Our electric bill was “sky high” so…..it’s time to re-adjust and wear extra clothing and consume foods and drinks that warm the body.
busy but enjoyable.
Now here it is
february 01, 2010
Here’s a lineup for February that might interest you:
American Heart Month
Library Lovers Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Black History Month
Responsible Pet Owner’s Month
Spunky Old Broads Month
From the Latin word februa, “to
cleanse.” The Roman Februalia was a month of purification and atonement.
February 2010 Full Moon:
Sunday, 28th, 16:38(universal time)
February Weather Lore
There is always one fine week in February.
If bees get out in February, the next day will
be windy and rainy.
Fogs in February mean frosts in May.
Winter’s back breaks about the middle of February.
Go Red For Women
Red Dress Tack Pin
Online Services Site
Medical Emergency Education
1862 – Julia Howe publishes "Battle Hymn of Republic" (My eyes have seen the glory of…)
1920 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms
1949 – RCA Victor countered Columbia Records’ 33-1/3 long play phonograph disk with not only a smaller, 7-inch record (with a big hole in the center), but an entire phonograph playing system as well. The newfangled product, the 45-rpm, which started a revolution (especially with the new rock and roll music), soon made the 78-rpm record a blast from the past.
1968 – Elvis Presley celebrated the birth of his daughter, Lisa Marie. Lisa Marie married and divorced the ‘Gloved One’, Michael Jackson, in the ’90s.
1982 – "Late Night With David Letterman," debuts on NBC-TV
1996 – Both houses of the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a rewrite of the 1934 Communications Act. Some highlights: allowed local and long-distance telephone companies, as well as cable TV providers, to offer a mixture of goods and services; Deregulate cable TV rates; allowed consumers access to a greater variety of cable, telephone and other communications services; and, in one of the most controversial changes, it revised the National Multiple Radio Ownership Rule and Local Radio Ownership Rule, allowing most of the stations in the U.S. to be snatched up by a few corporations.
1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, William Clark Gable, ‘King of the Movies’ actor; "Gone With The Wind"; d. Nov 16, 1960
1926 – Stuart (Maxwell) Whitman
actor: Cimarron Strip, The Seekers, Trial by Jury, Private Wars, Omega Cop, Delta Fox, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Rio Conchos, The Longest Day, Ten North Frederick, Silver Lode
1937 – Don Everly
singer: group: The Everly Brothers with brother, Phil: Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, Cathy’s Clown, All I Have To Do Is Dream
1944 – Paul (L. D.) Blair
baseball: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1966, 1969-1971/all-star: 1969, 1973], NY Yankees [World Series: 1977, 1978], Cincinnati Reds
1949 – Dave Thompson
football: Clemson Univ. [all-American: 1970]; Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints
1954 – Bill Mumy
actor: Palm Springs Weekend, Twilight Zone-The Movie, Lost in Space, The Rockford Files, Sunshine, Babylon 5
1968 – Pauly Shore
comedian, actor: Pauly, Encino Man, In the Army Now, The Bogus Witch Project
Acts of Kindness, even in the simplest ways, are what make out lives meaningful, bringing happiness to ourselves and others.
~ The Dalai Lama
Hummingbirds aren’t likely to be near right now
but please, do remember to feed the birds
Women hearts beat faster than men.
Three years after a person quits smoking, there chance of having a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked before.
The human heart weighs less than a pound.
The human heart can create enough pressure that it could squirt blood at a distance of thirty feet.
The first open heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hall Williams in 1893.
Scientists have discovered that the longer the ring finger is in boys the less chance they have of having a heart attack.
The right lung of a human is larger than the left one. This is because of the space and placement of the heart.
The human heart beat roughly 35 million times a year.
Olive oil can help in lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing the risk of heart complications.
In a lifetime, the heart pumps about one million barrels of blood.
In 1967, the first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa.
People that suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
Most heart attacks occur between the hours of 8 and 9 AM.
The human heart beast roughly 35 million times a year.
