Saturday, November 29, 2014

Groundhog Day and Candlemas ~j

Today's Writing Prompt: Accident

Describe the circumstances of an accident you've been in. Car, plane, boat, bike - any kind.

The very first car accident I was ever involved in was coming home from a Cubs meeting one evening with Greg. Hal was driving our new pick up truck and fortunately it was cold so Greg was in the cab and not in the back. Hey, that was back in the day when we let people ride in the back of pick up trucks and no one thought anything bad of it. We were heading north on Fairview Ave at Wellington Street when a car turned right in front of us. Hal saw it and was able to swerve enough that he only hit only one corner of the truck. Turns out the kid had just got his license that day. No one was hurt thank goodness but because it was the first time I'd ever been in an accident so I was pretty upset and so relieved we had Greg in the cab with us.

I wrote a post about a thought I had after watching Wall-E at

Groundhog Day

Candlemas, The Feast of Purification

On the Modern calendar - February 2nd
On the Julian calendar - February 15th
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.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sweet hearts and sweet potatoes . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Ooops

Did you ever take on a responsibility you couldn't handle?

Yes I do take on jobs I know I can't handle. I'm learning to say no . . . most times. Usually the problem is that the responsibility is beyond what I can physically do and I pay the price for days afterward.

This is one of the best recipes I have ever posted.

February is . . .

The shortest month of the year.

Derived from the Latin for “to purify”. The Romans purified themselves in February to prepare for their festivals.

The flowers associated with February are the Primrose & violet.

Amethyst is this month’s birthstone.

Black History Month
First celebrated in Canada in February 1996, Black History Month promotes awareness of Canada’s African cultures. Set aside time this month to explore the rich contributions by African-Canadians. Libraries, schools, universities, and community centers around the country feature some of the historical, literary, artistic, scientific and cultural contributions made by African-Canadians. Take advantage of Black History Month and attend a special event in your community.

Heart Month
Heart Month is the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s primary fundraising and public awareness campaign for heart disease.

The Month of Love

Cherry Month
Did you know that cherries can relieve pain? Montmorency tart cherries have been found to help relieve the pain of arthritis and gout. And that’s not all – according to ongoing research, Montmorency tart cherries are a rich source of antioxidants, which can help fight cancer and heart disease.
The Cherry Marketing Institute estimates there are 7000 tart cherries on an average tree, which is enough cherries to make 28 pies.
Placing a cherry on top of a sundae, soda, malt or milkshake is like crowning the treat. Somehow cherries make the dessert extra special. If ice cream seems too chilly for you this time of year, create a cocoa sundae! Prepare hot chocolate, spray aerosol whipped cream on top, sprinkle with chocolate jimmies and then top it with a cherry.

Friends are the Cherries on top of life.

Potato Lovers’ Month

Chocolate Month
The first snickers bar was sold in 1930
Hershey Chocolate Co was founded in 1894

International Embroidery Month

Hot Breakfast Month

Bird Feeding Month

Snack Food Month

Children’s Dental Health Month
February 9th is Saint Apollonia’s Day. She is the patron saint of dentists.

Weddings Month

February 1, 1983 - Media - Pay TV launches in Canada; new channels First Choice, Superchannel and C-Channel are First available on cable. Canada

Cheese sauce . . .

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2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; whisk flour into butter until smooth. Pour milk into butter mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Cook and stir until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Add cheese and stir until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

Schubert's Unfinished Symphony . . . in honour of Inspire your Heart with Art Day . . .

January 31st

Jackie Robinson (1919), the first black man to play in major league baseball.  Recipient of the Prinngarn medal in 1956.  Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Backwards Day

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day   
What a GREAT Day to schedule a stamp camp/workshop, etc.   A day devoted to experiencing art in your life.  “Food sustains you as a human; art inspires you to be divine.”  Go to an art museum, browse through an art nook at the library, enroll in an art class or commission an artist.

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.  --  Pablo Picasso

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.  – Joseph Chilton Pearce

1865: Congress approves the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery.

