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Kicking 2016 to the Curb

I hate to sound ungrateful. Really, I do….but I will be SO glad to see the end of 2016!

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I can’t wait for this horrible, terrible, bad year to come to an end. Can’t come soon enough for me. Not that I’m bitter……..

This was the year that the husband fought cancer, got sick on chemo treatments and was in and out of the hospital so many times I got to know the hospital’s emergency unit way too well.

My mom passed away. I miss her. We didn’t always see eye to eye on things. Ok, hell, we hardly ever did but she was my mother and the last few years we got close for the first time in our lives and then I lost her. Figures.

The husband and I fought the bureaucratic offices for any kind of help we could get just so we wouldn’t go without food or important medications. It was a hard, long fight but we won in the end.

Many good singers, actors, and people died this past year and much too early in life.

This was the year I saw an egotistical, hate spewing, bigot with a very limited and sometimes made-up vocabulary become the president-elect of the USA. I feel so scared for my home country and wince when I think of what is to come. (This is the only time you will ever read how much I dislike, distrust and abhor Trump on this blog. I keep my politics to myself)

Because of the constant stress, my health is not the best. I am a fighter, though, a survivor so I will get better and stronger this coming year.

I hardly wrote anything worthwhile. My plans for coming out with a few new books fell to the wayside with a loud thump. I could barely keep up with this blog, much less new books. It made me feel so…..wasteful. Wasteful of time and energy and my dreams.

Yes, 2016 was a terrible year. But, like all things it is temporary. A new year is fast approaching and I welcome it with a hopeful heart and a wistful soul.

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This coming year is when I plan to turn a few corners. With my health and with my writing.

I never make New Year’s resolutions. That’s just asking for failure. I have made a list of some things I want to work on this coming year.

Writing

Health

Diet

Mental health

These are just a few things I want to change for the better. I want to write those books. Lose those pounds. Become happier. Get my health back.

And take more time for my friends.

So, here comes 2017! About fricking time!

 

 

 

 

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Happy That Last Year is Over With!

Happy New Year, People!

As my post title says…I am so glad 2015 is over with and gone. Whew, that was a damn hard year. Not to be repeated, please. A good friend of mine did a post yesterday, not about resolutions, but about leaving things behind in the new year. As I don’t do resolutions either, I thought it was such a good idea that I stole it. Yes, I did. I’m not sorry either.

She’ll forgive me I’m sure.

So I’m going to make a list of things I’m going to leave behind in 2015. Good riddance and hello 2016!

 

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  1. Bad health. Mine and the husbands. Mostly his, I hope. Yes, I want to leave behind the bad health issues we faced in 2015. We have a good chance of doing this. First, I need to get my butt in gear and exercise. I already eat decently. I’m a diabetic, I have to. My problem is I sit too much. When I’m not doing housework, dishes, running to the store, giving the husband his pills, making stuff to eat. Yeah, other than all that I sit in my comfy, old office chair in front of my computer and type, or read. I need to get up and move more.

2. I need to leave behind procrastination. I’m an expert at it. Getting better every day. I really need to stop that and just get stuff done. There is so much I want to do. Like, write more books. A big highlight last year was publishing my two books. (You can buy them from Amazon, just click on the books on my sidebar!) I have been working on a third book in the series but it’s been slow going. I also have an idea about another book, something different I want to try. I’m hoping to do that too this new year.

3. Financial issues. Yeah, like that is going to happen. I’m nothing if not optimistic. Last year really sucked as far as the finances were concerned. I need to work on a better budget and work on generating more income for us. This is always a worry. I want to worry less and produce more. Just not too sure how I’m going to do that.

4. I want to leave behind my insecurities about my writing. I received a wonderful email from someone a few days ago. They had just finished reading The Canine Caper and loved it. They told me they hoped I kept on writing. That was a wonderful email to receive from someone I didn’t know. Obviously, some people enjoy my writing, so I need to quit doubting myself and just write!

