and how did human beings move the giant monuments into place?