On Black and White for Monday

Greetings for cold Cincinnati. Then again, a blast of bitter cold is upon much of America. As Boston and much of New England continues to get hammered by the white stuff, Cincinnati could be about to receive the first significant snow of the season … and then the storm moves toward Boston. Yikes!

How was your weekend? The cold limited us a little, but hey, one night on the ballroom floor and another at a dinner-dance by the Cincinnati’s Italian-American Society. Otherwise, it was low-key for us, but we’re looking forward to watching the 40th anniversary show for Saturday Night Live.

Those commenting of this weekend’s Explore post received a surprise from me. Did anyone pass it on to others?

Posts may be a bit out of kilter this week, but time will tell. Sometime soon (either this week or next), I will start my winter blog break. Those who take blog breaks know their importance. For me (this time), I hope to still be around visiting and commenting, but I want time for writing and reorganizing some of the pages here.

Celebrations for Your Week

  • (Week) Through with the Chew Week, Condom Week, Nestbox Week, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Staff Education Week, Justice for Animals Week, Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week, Date (the fruit) Week, Pancake Week
  • (Mon) Do a Grouch a Favor Day, Nylon Day, Almond Day, 9-1-1 Day, U.S. President’s Day, Family Day
  • (Tues) Who Shall I Be Day, Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), Random Acts of Kindness Day, Champion Crab Races Day, Human Spirit Day, Cabbage Day, My Way Day
  • (Wed) Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day, Battery Day, Crab Stuffed Flounder Day, Thumb Appreciations Day, Drink Wine Day (a rule of thumb for me)
  • (Thurs) Chocolate Mint Day, Chinese New Year, The Great American Spit Out, Iwo Jima Landing Day, Friendship Day, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Day

To start your week, Cynthia shared this with me several weeks ago. Although it’s a viral hit, maybe some of the readers here haven’t see it. Enjoy … and have a great week.

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74 thoughts on “On Black and White for Monday

  1. The cold has even filtered down to Florida. I’ve had to put a blanket on the bed. 😦 In England Mardi Gras was called Shrove Tuesday, or more popularly with us kids, ‘Pancake Day’. My mom made excellent pancakes, and we ate them with lemon juice and sugar. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. 🙂

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    • Sylvia,
      Interestingly, we used to attend an Episcopal church, and their event was called Shrove Tuesday … and they did pancakes and sausage. Our current church does a wonderful chili cookoff. Cheers to your mom’s pancakes!

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  2. Nice to know that tomorrow is Do a Grouch a Favor Day, Frank. I’ll remember to be nice to myself since I have to work on the holiday or as my company says, “Presidents’ Day, Shmesidents’ Day!”

    I wasn’t familiar with that video, either. That was creative, but I’m glad that it was also short.

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  3. Friends came over for dinner Friday of pot roast, potatoes, carrots, onions, in the slow cooker.
    Stayed home Sat and Sun.
    Stayed in Sat and Sun.

    Leaving the house in the morning to go have coffee with a friend.

    Staying home and in the rest of the week I suppose. Wednesday high is 4˚F.

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  4. Well it’s been ridiculously cold here in Montreal. My customer asked if it was OK to pick up her food tomorrow morning instead of tonight because she just didn’t have the heart to head out in the cold…
    Will be making my boys happy with pancake for supper on Mardi Gras! (Surprisingly, this was never celebrated in my home growing up. What up with that?)
    Not too many grouches in my ‘hood but should I come across one, will do my best!
    What? Not every day is Drink Wine Day?
    Chocolate Mint is a match made in heaven!
    Have a marvellous week, Frank and I truly hope your Winter Blog Break doesn’t last too long… (for purely selfish reasons….)
    By the way, your name may or may not have come up during today’s Skype session with RRR…

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    • Dale,
      I know it may be cold here, but it’s not your type of cold … so there’s something for my gratitude list!

      I’m with you, Drink Wine Day should be every day! … and oh yes about chocolate mint. I may have to celebrate that day at this location. https://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/on-graeter-the-greatest/ … you would love this stuff!

