Mmmmmmm . . . Maple Syrup . . .

Dec 17th

Last night I should have been in the kitchen making up bowls of cookie dough, right after dinner.  I didn’t feel like it.  I should have been all enthusiastic about getting everything ready to just bake on Wednesday afternoon when I have a little extra time.  I wasn’t.  Know what I was enthusiastic about last night? Yep, getting the kitchen straightened up after dinner, getting things set up for coffee this  morning and going to sleep.  I was SO tired!  Know where that still leaves me?  Needing to get cookies done for packages to mail out on Saturday morning, and with a Christmas card list and boxes of cards that I haven’t done yet.  *sigh*  I can’t summon up a great deal of distress over it.  It’ll get done . . . just didn’t happen last night.  I’m not giving up hope for tonight though.

Wright Brothers Day – On this date in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made aviation history with their famous 12-second flight, going about 120 feet. That brief 12 seconds in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina changed the world.    Today, across the country, the pioneering spirit of the Wright Brothers will be celebrated in schools, where teachers will prepare special lessons about aviation. In the brothers’ hometown of Dayton, Ohio, there will be public celebrations, and in Kill Devil Hills, NC there is a 60-foot national memorial that is open to visitors any time of year, but is especially busy on  Wright Brothers Day.  For folks not near the site of the historic flight, maybe a visit to museums of flight, or attending an air show would help celebrate the day.

 

This Day In History

1903 – The Wright Brothers made their first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C.     

Food Celebration of the Day

National Maple Syrup Day – Is there anything as wonderfully unique and delicious as pure maple syrup?  Not the sugar crud that passes for pancake syrup that doesn’t have any real maple in it, but REAL, honest to goodness maple syrup!  This lovely treat originated in America, and the Native American Indians were the first to harvest and boil the sap of the maple tree into a thick syrup.  I’ve seen video demonstrations of a maple sap harvest, in the late winters, and I would really love to see it in person.  These demonstrations are held in February-March, when the sap is flowing, which makes me wonder why we are celebrating Maple Syrup today!?    How, since it isn’t the time for the sap to flow, would we celebrate this one?  Well, by eating maple syrup of course!  Did you know that maple syrup is called “liquid gold”?  Do you know why?  Well, it takes about 40 gallons of raw sap to create one gallon of syrup.  That’s a LOT of sap!  

 

I know today wasn’t very Christmasy – and I’m sorry for that.  The brain is a little tired.  I’ll try to come up with something fun for tomorrow that talks about Christmas.  So, God Bless You, Merry Christmas and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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