February 10th Already!!!!!

National Umbrella Day

In the ancient Middle East, umbrellas provided protection from the sun, and in Ancient Greece the collapsible umbrella supposedly made a fashion statement. Then the Chinese were first to  waterproofed umbrellas for use in the rain. If you’re lucky enough to be using an umbrella in February, that means it might be too warm to snow and spring is ready to sprout; or maybe you’re really lucky and you’re at the beach, using an umbrella to protect you from the sun. Today is a perfect Umbrella day for here in Idaho as all we have seen today is grey skies with rain.  It reminds you of The spring rains that come and don’t end.

I have never liked umbrellas. It comes from having to shut them while still outside because they are bad luck to open indoors. Then there is always those that get stuck as you are closing them and decide to reverse themselves inside out. The only umbrella I have every liked was a sun umbrella that my brother-in-law back from Vietnam. It was intended for walking in the heat of the sun. It didn’t matter if you opened it outside you weren’t going to get wet. It was easy to close and it shrunk into the handle for easy storing.

Where many people enjoy a nice walk n the rain I never had. To me it is a cold, damp, drizzly day. I guess the cold mountain air that I grew up in had something to do with not enjoying it. Not to mention the entire month of June that rained and you couldn’t be outdoors. I never liked skipping in puddles like some people do. I have learned over the years that I am strictly a sunshine person. So I can enjoy my umbrellas on the patio for a nice BBQ or on the beach under a beach umbrella. There are many styles of umbrellas this day enjoy even the umbrella hat although I don’t see it as being very practical.

So no matter where you are you can enjoy an umbrella. If you should be stuck indoors or on the tropic islands you can enjoy the miniature umbrellas in your favorite drink.

So here’s to the invention of a versatile item known as the umbrella. Good in all seasons and climates. Comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors.  Something for everyone.

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National Brownie Day

The Facts: The first brownie ever made, like other culinary mishaps (the sandwich, pizza, potato chip) was actually a mistake. The baker didn’t have baking powder and ended up with an unleavened fudgy treat.

  • The first brownie made was not actually a brownie at all. It was a tasty treat sweetened with molasses that we now know as a blondie.
  • The largest brownie ever made was at the Hudson Valley Chocolate Festival and Holiday Crafts Show in Suffern, New York, in Late 2001. Using 750 lbs. of melted chocolate chips the mammoth brownie weighted in at 3,000 lbs.
  • Brownie points in modern usage are doing good deeds or earning favor in the eyes of another- often one’s superior  by presenting them with brownie’s.
  • No matter what your reason for baking Brownie’s today is a wonderful day to have them.

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February 9th

Sorry to have missed yesterday as I was very much under the weather so here is what yesterday’s National Days were all about.

National Bagel Day

The Facts: They were first created in 1683 to honor King John III Sobieski of Poland, after he protected Austria’s people from an attack by Turkish invaders.

  • Bebruary 9th is National Bagels and Lox Day.
  • Bagels are the only bread that are boiled before baked. Once the bagel dough is shaped into a circle, they are dipped in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. After that, they are drained and baked for about 10 minutes.
  • That little hole in the center isn’t just for looks. The bagel hole comes in handy to thread multiple bagels onto a dowel, making transport easily, especially for street vendors selling the doughy delights.
  • Prepackaged bagels first became available in grocery stores in the 1950’s.  Frozen bagels were introduced in 1960.
  • North Carolina molecular scientist Robert Bohannon developed ‘Buzz Donuts’ and ‘Buzzed Bagels’- caffeinated donuts and bagels in 2007.  They contain the caffeine equivalent of 2 cups of coffee.
  • Despite the myriad bagel flavors available from blueberry to the “everything” bagel, the most popular choice is plain, followed closely by sesame.

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National Toothache Day

Toothache Day is celebrated on February 9th of each year.  Although I was unable to discover the origin of Toothache Day, however, it is a good time to bring attention to good oral hygiene.

Often times when I was teaching younger children February was referred to as Dental Month and the dentist’s would provide material for classrooms to teach them about dentistry, it’s purpose and the importance of good dental care.

Some people thing this day was invented by dentist to promote cavities since it was also the day that the Hersey’s chocolate factory was founded and what is a better way to warn against cavities then to remind them of the damage suites can cause.

No matter how , who or were this day began it is important.

Facts:

Protect your teeth as long as you can they are irreplaceable.

Dental hygiene is important to preventing other health issues, gum disease, cavities and many more.

Brushing your teething and caring for them when you are young will help save your teeth.

Protect the enamel on your teeth it cannot be replaced. (Soda will remove enamel)

Dentures never are the same as your own teeth.

Good nutrition helps save your teeth.

Everyone should visit the dentist at least once a year. If you take the advice of your dentist and care for your teeth you can avoid that horrific toothache that you do not want to experience.

IF you don’t have a dentist and don’t know where to start, ask your physician or look in the yellow pages under dentistry. There should be sufficient listings in your area. When in doubt ask a friend.

Make February 9th the day to replace a toothbrush and start out fresh.

Well until next time enjoy your days 🙂

 

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7 Responses

  1. I disliked taking umbrellas to grade school because it was often windy enough that it would flip. I prefer hats and raincoats. I do walk in the rain or snow. However, I do avoid walking on ice. : )

    • Thanks for your input Cliff, I remember the day of raincoats and hats. Never cared to much for them either. Didn’t like the squeak they made lol. I’m with you on the ice. I avoid walking on ice if at all possible. I’m strickly a sunshine gal.

  2. Weird, I don’t like umbrellas much either. Not sure why, just never thought them important for some reason. 😦

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