Seduce: to win over; attract

Yarn seduces me with her siren call. "Pick me! Pick me!" I am hopelessly enchanted by yarn and am delighted by the endless choices.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Blue Moon

"Blue Moon on New Year's Eve!"

Heard the saying, "Once in a blue moon"? Just what does that mean?! It means rarely, seldom, happening every now and then, practically never... well, you get the picture.

So this year, in Dec, we will have two full moons, hence the blue moon (according to one explanation). Two full moons in a single month, a phenomenon that occurs every 2.5 years on average. Sounds rare to me. We had a full moon on Dec 2nd and the second one will be on Dec 31st, making this the first blue moon on New Year's Eve since 1990!!

Another explanation for a blue moon, according to farmers, is a 13th new moon. Usually you get 12 full moons a year but because there are extra days in some months and they add up. So you may end up with a fourth full moon in a season. For farmers to keep their season straight, they would name the extra moon blue.

But a real "blue" moon can occur if the air contains particles that are larger than usual. The particles scatter red light and give the moon a bluish tint.

And we couldn't forget about yarn and knitting...
For a "Once in Blue Moon" sale, check out the yarny goodness at Blue Moon.


Pom Pom said...

I have such awe of the moon. I love it. I'm glad we only have one. Thank you for the blue moon wisdom, Susan B! I'm sort of afraid to go to Blue Moon for yarny goodness. It's so tempting as you know! Happy New Year soon!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Sue~that was educational! and lovely. I noticed last night we had a nearly full moon. So, i guess this phenom will be tonight and tomorrow night. I'll be sure to watch.

Gigi said...

Oh, thanks for the reminder. I almost forgot!
Happy New Year to you!