Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dream, think and realize . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Dreams

Describe a dream you have had recently.

I wish I could . . . but they disappear as soon as I wake up.  I do know that if I am mad at someone, I usually dream about them and it involves water and usually them drowning.  

International World Thinking Day

When : Always February 22nd

Just think about it! Today is a day to ponder and contemplate.

International World Thinking Day is celebrated by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and other girl groups. The original objective of this day was to set aside a day for girls all over the world to think of each other, and to give thanks and appreciation to "sister" Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Over the years, it has been expanded to include the opportunity for girls (young and less young) to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women.

You don't have to be a Girl Scout or a Girl Guide to participate in this day. Rather, we encourage all females, young and old, to learn a little more about health issues today. If you are in a position to provide education and training on health issues, do so today. If you can not conduct it today, then schedule it for some time in the near future.

Something to think about: February 22nd is the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell founder of the Boy Scouts, and his wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell . Lady Baden-Powell who founded Girl Guides.

Origin of World Thinking Day:

According to the World Thinking Day organization's website "World Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference, held at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center). "


February 22, 1903 - U.S. side of Niagara Falls runs short of water due to drought conditions.

Winning at cards and hockey . . .

February 21, 2014

If you are looking for a delicious hardy side dish you really must try this recipe.  I love it.

Card Reading Day

When : Always February 21st

Card Reading Day is a fun day. It's a day to read cards..... no more, no less.

Beyond a doubt, the stationery and Ecard companies love this day. It encourages you to send cards. They like that.

As we did our research, we thought we'd find some history that suggest it is a day for Tarot card readings. It very well could be. But, we found no written evidence to support our theory.

What we can tell you, is that its very popular to send and receive cards today. In order to read a card, someone has to send one. So, get the ball rolling and send out some cards today. Chances are, you will get a few back.


February 21, 2002 - Sport - Canada’s women’s hockey team defeats the United States 3-2 in the gold medal game at the Salt Lake City Olympics, ending a 50-year drought. Some say Canada's luck turned after Canadian icemaker Trent Evans buried a loonie under centre ice. Salt Lake City, Utah - YouTube

Don't waste your day . . . Hoodie Hoo it!


Today's Writing Prompt: A Waste

What is your idea of a wasted day?

My idea of a wasted day is when I start a bunch of things and don't manage to finish anything.  I need to scratch chores off My Dreaded To Do List.

Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day

When : Always on February 20

On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo".
It is a day to chase away winter blahs, and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun.

Did you know? Hoodie Hoo Day is a copyrighted holiday. It was created and is provided, courtesy of the great folks at


February 20, 1945 - Welfare - Government issues Canada's First Family Allowance cheques. Ottawa, Ontario

My favourite work of art costs a lot more than a toonie


Today's Writing Prompt: Art

What's your favorite work of art? What do you love about it?

My favourite work of art is Clark McDougall's Talbot Street 1964.  I love the comfort of the piece, the sidewalks clean from a fresh rain just ended, the beautiful colours highlighted with black enamel.  I have a print of it in my dining room.  On a tour of the local art gallery a couple of years ago I was able to see the original.

Chocolate Mint Day

When : Always February 19th

Chocolate Mint Day celebrates anything and everything that is chocolate mint flavored. The most common chocolate mint treats are ice cream, candies, and desserts. Not everyone likes chocolate mint. But those who do love it. No, we don't know why some people don't like this great flavor. But, we do feel sorry for them!

For Chocolate Mint lovers, this is truly a great day. Whether its candies, ice cream or desserts, make sure to get your fill of Chocolate Mint.


February 19, 1996 - Royal Canadian Mint puts new $2 coin design into circulation; bimetallic Polar Bear replaces the $2 bill. Winnipeg, Manitoba


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Soothing upsets and hearts of gold . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Soothing

How do you soothe yourself when you're upset?

