Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sorry there won't be much today.

The dermatologist, as is usual for my doctors lately, looked at my hands, said, "Humph, I dunno!" and shook his head. He then took samples from my fingers, which are now stitched and bandaged. It doesn't help that Mikey kitten jumped at me this morning and ripped open one fingertip that wasn't actually hurting before. Thus a short post.

Most of the kids liked the brownies. A few were not really impressed, but said it was "okay."

The storm that is pounding the rest of the country produced a 15 minute thunder squall here. Of course, it happened while i was driving on the interstate, but that's okay, by the time i got home from taking the kids to school, the whole thing had passed. We were blessed, many are stuck at home with no heat or power and no way to get out because of several feet of snow. We will just end up with a few below freezing nights, not unusual for the time of year.

Today is:

Anniversary of Treaty of Tartu -- Estonia

African American Coaches Day

Bonza Bottler Day

Brew Hog Day

Brigmid -- Druid Calendar, also called Feast of Imbolc, celebrated later as St. Bridget's Day, but originally a festival for Brigid, (also known as Brighid, Bríde, Brigit, Brìd) goddess of poetry, healing, and smithcraft. It is always halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, so some years it is on Feb. 1 with St. Brigid's Day

Candlemas -- Christian -- or Presentation of Our Lord (f/k/a the Purification of the Virgin Mary) - commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple and purification of Mary on the 40th day after the birth of Jesus. Candles have been blessed on this day since the 11th century, and this was the original forecaster, “If Candlemas is fair and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.”

Crepe Day -- France

Dia de la Candelaria, Mexico

Feast of Torches

Feast of Yemaya -- Yoruba (goddess of oceans, essence of motherhood, protector of children)

Forty Shilling Day -- Wotton, Surrey, England

Groundhog Day

Hedgehog Day

Hromnice -- Czech Republic (hrom = thunder, a weather forecasting day)

International Pancake Day

Inventor's Day -- Thailand

La Fete de la Chandeleur -- Canada; France

Matka Boska Gromniczna (Mother of God of the Blessed Thunder Candle) -- Poland

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

National Heavenly Hash Day

Serpent Day -- Celtic (The tradition was that on this day, the Brigmid, snakes or badgers would come out of their winter dens and predict the weather; perhaps a precursor to North America's Groundhog Day.)

Sled Dog Day

Veja Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar, day of wind

Wand Dedication Day -- Fairy Calendar

Wives' Feast Day -- Northern England

World Wetland's Day -- International

Anniversaries Today:

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) marries Olivia Langdon in Elmira, NY, 1870

Birthdays Today:

Shakira, 1977
Michael T. Weiss, 1962
Christie Brinkley, 1954
Farah Fawcett, 1947
Graham Nash, 1942
David Jason, 1940
Tom Smothers, 1937
Les Dawson, 1934
Stan Getz, 1927
James Dickey, 1923
Ayn Rand, 1905
James Joyce, 1882
Solomon R. Guggenheim,1861
Toyotomi Hideyoshi,1536 (Japan's second "great unifier")

Today in History:

Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates The Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum) a collection of Roman law, 506
Pedro de Mendoza founds Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1536
New Amsterdam (later New York) is incorporated as a city, 1653
The first leopard is exhibited in the US, in Boston (admission 25 cents), 1802
Russian settlers establish the Ft. Ross trading post north of San Francisco, 1811
Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral afire, does £60,000 damage, 1829
The first Chinese workers arrive in San Francisco, 1848
The first public men's toilet in Britain opens, on Fleet Street in London, 1852
Samuel Clemens uses the pen name Mark Twain for the first time, 1863
James Oliver invents the removable tempered steel plow blade, 1869
The SS Strathleven arrives in London with the first frozen mutton imported from Australia, 1880
The Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut, 1882
The first official Groundhog Day is observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 1887
The bottle cap with cork seal is patented by William Painter of Baltimore, 1892
The longest boxing match under modern rules takes place in Nameoki, Illinois; 77 rounds between Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby, 1892
The first movie close-up, of a man sneezing, is made at the Edison Studio in West Orange, NJ, 1893
The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne, 1899
Queen Victoria's funeral takes place, 1901
Musher Gunner Kaasan and his sled team, led by Balto, finish the serum run from Nenana to Nome, Alaska, delivering the much needed diphtheria medication (inspiration for the Iditarod), 1925
Leonarde Keeler tests the first polygraph machine, 1935
The Groundhog Day gale hits the north-eastern United States and south-eastern Canada, 1976
F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to function legally and promises to release Nelson Mandela, 1990


  1. I am sorry that your hands are not healing. It seems like it's a mostly-low-grade but constant source of woe. You have to use your hands! So nobody else in your family has anything like what's going on with your skin? That sort of points away from it being contagious, which at least is something.

    I hope that you can get some answers soon.

  2. Have you tried using Google to research your precise symptoms and situation in order to try and determine what it might be?

  3. i worry about you and your health and your hard working hands. You have been in my thoughts frequently.