4 Reasons why Reinventions can be sweeter than Easter Morning-no candy involved!

Times they are a changing…
The weather, the earth, the world….it’s enough to make my head spin!

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin

Read more:  Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-changin’ Lyrics | MetroLyrics (and hear the song)

Dylan famously goes on to write the next verse about writers and critics, followed by politicians, with the last stance about mothers and fathers. So timely!

The times certainly are ‘a-changing’, Bob Dylan is now the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for literature—first time for lyrics, as opposed to a novel. It was said that it is “perhaps the most radical choice in a (Noble Peace Prize) history stretching back to 1901.” (reason #1)

Spring brings Easter, Passover and I am sure there are other holidays of spring renewals that I don’t even know. Spring is busting out with colors- greens, yellows, pinks and red splashes all around! (reason #2) I’ve been thinking a lot about changing, or ‘reinventions’ as I am now trying to call, and view, all the changes. As a child the world is always changing, we are continually learning, and trying all different hats, paths, and ways all the time. That’s a good thing. As an adult constant learning and forward motion is still a good thing. That said-constant change is not easy. However, I hope I never stop learning and exploring. Curiosity didn’t kill the cat. Curiosity does keep the soul, mind, and body alive! (reason #3)

For myself, all these ‘reinventions’ are global as well as very personal. It feels like a spinning top at a dizzying speed. How about you?

…and speaking of changes…
A new kind of Botanical Beauties has come to town! I’m having fun with flowers in new ways (reason #4.) Stay tuned as we see together what and how this develops.

BBB3 is Expanding
There’s a new bird in town! Click on the image to see it larger.

For more about Bob Dylan.

Read more:  Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-changin’ Special Memory By AmandaH | MetroLyrics

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/29/521898666/bob-dylan-agrees-to-accept-his-nobel-prize-during-a-tour-stop-in-stockholm

Here is to 2013, another new start, and the year of the snake.

Here’s to 2013- May it be peaceful, happy, safe, healthy and profitable for all my readers. Let’s all hope so!

Thanks for your support this past year. The road was often blustery and meandered at times, but the prospects for 2013 are exciting  and yet to unfold. I’m very glad you partake in this journey with us here at The Botanical Beauties & Beasties. Thank you.  I hope you find the twists and turns of the road as fascinating and exciting as I do. Here’s to discovering 2013 and the hopes and dreams that The Botanical Beauties & Beasties hold.

“According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2013 is the Year of the Snake, which begins on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014.  The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.  It is the enigmatic,  intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs.  Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.  People born in the Year of the Snake are keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.  They are great mediators and good at doing business…” info from spring’s greeting cards…

So the snake is a GOOD thing, enigmatic,  intuitive, introspective, refined, clever, calculating and planing to achieve goals! The snake most resembles the dragon of all the zodiac signs, and in fact is sometimes even called “little dragon. That is good for the Dragon is thought to be the most powerful AND lucky of all the zodiac animals.

Baby of Hope 2013

 

The sun rose two days early – what!?!???

Wessie wants you all think about this oddity…  Breaking the Horizon – Two Days Early

Greenland-By Flickr user kaet44

 

“Several weeks ago, the sun rose two days earlier than normal in Greenland. This news spread fast around the world. While some people cried out that this was a foreshadowing of a 2012 disaster, others blamed global warming or optical illusions.

You may be thinking “the sun rises every day, why is this a news story”, but in Greenland the sun doesn’t rise every day. Days are dark for several months in the winter because of the country’s location and the sun is never high enough to break the horizon.

Residents of Ilulissat, Greenland, a small town on the western coast, see the sun every year on 13 January. However, this year the sun actually rose two days early on 11  January around 1pm.”  Read more  at  http://www.organicbugblog.com/

Wessie asks -” Is it becoming too warm? What are your thoughts on this story? Is global warming the cause or do you believe another theory?” Let him know in a comment.


Whimsy Wednesday

Well, Vabooms and Maggies nail polish has worn off for they had to go out and SHOVEL Snow and Ice again!  They are going back to Jollies Herbals for a new manicure. BTW, they ALL decided to match and went with pink (including Runcus!) After a visit to Jollies, everyone feels so much better! A little beauty goes a long way. Today drawing  is the “after” image.Unfortunately nail polish can be a big bad nasty for our health. Do you know many nail polishes contain Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP (Phthalates which is called a plasticizer.) Luckily, there are plenty of other options out there without those “nasties” in them. This web site has a nice list: http://www.thechicecologist.com/2010/03/nail-polish/

Girls will be Girls - Nails and Polish

Follow the gang on Twitter to see a close up of Runcus nails and hair bow! (@botanicalbb)

Earth (Terre) … You are here.

Since we are talking about Ecology this week Wessie decided we ought to start out at the big picture….
He says- “Got to start big, think big and remember the details DO matter!”

Earth at-a-Glance: You Are Here… (Vaboom learned that Earth = Terre in French!)

“It’s kind of fascinating to look at many of Earth’s characteristics and vital information all together in one place. It’s even more intriguing to have information about Earth’s beginnings, neighborhood, and home galaxy in the same place. And, in a kind of humorous way, it’s humbling to get a clearer perspective on where our place is in this universe after all!

Rather than looking at our galaxy and the universe as extensions of Earth, this new ecology.com feature lets us look at our planet a little bit differently, more like Earth as a part of the grand design and evolution of the universe. It’s the world we live in, the place we all call home. As you start reading through the information and numerous links, you will have at least a better understanding of what and where “here” is and how we are all connected.”

read all about it: http://bit.ly/fEMufrNASA, Galaxy M83, similar size and shape to the Milky Way

Earth is located in the outer edge of our galaxy, called the Milky Way, about 28,000 light years from the galactic center. It is part of a Solar System that includes eight other known planets, and the only known planet with the ability to sustain life as we know it. The Milky Way is one of billions of spiral galaxies in the universe.

Earth is about 4.54 Billion years.

Sunshine, birds a tweeting and blue skies!

Oh wishing for Spring to be here…

Vaboom says Magnifique! You see, she has been hanging out with some French friends – and since part of her job is  “to keep track of ALL the new words that come into the Land of Botaniumus (and ) Her title is New Word Tracker.”  She is very happy!  The sun also means she/they can hang out at the Knowledge Café, drinking coffee, chatting and enjoying the sun! Une excellente idée! (Vaboom loves her new words!) ( see Vabooms picture and story)