Forward March

March is a pivotal time of year. The foreboding “Beware the Ides of March” is a phrase we might hear and not know the full significance; but anytime we are told to “beware” it switches on an almost involuntary reflex. I looked the Ides up in Wikipedia, because I almost never remember what it stands for. ( I’ve looked it up before). It just means the middle of the month, remnants of the old Roman calender before they started to jimmy with it. Isn’t it funny how things remain in the cultural context long after they have any real application?
Here’s how it was set up:
The Roman calendar organized its months around three days, each of which served as a reference point for counting the other days:

* Kalends (1st day of the month)
* Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months)
* Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the 13th in the other months)

The remaining, unnamed days of the month were identified by counting backwards from the Kalends, Nones, or the Ides. (via Infoplease )

Apparently that system was used in Britain until September 2, 1752. Now we use the Gregorian calendar, although “many Orthodox churches still follow the Julian calendar, which now lags 13 days behind the Gregorian.” That explains the different Easter and Christmas dates, I suppose.

Another event is the Spring (Vernal) equinox. Finally, our part of the world turns toward spring and the growing season. I could never figure out how they calculated the Easter date, either. Apparently “The calculation of Easter in the Christian church (first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the March equinox), uses its own definition for the equinox — it always falls on March 21. ”

I love the Wikipedia. When I was a child I used to read the encyclopedia set we had in our home during my lunchtime. This is my adult revisiting of that pastime. It is just interesting to follow the string of information. Bet you didn’t know this:

“Equinoxes are points in time, but equiluxes are days. By convention, equiluxes are the days where sunrise and sunset are closest to being exactly 12 hours apart.”

Of course, the big event is St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th. I need to plant my sweet pea seeds around then. My born-again birthday is on the 13th, that was the day I received my salvation experience. Both within the Ides of March, so for me… this is a good time of year.

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alright. enough of that… an update on how my resolutions are coming along.
In February, I:

  • made it to exercise time every week except the one where I had to make time for funeral obligations
  • still haven’t lost weight, but my husband thinks I am starting to look more toned ( I don’t see it, and my clothes don’t say that, but I think he is trying to be positive to encourage me)
  • didn’t read Boundaries, but read another book by the same author that is not only helping me, but my husband is really into it and finds it helping him- Changes That Heal
  • Had better results with editing out toxic people, but this was more a passive than active matter- I am trying to obsess less, though. I am not a victim of circumstance, I am not a victim of circumstance, I am not… I am in charge of my circumstances,I am in charge of my circumstances,I am, I am, I am I am responsible for my own happiness, etc…..
  • Healthy eating habits have been up and down- this is likely related to depression issues. Might explain why I am not losing weight, too
  • Lagging in gardening, but this month will indicate whether I actually make progress. It is time to do serious pruning and later on I need to plant things, etc. Been slow starting seeds. I am not fully motivated to do that, but will be sorry later if I don’t.
  • Organizing. Ahem. Started out the year stronger…. this past month I can’t say I did much. Except finally put away the Christmas stuff that didn’t get stored in the first round. ( It takes me a couple rounds to get all the stuff, there always seem some odds and ends…the nativity set stayed out for longer than usual)
  • Been repenting my sluggardliness- still have no real spiritual focus for the year

I give myself below average grade in progress for February. I think I was more complaining than usual in February, too. Didn’t put up the Thankful Thursday posts. Which reminds me… this is Thursday, isn’t it? Uh,oh. will have to do that post, since I just destroyed my excuse of not remembering too late….