366 days of gratitude

December 31, 2016

When I started these daily gratitude posts I knew that I had a lot to be grateful for.

I have everything I need and more than enough of what I want to be healthy and happy.

Doing these posts made me look beyond the obvious, although I sometimes take the obvious for granted – the love and support of close, extended family and friends; clean water to drink and nutritious food to eat; good health; a warm and comfortable home; income that is both adequate and secure; a reliable vehicle; the ability, and plenty of books, to read; . . .

Sometimes  posts were prompted by something that happened that day and almost wrote themselves, other days I had to think a bit harder.

Some days posts covered something of great moment, sometimes they were bordering on banal.

But every day I was reminded that I have a lot to be grateful for.

Today I’m  grateful for these 366 reminders and that I’m able to look forward to another year with so much for which to be grateful.

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Word of the day

December 31, 2016

First foot – the first person to cross the threshold of someone else’s house in the New Year and a bringer of good fortune in accordance with a Scottish custom.


Saturday’s smiles

December 31, 2016

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

Youth is wanting to stay up to see the New Year in, middle age is having to.

What is corn’s favourite holiday?

New Ears day.

What is a cow’s favourite holiday?

 Moo Year’s Day.

What do you find in a newly mown paddock on January 1st?

New Year’s hay.

 

 


Saturday soapbox

December 31, 2016

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

My goal in 2017 is to accomplish the goals I set in 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I made a promise in 2014 which I planned in 2013.


December 31 in history

December 31, 2016

400  Vandals, Alans and Suebians crossed the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gaul.

1229  James I of Aragon the Conqueror entered Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma) consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca.

1491 – Jacques Cartier, French explorer, was born (d. 1557)

1599  The British East India Company was chartered.

1687– The first Huguenots set sail from France to the Cape of Good Hope.

1695 A window tax was imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.

1720 Charles Edward Stuart, pretender to the British throne, was born  (d. 1788).

1759 Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum and started brewing Guinness.

1853 Sir George Grey left New Zealand after finishing his first  term as Governor.
Grey leaves NZ after first term as Governor

1857 Queen Victoria chose Ottawa, as the capital of Canada.

1869 Henri Matisse, French painter, was born (d. 1954).

1878  Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman, was born (d. 1966).

1879 Thomas Edison demonstrated incandescent lighting to the public for the first time.

1904 The first New Year’s Eve celebration was held in Times Square(then known as Longacre Square) in New York.

1908  Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Holocaust survivor, was born (d. 2005).

1909  Manhattan Bridge opened.

1923 The chimes of Big Ben were broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC.

1937 Sir Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor, was born.

1941 – Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager, was born.

1943 John Denver, American singer and songwriter, was born (d. 1997).

1943 Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor was born.

1943  Pete Quaife, English bassist (The Kinks) was born.

1946 President Harry Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

1951 The Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $13.3 billion USD in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.

1955  The General Motors Corporation became the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.

1960 The farthing coin ceased to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.

1963  The Central African Federation officially collapsed and split intoZambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.

1965  Nicholas Sparks, American author, was born.

1980 – Richie McCaw, All Black captain, was born.

Richie McCaw 2011.jpg

1983 – The AT&T Bell System was broken up by the United States Government.

1991  All official Soviet Union institutions ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union was officially dissolved.

1992 Czechoslovakia was dissolved, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

1996 – On New Year’s Eve around 4000 people made their way to the remote location of Canaan Downs, Tākaka, to take part in the first Gathering, a two-day festival for electronic dance music fans.

First Gathering dance festival held

1998  The European Exchange Rate Mechanism froze the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and established the value of the eurocurrency.

1999  Boris Yeltsin resigned as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.

1999 – The United States Government handed control of the Panama Canal (as well all the adjacent land to the canal known as the Panama Canal Zone) to Panama. This act complied with the signing of the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties.

2004  The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 ft).

2007 –  Bocaue Fire: Seven people were injured when a fire resulted in the explosion of several fireworks stores in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.

2009 – Both a blue moon and a lunar eclipse occurred.

2011 – NASA succeeded in putting the first of two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory satellites in orbit around the moon.

2014  – A New Year’s Eve celebration stampede in Shanghai killed at least 36 people and injures 49 others.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


366 days of gratitude

December 30, 2016

Barbeques have come along way from the early days when people first cooked over a fire, but basic or sophisticated, they are my favorite method of entertaining.

They keep most of the mess outside and diners are usually more forgiving if the food that comes off them isn’t quite up to normal culinary standards.

Thanks to learning the art of cooking on a parilla from Argentinian friends my farmer can be relied on to produce delicious meat and vegetables cooked over the fire and I’m always grateful for that.


Word of the day

December 30, 2016

Petard – a small bomb made of a metal or wooden box filled with powder, used to blast down a door or to make a hole in a wall; a metal cone or box filled with explosives, fastened in warfare to walls and gates and exploded to force an opening; a firework that explodes with a sharp report.


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