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What did you do with your extra day?

Hi, Everybody!  How are you doing as we start our journey through March?

Since this is Leap Year, Monday was February 29th – our extra day this year. How did you fill it?

That was my first whole day home during my week off from Dad’s, and … know what I did with my extra day? I read my Bible, vacuumed my house and did a little tidying up, watered my two dozen or so plants, and so on … and prepared a story that had to be ready for 12×12 check-in by midnight. I’m finding it to be quite the balancing act, and my balance isn’t what it used to be or should be, but I haven’t been knocked off track yet.

Early Tuesday evening we made a quick trip to the library where I picked up fourteen of the over 100 books I have to borrow for ReFoReMo. I won’t be able to get them all as not all are in our library’s system, but I will gather many of them over the month. Our librarian put them on hold for me so that when the books become available they’ll be brought in for me to borrow. I must say, I was excited to get my hands on those fourteen beautiful books! 

first 14

Top to bottom they are:

  • My Teacher is a Monster! (No I am Not) – by Peter Brown
  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend – by Dan Santat
  • Raindrops Roll – by April Pulley Sayre
  • Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree – by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
  • Water is Water – by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin
  • Weeds Find a Way – by Cindy Jenson-Elliott and Carolyn Fisher
  • Flora and the Flamingo – by Molly Idle
  • Who Done It? – by Olivier Tallac
  • Cheetah Can’t Lose – by Bob Shea
  • Duck! Rabbit! – by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • What To Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot – by Michelle Robinson
  • The Promise – by Nicola Davies
  • Infinity and Me – by Kate Hosford
  • Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat – by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda

Of all the many, many books I’ve read over the years to my little girls, my nephew, my grandson, and occasionally other children – the only ones I’ve read that are on ReFoReMo’s list of (over 100) books assigned us for the challenge  are The Monstore by Tara Lazar and I Am Otter by Sam Garton. Gosh! It seems I’m waayy behind when it comes to reading picture books, at least the newer ones. And I love picture books!                                                                                   

Of that long list the only one I own is: I Am OtterGee … I’m on my way!  I have to get reading.  Gotta love that. 🙂

Have you read any of the above-mentioned books?

How did you use your extra day this year?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Winning, writing and winter blahs

I’ve heard several people say February is such a long month that drags out Winter and feels so blah. Really?

February is the shortest month we have, and even though this is Leap Year with 29 days instead of 28, it’s still our shortest month.  We can do this! 

Here is what I did in anticipation of Spring and to help myself get through Winter:

countdown to Spring

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, that was February 13, so we’re closer now. Yay!  (I’ll soon set up a countdown timer on my blog, too.)

At the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meeting last week one of the men who attends brought roses for Valentine’s Day and gave them to all the ladies in attendance. Isn’t that sweet? The group is for family members who are caregivers of loved ones: a parent, a spouse, a friend. 

Here’s my rose:

Alz support group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier that day I took Meyya to the groomer who is at the animal hospital/shelter in the veterinarian’s location in town. They were selling tickets on a basket of goodies. All I noticed was a teddy bear in there and I figured there was likely chocolate – which I can’t eat.  No matter, I bought a bunch of tickets because the money was to benefit the animal shelter. Well, on Friday didn’t they call to tell me I WON THE BASKET!!  Wowsers! 

It turned out the teddy bear was this …

gift basket cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

cute, soft, little cat. 

In the basket with it: a gift certificate from a local diner, two bottles of wine, some healthy things from the healthfood store, and – yes, some chocolates. It was a lovely win and my husband received the chocolates. 🙂 

On another note: because of 12 x 12 in 2016 I am focusing more on my writing. I’ve completed the second revision of the story (picture book) I wrote in January, but I haven’t written a new story for this month. Even so, I’m so glad I signed on. I’ve benefited already. And my own private writing coach is super helpful and insightful. 

For me personally, February is a good month so far. I still have some things to take care of, which I plan to finalize this month, to free up a little more time and space for my writing. I’ll get there!

What are you doing to dismiss the winter blahs?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

We have an extra day! How will you use it?

Happy Leap Day!

 

Imagine that you were born on February 29. Now imagine having that day come around only once every four years.

Maybe you don’t have to imagine it at all, in which case … Happy Birthday!

How would you feel if you were a child whose actual birth date didn’t come every year? When would you have your birthday party .. February 28 or March 1? I read that in New Zealand if anyone is born on February 29, the legal date is to be recorded as February 28.

Would you consider yourself at age 20 to be officially only 5? A day is a day no matter what number is attached to it, so what would you do?

I thought you might like to know of a few famous people born February 29:

1692 – John Byrom, English poet
1792 – Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer (William Tell, The Barber of Seville) 1904 – Jimmy Dorsey, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer and big band leader
1916 – Dinah Shore, American singer
1924 – Al Rosen, American baseball player
1936 – Henri Richard, Canadian ice hockey player
1956 – Randy Jackson, American musician, record producer, television personality
1960 – Anthony (Tony) Robbins, American motivational speaker
1964 – Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player
1972 – Antonio Sabàto Jr, Italian-born actor
1976 – Ja Rule, American rapper and actor
1980 – Chris Conley, American musician and songwriter/composer
 

Did you know that for flights on February 29 some airlines give a greatly reduced rate to people who were born on a leap day? That may be worth looking into for the next one.

Just for interest’s sake, here are a few of the past and upcoming leap years:

1920 1924 1928 1932 1936 1940 1944 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 2024 2028 2032 2036 2040 2044 2048 2052 2056 2060 2064 2068 2072 2076 2080 2084 2088 2092

Did you know that it is tradition in some countries for a woman to propose marriage to her man on Leap Day? And only then is it permitted.

My husband and I were married on a leap year (which is considered to be “bad luck” in some folklore – so it’s good we are not superstitious), although not on leap day – which apparently is even worse. We actually were married on Hallowe’en because, for a time, Nova Scotia did not allow it to be celebrated on a Sunday, so Hallowe’en was on October 30, a Saturday. Just another curious quirk.

If you want to know more about Leap Year and how it all began you can look here  and here. It’s very interesting.

We have been given an extra day this year, how to you plan to use it? Do you have special plans for that extra 24 hours?

Do you know of any ‘specials’ offered to Leapers?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