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I know that I should be mowing the lawn soon. However, it's freezing cold outside despite being Springtime. Yeah, I know that it's supposed to be cold when it's early Springtime. However, does the cold weather affect the growth of the front lawn? If so, how much does the front lawn grow when it's cold out compared to when it's closer to Summertime weather? I'm not a scientist nor do I know much about the weather. So the answer isn't known to me. If I don't mow the lawn this week, then I should mow the lawn next week. At any rate, the lawn should be mowed sooner rather than later. I know that putting off the lawn mowing isn't a popular thing with the neighbors. It's a matter of how long I could get away with not mowing the lawn before my delay tactics gets the best of me. Not to worry though. If the lawn isn't mowed this week, it will be mowed next week. That much I'm pretty much certain of.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
accomplished
Current Music:
Warm Love by Kim Carnes
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It's now officially Springtime in Ohio. However, it still kind of feels like Winter. But that's pretty much how Springtime operates. Springtime is more of a transitional season. The season starts off feeling like Winter and eventually starts feeling more like Summer. And this being the start of Springtime still kind of has a Wintertime kind of feel to it. But on the bright side, I'm able to wear a blue jeans, a long sleeved plaid shirt, a brown zipper-up hooded sweatshirt, a plaid scarf and a light brown jacket instead of a heavy brown jacket. So I'm already wearing lighter layers of clothing. I'm looking forward to wearing short sleeved shirts again and that will happen very soon. It's Springtime in Ohio and I can't wait to see what will happen next.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
accomplished
Current Music:
Draw of the Cards by Kim Carnes
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Today was the first day of Spring. And today was cold and for a period of time wet and raining. But then again, Springtime is the transition from Winter to Summer. So it would be expected to have the weather freezing cold at points of time near the beginning. The outside weather isn't going to remain like this the closer we get to Summer. And yes, the Gentle Reader and I will get closer to Summer. And oh what fun there will be had when Summer finally arrives. Until then, there is the Springtime to enjoy. And there's the chance to enjoy the Springtime outdoors. There's also the chance to enjoy the Springtime indoors if it's still too cold to spend outdoors extensively. The weather will warm up very soon. Just takes a bit more patience. It won't take long now before Summer returns for our enjoyment.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
accomplished
Current Music:
Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
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Morning has arrived, but it's dark outside. The calendar tells me that the first day of Spring is tomorrow. In truth, it feels as if Winter never truly left. Yeah, there are one or two days that were Spring-like, but such days are few and in between. Perhaps warmer weather will start arriving tomorrow. It's Monday morning before sunrise so anything is possible. Hope is possible. Optimism is possible. The promise of a wonderful and delightful day is possible. The Gentle Reader and I will find out what happens when the sunrise begins. Right now, I have to shake off the sleepiness and get ready for the start of a new day.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
accomplished
Current Music:
Awake Me by Rosie Carney
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Yesterday may have been St. Patrick's Day, but the weather was certainly kind of weird. It was almost nearly Spring-like. Then it was starting to snow. Then the snowing stopped falling with almost nearly Spring-like weather. The snow melted. Well, actually it was half snow and half rain. Then it started to rain much more officially. Then it stopped raining. And now it's the darkness of morning. I woke up so early, that the sun has yet to rise yet. Not to worry though. The sun will rise. Simply need to be patient a bit longer. Until then, I need to get ready to start a brand new day. Who knows what will happen this morning? I'll find out. With luck, today will be a really good day.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
accomplished
Current Music:
Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel
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It's still early in the morning. I just woke up. And it's St. Patrick's Day. I'm not Irish, but today is a good day to be Irish. Not much is known about St. Patrick himself beyond the fact that he wasn't actually Irish. He was Italian. Or rather, he was Roman-Britain in origin. He was born into a wealthy family, kidnapped by Irish bandits into slavery before he escaped slavery. St. Patrick then renounced his family's wealth, became a Catholic Priest and preached to the Irish citizens of Ireland. He used the shamrock (A plant) to illustrate the crucifixion. He banished all snakes from Ireland. His walking stick became a tree. St. Patrick eventually died and he was elevated by the Roman Catholic Church into Sainthood. Today is the Feast Day for St. Patrick. Thus why everything today is Green colored. Because Green is the color of Ireland, the nation that St. Patrick gave up his wealth to preach Catholicism to. This holiday is a celebration of an actual person. Anyway, Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Today is St. Patrick's Day y'all
Current Music:
I Still Do by The Cranberries
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The weather is starting to warm up. The early blooming Daffodil that was killed by the surprise return of Winter a few days back has been replaced by more Daffodils. Or perhaps the early blooming Daffodil that I thought was killed by the surprise return of Winter was in hiding among the snow, ice and frost the entire time. At any rate, it's four more days until the official first day of Spring and the flowers are starting to grow (Again). Perhaps there will be snow and ice returning. Perhaps the blooming flowers will be allowed to keep growing. The Gentle Reader and I will find out if the warm weather currently being experienced in Columbus, Ohio will continue. What can be known is that I'm starting to wear light jackets when venturing outside once again. Spring is coming and Summer won't be that far behind. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
