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Happy Easter

Easter Eggs

This is what happens when you have small children – you dye your kitchen.

Yes, the festival of Easter, goddess of the Spring, is celebrated this time of year with the traditional symbols of fertility, the egg and the rabbit, by the people who settled around the Baltic Sea – the Teutons, Slavs, Finns, Prussians, Letts, et al. It is a festival of plenty after the hardships of winter, with the promise of new growth.

Of course, later groups took the celebration and turned it to other purposes, but I doubt Easter minds.

[An oldie from Easters past]

April 17, 2022   No Comments

Belated Happy Birthday

Friday Cat Blogging

Property was 15 yesterday.

Tax Day was yesterday but here’s the theme music for the day on YouTube.

I’ve been “property managing” getting an apartment ready for a new tenant.

My bad – because Tax Day fell on Good Friday, the deadline was extended until today, the 18th.

April 16, 2022   8 Comments

Chag Pesach Sameach חג פסח שמח

Sundown today marks the beginning of Pesach [Passover]. The story is found in the Book of Exodus. Rather more relevant now during a pandemic and war.

This is a time of Matzah [unleavened bread], Marror [bitter herbs], wine and the retelling of the story of founding of Israel.

You can, of course, just pop in a DVD of The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille’s version.

At its core this is a story of immigration and anyone claiming to be a Christian or Jew should pay attention – it’s on the FINAL EXAM.

April 15, 2022   No Comments

April Fool’s Day

The BBC’s Spaghetti Harvest is still the top of the list for pranks.

April 1, 2022   7 Comments

Vernal Equinox

It’s that time of year. Spring arrives at 10:31AM CDT this morning. You could have watched it come at Archæoastronomy.

The air is already filled with pollen and the live oaks are dropping last year’s leaves. The azaleas have already peaked and the pear trees are snowy with blooms.

I would note that locally we have had 12 hours or more of daylight since St. Patrick’s Day, and usually do.

March 20, 2022   2 Comments

Iditarod 2022 – Day 14 et fini?

Iditarod 2022 MapSled DogToday should be the final day of the race, weather permitting.

Leaving White Mountain three rookies Sean Williams (2)R, Bridgett Watkins (36)R, and Gerhardt Thiart (39)R got slammed by a weather change and had to be helped back to White Mountain where they scratched.

This morning Riley Dyche (15) is the only one moving. Jeff Deeter (34), KattiJo Deeter (19)R, and Sebastien Dos Santos Borges (44)R are camping together about 50 miles from Nome waiting for the winds to die down. The wind chill is -30°F and the puppies don’t like it. The final four teams are waiting it out at White Mountain.

Update: Iditarod mushers Sebastien Dos Santos Borges (bib #44, rookie), KattiJo Deeter (bib #19, rookie) and Jeff Deeter (bib #34, veteran) have scratched from the Iditarod between the checkpoints of White Mountain and Safety.

Update: It is possible that the Red Lantern will make it to Nome before midnight AKDT, but I need to go to bed. [I was right in my estimate with 20 minutes to spare.]

Standings at 2:39AM CDT (11:39PM AKDT):

Finished at Nome
1 Brent Sass (27)
2 Dallas Seavey (20)
3 Jessie Holmes (7)
4 Dan Kaduce (28)
5 Peter Kaiser (37)
6 Richie Diehl (18)
7 Chad Stoddard (46)
8 Aaron Burmeister (23)
9 Ryan Redington (17)
10 Aaron Peck (21)
11 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (12)
12 Travis Beals (42)
13 Ramey Smyth (8)
14 Mille Porsild (33)
15 Mitch Seavey (30)
16 Matt Hall (31)
17 Michelle Phillips (4)
18 Lev Shvarts (16)
19 Hanna Lyrek (13)R
20 Paige Drobny (5)
21 Martin Massicotte (6)Q
22 Mats Pettersson (11)
23 Anna Berington (9)
24 Kristy Berington (24)
25 Joe Taylor (22)R
26 Martin Buser (38)
27 Amanda Otto (32)R
28 Jeff King (3)
29 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)
30 Matthew Failor (10)
31 Matt Paveglio (48)R
32 Karin Hendrickson (40)
33 Riley Dyche (15)
34 Eric Kelly (14)R
35 Kailyn Davis (41)R
36 Yuka Honda (49)
37 Apayauq Reitan (47)Φ

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March 19, 2022   Comments Off on Iditarod 2022 – Day 14 et fini?

