Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 29

Since February 29 only comes around every 4 or 8 years I decided to look and see what I was doing 4 years ago.

Of course the last gap of 8 years ended 112 years ago and the next will start 80 years from now. Not many of us will experience a gap of eight years without a February 29.

The last time there was a February 29 I had just returned from a trip to Japan so my mind has wandered there tonight.

Plum Blossoms, Spring, Pink blossoms, Leap Year, February 29While I was gone spring had started to show its colors here at home and I posted the picture above as my February 29 Picture of the Day on Facebook.

The picture is of my neighbor’s ornamental plum tree. The tree is at the same stage of blossoming this year. It is so beautiful.

The Other Purpose, Engrish, Hair Dryer, JapaneseI started this blog just a few months after I returned from the trip so some of my early blog posts contained pictures from the trip I had just taken to Japan. I wrote an interesting post about this picture titled The Other Purpose?

Click on the link to visit the post to see what I said about this picture.

Kyoto Subway, Blur and Reflection, Kyoto, Japan, SubwayI also wrote a post about Blur and Reflection. The picture above is the blur of the post. Click on the link to see the reflection picture.

I love the way that we have the static images of the passengers waiting for the arriving subway car. The car arrives in a blur of motion and a rush of air and sound. Unfortunately, you can only see the picture and not feel the rush of air, the sound of the arriving train or the smells of the track and tunnel.

Ton Katsu, Japanese Food, Travel, CuisineOf course I had also been posting pictures about food from the trip.

Ready for a nice lunch of Tonkatsu or Pork Cutlet. A classic example of Yoshoku or Western Food in Japan. I love the way that the Japanese incorporate their own style into the dishes with an origin from another country.

This is definitely one of my favorite meals when I visit Japan.

Kinkakuji, Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Zen temple, gold leafWhile in Japan I spent a day sightseeing in Kyoto. Here is the Kinkakuji or Golden Pavilion on a snowy day. The top two floors of this Zen temple are completely covered in gold leaf.

Someday I need to share more pictures from my day in Kyoto.

Steven

 

A Longer than Normal February

Since this year is a leap year, it is a longer than normal February.

We do get an extra day this year, but what day is the extra day? Is February 29 the extra day? Actually, the extra day is inserted between the 23rd and 24th and then the days are renumbered for the rest of the month. This all goes back to the origins of the Julian calendar.

I had thought about writing an entire post about the differences between the Julian and Gregorian calendars, but have decided that it can wait until a later date.  Maybe in a post about how the changes affect Genealogy.

The calendar differences do not really have a big impact on our lives today. Most of us will have the same amount of leap years in our lives as if we were still under the Julian calendar.

Instead, I will mention a few things that I posted during this longer than normal February.

Panda Express, Chinese New Year, Red Packet, Chop sticks, American Chinese FoodEarly in the month I wrote a post about my Chinese New Year Dinner. It has definitely been a month to think about different calendar systems.

Bannerghatta National Park, elephant, India, Bangalore, Bengaluru, 1990'sI didn’t travel anywhere this month. It was nice to be home for awhile, but I did share pictures from trips that I have taken in the past.

I wrote posts about my First Trip to India, visits to The Sea of Galilee and shared some pictures from Around Taipei.

The War that Saved my Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Newbery Honor Book, England, Club FootI wrote posts about books or literature including one about the 2016 Newbery Books. Other posts were about Harper Lee, Even More First Lines, Books about Flying and The Shepherd of the Hills.

Uncle Junior, DAV, Disabled Veteran, Funeral, Graveside ServiceThe most visited post this month was Remembering Uncle Junior. My uncle passed away earlier this month and I shared some of my memories of him.

Other family related posts were 3rd Great Grandparents and Old-Time Photography IX in which I shared pictures of family members.

Meet the Presidents, Game, Board Game, Selchow and RichterI also wrote Meet the Presidents in honor of Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln Quotes in honor of Lincoln’s Birthday.

I also wrote posts about food, beautiful days, yard work and other topics but will let you discover them on your own.

Next month will be a busy month as I have a couple of trips planned. It is a good thing that I have one more day of this one to prepare 🙂

Steven