1958: The United States Army launches Explorer 1 into Earth's orbit. The first U.S. satellite, it is used to study cosmic rays.

1990: McDonald's opens its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow, Russia, serving more than 30,000 customers in one day.

Norman Mailer, writer (1923)

Zane Grey, novelist (1875)

Anna Pavlova, ballerina (1881)

Tallulah Bankhead, actor (1903)

Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader (1925)

Franz Schubert, Austrian composer, famous for The Unfinished Symphony (1797)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Popcorn and Aliens ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Time

What was the best time you ever had, your favorite memory?

How can I possibly pick a single favourite memory? I have been very lucky and have many to choose from. Hal's birthday supper this past weekend with the kids, grandkids, and grandmothers was pretty darn awesome. So I guess my favourite memory is the most recent . . .

I managed 3 blog for January 30th:

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Birthday

National Popcorn Day

Escape Day

1933: Adolf Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany by President Hindenburg.

1948: Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

1957: The United Nations (UN) General Assembly calls on South Africa to reconsider its apartheid policies.

Vanessa Redgrave, actor (1937)

Gene Hackman, actor (1930)

Boris Spassky, chess player (1937)

January 30 – Feb 3, 2006 -- International Development Week (first week of February)
International Development Week highlights the contribution of Canadians to international development, and raises public awareness of this contribution’s importance to developing countries

Monday, November 24, 2014

Liliuokalani and the things my friends do . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Activity

You and your friends all get together on a Friday night. What are you most likely to do? What's your favorite activity to do with a group of close friends?

When my friends get together we usually talk too much, giggle too much, eat too much and scrapbook.

This photo was taken the day we took over Tim Hortons for our own crafty purposes.

I made 2 blog posts on January 29th:

National Puzzle Day

National Corn Chip Day

1856: The Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military decoration, was awarded to Alexander Dunn (1833-1868), the first Canadian to receive it, for gallantry at the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava.

1891: Liliuokalani became Queen of Hawaii following the death of her brother King Kalakaua. She was the last monarch in Hawaiian history.

1897: The Victorian Order of Nurses was founded in Ottawa with the aid of Lady Aberdeen.

1936: Baseball greats Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson are the first players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The hall opens its doors to the public in 1939.

W. C. Fields, actor (1880)

1946: The Bluenose sank after striking a reef off Haiti.

Thomas Paine, political philosopher (1737) and author of Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason.

Common Sense Day
Named in honour of Thomas Paine to encourage the use of good sense in appreciating and protecting the rights of all people.

Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host (1954)

Anton Chekhov, Russian dramatist and short-story writer (1860)

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jackson Pollock and Aretha Franklin ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Things

What item in your home is your favorite?

Do I have to pick only one thing? I love my craft room which I loftily refer to as my studio. I love my laptop, my craft tables and my little CD player. I spend most of the time in this room.

Fun at Work Day

1914: Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951) and other suffragettes held the Mock Parliament in Winnipeg, to agitate for votes for women.

1916: Manitoba became the first province to grant women the right to vote in provincial elections and hold public office.

1968: Aretha Franklin tops the charts with her hit "Chain of Fools." She goes on to earn a string of awards including lifetime achievement awards from the Grammys and from the Kennedy Center of the Arts.

1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after lift off at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

1866: Scottish explorer David Livingstone embarks on his final expedition in Africa to establish the true source of the Nile. All outside contact with him is lost after he reaches Lake Tanganyika.

Jackson Pollock, American artist (1912

Anna Ivanovna, Russian empress (1693)

Susan Sontag, writer (1933)

Serendipity Day
Serendipity roughly means “a pleasant surprise.” Since it is impossible to plan to surprise yourself, you will have to be the “surpriser.” Here are some possible serendipitous scenarios:
Hide a love note in your mate’s pocket – be mysterious and include a time and place to rendezvous later
Bake some cookies and stop by a friend’s for coffee
Buy a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store and leave them on your mother’s kitchen table.
Wrap a five dollar bill around your teenager’s toothbrush
Pack a picnic lunch and camp out under the dining room table with your toddler

