Time to Wind Down

_MG_8204I know that there isn’t really any kind of perpetual motion machine.  It just doesn’t exist, primarily because the laws of physics say it cannot exist.  EVERYTHING is slowing down, winding down.  If the universe were to last long enough (and that would be a long, long time!), everything in it would eventually ground to a halt…frozen and motionless.

There are things that seems like they are in perpetual motion.  Take my 5 year-old grand-daughter for example.  She is a perpetual blur, if not a perpetual motion machine.  She is an adventurer, an explorer, a hard-charging young girl.  It’s delightful to watch her!  It reminds me of her daddy when he was little!!!!

Not surprisingly, she loves to watch Dora the Explorer on TV.  Dora has long been one of her favorites.  Why?  I suspect that it’s because Dora is so much like my grand-daughter: she is always on the go.  Why don’t they ever show Dora at night time when she presumably sleeps for several hours?

Well, now that the build-up to Christmas is behind us for at least another 364 days, perhaps we can ALL wind down a bit.  Even Dora, as today’s photo shows, has finally hit the limit and has fallen asleep with her eyes open as she rides her faithful steed.  Why, even my Canon 580x Speedlight flash didn’t wake her from her slumber!

I think I may try to emulate her tomorrow.  Seems that I’ve got a cold back that I thought I’d lost.  Apparently not.

Nap time, anyone?

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  Did you know that the US and Great Britain nearly went to war in 1861?  It’s true.  In 1861, Confederate diplomatic envoys James Mason and John Slidell were freed by President Abraham Lincoln’s administration, heading off a possible war between the United States and Great Britain.

The two men were aboard the Trent, a British mail steamer, on November 8, 1861, when they were pulled over by the U.S.S. San Jacinto. They were headed to London to lobby for recognition of the Confederacy. The Union ship intercepted the English ship near the Bahamas, arrested the Southerners, and took them back to Boston. The British were outraged when word of the interception reached London in late November. They had not taken sides in the American Civil War and their policy was to accept any paying customer who wished to travel aboard their ships. The British government dispatched a message to the American government demanding the release of Mason and Slidell, along with an apology for the transgression of British rights on the high seas.

The British cabinet sent a message on December 1 insisting that the U.S. respond within a week. The British also began preparing for war, banning exports of war materials to the U.S. and sending 11,000 troops to Canada. Plans were made to attack the American fleet that was blockading the South. The British also planned a blockade of Northern ports.

Lincoln decided not to push the issue. On December 26, he ordered the envoys released and averted a war with England in the process. The incident gave the Confederates hope that there was support for their cause in Britain, but it also demonstrated how hard the Union would work to avoid conflict with Britain.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Contrary to popular opinion, bananas do not grow on banana trees. They’re part of the lily family, a cousin of the orchid, nothing but a very yellow and plump member of the herb family. With stalks 25 feet high, they’re the largest plant on earth without a woody stem.

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