"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention."
"If we're gonna watch the news, I'll need my glasses….That's better."
Differences Between Man and Women
If Mary, Susan, Claire and Barbara go out for lunch, they will call each other Mary, Susan, Claire and Barbara.
If John, Brad, Tony and Daniel go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Bruno, Scrappy, Peanut-Head and Godzilla.
When the bill arrives, John, Brad, Tony and Daniel will each throw in $20, even though the total is only $34.25. None of them will have any smaller bills and none will admit they want change back.
When Mary, Susan, Claire and Barbara get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
It's Groundhog Day! Though lots of traditions and folklore, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, then 6 more weeks till spring. If no shadow, then supposedly spring will be earlier. Historical accuracy isn't very high.
--Ayn Rand Day: today commemorates the birthday of Ayn Rand (1905), a Russian-American writer and philosopher, known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged; also known for developing a philosophical system she named Objectivism; educated in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926.
--California Kiwifruit Day: a salute to a tasty fruit; also known as Chinese gooseberry; sweet tropical-like fruit the size of an egg.
--Candlemas Day: today is a Christian holiday celebrating the purification of Mary and the presentation of Jesus to the temple 40 days after his birth; this holiday is associated with the light of the world, so candles play a big role in the traditions.
--Crepe Day: the French tradition celebrates Candlemas with crepes, the very thin pancakes; not only do the French eat a lot of crêpes on la Chandeleur, but they also do a bit of fortune-telling while making them; it is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, then flip the crêpe into the air; if you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will supposedly be prosperous for the rest of the year.
--Dump Your Significant Jerk Day: observed on the first Sunday of February; if you're in a toxic relationship, please don't stay--it's not worth it--voice of experience here; today is to raise awareness that there are avenues of help to keep you safe and that you are not alone; you matter!
--Groundhog Job Shadow Day: as a nod to the groundhogs and their shadows, this day is about shadowing someone at their job to learn what they learn; usually for kids, but anybody could shadow someone else for cross-training.
--Heavenly Hash Day: a day to prepare hash anyway that makes it heavenly to you; hash is a culinary dish consisting of chopped up meat, potatoes, and onions fried in a cast iron skillet; the name is derived from French: hacher, meaning "to chop"; it originated as a way to use up leftovers; by the 1860s in the United States, the reputation of hash as "humble fare" became associated with cheap restaurants, which were known as "hash house" or "hashery".
--Hedgehog Day: in tandem with Groundhog Day; the Romans used hedgehogs as their predictors of spring; instead of looking for a shadow in the sunlight, the Romans looked for the shadow in a clear moonlit night.
--Imbolc: also in tandem with Groundhog Day; a Gaelic tradition about halfway to spring; Imbolc or Imbolg, also called Brigid's Day, is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring.
--Marmot Day: observed in Alaska; today replaces Groundhog Day to draw attention to the animals of Alaska and Alaskan culture.
--Self Renewal Day: a day for recharging yourself on all levels; a day for self-care.
--Sled Dog Day: today commemorates the dog sled trek in 1925 to deliver antitoxins to Nome to counter the diphtheria epidemic; the dogs crossed 674 miles in 5 1/2 days which is a still standing record.
--Super Bowl Sunday: observed on the first Sunday of February; Super Bowl Sunday is the day on which the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) is played; the game was created as a result of the agreement between NFL and American Football League (AFL). The 2020 Super Bowl, or Super Bowl LIV, will be taking place on Sunday, February 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
--Super Chicken Wing Day: observed on Super Bowl Sunday; Buffalo Wild Wings and Hooters are in a chicken wings battle, both offering to give away free wings if the Super Bowl goes into overtime.
--Tator Tot Day: a salute to a favorite party food; tater tots were invented in 1953 by Ore-Ida, originally as a way to use up leftover potato pieces; not too sure how I feel about that--then again, the chicken nuggets make me pause.
--World Ukulele Day: a salute to a 4-stringed instrument from Hawaii which was popularized in the late 19th century; the instrument was a version of the machete, a four-stringed instrument native to the Madeira region of in the Portugal; it is thought that the ukulele was created by Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii.
