Good Morning and a Happy Saturday to you!!! We were going to head out and spend the day at the zoo today, but the weather guessers seem to be leaning to the side of snow mixed with rain today, and honestly I can’t think of anything more miserable than paying to get into the zoo, to walk around getting soaked, looking at empty pens where animals usually would be, but aren’t because they are cozied up inside their nests, dens and hidey holes staying warm and dry. Um, no. We’ll still celebrate our anniversary (which is Monday) but it will be somewhere inside, warm and dry. Quite honestly, I’m still dealing with this nagging cough, so I shouldn’t be tempting it into something worse by getting cold and wet anyway. I’m content sitting here watching movies with my honey, then going out for a meal I don’t have to cook later on. This will definitely be a food splurge day, and I’m promising myself not to regret it tomorrow! (just a side note – hubby just opened the blinds up, and it’s snowing! Good choice on not going to the zoo)
George Washington’s Birthday – George Washington is considered to be “The Father of His Country”, born on this day in 1732. He became the commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775, and fought a long and difficult war for freedom from British rule. Finally, in 1781, the war ended when the Continental Army, with the help of the French, forced the British to surrender at Yorktown. Washington was unanimously elected President by the Constitutional Convention in 1787, in Philadelphia, took oath of office in 1789, and served two terms from 1789 until 1797. When his presidency was over, he retired to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia, where he passed away on December 14, 1799 of a throat infection. Now THAT is something I didn’t know! I don’t know that it was ever mentioned in history classes what it was that ended the life of our first president. Interesting!
Be Humble Day – This one will be really difficult for some people that I know . . . because today is not a day to brag or boast, nor to talk about your success or accomplishments. I know, they may have to choke on their own words today because some folks just can’t shut up the bragging and turn it off! I’m personally acquainted with several! Today is the day to BE HUMBLE! Actually this can be a very humbling experience and possibly, if someone is especially intuitive and celebrates this one seriously, and keeps their yaps shut rather than brag, they may realized that they haven’t said one single word and re-evaluate the error of their ways! Who am I kidding? Braggarts don’t do that – they don’t even think about it, they just brag, brag, brag. Humbleness is a virtue, it’s a good thing, and to be perfectly honest people prefer being around a humble person over being around someone who is a braggart. Practice being humble today, it will serve you well in life. Now, keep in mind, you shouldn’t be bragging about yourself, but it’s perfectly OK to brag about your kids, grandkids or even your furbabies today.
Walking the Dog Day – Aw, this is a special day, and I wish my Tibbi girl could walk more than a block. I miss our long walks! Poor dear does fine getting down the street, but getting back again is truly painful . . . literally for her, and figuratively for me. I hate seeing her hurt. We had to stop our long walks several years ago and keep things short and sweet. If you have a dog that is young and not arthritic, still mobile at least, take them for a walk, not just today but every day that the weather permits! It’s good for them, it’s good for you, and everyone wins!
International World Thinking Day – This is a day celebrated by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and other girls groups. The original thought was to set aside a day for girls all over the world to think of each other, give thanks and appreciation to other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Throughout the years the day has been expanded to include the opportunity for girls (not the really young ones) to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women. All women are encouraged to participate in this day, to learn a little more about health issues that can affect you. If you are in a position to allow you to offer education and training on these health issues, perhaps you can volunteer a little time , and if not today, then perhaps sometime in the future.
International Sword Swallower’s Day – I admit that this one really gives me the shivers. The last Saturday in February is set aside to celebrate sword swallowers, and their, um unique choice of feat to perform. You can find them at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Oddortiums around the world, giving demonstrations . . . I’ll pass thanks. *shiver* This celebration was founded by the Sword Swallower’s Association International and co-sponsored by Ripley’s, to raise awareness of their art and in furthering the continuance of their specialized craft. According to what I’ve been reading, they’ve actually helped the medical community, but I’m not finding many details as to how that might be. This extreme craft started more than 4000 years ago in India, where performers showed off their power and invincibility, and appeased their gods. There are still tribes in India who practice the art of sword swallowing, passing it from father to son. Over time it moved from India, to Rome, Greece and China. When it eventually came to Japan it was extremely popular, and considered to be an acrobatic entertainment, along with jugglers, magicians and other such performers. The groups came to be known as Sangaku. Traveling through Japan, performing on the streets, sword swallowers could be seen with a variety of other performers, like jugglers and contortionists. They would show up at festivals, wowing the crowds with their unique abilities. By the time sword swallowing came to Europe, the Holy Inquisition was also coming. Performing groups with people like magicians and other entertainers were often persecuted as heretics and performers of the dark arts. They were often found guilty of heresy and executed. Among the common people, these groups were very loved and appreciated. When the 17th century was behind everyone, street performers could wander freely and became common sights across Europe. The art of sword swallowing started to lose interest for people in the late 1800’s though, especially when Sweden outlawed variety shows in 1893. They were trying to bring in more genteel entertainment. My question has always been, how are the people doing the sword swallowing NOT getting hurt? And how many die learning? From what I just read on an FAQ site about the topic, it takes many years to learn proper placement of the sword, how to repress the gag reflex, and carefully inserting and removing the sword to avoid slicing open any portion of the body on the way in or out. I nearly felt like gagging while I was reading it. NOT something I would ever care to try, or for that matter, watch.
This Day In History –
1879 – Frank Woolworth opens the first “Five Cent Store in Utica, N.Y.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Margarita Day – Theories about how this cocktail got its name include Rita Hayworth, a bartender’s sister-in-law and more. What we do know is that there’s no drink more festive!
Shoot, now I have a craving for a Margarita – it’s been so long since I’ve had one! Not sure if it is worth the extra calories today, but it IS a splurge day, so we’ll see! Right now I need to let you get to reading about the celebrations and get this posted, and I need to get ready to go! Have a fantastic Saturday! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!