More Leaves December 30, 2016
More leaves have been added to the family tree. The ancestor count stands at 4,538 as of December 30, 2016. Research continues.
witch of Gloucester – not one of the leaves yet
An old legend about the Gloucester witch Peg Wesson is often mentioned, but never was it told in such detail as in this story, written by Sarah G. Daley and published in the Boston Evening Transcript, October 14, 1892. It was carried in papers throughout the country.
It was March, 1745, and the company raised in Gloucester to join the expedition against Louisburg was to leave the town with the rising of the morrow’s sun. In the spring twilight, three young men made their way, with noisy jest and song toward a wretched cottage that stood in the outskirts of the town.They rapped loudly for admittance, and the door was opened by a withered old crone. A candle, burning on a small table, dimly revealed the blackened walls of the interior, the bunches of herbs hanging from the ceiling, a scant supply of battered pewter plates and coarse earthenware on some shelves in a corner…
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I always pay attention to what Chinese Lunar Calendar says in general: year of Rooster – check. Fire, gold and red – check. As to the details, they are sometimes contradicting each other, so they have to be approached critically. Like, in some sources I have read that the year of Rooster is always the worst of all the years of the Cycle, with which I totally disagree.
(I thought about roosters and cycles when walking the streets of Waterford during Winterval festival)
Lets go back and see what the years of Rooster were like. I will start from 1957, for a particular reason 😉
The Treaty of Rome was signed by six countries establishing European Economic Community – the future EU. Yay for that. Soviet Union sent a dog Laika into Space. Federal Troops were sent to Arkansas to enforce anti-segregation laws. Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.34%; UK 3.3%
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Cat On The Prowl December 29, 2016
looking for prey
maybe in the neighbor’s garden
How to pass time – I read this book to the end, not realizing noon came and went and it is now 1:30 Wicked Puritans of Essex County
I had planned to spend the morning writing Christmas cards. I wrote one before I took a break and picked up this book.
Le bonheur est une drogue dure December 28, 2016
For cat lovers
Christmas has been and gone, and we have made it to those weird in-between days when nobody quite knows what to do with themselves.
December has been a trying month: we have had to cope with stubborn colds, Cat Daddy’s scary Christmas lights set to “epilepsy mode”, and seeing the vet more often than we have seen all our friends and family put together … and, through it all, Louis Catorze is still chasing his tail.
The Zylkene calming supplement – or “Louis Catorze’s party powder”, as Cat Daddy naughtily calls it, and which can be seen decorating the edges of Le Cône – has made some difference; the little sod has been going for his tail slightly less often, and with slightly less ferocity. But, unfortunately, this difference isn’t significant enough to allow us to permanently dispense with Le Cône.
We went back to the vet today, and she…
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