5. Thinking my siblings are going to change their attitude toward me. Yeah, I really need to give that up as they aren’t going to change. It’s been too many years of me wishing things were different and things staying the same, or getting worse. I have no idea why I’m considered the black sheep of the family, but hey, I’ll take it. I always did like being different. I have my friends. Even if some are faraway, they are more like family than my family. Just goes to show, blood does not always make a difference.

6. I need to leave behind any heartache. Yes, I’ve had my fair share of heartache the past year. Not going into details, but lets just say family is not the only reason I hurt inside sometimes. I get foolish dreams once in a while. Expectations that can’t be met….of myself and others. Through no fault of theirs. I let my guard down and then expect things to happen that don’t and wham! Hurt feelings. I’m letting that go.

7. Adulting. Yes, you read that right! I’m leaving adulting behind. Frick it. I hate being an adult sometimes. Just kidding! Well, maybe I won’t leave it ALL behind. Just some of it. I need to have more fun. Really, I do. I’m way too serious most times. I need some fun and frolicking in my life. Anyone want to frolic with me?

I’m leaving it at seven. I like the number seven. You know what I won’t be leaving behind? YOU!

Yes, I promise not to leave you behind. So come join me this year. Let’s have some fun! Let’s party! Let’s be friends……You guys are great and thank you for sticking with me this past year. Thank you for helping me when it was so very difficult for me to ask for help. Thank you for being readers, commentors, big-hearted people and most of all, thank you for being who you are.

There were some of you that truly were friends. You let me whine to you, cry on your shoulder, share my worries, help me buy a mattress so I could get some much-needed sleep, bought my books and helped me make those same books a reality. I love you guys. Now let’s get going on 2016!!

 

 

 

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It’s New Year’s Eve, Baby! ~~ Dec 31

In my small part of the world the old year is fading fast with the new year nipping on its heels. This past year was a hard one for me, lots of bad things went down. But I also made some great friends here in this blogging world. For that I am thankful. The friendships mean the world to me. You know who you are!

Today is my day for reflecting back on the past year. I will be glad to see it go. A new year approaches all shiny, bright and empty. I intend to fill it up with lots of good things, so next year at this time I can say I’m sorry to see it leave. That’s my plan. Only time will tell if my plan works, but I will try damn hard to make it work.

I won’t bore you with a list of bad things. I just want to put them behind me and move on. I’m an optimist that way.

Yesterday I saw a great idea which I plan on doing. Take a nice jar and fill it full of the great things that have happened to you throughout the year. Then open that jar on December 31 and review all the good. I love that idea! Every day this coming year I want to put a slip of paper in that jar.  I want it so full that it overflows with those small brightly colored pieces of happiness.  I also thought that it doesn’t have to be big things, I need to remember the small things that make me happy.

Would winning the lottery be great? Sure it would and that would definitely go into my jar! But so would a slip of paper saying, “Sam, my crazy dog buddy made me laugh today.” Or, “I read this outstanding book today!”, even, “I got an email from a friend that made me feel good.” Like I said it doesn’t have to be earth shattering to be good. I think I will find by the end of the year that jar will be filled so full, because my life will have been filled with lots of small happy things. And that dear people, is what makes us smile and feel loved, all the small happy things, as they turn into a big happy life.

Now on with the celebrations!

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New Year’s Eve ~~ I think we all know this holiday! From one end of the world to the other, New Year’s Eve is celebrated! (Via Wikipedia)  In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve (also Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some people attend a watchnight service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into January 1 (New Year’s Day). The island nations of Kiribati and Samoa are the first to welcome the New Year while Honolulu, Hawaii is among the last.

    • Superstitions concerning food or visitors to bring luck
    • This especially includes circle-shaped foods, which symbolize cycles. The reasoning behind superstitions is that the first day of the year sets precedent for the following days. A common superstition specific to New Year’s Day concerns a household’s first visitor of the year—tradition states that if a tall, dark-haired stranger is the first to walk through your door, called the First Footer or Lucky Bird, you’ll have good luck all year. Also, if you want to subscribe to superstition, don’t let anything leave the house on New Year’s, except for people. Tradition say’s: don’t take out the trash and leave anything you want to take out of the house on New Year’s outside the night before. If you must remove something, make sure to replace it by bringing an item into the house. These policies of balance apply in other areas as well—avoiding paying bills, breaking anything, or shedding tears.

