March 15th Ides of March

You would think that the first day of spring, according to the Roman calendar, would be all bright and sunny. After all, the sun is shining, the snow is gone and plants are in bloom everywhere. This is a good thing, unless you have allergies to those plants.

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So why do so many people fear the Ides of March? With spring brings new life, wonderful smells and everything should be good, unless your name happens to be Julius. Julius Caesar to be exact. That’s when his supposed friends and countrymen decided he was not getting the point they were trying to make so they helped him get it, literally.

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But that was back in 44 BC. Since then the typical terms remembered are “Beware of the Ides of March”. Well, just because it happened to Julius doesn’t mean it’s going to happen to you. Just don’t get around any crowds, particularly if they are your friends!

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Oh and, don’t hang out too much with your snowmen at this point because they are probably going to leave soon.  So if your name isn’t Julius you probably won’t have any issues. You could probably even Caesar the day! It is the first day of spring, according to the Roman’s!

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So Rome outside and enjoy your day. Watch where your walking so you don’t get stuck by anything and whatever you do… don;t talk politics!

How to celebrate – Wear toga today. Plant some flowers, Pansies might work. Don’t go Roman too far from home.

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January 22nd National Come In From The Cold Day

There are so many things to do in the cold, snowy weather… skiing, sledding,skating, building snowmen… but one of the best things is coming in from the cold to a nice warm fire and maybe a cup of hot cocoa.

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No matter how warm you dress yourself, no matter how many layers of clothing you put on the cold always seems to find a way in. You can even get worse sun burns from the snow than you can in the middle of summer on the beach.

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No matter how much fun you are having snow, like sand, seems to get everywhere and of course, when it starts to melt, it turns into water. As that water starts to cool again, it gets really, really cold and then what was fun gets to be suffering.

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And sometimes you get caught doing everyday things when a snow storm hits. You could be at work, shopping or even out to visit friends. You have that long walk to the car, bus or train in icy conditions no one wants to be out in. But there is hope!

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Sitting in front of a roaring fireplace, drinking a hot cup of cocoa, and being with heart-warming friends make it all worth while.  It almost makes it worth going out just so you can go back in.

How to celebrate – When you get cold enough outside just thinking about what you’ll do when you go in is warming! Make sure you have a warm fire going for those coming to visit you. Always have cocoa, coffee or tea on ready, ready to warm up those who need it… coming in from the cold.