Friday, April 3, 2015

A to Z: C is for Creative.

Yes, creative.

And you probably thought i would say "cats."  Well, we will hear plenty from them in the future, i can guarantee, so today i'm highlighting some of the creative people in the family.

No, that doesn't include me.  If given instructions, i can knit, crochet, cross stitch, or do a craft at Sunday school, and it will look utilitarian.  Tell me to come up with a pattern, or do something for which there is no pattern, or do something with my own twist to it, and you will have a mess on your hands.  Don't even ask me to arrange the furniture in a creative way.

The creative ones in that way are Grandma and my girls.

They can all write, too, but here are a few visual samples of what they do:

A wall in Grandma's room.

Grandma chooses great colors and artistically arranges furnishings.

Grandma paints, scrapbooks, and creates lovey things from family photos.

Grandma even has an artistic, and flowery, garden!

A painting by Bigger Girl

Part of Bigger Girl's room.

Some of Bigger Girl's drawings.

Part of the wall in Bigger Girl's room, with a wolf drawing on it by Little Girl.

Little Girl knows how to make it fun!

Little Girl noodling on a dry erase board.

Little Girl decorates cookies creatively!

A sketch by Little Girl

Grandma is where my girls got it all, and i'm so glad they did!

Today is

Alcohol-Free Weekend 2015 -- US; sponsored by National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

American Circus Day -- the first circus in the US opened this day in Philadelphia in 1793

Anniversary of the Second Republic -- Republic of Guinea

Commemoration of the Birth of Lao-Tzu -- Taoist (15th day of 2nd lunar month)

Day Sacred to Bona Dea and Day of Proserpina's Rise from the Underworld -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Don't Go to Work Unless it's Fun Day -- and unless you have a really great job, we know your decision (some sites have this listed on the first Monday in April)

Find-A-Rainbow Day -- a day to paint bright and colorful wishes for your friends, family, and sweetheart; if you actually find a rainbow in the sky, that's a plus, send a pic to the RainbowBrite site

Good Friday/Passion Friday -- Christian (remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus)
     Via Crusus (Way of the Cross) -- San Fernando, Philippines (reenactment of the Passion)
     Procession of the Mysteries -- Taranto, Italy

Hanshi a/k/a Cold Food Festival -- China (second day of the Quingming Festival)

Hospital Admitting clerks Day -- remembering those people at the front desk who make sure you get in and to the right place

Mahavir Jayanti -- Jain (local dates may vary)

National Chocolate Mousse Day

National Walk to Work Day -- US (originally sponsored by Prevention Magazine, and different from the one in September)

Overcome a Handicap Day -- on the day, in 1981, when one-legged Canadian high jumper Arnie Boldt cleared 6 feet 8¼ inches, only about a foot under the world record at the time

Pesach -- Judaism (Passover; begins at sundown)

Pony Express Day -- US; inaugurated this day in 1860

Second Republic Day -- Guinea

Shower Dance -- Fairy Calendar

St. Irene of Thessalonica's Day (Patron of girls, peace)

St. Richard of Chichester's Day (called Ricardus, ri for ridens meaning "laughing", car for carus meaning "dear", dus for dulcis meaning "sweet"; Patron of coachmen and of the Diocese of Chichester, Sussex, England)

Tweed Day -- a day to consider the costs of political corruption, on the birth anniversary of "Boss" Tweed

World Party Day -- anyone and everyone is invited to join the party 

Anniversaries Today:

Isle Royale National Park is established in Michigan, US, 1940
Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England, 1043

Birthdays Today:

Amanda Bynes, 1986
Leona Lewis, 1985
Cobie Smulders, 1982
Jamie Bamber, 1973
Jennie Garth, 1972
Picabo Street, 1971
Robert Chapin, 1964
Eddie Murphy, 1961
David Hyde Pierce, 1959
Alec Baldwin, 1958
Bernie Parent, 1945
Tony Orlando, 1944
Leona Lewis, 1943
Marsha Mason, 1942
Wayne Newton, 1942
Jane Goodall, 1934
Calvin "Baby Vet" Graham, 1930
Max Frankel, 1930
Virgil "Gus" Grissom, 1926
Jan Merlin, 1925
Marlon Brando, 1924
Doris Day, 1924
Herb Caen, 1916
Sally Rand, 1904
Henry Robinson Luce, 1898
Leslie Howard, 1893
John Burroughs, 1837
William Magear "Boss" Tweed, 1823
Edward Everett Hale, 1822
Washington Irving, 1783

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Endgame"(Play), 1957
TV Guide(Publication), 1953

Today in History:

Edward the Confessor is crowned king of England, 1043
The US Pony Express begins its first run, 1860
Gottlieb Daimler receives a German patent for his engine, 1885
Trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality, 1895
The US House of Representatives accept the "American's Creed," a patriotic contest winner by William Tyler Page, as the official creed of the US, 1918
The building of the RMS Queen Mary is commissioned, 1929
President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, 1948
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, 1968
The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, 1973
Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default, 1975
Conventional-Train World Speed Record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record, 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph), 2007
Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2009
Following the News International phone hacking scandal, James Murdock resigns as Chairman of BskyB, 2012


  1. I must say, I was expecting cats, but I really like seeing how creative your family is. Your girls are quite the artists!

  2. that's awesome! love all the creativity they share!

  3. That gene just passed you by. Wow, I love Grandmas place. Way cool.

    Have a blessed Good Friday. :)

  4. You're surrounded by such a rich variety of creativity.

  5. Wow! All that talent must be something to live with. :)

  6. Your girls are very creative and talented.

  7. Wow, there's a LOT going on this weekend. I love those paintings on the wall! That's living JUICY! My daughter (12 yoa) loves to draw but keeps saying she 'doesn't do it very well'. Trying to give her encouragement. Any ideas?

  8. what a creative fun family! Cheers! Happy Easter!

  9. Lovely bright paintings. I kind of feel I would like my kitchen to have this cheerful look. Not suave and chic but cheerful. I might do some more painting, I have been planning to. Watch out,kitchen! :)

  10. Lovely bright paintings. I kind of feel I would like my kitchen to have this cheerful look. Not suave and chic but cheerful. I might do some more painting, I have been planning to. Watch out,kitchen! :)