Friday, June 21, 2013

Photo-Finish Friday: Absconded Tabs

Little Girl loves to create things, and she uses old, repurposed materials to do it most of the time.

Lately, i overheard #2 Son and Young Jacob talking to her, accusing her of "stealing" the tab tops of their soda cans.  (Right, like they need them!)

She responded with "I don't steal your can tabs, I ask for them forcefully!"

She actually absconds with the tabs as often as she can, from any empty cans she finds, and people have begun saving them for her, and asking her to make them bracelets and necklaces and keychains.

Here is a sample of one:

It was sitting on her school binder, and the picture in the corner is one of her drawings.  The leaf that had fluttered off of someone's clothes and down next to the binder i picked up to throw away, but first i used it to cover her signature.

She makes these things by the ton, using the can tabs and yarn, her hands moving while she is reading or talking, similar to how some women used to knit or crochet during the church sermon.  An old pastor i once met said he knew the people paying the closest attention to him were the women who had their hands occupied with something like that, and he may have been right.

Photo-Finish Friday is the brainchild of Leah at The Goat's Lunch Pail.

Today is

Antiques on the Bay -- St. Ignace, MI, US (annual show for antique and classic cars at least 25 years old or older; through tomorrow)

Baby Boomer Recognition Day

Father's Day -- Egypt; Jordan; Lebanon; Palestine; Syria; Uganda

Fulton County Historical Power Show -- Rochester, IN (featuring tractors, engines, antique power equipment, and food, music, and fun; through Sunday)

Go Skateboarding Day -- and break something?  leaving this to the young; sponsored by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC)

International Surfing Day -- The Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine suggest contests, barbecues, film screenings, and organizing beach clean ups to celebrate

Louisiana Peach Festival -- Ruston, LA, US (Ruston grows some peaches worth celebrating! through tomorrow)

Martyr's Day -- Togo

Midnight Sun Festival -- Nome, AK, US (celebration of the solstice, when there is almost continual daylight, with a parade, raft race, folk fest, and more; through Sunday)

Midsummer's Eve Holiday -- Aland; Finland; Sweden

National Aboriginal Day / First Nations Day -- NT, Canada

National ASK Day -- sponsored by The Center to Prevent Youth Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics

National Flip Flop Day -- sponsored by Tropical Cafe Smoothie

National Peaches & Cream Day

Newport Flower Show -- Newport, RI, US (New England's premier summer flower show; through Sunday)

Rochesterfest -- Rochester, MN, US (street dances, parade, exotic foods, children's and senior events, and more; through the 30th)

Solstice -- 5:04GMT/1:04 am EDT; related observances:
     Aimless Wandering Day -- use the extra daylight to wander someplace with nothing particular to do
     Anne and Samantha Day -- remembrance for Anne Frank and Samantha Smith, and their contributions to our world
     Daylight Appreciation Day -- celebrating the benefits of sunshine
     Finally Summer Day/Finally Winter Day
     Hump Day -- Tasmania (because it is the shortest in the year, Taswegians today feel they are over the "hump" of winter.)
     Inti Raymi -- Inca (festival of the sun god Inti, ongoing);Sacsayhuamán Andes Mountain Natives (winter solstice and New Year festival)
     Litha / Yule -- Wicca/Pagan (northern hemisphere / southern hemisphere)
     Midnight Sun Baseball Game -- Fairbanks, AK, US (begins promptly at 10:35pm local time, and played without any artificial lights allowed)
     Midsomarsblog -- Norse Viking celebrations (time of fishing, trading, and raiding)
     Midsummer -- Midsummer Festivals begin -- Juhannus Day in Finland and Midsommar in Denmark and Norway, celebrated over the next several days in many Scandinavian traditions; often this time is also associated with betrayal, as the sunlight begins to decrease, this is when Baldur was betrayed, as well as Sigurd.
     Midsummer -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan
     Midsummer Baal -- Ancient Celtic Calendar
     Solsticio de Invierno / Ano Nuevo Aymara -- Bolivia (Winter Solstice / Aymara Indiginous People's New Year)
     We Tripantu -- Chile (Mapuche natives winter solstice festival)
     Wadjet Summer Solstice Ceremony -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, it may have been a multi-day ceremony that began on Midsummer's Eve)

St. Alban's Day (Patron of epileptics, people with hernias; against epilepsy, hernias, kidney stones)

St. Aloysius Gonzanga's Day (Protector of young students, young men; Patron of AIDS care-givers and patients; for relief from pestilence; Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy; Valmonte, Italy; against sore eyes)

Take Your Dog to Work Day -- (depending on where you work, what did your dog do to deserve this?)

Tiger-Get-By's Third Birthday -- Fairy Calendar

Ulloortuneq -- Greenland (National Day)

Vikingespil Frederikssund (Viking Festival) -- Frederikssund, Denmark (the most famous Viking cultural event in Denmark, with two weeks of plays based on Danish Viking legends and a three day festival this weekend, as well as two markets and a Viking camp recreation)

World Handshake Day -- no one likes them fishy, and it's not a contest; practice a firm grip and a smile! not to be confused with National Handshake Day, today's sponsor is here

World Music Day -- begun in the UK, now celebrated everywhere

Anniversaries Today:

New Hampshire becomes the 9th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Kris Allen, 1985
Prince William, 1982
Juliette Lewis, 1973
Berkeley Breathed, 1957
Meredith Baxter, 1947
Michael Gross, 1947
Ray Davies, 1944
Mariette Hartley, 1940
Maureen Stapleton, 1925
Jane Russell, 1921
Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905
Al Hirschfeld, 1903
Reinhold Niebuhr, 1892
Daniel Carter Beard, 1850
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, 1731
Increase Mather, 1639

Today in History:

Jews are expelled from Nurenberg Bavaria by Emperor Maximillian, 1498
The Incident at Honno-ji takes place in Kyoto, Japan, 1582
In Montreal in New France, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique is put to death, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, 1734
Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded, 1749
The first Victoria Cross is awarded during the bombardment of Bomarsund in the Åland Islands, 1854
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police fire a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during the Winnipeg General Strike, 1919
The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia, 1940
Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, 1948
Ellen Louks Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first woman Cabinet Minister, 1957
In handing down the decision in Miller v. California 413 US 15, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the Miller Test for obscenity in U.S. law, 1973
SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane  to achieve spaceflight, 2004
Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra, 2006
Greenland assumes self-rule, 2009


  1. I learned much more when I was doodling at school and I remember more closely those events when I was sewing or doing needlework. I think the Pastor is right.

  2. Thanks for the linkie. The wolf drawing is beautiful and compelling. Little Girl is very talented.

  3. Tabor, he was over 70, and had been many years a pastor of a lot of people. He was a student of those he served, and understood a lot about people in general, so i think he was on to something.

    Leah, thank you.

  4. You gotta love a creative young mind. And that drawing... beautiful!!!

  5. I never fail to be impressed by the creativity of your family.

  6. Thank you, Josie.

    Stephen, they are especially creative at coming up with reasons to get out of their chores! LOL

  7. So creative. I am impressed, as ever, at the creativity.

    Stealing the ring pulls. I love it :D

    Your lists are always fascinating. I never knew World Music Day started in UK. OR that it was Prince William's birthday! I had better start learning a bit about my own country!