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★~ Electronic Greeting Card Day:
Save a letter carrier, save a tree, save a stamp! Today’s the day to send your greetings the free, electronic way, via the Internet. I have some fun electronic greeting cards to send (give away) keep me company (leave a comment) and I will send you one!
★~ Square Dance Day:
Are you ready to do a little “dosadoing” and swing your partners round and round?
English, Irish, and Scottish settlers brought square dancing to the U.S. As it evolved in the U.S., a caller was added to help dancers stay in step. It remains popular among southern and western rural areas, and with senior citizens. Square Dancing is both fun, and great exercise. Medical sites and journals speaks to its health benefits for people of all ages.
My last experience with square dancing was when Cole was in 8th grade, and he squarely hated it. I felt so sorry for the teachers who had to teach his class. The boys simple were not into Do Sa Do, hated to Allemande, and don’t even mention the Promenade… I shared my experience of learning the Virginia Real when I was a teen with Cole and he wondered what the square dance call for lefty-loosey, righty-tighty was, making a rather rude and lame reference to my struggle to keep left and right straight. I hate kids. Anyway, it could be fun to Do Sa Do today…or not
★~ National Lemon Cream Pie Day:
Pie Again. According to culinary historians, people have been enjoying lemon-flavored custards and desserts since the Middle Ages. Chefs during this time period also used lemons to “perfume” the water they used for cooking. This was supposed to give their dishes a refreshing flavor.
The classic lemon cream pie that we know and love today emerged in the 1920s. Bake your own or pick one up at your local bakery in honor of National Lemon Cream Pie Day!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1890 – The first Army-Navy football game was played at West Point, New York. The midshipmen from Annapolis dominated, shutting out the cadets, 24-0. They’ve been stealing each other’s mascots ever since.
♥~ 1953 – American Airlines started the first regular two-way non-stop air service from L.A. to N.Y.
♥~ 1975 – Silver Convention had the #1 pop tune this day, called Fly, Robin, Fly. Oh my check out the gold lame in the video above ^ disco at its finest.
♥~ 1996 – Singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) died from a heart attack on stage while playing his hit ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ at a club in Minneapolis. On 17 December 1969, he married Victoria Mae Budinger (Miss Vicki) on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, a publicity stunt that attracted over 40 million viewers. (they had a daughter, Tulip Victoria). He performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in front of a crowd of 600,000 people.
♥~ 2008 – Taylor Swift went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Fearless’, the country singers second studio album (and she has an e-card to prove it!)
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1832 – Louisa, Alcott, American author, born at Philadelphia, PA. Her most famous novel is Little Women, the classic story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.
♥~ 1898 – C.S. Lewis (Clive Staples), British scholar, novelist and author (The Screwtape Letters, Chronicles of Narnia), born at Belfast, Ireland, died at Oxford, England, Nov 22, 1963.
♥~ 1958 – Kim Delaney Emmy Award-winning actress: NYPD Blue ; Philly, All My Children, The Delta Force, Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit, The Drifter, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Mission to Mars
★~ Did You Know: How The Grandfather Clock Was Named.
I love clocks but had never heard the story of how the Grandfather clock got its name when this story captured my attention
Over 100 years ago in Piercebridge, North Yorkshire, England, there was a charming traveler’s haven known as the George Hotel.
The hotel was a routine stop for horse coaches and was managed by two bachelor brothers named Jenkins.
In the lobby stood a floor clock, as they were called back in those days, that had been there for many years. One unusual characteristic on the old clock was that it kept very good time. This was uncommon, since in those days clocks were generally not noted for their accuracy.
One day, one of the brothers died and suddenly the old clock started losing time. At first it lost 15 minutes per day but when several clocksmiths gave up trying to repair the ailing timepiece, it was losing more than an hour each day.
The clocks incurable problem became as talked about as its precision had been. Some said it was no surprise that, though fully wound, the old clock stopped when the surviving brother died at the age of ninety.
The new manager of the hotel never attempted to have it repaired. He just left it standing in a sunlit corner of the lobby, its hands resting in the position they assumed the moment the last Jenkins brother died.
About 1875, an American songwriter named Henry Clay Work happened to be staying at the George Hotel during a trip to England. He was told the story of the old clock and after seeing the clock for himself, decided to compose a song about the fascinating coincidence that the clock stopped forever the moment its elder owner passed away. Henry came back to America and published the lyrics that sold over a million copies of sheet music.
Until that time, clocks such as the one in the old George Hotel were referred to by a variety of names, but before Henry Work wrote his song, over a hundred years ago, were they referred to as grandfather clocks.
Wishing everyone a wonderful day. I will be back to muse in a bit….need to get high behind and do a few things to start my day. My morning started off with a failed Toaster Strudel. No, I didn’t burn it but I did take my eyes off it for 3 seconds and was mugged. Suspect in custody.
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