Well, darn it! I don’t know any tall, dark-haired stranger. Well I wouldn’t, would I? Otherwise they wouldn’t be strangers! As for the trash, I plan on taking that out today, not tomorrow. Circles? I have grapes, does that count? As for paying the bills, well that isn’t going to happen, as I’m broke! hahaha! I’ll try not to break anything and I won’t be crying in my beer either. Oh wait, I don’t drink beer!

Make Up Your Mind Day ~~ Today is not a day to procrastinate. All year you have been putting off making decisions. Today should be the day to start the new year with a clean slate and make up your mind on any decisions that you need to make. So stop sitting there and being all indecisive! Make up your mind to do something, stop something, go somewhere and just do it!

World Peace Meditation Day ~~  This holiday started in 1986 and is a day when everyone on planet earth should take advantage of the calmness and serenity of meditation with the intention for world peace. The hope is that this positive energy will take us into the new year. We also should celebrate the diversity and unity of our global community. The day was created in order to unite people under the common bond of love and peace.

Now this one I could get behind! Isn’t it a wonderful sounding day? Let’s all meditate and wish for world peace, there is nothing wrong with wishing for something.

Well that does it for the month. I’m almost sorry to see this end. I’ve enjoyed researching and posting all the reasons to celebrate in December. Maybe I’ll do it again for some random month!

I am wishing you all a great New Year, filled with all the light and love you can handle. May this coming year be the best, warmest, brightest year for you. See you next year people and thank you for reading and commenting all this past year. You are the reason I keep coming back, well that and I don’t know how to shut up!

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Two Days Left of Celebrations in December! ~~ Dec 30

Yeah, not much  of a title I know. I was going with another one, but thought it would have been too misleading, so went with boring instead. Oh well. I’m tired as I have been running around town like crazy today. I wanted to get everything done that I needed to do so I can bunker down inside and let the crazies have the roads for the next couple of days. 

So now I’m tired and I just ate, so I want a nap. hahaha! As I never take naps that would be a new thing. I just don’t want to get in the habit of taking naps, I have way too much to do to sleep. As I’m running late all ready, I’ll bypass the rest of the small talk and get right to the celebrations of the day!

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Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Day ~~ Wow, what a mouthful! A festival? Really? New Year’s Day is just two days away. Do you have your resolutions ready? If not, then the Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute could be the perfect holiday. How many years have we made our New Year’s resolutions on the spot during the heat of the New Year’s Eve moment while under the spell of the bubbly? Or, the next morning while recovering from its spell? This is the holiday that encourages us to plan ahead. To review the past year(s) unrushed with a clear mind to think about the life changes we’d like to make with the clean start of the coming year.

It’s curious that this holiday refers to itself as a festival. Does this imply that we should invite a few friends and family to help us in our brainstorming of the enormous changes that we should make? Might be a little too much honesty going on for that to work out well. Perhaps, the festival meaning is that many of us will be simultaneously performing this activity on our own. I think I’ll go with the latter interpretation.

Falling Needles Family Fest Day ~~ This one was created by Wellcat.com. Now that the Yuletide tree’s been up for weeks and hasn’t been watered since a couple of days before Christmas, gather the gang around and watch the needles gently fall one by one. Live it up! Dance barefoot. 

Now I’m not sure about the dancing barefoot part. Have you ever stepped on a dead pine needle! They don’t call them ‘needles’ for nothing! How about instead the family dances that dead tree right out the door and to a recycling center? Sounds better don’t it? Oh and don’t forget your shoes!

No Interruptions Day ~~ Hang up your “Do Not Disturb” sign on No Interruptions Day. Minimize distractions at work by letting calls go to voice mail, taking breaks from your email and turning your phone on vibrate, ignoring the constant stream of texts. Finish your work projects, cross that last item off your to do list and leave the office with a sense of accomplishment.

