February Holidays!

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February Holidays!
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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Fri, 02-18-2011 - 1:59pm
I didn't mean to imply that we will hang finances over her head. It's hard to find a balance between letting them have a free ride and having them gain the knowledge/resposibilities that come with growing older. This won't be something that we flip a switch on at all. And I agree that this is her decision!! and we will support her whatever she chooses. We just have to survive her processing all of it!! :0) DD18 received a call from the main college of interest yesterday and she was very excited!! Poor DF isn't enjoying the roller coaster ride, but he didn't say anything to her!! :0)
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Fri, 02-18-2011 - 2:01pm
Oh, and we are having a pretty good snow storm right now. At least it's above zero though!! :0) Looks like our driving trip to Anchorage is cancelled. Sis and I will still probably fly down on Sunday. Just for the day.
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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 1:19pm

February 19th is...

February.jpgTemporary Insanity Day
- Time for you to spend moments of laughter and joy with all your near and dear ones and do something crazy. On this day in 1859, Congressman Daniel Sickles was the first person to successfully plead temporary insanity in a U.S. court.

National Chocolate Mint Day
- Chocolate Mint Day celebrates anything and everything that is chocolate mint flavored. That includes mint ice cream, mint cookies, mint candies, and chocolate mint desserts such as the cupcakes you see pictured above. Not everyone likes chocolate mint but those who do really love it.

Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
- Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001), that debuted on February 19, 1968 and featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences.

Cherry Coke's Birthday
- Coca-Cola Cherry, originally introduced (and still known in some countries) as Cherry Coke, is a cherry-flavored version of Coca-Cola. It is produced and distributed by The Coca-Cola Company and its bottlers in the United States and some international markets. Long before its official introduction in 1982, many diners and drugstore soda fountains dispensed an unofficial version of Cherry Coke by adding cherry-flavored syrup to the Coca-Cola mix, this drink is called Cherry Cola. Coca-Cola itself did not produce Cherry Coke until 1982, when it introduced its version to a test audience at the 1982 World's Fair. The drink then entered mainstream production in 1985.

Iwo Jima Day (Landing)
- Beginning at dawn, the landing of 30,000 American troops took place on the barren 12-square-mile island of Iwo Jima. Initially there was little resistance, but 21,500 Japanese stood ready underground to fight to the last man to protect massive strategic fortifications linked by tunnels.

Consumer Credit Festival
- How would you celebrate such a day? Cut up our credit cards? Call all our creditors and say "Have a good day!"? Charge up all your credit cards - or pay them all off?

Fly-By for Goblins and others (Fairy)
- Sorry, I could not find anything on this holiday - has anyone ever heard of it?

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
- During Engineers Week a concerned effort is made to reach out to school age girls and make them aware of the educational fields that could lead them on the path to engineering careers. Women are severely underrepresented in the engineering profession. Research shows that girls and young women lose interest in subjects and the fields of study leading to engineering careers long before they enter college.

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Mon, 02-21-2011 - 7:08am

February 20th is....

February.jpgLove Your Pet Day
- Why do you think we need a special day to love our pets? Sometimes people get very busy. They have homework to do. They have relatives to visit. They have chores to do around the house. Sometimes our pets get a little lonely when we are busy doing other things in our lives. If you don't have a pet, maybe today is the day to adopt a pet. Take a trip to your local Humane Society, and bring home an animal that needs you. It will make you both feel good.

National Cherry Pie Day
- As a young boy, George Washington made the Cherry tree popular, with his famous quote "I can not tell a lie, I chopped down the Cherry tree." Americans celebrate George Washington's Birthday and President's Day in February. So, it's traditional to bake cherry pies in honor of the occasion.

Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
- On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo". It is a day to chase away winter and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun. (©2006 by Wellcat Holidays)

Daytona 500
- Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. 53rd annual running of the “world’s greatest race.” Forty-three of the best stock car drivers in the world compete in “The Great American Race,” NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious event.

Post Office Birthday
- The Postal Service Act signed by President George Washington on February 20, 1792, established the Department. Postmaster General John McLean was the first to call it the Post Office Department rather than just the "Post Office."

Clean Out Your Bookcases Day
- Is your bookcase full of books you will never read again, books your children have outgrown, pregnancy & birth books when your babies have all grown up, magazines that are just collecting dust? Clean them out -- and donate any books or magazines you no longer want to your local literacy project, seniors' center, daycare center, craft groups, midwifery practice or the nearest library (depending on your reading materials).

