Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A to Z Challenge: S is for Still Got it

"Hey, mom, look!  I still got it!"

Bigger Girl had come into the kitchen and handed me a parrot balloon animal.  She hadn't made balloon animals in quite a while, at least not that i had seen.

Parrot on a swing.

Very good! i told her.

"Isn't it great?  I think I'm going to work up a few more animals and see if I can't occasionally do it for a party or two again.  It's so much fun!"

It is a good idea, and i'm glad she's still got it.  She has managed to work up to doing a few animals she never did before.  She made a horse, and it startled me, because i reached into one of the cat carriers to put a kitten in, and there was something already in there!

The horse, found two days later in a cat carrier, after one balloon had lost air.

She's still able to take me by surprise, as well as still able to make kids smile with her animals.

Today is

Chemists Celebrate The Earth Day -- promoting public awareness of the important contribution of chemists

Discovery Day -- Brazil (landing of Cabral in 1500)

Earth Day

Easter Tuesday -- TAS, Australia; Cyprus; Nauru

Festival of Jupiter and Juno -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day -- Girl Scouts of the USA

Granary Offering to Renenutet -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (offering to the Lady of Granaries; date approximate)

International Mother Earth Day -- UN

Lela's Holiday -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (honoring the goddess-daughter, Lela)

National Jelly Bean Day

Queen Isabella Day -- Spain and some US states (birth anniversary of Isabella I of Castille)

School Bus Driver's Day -- these longsuffering drivers put up with a lot, thank a school bus driver today!

Southland Provincial Anniversary Day -- Southland, NZ

St. Epipodius of Lyon's Day (Patron of bachelors, betrayal victims, torture victims)

Walpurgis celebrations begin -- through May 1, Norse, Scandinavian, and Germanic celebrations (remembering the sacrifice of Odin upon the World Tree Yggdrasil
     Yggdrasil Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar

Birthdays Today:

Amber Heard, 1986
Francis Capra, 1983
Daniel Johns, 1979
Kim Elizabeth, 1978
Eric Mabius, 1971
Chris Makepeace, 1964
Byron Allen, 1961
Ryan Stiles, 1959
Peter Frampton, 1950
John Waters, 1946
Jack Nicholson, 1937
Glen Campbell, 1936
Aaron Spelling, 1928
Charlotte Rae, 1926
Yehudi Menuhin, 1916
Eddie Albert, 1906
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, 1891
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, 1870
Immanuel Kant, 1724
Queen Isabella, 1451

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Who's Tommy"(Rock musical), 1993
"Le Triomphe de Plutus/Money Makes the World Go Round"(Play), 1728

Today in History:

Portuguese navigator Pedro Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil, 1500
President George Washington attends a performance of Rickett's, the first circus in the US, 1793
Thomas Stevens sets out from San Francisco on the first round the world journey by bicycle, 1884
The Oklahoma land rush begins at noon; thousands rush to claim land, and the towns of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed within hours with populations of over 10,000 each, 1889
Pravda begins publication in St. Petersburg, 1912
The Germans begin using poison chlorine gas as a chemical weapon, 1915
British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world, 1969
The first Earth Day is celebrated, 1970
The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is dedicated, 1993
Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan's war record, 2005
Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War, 2006
The Pope, Benedict XVI, becomes the first pontiff to participate in a televised interview session, 2011


  1. A magical house with a balloon artist!

  2. and I love and look forward to that STILL ABLE TO TAKE ME BY SURPRISE too.

  3. Your kids are awesome. I keep telling you that. They have good parents.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. I'm always too afraid the balloon will in pop my face. Fear of balloon-making has prevented me from... making... balloons. Darn.

  5. Wait. Not "making balloons". Making balloon ANIMALS. Sheesh, I suck at blog comments.

  6. I'd love to learn how to make balloon animals. What a joy it is to make people happy.

  7. So much fun! :). And so much creativity!

  8. That is a very fun skill :) I hope she never loses it.

  9. Lots of S here.. "Still got it".. surprise.. swing.. stallion and superb!

  10. I love them - especially the horse! I'd never be able to do that. Your daughter's awesome! :)

  11. what a great family you have! If you lived closer I'd be right over to help with the kitties!


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