Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cold Start Co-op

Our homeschool co-op is starting up again today, and I am just not ready.

Then, last night, the temps here got down to about 20*F. It is seldom that it gets so cold in our area, usually only once or twice a winter. We are expecting the temps to get that low every night this week. Meanwhile, the central heat, newly installed, was blowing cold air last night. So, we are relying on blankets, heating pads, and small space heaters.

Sweetie went out and bought a new space heater. It has blown two circuits in the house.

The temp in the house is about 50*F.

For the first time since I started teaching at the co-op, I am not teaching a cooking class, and it has me very sad. I've had a cold, sick feeling since I found out that had been taken from me.

So a cold start all around to this semester.

Today is:

Apple Howling Day, Henfield, West Sussex (Held at Gill Orchard, horn blowing and howling at the trees is said to wake them up and yield a good crop.)

Epiphany Fair, Italy

Fair Deal Day

National Bird Day

National Whipped Cream Day

Night of the Magic Camel, Syria

Twelfth Day of Christmas -- and thus, Twelfth Night

Birthdays Today:

Pamela Sue Martin, 1953
Diane Keaton, 1946
Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, 1938
Alvin Ailey, 1931
Robert Duvall, 1931
Walter Mondale, 1928
George Reeves, 1914
George Dolenz, 1908
King Camp Gillette, 1855
Constanze Mozart, 1762 (wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, 1679
Shah Jahal, 1592 (Mughal emperor of India, built the Taj Mahal)

Today in History:

Pope Clemens VII forbids English king Henry VIII to re-marry, 1531
A petition in Recife, Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues, 1638
The first Swedenborgian temple in the US holds its first service, in Baltimore, 1800
The Ohio legislature passes the first laws restricting the movement of free blacks, 1804
Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo, 1836
The US House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the UK, 1846
The first US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University, 1887
An Austrian newspaper makes the first public report on Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of xrays, 1896
The National Association of Audubon Society incorporates, 1905
Colombia recognizes Panama's independence, 1909
British premier Lloyd George issues a demand for a unified peace, 1918
Nellie Taylor Ross is sworn in as governor of Wyoming, the first woman governor of a US state, 1925
Mao Tse-tung writes "A Single Spark Can Start A Prairie Fire," 1930


  1. Brrrrr...thats cold.

    Helpful comment,huh? :)

  2. Oh no, sorry to hear it was so cold & frustrating! Hope things get warmer, sunnier, and happier soon!

  3. It's okay, Tricia, just the sympathy helps.

    Thank you, Crabby. Looks like most of the country is going to have to wait a while for warmer, but it could be worse -- we could have the 55" of snow!