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February 2014

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Shortest month… with a full calendar!

Talk about a full calendar! Although February has the fewest number of days in a month it sure knows how to pack it in - starting with Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl; then Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday to kick-off the Lenten Season. Did I hear Olympics, anyone? And as if that’s not enough, this year from February 14th through the 17th volunteers (“citizen scientists”) all over the continent take up the Great Backyard Bird Count as part of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society’s efforts to monitor the species. Anyone can take part and submit their checklist to

What’s New with BKW

From birds to valentines, there’s something for just about everyone this month. And our valentine message to you enjoy the day; in fact, spread the love the whole month. ^.^ Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river. ~Malagasy Proverb

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~ Albert Schweitzer, theologian, philosopher, mission doctor in Africa Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart. ~ Mort Walker

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Groundhog Day - one of the four cross-quarter days
You may not have noticed that Groundhog Day on February 2 has something in common with May Day and Halloween. Don't ask the groundhog. As the only mammal honored with a day of his own, he's too proud to discuss it; nevertheless, the first cross-quarter day falls on his day. 1. Groundhog Day, also known as Candlemas, is a cross-quarter day according to astronomers at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. It is exactly in the middle between winter and spring. The weather prognosticator shares the day with Candlemas. An old English song says: Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again.


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History matters!

February 2nd

Candlemas is a Christian celebration marking the presentation of Christ in the temple. 2. May Day, May 1, is the second cross-quarter day, occurring between spring and summer. Though no weather predictions are involved, it is marked by giving May baskets and parades. 3. August 1 is the third cross-quarter day, Lammas, but its celebration is not observed in the Americas. On Lammas, ancient Celtics honored Lugh, the god of arts and sciences. Lugh designated this day to honor his foster-mother, Tailtiu. She died clearing a great forest so the land could be cultivated. With men of Ireland around her, she told them to hold funeral games in her honor. As long as they were held, she said, Ireland would not be without song. They are still held in some areas. 4. Halloween is the fourth cross-quarter day. Besides being a day to collect candy, it is a day to mark the earth's progress around the sun. Enjoy your cross-quarter days with their mystical, magical qualities

And some ‘DON’Ts’ . . . wherever you are
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Don't give the same valentine you gave last year. Don't buy a size too big. When in doubt, buy smaller. Don't forget your wallet for that romantic Valentine's dinner. Don't leave your date alone with your parents, siblings, or pet. Too much reality, too soon. Don't give household appliances for Valentine's Day. Don't give your partner a ring that was meant for someone else. At least get the inscription removed. Don't ask loved ones if they feel it's necessary to "do something special." Just do it. Make heart-shaped pancakes or meatloaf or PB sandwiches; serve breakfast in bed; eat supper by candlelight; spray shaving cream on the bathroom mirror in the shape of a heart and an arrow; get up early and scrape the snow off the car's windshield. Above all Don't forget to say, "I love you."

February Project

Some valentine customs in other countries
♦ On February 14th, Valentine’s Day,
cards, candy and flowers are exchanged It's true here and in many other countries. ♦ On this day in Korea and Japan, ladies give a gift of candy to the men, and on March 14, White Day, the men give candy to the ladies. ♦ In Britain, flowers and candy are given, but as part of the event, children sing songs and are given candy, fruit or money. ♦ In Denmark people send snowdrop flowers to friends. Men write a joking or rhyming letter to a girl and sign it with one dot for each letter of their name. ♦ Taiwan celebrates both on February 14 and July 7. Roses are a special flower at this time. One rose means "you are the only one," 11 roses mean "you are my favorite." After that, it gets more expensive because 99 roses mean "forever," and 100 roses mean "marry me." ♦ Scotland has parties for men and women, who draw names for a partner. Then they have a dance and may hold marriages.

Origami Heart
Supplies needed: Paper Deft fingers Patience Love of the craft of Origami Note: The paper used for this project was light weight, colored on one side and white on the other. This is a very simple model and it is perfect for all beginners! Enjoy the video, and let us know what you think!

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Mutts to get recognition finally!

Oh, and buy some Necco heart-shaped Sweethearts to check out the imprinted conversation, like Be Mine. The company produces 8 billion a year!

Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life. ~ John, Age 9 The mutts are invading the bastion of the well-bred dog: The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. For the first time in its 138 years, the famed dog show will welcome dogs with talent, not just good looks. Westminster will add a new title to the classic crowns of Best in Group, Best of Breed and Best in Show. The new competition is called The Masters Agility Championship. Agility dogs will be tested on speed, obedience and agility with tests that include jumping, weaving, running, and tunnels. Qualified agility dogs are selected through a random draw. Those earning the highest combined scores, based on time and faults, will compete in the championship round, which will be televised. Westminster will host 3,200 dogs in its Feb. 11-12 show at Madison Square Garden. It is considered the biggest gathering of dogs in one place and time.

POETRY FUN! Stuck On You
You're sucrose, you're glucose, You're fructose and more, From your head to your feet... Which are stuck to the floor. You're Hershey's, you're Snickers, You're sweet English Toffee. If you spit in my cup, You'll just sweeten my coffee. I love you so much That I'm getting frenetic, But I can't even kiss you, 'cause I'm diabetic © Kenneth J. Miller ote: Mr. Miller says, “I forgot to get my wife, Karen, a St. Valentines Day card, so I made this one up. It worked! She's still laughing.”

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