Calendar Daze

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

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.

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