Good Morning – at least I hope its still morning by the time I post this! I slept in, then got up and made breakfast before even beginning to write. That’s OK – a late day is nice now and again. Let’s get right into what today has in store for us!
Neither Rain Nor Snow Day – This celebration honors the opening of the New York Post Office building on this day in 1914. The following inscription was inscribed on the building: “Neither snow nor rain not heat nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” This has come to be assumed to be the motto of the US Postal Service as a whole, and that is incorrect. No, this inscription was very close to the old Pony Express rider’s motto, which leads to another misconception. People often think that the Pony Express was the predecessor to the Post Office, but it wasn’t. It was a privately owned, funded and operated message delivery service. Their motto though was so good that the New York Post Office made their similar! No, today is just about appreciating our postal service, struggling though it may be. Appreciate your delivery person. They do work hard to be accurate and timely with the delivery of the mail.
Grandma Moses Day – This is one that is going to be quite difficult to put into a short paragraph. Trying to figure out where to begin with telling you about this incredible American artist is difficult, and keeping it short will be even MORE difficult. Grandma Moses was born Anna May Robertson on September 7, 1860 in Greenwich, NY. She and her husband were farmers first in Virginia, then settled in Eagle Bridge, New York. She was the mother of ten children and did not begin her painting career until she was well into her 70s when arthritis was making it difficult for her to sew. Liking to keep busy, she began painting realistic country scenes, some of which she painted on dried tree mushrooms. She also made ceramic tiles and decorated them with patterns and landscapes. She was so absolutely remarkable in so many ways! At the age of 99 years old she began illustrating Clement C. Moore’s poem “The Night Before Christmas”. She continued working until the summer before her death, December 13, 1961. She was 101 years old. She never took an art class, but produced around 1600 pieces of art throughout her time as a folk artist. This date may mark the anniversary of her birth, and we may be celebrating her amazing accomplishments, but it is also an opportunity to follow in her example . . . “Painting’s not important,” she used to say. “The Important thing is keeping busy.” She always stressed how important hard work was, and respect for our surroundings. For more information about this incredible woman, check out Grandma Moses’ “My Life’s History”, published in 1952.
This Day In History –
1921 – The first Miss America beauty Pageant is held in Atlantic City N.J.
Food Celebrations of the Day –
- Acorn Squash Stuffed With Sausage & Sour Cream
- Acorn Squash Lasagna
- Microwave Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Cranberry-Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Acorn Squash & Apple Soup
- Cream of Acorn Squash Soup
- Acorn Squash & Arugula Pizza