At one time it was thought that the heart controlled a person’s emotions.
Every day 2,700 people die of heart disease.
During a typical human life span, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.
In one day your heart beats 100,000 times.
For humans the normal pulse is 70 heartbeats per minute.
Laugh And The World Laughs With You!
You’re in incredible shape," the doctor said. "How old are you again?"
"I am 78." The man said.
"78?" asked the doctor. "How do you stay so healthy? You look like a 60 year old."
"Well, my wife and I made a pact when we got married that whenever she got mad she would go into the kitchen and cool off and I would go outside to settle down." the man explained.
"What does that have to do with it?" asked the doctor.
"I spent a lot of time in the great outdoors."
Sanding Sponge for Foot Callouses
I use a styrofoam sanding block to buff off the dried dead skin from the bottom of my feet. It’s best to use them after bathing or showering while your feet are softer. It’s best to slightly wet the sanding block as well. Sanding blocks are less expensive, more coarse, and last longer than the coarse finger nail files that I’ve used. In addition, they leave your feet feeling very soft and smooth.
By anorman from Williamsport, TN
it’s a fact of life
Plan Now for Next Year’s Tax Time
Start out this month preparing for next year’s tax time! Label 12 business-size envelopes (one for each month), and put all your receipts in the respective envelopes. On the outside of each envelope, list amounts that may be needed for tax purposes (cash donations, donated mileage, work expenses, etc.).
You’ll be able to see at a glance which envelope has the amounts you need to include in your tax forms. When you’re done with the receipts and prefer to keep all of them in the envelopes, just put a giant rubber band around them and file with your tax papers. (Some people prefer to shred their monthly bills and just keep those receipts that might be needed if they’re audited – terrible thought!) By caseye from Plano, TX
It had been snowing for hours when an announcement came over the intercom:
"Will the students who are parked on University Drive please move their cars so that we may begin plowing."
Twenty minutes later there was another announcement:
"The twelve hundred students who went to move 26 cars may now return to class."
childrens songs nursery rhymes of the world
A-tisket A-tasketCircle Game
A green and yellow basket
I sent a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it,
I dropped it, I dropped it,
Yes, On the way I dropped it
A little boy picked it up
And put it in his pocket.
The kids make a circle. One kid goes around the outside of the circle holding a handkerchief. At the end of the song s/he drops it behind one of the kids in the circle and runs around the ring. The kid who the handkerchief was dropped near has to pick it up and chase the 1st kid. If he catches the 1st kid before the 1st kid reaches his empty space in the circle, the 1st kid must go around again with the handkerchief.
Otherwise, the 2nd kid is the one to go around with the handkerchief, starting the game all over again. Here’s a longer version of this song…
A green and yellow basket
I sent a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it.
I dropped it, I dropped it,
Yes, On the way I dropped it
A little girlie picked it up
And put it in her pocket.
She was truckin’ on down the avenue,
Without a single thing to do
She was peck-peck-peckin’ all around
When she spied it on the ground.
She took it she took it
My little yellow basket
And if she doesn’t bring it back
I think that I shall die.
(Was it red?) No, no, no, no,
(Was it brown?) No, no, no, no,
(Was it blue?) No, no, no, no,
Just a little yellow basket.
February Crafts For Kids and the Young At Heart
Bring Your Own Coffee
Save money on the purchase of a coffee at the mall by bringing your coffee from home in a travel mug. You can still sit in the food court with the other shoppers to enjoy your coffee without the expense.
By Linda from Waterdown, ON
In age, talk; in childhood, tears. – Hopi
BULLETS OR BALLOTS
Released: 6 June 1936
Runtime: 82 mins
Synopsis: A crime king is a fired police detective who goes to work for the city’s top gangster. Although he soon becomes one of the underworld’s most powerful figures, he is constantly stalked by a rival… A crime king is a fired police detective who goes to work for the city’s top gangster. Although he soon becomes one of the underworld’s most powerful figures, he is constantly stalked by a rival gangster who continues to remain suspicious of the former cop.
Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane, Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Dick Purcell, George E. Stone
Director: William Keighley
This film was made as part of Warner Bros.’ response to the Production Code Administration and the Legion of Decency, which had condemned the studio’s previous gangster movies with Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney as glorifying the criminal life. In response, Warners had both actors make crime movies with their characters on the right side of the law, with Cagney playing an FBI agent in "G-Men" and Robinson playing an undercover cop here.
Johnny Blake, played by Edward G. Robinson, was based on real-life policeman Johnny Broderick, while Al Kruger, played by Barton MacLane, was based on notorious gangster Dutch Schultz.
"Bullets or Ballots" was so successful at the box office that it gave Edward G. Robinson the clout to negotiate a new contract with Warner Bros., which gave him rights of story and script approval and allowed him to make one movie per year for another studio.
photos courtesy of Sharon Clark
Near Oklahoma City Latter Part of Last Week
Just 100 miles south of this snow there was 2 inches of the white stuff and there was ice beneath it all over Oklahoma.
Quilt Me A Blue Cotton Memory
quilt me a blue cotton memory
quilt me a blue cotton memory
sunshine and shadow
brittle figure in blue cotton wave you
your age-spotted hands and catch the latch
as companionship swings storm doors shut
and alone in your home where Madame Alexander
dolls breathed in cradle kin’s imagination
seasons circle the pin oak, aging,
cockscomb and currants
blue cotton woman rock you before the hearth’s
red hot coals flashing the past, as aching finger
bones dance patterns on silk-bordered crazy quilt
and green eyes focus on China dolls waltzing
past midnight, sighing drops of love,
spinning bolts of dreams, heaving, fighting
the birth of loneliness.
storm door, speckled silver and rust, groans, sighs
on its hinges and filigree shield shakes
as the door swings back, swings forth
to an old woman’s childhood until the white sheet covers.
the storm door slaps shut.
blue cotton woman soars.
basket of scraps
nobody is left to catch the latch
this time. Childhood’s home stands empty
but for bolts and drops of blue cotton spirit.
this was a poem written by a mother of 5 sons, Ann, learning to appreciate and nurture the differences of her children.
1911 Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California
(John Hall Collection)
1905: Annual New Year’s Day Frolic, Ocean Beach, SF, CA
Just A Thought…
The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
2 lb. McIntosh apples, peeled, cored
and thinly sliced (7 cups)
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. granulated sugar
1 T. Butter Buds Sprinkles
4 packets Sweet ‘N Low
1 T. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
4 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
Nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick
In a large bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar, Butter Buds, Sweet ‘N Low, flour,cinnamon and allspice. Add to the apples and toss to coat.
Lightly spray one sheet of phyllo dough with nonstick cooking spray.
Fold in half and spray again. Place in the pie pan with one edge
hanging over the pan. Repeat the process with the remaining 3 sheets of dough, overlapping in the pan to cover the bottom completely.
Spoon the apple mixture into the pan. Fold the edges of the dough
over to cover the apples.
Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 35 minutes, or until the dough is crisp and the apples are tender when pierced with a sharp knife.
Cool slightly before serving.
Serve with nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt, if desired.
Makes 1 (9-inch) pie,8 servings.
Seven cups of sliced fresh peaches or pears, or fresh blueberries,
may be substituted for the apples.
Per serving (1/8 pie): 115 calories, 1g protein, 29g carbohydrate,
1g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 65mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 fruit
ROASTED WINTER VEGETABLES
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
2 or 3 parsnips
2 pounds winter squash
1 firm eggplant
1 to 2 fennel bulbs
2 large red onions
6 cloves garlic
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary
crushed red pepper, to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Peel and cut up the vegetables into attractive wedges and cubes. Arrange vegetables and garlic in a single layer in a large, oiled roasting pan, and sprinkle them with rosemary, crushed red pepper, and olive oil to coat.
Roast vegetables, turning them occasionally so they don’t stick or burn, until they are browned and tender, about 1 to 1-1/4 hours.
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