1980: Canada’s Ambassador to Iran, Kenneth Taylor, arranged the escape of six US Embassy employees from Tehran. The six had escaped from the US Embassy when it was occupied by Iranian “students” in November 1979, and by November 22 were safely housed with Canadian Embassy staff. Afraid that the Iranians had learned of the whereabouts of the six, the Americans were driven to Tehran airport, and were able to leave Iran with non-diplomatic Canadian passports they had been given. Taylor and four other Canadians left Iran a few hours later after closing the Embassy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Peanut butter toast and Jagged little pill . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Breakfast

What's your favorite breakfast to get you up and out the door?

My favourite breakfast is coffee and peanut butter toast. I'm not a fan of big breakfasts. I do enjoy brunch though.

National Kazoo Day

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

1721: A mail stagecoach service was established between Quebec and Montreal. It was the first regular postal service in Canada.

1880: Thomas Edison patents the electric light bulb.

1888: The National Geographic Society is established for the purpose of increasing and diffusing geographical knowledge.

1916: Manitoba allowed women to vote and granted political equality.

1945: The Soviet army marches into the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, liberating about 7600 prisoners abandoned there.

1950: India’s Republic Day, Basant Panchmi, is celebrated in commemoration of the proclamation of the republic on this date. India declared its independence from Britain and everybody else and adopted a new constitution.

Jerome Kern, composer (1885) whose most popular achievement was the score for the musical version of Edna Ferber’s novel Show Boat.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer (1756)

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), author (1832) and English mathematician who wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Donna Reed, actor (1921)

Family Literacy Day

January 27, 1997 - Music - Ottawa native Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill named favorite rock album at the American Music Awards

Monday, November 17, 2014


In the Real World we received our first snowfall last night. I'm not sure I'm ready for winter. Actually I kind of hate winter.


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Movie

Continuing our theme, how about the best movie you have seen recently? What made it so good?

My new best movie I've ever seen is St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. It was genius from the very first joke to the last scene. These two actors are among my list of favourites and the story was touching and surprising and full of pathos and humour. A real mixture. But the star of the show is Jaeden Lieberher who plays Oliver, the little boy who befriends Vincent, played by Murray.

I only made one blog post on this date:

National School Nurse Day

National Compliment Day

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul
And health to the body.

Australia Day
Australia day is a day for the people of Australia to reflect on what has been achieved and to be proud of a great nation. Also called Foundation Day, it commemorates the landing on the Australian continent of Captain Arthur Phillip and his company of men and women in 1788.

1679: The keel of the 44 tonne Griffon was laid at the mouth of the Cayuga Creek on Lake Erie. Launched on August 7, it was the first ship to be built on and sail the Great Lakes.

1905: The world's largest diamond is found near Pretoria, South Africa.

1924: An order-in-council decreed that the Canadian Red Ensign could be flown over Canadian government buildings at home and abroad.

1950: India formally becomes a republic, three years after gaining independence from Great Britain.

1956: Buddy Holly has his first recording session at Decca Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player (1961)

Bessie Coleman, first African American female aviator (1893)

Eddie Van Halen, heavy metal guitarist (1957)

Feast Day of Saint Polycarp, one of the apostolic Fathers whose martyrdom created the tradition of observing saints’ days.

January 26 - Women - Jeanne Sauvé dies in hospital; born in Prud'homme, Saskatchewan April 26, 1922, Sauvé served as Canada's First woman Governor General of Canada; also the First female Speaker of the House of Commons. Montreal, Quebec

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Outlander and Robbie Burns . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Book

What's the best book you've read recently?

Usually the best book I've read is whichever one I am currently reading. I actually have a huge list of favourites. Among the old stand-bys are Gone with the Wind and Vanity Fair and just about anything by Jane Auel. Right now I am reading the Outlander series . . . which I had never heard of until my sister told me about the series on TV. I'm already on the second book.

The only blog I posted today was this one:

Opposite Day

National Speak Up & Succeed Day

1890: Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world trip in record time, beating Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg's record of 80 days.