At home you can silence and shut down all devices that interrupt you so you can devote yourselves to your families or to yourselves. This is a day for quiet and/or focus. It is a day to renew your energies to prepare yourselves for the new calendar year ahead.

Well I all ready screwed this one up! Oh well, I’ll remember it for next year.

Bacon Day ~~ This day should not be confused with International Bacon Day which is held in the US the Saturday before Labor Day. This day is to celebrate bacon in all its fried, crispy glory.  Eating pork that’s been cured, smoked and salted dates back to ancient times according to Food Timeline (and we’re all still here!). Unless it’s against your religious or ethical beliefs, indulging in a few slices of bacon on a rare occasion isn’t the end of the world.

If you didn’t have enough ideas on how to use bacon, here’s 7 more for you. ( 7 ways to enjoy bacon)

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day ~~Today is the day we celebrate baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda (same thing). Sodium bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda) is used in baking, cooking, de-odorizing, cleaning, polishing, and countless other applications.

(Via Wikipedia) The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of Natron, a mixture consisting mostly of sodium carbonate decahydrate, and sodium bicarbonate. The natron was used as a cleansing agent like soap. In 1791, a French chemist, Nicolas Leblanc, produced sodium carbonate, also known as soda ash. In 1846, two New York bakers, John Dwight and Austin Church, established the first factory to develop baking soda from sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide. This compound, referred to as saleratus, is mentioned in the famous novel Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling as being used extensively in the 1800s in commercial fishing to prevent freshly caught fish from spoiling.

On this link I found a place that tells you 75 ways of using baking soda, I think some of them will surprise you! 

 

That’s all for today folks, come back tomorrow for the final day of December celebrations! 

 

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Tick Tock Day ~~ Time is Running Out of This Year! ~~ Dec 29

Hello once again people! Only a few days left in this year and this month. Wow, where did the year go? For me it went fast, yet in some ways it was terribly slow. I’ve had better years and I’ve had worse.

For today I could only find a few celebrations, I suppose it’s all leading up to the big one again. New Years! Does anyone have any New Year’s traditions that they try to keep? Something you’ve been doing for years, maybe even something you’ve been doing because your parents did it?

I try to make black-eyed peas for New Years. Something I picked up when I was living in Texas. I also love them, but it’s nice and comforting to have a tradition, even though it’s a small one. When I first moved to Canada I was looking for black-eyed peas at the grocery store my first New Years here. I couldn’t find them, so I asked a clerk and she had no idea what I was talking about! She had never heard of them before! Well I explained to her what they were and we went on a treasure hunt.

I finally found them that day, but in a different (and bigger) grocery store. Here they call them Black Eyed Beans, not peas, which is technically correct, but I was so used to calling them peas that it was strange to me. Now I’m used to it and just about every store carries them.

My parents did two things every New Years day. My father (he was German) used to eat raw hamburger. Yeah, yuck! He would make a hamburger patty out of really top-notch hamburger and place it on a bun with raw onion and eat it. None of us could ever do that without retching. Ha-ha! He is also the one that used to eat his steak while still on the hoof. Joking! Almost. He cooked his own steak always. This is how he did it. Get a cast iron fry pan smoking hot, take the steak and season it well, then toss it in the hot pan, let it cook for 15 seconds and flip it. Another 15- 20 seconds and it was done. I kid you not! I used to joke with him that when he stuck his fork in it, it mooed.

My mother (Native American) liked to eat pickled herring on New Years. I think she got it from my dad, because it’s more of a German thing. We would eat pickled herring on saltine crackers. I loved it when I was young. I haven’t eaten pickled herring in years though. The last time I did was many years ago in Texas. I ate one piece out of the jar and could tell they had spoiled. I threw the rest away and a few hours later came down with the worst case of food poisoning I have ever had. I spent a week on the couch wishing I would die. Haven’t touched pickled herring since.

Well those are my traditions, such as they are. Now on with the celebrations!

