AUGUST - Facts, Myths, Trivia
August 1, 2021 6:25am CST
August, a new months starts, today is our Swiss National Day today. July has not been a hot summer month for us. We experienced the worst storms recorded since 1951, let's hope for a better August. Tuesday August 17, is Black Cat Day, the beginning of the "Cat Nights". According to an old Gaelic legend, a witch was allowed turn into a cat, for no more than eight times. The 9th time the witch cannot regain her human appearance and remains a cat forever. From this legend, the saying "cats have nine lives". Do not forget, from August 11 to August 13 is the best time for star gazing. How are you going to spend this first day of August? The photo is our menacing sky.
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Happy Holiday! I would like to spend my day in bed... I tried to do that yesterday but Pretty wouldn't let me. *sigh* She insisted I take her shopping... but we forgot half the stuff we meant to buy so I suspect she'll make me take her again. It's storming here again. It started late yesterday.
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Happy Swiss National day.. Good story about cats nine lives ..never heard about it..interesting though.. August 11 to August 13 is the best time for star gazing..wow i will remember to check ..does this apply world wide ? My day just going on ..its hot here too much sweaty..
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I have been doing exciting things this first day of August: my first corona test. Just in case I need it for the plane tomorrow. I sneezed so loudly I scared the poor person taking the test ... Star gazing sounds nice, I'd like to see the Milky Way. Might wait til September, it's still very light in August.
Oh my, I know that the Corona test is a bit annoying, I had one 10 days ago. Your revenge was to scare the person taking the test. I have to find a darker place to see the Milky Way, too much light pollution in all this area now. This morning I have seen Sirius "the dog star".
@LadyDuck I will scare someone again on Thursday, I keep sneezing just because of the mask so the test will definitely make me sneeze again. I know where I should go, I have to find somewhere dark and facing south-east. I usually have the best views north - West, but no Milky Way in that direction
The Cat Nights sounds interesting. We have some festivals like Raksha Bandhan and Janmasthami (Birth day of Lord Krishna) in August. 15th August is a big day for us - Independence Day for India! And we are also having a pickup in rains here.
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July was hot and humid, hopefully as we lose daylight in the month of august (nearly 40 minutes of daylight lost in the 31 days of the month)!!!! i am going to tell my wife it is swiss national day - time for chocolate to celebrate!!!!
@LadyDuck We need rain so badly. The sun is a red circle barely showing through the smoke. We are far from the fires, so I don't smell the smoke but it is here. I need to get into my overgrown garden and catch up a little in case we do get rain.
@paigea We had a very bad storm the past Monday, many roads were flooded and covered with mud and debris, some houses are still covered with mud. They said that the last time we had so much rain was in 1951, the year I was born. The garden is fine, I cleaned after the storm, the lawn is overgrown but too wet to be mowed.
I didn't know that legend. That is interesting. I went to a second hand store this afternoon, but aside from that I don't have many plans today. I hope we will be able to spend some time outside. Yesterday it rained so much, and it was impossible to do any work outside.