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postheadericon Blue Moon

Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own,
Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for,
You heard me saying a prayer for,
Someone I could care for,

And then there suddenly appeared before me,
Someone my arms could really hold,
I heard you whisper “Darling please adore me,”
And when I looked to the moon it had turned to gold,

Blue moon, now I’m no longer alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
heard somebody whisper please adore me
And when I looked the Moon had turned to gold

Blue moon
Now I’m no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own

Blue moon
Now I’m no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own

Blue Moon – Original lyrics by Rodgers and Hart in 1934

For those of you that are newer to our blog, you may not be familiar with Mr. MoonCat’s and my affinity for the full moon. We are both very much in awe of the beautiful orb and feel quite a connection to it. These romantic milestones in our life weren’t planned by any means, but our first date was the night of a full moon, our first kiss occurred under the next one, and he proposed to me when the moon was full.
So, in keeping with these probably not-so-much “coincidences”, we planned our wedding for the night of a full moon. The photo below is “our” full moon.

One of our most special and cherished memories of that night was after everyone left and it was just the two of us (with the frogs, crickets, and other forest nightlife) dancing under this gorgeous full moon in the trees. It was beautiful and it was perfect! (Especially since just about NOTHING went right with the wedding & reception.)I started reading up on the Blue Moon. There is a lot of mixed information out there about where the name came from. For the most part, it just means that there is a second full moon in a month. It’s not really the color blue. In the majority of the years, there are only twelve full moons – one per month. Since our calendar year and the astronomical year don’t always mesh, a blue moon can occur once about every 2 1/2 – 3 years. This is because a calendar MONTH is closely matched up to the lunar cycle or how long it takes the moon to go through all of its phases. The calendar YEAR is based on how long it takes the Earth to go around the sun. Since lunar and solar cycles are different, we end up with our beloved Blue Moon!You can actually see a blue-colored moon at times as well. This occurs when there are certain atmospheric conditions and particles in the air. Some noted times are when we have volcanic eruptions such as Mt. St. Helens or Mt Krakatoa. Huge forest fires such as the Canadian one in the 1950s will also create the illusion that the moon is tinged blue.So, enjoy this beautiful not-so blue, Blue Moon tonight. You may have to wait another twenty years or so to be able to howl at it on New Year’s Eve!

postheadericon “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot”

Since I’m kicking back right now with a big cup of hot tea in my hand while trying to keep Bugsy from drinking it, I thought I’d mention that I will be doing a review on some teas from Golden Moon Tea next month. I have become quite the tea addict since I found out I can’t drink coffee any more. Mom tells me that as a little girl, I drank tea all the time with Gramma and while sitting in her friends’ laps. I guess I just got out of the habit until now.
I am so amazed by the humongous variety of teas out there to explore. The list is almost endless. So far, one of my (and Bugsy’s) absolute favorites is Earl Grey Tea . I never realized how yummy bergamot smells and tastes…. As Captain Picard always ordered, “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.” (I know, I know, I’m also a closet Trekkie… “Make it so, Number 1!”)

While you’re waiting to ring in the New Year and for me to get my rear in gear with the details of my taste test, you might like to find out more about the world of tea by “enrolling” in the cool Tea University from Golden Moon Tea. It’s not really a school, just a collection of everything you could want to know about teas. I’ve learned quite a bit such as the proper way to brew your tea and what time of day certain teas are appropriate. Check it out and I’ll be back soon with my review.

postheadericon A Day of Rest..Finally

Bugsy demonstrates how to relax
I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas. We did, but I’m staying home today. Not getting out of my jammies either. Our last two days seemed to be all about rushing from one place to another.

Even though it was extremely hectic, we ended up having a really good time with family and friends. Dad and I actually had fun doing his last-minute shopping, we were quite speedy and successful! Mr. MoonCat and I were able to visit with our dear family friends and eat way too much good food. Mom was feeling a little better and we had dinner with her in her hospital room. The food was pretty dang good, even her diabetic meal was appealing. She enjoyed unwrapping her presents and is anxious to get home and get sewing as I bought her a new bobbin winder among other things.

After we left Mom, we had to take care of the horses & critters at the ranch. Dad was going to be late so we didn’t want him to worry about rushing home. We ended up really rushing ourselves as we had made a date with my best friend & her someday (soon I hope) hubby to see Avatar in 3D. The two of them hadn’t seen it yet, but their kids had and of course, loved it. We don’t spend near enough time with these two so we jump at the chance when we are all able to be in the same place at once.
I’m really glad I got to see this film at the theater instead of just waiting for the DVD like we do on a fairly regular basis. It is one that is definitely meant to be seen BIG. The 3D version was great also, but to be honest, it hurt my eyes at a couple of points. Usually when everything was going by at full speed. The 3D did really make the spectacular scenery POP. We caught several things that we missed when we saw it the first time. We did get to sit in the middle of the theater even though we got there a bit late. It seems other people were running even more behind than we were.

