On Short Hops into Winter Break

Here’s some background music for this post from a long-time, regular visitor here. I know no better way to thank Marina for her kindness while wishing her the best in latest studio project. Go ahead, click to get the music playing while you read.

I’ve learned that blogging breaks are good. For me (this time) I hope to visit/comment at other blogs – so I’ll be around …. plus I want to write, reorganize these pages, select a new header, and prepare the next musical … but, time will tell what I achieve.

As I head into my winter blog break, here is a collection of odds and ends.

Many thanks for the birthday wishes. For whatever reason, greeting from around the world and across my country warm my heart. Tuesday was a good day! The Arctic cold blast kept me inside most of the day, but we got out in the evening as friends for dinner and a touring Broadway production. Anything Goes (music and lyrics by Cole Porter) debuted in 1934 and has been revived multiple times.  Older musicals surround a corny story with outstanding song and dance, so we it was an enjoyable evening … and sitting sixth row center was delightful! For those who enjoy musicals, here’s a montage with the production company we saw.

Hooray for me for being selected to volunteer at the Cincinnati Wine Festival – which also means I get an event for free! I’ve attended many times, and look forward to volunteering at this fundraiser

With Fifty Shades of Grey (the movie) receiving a lot of attention, I offer some advice. If one thinks they will get offended, don’t go! … and just because you don’t want to go, it doesn’t mean someone else can’t or shouldn’t.

Yesterday’s post was the last in the series featuring my comments I wrote about certain aspects of education. Although each stands on its own, they can be woven together into a coherent theme.

I’ll return as John Phillips Sousa to order to ring in a good March – after all, you are accustomed to me ushering the new month with a post about the month. After that, I may ease myself back into the swing with less-frequent posts, but time will tell.

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Your rest-of-the-month celebrations

20Feb – Women in Blue Jeans Day, Cherry Pie Day, Clean out Your Bookcases Day, Love Your Pet Day, Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day, Day for Social Justice, Post Office Day

21Feb – Mother Language Day, Locomotive Day, Card Reading Day, Sticky Bun Day

22Feb – Margarita Day, Woolworth’s Day, Thinking Day, Cook a Sweet Potato Day, Golf in America Day, Pebbles Flintstone Day

23Feb – Curling is Cool Day, Tennis Day, Diesel Engine Day, Tootsie Roll Day, Iwo Jima Flag Raising Day, Dog Biscuit Day, Rationalization Day, Museum Advocacy Day, Banana Bread Day

24Feb – Cupcake Day, SIngle Tasking Day, Bartender Day, Spay Day, Tortilla Chip Day, Trading Card Day, Nylon Toothbrush Day

25Feb – Inconvenience Yourself Day, Quiet Day, Let’s All Eat Right Day, Chocolate Peanuts Day, Clam Chowder Day

26Feb – Chili Day, Person Chef Day, For Pete’s Sake Day, Levi Strauss Day, Chili Day, Tell a Fairy Tale Day, Thermos Bottle Day, Bacon Day, Pistachio Day, Cartoon Movie Day

27Feb – Polar Bear Day, No Brainer Day, Day of Action Day, Read Me Day, Strawberry Day, Kahlua Day, Snow-Shoes Day

28Feb – Sword-Swallowers Day, Public Sleeping Day, Floral Design Day, Tooth Fairy Day, Pockets Invented Day, DNA Day, Rare Disease Day, Car Keys & Pocket Change Day, Chocolate Souffle Day

Last week of February: Entrepreneurship Week, Engineers Week, Future Farmers Week, Bird Health Awareness week, Invasive Species Awareness Week, Eating Disorders Week, Texas Cowboy Poetry Week

To send you into my blogging break, here are two songs celebrating a February 20th joy. Have a safe rest of the month, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. Plus remember, blogging breaks are good … see you soon.

On a Figgy Monday

Greetings. I can’t believe it, but Saturday morning I saw snow flurries. Of course, that’s nothing compare to the eastern US. Otherwise, we had limited time on the ballroom floor because my wife was feeling well, so we stayed home to be greeted by the trick or treaters. We also went to dinner with friends before returning to our home for wine and chit-chat. With Sunday being All Saints Day at church, we were reminded of my mother-in-law who passed away last December. Toss in watching football and the tango formation practice, for us this was a low-key weekend.

How was your weekend? For most of us in the US, it was the end of Daylight Savings Time, so our clocks had a backward adjustment. Did you take advantage of the extra hour by staying up more or getting more sleep? Did you have good weather? Fun times? Restful? Were you productive? Come on now … give us the scoop.

Thanks to my readers for making October 2014 the second highest views in the past 21 months. Although I’ve learned to be less concerned with stats, i do notice trends … so thanks for a positive one.

Hooray … because Tuesday is Election Day in the USA, time is coming soon when our televisions get a break from the pathetic commercials.

Speaking of the elections, listen closely for those declaring the results delivered a mandate.

Celebrations for your week

  • (Week) Fig Week, Split Pea Soup Week, Patient Accessibility Week, Communication Week, Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Give Wildlife a Break Week, Bird Health Awareness Week, Vegetarian Awareness Week, Chemistry Week
  • (Mon) Cliche Day, Fill Our Staplers Day, Sandwich Day, Job Action Day, Jellyfish Day, Housewife Day
  • (Tues) Chicken Lady Day, Use Your Common Sense Day, Candy Day, Waiting for the Barbarians Day, Skeptics Day
  • (Wed) Doughnut Day, Soil Day, Bonfire Night
  • (Thurs) Men Make Dinner Day, Saxophone Day, Nachos Day, Marooned Without a Compass Day, Basketball Day, I Love Nachos Day

Being Fig Week, a special shout-out to Raye (@ Jots in a Small Apartment) … after all, she enjoys eating and painting figs (as seen here). I encourage readers to visit her, and tell her I sent you. With figs on the brain, here are a few other Fig Newton commercials from the past. Let me know if you remember them. The second video is my favorite of the two, but you may have to watch it on YouTube.  Have a good week!