Good Morning and a happy Wednesday to everyone! I don’t know what is going on with everyone else for weather, but here it is wet, wet, wet with more wet in the forecast. There are flood warnings in the flood zones, avalanche alerts in the mountain passes, and high winds coming in on the coast. What we’ve lacked in snow around here, we are making up for with water falling from the sky. Of course, as I type this, I look out the skylight and see bright sky with a hint of blue coming through the clouds that are racing by overhead in the breeze that is blowing out there. It’s a trick the weather is playing though. We are in for ark building water throughout the next few days. I think my hubby needs to find out what a cubit is, and fast! Anyone have any extra gopher wood lying around? While we are waiting for the critters to start lining up two by two, perhaps we should see what celebrations are waiting to be enjoyed! Nothing like a good celebration to detract from the pending flood. . .
Multiple Personality Day – I am sure we have all joked that we know someone who seems to have split, or multiple personalities. Truth is, it isn’t a joking matter. Split and multiple personality disorders are psychological disorders that are caused primarily by abusive situations that start early in childhood, things that cannot be handled by the person who was abused, so their minds figure out a way to handle it for them. This is such a sad, and horrible disorder, that it seems somehow wrong to make light of it. Even so, it seems after looking into it, that this day was set aside as a day to look at yourself to connect with who you are, exploring your own personality traits and finding out what is at their root. We each show a different side of our personalities at different times, in different situations. It just makes sense that we alter our behavior depending on who we are with, and what we are doing. Being able to do this, should in no way make less important the painful thing it is to have multiple personality, or Dissociative Identity Disorder.
National Absinthe Day – I am going to start this one out with a bit of an EWWW. I am NOT a fan of anything that tastes of licorice, so to me, Absinthe isn’t something that would appeal to me . . .at all. There are a lot of people who DO like it though, so I’ll explain what it is (I had to look it up because honestly, I’d heard the name but didn’t really know what it was) . . . Absinthe is an alcoholic beverage that is high in alcohol content, with a chemical compound called thujone, which is believed to cause psychedelic effects from consuming the beverage. It was a very popular drink up until the 20th century, at which point government agencies took note of the drink’s popularity and promptly banned it in the United States in 1912, then in France in 1915. The government was worried that drinking absinthe would create a generation of reckless drunks, and they may have been right, except for one small thing – there’s not enough thujone in most absinthes to cause it’s rumored mind-altering properties. It is likely that the people who appeared to be having an alternative experience were just really drunk! Absinthe is an “overproof” alcohol, and having too much is likely to freak people out a bit. It doesn’t much matter what the alcohol is, so it doesn’t have to be Absinthe to have that affect. So, what IS Absinthe? it is a neutral spirit with a variety of botanicals, including fennel, green anise and wormwood. Wormwood? Seriously? I wouldn’t think of that as something I’d like to ingest! Anyway, it is these botanicals that give the drink it’s distinctive licorice taste. Absinthe isn’t banned in the U.S. any more – it was lifted in 2007, and it isn’t as regulated as something that was previously banned as you would think! Now, keep in mind, there is no legal definition of absinthe, so that bottle you buy from your local liquor store might not be absinthe at all! Do your homework before buying this particular drink. There are brands that are well respected and known for a high quality product. Once you’ve made your purchase, it’s good to know that there are two ways you can drink it. Hardly anyone does a straight shot of absinthe – because it is so strong, it burns a LOT. Traditionally, an absinthe spoon with a sugar cube is placed over a glass of absinthe. Cold water is slowly poured over the sugar cube until it dissolves. The absinthe becomes cloudy and is ready to drink. The other method is a bit different. The sugar cube is soaked in absinthe, set on fire and dropped into the shot glass. Cold water is poured over the slotted spoon to douse the flames. This results in a stronger drink that is more intense than the original version. This may not be a drink that everyone would enjoy, but when done right, IF you like anise, it will give a clean, crisp, anise-flavored taste.
Saint Piran’s Day – Saint Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall, and is said to have landed at the sandy shores of Cornwall at Perranporth. Legend says that Piran, who was originally from Ireland, was cast out to sea, tied to a millstone, on the orders of the Irish King, who was suspicious of Piran’s miraculous powers. Piran survived the stormy seas and arrived at Perranporth, where he built an oratory to promote Christianity – his first disciples were said to be a badger, a fox and a bear. This oratory is now preserved in the sand dunes at Perran Sands. It is interesting that Piran is famous for accidentally discovering tin. There was a black stone on his fireplace that got so hot that a white liquid leaked out, it was the first tin smelting! It was this discovery that earned Piran the title “Patron Saint of Tinners”, with tin mining being the backbone of the Cornish industry. According to the legend, Saint Piran was fond of a drink or two, and that in spite of them, he lived to the age of 206. Celebrations of Saint Pirin’s Day are growing in popularity, with the annual Saint Piran Play on Perran Sands being a highlight, with hundreds of people making a pilgrimage to this site and other landmarks. Saint Piran’s Day started out as one of many tinner’s holidays observed by the tin miners of Cornwall. I can’t find much in the way of specific traditions connected to this day, except for the consumption of large amounts of alcohol and food are done during what is called “Perrantide”, which is the week leading up to March 5th. The modern day observance of Saint Piran’s Day as a national symbol of the people of Cornwall started in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Celtic revivalists wanted to provide the people of Cornwall with a national day that is similar to those observed in other countries. Since the 1950s the celebration has become increasingly observed and since the start of the 21st century almost every Cornish community holds some sort of celebration to mark the event. Some of the celebrations that take place in the Cornish towns and cities are: parades, speeches, children’s performance, rugby matches, singing and dancing . . and of course WAY too much drinking and eating.
This Day In History –
1770 – The Boston Massacre occurred.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cheese Doodle Day – There may not be many recipes that call for a product called “cheez” but if you are hungry for a junk food filled cheesy crunch, this is the place to be right now! Today is the the annual celebration for the cheddar cheese coated, puffed or crunchy, fried or baked snack food. There is some debate over who the actual inventor of the Cheese Doodle was. One source said that they were invented in the 1940s by a man named Morrie Yohai who had taken over his family snack food company called Old London Foods. Other sources say they were invented in the 1930s. The debate continues because in the 1930s there were two competing accounts, one from Wisconsin and one from New Orleans. No matter how they came to be here, they are here, they are crunchy and quite honestly, as hard as it is for me to admit, they are addictively delicious. Everyone knows when we’ve gotten into them . . . the orange fingers give it away.
Well, here you go . . . things to celebrate today while the rain falls and the wind blows. Looking up through the skylight I can see that the temporarily blue sky is giving way to the white clouds that are rolling in . . . at some point today the calm will stop and the water will start again . . .Time to get busy while I have some energy, and throw open the curtains and watch the rain. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.