1932: The Trans-Canada telephone system was inaugurated when the Governor General, the Earl of Bessborough, spoke to nine provincial lieutenant governors.

Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759)
Burns Clubs around the world hold Burns Night celebrations toasting the “Immortal Memory” and concluding with the singing of Burns’ famous Auld Lange Syne.

William Somerset Maugham, British author (1874)

January 25, 1963 - Wilson Kettle dies at age 102; has at that time 582 living descendants. Newfoundland

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Across the country and overseas . . . January 24th

The only post I made to the blog on January 24th was this:

Compliment Day

1848: The California Gold Rush kicks off when James Marshall, a construction worker, discovers a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill, California.

Edith Newbold Wharton (1862-1937), American novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner and the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Yale University.

1935: The first canned beer is sold by the Krueger Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia.

1952: Vincent Massey was appointed the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. He served from February 28, 1952 to September 15, 1959.

1965: Winston Churchill, prime minister of Great Britain from 1940–1945 and 1951–1955, dies in London, England, at age 90.

Ernst Hoffmann, German writer and composer (1776)

Aaron Neville, singer (1941)

Ernest Borgnine, actor (1917)

1978: Cosmos 954, a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, re-entered the atmosphere and crashed in the NWT. The Canadian Armed Forces launched a large operation to recover radioactive debris scattered over a wide area.

CPR station telegraph office

January 24, 1885 - Communications - The CPR telegraph reaches the Pacific from Halifax; now operating from coast to coast. Vancouver, BC.  

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I Remember ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Cruel

What's the most offensive thing you've ever heard anyone say?

Any time I hear "If the ____ (enter any non-British nationality here) don't want to follow our traditions they should pack up and move back to ____ (wherever they lived before moving to Canada)" it takes every bit of willpower I have not to offer to help the speaker pack his or her bags.

One of our "traditions" is the Canadian Bill of Rights. Hey, annoying speaker, have you ever read it? Here's just a little piece of it:

Recognition and declaration of rights and freedoms
1. It is hereby recognized and declared that in Canada there have existed and shall continue to exist without discrimination by reason of race, national origin, colour, religion or sex, the following human rights and fundamental freedoms, namely,
(a) the right of the individual to life, liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by due process of law;
(b) the right of the individual to equality before the law and the protection of the law;
(c) freedom of religion;
(d) freedom of speech;
(e) freedom of assembly and association; and
(f) freedom of the press.

Aren't these freedoms one of the reasons we are so proud to be Canadians? One more thing to say and then I'll jump down off my soap box.

In the real world, today is Remembrance Day. Today is a day set aside to honour those who serve our country and help others as well in times of need. But there is no law that says we must honour them. We are free to honour them publicly, privately or not at all. That's what it means to be Canadian.

I would like to thank Harold Hedden, Robert Henderson, Thomas Simpson and Marc Modesto. I'm proud of your service to Canada.

I remember.

January 23

Measure Your Feet Day
History tells us that many units of measure were derived from the physical property of a king or some notable. For example the English unit of length, known as “the foot” was derived from the actual length of a king’s foot.
Celebrate Measure Your Feet Day by taking photographs of your family’s feet. For a great focal point photograph, have your family sit on the floor with their legs outstretched with their feet up against or touching a wall. Line up the feet in order from longest to shortest and snap the picture. On the scrapbook page, label each set of feet and record the size in inches. Since you know this day is coming, treat yourself to a pedicure the day before.

National Handwriting Day
The lost art of handwriting is one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves. Handwriting adds intimacy to a scrapbook page as you share journaling facts with those who will enjoy your albums for years to come. Some scrapbookers are self-conscious of their handwriting skills. Keep in mind that everyone’s handwriting is unique. Your descendants will cherish the words written in your distinctive style.

National Pie Day
1960: Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy lieutenant Don Walsh descend into the bottom of Challenger Deep (10,916 m/35,810 ft), setting a new undersea record.

1989: Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter, writer, and member of the surrealist movement, dies in Figueras, Spain, at the age of 84.

