As you can see, I was still on my red kick when I revamped these 2 wood chairs. I was using these chairs with a small glass table. It would have the red salt & pepper shakers and napkins in the center on a colorful table cloth. At this time, we are not using the glass round table in the dining room.
I really liked this fabric because it had a red stripe in it along with these other bright colors. I did realize that in order for the fabric to look more finished I would have to remove the chair back to cover it completely. I decided not to do that at the time but may want to in the future.
Today is the shortest day of the year but did you know that it is “Short Story Day” also? That being said we should all grab a book of short stories and snuggle up for the longest night of the year.
*The December solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. This year the solstice occurs on Wednesday December 21st at 10:44 GMT (Universal time).
The winter solstice happens every year when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, when the North Pole is tilted farthest – 23.5 degrees – away from the Sun, delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the year.
The Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere during the December solstice and is closer to the horizon than at any other time in the year, meaning shorter days and longer nights.
The shortest day of the year lasts for 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds in Britain. This day is 8 hours, 49 minutes shorter than on June Solstice. As such, Tuesday December 20th was the longest night of the year with the sun not rising until 08:04 GMT on Wednesday morning.
The day after the winter solstice marks the beginning of lengthening days, leading up to the summer solstice in June.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true. Dawn comes early, and dusk comes late. The sun is high and the shortest noontime shadow of the year happens there. In the Southern Hemisphere, people will experience their longest day and shortest night.
**Do you love literature? Do you feel you have an inner creative streak you’ve never yet acted on? Do you have a brilliant idea that you’re afraid isn’t long enough to make into an entire book, but that you really just want to finally write down? If so, Short Story Day could be your chance to discover a new passion and create something you can be proud of. You don’t have to have written anything before to start writing now. After all, everyone has to start somewhere. All you need to become a writer is a pen and paper, or a computer, or a typewriter, if you will―the rest is entirely up to you. So if you have a story in you that’s waiting to be told, don’t wait and celebrate Short Story Day today!
The History of Short Story Day
As the name itself suggests, a sort story is a story that can be read in one sitting. As with many concepts in the realm of the humanities, it can be hard to determine exactly what qualifies as a short story, but most contemporary definitions tell us that a short story must have anywhere between 1,000 and 20,000 words. Short stories became especially popular in the late 1700s and early 1800s, with ones like Richard Cumberland’s “The Poisoner of Montremos” and Washington Irving’s “Rip van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” becoming instant classics. Some of the most famous short stories have also been written by authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Leo Tolstoy and Stephen King.
I’m not a big history buff but D-Day made a difference in World War II. Even though the Allies were victorious many lives were lost. Saving Private Ryan is the only movie I think I have watched about storming the beaches in Normandy and World War II.
**During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.
Preparing for D-Day
After World War II began, Germany invaded and occupied northwestern France beginning in May 1940. The Americans entered the war in December 1941, and by 1942 they and the British (who had been evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk in May 1940 after being cut off by the Germans in the Battle of France) were considering the possibility of a major Allied invasion across the English Channel. The following year, Allied plans for a cross-Channel invasion began to ramp up. In November 1943, Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), who was aware of the threat of an invasion along France’s northern coast, put Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) in charge of spearheading defense operations in the region, even though the Germans did not know exactly where the Allies would strike. Hitler charged Rommel with finishing the Atlantic Wall, a 2,400-mile fortification of bunkers, landmines and beach and water obstacles.
In January 1944, General Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969) was appointed commander of Operation Overlord. In the months and weeks before D-Day, the Allies carried out a massive deception operation intended to make the Germans think the main invasion target was Pas-de-Calais (the narrowest point between Britain and France) rather than Normandy. In addition, they led the Germans to believe that Norway and other locations were also potential invasion targets. Many tactics was used to carry out the deception, including fake equipment; a phantom army commanded by George Patton and supposedly based in England, across from Pas-de-Calais; double agents; and fraudulent radio transmissions.
A Weather Delay: June 5, 1944
Eisenhower selected June 5, 1944, as the date for the invasion; however, bad weather on the days leading up to the operation caused it to be delayed for 24 hours. On the morning of June 5, after his meteorologist predicted improved conditions for the following day, Eisenhower gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord. He told the troops: “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”
Later that day, more than 5,000 ships and landing craft carrying troops and supplies left England for the trip across the Channel to France, while more than 11,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.
D-Day Landings: June 6, 1944
By dawn on June 6, thousands of paratroopers and glider troops were already on the ground behind enemy lines, securing bridges and exit roads. The amphibious invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture beaches codenamed Gold, Juno and Sword, as did the Americans at Utah Beach. U.S. forces faced heavy resistance at Omaha Beach, where there were over 2,000 American casualties. However, by day’s end, approximately 156,000 Allied troops had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.According to some estimates, more than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives in the D-Day invasion, with thousands more wounded or missing.
Less than a week later, on June 11, the beaches were fully secured and over 326,000 troops, more than 50,000 vehicles and some 100,000 tons of equipment had landed at Normandy.
