Tuesday, February 2, 2021

All Holidays Should Be This Easy, A Random and Happy Tuesday Post


It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus 

It's Groundhog Day, one of my sentimental favorite holidays.  Nothing special to do, no foods to cook, no gifts to get, just celebrate.

What do we celebrate?  Contrary to what Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, would have you believe, we don't celebrate one critter predicting the weather for everyone.  That was, however, a nice public relations coup they pulled, getting themselves famous that way.

It's based on your location, and no critter is actually needed.  If you are having lousy weather where you are today, winter is "spending itself out" right now, and you should get an early spring.

If your weather today is beautiful and bright and clear enough for whatever local critter -- groundhog, badger, hedgehog, etc. -- to see a shadow, then winter is having a break and will come roaring back, so you should get a late spring.

Does it work?  Well, it worked often enough that our ancestors used to plan their garden plantings around it.  However, between the changes in the calendar that Gregory instituted and climate differences, who's to say if any of the old weather predictor rhymes and stories are still accurate?

Meanwhile, enjoy your Groundhog Day.  If all holidays were this easy to celebrate, some of us might not have so much gray hair.

For your entertainment (and possibly amazement) i present, Carl's room yesterday, before and after my cleaning visit:

 Now how about a few of the things Grandma passes my way before we go:

Invention: the water fountain you and your dog can drink from.

Invention: in Switzerland, a "mountain finder."

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Anniversary of Treaty of Tartu -- Estonia

Bonza Bottler Day™

Candlemas -- Christian -- or Presentation of Our Lord (f/k/a the Purification of the Virgin Mary) - commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple and purification of Mary on the 40th day after the birth of Jesus. Candles have been blessed on this day since the 11th century, and this was the original forecaster, “If Candlemas is fair and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.”

     Bank Holiday -- Liechtenstein

     Candelaria Festival -- Puno, Peru (Virgen de la Candelaria, through the 16th)

     Dia de la Candelaria/Virgin of Candelaria -- Mexico; Spain

     La Fete de la Chandeleur -- Canada; France

     Matka Boska Gromniczna (Mother of God of the Blessed Thunder Candle) -- Poland

Festival of Juno Februa -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno as goddess of motherly and matrimonial love)

Groundhog Day/Hedgehog Day/Badger Day -- what animal you looked to in order to predict the weather depended on where you lived

     Hromnice -- Czech Republic (hrom = thunder, a weather forecasting day)

Imbolc/Sughnassad -- Pagan/Wiccan (Northern Hemisphere/Southern Hemisphere)

     Brigmid -- Druid Calendar, also called Feast of Imbolc, celebrated later as St. Bridget's Day, but originally a festival for Brigid, (also known as Brighid, Bríde, Brigit, Brìd) goddess of poetry, healing, and smithcraft.  It is always halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, so some years it is on Feb. 1 with St. Brigid's Day

     Disting/Charming of the Plough -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (a feast of new beginnings and spring)

     Serpent Day -- Celtic (The tradition was that on this day, the Brigmid, snakes or badgers would come out of their winter dens and predict the weather; perhaps a precursor to North America's Groundhog Day.)

     Wives' Feast Day -- Northern England (ancient celebration in association with Imbolc)

Inventors' Day -- Thailand

Le Jour des Crepes -- France (Crepes Day, as crepes are traditionally served on Candlemas; if you can flip the crepe pan and catch the crepe in it with your right hand, while holding a gold coin in your left, you will become rich this year!)

National Heavenly Hash Day

Presentation of Christ in the Temple -- Anglican Catholic Christian

Sled Dog Day -- anniversary of the arrival, in 1925, of diphtheria antitoxin in Nome, Alaska; in memory of the sled dogs, especially lead dogs Togo and Balto, who made it possible

St. Cornelius the Centurion's Day (the Cornelius converted by St. Paul in the Book of Acts)

Veja Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (day of wind, with rituals performed to assure no wind damage next summer)

Wand Dedication Day -- Fairy Calendar

World Wetlands Day -- UN  

Anniversaries Today:

Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Princess Alexandra) weds Paull Mowatt, 1990

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) marries Olivia Langdon in Elmira, NY, 1870

Birthdays Today:

Shakira, 1977

Michael T. Weiss, 1962

Christie Brinkley, 1954

Ina Garten, 1948

Farah Fawcett, 1947

Graham Nash, 1942

David Jason, 1940

Tom Smothers, 1937

Les Dawson, 1934

Stan Getz, 1927

Elaine Stritch, 1925

James Dickey, 1923

Liz Smith, 1923

Ayn Rand, 1905

George “Papa Bear” Halas, 1895

William Rose Benét, 1886

James Joyce, 1882

Solomom R. Guggenheim,1861

Toyotomi Hideyoshi,1536 (Japan's second "great unifier")

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Rich Little Show"(TV), 1975

"The Midnight Special"(TV), 1973

"And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little"(Play), 1971

"What's My Line?"(TV), 1950

"Le Dame aux Camelias"(Play, Dumas, fils), 1848

"Artaxerxes"(Opera, Thomas Arnes), 1762

Today in History:

Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates The Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum) a collection of Roman law, 506

Pedro de Mendoza founds Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1536

New Amsterdam (later New York) is incorporated as a city, 1653

The first leopard is exhibited in the US, in Boston (admission 25 cents), 1802

Russian settlers establish the Ft. Ross trading post north of San Francisco, 1811

Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral afire, does £60,000 damage, 1829

The first Chinese workers arrive in San Francisco, 1848

The first public men's toilet in Britain opens, on Fleet Street in London, 1852

Samuel Clemens uses the pen name Mark Twain for the first time, 1863

James Oliver invents the removable tempered steel plow blade, 1869

The SS Strathleven arrives in London with the first frozen mutton imported from Australia, 1880

The Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut, 1882

The first official Groundhog Day is observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 1887

The bottle cap with cork seal is patented by William Painter of Baltimore, 1892

The longest boxing match under modern rules takes place in Nameoki, Illinois; 77 rounds between Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby, 1892

The first movie close-up, of a man sneezing, is made at the Edison Studio in West Orange, NJ, 1893

The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne, 1899

Queen Victoria's funeral takes place, 1901

Musher Gunner Kaasan and his sled team, led by Balto, finish the serum run from Nenana to Nome, Alaska, delivering the much needed diphtheria medication (inspiration for the Iditarod), 1925

Leonarde Keeler tests the first polygraph machine, 1935

The Groundhog Day gale hits the north-eastern United States and south-eastern Canada, 1976

F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to function legally and promises to release Nelson Mandela, 1990

Iran launches its first domestically made satellite, Omid, into orbit, 2009

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, vows to defend the Senkaku Islands "at all costs", 2013

All 955 miners are rescued from the Beatrix gold mine in Welkom town, South Africa, after 2 days underground, 2018

More than 40 mummies from around 323-30 BC are found at a burial site at the Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site south of Cairo, Egypt, 2019

Palindrome Day:  today's date, 02/02/2020, reads the same forward and backward, whether you are putting the order as month/day or day/month; the last time this happened was 11/11/1111, 2020


  1. You are one amazing cleaner.
    Happy GroundHog Day - and as always big thanks to Grandma.

  2. Great photos. I like the fountain.

    God bless.

  3. Happy ground hog day. It's bright and clear and cold here, My chickens' shadows are clear to be seen. In Denmark the saying is that at Candlemass we're halfways through winter.
    Do you think mountain finders works only in Switzerland?
    And a double sunset/sunrise ... No need to go to Dubai or ohter tall buildings. We do that every year in the summerhouse. There's stairs, 108 steps, leading down to the beach. If you go down, watch the sun set, and then run up the stairs, you can watch the sun setting once more.

  4. You must have so much patience to keep cleaning up after that guy. He is lucky to have you! We will grab the groundhog if we see him. At our house, we want more of winter, not less. Happy Tuesday!

  5. Still cannot figure out where you find all this stuff or find the time to find it! Amazing, amusing and interesting ...

  6. Wow, something magic happened to Carl's room. I am picking my tombstone! LOL

  7. We have squirrels predicting the weather here, well, they work on TV but they are nutty. Love those tombstones!

  8. I don't predict when spring rolls around. Spring is March 20. I do see the need for planting purposes though.

    Carl is a whirlwind. I'm guessing your cleaning will only show for about five minutes after he gets home.

    Love all the facts and funnies.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Hugs. ♥

  9. I never really could make myself believe that what happened in Pennsylvania didn't stay in Pennsylvania...

  10. Mimi, I really enjoyed the memes especially the one that said " Damn, it's dark down here " and the invention that allows the owner and dog have a drink of water. Lovely.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Lots going on here today!I knew the term Grounhog Day, but I've bothered to find out what it means - now I don't have to, thanks! Impressive bit of tidying - just wish you lived closer to me! We had a pair of resident swans in my park. Some stupid teenagers killed the male one, and the female died a natural death a few days later. Happy birthday David 'Dell Boy' Jason! Finally, I put a picture I took from the top of the Burj Khalifa on my blog today!

  12. You did a great job at Carl's! I would love to have that happen here! Not that I am a mess, I'm not, but children, no matter how old, think that Mom LIKES to do it! (My son actually said that to me!) Love the funny photos and Groundhog day - its half way between the Equinox and the Solstice...have a marvellously Happy Day!

  13. Oh My Gosh! You are an amazing cleaner and organizer....mama mia! And your Grandma's tid-buts are great! Wood ducks also mate for life. We had a pair living near us when I was growing up and when the female died the male dies not long after of a broken heart. So sad. And all I have to say about the last epitaph is this "At least it ain't hot!" Have a great day! Hugs to you!

  14. Happy Groundhog Day! You certainly earn every dollar at Carl's place. :)

  15. I'm reminded of a similar place where I used to go and clean.
    Love the tombstones.

  16. Wow. I truly think that cleaning job borders on the miraculous!
    And I love your Grandma funnies!

  17. You are one great cleaning lady and blogger and grand ma sends great stuff!

    Moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)