Édouard Manet, French painter (1832)

John Hancock, patriot and statesman (1737)

Jeanne Moreau, French theater and motion-picture actor (1928)

January 23, 1922 - Medicine - First successful test on a human patient with diabetes occurrs when a 2nd dose of insulin is administered to dangerously ill Leonard Thompson (14). Following the birth of an idea and nine months of experimentation, and through the combined efforts of four men at the University of Toronto; insulin for the treatment of diabetes was first discovered and later purified for human use. Rural Canadian physician Dr. F.G. Banting first conceived the idea of extracting insulin from the pancreas in 1920. He and his assistant C.H. Best prepared pancreatic extracts to prolong the lives of diabetic dogs with advice and laboratory aid from Professor J.J.R. Macleod. The crude insulin extract was purified for human testing by Dr. J.B. Collip. Insulin, now made from cattle pancreases, lifted the death sentence for diabetes sufferers around the world. Toronto, Ontario

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nancy, Roberta, Victoria . . . and blonde brownies ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Retirement

What do you want your retirement to be like?

Hal and I dream of owning a motor home and just traveling the continent. That simple. That's all we want. Does anyone have a motor home in good condition they would like to donate . . . LOL???

The only blog post for this date is

January 22 is

Nancy Singer’s birthday . . . LOL

National Answer Your Cat's Question Day

National Blonde Brownie Day

1968: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In premieres on NBC.

1666: Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India (1628-1658) who built the Taj Mahal, dies in Agra, India, at age 74.

Lord Byron, English poet (1788)

August Strindberg, Sedish novelist and dramatist (1849)

Sam Cooke, American soul singer and songwriter (1931)

Linda Blair, actor (1959)

St. Vincent’s Day. Saint Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of winegrowers.

1992: Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar was Canada’s first woman in space on board NASA space shuttle Discovery.

January 22, 1901 - Queen Victoria dies at age 82, ending her 64-year reign - the longest in British history. Windsor, England

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

I'm a little bit country . . . I'm a little bit opera? ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Party Animals

I just got back from a wonderful evening garden party. At social events, where are you usually found? At the bar? Dancing by the band? Welcoming your friends? Behind a bush with a 'friend?' Or are you the kind to avoid the whole thing and stay home?

I like to "work" the room when I'm at a party. You just never know what interesting people you might meet or what interesting conversations you might have. This is fairly new behaviour for me. I used to be the one with a drink in my hand and a fake smile on my face, wondering if someone would talk to me or how long I would have to stay before I could politely leave. I have taken that experience and turned it around because I assume someone else might feel that way and my saying "Hi, I'm Pam, and you are?" could change a long lonely evening into a chance to make a new friend.

January 21

National Hugging Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day

1915: The Kiwanis International worldwide service club is chartered in Detroit, Michigan.

1966: Beatle George Harrison and Patricia Ann Boyd marry after meeting on the set of A Hard Day's Night.

1976: The first Concordes simultaneously take flight from London and Paris, with commercial passengers onboard.

Jack Nicklaus, professional golfer (1940)

Plácido Domingo, opera singer (1941)

Christian Dior, French couturier (1905)

Geena Davis, actor (1957)

Saint Agnes’ Day, patron saint of chastity and all Girl Scouts.

January 21, 1907 - Hockey - Kenora Thistles ice hockey team sweep the Montreal Wanderers in 2 games for the Stanley Cup. Montreal, Quebec

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Beatrice Lillie and WWII ~j

January 20, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: If He Can, I Can

In the USA, today marks Martin Luther King, Jr. day. MLK Jr is today known as a powerful orator, an incredibly brave man, and a civil rights icon - one of the greatest Americans in history. What's less well known is that he tried to commit suicide as a pre-teen, got a C in public speaking, and was arrested almost 30 times.

If none of the stumbles and failures in your life mattered, what could you go on to accomplish? What would you reach for? Be remembered for?

