Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Change of Plans

Everything has gone all catawumpus, and plans have changed again.

We will be cleaning the church on Friday as usual. Sweetie will have the van for Wednesday, so he can go see his out of town doctor. He has put it off too long, thanks to football season, which takes no prisoners.

My Wednesday will be spend making my father's birthday present to take with us on Thanksgiving day. I will also make the stuffing and #2 Son will make a pumpkin pie.

I am very much looking forward to Thanksgiving this year, and for a different reason than ever before. My own family, the traitors, are very upset about my stand on Thanksgiving Comes First. They are waiting until I am not in the vehicle or the room, and tuning the radio to the station that started holiday music early. I have caught them, and they look a bit ashamed, but don't stop. They keep using the excuse that it is so close, what difference does a song or two make.

The difference is we are letting the commercialism get out of hand, I wail to them loudly. For the most part they agree, but still keep sneaking time on that station on the radio.

So, after Thanksgiving, I won't have to worry about this any more.

If only all of our concerns had an expiration date.

Today is:

Brumalia -- Byzantine Empire celebration of Dyonisus and New Wine Festival; until the solstice

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

D.B. Cooper Day

Discovery Day -- Tasmania

Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom - Sikh

Lachit Divas -- Assam, India

National Espresso Day

Persephone Day (a/k/a Kore -- celebration for the goddess of the underworld)

Sinkie Day (celebrated by eating over the sink!) -- Some people only celebrate this one on the day after Thanksgiving, and eat the leftovers; some celebrate it always on Nov. 24, some ask what's to celebrate, where else would you eat?

St. Catherine of Alexandria's Day (patron of philosophers, maidens, jurists, mechanics, lawyers, librarians, nurses, secretaries, schoolgirls, spinsters, teachers, universities; against tongue disease)

St. John of the Cross' Day

Teacher's Day -- Turkey

Use Even If Seal is Broken Day (Observe at your own risk, always!)

Venus Day

Women's Merrymaking Day

Birthdays Today:

Katherine Heigl, 1978
William F. Buckley, Jr., 1925
Charles "Lucky" Luciano, 1897
Dale Carnegie, 1888
Scott Joplin, 1868
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864
Bat Masterson, 1853
Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849
Bram Stoker, 1847
Zachary Taylor, 1784
Charles Theodore Pachelbel, 1690

Today in History:

Theodosius I makes his formal entry into Constantinople, 380
Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completes his Talmudic dictionary, 1105
The Thames River freezes, 1434
First observation of transit of Venus occured (only 2, record event), 1639
Abel Janzoon Tasman becomes the first European to see Van Damien's Land, later renamed Tasmania, 1642
First Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia, 1703
Mt. Vesuvius erupts, 1759
Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species", 1859
Luik-Visé-Maastricht railway opens, 1861
Joseph F Glidden patents his improved barbed wire, 1874
The first US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont, 1896
Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter, 1903
Radio Belgium makes its first transmission, 1923
The first woman pilot on a transcontinental air flight, Miss Ruth Nichols (Mineola, NY to Calif), in a Lockheed-Vega, took 7 days, 1930
In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens, 1932
Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by Jack Ruby, 1963
During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (AKA D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money, and is never seen again, 1971
A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany due to the 1973 oil crisis; it lasts only four months, 1973


  1. Boy do I agree with you, I really don't like hearing Christmas music until DECEMBER, but it seems like I hear it all over, earlier and earlier... Sigh. Of course, there is Husband, that figures we should put up the tree on the 24th, and take it down the 26th, so it takes all kinds, I guess. (No, I don't do that, we usually wait until the 2 week or so, depending on my schedule.)

    I have a picture of St. Catherine of Alexandria in my spinning basket. The word spinster, and spinner, have the same root, she is also the patron saint of spinners. I think the folks who decide patronage must have an odd sense of humor, she was executed on a wheel... Ewww...


  2. I can handle it for a day or three before Xmas.. then I'm done. I hope you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Cat, the tradition with trees was to put it up on Christmas Eve and leave it up for the 12 Days of Christmas, taking it down on Epiphany. I wish we still did that, it would make it all more special.

    Thank you, Hilary. I agree that the music gets old after a few days. Keeping it for a shorter time would be better.

  4. Shame on your loved ones!

    (Well, that doesn't sound quite right, but you know what I mean.)

    Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!


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