Chinese New Year, Backward Day, Art Day, Brandy Alexander Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ ouɹoW lƎ ♥~★~★~♥ ~
January 31st, 2014

Sunrise over the Marinello lagoon

★~ Today’s Quote: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol (via this isn’t happiness)

★~ Chinese New Year: 


Gung Hai Fat Choi!  (gong-hey-faat-choy).  More about the Chinese New Year below…..

★~ ʎɐp pɹɐʍʞɔɐq:

“Here’s an odd fowl, that walks backward to go forward so she can look behind to see where she went!” Click the picture to watch the short backwards clip.

Watch a movie’s last scene first and you’ll save yourself the time of sorting through all the messy plot details. Walk backwards down the street and you’re sure to have more than a few surprise encounters. Pay it backwards and let the person in back of you move ahead of you. Have a little FUN on Backwards day and shake up the day-to-day drums-hums

★~ Inspire Your Heart With Art Day: 

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.

★~ Brandy Alexander Day:

Brandy Alexander

The Brandy Alexander is a tasty chocolate cocktail that became popular in the 1920s. Its predecessor was the gin-based Alexander cocktail, which was all but abandoned once the “Alexander #2” arrived on the scene.

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!

★~ Today In History: 


♥~ 1846 – Two Wisconsin towns called Kilbourntown and Juneautown merged  after years of disputes. They were on opposite sides of a river, and Kilbourntown on the west side often attempted to isolate Juneautown to the east. When the two towns finally became a single city, they named the new community after the river between them: the Milwaukee River.

♥~ 1930 – The 3M Company turned a slur against a nationality into a successful brand name when it started selling Scotch Tape on January 31st, 1930. The name “Scotch” came from a customer complaint that 3M put too little adhesive on the tape, in order to save money.

♥~ 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.

♥~ 2000 – Former Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig, now the commissioner of baseball, suspended outspoken player John Rocker. Rocker, a star relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, had angered many fans with an interview in Sports Illustrated where he made racist and anti-gay remarks, and said unflattering things about New York City.

★~ Born Today: 


♥~1872 – Zane Grey  Pearl Zane Grey was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage was his best-selling book.

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

~ 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?

★~ Good to Know: 


Year of the Horse Predictions:

RABBIT 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 Don’t be discouraged and follow your dreams

DRAGON: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 Do your own research and stand firm. Be cautious of offers that come with strings attached.

TIGER 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Exercise restraint, don’t be drawn into madcap schemes

RAT 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2000 Be prepared for change, and realise you can remain resilient no matter what drama the galloping year of the horse brings. Conflict is not the only answer.

OX 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 Romantic excitement is on the way so put yourself out there. Don’t be envious if you’re already in a loving relationship

SNAKE 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 A year of competition and rivalry, but subtle tactics will help you come out on top.

ROOSTER 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 There will be romantic opportunities, but don’t be too fussy. The same applies if you are in a relationship. Be tolerant.

GOAT 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 Count your blessings, there is no need to chase after what you want.

DOG 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 Let the people who love you support you, if you need a helping hand.

PIG 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 Stop being such a control freak! You don’t need to plan every last detail

MONKEY 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.. only forge ahead with challenging circumstances if there’s something you really want


I thought this naughty pony and rider were pretty cute.


Rabbit Rabbit! Reminder:  Make Rabbit, rabbit the first words you say on February 1st for good fortune all month long!

TGIF! Have a Fabulous Friday!

15 thoughts on “Chinese New Year, Backward Day, Art Day, Brandy Alexander Day

  1. Morno,
    Funny about the tape. A sniffer of brandy is nice, not sure about that drink.
    I’m an Ox. God help me.
    Pony is bad. Kid seems to take it in stride.
    Have a good one.

  2. Oh man—that pony WAS naughty!!!! Glad they put the disclaimer on there that no one was hurt. 🙂 I am year of the Rat—be prepared for change seems pretty accurate about now. 🙂
    Never had a Brandy Alexander but remember my mother in law got pretty sick on them one time. Once was enough for her….she never had them again.

    • Wicked! I suspect that the kid was a little wicked too. I think once you get sick on something like a Brandy Alexander you never go back there again. A rat? Can you change? How about a nice tiger??

  3. My Chinese dog walking neighbor has been keeping us up to date on the family’s celebration plans & the excitement of their grandsons. I am Year of the Dog….. how appropriate! Prediction for this year rings true for me. Certainly pertained to last year.
    Nik has mastered walking forward while staring at whatever intrigues her from behind.
    Humorous naming of Scotch Tape!
    Will watch the naughty pony later.
    I see you are warming up. Stay warm!

    • My Chinese dog walking neighbor—I have to wonder what kind of dog she walks?
      Nik is very clever!
      The Scotch tape was funny. I had to run it by Snoops to make sure it was a true story but indeed it is.
      6-8 inches of snow tomorrow and we had/have plans to take the Bug out. We’ll see.

  4. I can’t even THINK about walking backwards today — not as clumsy as I am, ha!
    Thanks for the reminder about Rabbit Rabbit.
    Seems like Chinese food should be the food for the day, doesn’t it — with Chinese New Year near and all??
    Never knew that about Milwaukee!
    Have a super Friday!

    • I should be the food of the day—I guess it isn’t because of how the dates for the Chinese year fluctuate. However, we can take charge next year and make it so. Good Idea!
      Milwaukee surprised me too!
      Forward movement only in your case.
      It was a pretty darn good Friday.

  5. I almost fixed Chinese food for lunch. The place where I have my nails done was all excited this week about the New Year’s today.
    I used to love Brandy Alexanders.

    • Did you tip the Buddha? I think your suppose too. Maybe a peppermint or something. I wanted Chinese food today but ate left-overs instead since your dear boy was out for the evening.

  6. My sister fixed us Chinese food for dinner. We had some excellent wine. (I like white wine when it’s sweet.) The brandy Alexander sounds delicious.
    Best wishes for the Year of the Horse.

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