If it wasn't for my lack of self-confidence and my fear of rejection and change I think I may have been someone really special, perhaps an author, artist or judge. But I spent most of my life trying to stay below the radar, not rocking the boat and afraid that my dreams would be laughed at.

One of the joys of getting older is that the need to please others and worry about what they might think of you seems to diminish. I'm a late bloomer but who knows what I might becom

Cheese Day

National Buttercrunch Day

Aquarius Begins
Aquarius is the first astrological sign of the year. Do you know someone born under this sign?

1961: President John F. Kennedy gives his memorable inaugural address that includes the words, "Ask not what your country can do for you.…"

1964: The album "Meet the Beatles" is released in the United States.

Federico Fellini, Italian film director (1920)

George Burns, comedian (1896)

Patricia Neal, actor (1926)

David Lynch, motion-picture director (1946)

January 20-26, 2006 – Hunting for Happiness Week

1892: Anniversary of the first basketball game; played in Springfield, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game.

1971: Radio Tuktoyaktuk began broadcasting in English and Inukitut.

January 20, 1994 - Beatrice Lillie dies at age 94; born Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston in Toronto on May 29, 1894. Lillie was a comic movie/stage actor that Noel Coward billed as the funniest woman in the world. She appeared in such films as Auntie Mame (1958), Around the World in 80 Days (1956) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Henley-on-Thames, England

January 20, 1945 - World War II - First conscripted Canadian soldiers arrive overseas. Britain

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ABCs: Alliteration, Babies and popCorn . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Alliteration

Using the first letter of your middle name: Write as many words as possible in 1 minute, that start with that letter, that describe you.


January 19

Penguin Awareness Day

1937: Howard Hughes flies from Los Angeles, California, to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours and 28 minutes, setting a new transcontinental flight speed record.

1943: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands was born in Ottawa where the Dutch royal family had sought refuge after the German occupation of Holland. In honour of her birth the flag of the Netherlands became the first foreign flag to fly from Ottawa’s Peace Tower.

1953: Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) gives birth to little Ricky. More viewers tuned in to watch that blessed event than the following day's inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1966: Indira Gandhi, daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, becomes prime minister of India.

Dolly Parton, singer (1946)

Paul Cézanne, painter (1839)

Robert E. Lee, Confederate general (1807)

James Watt, inventor (1736). Scottish engineer and inventor who developed a separate condensing vessel for the steam engine. The watt and the kilowatt of power are named in his honour.

Janis Joplin, singer (1943)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809)

Popcorn Day

Feast day of Saint Henry of Uppsala, patron saint of Finland.

January 19, 1943 - Royalty - Princess Margriet born to Crown Princess Juliana of the Netherlands in a room in the Ottawa Civic Hospital declared to be Dutch territory. The Dutch royal family live in Ottawa as exiles during World War II; Juliana will become Queen of the Netherlands in 1948. Ottawa, Ontario.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Challenges, Leather and Canada Dry . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Special

What makes you different and unique? How do you stand out from the crowd?

I don't know that I do stand out from the crowd. When I am with the crowd It is usually because we have so much in common. Now when I'm alone and doing the stuff that only I find entertaining, that's when I would stand out in the crowd . . . if there were one.

On January 18th I hosted an online crop and here are some of the blog posts I made:

Hal made this adorable card holder for our "niece" Judy's birthday in June. I think she really loved it.

January 18

Winnie the Pooh Day
Today, sometimes known as Pooh Day, is the birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh creator, A. A. Milne. (1882)

1486: King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV, hoping to unite Yorkist and Lancastrian claims to the throne in his Tudor dynasty.

1778: Captain James Cook discovers the "Sandwich Islands," which are later renamed the Hawaiian Islands.

Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), English physician, author of books on physiology, remembered for the famous Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.

1896: The X-ray machine is first exhibited in New York City. The X in the name is used because of the initial mystery of what type of ray it is.

1912: Captain Robert Scott reaches the South Pole in a quest to be the first person to do so. Unfortunately, a month earlier, Roald Amundsen had already achieved that goal.

