Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cicada Chorus

As I was standing at the clothes line, sorting and folding into piles, I missed the bird song of the morning hanging it out there routine.

The cicada chorus was instead drowning out any and every other sound. They are so loud, I couldn't hear the children yelling as they played across the street, as I usually do.

Their sound is very similar to an electrical buzz, which gets very annoying after a while. It is just not pleasant for some reason, and this year they are so many and so loud that I can even hear them indoors sometimes.

A few wouldn't be too bad, but this is like listening to a choir and only the bass section has a microphone, and outnumbers everyone else.

On another outdoorsy note, this morning was a little cooler when I walked outdoors, so the season will change. Not right away, but it is on the way.

I hope summer takes the cicadas with it. I want my quieter evenings out by the clothesline back.

Today is:

Alice Doesn't Day

Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God's Day

First Thnork of the Year -- Fairy Calendar

Heroes Day -- Namibia

Ilmatar (Finnish goddess of the Water Mother)

Make Your Own Luck Day

National Dog Day

National Cherry Popsicle Day

Sky Day (Well, we do sort of take it for granted, this is a nice one, celebrate that we have a beautiful sky.)

Sultan's Birthday (on Zanzibar), Tanzania

Susan B. Anthony Day, Massachusetts

St. Zeohyrinnus' Day

Watermelon Festival -- Winterville, North Carolina, through the 28th

Women's Equality Day

World Peace Festival -- Berlin, Germany, through the 28th

Zucchini Festival -- Obetz, Ohio, through the 28th

Birthdays Today:

Macaulay Culkin, 1980
Branford Marsalis, 1960
Ben Bradlee, 1921
Mother Teresa, 1910
Christopher Isherwood, 1904
Peggy Guggenheim, 1898
Albert "Bertie" von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, husband of queen Victoria, 1819
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, 1743

Today in History:

Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta, 1498
The Pennsylvania Ministerium, the first Lutheran denomination in North America, is founded in Philidelphia, 1748
John Fitch is granted a US patent for his working steamboat, 1791
Charles Thurber patents a typewriter, 1843
Major eruption of Krakatoa, 36,000 dead, 1883
19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the vote, takes effect, 1920
The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, 1939


  1. I hate to see summer come to a close, but it was such a beauty of a season, that I sure can't complain.. much.

  2. This one was way too hot for us, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've loved every minute of the sunshine, as the gray of cold means depression for me.

    The places on earth that have the two seasons of winter and road repair look forward to the warmth of spring.

    Those of us who have only wet and hurricane seasons look forward to cooling down a bit in the autumn.


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