“Life is a celebration of awakenings, of new beginnings, and wonderful surprises that enlighten the soul.”

The morning is cold and dark. I woke up at 5:30, and the heat hadn’t yet been triggered beyond its 62˚ night setting so I tried to snuggle under the comforter and go back to sleep. It didn’t happen so I came downstairs, turned up the heat and turned on the coffee. All three animals are here in the den with me, and each is sleeping on a favorite spot. Gracie gets the couch, Fern sleeps on the afghan on the back of the couch and Maddie gets the chair. They look warm and comfortable. I’m a bit jealous they all fell back to sleep.

Yesterday I finished putting Christmas away. Last night I lit the electric candles on the tables in my living room, and in the kitchen I lit the quahog shell lights and the pepper bunch lights. The kitchen had a reddish tint. I miss the colors the Christmas tree brought to light up the night.

From now on winter is boring. I know each month has a day highlighted on the calendar, but that isn’t really enough. I’m going to have to manufacture celebrations, and I’ve been hunting for my favorites. January 10th is Peculiar People Day, and I have several candidates. In February is Valentine’s Day or chocolate and flowers day so I guess that month is covered though I could celebrate Kite Flying Day on the 8th if there is a good wind. The beach is the best place for flying kites, and I have a great kite just waiting to be flown. It has wooden struts and a cloth design, a dragon. It is meant to fly. In March is National Grammar Day, a day close to my heart. I can wear my new tee-shirt: Punctuation saves lives. It has two sentences above that line: Lets eat grandma and Let’s eat, grandma. I expect no further explanation is necessary. The first day of spring is also in March, and we have our traditions to welcome that day. Beyond that I have nothing, but I always find April a hopeful month when warmth creeps back and the dafs poke above the ground, and color starts to return to brighten the world.

Today is the Epiphany, Three King’s Day.  Tonight is the last night for my outside lights.

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18 Comments on ““Life is a celebration of awakenings, of new beginnings, and wonderful surprises that enlighten the soul.””

  1. Bob Says:

    I can’t sleep unless the temperature is at least 68. Why should I shiver under the covers? My wife also likes it cooler at night and I dress warm in bed 🙂

    January is the pits. Not one fun holiday. Except for Easter and Passover, all the holidays until Memorial Day are ‘Hallmark’ holidays. Valentine’s day is cards and chocolate driven. Mother’s Day was made up to celebrate motherhood, the hardest job in the world. Father’s Day is an after thought in June so that men can also get a card and feel good about having sired children. May Day is too socialistic and who wants to get an April Fools card.

    Maybe we should invent a holiday in January to help the greeting card industry and give everyone a nice break. Maybe we can call it ‘Festivus’. Thank you Jerry Seindfeld. A holiday with no religious or political meaning, just plain old capitalistic greed 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I’m under the down comforter and any hotter would be uncomfortable. I wear bottoms and a tee-shirt to bed. I’m plenty warm enough.

      May Day and the flowers have nothing to do with Russia’s parade of weapons. It is a day to leave a May basket for a friend to celebrate spring and flowers. There are no cards for that day. It is on its own that way. I love May Day. St. Patrick’s day is a big day in my family. It’s time for corn beef and cabbage and singing the Irish songs. I know them all-grew up hearing them sung.

      I think I’ll stick to my calendar of fun days and plan around them. Now, let’s see who gets invited to Peculiar People Day!

      • Bob Says:

        Pardon me, but I forgot about St. Patrick day. Is St. Patrick still a saint? I can remember a Tonight Show with Johnny Carson when he asked Ed McMahon what he was going to do since the Catholic Church had de sainted Patrick. Ed’s response was that he would have drinks on Mr. Patrick day 🙂 Ed McMahon was not one to pass up an opportunity to raise a glass of cheer regardless of the reason.

        My father passed away on St. Patrick day and every year I make a toast to his memory with a nice bottle of Guinness Stout to go along with my corn beef and cabbage. I wouldn’t touch green dyed beer for anything.

