The church was decorated with beautiful daffodils yesterday -- or daffy-down-dillies, as we used to say as children.
When the final service was over, it was announced that anyone who wanted to take some home could do so. As i was in the nursery, i didn't know about it until Bigger Girl brought me a vase with some that she said were for me.
She said, "I wanted to get them for you because my birthday is coming up, and I think children should give their parents a gift on their own birthday to thank them for all they've done! So, I've brought you flowers in honor of my upcoming birthday!"
My kind of gift -- lasts long enough to enjoy, yet doesn't take up space and have to be tended to indefinitely, and is frugal!
May each of you have a "silly dilly" day and get to do something fun.
Today is: Act Happy Week begins -- acting happy releases the body chemicals that aid health, mental and physical
Asklepieia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Asklepios; date approximate) Awkward Moments Day -- harness the power of humor in life's more uncomfortable situations Benito Juarez Day -- Mexico (a Fiestas Patrias; obs.) Bindus Diena -- Ancient Latvain Calendar Birthday
of Sparky the Fire Dog -- can't confirm the exact date, but Sparky
became an official fire prevention mascot in Mar. 1951 Celtic Tree Month Fearn (Alder) begins Cheikh Al Maarouf Day -- Comoros Forgive Mom and Dad Day -- because we all make mistakes; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays Goddess of Fertility Day -- a modern celebration of all goddesses of fertility Great
Lent begins-- a/k/a Clean Monday, Ash Monday, Pure Monday, Monday of
Lent, Shrove Monday, Collop Monday, Rose Monday, Merry Monday or Hall
Monday, and (in Cypress) Green Monday -- Orthodox Christians following the Julian calendar Grandparents' and Grandchildren's Day -- Michigan, US Jacques de Molay's Day -- death anniversary of the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar Labour Day -- Christmas Island Men's and Soldiers Day -- Mongolia National Anthem and Flag Day -- Aruba National Biodiesel Day -- birth anniversary of Rudolph Diesel, who unveiled his engine at the World Fair in 1900 National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day National Wildlife Week -- US (go learn how to safely observe wildlife this week) Oidematsuri -- Hakui, Japan (horse-back archery) Sheelah's
Day -- Ireland (probably Sheela Na Gig, goddess of fertility;
celebrated the day after St. Patrick's Day by those who say she was
either his wife or his mother) Sheep and Goats (Separation) Day -- Fairy Calendar St. Anselm of Lucca's Day (Patron of Mantua, Italy) St. Edward the Martyr's Day Supreme
Sacrifice Day -- an internet generated holiday now used to honor those
who have made a supreme sacrifice, all who have given their lives for
others Usajingu Reitaisai -- Japan (offerings to the Kami from the Imperial Household are shared in this very important festival) Wellderly Day -- and the start of Wellderly Week, focusing on the health of the elderly World
Folk Tales and Fables Week -- encouraging all people to explore the
cultural background and lessons learned from folk tales, fables, myths,
and legends from around the world Birthdays Today: Dane Cook, 1972 Queen Latifah, 1970 Bonnie Blair, 1964 Vanessa Williams, 1963 Irene Cara, 1959 Brad Dourif, 1950 Wilson Pickett, 1941 Charlie Pride, 1938 F.W. deKlerk, 1936 John Updike, 1932 George Plimpton, 1927 Peter Graves, 1926 Edward Everett Horton, 1886 Rudolph Diesel, 1858 Grover Cleveland, 1837 Today in History: Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England, 1190 German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem, 1229 Kraków is ravaged by Mongols, 1241 According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date, 1325 John
Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey
to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, 1673 Henry Wells and William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo, NY, 1850 Former
Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup,
later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada,
1893 Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience (he served only 2 years), 1922 The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City, 1922 The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern US states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people, 1925 The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes, 1944 Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space, 1965 The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency, 1968 In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops, 1989 White South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favour, in a national referendum, to end the racist policy of Apartheid, 1992 Bosnia's
Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending warring
between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of
Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, 1994 British Sign Language is recognized as an official British language, 2003 For
the first time, a woman served as imam, leading a public, mixed-gender,
Muslim congregation in Jum'ah prayer and delivering the sermon, 2005