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06/01/2009

Monday Morning Musings

Heralding the Summer Solstice

Having a November birthday and a “winter” color chart, as well as growing up in the Midwest, it is no wonder that I am not a big fan of summer.  So, it took some thought on my part as to how I might combat the summertime blues and rejoice in the heat and humidity of Hotlanta.  And voilá – heralding the summer solstice did just that – because it will be cold again in only six short months… 

Summer Solstice by AnnWilkinson
by AnnWilkinson

From about.com and religioustolerance.org: The solstice occurs twice in each circuit of the earth around the sun. A circuit of the sun is a year, so there are two solstices a year, winter and summer. The summer solstice is in late June in the Northern Hemisphere, and the winter solstice is in late December.  In the Southern Hemisphere, the solstices are reversed.

Summer Solstice by whitemagic

by whitemagic

The word “solstice” is derived from two Latin words: “sol,” meaning sun, and “sister,” to stand still. The summer solstice occurs when the sun appears to be at its greatest and the day is at its longest. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount compared to the day before. In this sense, it “stands still.”  In 2009, the summer solstice will occur on June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere.

The following are a few more of my favorite summer solstice items found on etsy:

Summer Solstice Pendant by StellarLightDesigns

by StellarLightDesigns

Summer Solstice by sagefox

by sagefox

by djamedesigns

by djamesdesigns

by whatiminto

by whatiminto

Summer Solstice Filigree Carved Goose Egg

by eggstreme

by foxygknits (Couldn't help including this, but I did put myself last!)

by foxygknits (Couldn't help including this, but I did put myself last!)

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6 Comments »

  1. Lovely write up! And thanks for reminding us we only have 6 months to enjoy the warmth 🙂 lol! …I am also a midwesterner (michigan) – understand the heat & humidity too…30 to 70 degrees in no time flat!

    also…
    I left a little something for you over on my blog 🙂 Welcome to the Etsybloggers team 🙂
    http://tiltcreations.blogspot.com/2009/06/award-time.html

    Comment by tilt — 06/01/2009 @ 11:44 am

  2. I knew it was coming when the sun was almost up by the time I got to work at 6 am!
    Love reading your posts 🙂

    Comment by Sharon Paradiso — 06/01/2009 @ 1:16 pm

  3. I’ve always loved the summer. I will say though that while I lived in Atlanta in 2006 -2007, it wasn’t my favorite time of the year. The heat and humidity were really oppressive. Now I live along the northern coast of California and the weather is the opposite of Atlanta. It’s often foggy and cold and doesn’t seem like summer at all. I’m all for moderate temperature that’s why I adore spring and fall!

    Comment by djamesdesigns — 06/01/2009 @ 1:38 pm

  4. Nice blog, Lois! you’re so hip!

    Comment by Rebecca — 06/01/2009 @ 11:34 pm

  5. Well I’m glad you are here in Hotlanta, even if the climate isn’t right for you! Even though I grew up in Ohio, I have NO tolerance for winter, so I will enjoy the heat while it lasts!

    Comment by Celeste — 06/03/2009 @ 10:41 am

  6. Hey, my birthday is Nov. 1 and I acknowledge the solstice too, but I forgot. Thanks for the reminder and the post.

    Linda B.
    http://lindab142.etsy.com

    Comment by Linda B — 06/21/2009 @ 2:15 am


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