Hunger Moon or Snow Moon

February’s full moon is known as either the Hunger Moon or Snow Moon.  Our earlier ancestors declared it the Hunger Moon because hunting is at its hardest during February.  Food stores were also becoming scare at this time of year.  Traditionally. February’s full moon name is the Snow Moon.  Normally the heaviest amount of snow falls in February, hence the name.  Luckily for us in North Central Ohio we only have 3 more days to stay below our snow fall totals for the winter.  Lets’ keep it that way!

According to StaryNight, “The full moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.”

Looking ahead to next months full, one of its names is Sap Moon.  The reason, Sap refers to tapping the trees during the month of March, Maple Syrup Festival!   Wow it is amazing to me how our ancestors figured this all out with Google and remembered it all without having  100’s of Gigabytes to store all that info on!

The moon puts on an elegant show, different every tine in shape, colour and nuance.                             Arthur Smith


Maple Syrup Festival March 2-3, 9-10

One of the greatest rites of spring passage in Northern Ohio is the Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm State Park.
Maple Tree Tapping www.malabarfarm.orgMaple Tree Tapping

Malabar Farm is one of Ohio’s greatest gems. Malabar Farm was built in 1939 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield . This was his home until his death in 1956.
Bromfield was a man who valued the land. He demonstrated this at his farm with progressive conservation farming practices.
This video was used in “The Man Who Had Everything,” a documentary produced by WOSU about the writer-turned-farmer’s life.
On May 21, 1945, Bromfield hosted Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s wedding and honeymoon at Malabar Farm.

Bromfield’s prophecy came true in August 1972, when the state of Ohio accepted the deed to Malabar Farm • The state pledged to preserve the beauty and ecological value of the farm.

As a child, my mother would tell us stories about going to Malabar Farm as a teenager. My mother was friends with Ellen Bromfield. Louis Bromfield’s youngest daughter. Mom would tell us about the grand and glorious Big House that had a homey feel. Mom always loved to go and visit the Big House at Christmas time with all the beautiful decorations from the 1940’s & 1950’s. It has been a couple of years since I have been out there myself. So I will mark my calendar for the first 2 weekends in March to visit the Maple Syrup Festival and learn about The Pleasures of Maple Sugaring.

Malabar Farm is one of the must see while visiting our beautiful Mohican Country!

“As soils are depleted, human health, vitality and intelligence go with them”
― Louis Bromfield

The deer are back!

Deer near sign
The last few days we have finally starting seeing the deer again. I was beginning to wonder what had happened to them. I saw a small buck walking along side the hill. I put my camera up to the window to get a picture and off he ran onto the bridge. Then the next day these little ladies were down by the playground.
Deer by pond/playground
These little ladies were walking up by the road about 3 p.m. today.
deer by roaddeer by road
This lady just turned and whited tailed me when she saw me taking the pictures.
White tailed me!
The weather has been such an up and down for the past week; dreary, dreary, sun, dreary, dreary, sun! Don’t you just love the winter weather in Ohio! But spring is just around the corner!
My geese are here almost every day.
Daily geese
The birds are singing on the days the sun is shining. Spring oh spring you are oh so near!

The March equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north. This happens either on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. On any other day of the year, the Earth’s axis tilts a little away from or towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor towards the Sun.
The Count Down is on! March 20, 2013

OZ The Great and Powerful

The Wizard of OZ!  One of those childhood memory’s those of us over a certain age remember.  Every year when it came on was an important day because you never missed the Wizard of OZ because it was only on once a year.  Telecasts of the film began in 1956, re-introducing the film to the public. It eventually became an annual tradition, making it one of the most famous films ever made.

Now  in 2013 – OZ The Great and Powerful! 

Meet Glinda: Benevolent, compassionate, and above all — good.

Photo: Meet Glinda: Benevolent, compassionate, and above all -- good.

The most effective way to travel through Oz: Bubble.

I love it!  I want a bubble.  I want to be Glenda the Good Witch.  So that is my new name
Amy the Good Witch!
Look for me this summer as a Tiria!

Seriously Check out, OZ The Great and Powerful, on Facebook  

OZ The Great and Powerful

I am not writing this to spark a controversy; I am just writing about my own opinion on gun safety.

I took the last 2 days off from writing because I have found that blogging is very hard to do. My family laughs at me for doing this and I have gotten emails from people who have enjoyed my ramblings on last week. I just wish the animals were out more or the plants were blooming so I could post some beautiful pictures of our beautiful river valley coming alive. Spring is probably one of the neatest times of year here in the valley.

We had snow over the weekend but just a light dusting. As I stepped outside to snap this picture I could still hear the geese just “talking” away.
Snowing along the river. Snowing along the river.

With all of that said I have decided to blog today on a controversial subject, guns or more specifically gun safety. I am not writing this to spark a controversy; I am writing this as my opinion and only my opinion. I am not trying to force my opinion on anyone, I am just writing about my own opinion on gun safety.

Guns, gun control, gun rights, legal guns and illegal guns where does the list end, I have no idea. I am new into even reading about all of this stuff. My father always hunted rabbits when I was a kid, George, my husband, has always had shot guns and hand guns, Scott, my son in law, is a former sheriff’s deputy, so he has had extensive training in guns and has always owned guns. George’s family lives in Missouri and they are huge gun people. I never paid attention to any of it, any of the guns or the gun talk.

The only time I had ever shot a gun was 2 summers ago Scott showed me how to shoot a riffle. I shot it twice and said that is it. I wanted nothing to do with them! Guns scared me plain and simple, until about a month ago.

