Monday, December 21, 2020

Astronomical Grammar...



...aka The Great Conjunction...when Jupiter and Saturn align in a way they haven't since the year 1226...and it's all happening tonight on this Winter Solstice.


And just to sweeten the deal, it's also the peak of the Ursid meteor shower.

Christians and pagans alike are giddy with what this may portend...

Is it the Star of Bethlehem seen by the Wise Men of old?


Is it a celestial tribute to Odin, a pagan god of Norse mythology?


Nah, it's just a really cool astronomical occurrence that you should take time out to see this evening.

Of course, if you're dumb enough to live where I do, the chances of clear skies on December 21st are about the same as winning the lottery, so tough bananas.

But not to worry, it should all happen again on August 24th of the year 2414.

See you then.


In keeping with a winter theme, Karen recently created a cute indoor snowman...


...currently standing guard between our window Christmas tree on the left and the mini-Grinch engaged in the theft of a more traditional tree on the right.

It's actually 3 separate little baskets turned upside down and adorned with my top hat, a scarf, some buttons and one of the cats' plastic carrot toys for his nose.

Why not a real carrot, you ask?


'nuff said.

She recently added the 3 candles so we can light him up at night, a nice holiday touch.

It's both clever and festive, but if you want genius level unhinged we must turn to the Master of Snowmannery, that Comicus Emeritus, Calvin and Hobbes:

















The good news here is today is the shortest day of the year which means we’ve started the inexorable march toward longer days and then...glorious Spring.

Insert excited woo hoo here.

Happy Winter Solstice, mcm fans...


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