Wednesday, February 29, 2012

HAPPY LEAP DAY to you!!!
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 - It's still Leap Day!

I was reading about people whose birthdays are February 29th. They are told to pick February 28th or March 1st as their birthday because the computers can't recognize February 29th.

What a bunch of leaping crap. Really, computers that can do trillions of calculations per second, can't figure out how to incorporate one single, simple, SPECIAL day into their programs. That's just being lazy. Not to mention rude.

Here's what I found out about Leap Day/Leap Year from Time and

Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds (a tropical year) – to circle once around the Sun.

However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn't add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!

Julius Caesar introduced Leap Years in the Roman empire over 2000 years ago, but the Julian calendar had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by 4 would be a leap year. This lead to way too many leap years, but didn't get corrected until the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar more than 1500 years later.

In the Gregorian calendar 3 criteria must be met to be a leap year:
  • The year is evenly divisible by 4;
  • If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
  • The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

This means that 2000 and 2400 are leap years, while 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are NOT leap years.

Hope you have many more Leap Days and Leap Years and frog legs (I hear they're delicious). Personally, I prefer escargot. gotta go hop to it, djb

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The sun is coming behind the trees across the street at 6:46 a.m.
Saturday, February 25, 2012 - I put a slideshow to the photos from yesterday's snowstorm on my Donna Blog. It seems as though the last time I did that, it worked better than this time. oh well.

At least, you'll be able to see the pretty, snow covered trees. It was absolutely gorgeous!!

Better go. I've been at this for quite a while. Need a break. bye for now, djb

Friday, February 24, 2012

This is our neighbor blowing snow in the driveway at 6:21 a.m. this morning. The wind is blowing from the east or maybe the northeast.
Friday, February 24, 2012 - Haven't seen a snowplow yet today but I've seen a couple of cars drive by and they seemed to be moving along okay.

Usually, snow is easier to drive on for me than ICY roads. But it's the maniacs who drive too fast and don't consider unforeseen circumstances who cause trouble for everyone.

My plan is to: STAY OFF THE ROAD. Good luck to Bergy and Avis. Have a safe trip. ~djb

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This was the view of the boys' candles this morning at 6:28 a.m. Where did all that white stuff come from?
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - They said it was going to rain or snow last night into this morning but I didn't think it would be all snow because it's 33 degrees here at our house.

It's so pretty out there. Kind of looks like powdered sugar was sifted over the top of our world. After all, it is "Mardi Gras" today. That's Fat Tuesday in French.

So, you'd better enjoy your treats today because Ash Wednesday is tomorrow -- the beginning of Lent. As I recall, Easter is on April 8th (I'm trusting my memory on that one).

If you have sunny and warm weather where you are (think Florida), then you can laugh at us. hahaha bye, djb

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Flowers for Andrew Robert on his 26th boofday.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - Earlier today, I went into the grocery store to get some flowers for Andrew's birthday. They didn't have any balloons like I wanted to get so he also didn't get balloons (neither did Jarrett).

Plus, I always pick up the Nativity scene and the poinsettias when I put Andrew's flowers on the grave. Amazingly, some of the flowers have already poked through the earth.

And also, there was no one at the cemetery trying to convert me this year. Thank God for that!

Happy Boofday, Andrew. Love you and miss you, Your Mom

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Aunt Diane and Andrew giving each other bunny ears!! I love it.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 - I came across this photo that I knew I hadn't put on here before. It's so cute.

Not sure, but it could, it wasn't that. Well, whenever it was, Diane was here in Illinois because she has that afghan that I made on her lap.

Andrew looks about 9 or 10, so that would be 1995. Yeah, I think Aunt Diane came to visit in 1996 so that would make him 11. hmmmm. Whatever. I still really like this picture. It makes me smile. byebye, djb

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Here's the full moon setting in the west and there's SNOW in the picture but this was actually in December 2006 not February 2012.
Tuesday, February 7. 2012 - FULL SNOW MOON.

February 7, 2012 - 4:54 p.m. EST -- Full Snow Moon. Usually the heaviest snowfalls occur during this month. Hunting becomes very difficult, and so to some tribes, this was the Full Hunger Moon.

I always like to warn everyone when there's a full moon. Mostly, so you can look outside and see the man in the moon. see ya later, djb

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Here's the view of Andrew and Jarrett's candles on Thursday morning (2/2). What snow?
Saturday, February 4, 2012 - I was going to put this picture on here earlier but I was busy doing other things.

Everyone is amazed at our mild winter. It has to be a record breaker in a good way. Except that the flora and fauna are now completely confused.

I keep seeing geese flying in formation going north. That's just not right. In a few weeks, I'm fairly certain that the robins will show up. What's fun is hearing them chirp before seeing them.

Maybe it'll be an early pool year? oh boy! see ya around, djb