Good Morning – Of course I’m late again. We got home a little late from my daughter’s birthday dinner, followed by a stop at the store . . . so I slept in . . . until nearly 9:30! That really doesn’t happen often. I usually manage around 8:00, but 9:30? I usually get up and have a big latte that I sip while doing the blog on Saturday and Sunday, but it was so late I had to fix breakfast first since we both had our tummies growling pretty loudly. So here I am . . . better late than never. Sustenance in my stomach, a hot latte by my side, ready to see what we are celebrating today!
Old Stuff Day – How often do you ask someone “what’s new?”, or “what’s happening?”, and they give you the response, “Nothing, same old stuff”. That’s what this celebration is all about, recognizing that this all too common response suggests a really boring time in someone’s life, or perhaps the life itself is boring, and that is sad! This is not a day to do the same old stuff, but put something exciting and new into a boring daily routine, make some changes by finding new activities, projects or hobbies. Maybe attend an event, or do SOMETHING, ANYTHING different! You’ll be glad you did when you can answer the question “What’s new?” with a response that really tells something new!
Dr. Seuss Day – I’m sure most of us have read Dr. Seuss books growing up, or had them read to us by our parents. Many of us have passed on that tradition by reading them to our own kids and grand kids. Along with the ABCs and 123s, Theodor Seuss Geisel’s rhymes teach kids about everything from manners and gratitude, to the wonders of the world around us. Today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and while his birthday has been chosen as the annual date for National Read Across America Day (which I am combining with Dr. Seuss Day so I’m not duplicating), it is a good thing to honor his day with some life lessons that he taught to generations of children. Let’s look at eight of the lessons he taught – which I found listed on another site. Some of this content isn’t mine, but it was so well done I had to share it with you. I regret that, though I have gone back to look for the source of the information, I can’t find it again! If the original writer of these 8 lessons ever sees this – please know that I appreciate your research and thank you for the inspiration shared from Dr. Seuss:
Be grateful you’re not in the forest in France.Where the average young person just hasn’t a chance,To escape from the perilous pants eating plants.But your pants are safe, you’re a fortunate guy,You ought to be shouting how lucky am I.Some people are much more,Oh, ever so much more,Oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know,You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.So be sure when you step,Step with care and great tact.And remember that life’s a great balancing act.Just never forget to be dexterous and deft,And never mix up your right foot with your left.
Today you are you,That is truer than true.There is no one alive who is youer than you.
The more that you read, the more things you will know,The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
I am the Lorax.I speak for the trees,I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Say!I like green eggs and ham!I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!
Iditarod Begins– This is actually MORE than a week. The Iditarod goes from March 2 through March 18! So, what IS the Iditarod you ask? Well, allow me to tell you! It’s actually quite fascinating!
In 1925 the small city of Nome, Alaska and the surrounding communities was suffering a near epidemic of diphtheria. A team of 20 mushers and about 150 sled dogs took diphtheria antitoxin the 674 miles by dog sled across the U.S. territory of Alaska in 5 and a half days, saving the city. This became known as the 1925 Serum Run to Nome, or the Great Race of Mercy. Both the mushers and their dogs were heroes and received headline coverage in newspapers across the country, and talked about on the newly popular medium of radio! The lead sled dog, Balto, became the most famous canine celebrity of the era after Rin Tin Tin and his statue is a popular attraction in New York City’s Central Park. The publicity also helped spur an inoculation campaign in the U.S. that dramatically reduced the thread of the disease. The sled dog was the primary means of transportation and communication in subarctic communities around the world, and the race became the most famous event in the history of mushing. The first aircraft in the 1930s, then the snowmobile in the 1960s nearly drove the dog sled into extinction, but the resurgence of recreational mushing in Alaska since the 1970s is a direct result of the tremendous popularity of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race, which honors the history of dog mushing with many traditions that commemorate the serum run.
Technically, the 2014 Iditarod got underway yesterday with the ceremonial start, but the race will begin officially on today with the restart. Mushers will begin the first leg of the 1,000-mile trek to Nome, traveling 42 miles from Willow to Yentna Station. It could be rough sledding … literally. The weather has been a problem this year, with a lack of snow and icy conditions causing problems, especially with the opening part of the race. The trail from Willow to Skwentna wasn’t in ideal condition, and the organizers thought about moving the start of the race to Fairbanks. They did decide to keep the start of the race in Willow, with crews and volunteers working to improve the trail conditions. It helped, but it still isn’t in prime condition. The shallowness of the snow could make rocks, trees, roots and other things an issue for those in the race. Even though this part of the route is only a tine part of the total race, this is an important stage. The trail is expected to improve as they go along, but the racers have to get through the rough parts first, without injuries or setbacks. Something as simple as a root in the trail could have a big impact on how things turn out at the end. Good luck to all those who are racing. May God protect them and their dogs along the way, and everyone reach the finish line safely and in good health.
Namesake Day – Ah our names. They are so important to us! Today we are encouraged to explore the roots of our names, and find out of we are named after anyone in particular, maybe even research people who share the same name as us. Our names are special because they are the unique word that identifies us as the person we are. Sometimes our names can inspire us to work harder and achieve the purpose behind the meaning of our name. Every single name has meaning and significance, no matter how simple the name might be. Historically people were named after their ancestors, so traditionally speaking that would mean grandmother, grandfather or other relatives. Many people name their children from out of the Bible, and others just name their children certain names because they like them. If you go to www.themeaningofnames.org you can put in your name and find out what it means and how many other people in the country have it. My first name is Scandinavian for Pure, and my middle name is English for Sunrise. Nice! I also found out that my daughter’s first name is NOWHERE else in the data base in the history of the Social Security Administrations lists, nor found anywhere in historical archives, which means that I happened to pick a name that was 100% unique to her and it really makes me happy that I did!
1836 – Texas declared its independence from Mexico
1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 100 points in a basketball game
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Banana Cream Pie Day – Custard pies date back to antiquity, but this version, with banana cream and a fluffy white topping, is a particular favorite in the American South.
- Banana Cream Pie
- Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes
- Banana Cream Cheesecake
- Boston Banana Cream Pie
- Banana Cream Oatmeal
- Banana & Cream Bundt Cake
Well, that’s some fun stuff, isn’t it? There’s so much to celebrate that I need to get busy doing it! Have a wonderful, relaxing Sunday. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!