Driving home by myself, 1100 miles from Florida, gives you lots of time to think and you think about everything under the sun. Guns did not come across the tickertape of my brain until I was stuck in a truck stop outside of Knoxville Tennessee with a blown tire on the 42’ 5th wheel I was pulling back to Ohio.

Truck stops are strange places. They are really strange places when you are a woman by yourself with your 3# Chihuahua as your only protection. Now rest assured if all I had to do was talk to protect myself, I could talk myself into a lot of protection, but I was in a truck stop on a Friday night by myself and I really don’t think if I had needed to protect myself, I could have talked my way out of it. I decided I really should know some kind of self-defense. So I drove the rest of the way home digging deep down in the gut of my thoughts about guns and self defense. So the way I usually do things is I go out and buy something before I learn about it, I went out and bought a gun.

Scott met me at Fin Feather and Fur in Ashland. George had no idea; all he knew was that I hated guns. I bought a pretty pink and black 9mm Ruger and brought it home. Now what do I do with it, I am scared to death of guns. I need to take a class. A beginner class, a REAL beginner class before I even think about taking my CCW or whether I will ever shoot the thing or not.

Everyone has opinions about taking a class, “oh this one does this” and “this one does that to get your CCW”. But wait, I need to learn from the beginning the real beginning, before I even think about a CCW, so I started doing my own research about training classes.

Wait, we had campers who started their own training company. What is the name of their company? Oh the joys of Facebook! I looked up Jason and Valerie Booth’s company’s name on Facebook, Dual Action Tactics, Wooster Ohio. I knew from Facebook Valerie does different shoots for women only, let’s see what they offer.

Woman’s Firearms 101 March 23 2013 2-6p.m.
To learn:
 How to assemble, disassemble, and clean your firearm.
 The components of multiple weapons & various ammo types.
 Basic gun safety.
 Rules and best practices in home defense.
 Malfunction types and how to clear your weapon.
 Developing a personalized home defense plan.

Be ready with your questions! Learn what they don’t teach you in a concealed carry class

This is exactly what I need. Then in the Sunday Wooster’s Newspaper is an article about Dual Action Tactics and their story. After reading their story, I knew these are the people I want to learn from!

Right, wrong or indifferent we all need to know gun safety. Guns have been a part of our world since the Chinese invented gun powder in the 9th century. No matter what our political leaders want to do about guns and gun control, there are going to be guns around legally and illegally till the end of time.

But I am going to be educated about guns and gun safety whether I ever shoot my pretty pink Ruger again or not.

Where have all the deer and turkeys gone?

Everyday my father and I would sit in his livingroom and watch the deer walking along the hill across from the house.  But the last few couple weeks we have not seen the deer.

The hill across from the campground/house goes straight up.Image

So you can see it is a tight trail but everyday we would see them walk along a path they have.  Usually they come down into the campground and walk around the front yard, but for the last 3 weeks – no deer or turkeys.

We usually have a huge flock of turkeys that fly into the yard and walk around.  Many mornings, even during camping season, you can hear the turkeys clucking away. But all has been quiet.

Maybe with the snow coming in this weekend the animals will be back!

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.  Linda Hogan

It was too good to be true…

Our sign at the beginning of Wally Road near St Rt 3.

Our sign at the beginning of Wally Road near St Rt 3.

the sunshine disappeared today. 3 days of sunshine in a row would have been unheard of here in Ohio in February.
My geese were back today. They were quiet as I drove into the campground.
Quietly sitting along the river bank today.

Quietly sitting along the river bank today.

As I was taking the pictures of the river down by our store I heard “talking” coming from the other side of the river. Sure enough there were 2 more geese on the opposite bank. Maybe one of these guys were the ones fighting on Monday. These guys on the right side of the river were sure “talking” up a storm.

The visiting geese wanting to hang out at the campground

The visitng geese wanting to hang out at the campground

Here is a picture looking up river to the bridge. Yesterday’s picture was from the bridge down river towards our store.
Looking up river to the bridge.

Looking up river to the bridge.

Up river, geese are on right and left hand sides of the river.

Up river, geese are on right and left hand sides of the river.

Mount Vernon Ohio KnoxWays
What a great community/county. If you are not familiar with Knox County Ohio it is located about an hour north of Columbus. Mt. Vernon is such a hidden gem here in Ohio. Mt Vernon is about 30 miles south of Loudonville.
I was heading to Knox County Adult Career Center to do an informational interview for my Career Development Class. I am in my last 2 weeks of school to finish up my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management at DeVry University. Our final is to do an informational interview on someone in an industry that we are interested in. Since I am a licensed massage therapist and esthetician I wanted to find someone who either owned or directed a massage program.

I had the pleasure today of interviewing Diane Fisher, LMT. She is the Coordinator of their Massage Therapy School. What a fabulous lady! We started talking and the next thing I knew I had been there over 2 hours. Thank you Diane! You have a great program at KCCC and they are very fortunate to have you there coordinating the program. You can follow Diane’s Blog here.

While I was researching for my informational interview I found the Business Blogging Challenge on Facebook and decided to step out of my comfort zone and write a blog.
All the people in the challenge, (88) last count. are mostly massage therapists. I love reading their blogs. I decided to blog about our campground and the Mohican River area of Ohio because I love nature and the beauty of our area. It gives me great energy for my practice. I am a Reiki, Polarity, Massage, Esthetician therapist. That is the order of my progression in what I call my mid-life crisis!

The quote for today is:
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.“
Ralph Waldo Emmerson (1803-1882);
Philosopher, Poet, Author

Have a wonderful day!