Friday, February 20, 2015

Facing the End

We've gotten to watch parades, and fireworks, and shows, and eat, and ride the rides, and enjoy each other's company thoroughly.

The only thing missing is Grandma and Grandpa, we wish they and my two older ones were here.

Every place we turn, we remember things we did with them in previous visits.  Yes, i've gotten gifts to take home for them, except for Grandpa.  For him, i'm not so sure what to do.  He has everything he needs, and doesn't collects tchotchkes. 

Our last full day here before we head home is being spent doing our favorite things one last time.  It seems we just got there, and before we know it, it's time to face good-byes.  Why does that sound like a country music song?
 

Today is:

Adopt a Goblin Orphan Day -- Fairy Calendar

Blessed Wulfric's Day

Cherry Pie Day

Clean Out Your Bookcase Day -- supposedly begun in 1985, but i can't find information on who started it; donate books you don't need any more to a local friends of the library group

Flying Car Day -- the Arrowmobile, the first flying car, patented this day in 1937 (and can you imagine, as bad as driving is, how many accidents we would have if these people were flying around instead?)

Heritage Day -- Yukon Territory, Canada

Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere) -- at noon local time, citizens are requested to go outside and yell "Hoodie-Hoo" to chase away winter and call in spring; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Khajuraho Dance Festival -- Khajuraho, India (annual gathering of Indian classical dancers from across the country and abroad; through the 26th)

Love Your Pet Day -- a day to pamper pets, like they don't get pampered enough

National Handcuff Day -- at least, it was last year, www.nationalhandcuffday.com

St Leo of Catania's Day (a/k/a Leo the Wonderworker, Patron of Rometta, Longi, and Sinagra, Sicily)

Tokamachi Yukimatsuri -- Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan (snow fest and kimono festival; through Sunday)

Toothpick Day -- first machine used to make them patented this day in 1872

Women in Blue Jeans Conference -- Mitchell, SD, US (celebrating women in agriculture; through tomorrow)

World Day for Social Justice -- UN


Anniversary Today:

John Cleese marries Connie Booth, 1968
US Post Office, 1792 (George Washington signed the act which created it)


Birthdays Today:

Rihanna, 1988
Andrew Shue, 1967
Lili Taylor, 1967
Cindy Crawford, 1966
French Stewart, 1964
Charles Barkley, 1963
Ron Eldard, 1963
James Wilby, 1958
Patty Hearst, 1954
Gordon Brown, 1951
Ivana Trump, 1949
Jennifer O'Neill, 1948
Peter Strauss, 1947
Brenda Blethyn, 1946
Sandy Duncan, 1946
Phil Esposito, 1942
Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1941
Nancy wilson, 1937
Bobby Unser, 1934
Sidney Poitier, 1927
Robert Altman, 1925
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1924
Carl E. Stotz, 1920
Gale Gordon, 1906
Ansel Adams, 1902
Joseph Jefferson, 1829
William Prescott, 1726


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Der Stellvertreter. Ein christliches Trauerspiel"(Play), 1963
"Barber of Seville"(Rossini Opera), 1816
"Giulio Cesare in Egitto"(Opera, HWV 17), 1724


Today in History:

Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland so King Christian I can pay his daughter's dowry, 1472
An unnamed comet approaches withing 860,000 miles of Earth, the closest a comet has ever come to our planet, 1491
The first recorded wine auction is held, in London, 1673
The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington, 1792
Austria declares bankruptcy, 1811
Concepcion, Chile, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1835
The US Congress prohibits dueling in the District of Columbia, 1839
Luther Crowell patents a machine to manufacture paper bags, 1872
In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens, 1872
The first minor league baseball association is organised, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1887
King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra, 1913
A new volcano, Paricutin, erupts in a farmer's cornfield in Mexico, 1943
The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate, 1959
While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes, 1962
Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts, 1965
The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands, 1976
Texas industrialist Ross Perot's U.S. presidential campaign begins, 1992
Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout, 2005
Estonia becomes the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network , with cars charging in less than 30 minutes, 2013

10 comments:

  1. All good things must come to an end, but at least you will have the memories of this for such a long time!

    betty

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  2. I've had fun watching you have fun. You've certainly done that.

    Have a fabulous last day in paradise. ☺

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  3. It sounds like you had a great time! I hope you have a good trip home, and get a bit of time to decompress before the whirlwind of home starts! :)
    Cat

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  4. The trip doesn't last forever, but the great memories do.

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  5. I'm dreadfully late and had no idea where you'd gone. Having looked at your past 5-6 posts, I guess you're in Orlando, though how Octoberfests and Mardi Gras fit in I don't know. It must be a whirlwind tour!! Enjoy every moment and post pics when you come back! :)

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  6. I guess all good things must come to an end. :(

    http://www.joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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  7. Sounds like you had a marvelous time. So glad for you and sorry that is was bittersweet. We also have enjoyed our week here, but it is just hubby and I, so it has been very quiet and slow paced.

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  8. Vacations always seem to pass too quickly! I'm glad you've had such a wonderful time!

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  9. Another round of happy-memories-made has been accomplished!

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