Monday, March 23, 2015

A to Z Theme Reveal!

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Isabelle, our French cousin, as we entered the Sunshine State
Yee Ha! The day has arrived when we, those of us who are revealing our theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, announce to the world what our subject will be every day (Sundays accepted) in April.  Last year my theme was “What I Love About France” and going with the travel theme, I decided to write about another place close to my heart (though you might not think it as exotic as France until after you read the upcoming posts), one I don’t think a lot of people “dream” about as a destination for adventure. But you might find—if you read my blog this April—that this destination has more to offer than you ever dreamed of. I will post things I love about this place, and things I can do without, but all will be informative and FUN to read. Come on, trust me.
Canaveral National Seashore
Without further ado, I introduce to you the northern environs of the “Sunshine” state, Florida. North Florida is a completely different animal from the regions below Orlando. I won’t write about Disney or manmade water/amusement parks. I will write about history, wildlife, mysteries, funny and sad stories, motorcycles, fresh water springs, old plantation ruins, race cars, ancient trees, beaches and restaurants. Hopefully, by the end of April, you will come away with a perspective of North Florida that will have you planning your next vacation itinerary…
Parade in St. Augustine on St. George Street

Swimming in Madison Blue Springs

Please check out the other blogs who are revealing their themes today by clicking on the link below!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Paddy's Day - Are You Green?

Chicago's Green River

May the “luck o’ the Oirish” be with you today and every day!
Parade in San Francisco
  Happy St. Patrick’s day! Are you wearing green? Do you participate in eating green foods or drinking green beer? 

What is our obsession with turning the day green in the US? Chicago even turns their river green at great cost with a “secret” recipe that supposedly doesn’t kill or pollute the fish. I wrote a short story about it once.

But to move on, here is what I’ve done to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!
Green Velvet Cake!

Couldn't wait for the actual day, so we tasted a bit, just to make sure it was good, right...!

I made this cake in honor of two friends, Jo, who gave me the recipe, and “our” “local” Irishman Mark, who is moving to the mainland from Hawaii this week, and will also be heard on a radio broadcast for St. Paddy’s Day!

Here is a link to Jo’s blog in case you want to try the recipe, and to Mark’s in case he’s able to put up a post for us to hear his lovely “Oirish” accent!

Here is a bit about St. Patrick, in case you’d like to know his history:

Here is information about the Parade in Dublin, Ireland. I wish I could be there!

Here is information about the festivities in Chicago, IL:

In Indiana Leprechauns got loose to help raise awareness for cancer!

Leprechaun Michelle Spencer of Elkhart, IN
I’ll leave you with a toast for St Patrick’s Day,
“May the roof above us never fall in, 
and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Today Is A Once-in-One-Hundred-Years Day!

My husband and his celebratory T-Shirt!

Today is a special day, especially for mathematicians. Can anyone tell me why?
Sorry I can’t wait for an answer. Today is Pi π day! And not just here, but all over the world!
Now folks, this is a big deal as it only happens once in one hundred years. Putting it that way, I realize my Dad didn’t see one of these. The last one happened in 1915 and he wasn’t born yet. And he died two years ago, so he isn’t here to see this one. But I am, and almost everyone else I love, and I think that’s pretty cool. 
Never-ending story...

Yep, I'd eat this "pi"

My husband has this on a t-shirt

Now, what does Pi day mean, exactly? Well, there is a “Pi” day every year, celebrating the first three digits 314. But this year Pi day is different, and much more special. Not being a math head myself, my husband explained it to me this way. It means that today, March 14, 2015 at exactly 9:26.53 am, is the only day/time in one hundred years where we will find the first ten decimals from the equation “Pi” in our date/time line. The first ten numbers (decimals) of Pi are 3141592653, which, as you can see can be the date 3/14/2015 (March 14, 2015) and time of 9:26.53 am. I guess it could be at nine pm, unless one is using the 24 hour clock.
A funny pi...

This is how Wikipedia explains it. “In the year 2015, Pi Day will have special significance on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of π. That same second will also contain a precise instant corresponding to all of the digits of π. However, some argue that 9:26:54 a.m. and p.m. on 3/14/15 are more accurate because of the 11th digit of π being 5, which would cause the 10th digit to round up to 4.”
Use of Pi

I don't get it, but another use of Pi

I like the way my husband explained it better…

Next year we will only find five, the year after that, nothing, nada, not for another one hundred years will this happen again. So go ahead, celebrate! Enjoy the brief moment in history when you actually saw/lived through something as cool as a solar eclipse, or turn of the century. You are living history. Cheer on your moment of glory!

Right now the Pi equation is over 1 trillion (that is 1billion millions) and still going. That means, if you were to write them one after the other, at standard font, say font 11, they would stretch from earth past the moon, and going! I wonder how far our mathematicians/computers will be in the π equation in another hundred years…
Evidently, the sky is not the limit!

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And look what they're doing to celebrate it in France!

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