February has so much to enjoy and appreciate, despite some of us
who have to endure such cold weather. I have fun thinking about
what will good ole’ Punxsutauney Phil do on Groundhog’s Day,
how will we celebrate each of the Presidents, along with will any
of my grandchildren make me handmade Valentine’s Day cards
or will they give me a Sponge Bob Square Pants, Batman, Frozen
or Angry Bird valentines?
February is “Wise Health Care Consumer Month.”
There are choices in your reducing health care costs
and making good ones in your physicians, too. Learn
more about over-the-counter and the prescription
medicines you take, asking what dosage is the least
you need to be the most healthy. Although it is not
always suggested, I like to take nutritional supplements
to ‘back up’ the fresh vegetables, fruits, fiber and protein
sources I choose to consume.
I take out a few decorations for this festive month, including a
couple of American flags which I put two on my door, along with
Cupid, a heart and a laminated Snoopy giving his pal Woodstock
a Valentine. This about covers most of the main ‘holiday rituals.’
I have had the cupid and “Peanuts” laminated pictures, ever
since my years of teaching middle school in the 80’s.
Amy Poehler, comic, actress and “SNL” show alumni
gives us good, comforting advice for February:
“I think sleep can be really magical
because sometimes Balance is only
a day away.”
Purple is a beautiful color echoed in both the gem
and the flower of the month.
“National Freedom Day”
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in
the world and that is an idea whose time has come.”
~* Victor Hugo.
It is Super Bowl Sunday!
Are you rooting for the New England Patriots or
the Seattle Sea Hawks?
What snacks will you serve? If you wish to read
about the history of hot sauce on chicken wings,
you can push your clicker on the side panel of
my topics to read about. Recipes included from
past posts, too.
“If Candlemas be dark
with clouds and rain,
Winter is gone and
won’t come again.”
(“The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” 2015 edition.)
You know the results, don’t you? If he sees his shadow,
he will run and hide, means a longer time until Spring.
If it is a gloomy day, and he doesn’t see his shadow, we
are that much closer to warmer weather.
Another special occasion is “The 14th Annual AARP
Movies for Grownups Awards.” Kevin Costner will
be honored to receive the career achievement award.
I would like to see his newest family movie that deals
with his character raising his bi-racial grandchild.
Viola Davis plays the other side of the family’s
grandmother, scenes look funny and uplifting.
It is called, “Black or White.” (Nothing ever is. . .)
Full Snow Moon.
On February 3, 1913 the U.S. Congress was
authorized to impose a federal income tax
under the 16th Amendment of the U. S.
Constitution. The beginning of our tax ‘woes.’
Personal special day, will go to see my Mom if the
weather is good the weekend after this day. It is
the 60th anniversary since my Mom and Dad got
married. In only 9 months and a week, I will be 60.
So many family members of my parents counted
back to make sure I was “legitimate!”
Family Day in British Columbia.
This is the beginning of a great week titled,
“Random Acts of Kindness Week.”
Feb. 11- Last Quarter Moon.
Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.
The way he read books by the fire and the “Honest
Abe” nickname, made this President special to me,
as a child. Later, when his assassination was more
emphasized in Social Studies, I felt sad to have lost
this fine hero.
The military services always wish for U.S. citizens
to fly their flags for past presidents.
This is Friday the 13th… ooh! Some people
believe you may wish to be more careful.
Are you superstitious?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Flowers or candy? Special jewelry or friendly
exchange of Valentine’s Day cards, however
you celebrate, hope it is a fun day for you.
I happen to like heart cookies with vanilla
frosting, what is your favorite ‘treat?’
“Love lives forever and belies the passage of time.
It is what we take with us wherever we go.”
The shiny ‘heart shaped’ flowers of the tropical
anthurium are perfect fir a romantic bouquet,
suggested by “Old Farmer’s Almanac,”
I happen to like peach roses or pink-tipped
carnations. The scent of the roses is sweet
while the carnations smell ‘spicy’ to me.
Last but certainly not least, this is also our
“National Have-A-Heart Day” where the aim
is to raise awareness of healthy eating and
taking care of our hearts.
National Flag of Canada Day.
Susan B. Anthony’s birthday.
In 1808, on this date in history, the U.S.S. Maine sank.
Remembering veterans and servicemen.
