Sunday, October 4, 2009

I Took A Nap!

(Himself at the Children's Museum)

I took a nap today! We both were exhausted. We really enjoyed our visit with the kids and HIMSELF, but keeping up with a 3 1/2 year old is real work. Easy to forget how much work it is. We could make a fortune if we could harness his energy! HIMSELF is a very lucky little boy. He has parents who love him. We are very proud of all of them.

I'm trying to catch up with all of you. My class at Joggles with Carla Sonheim has ended. I'm busily watching Super Nova and Spill It videos and just started a class I'm really excited about:
Point and Shoot Journaling. A big box arrived from Herrschners filled with yarn for several Halloween projects I want to do and all my book making materials have arrived. I don’t know where to start! Do I flip a coin? My fingers are itching to start something, but I still have the counted cross stitch to finish. I’m thinking that stopping, taking a deep breath, putting my feet up and relaxing might just be the perfect place to begin!


(From Google images and ASU)
Do you know the Moon Festival? It is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Asian people and dates back over 3,000 years.
This year the date was October 3. It is a date that parallels the autumn and spring equinoxes, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest and comes in the fall around the time of our Harvest Moon. The traditional food is the moon cake of which there are many different varieties.
It is the stories of the Moon Festival that I love. The one about the rabbit in the moon is my favorite. In this legend, three fairy sages transformed themselves into pitiful old men and begged for something to eat from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The fox and the monkey both had food to give to the old men, but the rabbit, empty-handed, offered his own flesh instead, jumping into a blazing fire to cook himself. The sages were so touched by the rabbit's sacrifice that they let him live in the Moon Palace where he became the "Jade Rabbit." The next time you see the full moon, be sure to wave at the rabbit!
Then there is the story of the Moon Cake. During the Yuan dynasty (A.D.1280-1368) China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty (A.D.960-1280) were unhappy at submitting to foreign rule, and set how to coordinate the rebellion without it being discovered. The leaders of the rebellion, knowing that the Moon Festival was drawing near, ordered the making of special cakes. Backed into each moon cake was a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the government. What followed was the establishment of the Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644). Today, moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend.
Just a little trivia for you. I love legends and stories. Our shared histories and cultures are all so rich. We know so little about each other. It is nice to know more.

It's a good thing I'm retired.
I have some time to play with my new goodies!

Joy to You!


sherry ♥ lee said...

Love the shirt!!! It IS a good thing you are retired..but you'll soon be needing to retire from retirement!

You have a lot on the go and your choices are varied. Whichever one you decide to start with will bring you joy!!

I think you really do need to harvest some of that 3 1/2 year old energy...I could use a little of that myself!

Crafty Christina said...

That's a great shirt!!! Yeah, if someone could figure out how to harness a child's energy, it would be amazing!

Barb said...

Snap, Naps are GOOD - esp after Grands visit...I liked the legends you shared. I'm fond of rabbits (Lucinda lives with me), so we'll both wave at the rabbit on the Moon.
That journaling class sounds very interesting...How did we ever have time to work?

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

It's fun to have so much stuff to do but it can also be daunting. I know how exhausting it is to be in charge of a small child. Recharge those batteries! Then pick a spot to start - it's all good!

jinksy said...

Thankfully, your 'Na na na na na!'holds no sting, as I am too!

Rosa said...

How precious!! Himself is too cute!!! The hub once brought back moon cakes from Asia. I don't think I even ate one as they were snatched up by the teenager and his friends!!! I didn't know the entire story though! Great info! xoxo

Kate T. said...

Haha! I love the shirt. My mother, who is retired, frequently says she doesn't know how she found time to work... she's so busy with her painting, gardening, cooking, etc now.

Your Himself is a real cutie. ;)


Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I think the big Guy upstairs knew when we were supposed to have grand kids and not kids that age...they have so much energy! It is so great to know a little history of others cultures. I had no idea that was where moon cakes came from! Love the shirt...kick back, relax and enjoy all those new projects in the works!

Maria-Thérèse said...

That is one entire blog post full of things I had no idea about!

I like the shirt :D
and also the unicorn quote and your new layout! You are so creative changing the appearance of your blog so often and it still doesn't feel unfamiliar.

Kim Mailhot said...

What a wonderfully busy life you have these days, Snap ! Good thing you are retired so you can take advantage of it all. So glad you enjoyed your time with Himself. Enjoy your art play !

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Love the T-shirt !! Not too sure when I'll entitle to tease'Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah' :p

YES ! I celebrate the Mooncake Festival / Mid Autumn Festival with my family this year & every year.