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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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 10:33am

February 23rd is...

February.jpgNational Banana Bread Day
- Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s (and appears in Pillsbury's 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook). The first banana bread recipe was thought to have been created by William Swanson. The home baking revival of the 1960s and the simplicity of its recipe led to an explosion in banana bread's popularity. The cookbooks of the 1960s added to its popularity because they commonly listed multiple variations of bread that added fruits and nuts.

Tennis Day
- Millions of Americans enjoy playing tennis. In addition to being a good sport, its good exercise, too. If the weather in your area keeps you from playing tennis today, then watching or reading about tennis is a great backup activity.

Curling Is Cool Day
- a day to celebrate, learn, and to play a sport that began in Scotland in the 1500's. Curling is a team sport in which players slide heavy granite stones down a sheet of ice at a circular target area. A curling tournament is known as a bonspiel. Curling has been an official sport in the Winter Olympic Games since 1998, but curling was included in the the inaugural Winter Olympic Games in 1924, but the results were not made official until 2006. Today celebrate this holiday by playing the game or learning about the history and scoring of the game.

National Rationalization Day
- In sociology, rationalization (or rationalisation) is the process where an increasing number of social actions become based on considerations of teleological efficiency or calculation rather than on motivations derived from morality, emotion, custom, or tradition. It is regarded as a central aspect of modernity, manifested especially in Western society; as a behaviour of the capitalist market; of rational administration in the state and bureaucracy; of the extension of modern science; and of the expansion of modern technology.

Tootsie Roll Birthday
- The Tootsie Roll story began in 1896, when Austrian-born Leo Hirshfield opened a tiny candy shop in New York City. Taking full advantage of his confectioner’s background, Hirshfield personally blended, cooked, and peddled a variety of products, including an individually wrapped, oblong, chewy, chocolate candy that quickly became a customer favorite. Sold at a penny apiece and affectionately named after Hirshfield’s five-year old daughter, Clara, whose nickname was “Tootsie,” Tootsie Rolls propelled Hirshfield’s modest corner store into a burgeoning candy enterprise that has evolved in little more than a century into the multinational corporation, Tootsie Roll Industries.

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
- a day for the dogs. And, that's because there is no one else who can really appreciate the true value of a dog biscuit. They say "Every dog has his day". And, it will definitely be his day,when you give him some tasty dog biscuits. You might appreciate their value in pleasing your dog, as a reward for behavior, or enticing them to do a trick. But, the dog is the recipient of the treat. Celebrate today by giving your dog a few dog biscuits.

Iwo Jima Day
- Anniversary of the day that the US flag was raised on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima by US Marines. Almost 20,000 American soldiers lost their lives before the island was finally taken from the Japanese on Mar 16, 1945.


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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 10:38am

A few thoughts about today......

Tootsie Roll Birthday
- The Tootsie Roll story began in 1896, when Austrian-born Leo Hirshfield opened a tiny candy shop in New York City. Taking full advantage of his confectioner’s background, Hirshfield personally blended, cooked, and peddled a variety of products, including an individually wrapped, oblong, chewy, chocolate candy that quickly became a customer favorite. Sold at a penny apiece and affectionately named after Hirshfield’s five-year old daughter, Clara, whose nickname was “Tootsie,” Tootsie Rolls propelled Hirshfield’s modest corner store into a burgeoning candy enterprise that has evolved in little more than a century into the multinational corporation, Tootsie Roll Industries.

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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 12:48pm
How terrible!! Nothing like being greedy and taking advantage of people!! We had a lot of late school buses today, but no cancelled school. We don't typically get this much snow at once at all, so we just don't have enough plows to keep up. Our plow guys worked on President's Day even though it was a holiday, but I'm guessing that we will have higher taxes next year to make up for it!! LoL!! Our maintenance company at the condos came with a big front loader and our parking lot is in really good shape now. And I only had to have one car towed away. We don't typically have the residents move their cars. It's just too hard, but with that much snow we just had too. So only one person was dumb about it. I really hate doing that to people!!! The last time we had a car towed away, it ended up being an abandonded stolen vehicle. The reports are that we got 18 inches of snow Sunday and into Monday morning. We almost beat the record!! :0)
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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 12:57pm
I know it's so hard to believe that they are growing up so so much!! I'm not the Mom and I still can't believe DD10 is 10!!
Volleyball was a lot of fun even though I was really tired from the trip. I play with some really great people!! So nice!!
And the dress trip was terrific. We accomplished so much. Plans are really coming along nicely!!!

Hope you have a great day!!
KRISTIE
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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 1:54pm

Wow that was a lot of snow!!

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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 7:38pm
Well put. It's much better now that the plows are getting around and they've visited my condo's parking lot too!! :0)
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Thu, 02-24-2011 - 5:26am

National Rationalization Day

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Thu, 02-24-2011 - 12:15pm
great picture!!
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Fri, 02-25-2011 - 12:25pm

Great picture!

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Fri, 02-25-2011 - 12:52pm

February 25th is....

February.jpgNational Don't Utter a Word Day
- You see, the world is made up of talkers and listeners. And the listeners need a rest. That may not be practical for most people although it is definitely a day to practice listening more than usual.

National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
- There are a number of commercially produced chocolate covered peanuts that may be purchased and consumed in honor of National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day. Goobers are an example of a brand name. It is also possible to make chocolate covered peanuts at home. This confection can be made by coating individual peanuts or by making peanut clusters (which may be mixed with other ingredients such as caramel) and then covering them in milk or dark chocolate.

Quiet Day
- This will be time of contemplation, spiritual preparation and prayer as we move into the Lenten season.

Let's All Eat Right Day
- a day to honor Adelle Davis, one of the country's best-known nutritionists. Adelle, born on February 25th 1904 was a advocate in the nutrition movement, she wrote a series of books about healthy living including the books: Let's Cook it Right, Let's Have Healthy Children, Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit, and Let's Get Well. Adelle was a proponent for eating whole unprocessed foods, she criticized food additives, and claimed that dietary supplements and other nutrients played a huge role in preventing diseases and restoring health when recovering from a disease. Today is a good day to reflect on the foods we eat and the ways we try to stay healthy and identify ways we can eat right and stay healthy.

Fire the Coach Day
- marking this date in 1989 when the new owner fired the only head coach the Dallas Cowboys ever had until that day, 29-year-veteran Tom Landry.

Pistol Patent Day
- Samuel Colt invented the revolver, a pistol with multiple chambers for bullets. He patented it in Europe in 1835, and in the United States in 1836. The patent was for the Colt Revolver with a rotating chamber containing six bullets.

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