yesterday i went to sleep being lots of years old
today i woke up being lots of years plus one more year old
i’ll begin by sharing the day with my kinder
who love to celebrate most everything.
“do not grow old, not matter how long you live.
never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.”
image/cartoon credit: gary larson, the far side
here we find ourselves in september again, along with lots of babies!
september is by far the most popular month to be born. it isn’t even a close race. september has 9 out of 10 of the most popular birth dates, with september 9th being the most popular date of all. using my holiday math formula, it’s easy to find a clear correlation between the end of the old year through the ringing in of the new year, and the volume of early fall arrivals.
1 january new year’s eve party = 1 to 1,000,000 september babies
“my favourite poem is the one that starts ‘thirty days hath september’ because it actually tells you something.” -groucho marx
art credit: mary evans
not my dad, but similar to his 70s denim suit that really made a bold statement
happy birthday to my dad, no longer with us, but whose sense of style remains.
“you can tell what was the best style of your father’s life,
because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.”
the great blizzards and a birthday – michigan history!
today is the anniversary of two of michigan’s greatest blizzards.
which both started on the same date January 26th, one in 1967 and the other in 1978.
also on this date
my brother scott, was born in 1965 under clear skies.
The 1965 birthday. Scott was born, he was cute, and I wanted to bring him in for show and tell, but my mom refused and made me bring a picture, which I was really mad about. He did not like shoveling snow, but he did enjoy playing in it, sledding on our school hill at recess, and throwing it at us.
The 1967 storm. The big Blizzard went down as one of the all-time worst blizzards in Michigan’s history mainly because of the way the weather conditions quickly changed drastically and people were caught off guard. In the days leading up to the blizzard, some areas had temps in the 60s, quickly plummeted, and the skies dumped 1 1/2 feet of snow in a very short time.
The 1978 storm. Snowfalls for the entire storm included a whopping 30 inches in some Michigan locations. There were already 4 to 6 feet of snow on the ground before the storm started, and there were many drifts of over 15 feet.
In both storms there were wind gusts up to 65 MPH and both had several periods of thunderstorms with the snow, (thunder-snow).So far there has not been a storm that has come close to the intensity of either of the storms since 1978. My brother still enjoys playing in the snow and celebrating his birthday. And I’m glad for all of this.
“apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.’
credits: michigan history, clarence white
my birthday number is a moving target.
i love how the kinder announce they are ‘and a half!’
the moment they have a birthday.
they quite naturally understand this concept.
today, i am 64.
and a half!
long past the calendar date
to celebrate a dear friend’s milestone birthday
as if no time has passed.
“our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.”
(not me, a famous model who is a couple of years older, but we share a strong birthday spirit)
it has been my birthday for 5 hours already
and according to my math
i become less worried
i become more excited
about this day
in the exact same amounts
which equals out.
“surround yourself with people who are more excited about your birthday than you are.”
“i was 32 when i started cooking; up until then i just ate.” -jc
happy memorial birthday to julia child,
american chef extraordiniare , rebel, eccentric, pioneer, lover of all things butter
and the one who brought the art of french cooking to america.
“with enough butter anything is good.”
“miss child is never bashful with butter”
jc -i plan to whittle a stick of butter into a smaller stick of butter today in your honor.
image credits: (b/w) google. com, (color) butter sculptures, pennsylvania state fair
when you just can’t make it out to the store to get a card
you use what you have.
“always make sure your heart is bigger than your head.”