--World Wetlands Day: commemorates the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971; raises awareness of the importance of wetlands to humanity and the planet; groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits such as conservation; some of these benefits include: biologically diverse ecosystems that provide habitat for many species, serve as buffers on the coast against storms and flooding, and naturally filter water by breaking down or transforming harmful pollutants.
--Yorkshire Pudding Day: celebrated in the UK; Yorkshire pudding is a common English side dish consisting of a baked pudding made from batter consisting of eggs, flour, and milk or water it is a versatile food that can be served in numerous ways depending on the choice of ingredients, the size of the pudding, and the accompanying components of the dish; in 1737, the first recipe for “dripping pudding” was published in The Whole Duty of a Woman; this was a guide for the fairer sex with rules, directions, and observations for a lady’s conduct and behavior.
-- in 1852 the first public flushing toilet in London was available for 2 pence.
--Lung Leavin' Day: I don't feel I can do it justice with a brief synopsis, so here's the whole story from the mesothelioma site.
Learn about Lung Leavin’ Day
What would you do when faced with a terrifying reality of certain death if you didn’t act now? Add to that a young husband and infant baby as well. What of them? What of their futures? This heart-rending fear and reality is what Lung Leavin’ Day is all about.
It’s about how to look that fear in the face and still have the dignity and grace to move forward. It’s about honoring those who have had to find it within themselves to resist the urge to curl up into a tiny ball and hide.
This heart-rending fear and reality is what Lung Leavin’ Day is all about. It’s about how to look that fear in the face and still have the dignity and grace to move forward. It’s about honoring those who have had to find it within themselves to resist the urge to curl up into a tiny ball and hide.
History of Lung Leavin’ Day
Lung Leavin’ Day was created in 2005 when Heather Von St. James was faced with the diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Her world stood still in that moment when she was told as she has stated that all she could think about was her three-month-old daughter and her husband of just six years. Fear could have frozen her in that moment but her determination was soon to become apparent.
Faced with the reality that if she did nothing she would only have 15 months to live or she could try a new radical procedure, she chose to act. She endured a procedure that removed her left lung, pericardium, diaphragm and pleura. It took months for her to recover from this procedure with help and support from her family and friends. Heather Von St. James and her family began the tradition of writing their worries and fears on a plate, and then smashing them to show that they have power over the fears! Don’t you agree that doing this is empowering? Heather and her family have been celebrating this day for 11 years! That is a far cry from the 15 months she was given at first!
How to Celebrate Lung Leavin’ Day
The day got its names from Heather’s sister. It is also a great day to celebrate not only victories over cancer but over anything that can freeze you in your tracks.
Heather and her husband Cameron hope that everyone can learn from their experience. If you can, find a plate and fill it up with a list of all your worries, fears and concerns. Then find a safe place and smash that bugger and know that as the plate falls to pieces, so can your fears. Find strength in the action of doing something.
If that isn’t your cup of tea you can do the same type of exercise with paper. Again, write all the worries down on the paper. Then either tear it to shreds or crumple it up! Don’t let the fear take over and hold you still. Better yet, share your fears with someone. Share the load. It is easier to manage something big with help. There is no reason to keep the fear inside where it can grow and grow.
you can, find a plate and fill it up with a list of all your worries, fears and concerns. Then find a safe place and smash that bugger and know that as the plate falls to pieces, so can your fears. Find strength in the action of doing something. If that isn’t your cup of tea you can do the same type of exercise with paper. Again, write all the worries down on the paper. Then either tear it to shreds or crumple it up! Don’t let the fear take over and hold you still. Better yet, share your fears with someone. Share the load. It is easier to manage something big with help. There is no reason to keep the fear inside where it can grow and grow.
Finally, take a moment and smile. Yes, smile. I know you still remember how. No matter how dire things may seem, smile. Honor your battle. Honor your strength. Maybe even treat yourself to a cookie or ice cream. Know you are strong!