Thursday, December 31, 2020

Four Blog Hops for New Year's Eve


"How've you been doing?"

"The schools closed again, they expect us to go back to distance learning, so I've re-instituted naptime -- for me, not them, I don't know what the kids do while I nap -- and the only class we all agree on is the anger management class."

"Sounds like it's tough."

"It is, but I'm giving my kids good grades no matter what because I'm not repeating this stuff again next year!"

"Isn't there anything good about it?"

"Um, my kids can't get head lice?"

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Distance.      



Gosia at Looking for Identity has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     

 A New Year is coming, let’s go exploring:


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day This week's image and my poem:    

Wahoo and Yippee,

Let's sing and shout,

See the New Year in,

And the Old Year out!

Let the Old Year take 

Its troubles away,

And the New Year bring

Good things to stay!


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

We are thankful that Ms. SE and her family are out of town right now (at their family hunting camp up north where they isolated back in the spring), so they get to come home to a clean house and we get to clean without having to work around the boys, who are out of school.  A win/win!


May everyone have a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve!


Today is:

Check Your Smoke Alarms Day

Fairy Eve's Year News -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of Sharaf (Honor) -- Baha'i

International Solidarity Day -- Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis worldwide

Kwanzaa, Day 6, Kuumba (Creativity)

Leap Second Adjustment Day -- if a second needs to be added or subtracted to coordinate the atomic and astronimical time, it will be done today, by the International Earth Rotation Service of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures at Paris, France

Make Up Your Mind Day/Procrastinator's Day -- you have to make up your mind

National Champagne Day

New Year's Eve -- a selection of related observances

     Allendale Tar Barrel Burning/Baal Fire Festival -- Allendale, England (locals burn out the old year by carrying burning tar barrels on their heads, then use them to light one huge bonfire)

     Feast of Father Time -- because he ultimately overcomes us all

     Festival of Yemaya -- Yoruba/Santeria (celebration of the mother of the sun and moon)

     Fire and Ice New Year's Eve Celebration -- Anchorage, AK (fire jugglers, ice carvers, fireworks, and more)

     First Night -- a non-alcoholic alternative to New Year's Eve

     Fravartigan -- Parsi Zoroastrian (celebration to honor the dead through the night)

     Gamlarskvold -- Icelandic traditions; cows gain human speech, seals take on human form, the dead rise, and Elves move house

                obtain gold from the Elves by sitting at a crossroads and waiting for them to pass

                Housewives greet the Elves by reciting the rhyme of protection

                        Let those who want to, arrive

                        Let those who want to, leave

                        Let those who want to, Stay

                        Without harm to me or mine

                Light a bonfire, and "blow out the year" with fireworks 

     Harvest Day Celebrations -- Benin (celebration of the end of harvest season at the turn of the year)

     Hogmanay Day -- Scotland (Auld Year's Night)

     Japanese Observances (a few, at least)

          Joya no Kane -- Japan (ringing out the old year with temple bells; Buddhists believe humans are born with 108 worldly desires which are removed when the bells are rung 108 times)

          Namahge -- Oga Peninsula, Japan (devil appearing holiday; young men dress as demons and run through the town warning children to behave during the coming year)

          Okera Matsuri -- Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (Sacred Fire Rite)

          Omisoka Day -- Japan (the second most important day on the Japanese Calendar; tomorrow is the most important)

     Noche de Pedimento -- Oaxaca, Mexico (Night of the Petition)

     Ritual for Iemanja -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (seaside rituals for the goddess of the sea and carnal pleasure, followed by a swinging party in the city and on the beaches overnight)

     Samoan Fire Dance -- Samoa

     Swinging the Fireballs -- Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland

     Universal Hour of Peace -- begins at 11:30PM your local time, welcome the New Year with peace

     Watch Night -- Christian

     World Peace Meditation Day (International observance of one hour beginning at 12:00PM GMT, focusing thought and energy on peace.)

No Resolution Day / Ditch the Resolutions Day -- if you don't want to, you don't have to!

Restoration Day -- Geneva, Switzerland

Seventh Day of Christmas

St. Sylvester's Day (Patron of Feroleto Antico, Italy; Poggio Catino, Italy) related observances

     Saint Sylvester's Day Celebrations-- Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland

     Silvesterklause -- Urnäsch, Switzerland

St. Zoticus of Constantinople's Day (Patron of the poor; often titled Feeder of Orphans)

You're All Done Day -- sponsored by something i haven't been able to pin down online called The Long Haul Committee (and it's more like "all done in" if you are like me!)

