Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Why we keep these plain bushes around.

Most of the year:

For a few glorious weeks:

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday

Today is:

Abu Simbel Festival -- Egypt (one of the two days a year when the light illuminates the statutes of Rameses, Ra and Amun in the temple complex)
     Festival of the Perpendicular Sun/Illumination of the Inner Sanctum of Ramses II's Abu Simbel Temple -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Be Humble Day -- can't find the origin of this one, s/he wants to humbly remain anonymous

Call Somebody "Boo Boo" Day -- apparently just to see what s/he will call you back; be careful, this one started before anyone heard of Honey Boo Boo and doesn't take that into account

Carnaval de Ponce -- Ponce, Puerto Rico (through Mardi Gras)

Concordia/Caristia  -- Ancient Roman Calendar, Festival of Goodwill

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch -- Roman Catholic Church

Handing Back of Goblin Orphans Day -- Fairy Calendar (You know, the goblin orphans they adopted 2 days ago!  No fairy can tolerate a goblin longer than that.)

Inconvenience Yourself™ Day -- enrich your life by looking for ways to make a positive impact on the world, even if it inconveniences you 

Independence Day -- Santa Lucia(1979)

International World Thinking Day -- a/k/a "B.-P. day" or "Founder's Day" -- World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
     Girl Guides Day -- UK

National Margarita Day (How is that going to help with the thinking?)

St. Margaret of Cortona's Day (Patron of falsely accued people, hoboes, homeless people, mentally ill people, midwives, penitent women, people ridiculed for their piety, reformed prostitutes, single laywomen, teriaries, and tramps; against insanity, loss of parents, mental illness, sexual temptation, and temptation)

Teal Ribbon Day -- Australia (wear a teal ribbon, raise awareness of ovarian cancer)

Walking the Dog Day -- Can't find the originator of this one, but walk your dog, or do your yoyo tricks, whichever works for you

Washington's Birthday -- US

Anniversaries Today:

Ed McMahon marries Pamela Hurn, 1992
Kurt Corbin marries Courtney Love, 1992
Bill Bixby marries Laura Michael, 1991
Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania, 1855
Washington University in St. Louis is founded, 1853

Birthdays Today:

James Blunt, 1977
Drew Barrymore, 1975
Michael Chang, 1972
Lea Salonga, 1971
Clinton Kelly, 1969
Jeri Ryan, 1968
Vijay Singh, 1963
Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, 1962
Kyle MacLachlan, 1959
Julie Walters, 1950
Julius "Dr. J" Erving, 1950
Miou-Miou, 1950
Dan Millman, 1946
Jonathan Demme, 1944
Sparky Anderson, 1934
Edward M. Kennedy, 1932
Paul Dooley, 1928
Robert Wadlow, 1918
John Mills, 1908
Sheldon Leonard, 1907
Robert Young, 1907
Luis Bunuel, 1900
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892
"Chico" Marx, 1891
Lady Olave Baden-Powell, 1889
Lord Robert Baden-Powell, 1857
James Russel Lowell, 1819
Frederic Chopin, 1810
Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788
George Washington, 1732

Debuting/Premiering Today:

It Happened One Night(Film), 1934
"Lady Windermere's Fan"(Play), 1892
"Symphony No. 4 in F minor"(Tchaikovsky Op. 36), 1878

Today in History:

Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland, 1349
Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published, 1632
The English House of Lords rules that authors do not have perpetual copyright of their material, 1774
Jews are expelled from the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, 1775
The first US ship to trade with China, the "Empress of China," sails from New York, 1784
The Last Invasion of Britain by the French begins near Fishguard, Wales, 1797
Spain signs the Adams-Onis Treaty, renouncing its claim to the Oregon territory and west Florida, 1819
Spain sells east Florida to the US, 1821
Edward Payson Weston, "The Father of Modern Pedestrianism," who gave lectures on the health benefits of walking, first comes into the public eye by leaving on this date to walk to Lincoln's inauguration, a distance of 478 miles, 1861*
Frank W. Woolworth opens the first US chain store, his  "Woolworth's" 5 and 10 cent store, in Utica, NY, 1879
John Reid of Scotland establishes a 3 hole golf course near Yonkers, New York, thus introducing the game to the US, 1888
Hawaii becomes a US territory, 1900
Due to drought, the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water, 1903
The Great White Fleet, the first US fleet to circumnavigate the globe, returns to Virginia, 1909
Calvin Coolidge gives the first US presidential radio address, 1924
Bert Hinkler successfully completes the first solo flight from England to Australia, 1928
Australian swimmer John Konrads sets 6 world records in two days, 1958
Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500, 1959
Following United States President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices, 1973
In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history, 1980
In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, 1997
An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people, 2011

*Yes, he got there in 10 days, in time for the inaugural ball!


  1. I may be wrong, but they look like azaleas and, if so, ours our crazy blooming right now too. I guess they don't know it's February.

    Azaleas for sure.

  3. Yes, I have one that I've had for thirty years. It only blooms once a year, but, wow, when it blooms....

  4. MessyMimi, I love azaleas! I have one little plant and I always enjoy it bursting with little pink blooms. Our neighbor across the street years ago had lots of azaleas planted in front of her home which were beautiful in the spring but after she passed, her sons' uprooted all of them to open up the front of the house. They were making the house ready to put on the market. It was a bit of bummer to see them do that but I can't blame them. Another spring plant I love to see in bloom is the forsythias. My MIL had several of those plants and it was burst of happiness to see those bright yellow flowers. Some of our neighbors have them, so every time I see them I think about my MIL. Happy #WW!

    (Not-so)#WW Middle Prong Little River

  5. I like the idea of "Call Someone Boo-Boo" day. I've always had a fondness for Yogi Bear cartoons, so I think I'll say, "Hey, Boo-Boo! Let's grab that pic-a-nic basket before Ranger Smith sees it!"

    By the way, thanks for almost always being a commenter at my place. I may not always respond, but I sure do notice and appreciate it. I've given you a new listing on my sidebar.

  6. Mimi, even though the beauty of the flowers may be short, the fact that God has allowed us to see them is very important to me. You are lucky having them my friend. I don't think that Azaleas would be OK in our weather. Sorry for me.
    Have a great Wednesday Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. The blooms are so beautiful and is worth waiting for the flowering season.

  8. I can see why you keep them around. Everything is blooming here too. All the fruit trees are popping with beautiful colors.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ☺

  9. So true, many of those bushes are bland except for one week or two every year.

    Even if you don't like golf, the Master Tournament is worth watching just for the Azaleas.

  10. So beautiful, and well worth the wait each year, heralds of Spring!

  11. azaleas! Gorgeous wonderful azaleas.....the deer would eat them here! Cheers!

  12. Their glory may be brief, but glorious!


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