For their part, the Germans suffered from confusion in the ranks and the absence of celebrated commander Rommel, who was away on leave. At first, Hitler, believing the invasion was a feint designed to distract the Germans from a coming attack north of the Seine River, refused to release nearby divisions to join the counterattack. Reinforcements had to be called from further afield, causing delays. He also hesitated in calling for armored divisions to help in the defense. Moreover, the Germans were hampered by effective Allied air support, which took out many key bridges and forced the Germans to take long detours, as well as efficient Allied naval support, which helped protect advancing Allied troops.
In the ensuing weeks, the Allies fought their way across the Normandy countryside in the face of determined German resistance, as well as a dense landscape of marshes and hedgerows. By the end of June, the Allies had seized the vital port of Cherbourg, landed approximately 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy, and were poised to continue their march across France.
Victory in Normandy
By the end of August 1944, the Allies had reached the Seine River, Paris was liberated and the Germans had been removed from northwestern France, effectively concluding the Battle of Normandy. The Allied forces then prepared to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet troops moving in from the east.
The Normandy invasion began to turn the tide against the Nazis. A significant psychological blow, it also prevented Hitler from sending troops from France to build up his Eastern Front against the advancing Soviets. The following spring, on May 8, 1945, the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. Hitler had committed suicide a week earlier, on April 30.
Missed a couple of days. We have driven from Arkansas to Oklahoma to Missouri to Arkansas to Georgia and finally to California. A lot of miles but I will have to figure a way to make some posts on the road. Just got home for a couple of days and then heading back to Georgia.
Although I’ve missed April Fools Day, I hope you played a prank on someone. My anniversary was on April 1st so we treated ourselves to a Cajun and blackened fish dinner at the Iron Skillet in Little Rock, Arkansas.
When we got home, we were welcomed by our 3 dogs and 5 cats. They definitely missed us. Here are some pictures of the babies. (Weird that I don’t have any pictures of my other cats. Guess I better take some.)
* How to Celebrate Love Your Pet Day
With busy lives amongst families, jobs, traveling, homework, and chores, how much quality time do you spend with a pet? Let go of a daily task to spend it with your animal companion on this day. “Love Your Pet Day” is celebrated and observed on February 20th.
Here are some of my babies taking a nap in the sun. Aren’t they adorable?
I’m sure everyone has a wood salt shaker & pepper grinder set somewhere in their house. Or at least did at one time. I decided to brighten up several old items around the house & one of them was my wood salt & pepper set.
To do this was pretty simple. First put painters tape (you know that blue masking tape) on the metal holes on top of the salt shaker and the bottom where you fill it. Then remove the top of the pepper grinder and cover the top & bottom so you won’t get any paint onto where the pepper will pass through. With this done simply use a spray paint color of your choice, I chose red because I was in the mood for a bright color. If you are actually use them, you will want to do 2 coats so they are covered evenly and extra well. If you’re just using them as a decoration, then 1 coat would be sufficient.
Here is what my bright revamped salt & pepper set looks like now.
I received a message at my local driving job. It was a thank you for having 100% on-time deliveries in the month of November 2015. It was nice getting recognition but it seemed weird to receive this message in January. You would have thought they would send those out the month following. But someone probably has to review all the documents for all the local drivers which could take some time.
Hopefully I will get another thank you for December 100% on-time deliveries. Does anyone get a thank you from their employer? If so, let us hear from you. 🙂
So when my oven quit working last year, we did without for over 6 months. Then we decided when the Labor Day sales came around we would see if we could find one we like. I really like the stove tops with the center, 5th burner. We decided to go with black as a change from the white appliances we have had for years. Here is our stove/oven with the center burner being used to cook bacon on a griddle.
I thought the black stove would be easier to keep clean than the white. I was wrong. Even after wiping down with a bleach cleaner it still has streaks. The only thing I found to make it look brand new is a stainless steel cleaner. If anyone out there has a hint on how to keep the streaks down on black appliances, I would love to know.
Would you believe that I am taking Mining Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) training? I know you’re asking why. Because of Mac – working for an explosives company, which I may be working with in the future. Mac’s boss is trying to start some new project but I haven’t got the details yet. I may not have gone to this training if I hadn’t been on safety hold since Friday, the 4th. I am currently driving locally 5 days a week, starting at 6:00 pm to whenever. This safety hold is nothing I have done and the safety department said it was cleared but my dispatch still shows the hold. I am trying to decide whether to work for a big company or switch to the smaller company. I will be contacting Mac’s company to get details about the project/new job before quitting my local driving job. Anyway, I am spending the next 2 days at training instead of taking my days off. And I do enjoy my days off 😦
I’ll let you know how it goes.
Before Christmas, Mac & I went to Big 5 Sporting Goods to look around and saw a mini crossbow. As we were window shopping, we did not buy anything. But on Christmas morning there were 2 identical boxes under the tree. Obviously, we both liked the crossbow and bought one as a surprise for the other.
So now we have 2 mini crossbows with extra arrows. We have done some target practice and I think I’m a better shot than Mac. LOL ;-p