Today is the first day of spring!
At least according to the calendar … it’s been spring weather here for a good little while already. I did a little research and discovered that the equinox does not mean that the day and night are of equal length. I am sure that’s what I was taught in grade school … at least it was my belief all these years.
An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth's equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. Although the word equinox is often understood to mean "equal [day and] night", this is not strictly true. For most locations on earth, there are two distinct identifiable days per year when the length of day and night are closest to being equal; those days are referred to as the "equiluxes" to distinguish them from the equinoxes. 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.
The vernal equilux here was Saturday, March 17 when sunrise was 7:08 AM and sunset was 7:08 PM.
I spent the last day of winter working in DD’s landscaping. The previous owners liked their landscaping
full overfull of all kinds of stuff, a lot of which isn’t to DD and DSIL’s taste. DD and I dug up a lot of stuff, setting aside spring-flowering bulbs, in hopes that they can be transplanted. I brought home a bag of bulbs … I need to google to see if they need to be transplanted now, or if I can to wait until the typical spring-flowering bulb planting time of fall. My muscles are definitely feeling the effects of the work we did yesterday.
There’s nothing planned … so far … for today. I think it’ll be a quiet, relaxing day … resting my muscles, watching some Cardinal baseball on TV, getting a little quilting done, and enjoying this gorgeous weather.