Toothpick patented in 1872
- The toothpick is known to predate the arrival of early modern humans. The skulls of Neanderthals, as well as Homo sapiens, have shown clear signs of having teeth that were picked with a tool. It is the oldest instrument for dental cleaning. Toothpicks are well-known in all cultures. Toothpicks made of bronze have been found as burial objects in prehistoric graves in Northern Italy and in the East Alps. It was also well-known in Mesopotamia. The first toothpick-manufacturing machine was developed in 1869, by Charles Forster. Another was patented in 1872, by Silas Noble and J. P. Cooley.

World Day for Social Justice
- a day to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication. It also focuses on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration.

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Mon, 02-21-2011 - 7:11am

February 21st is.....

February.jpgFamily Day
- Nearly 60% of Canadians observe a statutory holiday on the third Monday of February. The holiday is called Family Day in three provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario), Louis Riel Day in Manitoba, and Islander Day in Prince Edward Island. This holiday was first observed in Alberta in 1990, followed by Saskatchewan in 2007 and Ontario in 2008.

President's Day
- President's Day is a day set aside to honor all of the U.S. presidents. Americans often think of two great presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln when they celebrate this holiday as it falls by design between their birthdays. But look at this day as a tribute to each and every person who has ever served in the office as President of the United States of America. It is a national holiday, although most businesses and industry do not recognize it as a paid holiday.

Card Reading Day
- It is very popular to send and receive cards today. In order to read a card, someone has to send one. So, get the ball rolling and send out some cards today. Chances are, you will get a few back.

National Sticky Bun Day
- These treats are believed to have come to the United States with the Germans who settled in eastern Pennsylvania during the early 19th century. The pastry has seen a spike in popularity in recent years with help from the chain store Cinnabon, Inc., but with roots that trace back hundreds of years, sticky buns are anything but a trend.

Locomotive's Birthday
- The first full scale working railway steam locomotive was built by Richard Trevithick in the United Kingdom and, on 21 February 1804, the world's first railway journey took place as Trevithick's unnamed steam locomotive hauled a train along the tramway of the Penydarren ironworks, near Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales Accompanied with Andrew Vivian, it ran with mixed success

Single Tasking Day
- They say that multitasking is ineffective — and may cause brain damage! Today, do only one thing at a time without feeling guilty. In other words, amid the emails, voice mails, texts, and tweets, let us pause for a moment and get one thing done that we've been meaning to do for a long time.

International Mother Language Day
- To help raise awareness among all peoples of the distinct and enduring value of their languages. To promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages

Malcolm X Assassinated
- Just as he began a speech to his newly formed Organization of Afro-American Unity, black activist leader Malcolm X was gunned down by several men standing among the 400-plus crowd at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York City. The assassination occurred barely a week after Malcolm X’s Queens home was fire-bombed. Three men were convicted of the murder in 1966 and sentenced to life in prison (two were released in the 1980s and the third won parole in 2010).

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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 4:37am
Your gas prices do sound high compared with what I've heard fromother US friends. Here we probably pay about the equivalent of $7 a gallon (it's sold here in litres these days althoguh we still talk about and measure in "miles per gallon"!) Most of ours is imported from the Arabian peninsula I think but there is some oil off the coast of Scotland. We also have much shorter distances to drive being a comparatively small country.

Glad you are getting more sunlight. We notice that it's still light when people start to go home from work which is a good sign
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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 4:51am

Some interesting ones over the last few days

Great Backyard Bird Count.

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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 12:58pm
I really love hearing about your country and it's culture. The history major in me loves to hear about the differences. Like I wouldn't even begin to imagine how much a liter of gasoline is!!! :0) DF has to keep track of his miles per gallon. He drives a company vehicle and they pay for the gas, so they like to see how the trucks are doing.

Sounds like DD's bday party was very successfull. That's fantastic!!! She's 11 now right?

Hope you have a good day!!
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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 1:06pm
Wow - lots of good days these last few days!! We had a major snow storm this weekend!! I think we have a foot and a half of new snow and that was on top of the almost 10 inches that we got earlier in the week. I flew to Anchorage on Sunday with my Sister for my final fitting. My dress fits great. I will work on finding something to add straps to it, but otherwise. It's perfect!! We also went to every craft store in Anchorage and found all of the things on our list. It was a great trip. Except that it took attempts to land us back at home. The storm was really going by then!! I also managed to fit in seeing two hockey games. Making punch with DD10 for Girl Scouts, a stop at the furniture store, grocery shopping and playing volleyball Monday night. DD18 and I play in a league together. Her team beat mine last night, but at least it took all three games. We used to play on the same team, but the best team in the league asked her to play with them, so I told her to go ahead. Oh, and don't forget the shovelling!!! Hope you had a good weekend!!!!
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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 1:30pm

Happy birthday to your daughter Moss!!