Handwriting Day, Measure Your Feet Day, National Pie Day

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January 23,2013


★~Today’s Quote:  I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.~ Morgan Freeman

★~ Handwriting Day: 


John Hancock (January 23, 1737 – October 8, 1793) was President of the Second Continental Congress and of the Congress of the Confederation, first Governor of Massachusetts, and the first person to sign the United States Declaration of Independence.

John Hancock’s signature is the most prominent on the United States Declaration of Independence.

A signature (from Latin signare, “sign”) is a handwritten (and sometimes stylized) depiction of someone’s name (or some other identifying mark) that a person writes on documents as a proof of identity and will. It acts as a seal. The writer of a signature is a signatory. Like a handwritten signature, a signature work describes the work as readily identifying its creator.

The lost art of handwriting is one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves. There’s something poetic about grasping a writing instrument and feeling it hit the paper as your thoughts flow through your fingers and pour into words. So, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) suggests we take advantage of National Handwriting Day by use ing a pen or a pencil to rekindle that creative feeling through a handwritten note, poem, letter, or journal entry.

★~ Measure Your Feet Day- 


Look at those feet… yikes. How big are those things, precisely? Do you even know?  Today is the day to find out down to the inch, the centimeter, the millicronometer! Bust out your snazziest ruler or measuring tape and celebrate measure your feet day in style!

Measure Your Feet Day originates in ancient Iceland of all places. As most anyone can tell you, ancient Icelanders spent their free time doing one of two things: Bowling, or High-Fiving with their feet, which they called “Shelbing”. In the Spring, when Iceland has it’s notorious rain storms, the natives would gather in their huts, measure their feet, and pair off. They would then celebrate the rains by Shelbing until the sun went down. It was customary to measure ones feet again after the celebration though that part of the tradition has not been practiced since the late 80’s. Before long, the other world leaders heard the tale of the fun-loving Icelanders and emailed each other on ways to commemorate such a joyous event. So it was written that, January 23rd would forever be Measure Your Feet Day…

So unsheathe your hooves and mark down the size because Measure Your Feet Day only comes but once a year.

★~ National Pie Day: 


Which pie should you choose for your National Pie Day? The pie-sibilities are endless! Will it be one of the 231 varieties of apple pie, the favorite of 36 million Americans?

Have you ever wondered who made the largest cherry pie? In 1976 a man named Dave Phillips, in a burst of bicentennial fervor, convinced local businesses in Charlevoix to bake the World’s Largest Cherry Pie as part of the town’s annual cherry festival. A giant pan was built, along with an equally titanic oven. Local farmers supplied the ingredients. The result: a cherry pie weighing 17,420 pounds. It was a world record.Further south, the town of Traverse City had its own cherry festival. It had perhaps heard one too many boasts from Charlevoix, and in 1987 it decided to do something about it. Even though it already had the World Champion Cow of the Insane Grave — a sure-fire tourist draw — it was apparently not enough.The Chef Pierre Bakeries went to work, and on July 25 it baked a cherry pie that put Charlevoix to shame: 28,350 pounds; 17 feet, 6 inches in diameter. As an added snub, the town had Guinness Book of World’s Records certify its pie as the largest ever. Charlevoix’s days in the spotlight were ended after only 11 years. But time has a way of making people eat humble pie.  In 1992, after only five years, Traverse City’s cherry pie crown was knocked clear into Canada when the tiny town of Oliver, British Columbia, baked a cherry pie for the ages — 39,683 pounds.

Baked Lemon Meringue Pie with Whip Cream. I believe El Morno Friend Nancy B.shared a Lemon Meringue pie recipe that is easy and is very tasty….last year but I could not find it. Nancy could you share this once again? Or did I image its goodness?

★~ Today In History:


♥~ 1849 – English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree, from the Medical Institution of Geneva, N.Y.

♥~ 1971 – It was a cold day in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska. The lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was reported as the mercury fell to a minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit. My teeth chatter and my car battery dies at the mere thought of it…

♥~ 1977 – Carole King’s  landmark album, Tapestry, became the longest-running album to hit the charts, as it reached its 302nd week on the album lists.

♥~ 1983 – The A-Team one of television’s most intellectual, sophisticated and classy shows came into American homes. It was full of action and drama and starred Mr. T, wearing a ton of gold jewelry. He played the not so mild-mannered Sgt. Bosco B.A. Baracus, and George Peppard took the lead role as John Hannibal Smith. Yes, The A-Team debuted.  Go ahead and use the line, “I will rip your face off, sucka!” at least once today compliments of Mr.T.

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♥~ 1737 – John Hancock  American patriot and statesman, first signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hancock served as president of the Continental Congress from 1775–77 and served as Massachusetts governor for nine terms beginning in 1780. Because of his conspicuous signature on the Declaration, Hancock’s name has become part of the American language, referring to any handwritten signature. Born at Braintree, MA, he died at Quincy, MA, Oct 8, 1793. National Handwriting Day is also celebrated today ad we are all encouraged to write legible. Treat yourself to a new pen!

♥~ 1957 – Princess Caroline of Monaco royalty: daughter of Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of Monaco

♥~ 1964 – Mariska Hargitay Emmy-winning actress: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit [2006]; Plain Truth, Perfume, Lake Placid, Night Sins, Leaving Las Vegas, Gambler V: Playing for Keeps, The Perfect Weapon, Prince Street, ER, Tequila and Bonetti

★~ Did You Know: Feeturing the Worlds largest feet. .

