Time to Talk Day ~ Feb. 6th

Today’s choice of National Days, ‘Time to Talk Day’ deals with mental health

In 2014 this day was created by the social movement ‘Time to Change’ following
decades of misinformation on mental illness and improper treatment of sufferers,
forgotten members of society.

Unlike heart disease or diabetes social stigma is attached to mental illness.
Disapproval by society appears to be the main reason a person continues to
struggle with their feelings, keeps them bottled up and refuses to seek treatment.

Presently depression and anxiety rank high on the list of mental health disorders.

‘Time of Talk Day’ brings forth the importance of reaching out to others,
encourages people to become more honest with themselves, subdue fear
and thoughts of social stigma attached to mental illness.

The journey to mental wellness begins whenever one takes a giant leap
forward entrusting another with their issues, a decision crucial to the
emotional healing process.

A listening ear and words of encouragement go a long way in helping
those afflicted by mental illness.

National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day ~ Feb. 4th

According to some statistics United States ranks first in ice cream
consumption worldwide.
Vanilla is the most popular flavor of over 1,000 offered selections.
Several breakfast choices are the norm for most folk.
1. eggs with bacon
2. cereal or oatmeal
3. stack of pancakes with butter and syrup
4. two slices toast, coffee
5. muffin (homemade or store-bought), coffee

Would you choose ice cream for breakfast and celebrate this national day?
Today the answer would be a polite ‘no thanks’.

Thinking back to high school days each morn before class I was a regular
customer at the corner variety store – a vanilla frappe plus 3 jelly donuts
please and thanks.

The answer then would’ve been ‘of course’.

Arctic Blast

Yesterday at 2:35 p.m. the county of the state I reside in issued a ‘Severe Weather Alert’.
Aware of the impending Arctic Blast I started to prepare days ahead for a weekend indoors.
I don’t remember when or if temperatures were ever this low and news did state the
numbers likely would be record-breaking.
Outdoors the sound was that of a passing freight train as the wind howled into the
late hours of Friday night.
Around midnight I finally fell asleep wondering to myself what I’d awaken to come
Saturday morning.
Three and 1/2 hours later I awoke to find the power still on and the water still trickling
from the kitchen faucet.
I thanked the Lord for utilities often taken for granted in life.
This is far from my first weather-related rodeo. I’ve experienced severe weather in
different forms and endured the aftermaths.
Blizzards, hurricanes and severe thunderstorms are storms most popular in my area.
The temperature outdoors – 8 (minus eight) degrees. My cell phone weather app states
a slight drop to – 9 (minus nine) degrees for Saturday’s sunrise (6:52 a.m.).
By 10 a.m. the temperature will be single digit (4 degrees) continuing to rise
throughout the day ending in single digits (16 degrees) at sunset.
The indoor temperature of my apartment varies from room to room.
Curious to find the temperature differential I brought my 2.2-inch mini hygrometer
inro the room where I access my laptop.
Within minutes it registered a difference of 10 (ten) degrees.
And here I sit facing my creepie-peepie wearing one of my hand crocheted beanies
typing weather-related info.

Fibbing Friday – Feb 3rd

To fib is to state a different meaning for each of the ten-word prompts
assuming you had no idea each was a name of a particular bird.

1.  COOT – a cumbersome old fart
2.  DUNLIN – a place to vacation
3.  HOBBY – fav goof-off task
4.  KNOT – tangled crochet loop
5.  RUFF – loud dog conversationalist
6.  SCAUP – a bald scaled salt-water fish
7.  SERIN – over-the-counter medication
8.  SMEW – sound from an unexpected kiss
9.  SNIPE ~ cotton fabric quilting block
10.TWITE – brief remark


Three Things Challenge #M228

today’s prompt words:  picture – frame – smile

The weekend weather is a bit of concern. It’s enough to turn one’s smile
upside down.
There’s no escaping the Arctic Blast with wind chill temperatures low as
minus 50 degrees.
The time frame of this potent cold snap is already underway and I’m
trying really hard not to paint a dismal picture.
It’s not every morning one receives an incoming call from their landlord
with suggestions to keep the water running slightly and leave open both
the kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
I googled to see at what temps pipes freeze and disliked the answer of
as little as six to eight hours if the temps are 20 and below.
Life is certainly jam-packed with unpleasant surprises and the weather
extremes occurring in recent times is truly food for thought.
All preparations are complete and since Mother Nature is in control here
all I can do is pray for a good outcome.


National Carrot Cake Day – Feb. 3rd

‘Twenty-eight (28) selections today, February 3rd’
Today’s first choice was ‘carrot cake’ followed closely by ‘bubble-gum’.

The scrumptious moist carrot cake dates back to Medieval times.

To original cake batter the baker adds the following ingredients:
1. shredded carrots
2. shredded coconut
3. raisins
4. drained crushed pineapple
5. spices (cinnamon – ginger – ground mixed spices)
6. chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)

The cake, topped with delicious cream cheese frosting, is available year-round.

National Tater-Tot Day ~ Feb. 2nd

Today in the news one will definitely see articles on ‘Groundhog Day’
and the famous ‘Punxsutawney Phil, whose shadow seen or unseen,
according to folklore predicts whether there’ll be six (6) more weeks
to the winter season or an early spring.

A little research before breakfast led me to an article stating the accuracy
of this prediction being rather low, 39% during a period of 135 years.

Today I chose ‘National Tater-Tot Day’, one of several other national
days celebrated on February 2nd.

Tater-Tots are cylindrical tasty nuggets produced from the shredded leftovers
when manufacturing French Fries. Two choices, classic and seasoned, can be
found in the freezer section of one’s local supermarket.

In 1934 three men, 2 brothers and their brother-in-law, came up with a genius
idea of how to use the overabundant waste previously fed to cattle and so the
origination of Tater-Tots.

They bake well and often are considered a household staple. One can use them
in a casserole, as a side dish or even a snack.

Observance of ‘National Tater-Tot Day’ came into existence beginning year 2009.