Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Virtual Cookie Exchange and a Peanuts Memory

In the exhaustion of yesterday, as I spent half the night bailing water from my home, and the day doing the usual, including picking up another foster kitten as I dropped off 3 at the shelter to go up for adoption there, I forgot that it was the day for the Hillbilly Housewife's virtual cookie recipe exchange.

Lots of great cookie recipes there, so if you are looking for something different to add to your season, go look at them.

Yes, it rained off and on all day yesterday, the water is still coming in. We will continue to wet vac as the water comes in.

I have only today for hanging clothes on the line because there is more rain possible tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in happier news. today is the anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Remember all of those Peanuts comic strips where Schroeder celebrated Beethoven's birthday? Even better was the time or two that he forgot! Those were funny.

I will make it a point, between other things today, to get the kids to listen to my favorite Beethoven CD today, and maybe read the selection on him from the book Bach, Beethoven, and the Boys aloud to them. A bit of a break in the usual homeschool routine, in which we will take a look at a very famous tea party (Indians welcome).

Also please note that it is the day for the annual meeting of the Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society. Check them out if you need a reason to smile.

Today is:

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day

Beethoven Day

Canterbury Day, New Zealand

Day of the Republic, Kazakhstan

Dingaan's Day, later called Day of the Covenant, then Day of the Vow, now known as Day of Reconciliation, South Africa

Eat What You Want Day

Festival of Sophia / Sapinetia -- Celtic Calendar (goddess of wisdom)

Independence Day, Bahrain, Nepal

Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society Annual Meeting

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

National Day, Bhutan

Posadas Navidenas (Fiesta of the Virgin of the Lonely), Mexico -- celebrated through the 25th, "pilgrims" go house to house seeking shelter to commemorate the search of Mary and Joseph for shelter in Bethlehem

Simbang Gabi, Philippines (Christmas festivals that last until Three Kings Day.)

St. Adelaide's Day

Victory Day, Bangladesh

Birthdays Today:

Michael McCary, 1971
Benjamin Bratt, 1963
William "Refrigerator" Perry, 1962
Billy Gibbons, 1949
Benny Andersson, 1946
Steven Bochco, 1943
Lesley Stahl, 1941
Liv Ullmann, 1939
Arthur C. Clarke, 1917
Margaret Mead, 1901
Noel Coward, 1899
Wassily Kandinsky, 1866
Jane Austen, 1775
Ludwig von Beethoven, 1770

Today in History:

An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China, 755
Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000, 1631
Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector, 1653
The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan, 1707
A big tea party in Boston harbor -- Indians welcome -- is "celebrated" (Boston Tea Party), 1773
Fire burns over 600 buildings in NYC, 1835
In New Zealand, the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, 1850
The Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution, 1862
The first submarine with an internal combustion engine is demonstrated, 1897
The "Great White Fleet" sails from Hampton Downs on its round the world tour, 1907
The first credit union in the US is formed, in Manchester, New Hampshire, 1908
The first US postage stamp picturing an airplane, a 20 cent parcel post, is issued, 1912
Albert Einstein publishes his "General Theory of Relativity", 1915
The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000, 1920


  1. Happy birthday beethoven!

    And I must say I'm intrigued about Barbie and Barney Backlash Day. Love these round ups!

  2. "Eat What You Want Day."
    That's pretty much my every day.


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