      Hi to RRR for me … oops … that means I will come up in the conversation. 😉 Stay warm!

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      • Oh yes, bitter cold is what we are experiencing. Zeke is not impressed with me. I shall bundle up anyway and go out there! Currently -22C (-8F) (wind chill -34C (-29F)).

        I have a wicked cake called the Chocolate Mint Decadence… Hmmm… haven’t made it in years! Must find an occasion and lots of guests (so rich must be shared with many – and I DON’T want too many leftovers!) Now, I’m going to check your recipe.

        You would be surprised just what we said about you… 🙂 It was all flattery and good things!

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    • Malcolm,
      Your daughter must have a good sense of humor! … Paris would seem to be a difficult assignment, so good luck. Unfortunately, other than switching planes at CDG, I haven’t visited that wonderful city … YET!

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  5. Happy New Week, Frank! Seems that cold is visiting many countries. We had a very short break but we expect pretty frosty days ahead too! Cheers to ‘justice for Animals’! 😉
    Stay warm and, well …happy! 🙂

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  6. That is a cool video Frank! You’re weekend sounds cold. brrrrr! I’m thinking of moving to Barbados, it was 83F over the weekend there, and our lows were in the mid to upper 20’s. Ridiculous. Makes for Grouch Day every day. Two pairs of pants, socks, slippers, two undershirts, and two sweatshirts makes for a very cranky Floridian. Thanks for starting the week; hope yours is fabulous! Stay warm, and oh yeah, don’t stay out on break for too long! xo

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    • Vix,
      Greetings … and Barbados sounds wonderful! … and a good match for Floridians who can’t handle a few cold (for them) days. 😉 … The plan is that the break won’t be long, but time will tell … besides, I haven’t started it yet!

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      • Good to know that you haven’t started it yet, and I appreciate you letting us know. Not like myself, who just drops of the face of the interwebs without notice. Yes indeed, this Floridian is a crybaby with RA. The joints scream first! 😀

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        • Screaming joints aren’t good … hang in there, I image for your area it’s a couple of days max. In terms of breaking, late this week at the earliest as I have a couple of timely posts to get up first.

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  7. HAPPY HIBERNATING on your well-deserved blogging break! I’m resting up today for my annual jaunt tomorrow to Perfect North Slopes with ski fanatic, cousin Burk. Tomorrow I’ll also be celebrating Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), where I plan to be next year at this time (in New Orleans), doing the parades and digging the jazz scene along with checking off one of my Do-It-Before-I-Die Bucket List items. This Thursday I’m celebrating the Chinese New Year with a drop-in to Cincinnati’s best authentic menu Chinese restaurant, The House of Sun, on St. Rt. 4 in Sharonville, OH.

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    • Tim,
      Have you visited the Chinese restaurant in Evendale? They have two menus: American & Chines … and the Chinese menu is also written in English!

      Hi to Burk and enjoy the ski day … and good luck finding a jazz club in the Big Easy.

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  8. Hi Frank – Too cold to go anywhere last weekend other than my son’s indoor rowing regatta. I did watch the movie “Nightcrawler” (finally) – if you haven’t seen it you should check it out. Jake Gyllenhaal is superb in it. Sending you a link to a video from one guy who doesn’t seem to mind the cold and snow we are all suffering through – http://youtu.be/VZKHNr3ZPEY

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  9. It was 8 degrees this morning at 7 when I walked Duncan. There are days when stuffed dogs are so much more appealing!

    But I need to figure out how to celebrate this one, Frank. Because I do think “Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day” is extra special.

