"Are you okay?
"Achoo....you tell me!"
"It sounds like you've caught a cold."
"Let's see, negative you-know-what test, sniffles, sneezes, can't breathe through my nose, yep, looks to me like I've caught one, too -- got any more brilliant observations?"
"You drank all the orange juice...um, ah, I'll just run to the store and get more, no need to give me the stink eye!"
(Yes, in the midst of the pandemic, i've managed to catch an old-fashioned very unromantic cold, and i'll take all the juice i can get.)
While Good Fences Around the World seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, i still enjoy looking for and posting interesting fences, so i will!
If i'd been thinking, i'd have angled back on the one fence so as not to get the recycle bin. That's why i'm not a professional photographer!
It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day! This week's image and my poem:
My, oh, my,
Would you believe?
If I didn't see it,
I'd think I'd been deceived!
They said they'd dress up
For Carnival Time,
But did they each have to choose
To be a mime?!!
Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. It's time to share something for which i am thankful.
Today i am thankful for the time we've had with Coda dog, she's been here since Christmas Eve. Her mama is expected back soon and we're going to miss her.
Democracy Day -- Cape Verde
Feast of St. Kentigern (a/k/a St. Mungo) (Patron of Glasgow whose given name meant "head chief" but whose nickname meant "dear one.")
Ides of January -- Ancient Roman Calendar
Liberation Day -- Togo
Maghi -- Sikh
Make Your Dreams Come True Day -- no info on the origin of this; maybe someone who broke their New Year's resolutions by this day used the fact that it's New Year's by the Julian calendar to start over
Midvintersblot -- Ancient Norse Calendar (midwinter festival)
National Peach Melba Day
Old New Year's Day -- Belarus; Georgia; Montenegro; Republic of Macedonia; Republic of Srpska (Yes, that's how it's spelled; no, i don't know how to pronounce it); Serbia; Russia; Ukraine; Wales (Julian Calendar)
Pongal begins -- India (thanksgiving festival at the end of the harvest season, honoring Indra, god of clouds and rain)
first day, Bhogi
Radio Day -- anniversary of the first public radio broadcast in 1910
Recuperation Fortnight begins -- Fairy Calendar (i think i need one of those!)
Runic Half-month of Peorth (womb) begins
Rubber Ducky Day
Sidereal Winter Solstice Eve -- celebrations through South and Southeast Asia, including
Bhogi -- Tamil (first day of Pongal)
Lohri -- Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh
Uruka -- Assam
Silvesterklausen -- Switzerland ("Old" New Year's celebration, based on the Julian Calendar)
St. Hilarius' Day (according to English tradition, the coldest day of the year; Patron of learning challenged children; Argusto, Italy; Vervio, Italy; against snakes and snake bites)
St. Knut's Day (a/k/a Little Christmas or Twentieth Day or Tyvendedagen among the Scandinavians, it celebrates Canute IV of Denmark and is the day to "plunder" the tree put up on Christmas Eve, eating the candies and cookies that were decorating it, and putting all the other decorations away before the tree is removed.)
Strive and Succeed Day -- Horatio Alger's birth anniversary
Theogamia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (anniversary celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hera; date approximate, but during Gamelion, the month of marriages)
Tiugunde Day -- Old England (midwinter offering, a celebration picked up from the Norse Midvintersblot)
Tyvendedagen -- Norway (Twentieth day after Christmas, official end of Yuletide or "Juletid")
Joannie Rochette, 1966
Orlando Bloom, 1977
Nicole Eggert, 1972
Keith Coogan, 1970
Patrick Dempsey, 1966
Penelope Ann Miller, 1964
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 1961
Kevin Anderson, 1960
Jay McInerney, 1955
Richard Moll, 1943
Frank Gallo, 1933
Charles Nelson Reilly, 1931
Frances Sternhagen, 1930
Gwen Verdon, 1925
Army Archerd, 1922
Robert Stack, 1919
Alfred Carl Fuller, 1885
Sophia Tucker, 1884
Horatio Alger, 1832
Salmon P. Chase, 1808
"The Sopranos"(TV), 1999
"Mickey Mouse"(Comic strip), 1930
Today in History:
Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria, 1099
Sicut Didum, the papal bull prohibiting the enslavement of Canary Island natives who had converted to Christianity, is promulgated, 1435
The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison, 1605
The Bank Of Genoa fails after the announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain, 1607
Jonathan Swift is ordained and Anglican priest in Ireland, 1695
James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina, 1733
John Walter publishes the first issue of the London Times, 1785
The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins, 1830
Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole European survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, 1842
Anthony Foss patents the accordion, 1854
A chenille manufacturing machine is patented by William Canter of NYC, 1863
A circus fire in Poland kills 430, 1883
The Independent Labour Party of the UK has its first meeting, 1893
U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution, 1893
The first radio set is advertised, a Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American; claimed to receive signals up to one mile, 1906
The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, 1910
An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800, 1915
The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people, 1939
Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car, 1942
Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland, 1964
Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American US Cabinet member, 1966
Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison, 1968
A passenger train plunged into a ravine at Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa, 1985
L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American US governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia, 1990
Soviet Union military troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, 1991
An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800, 2001
The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy, 2012
An early-morning ballistic missile alert is sent across Hawaii in error and revoked after 38 minutes, 2018
Scientists studying the Murchison Meteorite announce their belief that it contains material that is 7.5 billion years old, 2020
Archaeologists announce the discovery of the world's oldest known cave painting of an animal (a pig), in Leang Tedongnge cave, island of Sulawesi, Indonesia; it is estimated to be 45,500 years old, 2021