Monday, January 7, 2013

One Follows Another, as Pearl Beads From a String

The holidays are really over, there's no denying it.

The kids are back in school.

Sweetie's car is back in the shop.

My mind is lost again in the swirl of trying to get the wash done on the one day this week i can pretty well count on my dryer -- the sun -- working.

Just a few more months, i keep telling myself, and no more long commute.

In south Louisiana, let the King Cake Season begin.

Yes, one holiday follows upon another, and there's always a reason to celebrate.  Thus, my lists.

If you are feeling a bit of "the holidays are over" blues, pick one to celebrate.  It helps, really.

Today is:

Celebration of the First Week of Moonhopper -- Fairy Calendar

Fasching Carnival -- Munich, Germany (through Shrove Tuesday)

Festa del Tricolore -- Italy (Tricolour or Flag Day)

Handsel Monday -- Scotland (traditionally a day to exchange small tokens of good luck with friends and neighbors; celebrated in rural areas on the Monday after Jan. 12, where they did not want to deviate from the OS/Julian Calendar)

Harlem Globetrotters' Day -- anniversary of their first game in 1927

I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day -- declared by Bob O'Brien, Consumer Advocate, who encourages us to fight back

Martyrs' Day -- Panama

Nanakusa no Sekku -- Japan (Festival of Seven Herbs, dates back to the 7th century and recalls the medicinal herbs that were traditionally served to the emperor)

National Clean Off Your Desk Day -- so that, at least once each year, you can see the top of your desk and prepare for the year's upcoming paperwork

National Tempura Day

Nativity of Christ / Orthodox Christmas / Coptic Christmas -- Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians still using the Julian Calendar.

Old Rock Day -- a/k/a "St. Distaff's Day" or simply Distaff Day(the distaff, for spinning yarn, was also called a "rock"; today was the day women went back to spinning after the Christmas holidays)

Plough Monday -- UK (farm work is resumed the Monday following the 12 Days of Christmas, and ploughs are brought to the church to be blessed)

St. Raymond of Penyafort's Day (Patron of attornies, barristers, canonists, lawyers, and medical record librarians)

"Thank G-d It's Monday" Day

Usokae -- Kameido Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan (Bullfinch Exchange Day, Uso also means "lie" so when exchanging carved birds, it is considered a way of exchanging lies for the truth)

Victory Day -- Cambodia

Birthdays Today:

Nicholas Cage, 1964
Katie Couric, 1957
David Caruso, 1956
Kenny Loggins, 1948
Paul Revere, 1938
William Peter Blatty, 1928
Jean-Pierre Rampal, 1922
Charles Addams, 1912
Butterfly McQueen, 1911
St Bernadette, 1844
Millard Fillmore, 1800

Today in History:

Calais, the last English possession in France, is taken back by the French, 1558
Boris Godunov seizes the Russian throne upon the death of Feodore I, 1598
Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia, 1608
Galileo discovers the first 3 moons of Jupiter (Io, Europa, and Ganymede), 1610
Francis Bacon becomes the English Lord Chancellor, 1618
A prototype typewriter is patented by Englishman Henry Mill, 1714
Battle at Panipat India: the Afghan army beats Mahratten, 1761
The Bank of North America opens in Philadelphia, the first US commercial bank, 1782
The first gas balloon flight across the English channel, by Blanchard and Jeffries, 1785
The modern Italian flag is first used, 1797
Liberia is colonized by Americans, 1822
The first railroad station in the US, in Baltimore, opens, 1830
Fanny Farmer publishes her first cookbook, 1896
The distress signal "CQD" is established only to be replaced two years later by "SOS", 1904
The first steamboat passage through the Panama Canal, 1914
The Harlem Globetrotters play their first game, 1927
The first transatlantic telephone service is established – from New York City to London, 1927
"Buck Rogers", the first sci-fi comic strip, and "Tarzan," one of the first adventure comic strips, premier, 1929
Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast, 1931
The "Flash Gordon" comic strip (by Alex Raymond) debuts, 1934
President Harry Truman announces that the United States has developed the hydrogen bomb, 1952
The first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM, 1954
Marian Anderson becomes the first black singer to perform at the Met (NYC), 1955
The Polaris missile is test launched, 1960
Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off, 1968
Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), 1984
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union, 1985
The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public because of safety concerns, 1990


  1. New year it is and we are back at our routines. Any new year's resolutions?


  3. Kids are back in school--definite yea. And thinking of the coming months as "Cake Season" is certainly a positive approach.

    Enjoy your Monday MessyMimi.

  4. Angelika, not so much a resolution as an attempt to add something positive to my life with more meditation time.

    Miz, i know you will find your groove soon, and it will fit you.

    SlamDunk, King Cake is part of the religion around here. Have a great week.

  5. King Cake? That indeed sounds promising! (But actually I'm kind of glad holiday overeating has stopped for a bit, I was getting OUT OF CONTROL).

    And so sorry to hear about Badlands Blackie. :(

    So tough to lose a beloved feline friend.

  6. I like National Tempura Day. Can't get enough.

  7. Crabby, someone is supposed to bring a King Cake every Friday. The person who finds the "baby" in the cake is king for a day, and has to bring the next week's cake. So it's not an all the time thing.

    Stephen, i hope you get some today!