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  10. No cold, no snow here, just powdery mildew, humidity and a sense that you are damp at all times of the day. I am going to hook up with “do a grouch a favour” day. Favours for grouches tend to result in making them angrier but they are never happier than when they are peaking so I guess that’s a score? There is something vaguely terrifying about that video that I can’t quite put my finger on Mr Frank…”AHH! Now I get it! The lady on the extreme right has the very same glasses as Christopher Biggin’s from The Rocky Horror Picture Show” TERRIFYING! 😉

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    • Narf,
      Cold, windy, and snowy at the moment, but I don’t think we are going to get the snow totals initially anticipated … but we still have hours to go, so time will tell. Meanwhile, glad the video created a bit of uncertainty … so yes … it must be the glasses!

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  11. It was warm and mild over the weekend, so we rushed about getting things done – only close to home though – the highway dept apparently decided a weekend with Valentines Day, a charity marathon, and Mardi Gras was the perfect time to do major road construction/closures on 5 of the major freeways. It actually was ‘if you aren’t there, you probably can’t get there”.
    Tourists braved the roads to Mardi Gras anyway and it was massive traffic jams around here everywhere. Good time to do yardwork and straighten the garage.
    The arctic front just arrived at the back door. 20 degree drop so far. But not as bad as you guys! Stay warm and snug!

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    • Mouse,
      Gotta hate when events and highway work simply don’t jive. Did you attend?

      Cold, windy, and snowy at the moment. To me, snow totals seem low at the moment, but probably another 7 hours to go – which they predict will involve some heavy moments … In other words, time will tell. …but forecasts have the highs for Wed & Thurs at 10 & 8 respectively. Ouch!

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      • We’ve enough beads – watch the Boat parade last weekend, but stayed out of that area this time.
        Talked to family in VA yesterday. They were all staying at the house with power (young baby!). My brother complained people that people weren’t trimming tree canopies and the strong winds were toppling very big trees into houses and powerlines….he relocated from north of Phili area a few years ago…but kept the snowblower which is out and working this winter. All I can say is Brrrrr.

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  12. On Saturday night I found the furnace had shut off for a considerable amount of time, it was the batteries in our electronic thermostat. Then Sunday night around 11pm it up and quit working. The house was freezing, dropping quickly especially with outside temps in the -35 to -40 Celsius range. The furnace man finally showed up around 2am, after hubby had gotten rid of the ice which had accumulated inside the intake pipe (you couldn’t see the ice, he had to use a broomstick), this was half the issue. The furnace we have runs in 2 modes high & low, so, for $128, the repairman increased the time for the furnace to run in high, hopefully stopping this problem from occurring again. Apparently this is a common problem with this type of furnace with the exceptionally cold temperatures we are experiencing. Fun times.

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  13. Cow milked while flying in an airplane day? Don’t you just want to know a lot more about that? LOL! I’ve been following the weather reports from your parts, Frank, and I shiver just thinking about it. I hope you enjoyed the Saturday Night Live 40th as much as I did. It didn’t have to be a great show at all, I just wanted to look back and thoroughly enjoy the memories. Nothing was ever as funny to me as those first few years. Hope you are keeping warm today. 🙂

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    • Debra,
      Regarding the cow on a plane, see my reply to Elyse (closer to your comment than the top) as I included links!

      Watched the first hour of the SNL special, then another hour last night, so an hour to go. Much more good stuff than bad! Jeopardy was my favorite so far!

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    • Christy,
      No rubbing it in at all. Blogging breaks are good, so I try to take them several times a year. Besides, a benefit of announcing a break is that readers know that the host isn’t posting.

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  14. It has been brrrr everywhere including here in sunny Florida. I suppose the northerners were a bit jealous and sent some of their ice cold winds down here. Good movie watching weather.
    Repentance with Forest Whittaker. A movie with an unexpected twist and ending. Netflix
    Sadly, I missed I missed Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Day. But, I will hop over to You Tube and view a few. He was a favorite of mine when my kids were growing up.
    The video is hilarious and well choreographed. : )

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  15. I imagine they didn’t. When I was in dance recitals all I thought about was putting on a good show and having a good time. And … I did. I loved an audience. : )
    YUP … ’tis cold in them there hills but sendin’ Florida sunshine rays to those who are feeling a lot worse than 60 degrees.

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