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Pepper Pot Day ~~ Pepper Pot Day celebrates the soup that was served in the Continental Army during the war in 1777-1778. The legend is that George Washington asked the army chef to make a meal that would keep the troops warm and boost their morale. It’s said that a West Indies recipe that was brought to Philadelphia was modified to include tripe and Washington’s Pepper Pot Soup was created and is credited with being “the soup that won the war.”

I don’t like tripe so I don’t use it when I make this soup. Tripe can be substituted for most any other meat. If you would like to see how it’s made or even try to make some yourself, here’s a link to a recipe I found.

 

Tick Tock Day ~~ Time runs out! All those dreams you’ve had, all those fantasies? It’s time, friend. Do it! Annually, Dec 29. (©2006 by Wellcats.com) My guess is that it means you only have a few more days of making those dreams, resolutions, whatever that you made at the start of the year a reality. Go for it!

Now for some miscellaneous information about today:

  • 1851 – The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1890 – Wounded Knee Massacre on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 300 Lakota killed by the US Army
  • 1914 – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, is serialized in The Egoist
  • 1934 – Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930
  • 1937 – The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution
  • 1940 – World War II: In the Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe firebombs London, England, UK, killing almost 200 civilians
  • 1949 – KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule
  • 1959 – Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology
  • 1997 – Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation’s 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain

 

So that’s it for today people. See you tomorrow! Stay safe!

 

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Another Day for Celebrations! ~~ Dec 28

I’ve been busy today! This will be my third post today. I think for me that’s a record! My other two posts were for flash fiction, which I love to do. Go check them out if you have a minute.

The year is fading fast. Only a few more days left. I’ve all ready been reading posts on New Year resolutions. I usually don’t make any myself. I would be bound to break them. I mean, my life is always changing, always evolving into something different and new. So should I stifle myself with resolutions? I don’t think so. The number one resolution people make is to lose weight. Number two is to stop smoking.

Do I need to lose weight? Hell yes, but if I make it a resolution to do so, I will be sure to break it and then I will feel bad. Why put myself through that? Losing weight is an everyday thing with me and that’s enough pressure. As for smoking, well I don’t do that so it’s a moot point.

But wait Jackie, you think, there are other things you could make resolutions about. How about that novel you want to finish (actually 2 now)? Or how about your blog? Are you happy with the way it’s going? Do you want to change anything? Yes, and no would be my answer to that.

I’m thinking of changing things just a bit on here. More original stories, more reader participation, more personal, maybe. Just a few things I’m thinking about. We’ll see what decisions I come up with by January 1. I know I would like to see my blog grow more. I’ve been sitting stagnant for 6 months now, things need to be changed I think. Just not sure how. Any suggestions would be more than welcome!

So then, let’s get on with today’s celebrations!

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National Chocolate Candy Day ~~ Now this one makes sense doesn’t it? How many people still have Christmas candy sitting around the house? Plenty I’m betting. Today is the day to devour some of that! Go ahead, eat a piece for me. And with New Year’s eve just around the corner and that pesky resolution to lose weight closing in fast, today is a day to celebrate and eat some chocolate candy without guilt!

Card Playing Day ~~ Another good idea for you or the kids to do while on Christmas vacation! Play a good game of cards. I have always enjoyed card games. My dad was a master Cribbage player and taught me what he knew. I even beat him once or twice. Maybe. He really was good at it. Here’s a list of some card games you and your family might enjoy while eating those chocolate candies and sipping that leftover eggnog.

War, Rummy, Crazy 8’s, Gin, Euchre, Sheepshead, Cribbage, Bridge, Go Fish, Poker, Texas Hold’em, Black Jack, Solitaire and I’m sure there are lots more out there.

Gone To Pot Day ~~ The creators of this holiday decided to make a ‘gone-ta-pott’ day to celebrate all the things that had gone wrong with them during the month.

