Dragon Thursday – Dragons – Creatures of Power ~ Asian Dragons. From the American Museum of Natural History

Good morning,

Today we continue exploring  the  American Museum of Natural History‘s past exhibit on Mythic Creatures (May 26, 2007 – January 6, 2008).  

Click on any of the blue links to go to the museums website.

Asian Dragons

“None of the animals is so wise as the dragon. His blessing power is not a false one. He can be smaller than small, bigger than big, higher than high, and lower than low.”

–Chinese scholar Lu Dian (AD 1042-1102)

Between Heaven and Earth

The dragons of East Asian legend have sweeping powers. They breathe clouds, move the seasons, and control the waters of rivers, lakes, and seas. They are linked with yang, the masculine principle of heat, light, and action, and opposed to yin, the feminine principle of coolness, darkness, and repose. Dragons have been part of East Asian culture for more than 4,000 years. In the religious traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, they have been honored as sources of power and bringers of rain.

So They Say

“The dragon’s horns resemble those of a stag, his head that of a camel, his eyes those of a demon, his neck that of a snake, his belly that of a clam, his scales those of a carp, his claws those of an eagle, his soles those of a tiger, his ears those of a cow.”

–Chinese scholar Wang Fu (Han dynasty, 206 BC to AD 220)

Dragon Thursday – Dragons – Creatures of Power – from the American Museum of Natural History

Good morning,

I was wandering the internet looking for something interesting for Dragon Thursday.  I found the website of the American Museum of Natural History.

They have a section with their past exhibits.  From May 26, 2007 – January 6, 2008, they had an exhibit about Mythic Creatures.   Dragons were part of this exhibit and listed as Creatures of Power.

I will share this in parts over the next few weeks.

The European Dragon, which is one I often think of when thinking of dragons, is first on the list.

Grim Destroyer

The dragons that lurk in European stories are powerful, wicked and dangerous. In Christian tradition, they can symbolize Satan or sin. Some nest in caves and guard marvelous treasure. When hungry, they may snatch and devour sheep or cattle that wander too near. They may also eat humans–particularly young girls. Epic poems from the Middle Ages tell of warriors and knights who battle cruel and voracious dragons. In some stories, the hero slays his foe and wins fortune and honor. In others, he fails and is killed.

At a Glance: European Dragon

In European tales, dragons often live deep inside caves, or in marshes near places where farm animals graze. Some sleep during the day, and go on the rampage after night falls.

  • may have wings.
  • kills people with its fiery, poisonous breath.
  • can strangle large animals with its tail.
  • creeps on four legs, two legs or none.
So They Say

The dragon began to belch out flames
and burn bright homesteads; there was a hot glow
that scared everyone, for the vile sky-winger
would leave nothing alive in his wake.”
–Beowulf, AD 700-1000

To read the entire section on European Dragons click HERE

Coffee Monday – Coffee Fun Facts

Good morning!

I found these coffee fun facts on a web site called gone-ta-pott.com

  • In Yugoslavia, small coffee places are known as kafano, where the owners takes your order, brew and serve you coffee. It is usually served in a long-handled open pot known as devza (that should be cezva, pronounced “keffa.” In Turkey it’s called an Ibrik), and the coffee is poured into tiny demitasse-type cups. This is like an espresso, but it has the full impart of caffeine. Done right, it rewards the drinker with a remarkable coffee experience.
 
  • Espresso has 1/3 of the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee.
 
  • One time in Germany, the government hired a special force known as Kaffee Schnufflers, to sniff out illicit coffee roasters and smugglers. It was an intense campaign brought about by King Frederick who did not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be depended upon. Fortunately he failed for he too loved coffee.
  • Turkish bridegrooms were once required to make a promise during their wedding ceremonies to always provide their new wives with coffee. If they failed to do so, it was grounds for divorce! (Ouch!)
 
  • The Italians drink their espresso with sugar, the Germans and Swiss – with equal parts of hot chocolate, the Mexicans – with cinnamon, the Belgians – with chocolate. Moroccans drink their coffee with peppercorns, the Ethiopians – with a pinch of salt. Coffee drinkers in the Middle East usually add cardamom and spices. Whipped cream is the favourite amongst Austrians. The Egyptians are extremely fond of pure and strong coffee. They seldom add sugar to it, nor milk nor cream. They serve unsweeteened coffee to mourners and sweetened coffee at weddings. The Italians are the unrivaled World Masters of Espresso.

For more fun coffee facts click on the link above. 

Coffee Monday – Mothers Day 2018 edition

Good morning!

Mother’s day is this coming Sunday here in the U.S.

I don’t know about other Mom’s but I run on caffeine more often than not.

Looking for gift ideas?  Here are a few I found this weekend. (Click on images to go to product purchase page)

The first one is for those that have a friendly sibling rivalry. 😉

It can be found on Etsy at RT Vinyl Designs

 

The next one is a wonderful coffee care package – Spa box

This one can be found at Serenity Bath Shop on Etsy

Or how about this beautiful Coffee Cup Necklace in sterling silver?

This can be purchased at Bonny Jewelry on Etsy

 

Last is another coffee cup necklace complete with saucer and spoon from

two penny lane Jewellery

 

Dragon Thursday – Instant Pot dragon vent cover from Steam Ventures

Good morning.

I am a fairly new owner of a Duo Instant Pot .  When I searched for Dragon ideas this week I came across an Etsy site named Steam Ventures.  They sell Dragon head vent covers.  If you own a pressure cooker, you know that when the vent releases steam naturally goes up.  In my case it is steaming up the bottom of my upper kitchen cabinets.

These vent covers redirect the steam and look cool too.  When you go to the webpage link above or by clicking on one of the photos below, scroll through the reviews to see a customer review that has a photo of the dragon vent in action.

From the Etsy Store product page:

Dragon head steam vent for Instant Pot with 90 degree angle. Fits all Duo, Duo Plus and Smart models. DOES NOT FIT Ultra or Lux models, nor can we confirm that it fits any other brand of pressure cooker at this time. Adds a bit of flair to your Instant Pot, while preventing the steam from venting directly towards your ceiling. Made from high temp food safe plastic. Available in multiple color option and 4 different directions: front (towards the front control panel) left, right, and rear.

Wait times have increased due to high volume of sales. We will be shipping them as fast as we can make them. 4-5 weeks is our current estimate, please note that all of our items are finished by hand and no two items will be identical. Some items may have small imperfections in them – we like to call them birthmarks. We also do our best to smooth out any rough edges. So please just be understanding if you see such imperfections, as our products are NOT mass-produced through injection molding.

Pretty cool!

🙂

Dragon Thursday – More for you crafty dragons – Plush Dragon from DIY Fluffies

Good morning.

 

I am not crafty myself, but I love seeing what other people create.  I found an Etsy store named DIY Fluffies  – Stuffed Animal Sewing & Crochet Patterns – Toy Plushie.  They are located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  The Owner Mariska Vos-Bolman, designs and sells patterns and kits.  Yoki The Fat Dragon is just one of many plushie designs she has created.

Below are images of dragons made by customers that have purchased the Yoki The fat Dragon pattern.  🙂