|November 22nd  ||
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,|
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds -
-- Thomas Hood (circa 1830)
Okay, after a seven week sabbatical, I'm back at it.......but today's entry will just be an updated version of the October 1st entry:
We are still tumbling into shorter days, but falling a little more slowly than we were on October 1st; and as I said then, although this will continue for another month, the rate of that tumble will become slower and slower as we near the Solstice. At the moment, we are losing daylight at the rate of about 2 minutes per day (it was 4 minutes per day on October 1st), but by mid-December the periods of daylight will be getting shorter by less than a minute per day. Even though the progression will be slowing down considerably, we'll still lose over a half hour more of precious daylight by the time it bottoms out. And by the way, we've already lost over 7 hours since Summer began 22 weeks ago.
Note:   Those numbers are for LBLR, but unless you're a long way south of LBLR, they're probably not much different where you live. For example, St. Paul has 15 minutes more daylight than LBLR has, Des Moines has a half hour more daylight than LBLR, Nashville has an hour more daylight than LBLR, Atlanta has an hour and 15 minutes more daylight than LBLR, and Miami has an hour and 45 minutes more daylight than LBLR. On the other hand, the sun set on the people of Barrow Alaska 4 days ago (click here), and they won't see daylight again until January 23rd.
|November 23rd  ||As per my contacts in Grand Rapids, four days ago Little Bass Lake was starting to freeze around the edges (click here). Since then, however, some melting has occurred and it's now wide open. The median freeze date is a week from today.|
|November 24th  ||If one really tries, one can make boredom a way of life.......and with the right attitude it can actually be quite pleasant. And not only that, in these days of COVID lockdowns it comes in handy.|
|November 25th  ||Have you ever tasted dandelion wine? If not, do you know anyone who has? And if not, what's the most unusual type of homemade wine that you've had? Let me know, if you don't mind.|