Sunday, February 1, 2015

Salute to February 2015

 If we had no Winter, the Spring would not be so pleasant.
(Ann Broadstreet)

Winter Curb Appeal for Your Home:  Even with snow on the ground and on roof-tops...and your garden in 'sleep mode'  you can create a warm inviting outdoor landscape that will put your home's best face forward.  Add a little life!  Plant some winter flowers (perhaps for another year) such as honeysuckle, snow berry, winter jasmine or fountain grasses.  Evergreens, holly bushes and yews can be put in plant pots and stand up well even when the snow flies.  Window boxes can be filled with winter greenery. Add additional lighting: solar lamps, spotlights or rope lighting.  Stay on top of shoveling your drive and walkways.  Paint your front door a bright colour and add a wreath for a pop of colour and charm.  Your home can look as great in winter as it does in June!

Busy Season for Flying Tires:  With snow tire season upon us, police warn this is also the season of rogue wheels flying down the highway.  Roughly, 3 wheels a week come off vehicles, driving on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area highways (according to OPP statistics).  New wheels are substantially more likely to fly off and remind drivers to 'double-check' the wheel fasteners the day after a change.  It sometimes can take a few kilometres for the tires to adjust and settle properly.

Health is Wealth:  STOP EATING BEFORE YOU ARE FULL.  Years added?  Being 100 pounds overweight can subtract a decade from your life.  (Did you see the Hagar the Horrible cartoon today?  Standing close to each other, Hagar asks, “Have you noticed that the longer we're together, the closer we get?”  Helga replies, “Yes, I noticed!”  This box shows them from head to toe, facing each other, both now heavily set with their full-figure stomachs touching!)
USE SUN SCREEN.  Years added?  Possibly 20.
KEEP YOUR BODY MOVING.  Years added?  At least 3.

Holstein-Frisian Cow ~  'Snow Countess';  She is a life-size cement statue, greeting you on entry to Woodstock, Ontario.  Born November 1919 and dying August 1936, she produced 9,062 pounds of butterfat  (more than any other cow in the world),  She held this record for 21 years.  Built at a cost of $4,000, this life-size statue weighing 5 tons, was mounted on a granite base  on August 4, 1937.

Nature's Riches:  Canada's natural areas are the envy of many countries. With approximately 3.5 million square kilometres of forested area, three ocean coastlines, an enormous supply of the world's fresh water and an amazing abundance of wildlife and wild spaces, Canada has an enormous amount of area to conserve.  These remarkable wild spaces found across the country provide food, water and shelter for millions of living creatures...including humans!

Animal Compassion:  There is a hotel in Vienna, Austria that caters to the dogs of its guests. In the 19th century, the Hotel Sacher was once owned by Anna Sacher who loved her French bulldogs. In keeping with the pet-loving history of the hotel, the current management decided to provide special rooms with all the things that dogs need:  baskets, blankets and feeding bowls.  A dog's owner can obtain dog food from the concierge...or if desired, can order a steak from the hotel's kitchen. Rules do apply, however.  Furry guests are not allowed in the spa or in the restaurants.
                           Furry guests must be kept on leashes at all times.

Bizarre Amazing Fact:  True!  In 1835, a man attempted to assassinate the American President, Andrew Jackson, with 2 pistols.  However, both pistols misfired...and Andrew Jackson proceeded to beat the man to near death with  his cane at age of 68.  (Note: this fact not verified by me)

Valentine Bus Love:  Getting married on a bus is not something most couples would think to do, but  for Nina Schmidt and Jarred Greff of Vancouver, British Columbia, it only made sense. The pair first met on the No. 3  TransLink bus during a commute one day.  They noticed each other and when a seat became available beside Nina, Jarred sat down beside her.  They went bowling on their first date and not long after, realized they were in love.  It was arranged for wedding guests to take seats on that very bus to witness the nuptials.  Fittingly, the wedding took place during the city's  “I Love Transit Week”  and it was sponsored by the transit company.

Best Sermons are Lived:  “Today, my father told me, 'Just go for it and give it a try!  You don't have to be a professional to build a successful product.  Amateurs started Google and Apple.  Professionals built the Titanic!”  (Courtesy of a collection from Carolyn)

MBK's NewsBits:  Recently I viewed a black and white photo that grabbed my attention...of Jeff, a six-year-old orphan from Austria who embraced a brand new pair of shoes just given him by the Red Cross.  He sits joyfully smiling on a concrete step, hugging these new shoes.  Wearing shorts and a jacket, his feet display baggy old socks, well-worn running shoes with barely any soles and broken laces.  He is absolutely ecstatic!!!

From Copenhagen:  “Danes Ready to Lay Claim at UN to North Pole”
Denmark says scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it.  Denmark will deliver a claim to a United Nations panel in New York that will eventually decide control of the area, for which Russia and Canada are also coveting.

Notable Dates
                                February 2 (Monday) ~ Groundhog Day & World Wetlands Day
                                February 14 (Saturday) ~ Valentine's Day
                                February 15 (Sunday) ~ Nirvana Day & Canadian Flag Day
                                February 16 (Monday) ~ Family Day (Ont., Sask., Alta)
                                                                        Louis Riel Day (Manitoba)
                                                                        Heritage Day (Nova Scotia)
                                                                        Islander Day (Prince Edward Island)
                                 February 17 (Tuesday) ~ Shrove Tuesday
                                 February 18 (Wednesday) ~ Ash Wednesday
                                 February 19 (Thursday) ~ Chinese New Year
                                 February 20 (Friday) ~ Heritage Day (Yukon)

Words of Wisdom
Nature chose for a tool...not the earthquake or lightning,
to  rend and split asunder...not the stormy torrent or eroding rain..
but the 'snow flowers' noiselessly falling
        through unnumbered centuries.
(John Muir)

Merle Baird-Kerr...created January 8, 2015
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  1. RITA WRITES; "Right on, Merle! I am so glad to welcome February: the days are growing longer.
    Keep up your good work!"

  2. Thank you, Rita for your comments. Yes, it's February...and the weather can be contrary! We've snow on the ground and on roof tops...chilly, frigid air yet no wind! Twenty years younger, I'd be thrilled to be on ski slopes.

  3. SHERRIE COMMENTS: "And the best part of February for me is that today is the Birthday of my younger son...and in a few older son and his wife (daughter-in-law) and one of my grand daughters! February has always been 'Month of Birthdays' for us."

  4. Most commendable, Sherrie! Perhaps you should celebrate May..quite possibly the Month of Conception!!! Remember the adage..."April showers bring forth May flowers!"
    Thank for contribution(s) to your family...and my blog writings.