I’m really happy that our friends saw it with us. We were all yakking about it afterwards and they both got the same messages we did when we first saw it (see my first post HERE ). It was funny that Greg said the very same thing I did about the majority of the people in there would probably miss the points. I’ve really enjoyed the replies and some of the discussion that this has brought about. The biggest deal is that is a movie very well worth seeing at the theater with the ecological theme being icing on the cake for me. Now on to New Year’s…………………….

postheadericon Merry Christmas

Nothing really exciting to share today, I just wanted to get in my Christmas tidings to all of my beloved readers before we get swamped tomorrow. I hope you all have lovely memory-making with your families and dear ones. Cherish the time together.
We have a really busy schedule ahead of us as Hubby & I are going to my other Mom & Pop’s house (my best friend’s parents) for an early Christmas lunch/dinner on Christmas Eve. That is after I meet Dad for breakfast and help him do his shopping. He cracks me up because he always Bah-Humbugs until the night before and then suddenly wants to get gifts. I should be more prepared for his un-Scrooging by now, but oh well… Then on actual Christmas Eve, Dad is going with us to hang out with Mom at the hospital for a bit. She’s feeling a bit better, but still can’t come home. Please keep her in your prayers. We all appreciate the warm thoughts.

Christmas Day is still up in the air. We’re invited with Dad to our friend’s house for what will be a fun and yummy dinner. I just don’t like the idea of Mom sitting there by herself at the hospital too long on this particular holiday so I may just send Dad and the Hubby and go hang with Mom. We can watch A Christmas Story over and over again. (Love that movie!) Fortunately, the food at the hospital is pretty tasty so we won’t be deprived anyway. I will probably have to sneak her one of my cookies in anyway, but we won’t mention that to Nursey-poo…
Well, I’d love to leave you with photos of our lovely decorated home, but #1 – it’s not really decorated, and #2 – I have no clue where my camera is! I did decorate Mom’s hospital room though, so I hope that counts?
Merry Christmas my lovelies and I will be back in a few days, fatter & probably not much wiser!

postheadericon Avatar – A Movie Review

Mr. MoonCat and I had lunch with Mom at the hospital and just hung out with her for a few hours on Monday. She may be coming home in the next couple of days, but we’ll have to wait and see. The doctors are never around when we are, it seems to me..

So after our visit, we decided to go check out the late matinee and see Avatar. We go to the movies quite a bit and we’d been seeing trailers for this flick for months. It definitely had our interest piqued. We are both fans of Science Fiction/Fantasy films and this one received a lot of hype well before it was released. (Since you haven’t ever viewed a “movie review” from me, you know I have some strong feelings about it.)

What an awesome movie! It had a great storyline, action, drama, romance, fantabulous graphics, good actors, etc. Brand new film -making technology was created for this film, in fact they delayed making it for several years because the processes and equipment in use couldn’t do what creator James Cameron had envisioned for his beautiful new world and exotic creatures.

We hit on many emotions throughout this 3 hour visual treat. I laughed, sniffled, cried, cringed, became angered, sighed, rooted on heroes, booed villains, oohed and ahhed over strange animals (that’s a real shocker, huh?) and was thoroughly entertained. I didn’t even realize how long the film really was until I turned my cell phone back on when it was over. When the hubby and I talk about a movie we’ve just seen all the way home (45 min drive), you know we were impressed one way or another.

I’m not going to get into plot here or tell you how the story goes because you can read about that HERE at the official site, or better yet, GO SEE THE MOVIE. I do want to talk about the fact that there is a very strong theme and message. It is not preachy by any means and I’m really sorry to say that way too many people won’t get it. You could club them over the head with it and they still wouldn’t get it. We did, and I think many of the people in the theater with us felt it too. The place was almost full and they were standing & clapping at the end of the movie. I had to come home and get online right away to read more about it (and of course to find out if there are any sequels in the offing – as in TWO..woo hoo!)

I think it’ll be easier to use director/writer James Cameron’s words to explain his intent when writing this movie. At a convention earlier this year, he told fans that he wanted to make people think about how they react with their environment and with other people. He wanted to make a point about how humans are trashing this world and possibly condemning ourselves to a very scary future.

“I have an absolute reverence for men who have a sense of duty, courage, but I’m also a child of the ’60s. There’s a part of me who wants to put a daisy in the end of the gun barrel. I believe in peace through superior firepower, but on the other hand I abhor the abuse of power and creeping imperialism disguised as patriotism. Some of these things you can’t raise without being called unpatriotic, but I think it’s very patriotic to question a system that needs to be corralled, or it becomes Rome.”
—James Cameron

We are definitely planning on going to see it again, this time in either the IMAX or 3D version that they are also showing it in. I haven’t gone twice to see a film at the show since Top Gun came out and the Marine pilot I was dating took me to see it THREE times! (TMI I’m sure, but it does get my point across.) We loved this movie and highly recommend it to everyone.

(And so the FCC doesn’t give me any grief, I didn’t do this review for ANY kind of compensation. The photos ARE from the 20th Century Fox site. We BOUGHT our own tickets and this review is MY OPINION that I wanted to share with my friends. Thank you very much!)