this year’s celebration is just going to be a low key affair
how will you be welcoming in the new year?
“embrace curiosity, be open, playful, and persistent.”
-Debra Kaye, Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections
image credit: pinterest vintage images, the pickle sisters vaudeville troupe, 1920s
in talking with the grandies
about all the excitement leading up to christmas eve
i soon realized
that i was even excited for the eve before that eve
because i know what comes next
and it just grows from there.
“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”
– Fred Rogers
today while out shopping for christmas
i unexpectedly ran into my old friend,
“i had that curious feeling that i was living on several planes simultaneously;
the overlapping of these planes was confusing.”
“That’s right. I AM THE PUMPKIN KING!”
– Jack Skellington
one of my favorite leading men/holiday movies ever.
image credits: walt disney pictures
Zombie Peeps on the loose.
And now, from CNN – More pandemic fallout: No Peeps for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day!
This year has given us yet another trick and one less treat. Just Born Confections, the company that produces Peeps, says its holiday-themed marshmallow treats will not be in Halloween candy bags this year — and they won’t be in stores for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, either. None of these Peeps will return to stores until Easter of 2021.
The company temporarily suspended the production of its candy brands in April to protect the health and safety of their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.They resumed limited production in May after making changes in their plant.
“This situation resulted in us having to make the difficult decision to forego production of our seasonal candies for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day in order to focus on meeting the expected overwhelming demand for Peeps for next Easter season, as well as our everyday candies,” according to the company’s statement. Before the pandemic, about 5.5 million Peeps were produced every day, roughly 2 billion a year.
“New Rule: Someone must x-ray my stomach to see if the Peeps I ate on Easter are still in there, intact and completely undigested. And I’m not talking about this past Easter. I’m talking about the last time I celebrated Easter, in 1962.”
Credits: Alaa Elassar, CNN
happy national junk food day!
how will you celebrate this special occasion?
if i had to choose, i’d go with
flamin’ hot cheetos, chips n’ dip, and cadbury carmello bar
care to share your favorites?
“foodstuffs absolved of the obligation to provide vitamins and minerals cavorted with reckless abandon.”
The designer of our current 50-star flag was Robert Heft. It was 1958 and there was some talk that Alaska and Hawaii were going to officially become states 49 and 50. One of his high school teachers capitalized on the current events of the day and had his students design a new flag incorporating the two new states. Inspired by Betsy Ross, (and cutting up his parents’ flag), Heft did just that, arranging the stars so it wasn’t very evident that he had added any. His teacher gave him a B-, saying that the design was unoriginal. When Heft balked at the grade, his teacher told him that if he could get the flag adopted by Congress, he would bump the grade up to an A. Heft jumped at the opportunity, sent the flag to his congressman, and after a long campaign and a refusal to give up, he ended up getting the flag approved. Heft got his ‘A’ as promised. Since then, Heft’s original homemade flag has flown over every single state capitol building, over 88 U.S. embassies, and over the White House for five administrations. He is now deceased, but has left behind a design with 51 stars ready to go if the need arises.
happy 4th of july!
credits: mental floss, quora, wiki, readers digest
happy cinco de mayo
image credit: tundracomics.com
happy easter to those both near and far
hoping we can gather together again before too long
“bunny slippers remind me of who i am. you can’t get a swelled head if you wear bunny slippers. you can’t lose your sense of perspective and start acting like a star or a rich lady if you keep on wearing bunny slippers. besides, bunny slippers give me confidence because they are so jaunty. they make a statement; they say, “nothing in the world does to me can ever get me so down that i can’t be silly and frivolous.”
image credit – Eli Halpin, Carrot Cake in Blush
that bit between christmas
and new year
when you don’t know what day it is,
who you are,
or what you are supposed to be doing.
credits: Jeff the cat@google, purple clover