Gone-ta-Pott or “gone to pot” is an “idiom.”
If something has gone to pot, it has gone wrong and doesn’t work any more. A day where nothing has gone right. A day full of mis-haps. A day where everything you tried to do ended up with no success. A day where one thing right after the other went astray. A day when trying to meet a deadline and everything got in the way. A day that should of been a day of success turned out to be a day of turmoil. 
This Holiday is set aside for people around the world to appreciate and get a good laugh out of a bad day or a bad week. It’s time to get past the stress. This day is set aside so friends can come together over a few drinks, a pot of stew and get a big laugh over stories being told about who had the worst day for the month. Invite all your friends and family over to share in the laughter. We all love to hear a good story and we all jump to attention when someone says….. Let me tell you what happened to…! So on this day everybody needs to tell their best gone-ta-pott stories so everyone can get a big laugh out of it.
Bairns’ Day, or The Feast of the Holy Innocents ~~ On this date today it’s said,  King Herod ordered the slaughter of all infant boys under the age of two. It’s considered the Unluckiest Day of the Year.
No new work should be started this day! Instead finish up some old odds and ends:  sort out that stack of mail which may have accumulated during the holidays.Summon up your courage and examine your bank account and bills!

Get rid of that pile of laundry. No! Not out the window or hidden in some closet. Wash, dry it and put it away. Ha-ha!

Well that’s it for today people. Tomorrow is another day, see you then!

 

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The December Celebrations are Still Happening! ~~ Dec 27

Buon giorno people! Hola,  god dag, helo, sholem aleikhem, konnichi ha, shalom, tansi, and in Potowatomie (My American Indian heritage) bozho. They all mean simply, hello! So hello people!

Christmas may be over but there are still some days left in the month, so I will be continuing to celebrate the days of December. Hope you’ll join me!

Are you glad Christmas is over? Or are you all ready looking forward to next Christmas? What are your plans for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s? Staying in? Going out? Come on people give up your plans!

Well I for one am staying in as usual. I’ll have me a nice Chinese dinner with some good tea or coffee. It’s kind of tradition with me, to have Chinese food on New Year’s eve. Either I cook it or I order it in. We’ll see what happens this year.

So after all that rambling, let’s get to the celebrations!

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Fruitcake Day ~~ Well the much despised Fruitcake gets its day! Yes, it’s Fruitcake day! (Via Wikipedia)  The earliest recipe from ancient Rome lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins that were mixed into barley mash. In the Middle Ages, honey, spices, and preserved fruits were added.

Fruit cakes soon proliferated all over Europe. Recipes varied greatly in different countries throughout the ages, depending on the available ingredients as well as (in some instances) church regulations forbidding the use of butter, regarding the observance of fast. Pope Innocent VIII (1432–1492) finally granted the use of butter, in a written permission known as the ‘Butter Letter’ or Butterbrief in 1490, giving permission to Saxony to use milk and butter in the North German Stollen fruit cakes. Starting in the 16th century, Sugar from the American Colonies (and the discovery that high concentrations of sugar could preserve fruits) created an excess of candied fruit, thus making fruit cakes more affordable and popular.

If a fruit cake contains alcohol, it could remain edible for many years. For example, a fruit cake baked in 1878 is kept as an heirloom by a family (Morgan L. Ford) in Tecumseh, Michigan.  In 2003 it was sampled by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.  Wrapping the cake in an alcohol-soaked linen before storing is one method of lengthening its shelf life.

Celebrate Fruitcake Day by either eating some of the fruitcake you received for Christmas or by giving someone a fruitcake.

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day ~~  If you have kids, Make Cut Out Snowflake Day comes at the perfect time. Likely they’ve been on holiday break for a few days now and if they are starting to have nothing to do or getting rambunctious, having them make 50-100 snowflakes to decorate the house could be a fun activity for them and a sanity saver for you. If you don’t have kids, why not regress to your childhood for a couple of hours?

Now doesn’t this take you back to your school days? Remember cutting out those snowflakes and taking them home to hang? I do. Sounds like fun! I will even give a link to a snowflake cutting guide to get you started!

Or go make virtual snowflakes, here!

Visit the Zoo Day ~~ The first zoo dates back to 1500 BC in ancient Egypt! The tradition was passed down, all the way to the 1400s AD, when Columbus discovered “The New World.” A new world meant new creatures, and his discoveries renewed interest in zoos all across Europe. Today, there are over 2,800 zoos in the world, and over 6 million people visit them each year!  So what if it’s too cold to go out to the zoo? Well, why not stay in with a good book about the zoo?

