Calendar Daze

| 1/14/2010 3:30:42 PM

Tags: Calendar, Equinox, Leap year, Romans,

CindyMurphyBlog.jpgThe beginning of a new year; out with the old calendar and in with a fresh, clean not-yet-written-in new one. Twelve more fresh months; a clean slate to scribble upon. Calendars are important; they measure our time in neatly packaged thirty day – give or take – increments that tick off the time until we start it all over again.

Calendars marked and ready.

I bought my 2010 calendar for the kitchen just in time – the day before the new year began. It features the artwork of Gustave Baumann, an American artist who specialized in woodcuttings during the early to mid 1900s. The replicas of his work in the calendar are gorgeous with lots of bold colors – reds, golds, oranges, and green.

I meant to reorder a calendar from the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Their calendars are chock full of all kinds of interesting information. My calendar last year was The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Watcher’s 2009 Calendar. Every month contains a bit of folklore such as “When oak trees bend with snow in January, good crops may be expected,” weather facts and terminology like “what is a snow-eater?” (a Chinook wind off the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains), and weird weather occurrences that made history. For instance, do you know that on April 22 1932, it rained geese in Elgin, Manitoba? A flock of flying geese fell from the sky after it was struck by lightning. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a nice array of calendars for every interest. This year I thought I might try the Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Calendar, but never got around to ordering it.

I use a daily planner. Months broken down into pages of days; days broken down into lines of hours. I don’t use it as intended – I've kept planners for years, and have rarely written down appointment times, or important dates in them; those go on the big calendar in the kitchen. I use the planners mainly as a guideline as to what I want to get done in a day. Sometimes what I've written gets neatly ticked off just as the hands of a clock tick off the minutes. Other times, the list of what I want to get accomplished goes untouched, and gets moved to the following day. But it's still there, waiting for the time I get around to crossing off each task.

The free pocket calendar from the dentist goes in my purse so I don’t end up with all kinds of scraps of paper in there with phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and book titles that people always end up giving me at the grocery store, my daughters’ schools, restaurants, or wherever I am when someone decides there’s a bit of information I must need. Then there’s the small desk top calendar from Botanical Interests Inc., a seed company we ordered our organic seed from at the nursery for next spring. This was promotional item given to me by the sales rep, but if you place a seed order of $50 with the company, they’ll send along a free calendar. Check them out; great seed, and the calendar is nifty too.

cindy murphy
1/23/2010 7:05:35 PM

We can always hope, Susan. Welcome to Grit!

oz girl
1/22/2010 1:18:08 PM

Cindy ~ I'm in agreement with you and Hank re: the timelessness of the magazines (I've got all mine too!) so I think a Grit calendar would be revered by its users in the same manner. Kept and referred back to, even years later. I think they should try for that Grit calendar one more time... 2011 is another year. :) Susan

cindy murphy
1/18/2010 7:45:49 PM

Shoot, Hank - no GRIT calendar? Drat! And as far as that "mess of magazines" having an expiration date? Pfft. They're timeless. I still have every issue since I first started subscribing to GRIT.

hank will_2
1/18/2010 3:32:11 PM

Hey Cindy -- We've talked about a GRIT calendar from time to time. The idea always gets shot down upstairs. The powers that be don't relish the idea of printing something with an expiration date ... other than a mess of magazines. :)

cindy murphy
1/17/2010 10:12:18 AM

Isn't it the truth, Michelle - sometimes it seems you need a calendar devoted just for the kids' school stuff. But alas! That's why they make refrigerators and magnets! Uhm...isn't it?

michelle house
1/16/2010 9:09:20 PM

Very pretty calendars, and I enjoyed the history of calendars,as well, Now that my kids are grown, I don't need the pocket one anymore. LOL, like is much simpler now.

cindy murphy
1/15/2010 10:12:00 AM

About the heating mats...though I've never used them, it's my understanding that they're used to heat up the soil only during the germination process. Once the seed sprouts, you shouldn't need them anymore. I remember checking prices in our supplier's catalog for a customer last year - after seeing the price, she opted instead to use the top of her refrigerator; a source of constant heat and it's free! I did a little bit of poking around on the Internet and found quite a few sites that mentioned the top-of-the-fridge method, as well as one woman who used the heat from her VCR! Maybe try e-bay or Craig's List also. I suppose whether you think the expense of a pad is worth it depends on and how many seeds you're going to start and how many seasons you're going to be interested in starting plants from seeds - is it something you just want to try, or do you think you'll be doing it every year, (what if you discover, like me, that you have the Black Thumb of Death when it comes to indoor plants.) Bonus is it's a one-time expense (or at least once for many years). Personally for me, it would not be worth the investment. I sow all my seeds directly into the ground when the time is right, and use seedlings for veggies like tomatoes and peppers...mainly because for the amount of tomato plants I want, it's more cost effective to buy a couple four-packs of seedlings than to grow them indoors from seed.

cindy murphy
1/15/2010 9:55:19 AM

Hi, Vickie. I think a Grit calendar is a good idea too! (psst...that's why I stuck it in there as maybe a "hint, hint".) Hey, Dave - most things in this Universe we live in confuse the heck out of me too; so much so sometimes that I just sit back and enjoy the ride instead of trying to ponder too much about its great mysteries, (luckily, calendar making was not left up to someone like me, or we'd still be counting days on our fingers and toes). Cool thing about the light creeping down the hallway during the equinoxes - I love stuff like that. The fog rolls in off the Lake here in the same way, and I sit on the front porch mesmerized as it moves down the street. It's like a wall almost, with fingerlings reaching out to pull in everything in it's path. You'd almost expect to see Adrienne Barbeau running out in front, trying to escape from it. I'll stick my two cents worth about heating pads in another comment, because I ran out of room when I typed it in this one.

nebraska dave
1/14/2010 6:39:30 PM

Cindy, I’m totally confused and I’m glad I don’t have to put together calendars. I read how Easter is found each year and kind of understand it, but there again, I’m glad someone else has the responsibility to find out which Sunday it lands on each year. I once worked in a building that lined up with the rising sun twice a year. Once in the Spring and once in the fall Equinox, the sun would shine down the block long hallway that divided the floor I worked on and illuminate the West wall full force. It was the coolest ever to watch the illumination creep down the hall each day as the time grew near until it shone on the wall and then creep back out. It is pretty amazing to think about how every thing in the universe stays in balance and whirls around without just flying apart. I’ve been thinking about starting some seeds this year. What are your thoughts about heat mats that go under seed starter kits. Are they really worth the 35 bucks?

1/14/2010 4:31:03 PM

Cindy, What interesting facts about the calendar! We have a wide assortment also -like the one from the bank and the one from the The Nature Conservatory. Your idea about the Grit one though is a real good idea, maybe they will consider it next year. vickie

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