accomplished
Current Music:
Disco//Very by Warpaint
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Where did the snow go? There was snow on the ground yesterday. Yes, it was a thin coating of snow, but there was snow never the less. I guess the cold weather wasn't cold enough to allow the snow to remain. I was expecting the snow to last for a bit longer, but I guess that wasn't in the plans. So now it's cold outside with the bright green grass visible to all. And thus continues Winter for those living in Columbus, Ohio. Only five more days until the first day of Spring. And who knows what will happen on the first official day of Spring. The Gentle Reader and I shall find out five days from now as Winter slowly comes to an end. I shall welcome Springtime when it arrives. Ah yes, what joy. Ah yes, what splendor. The arrival of Spring shall bring delight to us all.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
accomplished
Current Music:
Caught a Lite Sneeze by Tori Amos
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There was an early Spring a few weeks ago. And in this early Spring weather, flowers were starting to grow. Well, last night snow was falling with a sort of mixture of rain producing the possibility of ice. Well, if there were ice on the ground, it clearly have melted away. However, the light coating of snow is still on the ground, but most of the snow which was on the streets and the driveways have melted away. So it's warm enough for some elements of snow and ice to melt, but cold enough for some elements of snow an ice to remain. However, it's cold enough for the early Spring flowers to wilt from the excessive freezing cold. But considering that most of the Eastern Coast of the United States is gripped by Blizzard Stella, the fact that Columbus, Ohio is on the outer edges of such a storm is pretty nice. I still get to witness Winter without actually witnessing the worst elements of Winter. All this happened six days until the official day of Spring.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
I'm freezing from the cold weather
Current Music:
Frozen by Madonna
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For devout followers of the religious faith Hinduism, today is a crucial holiday called Holi. Last night, Hindus would perform a religious ceremony next to a huge bonfire. Today, Hindus would be dousing each other with multi-colored chalk as a way of celebrating the end of Winter and the start of Spring. There are three stories about the start of this holiday.
1. First an explanation. An Asura is a human based celestial being with no parallels on Earth. An Asura (Also called Ādityas) who is benevolent is lead by the Hindu GOD of water and celestial oceans called Varuna (Who is the eldest of the Ādityas). Sometimes there are seven Ādityas and other times there are twelve Ādityas. It depends on which portion of the Four Vedas (Or other sacred Hindu documents) you happen to be reading. Brama (The Hindu GOD of Creation), Vishnu (The Supreme Hindu GOD) and Shiva (The Hindu GOD of Creation, Destruction, Regeneration, Meditation, Arts, Yoga and Moksha) are the holy Trinity of Hinduism. Brama and his consort the GODDESS Saraswati produced children and among them were Daksha. Daksha had two wives. Daksha and his wife Prasuti produced 89 daughters. Daksha and his wife Panchajani and produced 116 daughters. Daksha produced no male children. One of the daughters of Daksha was named Danu. Danu was the mother of the Danava who are the evil Asura.
Anyway, King Hiranyakashipu became the King of the Danava with the encouragement of Danu. Among the abilities of King Hiranyakashipu was the inability to die. To be exact, humans and animals can't kill him. Nor is it possible for him to be killed indoors nor was it possible for him to be killed outdoors. He can't die in the daytime nor can he die in the nighttime. Projectile weapons nor handheld weapons can't kill him. He can't die on land, nor on water nor in the air. King Hiranyakashipu became abusive, cruel and narcissistic (He became unbearable---Even by Danava standards). A resistance was formed and lead by King Hiranyakashipu's son Prahlada. When killing or scaring him off by acting crueler than normal wasn't working, King Hiranyakashipu recruited his sister Holika to kill his son Prahlada. Holika tricked Prahlada to sit with her on a funeral pyre. She wore a cloak that made her fireproof and Prahlada wasn't wearing any fireproof protection. Vishnu took off the fireproof cloak from Holika and placed on Prahlada. Holika burned to death while Prahlada survived. After restoring the religious concept of Dharma to the Danava, Vishnu placed King Hiranyakashipu on his lap and tore him to shreds until he died with the animal claws on his arm. King Hiranyakashipu didn't die on land, air nor water because he died on somebody's lap. He wasn't killed by projectile weapons nor by handheld weapons, but by animal claws. Thus a way around King Hiranyakashipu's inability to die was found and the immortal psychopath was finally killed by his fratricidal son. To celebrate Prince Prahlada's fratricidal victory against King Hiranyakashipu, the Hindu Springtime holiday of Holi was required by Vishnu as celebration and thanks that the necessary act of fratricide to overthrow the wicked king of the Danava was finally achieved.
2. The second origin of the holiday Holi was the love story of the Hindu GOD of Divine, Love, Knowledge, Beauty named Krishna and his wife the Hindu GODDESS of Kindness, Power, Love by soul, Humanity, Beauty Radha. Krishna had blue skin and his wife had pale skin. So to compensate for the skin discoloration problem, Krishna would paint Radha's face in whatever color he wanted on the Hindu holiday of Holi.
3. The Hindu GOD of Love named Kama can only emerge on Earth during the festival of Holi much to the irritation of his consort Rati (Who's the GODDESS of Love, Lust and Pleasure).
Anyway, for those who are Hindu, happy Holi.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Today is a holy day for Hindus
Current Music:
Faith by Alanis Morissette and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
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