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February 10, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Flannel Day - Today we celebrate the clothing item that lumberjacks made oh so popular back in the day. I actually like flannel shirts on men, and flannel pajama bottoms are so warm and comfortable, it has to be felt to be believed. I even have my own flannel shirt that I wear in cold weather because it really does do a good job keeping me warm. So don’t knock it until you try it.

Tu B'shvat  – Beginning at sundown this evening, this is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year for trees. Early blooming trees in Israel will wake from their winter sleep and begin their new growth cycle. It seems a little hard to understand for me in the Northeast of the United States where my trees are still covered in icicles but I guess the weather in Israel is a little different.

Teddy Day - Coming before Valentine’s Day, this is a day to give your loved ones an adorable teddy bear. Who doesn’t love a cuddly and cute teddy bear? Well, who besides my husband who really wouldn’t appreciate the gift as much as I would...hint, hint.

Plimsoll Day – Samuel Plimsoll was born on this day in 1824 in Bristol, England. He was a British politician, but is mostly known for devising the Plimsoll Line. It's a line drawn on a ship that indicates the maximum load a ship can bear. Once it's loaded so that the line is at the water's edge, the ship is full.

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day – Oh boy, who can resist rich, fudgey chocolate mixed with cream cheese.

Umbrella Day – Umbrellas (or parasols as they used to be called in upper class circles) can be used to shield you from rain or snow, or shade you from the heat of the sun and the dangers of UV rays. You can get them in just about any size from tiny ones that fit in your purse to humongous ones like beach or table umbrellas.

International Winter Bike To Work Day - This is a day to celebrate exercise by biking to work in the winter. Most people put their bikes away for the winter because it is just too cold for a winter activity. But if you dress appropriately, it is still great exercise no matter what the weather is. Sign up at this website. This appears to be a second Friday in February event.

International Winter Bike To School Day - This is the second ever Winter Bike to School Day to be celebrated. Teachers are asked to help track participants by asking their students how they got to school today. Please make sure you live in an area where it is safe for students to bike to school. The roads by me are dangerous for bikers so I cannot allow my children to do so.

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