♥~ Carl Griffiths – 14.5 in (36.8 cm): Carl Griffiths from Trimsaram in South Wales is the proud owner of biggest feet in the entire UK and was a contender for the Worlds largest feet. He was a little defeated when he found out he only placed number 5 in the World.

big feet 5

♥~ Freddie Smook – 14.57 in (37 cm): Freddie has the largest feet in South Africa. I guess it would be callous of me to suggest this next pair of feet should have been photographed in socks.


♥~ Brahim Takioullah – 15 in (38.1 cm):  The Guinness World Record holder for largest feet on a living person, Brahim Takioullah, is also the third tallest living person with a height of 2.46 m (8′ 1”). I bet finding European size 58 shoes is not an easy feat. I would also bet, I’m not the only person who has made that observation.

Morocco's Brahim Takioullah, who has the largest feet of the world according to the Guinness Book of Records, poses in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees on September 29, 2011 in Paris. Takioullah's left foot measures 38.1 cm (1 ft 3 in) while his right foot measures 37.5 cm (1 ft 2.76 in). At right a woman shows her foot to make a comparison.      AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)


♥~ Matthew McGrory – 16.73 in (42.5 cm)

Matthew McGrory weighed 15 pounds and was 24 inches long when he was born; by the time he graduated from Kindergarten he was over 5 feet tall. He continued to grow until he reached a height of 7 feet 6 inches and had a size 29 shoes. As an adult he often cast as a giant in different movies and theater productions,  I read one review that said he was a real toe stopper.

(Much thanks to my punny facebook friends Melissa, her derby friends and Isabella…this post would have been feetsible without you but not as much fun)

Brrr it’s cold in Chicago again today – 12 degree out there. My pups are in and out in a flash and then curl up in front of heat vents until the sun comes up and they can find sun spots to warm their bones.

My feet use to be big but now they are average (8 1/2 double A) My shoes of choice are Ugg boots and my ruby red Keens. I also like Clarks. Favorite pie? Well, I’m not much of a pie eater, but I do like Lemon Meringue and Apple Pie with a slice of cheddar cheese. I love to write with a really good pen, and I love writing in Moleskine note books. Yes, they are pricey, but they are worth it. Cole carries one in his back pocket, and I always have one in my purse. My life is digital, but a good notebook and pen is delightful.

What about you? Favorite shoes? Pie? Pen?

Odd Loves Company,

13 thoughts on “Handwriting Day, Measure Your Feet Day, National Pie Day

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  2. Morno
    Those are some big feet! My handwriting isn’t pretty but it is readable. Guess I have the nuns to thank for that. My daughter has beautiful handwriting. I still feel better keeping a notebook planner and written lists. I remember things better when I handwrite them.
    My favorite pie is Apple but I wouldn’t turn down a piece of any kind of pie. Guess, I need to take a pie into the office today.
    One my ex’s favorite album was Tapestry and she played it over and over. Not one of my favorites.
    Have a good one.

  3. El Good Morno,

    Sheesh Louise, those are really big feet. Makes me feel better about my kids feet which seem to grow sizes overnight.
    My handwriting is terrible and my daughter was not even taught cursive writing which I objected too–my daughter wanted to learn how to “write pretty.” I think it is lazy teaching not to at least spend a little time each day writing things out. Now they have tablets and computers in second grade. When you write it down it is easier to remember…I know that from working with my kids on spelling words. Oh well, I am sure by the time my youngest is in first grade the it will be the “new thing” to have kids handwrite their work.
    Love Key Lime pie, and Apple pie. In fact, I have been thinking about making an apple pie and today might be the day.
    Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

    • Handwritten is big part of a Waldorf school. Some teachers still insist on handwritten work and he is in 11th grade. I hope your daughter gets an opportunity to learn cursive…I would hate for her to miss out on this loops!
      Key Lime is a wonderful summer pie. Yum!

  4. i remember those handwriting workbooks in school. the palmer method. still….my handwriting is atrocious.
    the size of those feet are unreal. my favorite shoes are my brooks adrenaline 13.
    carole king is a great artist & song writer.
    i use a pen & paper to write notes. i just can’t imagine being comfortable with not doing it that way. old school. my favorite pen is any with a rubber type grip.
    favorite pie would be lemon creme & boston creme.

  5. What big feet those are!! And here I complain because my feet are the most popular size, selling off the shelves too fast!
    Favorite pie? Mmmm, lemon meringue or pumpkin. Of course, I like blueberry, too, and apple, key lime, and chocolate.
    Having learned cursive at the hands of our dear nuns, I love to hand write stuff. Domer, too, learned cursive, but he’s definitely in the minority among his friends!

    • Doesn’t sound like you are a picky pie eater…if I remember you even like pecan pie with out the pecans
      :-D. At a Waldorf school writing is huge. Even in high school. I love pretty stationary and a good pen…and the joy of a new notebook!! Just guessing but I bet you have very pretty precise handwriting…the Virgo… 😀

  6. YES! My easy, breezy, Lemon Curd Tart! 1 package Pillsbury all-ready made pie dough (in refrigerated section) Bake as package directs for non-filled pie crust (I make mine in a tart pan), Get 1-2 jars lemon curd in the jelly/jam section & spread on top of baked crust (also comes in Lime curd too!) Whip some cream, put around pie and dust with confectionery sugar. Done!

  7. Myy hand writing was never beautiful but since one of my dogs broke my right hand in two places a few years ago, it’s really awful. I used to love to send hand written notes, oh well—-.
    Apple pie with cheddar! Although that lemon pie recipe sounds awfully good and easy.

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