        When I was growing up no one ever celebrated May Day. It could be because I spent much of my childhood in the Dallas Independent School District and they would never celebrate May Day because it was associated with a Russian communist holiday. After all Dallas was the home to that ultra right wing group called the John Birch Society. They looked for communists under every rock and fellow travelers who celebrated May Day 🙂

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I saw a robin this morning. Means nothing, I know. One robin does not make spring. Yesterday I heard a Tufted Titmouse singing it’s mating song. He’s a bit early but it reminds me that spring is indeed coming in about 73 days. Not long at all.
    Here’s a list of celebrations for the month of January. Scroll down for the daily ones. http://www.brownielocks.com/january.htm
    Tomorrow is National Tempura Day. I know just where to go. 🙂
    Enjoy!

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Sadly I have to tell you that was a winter robin. Some do stay here all year. I get them at my feeders.

      The tufted titmice are frequent visitors to my feeders. They and the nuthatch are the birds I most see.

      Thanks for the great link. Some of them are wonderful and have my mind buzzing!!

      • Caryn Says:

        I’m sure neither one of us is going to celebrate National Spawn of Satan Day or Spawn of Satan Appreciation Month. I don’t even know why anyone would want to. 😀

    • Birgit Says:

      Caryn, great list of celebrations!
      I’ll take the 8th: Earth’s Rotation Day. But how can I celebrate it?
      Kat, can we hope for Stephen Foster (McGarrigles-Hard Times?) and Ernies Rubber Duckie song on the 13th?

      PS:
      Kat, you were right yesterday. More than 250 people in that small village loved to hear our Christmas songs in January. The church was crowded 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        Birgit,

        It was on January 8, 1851 that physicist Leon Foucault demonstrated that the Earth rotates on its axis. The device he used to prove this is known as the Foucault’s Pendulum. Some how maybe you can work that into the celebration!

        I’m so happy you had such a great audience. I would have been there too!!

    • Rick Herndon Says:

      Caryn,
      The robins, as they passed through Austin in the fall, used to regularly find the fallen pomegranates, which they would set about seeding. But they had already been on the ground for a few days and had become smelly and turned to alcohol by fermentation. After about 15 minutes, we had drunk robins all over the side yard. They weren’t my fruit, so I couldn’t prevent my robin friends from becoming stumblingly drunk each year.

  3. olof1 Says:

    The tradition over here is to toss out the Christmas tree and rob it from candy that is hung in the tree twenty days after Christmas. Kut has his names day then and Knut rhymes to Ut which means out in Swedish. I really can’t translate that rhyme in a good way 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I doubt many people hang candy in the trees now days, so they buy lots of candy and have a party for children which they get in bags instead.

    At least it gets brighter every day now and that’s enough for me 🙂 I’ll take a day off from work every now and again anyway 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      Is the tree thrown out and then it has candy hung on it? I’m thinking candy in bags may be easier but not as much fun.

      We add a minute a day. It doesn’t seem like much but those minutes do add up.

      Have a wonderful evening.

  4. Kat Says:

    Bob,
    I looked it up, and he never was a saint the way saints are made now. He was never canonized. In the early years of the Church the title saint was bestowed first upon martyrs, and then upon individuals recognized by tradition as being exceptionally holy during their lifetimes; consequently St. Patrick was never officially canonized but recognized as saintly. He was never de-sainted, just never sainted except traditionally.

    That’s great tradition to honor your father!! Green beer even looks disgusting.

    May Day, the spring celebration, has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries, long before Mother Russia’s using it. I’d find it difficult to believe that a May Pole with ribbons and flowers could be seen as subversive by anyone.

    • Bob Says:

      Thank you for clarifying Johnny Carson’s statement 🙂 I also googled it and discovered that it’s a tradition for lots of religions and of course it’s a traditional holiday in Ireland.

      Actually May Day is tied to the struggle of working people to get an eight hour day. I found the following URL which is too long to reproduce here. But it’s interesting 🙂

      http://www.marxists.org/subject/mayday/articles/tracht.html

  5. Clare Stevens Says:

    You forgot Chinese New Year – Feb 10 – I already have crafts & games for us!

    • Bob Says:

      Wow! Thanks for reminding me of Chinese New Year. I don’t require any special day for Chinese food. We order in at least twice a week. This year is the year of the snake.

    • Kat Says:

      Clare,
      it’s a date!! Please don’t make me cut paper again!! I beg you!!!


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