Beware The Ides Of March . . .

Mar 15th

Morning.  *yawn*  We were up late watching a series that we found on Netflix.  My eyes were pretty scratchy when I went to bed last night, and truth be told, they still are!  Sleeping in this morning was nice though, and so will being home all day.  I’ve procrastinated as long as I can, so today will be filled with dragging out all of our papers and getting everything ready to do the taxes.  I really hate doing taxes . . . and I bet I am not alone in that.  A little celebrating to get me boosted up and happy first wouldn’t hurt . . . so here we go! (side note: I was looking for pictures of animals yawning . . . and you know that odd phenomenon that yawns are catching? I literally yawned the entire time I was looking at all of those pictures . . . to the point of my eyes watering . . . with animals for goodness sakes! hehehe that’s funny. . . weird . . . but funny!)

Everything You Think is Wrong Day is a day when nothing goes right. Have you ever had a day like that…… a day when nothing was going right? Yeah, me too! I just hope this one doesn’t turn out to be true for today.  I really want everything to come together so I’m not spending the ENTIRE day mucking out my office . . . but just in case, today is a special day to recognize that everyone really does have a bad day once in awhile.  It can happen to all of us, we just hope not too often.  And don’t worry . . . wait 24 hours!  Tomorrow is Everything Will Be Just Right Day!     

“Beware the Ides of March!” –  If you are a fan of Shakespeare – and I always have been  . . . to a point . . . you may remember the famous line spoken by the soothsayer to Julius Caesar in “Julius Caesar”.  The words were a warning to Caesar about his impending death on March 15th.  The Ides of March (literally March 15th) was just a day chosen by Shakespeare for the purpose of his play.  Before that time it didn’t have anything to do with bad luck or doom.  The word Ides comes from the Latin work “idus”, which means half-division.  In the Roman calendar it refers to the approximate day that was in the middle of the month.  Ides is also used for the 15th of May, July and October.    A good way to celebrate this day is to watch the 2011 movie “The Ides of March” starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney.  I’ve never heard of that movie, but it’s worth a shot!

Absolutely Incredible Kids Day –  I’m sure your kid is a pretty good kid.  Maybe they are even REALLY good . . . but I have to tell you that my kids are absolutely incredible!  Yep, I’m a proud mama, and as a parent I am going to take complete advantage of being the author of this blog to throw my bragging rights out there and let you know that my kids are amazing.  If you are rolling your eyes, you probably aren’t a parent yet.  Parents brag about their kids . . . it’s a part of being a parent after all.  When your kids start arriving, trust me, you will use this special day to full advantage too, and shout to the world how incredible your kids are.  My children are adults now, but they will always be my babies, and they are both pretty awesome people, married to equally awesome people . . . and bringing even MORE awesome people into the world.  Yep, I’ll admit it. I’m proud and not afraid to say so.

  

Dumbstruck Day – There are just people in this life who are overwhelmed by everything around them.  The events they face just leave them dumbstruck.  It’s OK to be dumbstruck once in awhile – hopefully not too often though  – but it can be somewhat embarrassing.  Today though, is the day let all of that go, have no guilt or shame and just be dumbstruck if the need hits.

National Quilting Day celebrates fabulous quilts and those who make them. Definitely a hobby that is female dominated – though I am sure that there are men who quilt. Quilting is a skill that produces warm and beautiful results. I used to have a quilt that my Grandma H. made.  I think I was about 5 years old when she made it, and each square was made from a memory of my life.  Some were from my Grandfather’s work shirts, some from bits of fabric Grandma made dresses for my aunt, some were from other blankets that had outlived their usefulness.  Nothing matched, but I could look at each square with its unique texture or color and remember someone or something special to me.  The backing was a very soft red and black plaid, and she used different colors of yarn to tie off the corner of each square.  It wasn’t a beautiful quilt, but it was heavy, warm, comforting and meant the world to me.  That quilt went with me everywhere I went until after I was out of high school.  It went to more camps, retreats, sleepovers and holidays with family than I could ever count.  Many was the time when a group of girls heading to camp would be huddled under this quilt against the cold in a church bus that never quite got warm inside, or we would lay it out in the field at Fort Flagler Church Summer Camp and nap in the sun after a night giggling and talking about the boys.  My baby girl laid on the quilt in the middle of the living room for tummy time . . . I wish I had a picture of that.  Over the years the quilt became threadbare and began falling apart.  It had to be disposed of, but the memories live on in my heart.  Today appreciate the quilt makers that you may know.  Their skill and the love put into each of their projects can reach across the generations and create art that will play a part in memories for many decades to come.  I miss my quilt, and wish I had it still . . . if you are fortunate enough to have one, take care of it, have it repaired regularly, and love it for as long as it holds together.     

This Day In History

44 B.C.  “The Ides of March” Julius Caesar is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Pears Helene Day – Americans never developed the same love of pears that they have for apples, but we have fallen for a number of desserts that star this end-of-summer fresh pick, including ice cream sundae-style Pears Helene.  I always wonder why a food that is known for one season is celebrated at the beginning of a completely different season, but maybe the folks at Food.com know something I don’t know!

Pears Helene
Roasted Pears With Brown Sugar & Vanilla Ice Cream
Spiced Poached Pears
Pear Extraordinaire
Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread Cake
Cranberry Pear Crisp

Time to get myself busy . . . can you tell I am dragging my feet?  I’m always so relieved when it is all said and done that you’d think I’d get right on it.  I don’t though – every year I just seem to put it off until I have no choice.  This is that time.  Enjoy your Saturday, and I hope for you that you are going to have more fun that I will!  At least I can get an unpleasant chore behind me.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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