Sadly I am a stress eater.  Apparently thinking about food makes me forget what I'm upset about.  I understand this about myself so I try to make sure to have lots of healthy snacks and no junk food in the house.  Once in a while I still give in and go to the store for a bag of chips though.

Two blog posts on February 18th:  

The first is about a tea party fundraiser I attended.

The second is about the square I designed for the Oddball Sampler Afghan I am making (still).

National Battery Day

When : Always February 18th

People get a charge out of National Battery Day. We are absolutely energized about the many uses and applications. It's an opportunity to celebrate a vital invention. Batteries are used everywhere, from the battlefield to smoke alarms to headsets. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and power capacity, to fit a wide array of needs.

Just imagine where the world would be without batteries. We'd still be using a crank to start our automobiles. We'd have to cart around long extension cords to bring the boombox to the beach. And, forget about hand-held games. They'd never be popular tied to an electrical outlet.

Yesiree, batteries are electrifying!

Today is a good time to appreciate the the power of batteries in our everyday life.


February 18, 1972 - Music - Neil Young receives a gold record for Harvest, the only #1 album of his career; includes the #1 hit single Heart of Gold . New York, New York

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mackie's fries and sauce . . . and other random acts of kindness


Today's Writing Prompt: Love or Be Loved

Would you rather have a significant other who was too clingy and needy, or one who was too cold and distant? (Obviously both are pretty awful, but if you had to pick one....).

I would definitely prefer the colder other.  Sad to say I have a huge lack of empathy for people that are too clingy.  They get on my nerves.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

When : Always February 17th

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. And, you know what to do...perform a few random acts of kindness. Almost any kind deed will do. And, we highly recommend you perform kind acts on as many people as you can.

This is a favorite day of many people and groups. People like the idea of showing a little kindness to others. Its a fun and good thing to do. And, they like being on the receiving end of this day as well. It makes both the giver and the receiver feel good.

Schools have used this day as an educational event, and to promote the value of kindness. Organizations have used this day to promote their cause, and for fundraisers.

Caution: What comes around, goes around. Random Acts of Kindness is highly contagious.

Also see World Kindness Day


February 17, 1981 - Start of final round of constitutional debates in the House of Commons. Ottawa, Ontario
February 17, 1982 - British Parliament gives approval in principle to proposed Canadian Constitution. London, England

Monday, December 15, 2014

Oh fuddle duddle, you old grouch . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: OMG

Have you recently seen a peer (another parent, a coworker, a friend at school) do something that shocked you? These kinds of events make our jaw drop because people we think we have a lot in common with turn out to be totally different than we thought. What happened?

Yes I have witnessed some of these jaw dropping events . . . I guess I assume that all people who think would have similar opinions on certain subjects especially gender-bias, racial and religious-bias and so on.

I will say that my husband and I got into a HUGE fight years ago when I heard him declare, upon watching a news report about making O Canada more gender inclusive, that that was a stupid idea and that the anthem has always been a certain way and should not change.  I crushed him with facts and realities, including how the anthem first came into being and the number of times it has already been altered.  And then the knock out punch was to wonder why I wasn't as Canadian as he was.  

Since that time, whenever he makes a comment without thinking it through, I ask if he wishes to get into another O Canada battle.

Do a Grouch a Favor Day

When : Always February 16th

Do a Grouch a Favor today. Do it and make the world a better place.

Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It's in their nature. Others are occasional grouches, influenced by events in their lives, lack of sleep, the weather, etc. A few people are good at disguising their grouchy mood. But, they still need cheering up.

Look around for someone who is in a grouchy mood today. Then, do him or her a favor that will cheer up their day. There's plenty of grouches out there to practice on. Try it on all of the grouches that you see today, and watch the results!


February 16, 1971 - Pierre Trudeau, under opposition attack in the Commons, utters an apparently unparliamentary expression that he later describes as fuddle-duddle. Ottawa, Ontario (CBC Archives)

Gumdrops, Aliens and a flag of our own . . .