Iditarod 2022 – Day 13

Iditarod 2022 MapSled DogTomorrow is the final full day of the race.

Finished at Nome
21 Martin Massicotte (6)Q
22 Mats Pettersson (11)
23 Anna Berington (9)
24 Kristy Berington (24)
25 Joe Taylor (22)R
26 Martin Buser (38)
27 Amanda Otto (32)R
28 Jeff King (3)
29 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)
30 Matthew Failor (10)
31 Matt Paveglio (48)R
32 Karin Hendrickson (40)

Standings at 7:45PM CDT (4:45PM AKDT):
Beyond White Mountain
33 Riley Dyche (15)
34 Jeff Deeter (34)
35 KattiJo Deeter (19)R
36 Sean Williams (2)R
37 Sebastien Dos Santos Borges (44)R
38 Bridgett Watkins (36)R
39 Gerhardt Thiart (39)R
At White Mountain
40 Kailyn Davis (41)R
41 Eric Kelly (14)R
42 Yuka Honda (49)
43 Apayauq Reitan (47)

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March 18, 2022   Comments Off on Iditarod 2022 – Day 13

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Éireann go Brách!

Irish Flag

 Shamrock

Well everyone agrees that he died on March 17th, but the year is subject to debate. This is his feast day on the Catholic calendar. Enjoy as you are wont.

Wikipedia has more on Saint Patrick’s Day, if you need more.

March 17, 2022   Comments Off on Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Iditarod 2022 – Day 12

Iditarod 2022 MapSled DogFrom the press release:
Veteran Iditarod musher Lisbet Norris (bib #43) of Fairbanks, Alaska, scratched at 11:50 p.m. on March 16, 2022, at the Unalakleet checkpoint. Norris made the decision to scratch in the best interest of her race team. Norris had 10 dogs in harness at the time she made the decision to scratch.

Her Siberians were the best looking dogs on the trail.

Finished at Nome
11 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (12)
12 Travis Beals (42)
13 Ramey Smyth (8)
14 Mille Porsild (33)
15 Mitch Seavey (30)
16 Matt Hall (31)
17 Michelle Phillips (4)
18 Lev Shvarts (16)
19 Hanna Lyrek (13)R
20 Paige Drobny (5)
21 Martin Massicotte (6)Q
22 Mats Pettersson (11)
23 Anna Berington (9)
24 Kristy Berington (24)
25 Joe Taylor (22)R
26 Martin Buser (38)
27 Amanda Otto (32)R
28 Jeff King (3)

Standings at 8:45PM CDT (5:45PM AKDT):
Beyond Safety
29 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)
Beyond White Mountain
30 Karin Hendrickson (40)
31 Matthew Failor (10)
32 Matt Paveglio (48)R
At White Mountain
33 Riley Dyche (15)
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March 17, 2022   Comments Off on Iditarod 2022 – Day 12

Iditarod 2022 – Day 11

Iditarod 2022 MapSled DogThe top 10 are finished this morning. Hanna Lyrek (13) appears to be locked in for rookie of the year.

Finished at Nome
1 Brent Sass (27)
2 Dallas Seavey (20)
3 Jessie Holmes (7)
4 Dan Kaduce (28)
5 Peter Kaiser (37)
6 Richie Diehl (18)
7 Chad Stoddard (46)
8 Aaron Burmeister (23)
9 Ryan Redington (17)
10 Aaron Peck (21)
11 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (12)
12 Travis Beals (42)
13 Ramey Smyth (8)
14 Mille Porsild (33)
15 Mitch Seavey (30)
16 Matt Hall (31)
17 Michelle Phillips (4)
18 Lev Shvarts (16)
19 Hanna Lyrek (13)R
20 Paige Drobny (5)

Standings at 9:00PM CDT (6:00PM AKDT):
Beyond White Mountain
21 Mats Pettersson (11)
22 Martin Massicotte (6)Q
23 Kristy Berington (24)
24 Anna Berington (9)
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March 16, 2022   Comments Off on Iditarod 2022 – Day 11

Iditarod 2022 – Day 10

Iditarod 2022 MapSled DogAt 05:38:43 AKDT [08:38:43 CDT] Brent Sass and 11 puppies crossed under the burled arch at Nome to win the Iditarod in 8 days 14 hours 38 minutes 43 seconds of race time. Dallas Seavey made a great run but missed his sixth win by an hour and 12 minutes.