Kevin Costner, actor (1955)

Danny Kaye, comedian, dancer, singer, and musician (1913)

Oliver Hardy, comedic actor (1892)

Weedless Wednesday
Weedless Wednesday is the focal point of national Non-Smoking Week. It raises public awareness of the benefits of quitting smoking.

Canada Dry Ginger Ale was patented January 18, 1905 by John J. McLaughlin.

January 17th was kind of quiet . . .

There was no journal prompt for this date, just a flash fiction which I generally don't do, on .

I did not blog on January 17th although that may be because I was getting ready for January 18th. Might have been at Ladies' Day Out as well. You'll hear more about that later.

January 17

Hat Day
How many different hats have you worn in your life? Can you find some pictures that depict your various head ornaments? Or perhaps you can journal about all the hats you wear that no one can see: chauffeur, short-order cook or chef, psychiatrist, tailor, tutor, house cleaner, gardener, cheerleader, etc.
Pose your family or friends wearing their favourite hat for a photograph.
Do you have a hat collection? Each piece in a collection has its own history, from who made it or who wore it. Try to document the hats in your collection in a small journal.

Customer Service Day

1893: The Hawaiian monarch Queen Liliuokalani abdicates the throne as pressure from white sugar planters and businessmen intensifies.

1962: Chubby Checker tops the charts with "The Twist."

Jim Carrey, actor (1962)

Muhammad Ali, boxer (1942)

Mick Taylor, musician (1948)

Mack Sennett, motion-picture producer and director (1880)

Al Capone, gangster (1899)

Benjamin Franklin, American printer, author, diplomat, and scientist (1706)

St. Anthony’s Day
St. Anthony is the patron saint of four-footed beasts.

1974: Pauline McGibbon was appointed Lt.-Governor of Ontario, the first woman ever appointed to a vice-regal post in Canada.

From : - January 17 - Acting - Al Waxman dies in Toronto of complications following heart surgery; actor born in Toronto Mar. 3, 1935; 1975-80 played title character Larry King in CBC situation comedy King of Kensington (ACTRA award 1976); 1981-88 played Lt. Bert Samuels on Cagney & Lacey; 1989-92 Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television; 1900 directed CBS-TV movie Maggie's Secret (Emmy nomination); 1997 played Willy Loman in the Stratford Festival's production of Death of a Salesman; films include Meatballs 3, and Spasms. Toronto, Ontario

I loved the King of Kensington.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hello Dolly, Voting and Metrification . . . ~j


Today's Writing Prompt: Politics

It's not an election year, so I feel safe talking about politics!
What one issue is the most important to you when it comes to voting for your representatives?

We just had our municipal elections earlier this week and I have to say my biggest concern or issue is lower voter turnouts.  People seem to bitch and complain about goverments but when they have the opportunity to voice their concerns and effect change they just don't.  They just don't vote.  I cannot understand it.  I think all active voters should get a pin that says "I voted so I can complain.  Where's your pin?"  The turnout for a very boisterously and sometimes viciously debated municipal election was 35%.  SERIOUSLY!?!?!?

Blog posts for January 16 because yes you can teach an old knitter new tricks.

January 16
National Nothing Day

Good Teen Day

1964: Carol Channing debuts in Hello Dolly, the Broadway show based on Thorton Wilder's play The Matchmaker.  The Broadway play earned a Tony as Best Musical of the Year.

1547: Ivan the Terrible is crowned tsar of Russia.

1804: French physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac ascends to a height of 7,016 m (23,018 ft) in a hydrogen balloon, a record that lasted 50 years.

Marilyn Horne, opera singer (1934)

A.J. Foyt, automobile racer (1935)

1939:  Toronto cartoonist Joe Shuster published his first Superman comic strip.  Shuster and writer Jerry Siegal created the character in 1933 and sold Superman to Action Comics for $130.00.

Niccolò Piccinni, composer (1728)

Ethel Merman, actress (1909)

1970:  The government announced plans to convert from the Imperial to the Metric system of measurement.  A special commission was appointed to oversee the introduction of metric, or the International System of Units.

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