Sunday, February 12, 2017

Insecure Writer's Support Group

The Insecure Writer's Support Group invites insecure writers to submit a blog post on the first Wednesday of each month to be included with other insecure writers' posts in what they call a blog hop. 

Happy Val & Tiny's Day!
Winter Kite Flying at Lake Harriet & National Kite Flying Day
It's February, Let's Celebrate Something Frozen
Celebrate and Inhale Vigorously It's National Create A Vacuum Day

Happy Val & Tiny's Day

Today is National Plum Pudding Day. Why it isn't in December or early January is a mystery to me.

But we all know what's coming, Val & Tiny's Day (Borrowed from Captain Gallant Deviant Art).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Another Day to Celebrate a Popular Winter Activity - Kite Flying

Happy National Kite Flying Day!

Doesn't the below zero wind chill today make you wanna grab your kite and stand somewhere holding a string?

Well, apparently, it's a thing at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. I just hope it's not attempted when there is a below zero wind chill. I'd think folks would rather be inside a ice-fishing shack.

So maybe I was hasty in questioning why one would have National Kite Flying Day in February.

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival - And I missed it.

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's February, Let's Celebrate Something Frozen

Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day and it's slightly above freezing outside. Be careful, if you leave your frozen yogurt cone alone for an hour it might melt.

I'm obviously alluding to the question, "Why is National FROZEN Yogurt Day in February?" Now, wouldn't it make more sense to have a day to celebrate a frozen treat in the summer?

Either season, I bought myself some "make your own Popsicle" plastic forms, bought a quart container of strawberry frozen yogurt and made my own treats.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Celebrate Because Today Could Really Suck

Today is National Create a Vacuum Day! 

Let's celebrate!

A Vacuum is created when the pressure inside a space is lower than the pressure outside the space. Does this mean when I escape my responsibilities by going to a movie I have created a vacuum inside the theater? No, not that kind of pressure!

Back in high school our science teacher demonstrated a vacuum with a pump and a bell jar. The only cool thing he did with it was put a paper cup of water inside and the water in the cup boiled. A few years later our neighbor invited us over to demonstrate the wonders of the microwave and he also boiled water in a paper cup, different technology.

It's also National Thank a Mail Carrier Day and National Homemade Soup Day. Those are pretty self-explanatory. Give your mail carrier a thermos of homemade soup.

Let's all get our Hoovers,  Dyson, Electrolux, Dirt Devil, or whatever brand of vacuum we've got and the day will really suck.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Feeling a Little Crabby Today?

 Nothing like waking up to the sound of a catfight! Makes me feel just a little crabby.

Speaking of little crabs, why is it when some eight-legged creatures crawl across my hand I get a bit freaked out but I actually encouraged these little eight-legged crabs to crawl all over me?The one on the left crawled up and down my arms across my shoulders and all over my hands. If a spider had done the same I would have had the jitters for a half hour.

The worst I can imagine right now is a scorpion, and yet I walked out into the desert hoping I would see one. A local told me it would be a month before the creepy-crawlies started coming out of their hidey-holes. From my walking excursions into the desert I did get some great pictures of owls and pictures of a coyote way off in the distance who wouldn't stand still. The cacti posed for the camera much better than the coyote.

There's supposed to be a coyote in this picture.
Can you spot the critter?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Woodchuck Day!

This creature, the woodchuck, the groundhog, has a long history of having questions asked. "Did he see his shadow?" "How much wood can he chuck?" I have a favorite question about him. "Should I continue letting him borrow under my woodshed?" I have another. "Should I relocate him since he's keeping the dog barking day and night?"

I've had several close encounters which were not unpleasant, usually watching a woodchuck run away and dive under a woodpile. I don't think I've ever had a encounter with a woodchuck I didn't consider pleasant. Marmots are fun too. Badgers and skunks are another matter. One time I did have the good fortune to see a mother woodchuck and several youngish woodchucks. Unfortunately I didn't have camera.

Anyone else have any stories to tell of woodchucks? It's alright if you call them groundhogs.