Archive for December, 2010

A Total Eclipse of the Moon

Monday, December 20th, 2010

We probably won’t be able to see the special lunar eclipse tonight (between 2am & 4am CST) because of clouds,  falling snow and the fact that we’ll probably be asleep. It is special because it falls on the Winter Solstice, the ‘shortest’ day of the year and the official start to the winter season. Daylight will begin to increase by increments tomorrow! A great reason to celebrate with lights.

The moon will have a coppery red color during the eclipse, but I think this beautiful blue has a lunar aspect to it.

Baby Needs a New Coat

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

It’s been in the teens temperature wise so we decided Mavrik needs some extra insulation! He doesn’t seem to mind his new sweater, jumping and running after his ball like usual. This model even has a little pocket on the back so he can carry his personal items!

6 Shopping Days Left

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Last shopping Saturday before Christmas. The Village of Hinsdale provided free horse drawn wagon rides around town (15 minute ride unless a train caused traffic delays) and free gingerbread man decorating!

Bill & Jack pulled the wagon around town.

Oh No, somebody took a bite out of my head!

Night Scene

Friday, December 17th, 2010

We’re off to take our night time dog walk (for our benefit as well as Mavrik’s). It’s the perfect time to see all the Holiday lights, to ward off the SDYS; ‘Shortest Day of the Year Syndrome’, fast approaching.

Chicago

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I haven’t been in Chicago in the winter for decades! Technically I’m not in Chicago and it’s not winter yet, but I’m close enough and it feels like winter! Monday was a beautiful day and we had a great view of the Chicago skyline, with a lot more buildings than I remember.

Stinko Gingko

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Before the snow flew and the temperature plummeted we enjoyed a wonderful, warm fall. We took our walks around town and enjoyed the fall foliage and the multi-colored leaves swirling around on the sidewalk, until we encountered the Stinko Gingko! The golden fan shaped leaves scattered on the ground hid the odoriferous fruit, it was too late, you step on one and you are engulfed in the smell of dog poop! The Gingko biloba is a living fossil and is dioecious, with separate sexes, some trees being female and others being male. They are not known to exist in the wild , but are widely cultivated as ornamentals and for fruit production (the ginkgo biloba supplements that are supposed to enhance memory and focus). The trees mature at between 20 and 30 years old, and until then are indistinguishable from each other. The females then produce the little nuts that are encased in the stinky flesh that caused us to check the bottoms of our shoes repeatedly! I vaguely recalled these facts from college botany, but on more research discovered the amazing fact that 6 Ginkgoes near ground zero of the Hiroshima A-bomb site survived the blast and are still alive! Check it out here.

A malodorous nut from the Ginkgo biloba tree, 'don't tread on me' or you'll be sorry!

Sunny & Cold

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Tracks in the snow.

The source of the tracks!

The weather outside is frightful! Windy & COLD! But Mavrik is a trooper, always game for a romp as long as we’re not outside too long, he loves the couch!

‘Tis the Season

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The town is decorated for the coming holiday. We enjoy our walks around the neighborhood, even though we are in the deep freeze right now!