February 15, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Adjusting

What's the biggest adjustment you've ever had to make in your life?

In my world, I've had to make adjustments so many times that I'm not even sure which is the biggest.  We've lived in tiny apartments and big homes.  Each required adjustments.  We've had children and we've had an empty nest.  More adjustments.  I've been married and single.  A whole lot of adjustments.

I've only blogged about one thing today:

National Gumdrop Day

When : Always February 15th

National Gumdrop Day honors the popular, gelatin-based candy. Gumdrops have been a favorite candy for many decades. Nowadays, the "Gummi" candies which are the same gelatin base, are the most popular gumdrop type of sweet.

On National Gumdrop Day, you know what to do . . . eat Gumdrops to your heart's content!

Test your Knowledge: Quiz: What children's board game includes Gumdrops? For the answer, scroll down.


Answer to quiz(above): The popular Candyland board game by Milton-Bradley. First introduced in 1949, it includes Gumdrop Mountain and Gumdrop Pass.

For nearly a century Canada had no distinctive national flag. Each time Canadians suggested a new symbol to replace the Canadian Red Ensign, modelled after a British naval flag, there was controversy. Maple leaves, beavers, crosses, crowns — propositions that went nowhere. In 1964 Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson said he'd introduce a new national flag. But Opposition leader John Diefenbaker and the Royal Canadian Legion wanted to stick with the Red Ensign. Everyone had an opinion before Canada finally chose the red and white flag with the maple leaf.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Who didn't love Mr. Dressup? Seriously!!

Two blog posts on February 14th, both about new paper piecings:

About Valentine's Day

When: February 14th.

Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and lovers. The roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, and was celebrated even then on February 14th.

The traditions of Valentine's Day are broad and many. It is a time to exchange cards or small gifts. Chocolates and jewelry are the big hits of this holiday as is romantic dinners.

It is a romantic event for lovers and a fun event for kids and family. Many a couple become engaged or wed on this day. For others it is a day to fall in love.

Did you know? While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes before Valentine's Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men. Over $1billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day.

Saint Valentine's Day Massacre During the "Roaring twenties(1920's)", mobs, crime and gangsters were at a height in many parts of the U.S. Alcohol was banned, spawning the rise of Bootlegging and mob activity. Chicago , Illinois experienced more than it's share of mobs and gangsters. On Valentine's Day, February 14, 1929, four gangsters dressed up as policemen, massacred seven members of a rival gang.

Did you Know? February 14th was formerly thought to be the first day of bird's mating for the season. This sparked the custom of sending valentines to each other.


February 14, 1996 - Media - Ernie Coombs, CBC TV's Mr. Dressup finishes his last children's show, after 31 years on the air. Toronto, Ontario 

I remember taking my oldest son to see Mr. Dressup live.  Now that was a very, very long time ago.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Anger, Blame and Flying High . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Angry

What has made you angry this week?

So far this week I can't think of anything that has made me angry. Of course I've been home alone and things are going pretty well. That could change before the week is done.

Blame Someone Else Day

When : The first Friday the 13th of the year

What a great time you can have on this day. Imagine all the problems, errors, and mistakes you could heap on someone else today. On this day you don't have to take responsibility, or the blame, for any faux pas on your part. On the downside, this day comes as a double edged sword. While you are busy putting the blame elsewhere, someone might just be putting the blame on you!

So.......if the is somethin wrong whif the spellin of this artickle, it's not my fallt.....its' yours.

Blame Someone Else Day could just be your day. But, watch out..... any blame you place today, can come back to bite you tomorrow. After all...what comes around goes around.


February 13, 1981 - Military - Capts Leah Mosher, Nora Bottomley and Deeana Brasseur graduate from CFB Moose Jaw as the first women to become Canadian air force pilots. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan


If you are interested in learning more about the history of Women in the Military check out this link: