February Holidays!

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 11:30am

February 1st is...

February.jpgSerpent Day
- In cold climates like Scotland, snakes hibernate during winter. They disappear into their holes in the earth like the sleeping roots of plants and trees. On Serpent Day, a strange old custom documented by Alexander Carmichael included beating the earth with a piece of peat in a sock while reciting a rune. No doubt this practice was meant to awaken the sleeping serpents and therefore the land to let them know spring is coming and it is time to wake up.

National Baked Alaska Day
- The history of the Baked Alaska dates back to the 1800s when it was named after the new territory of Alaska. The newest territory, being a frozen asset was the impetuous of the dessert which is frozen to the core also. Earlier than this, an American physicist named Benjamin Thompson claimed credit for creating the dessert when trying to determine the heat resistance of egg whites. It was his version of the dessert which prompted the name of omelet surprise.

Women's Heart Health Day
- Women’s Heart Foundation’s nationally recognized day to raise awareness about the number one killer of American women: heart disease.

National Freedom Day
- celebrates freedom from slavery, and recognizes that America is a symbol of freedom. Established in 1948 to remind us that America stands for, and is a symbol of freedom for all people. The roots of this special day come directly from the end of slavery and the signing of the 13th amendment outlawing slavery.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officially started in 1873
- the national police force of Canada, and one of the most recognized of its kind in the world. It is unique in the world as a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. The RCMP provides federal policing service to all of Canada and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces (the RCMP does not serve as provincial or municipal police in Ontario and Quebec), more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international airports

Skippy Peanut Butter Created
- a commercial brand of peanut butter made in the United States. Ninety million jars of Skippy are sold annually. It was first sold on February 1, 1933.

Robinson Crusoe Day
- Anniversary of the rescue of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who had been put ashore (in September 1704) on the uninhabited island Juan Fernández, at his own request, after a quarrel with his captain. His adventures formed the basis for Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe. A day to be adventurous and self-reliant.

African American Coaches Day
- To provide a day each year to educate the African-American community about the value of working with a personal or business coach and to provide an opportunity for coaches and their clients to acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process.

G.I. Joe Day
- This toy action figure was introduced by Hasbro and sold for $2.49. It was the first mass-market doll intended for boys and was a great success. The figure’s name came from a film, The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), that starred Robert Mitchum and Burgess Meredith.

Hula in The Coola Day
- A day for those longing to escape the winter doldrums to laugh at the cold with a luau party. Put away your winter coats, get out your shorts and flip-flops, play limbo and say, “Aloha!”

Spunky Old Broads Day
- celebration for all women over 50 who are interested in living a regret-free life.

Working Naked Day?!?!?
- dedicated to those who are working from home “naked”—stripped of the resources that millions take for granted in the traditional corporate workplace.

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Tue, 02-15-2011 - 12:34pm

February 15th is....

February.jpgMaple Leaf Flag Adopted
- The new Canadian national flag was raised at Ottawa, Canada’s capital, on this day in 1965. The red-and-white flag with a red maple leaf in the center replaced the Red Ensign flag, which had the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner.

International Gumdrop Day
- honors the popular, gelatin-based candy. Gumdrops have been a favorite candy for many decades. Nowadays, the "Gummi" candies which are the same gelatin base, are the most popular gumdrop type of sweet. Today you can eat Gumdrops to your heart's content!

Singles Awareness Day
- a day for those who are unattached and without a significant other. It is celebrated the day after Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day, celebrates love and romance for those currently in a relationship. However, if you are in between relationships, or without a significant other, you may feel left out. Valentine's Day can be a depressing day. So, the day after Valentine's Day is your day.

Remember the Maine Day
- American battleship Maine was blown up while at anchor in Havana Harbor, at 9:40 PM, on this day in 1898. The ship, under the command of Captain Charles G. Sigsbee, sank quickly, and 260 members of its crew were lost. Inflamed public opinion in the US ignored the lack of evidence to establish responsibility for the explosion. “Remember the Maine” became the war cry, and a formal declaration of war against Spain followed on Apr 25, 1898.

Susan B. Anthony's Birthday
- Honors one of the first women’s rights advocates, working especially for the right to vote. Anthony was born on this day in 1820 at Adams, MA.

Clifford The Big Red Dog
- an American children's book series first published in 1963. Written by Norman Bridwell, the series helped establish Scholastic Books as a premier publishing company.

Lupercalia
- Anniversary of ancient Roman fertility festival. Thought by some to have been established by Romulus and Remus, who, legend says, were suckled by a she-wolf at Lupercal (a cave in Palestine). Goats and dogs were sacrificed. Lupercalia celebration persisted until the fifth century of the Christian era.

