January 31: Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, yaD sdrawkcaB, Brandy Alexander Day

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January 31st

:etouQ s’yadoT ~★  Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  ~ Pablo Picasso

:yaD drawkcaB ~★

Before you celebrate Backward Day, you must warm up!

We will not start at the very beginning: Do Ti La So Fa Mi Re Do! Good job! Now let’s try this: Z, Y, X, W, V, U, T, S, R, Q, P, O, N, M, L, K, J, I, H, G, F, E, D, C, B, A. Now I know my ZYXs. Next time we will go to Texas! Yay, you!

Now that we have properly warmed up our backward muscle let me share with you my favorite way to celebrate Backward Day, “Pay It Backward.” Buy a coffee for the person behind you in line, hold a door open, invite someone to go ahead of you…The ideas are endless, and the smiles are priceless.

:yaD trA htiw traeH ruoY eripsnI ~★

Art awakens imagination and creative powers, bringing vitality and wholeness to our lives. Art makes our hearts happy. Today, life is our canvas, and with our own unique gifts and talents each one of us is an artist with the ability to create things that inspire ourselves and each other.

Go forth and create!!

:yaD rednaxelA ydnarB ~★

The Brandy Alexander is a tasty chocolate cocktail that became popular in the 1920s.

According to legend, the first Brandy Alexander cocktail appeared at the wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles in London in 1922. It wasn’t long before the cocktail became a pop culture icon. You can find references to Brandy Alexander in countless movies, television shows, and songs. It was also John Lennon’s drink of choice, but he liked to refer to it as his “milkshake.”

To make a Brandy Alexander, combine 1½ oz. brandy, 1½ oz. crème de cacao, and 2 oz. heavy cream or soy creamer. Shake vigorously in a shaker half-filled with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with some nutmeg and enjoy! Cheers!

:yrotsiH ni yadoT ~★

♥~ 1940 – The very first monthly retirement check was issued by the U.S. Government — to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont. Ida May’s check, numbered 00-000-001, was in the amount of $22.54. Fuller, a Legal Secretary, retired in November 1939 and lived to be 100 years old (she died in 1975).

♥~ 1949 – The first TV daytime soap opera, “These Are My Children,” was broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago.

♥~ 1971 – Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14  on the third successful manned mission to the moon.

♥~ 1987 – Madonna’s tune, Open Your Heart, moved to the #2 spot on the pop charts (right behind At This Moment by Billy Vera and The Beaters). A week later, Open Your Heart became Madonna’s fifth #1 hit since 1983. She had 11 consecutive singles in the Top 10 — the most for any female artist of the rock era.

♥~ 1992 –  Keith Witt of Amarillo cleaned three standard 42½ by 47-inch office windows with an 11.8-inch squeegee in 10.13 seconds at the International Window Cleaning Association convention in San Antonio. That was a Guinness World Record.

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♥~ 1937 – Suzanne Pleshette actress: The Bob Newhart Show, Oh God Book 2, The Birds, If It’s Tuesday This Must be Belgium; died Jan 19, 2008

~ 1951 – Harry Wayne Casey musician: keyboard, singer: group: KC and the Sunshine Band: Do It Good, Queen of Hearts, Rock Your Baby, Get Down Tonight, That’s the Way [I Like It], [Shake, Shake, Shake] Shake Your Booty, I’m Your Boogie Man, Keep It Comin’ Love, Please Don’t Go

♥~ 1973 – Portia De Rossi actress: Better Off Ted, Cursed, Dead and Breakfast, The Night We Called It a Day, America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, Who Is Cletis Tout?

 :wonK uoY diD ~★

♥~ Since 1974 Mona Lisa resides in  a bulletproof, atmospherically  controlled glass case, from which it  is removed only during its annual inspection.

♥~ Michelangelo painted over 300 figures on the Sistine Chapel ceiling each  one of them unique.

♥~ Willard Wigan is a sculptor from England who specializes in microscopic art.  His sculptures are created in the eye of the needle or on the head of a pin and  measure as little as 0.005 mm (0.0002 in)

♥~ Ancient Chinese artists painted naked scenes but would never paint  women’s bare feet.

♥~ In 1961 Henri Mattise “La Bateau” was mistakenly hung upside down for 47  days at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Genevieve Habert (a museum guest)  noticed the error, notified the appropriate people and the print was re-hung properly.

♥~ The most expensive painting that ever sold in the history of art is Jackson  Pollock’s No. 5, 1948.  It sold in a private sale in 2006 for a staggering 140 million dollars exceeding the sale of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” by around 5 million dollars.

♥~ According to Guinness World Records the Mona Lisa has the highest insurance value for a painting.   Mona Lisa was insured in  1962 for $100 million giving the painting approximate value of $700 million today.


I am going to El Morno and run today but I will be back in a little bit to muse with you.

But first a quick reminder:

It is January 31st and you know what that means… It’s time to prepare for the first of the month and all that can be yours by simple saying  ”rabbit, rabbit!” The first words out of your mouth on the first day of  February must be “rabbit, rabbit”.

If you have a morno moment leave a comment.  !ynapmoC sevoL ddO

6 thoughts on “January 31: Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, yaD sdrawkcaB, Brandy Alexander Day

  1. Thought something was wrong my eyes or my computer-relieved it is only backwards day. I have never tried a Brandy Alexander but I would like too.
    Thanks for the Rabbit Rabbit Reminder. Have a good one.

  2. Thank you for the early reminder for ‘Rabbit, rabbit’. You know I always forget and never reply in Southern hemisphere time. Btw, I can’t wait to see the Mona Lisa for real, in Le Louvre, in Paris, in France, in less than 2 months. Do I sound excited or what!

  3. Never tried a Brandy Alexander; it does look like a chocolate milkshake without all the fat! “Rabbit Rabbit”? Seriously? Well, okay, I guess my poor dog will wonder if I’ve lost my mind when I announce, “Rabbit Rabbit” to him in the morning, but we’ll give ‘er a try!

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