Presidents’ Day observed, United States.
The American Veterans request you proudly
fly your flag.
President George Washington’s birthday is on
February 22nd, but most calendars say we
“observe” his and all other presidents’ today.
Celebrate the tale of young, honest George,
who said, “I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down
the cherry tree,” by having a piece of cherry pie
with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Yummy! I suppose if you were dieting you
could simply eat some fresh cherries or
have cherry yogurt.
A book recommendation from “AARP Magazine” is
of Robert Middlekauff’s “Washington’s Revolution:
The Making of America’s First Leader.”
Celebrate “Family Day” (Alta., Ontario, and Sask.)
The mid-month “Old Farmer’s Almanac,” 2015 suggests
planting winter beets. They are hardy, which surprised me
that they can be planted in the winter time. (Should your
ground not be frozen solid.) They suggest harvesting beet
greens when they are a couple of inches tall.
Did you know the ‘new green sprouts’ can be added to a
salad and are considered delicious? I learn something
new every time I open and read the almanac. They are
most tender before they reach 6″. This will not disturb
the growth of those red or purple beets, which provide
sorts of healing powers, through their nutritiousness.
or “Mardi Gras.”
Celebrating the last day before you go on a ‘fast’
for Lent. This seems early and I re-checked this
fact. We have forty days of Lenten Season, before
Easter, should you be Catholic or another church
which celebrates the ‘walk’ of Jesus’ last days by
not indulging in what you crave.
I like the idea which my friends and coworkers do,
eating pancakes with sausage, bacon and eggs. The
Filipino coworkers have a traditional feast full of
a variety of savory and spicy foods.
What I remember from my childhood was receiving
those Lenten “fish” cardboard boxes where we would
put our leftover lunch or allowance money into. On
the last Sunday before Easter, (Palm Sunday) we could
turn them in and they would go to a needy cause.
These days the church I am affiliated with uses the
money for preparing and serving twice a month free
meals for those who wish to come. We also collect
products once a month for local humane shelters,
the battered women’s shelter in Marion (“Choices”)
and P.I.N. which stands for a food pantry that is
called, “People in Need.” If you wish to do something
extra this month and the next, check out local centers.
You may make a big difference, “in the spirit of Lent.”
“Ash Wednesday” is the first day of Lent. Some
Catholic and other churches use ashes to form a
cross on a person’s forehead denoting the start
of the Lenten Season. Mass or communion is
usually served on this day at churches.
“The February sunshine steeps your boughs
and tints the buds and smells the leaves within.”
~*Written by William C. Bryant
(American Poet, 1794-1878.)
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!
This calls for my going to our local Chinese
restaurant and ordering Sweet and Sour Chicken or
Shrimp, or if I am in a spicy mood, General Tso’s
Chicken or Pork. I will ask for a fortune cookie
should they forget to throw one in. I will let you
know my fortune, hope you will let me know yours.
Heritage Day, (Y.T.)
If you still have some leftover cherry pie, you may
wish to celebrate George Washington’s ‘real’
This is the Academy Awards or Oscar’s night.
If you are one who likes the Red Carpet, the
guests and singers who will perform the “Best
Song” nominations, or just like to have a fun
time watching all the famous people, this is
one of my favorite nights of the year! I get
some snacks, popcorn or chips and dip, some
nuts and a piece of fruit, sometimes if there is
any leftover wine, or if I need to stay awake,
(more likely) I drink some flavored coffee.
The infamous photograph represents this real
event in history today, 70 years ago today:
The flag was raised on Iwo Jima in 1945.
Feb. 25- First 1/4 Moon.
Battle of Java Sea, 1942.
Here is a pray or words to consider for February:
We thank thee, God (or Higher Being) for extra things
You send along our way,
Both when our days are sunny bright
And when our skies are gray.
The little planned surprises dropped
From Thy great, loving hand,
Like unexpected showers on
A parched and desert land.
The meeting of an old-time friend,
The lifting of a care,
And sunlight breaking through the clouds,
To tell us You are there.
Just why You do these extra things
Our finite minds don’t know;
It must be you delight in them
Because you love us so.”
~*Written by Alice Hanche Mortenson.
The above prayer could be just pleasant thoughts sent your
way, as if someone sneezed and you say automatically,
What special things do you do to celebrate the month of February?