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Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

We are all aware of what Memorial Day is meant for. A time to thank and remember veterans. It is the day specifically for visiting the graves of soldiers and remembering what their efforts so many years ago brought to us today. It truly is something to be thankful for.

Now a days, it is a long weekend that everyone looks forward to because it marks the beginning of summer months. It’s time to pull out the lawn chairs, that shorts, the grill and the beers. Not such a bad deal. But…it wasn’t always that way!

So! Here are some FUN FACTS about Memorial Day that you may not have known!

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  • Memorial Day was inspired by the Civil War because of the number of soldiers that had fallen. But, originally it was called Decoration Day because it was a day for people to decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers. It wasn’t officially changed to Memorial Day until 1967, however, the term was around since 1882.
  • Memorial Day used to be celebrated on the same day every year, May 30th, until 1971 when it was changed to the last Monday in the month of May.
  • The first official Memorial Day was 1868, but the southern states didn’t participate and celebrated on their own days because they still saw it as a tribute to union soldiers only. It wasn’t until WWI when the south began recognizing the holiday. For now it was all US soldiers that it remembered. A few southern states still celebrate their own Memorial Day on various days.
  • Lyndon B Johnson recognized Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of Memorial Day because the town had been celebrating it yearly on May 5th, since 1866. There was a lot of dispute over the topic.
  • A Hawaiian senator has been trying since 1987 to change Memorial Day back to May 30th to restore the initial purpose and meaning to the day.
  • In 2000, Bill Clinton declared that everyone have a moment of silence at 3pm on Memorial Day to remember.

Beyond the BBQs! Memorial Day has had it’s own little piece in history.

Enjoy your Memorial Day!

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts and Book Club

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I’m kind of a nerd and kind of love useless facts. I feel like when you share them with other people and absolutely shock them it’s really really entertaining and fun. So, in the interest of allowing all of you to do just the same thing…I’ve put together a Valentine’s Day Fun Fact list…just a continuation of the Christmas One! I mean…who knew Mistle Toe was really another way of saying Poop Twip. Shocking!!

  • Around 1 billion cards are sent. After Christmas it is the second largest card giving Holiday.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 10 account for 650 million cards given to teachers, friends and family members. Teachers receiving the largest  number of Valentine’s Day cards.
  • In Korea, if you are not given a gift on Valentine’s Day, then you along with all of the other singles go to Korean restaurants and eat black noodles to mourn their single status. Wowie. 
  • Cupid is the symbol of Valentine’s Day because he is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. He holds the bow and arrow because it is believed that the arrows were magical and aroused the feeling of love. 
  • Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet, still receives about 1000 Valentine’s each year in Verona.
  • In the middle ages, young men and women would draw a name from a bowl to see who would be their valentine. They would wear the printed name on their sleeve for a week and was done so that it becomes easy for people to know their true feeling. This is where “wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from.
  • In America, pilgrims used to send confections for Valentine’s Day because it contained sugar and it was a rare product. Hence, the beginning of sending chocolates to your valentine!
  • The heart is considered the source of all emotions. In early days, the shape of the heart came about when people attempted to draw the organ without knowing exactly what it looked like.
  • In olden times, some people believed that if a robin flew over your head, you were going to marry  a sailor. If it were a sparrow, she was going to marry poor but be happy. If it were a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
  • The Romans celebrated Valentine’s Day on Feb 14 in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman Empire gods and goddesses. She was also the goddess of women and marriage.
  • Physicians would prescribe chocolate if someone was pining for a lost love.
  • 3 percent of people give gifts to their pets on Valentine’s Day! Down 4% from Christmas!!

 

Fun!! There are definitely some goodies in there! If you know any other fun facts, post them in the comments!

Last Night’s Book Club

Last night I headed out to Boston to meet with a bunch of ladies for book club! I had been a part of the book club 3 years ago before I moved to Florida, and they are still getting together 🙂 It was sooo good to see these girls again because it had honestly been 2 years since the last time I was at one. There are some new additions and some people that have moved off but it was definitely a good time.

This month, it was held at Shannon’s apartment and she had a yummy spread out. I won’t spoil it because I know that she is posting it on her blog, Dresses and Desserts. She blogs about all of her sewing projects and delicious yummy desserts that she whips up. I saw a few of her projects that are in the works, and daaaaaang. She has a black dress that she used the fabric from a prom dress that she hemmed. And also the LARGE T-shirt blanket that she has been working on for a while. Rumor has it that her next project is flower girl dresses for a wedding. It’s amazing the things that she can do.

Anyways, for book club, we read The Chaperone.

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It is a book about a woman in the early 1920’s who was an orphan in New York City. She, along with several other girls were sent off on an orphan train across the country. The train would stop, the girls would line up and people would walk by them and select them tom come home with them. Cora is selected by a family in Kansas who raises her as her own. They suddenly die in a grain silo accident leaving her without a family. She eventually meets her husband, Alan and settles down in a small city in Kansas.

The story follows Cora as she travels back to New York City as the chaperone of a friend’s young girl. She leaves Kansas in hopes of finding out the truth about her past at the orphanage and her own family.

It is a very different story. The author brings in twists and turns that you really won’t see coming. The book was an east read and captivates you right from the start. It was rated as a great book by everyone in the book group…and that NEVER happens.

If you have read this book, feel free to email me with the link and I can post it below…of just comment with your own review!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! Hope you all get chocolates and flowers!!

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Christmas Fun Facts!

So, I meant to post this all on Christmas Day, but with all of the festivities and excitement, I didn’t really get a chance. Not to mention, my computer wasn’t set up until yesterday…

I love little interesting facts because there are always a few that tend to shock you and stick with you for a long time. Everyone loves a fun fact or two!! This is a Christmas Fun Fact Edition:

Christmas Fun Facts

 

Christmas Fun Facts:

  • American’s send 1.5 BILLION Christmas Cards each year.
  • Rockefeller Center is the home of the largest Christmas Tree ever, which was 100 feet tall  in 1999.
  • The most expensive Christmas Tree decorating job was over 11 Millions dollars in the United Arab Emirates.
  • The practice of gift giving was actually banned by the Catholic Church because it was thought to be rooted in Paganism.
  • You can find the North Pole on the map, in Alaska.
  • Americans buy 30 Million real trees and 12 million fake trees for decorating each year.
  • In Greek, X means Christ. So that’s where Xmas comes from.
  • The Statue of Liberty was a Christmas present from the French in 1886 and is the largest Xmas gift to date.
  • It takes an average of 7 years to grow a Christmas Tree.
  • For Santa to deliver gifts to ever child, he would need to visit 832 house per second.
  • 7 out of 10 dog owners will get a gift for their babies.
  • The first artificial Xmas tree was made by the Germans out of dyed goose feathers.
  • Norwegian scientists have found that Rudolf’s glowing nose is probably due to a parasitic infection.
  • Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the US.

 

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And this is my favorite fact, because I like things that are a bit shocking. Mistletoe. The name comes from the fact that mistletoe springs up from bird droppings, once the seeds have passed through them. When they names it, they didn’t know that the birds were eating the seeds first, but they observed the mistletoe growing up from bird poop. So, they gave it the name “mistle” or “missel” meaning “dung”, and “toe” from the word “tan” meaning “toe”. Ergo, mistletoe = POOP TWIG. On top of the fact that they are poop twigs, some of the species of them are known to be partially parasitic if they can’t perform photosynthesis. So now it’s a parasitic poop twig!

I found this gem on Today I Found Out. Absolutely check it out for some other fun facts.

Whelp, at least I got it up there right?!

Merry Belated Christmas!!