Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A to Z Challenge: U is for Unique

 That would be the Featherstones, Nancy and Donald.  They are indeed a unique couple.

When they were just 2 years into their now 35+ year marriage, she sewed up a shirt for him that was identical to one she had.  After all, she is a fashion designer.

And he wore it.  Apparently, they enjoyed wearing matching clothes, because she started making all of their outfits, and they all match.

They have 600 matching outfits, in fact.  Wacky prints, florals, formals, they run the gamut.  If he's out of town, he calls to make sure which outfit to wear each day.

Oh, and he's the inventor the pink plastic lawn flamingo.  Yes, the one that Spanish Town Mardi Gras uses as it's symbol.

Most certainly these are unique people, and very much still in love still, too.  Maybe that's a key -- find your unique, what makes just the two of you just right.

Today is

Administrative Professionals Day

Ambivalence Day -- a holiday to tell your friends about, or not

American Quilter's Society Quilt Show -- Paducah, KY, US (auction, workshops, and prizes for the best quilts; through Saturday)

Concord Day -- Niger

Feast of Eros -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Genocide Remembrance Day / Martyrs' Day-- Armenia

Happenstance and Coincidence Evening -- Fairy Calendar

Heavenly Sage Bao Sheng’s Birthday -- Taoism

International Guide Dog Day

Kapyong Day -- Australia (Battle of Kapyong, 1951)

La Frontera Tucson International Mariachi Conference -- Tuscon, AZ, US (festival showcasing the best of balle folklorico and mariachi; through Saturday)

Loktantra Diwas -- Nepal (Democracy Day)

Majavir Jayanti -- Jain

Peppercorn Ceremony -- St. George, Bermuda (commemorates the renting of what is now the Old State House by the Masonic Lodge to the governor of Burmuda for the cost of one peppercorn per annum)

Pigs in a Blanket Day

Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival -- Polk County, TN, US (come out and celebrate with the 4-H club the ramp, a local wild leek, and enjoy the Bluegrass music and games; through Saturday)

Spring Cat Cleaning Day -- because someone, somewhere, thinks you need to bathe your cat; ask the cat, he will refuse, and if you become insistent, be careful

St. Ives' Day (Patron of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England)

St. Mark's Eve*

USA Film Festival -- Dallas, TX, US (major showcase of new studio and indie films; through Sunday)

Walk @ Lunch Day -- founded and encouraged by Blue Cross / Blue Shield final Wednesday

World Meningitis Day

*A young lady may eat a boiled dove's egg sprinkled with salt and place
a tulip, sacred to St. Mark, in a vase next to her bed, and so she will
dream of the man she will marry.

Birthdays Today:

Courtnee Draper, 1985
Kelly Clarkson, 1982
Chipper Jones, 1972
Cedric the Entertainer, 1964
Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1952
Doug Clifford, 1945
Barbra Streisand, 1942
Jill Ireland, 1936
Shirley MacLaine, 1934
Robert Penn Warren, 1905
Michael J. Dady, 1850
Anthony Trollope, 1815

Anniversaries Today:

Mary, Queen of Scots marries Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris, 1558

Today in History:

Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut, BC1479
Traditional date for the Greeks entering Troy using the Trojan Horse, BC1184
The appearance of Halley's Comet causes monks in England to predict evil happenings, 1066
"La Marseillaise" is composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1792
The Boston "News-Letter" becomes the first successful newspaper in the colonies, 1704
The Library of Congress is established, 1800
A patent is granted for the first soda fountain, 1833
William Price of the Washington Star becomes the first reporter to be specifically assigned to the White House, 1897
The fathometer, which measures underwater depth, is patented, 1928
Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
Cosmonaut  Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, the first person to die during a space mission, 1967
Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations, 1968
The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched, 1970
Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine, 1990
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog is born in South Korea, 2005
Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime, 2007


  1. Wow, your friends sound adorable. Do they have many pink flamingos in their yard?

    My cat does not wish for a bath today. He feels you have the date wrong :)

  2. The Featherstones. Didn't know about them, but now I do. Gracias for that. But forget about Pigs in a Blanket. It's gonna be Josie in a Blanket when I get off work later. I feel a lazy spell coming on.

  3. 600? I don't think I have that many clothes, period! And the only way Husband and I match is when I wear one of his blue shirts...

    I chuckle about the flamingos, I just saw one yesterday, and for some odd reason it made me think of spring. I guess because it's actually warm enough to put out now!


  4. This does sound like an interesting couple. But wearing clothes that match my wife's---I don't think so.

  5. Unique is awesome, and the only way to be as far as i'm concerned! :) There's way to much same-same in our world now. They sound like a cool couple.

  6. Ha.. I don't think I could do that more than once. ;)