The oldest running zoo in the world is Vienna Zoo in Schonbrunn which dates from 1752.

The largest zoo in the US is Red McCombs Wildlife with over 5.000 hectares (12.500 acres).

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has over 200 members.  Its strategy “provides a common philosophy for zoos and aquariums across the globe and defines the standards and policies that are necessary to achieve their goals in conservation.”  WAZA’s mission is “to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums, and like-minded organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation”. They are at the forefront of environmental campaigning and ran a petition in the run up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit (December 2009) calling on governments to set targets of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels below 350 parts per million in order to prevent a mass extinction of animals.

That’s all for now people. See you tomorrow!

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Happy New Year!

I meant to be on much earlier to wish everyone a Happy New Year, but my computer blew up last night. I had to go shopping for a new one this morning (ugh). I spent too much money, but I am NOT going without my computer!

Anyways, got a new super duper one, took hours to set it all up like I wanted. Now finally here. Whew. That was like work or something 🙂

 

I hope everyone’s New Year starts out great and stays that way! All of you have made my year a wonderful one here on WordPress and I want to say thank you to each and every one of you!

 

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New Years Resolutions and Why We Make Them

If you came to see what my New Year’s resolutions are going to be, I’m afraid you will be disappointed. I don’t make resolutions, ever! Never have. They seem kind of pointless to me. But, if you do, great! I sincerely hope you are able to keep them.

My friend Lois over at livingsimplyfree asked the question of who started the New Years resolution thing. Great question Lois!

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I decided to look into it, because I was curious myself. So me and my Sleuthing Elf did one more job. We found out how all this resolution business got started. It goes like this:

According to one report here

New Year’s Day celebrations began in pre-Christian times, beginning with the Babylonians in March but changed to January by the Romans. January gets its name from Janus, the two-faced god who looks backwards into the old year and forwards into the new.

The custom of setting “New Years resolutions” began during this period in Rome, as they made such resolutions with a moral flavor: mostly to be good to others. But when the Roman Empire took Christianity as its official state religion in the 4th century, these moral intentions were replaced by prayers and fasting. For example, Christians chose to observe the Feast of the Circumcision on January 1 in place of the revelry otherwise indulged in by those who did not share the faith. This replacement had varying degrees of success over the centuries, and Christians hesitated observing some of the New Year practices associated with honoring the pagan god Janus.

Most commonly, it revolved around returning any borrowed farm equipment, as their New Year coincided with the start of their farming season.

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The New Year has not always begun on January 1, and it doesn’t begin on that date everywhere today.

It begins on that date only for cultures that use a 365-day solar calendar. January 1 became the beginning of the New Year in 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar developed a calendar that would more accurately reflect the seasons than previous calendars had.

The Julian and Gregorian calendars are solar calendars. Some cultures have lunar calendars, however. A year in a lunar calendar is less than 365 days because the months are based on the phases of the moon. The Chinese use a lunar calendar. Their new year begins at the time of the first full moon (over the Far East) after the sun enters Aquarius- sometime between January 19 and February 21.

Although the date for New Year’s Day is not the same in every culture, it is always a time for celebration and for customs to ensure good luck in the coming year.

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The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of a new year on what is now March 23, although they themselves had no written calendar.

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The Chinese set a special New Years resolution – house cleaning. Most people nowadays would relate this to Spring-Cleaning. At the coming of the New Year, the Chinese would clean their house from top to bottom. What a great way to start the year, with a beautiful clean house!
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Today we still set New Years resolutions, and try to achieve them. They are almost always based around self-improvement resolutions and goals. They are a way to mark the beginning of changes in our habits and lifestyle. The most common resolutions include losing weight, quitting smoking and/or drinking, and improving your finances.
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Now for some good humored quotes on New Year.

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. – Oscar Wilde

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. – Bill Vaughn

New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. – Mark Twain

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
– William Arthur Ward