Anniversaries Today:

Gregory Peck marries Veronique Passani, 1955

Rocky Marciano marries Barbara Cousins, 1950

Bette Davis marries Arthur Farnsworth, 1940

Birthdays Today:

Joe McIntyre, 1972

Nicholas Sparks, 1965

Val Kilmer, 1959

Bebe Neuwirth, 1958

James Remar, 1953

Donna Summer, 1948

Tim Matheson, 1947

Barbara Carrera, 1945

Diane Halfin von Furstenberg, 1945

John Denver, 1943

Ben Kingsley, 1943

Andy Summers, 1942

Sarah Miles, 1941

Anthony Hopkins, 1937

Odetta, 1930

Simon Wiesenthal, 1908

George C. Marshall, 1880

Henri Matisse, 1869

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The London Eye(World's Largest Ferris Wheel), 1999

"Lost in Yonkers"(Play), 1990

"Pirates of Penzance"(Comic Opera), 1879

Today in History:

80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians attack the Rhine at Mainz, crossing into and beginning the invasion of Gallia, 406

Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year, 535

Ch'an monk Ho-tse Shen-hui interred in a stupa built in China, 765

James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca, 1229

100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily, 1492

The British East India Company chartered, 1600

The first Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope, 1687

A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax, 1695

Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors, 1776

Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada, 1857

The cornerstone is laid for Honolulu, Hawai'i's Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the US, 1879

Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp, 1879

Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot, 1890

Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898), 1897

Boers & British army sign peace treaty, 1902

The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York, 1904

For the first time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the new year, 1907

The last San Francisco firehorses are retired, 1921

The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC, 1923

Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer," the first breath test, is introduced in Indiana, 1938

The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom, 1960

The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia, 1963

The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government, 1983

All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved, 1991

Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, 1992

This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones, 1994

The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency, 1998

The United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal (as well all the adjacent land to the canal known as the Panama Canal Zone) to Panama, 1999

The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, 2004

Italy's ban of plastic bags goes into effect, 2010

A ship abandoned by human traffickers who deliberately set it on a collision course with the Italian coast is brought to shore safely by the Italian Coast Guard with 900 Syrian refugees on board, 2014

A ban on the ivory trade in China comes into effect, 2017


  1. Have you heard from Gosia recently? I am a bit worried it has been a while.
    Love your six sentence story (which I can see some truth in) and your poem.

  2. I like your six-sentence story. I'd love to educate my Owlets at home if I could set the curriculum. But with them hulking in front of their computers getting more and more frustrated over the mountain of strange hand-ins, computer meetings, and so on. Well extended holidays instead would be welcome!
    I love your poem.

  3. I like the story and the poem for new year. I wonder how many kids really follow the distance learning.

  4. Mimi,

    Your SSS made me smile. She's giving her kids good grades because she doesn't want to repeat that stuff. lol Your old/new year poem is cute and cheery. I think we'll all be sing songing a rhythm like yours at the stroke of midnight...provided you're up. ;) I'll tell you now, HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEARIE!

  5. Wishing you and your readers a Healthy New Year.

    God bless.

  6. Amen on your poem Mimi. Happy New Year to you.

  7. We feel really bad for the younger kids having to learn at home as they are missing out on so many opportunities they need at their age and sitting at a computer all day isn't good for them. It's good if the parents can get in a nap! Happy New Year's Eve!

  8. That's a terrific little story, many parents had such a hard time with home schooling. Good poem and a good thankful too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  9. Fire and Ice New Years sounds like fun.
    Carrying a burning tar barrel on my head does not.
    Just one woman's opinion...

  10. My heart goes out to all home schooling parents, yikes! The kitties are what we have at home and they school us just fine - MOL! I love that poem, Happy New Year!

  11. Such truth in your story ~ lovely poem ~ be well ~

    Happy New Year to You,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. I love that you always see the positive Mimi :)
    Let your poem ring loudly and here's to a win-win!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!!

  13. Absolutely agree, 2020 can take its problems with it on the way out!
    Happy New Year, and a great 2021!

  14. You and I are on the same page about looking at the positive. To many are looking at all the negative. I refuse to do that.

    Love your lice story. Spot on.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday and a very happy new year. ♥

  15. lol
    as always... a simple story, told in an engaging manner with a surprise and/or funny ending

  16. Great poem and story. I have enjoyed homeschooling my great-niece, but I get to go home unlike parents with kids 24/7. :)

  17. Happy New Year and let's hope it is much better than the old one.

  18. I imagine there are a lot of parents who can relate and agree with your SSS. It looks like virtual classes are still continuing for a while in some areas. Like your New Year's poem!

  19. "and the only class we all agree on is the anger management class"
    I liked the Six! Too true, unfortunately; the distance learning is so challenging for everyone involved.

  20. Excellent Six, Mimi, and love the ending :)

  21. Love this as always. Great poem for the new year!


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