Candlemas - on the Julian Calendar
- Candlemas is the last holiday of the Christmas season. Candlemas is a christian celebration, or festival, of the Feast of Purification of the Virgin Mary. It also celebrates the annual blessing of candles used by the church.

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Tue, 02-15-2011 - 1:07pm

I hope DH's travels go well! and that he is home with you all soon!

KRISTIE
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Wed, 02-16-2011 - 10:25am

Keep warm!

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Wed, 02-16-2011 - 12:30pm

Yeah - I don't want to force her into everything.

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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 6:40am

Hi Kristi

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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 6:41am

Some interesting days there Sue.

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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 9:35am

Febraury 17th is...

February.jpgRandom Acts of Kindness Day
- You know what to do...perform a few random acts of kindness. Almost any kind deed will do. And, we highly recommend you perform kind acts on as many people as you can. People like the idea of showing a little kindness to others. Its a fun and good thing to do. And, they like being on the receiving end of this day as well. It makes both the giver and the receiver feel good.

National Cafe Au Lait Day
- Cafe au lait is French for "coffee with milk". The same drink is called caffe latte in Italy and cafe con leche in Spain. It is made with a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of dark roast brewed coffee to heated milk or half-n-half. Add sugar to taste!

My Way Day
- Did your mother ever used to tell you when you were a teenager that the world does not revolve around you? Well today it does! Today is My Way Day, the official day to do everything your way. Sleep in late, eat whatever you want, and take the longest, hottest shower that you can stand. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that no one else influences your decisions today. Do everything simply just because you want to do it (but just make sure it's legal first).

Who Shall I Be Day
- Hundreds of people have their opinions as to who we are. Today is the day we decide who is right. Today we determine our identities all by ourselves.

Bumstead's Wedding Day
- On February 17, 1933, after much fanfare and build-up, Miss Boopadoop married her boyfriend Dagwood Bumstead, the son of a wealthy industrialist. Unfortunately for the Bumsteads, Dagwood was disowned by his upper-crust family for marrying beneath his class. Virtually overnight, Blondie became a domesticated, middle-class family strip, and has remained one ever since.

World Human Spirit Day
- At 3 PM, EST, we will hold two minutes of silent meditation throughout the world and beyond, to focus on the true spirit that flows through everything. Please join us in silence to bring the energy of universal healing and peace into the hearts and minds of all humanity.

National PTA Founders Day
- Founders Day is a reminder of the substantial role that PTA has played locally, regionally, and nationally in supporting parent involvement and working on behalf of all children and families. It's a time to reflect and take pride in our many accomplishments, and to renew our commitment to be a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education.


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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 12:56pm

Hi Moss,

Thanks!

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Fri, 02-18-2011 - 6:52am

Glad to hear that the wedding, an the winter are coming along!

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Fri, 02-18-2011 - 6:57am

February 18th is....

February.jpgThumb Appreciation Day
- Opposable thumbs are what separates humans from most mammals. For the next 24 hours, try using only your fingers. You will soon learn how much you love your thumbs!

National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day
- First of all, I had no idea that people even stuffed their flounder with crab. Is this some sort of regional delicacy that I'm not aware of? As someone who isn't a fan of seafood, this isn't a day that I would celebrate anyway, but I thought I would have at least heard of this day in my web travels, but it's a new one on me.

Perigean Spring Tides
- Perigean tide refers to a tide that occurs when the moon is closest to the earth. The moon's orbit around the earth is elliptical rather than circular, which means that the distance between earth and moon is always changing. Perigee refers to the time when the moon and the earth are closest to one another. At perigee, the moon is about 30,000 miles closer to earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from earth. Perigee is reached about once a month, roughly the time it takes for the moon to revolve around the earth. When the moon is closest to earth, its effect on tides is greatest.

Pluto Day
- Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, AZ. It was given the name of the Roman god of the underworld. It was considered the ninth planet of the solar system until 2006, when astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet.

Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane
- Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in an airplane. During the flight, which was attended by reporters, she was milked, and the milk was sealed in paper containers and parachuted over St. Louis, MO.

Great Backyard Bird Count
- Thousands of volunteers nationwide track the number and types of birds that live near their homes. Results help researchers monitor species in trouble. Cosponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology.

Battery Day
- Just imagine where the world would be without batteries. We'd still be using a crank to start our automobiles. We'd have to cart around long extension cords to bring the boombox to the beach. And, forget about hand-held games. They'd never be popular tied to an electrical outlet. Today is a good time to appreciate the the power of batteries in our everyday life.

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