Finished at Nome
1 Brent Sass (27)
2 Dallas Seavey (20)

Standings at 8:45PM CDT (5:45PM AKDT):
Beyond Safety
3 Jessie Holmes (7)
4 Dan Kaduce (28)
Beyond White Mountain
5 Richie Diehl (18)
6 Peter Kaiser (37)
7 Aaron Burmeister (23)
8 Chad Stoddard (46)
9 Ryan Redington (17)
At White Mountain
10 Travis Beals (42)
11 Aaron Peck (21)
12 Ramey Smyth (8)
13 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (12)
14 Mille Porsild (33)
15 Matt Hall (31)
16 Mitch Seavey (30)
Beyond Elim
17 Michelle Phillips (4)
18 Lev Shvarts (16)
At Elim
19 Hanna Lyrek (13)R
20 Paige Drobny (5)
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March 15, 2022   Comments Off on Iditarod 2022 – Day 10

Iditarod 2022 – Day 9

Iditarod 2022 MapSled DogFrom the Press Office:
Veteran Iditarod musher Josh McNeal (bib #45) of Fairbanks, Alaska, scratched at 8:05 p.m. today (3/13) at the Galena checkpoint. McNeal made the decision to scratch in the best interest of his race team. McNeal had 10 dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.

Standings at 10:00PM CDT (7:00PM AKDT):
At White Mountain
1 Brent Sass (27)
2 Dallas Seavey (20)
Beyond Koyuk
3 Dan Kaduce (28)
4 Jessie Holmes (7)
5 Chad Stoddard (46)
6 Aaron Peck (21)
7 Richie Diehl (18)
8 Aaron Burmeister (23)
9 Peter Kaiser (37)
10 Travis Beals (42)
11 Ryan Redington (17)
12 Mille Porsild (33)
At Koyuk
13 Mitch Seavey (30)
14 Michelle Phillips (4)
15 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (12)
16 Matt Hall (31)
Beyond Shaktoolik
17 Lev Shvarts (16)
18 Ramey Smyth (8)
At Shaktoolik
19 Hanna Lyrek (13)R
20 Paige Drobny (5)
21 Anna Berington (9)
22 Kristy Berington (24)
23 Mats Pettersson (11)
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March 14, 2022   Comments Off on Iditarod 2022 – Day 9

International Pi Day

Albert Einstein

3/14 is Albert’s birthday and

Π Day.

PiI assume you have all shopped for the perfect gift.

To start: Π ≅ 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399
3751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679….

March 14, 2022   5 Comments

Iditarod 2022 – Day 8

Iditarod 2022 MapSled Dog[[!!Don’t forget the time change!!]]

Standings at 8:00PM CDT (5:00PM AKDT):
Beyond Shaktoolik
1 Brent Sass (27)
2 Dallas Seavey (20)
Beyond Unalakleet
3 Aaron Burmeister (23)
4 Richie Diehl (18)
5 Jessie Holmes (7)
At Unalakleet
6 Dan Kaduce (28)
7 Mille Porsild (33)
8 Michelle Phillips (4)
9 Ryan Redington (17)
10 Chad Stoddard (46)
11 Travis Beals (42)
12 Peter Kaiser (37)
Beyond Kaltag
13 Mitch Seavey (30)
14 Aaron Peck (21)
15 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (12)
16 Lev Shvarts (16)
17 Ramey Smyth (8)
18 Paige Drobny (5)
19 Matt Hall (31)
20 Anna Berington (9)
21 Kristy Berington (24)
22 Hanna Lyrek (13)R
23 Mats Pettersson (11)
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March 13, 2022   Comments Off on Iditarod 2022 – Day 8