February makes me think of Valentines and ground hogs. I think of presidents and chocolate. I think of leap days and Black History. But, as my faithful readers well know, February offers so many more reasons to celebrate! So bake some cookies, visit the library, learn a new Black History fact, feed a bird, spay or neuter your pet, chew some bubble gum, plant some sweet potatoes, and eat a hot breakfast. February may be the shortest month of the year but it’s certainly not going to take that lying down! Enjoy!
Note: the comments in italics are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the ideas, musings, political leanings, or opinions of any other person, group or entity.
Birthstone: Amethyst Flower: Violet or Primrose
New Moon: February 6th Full Moon: February 20th
Lunar Eclipse: February 20-21
Solar Eclipse: February 6-7 (E. Australia, New Zealand)
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
American Heart Month
Bake for Family Fun bake some cookies!
February is Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
International Boost Your Self-Esteem Month
International Expect Success Month
Library Lovers’ Month that’s every month for us, isn’t it?
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
Marijuana Awareness Month
National African American History (Black History) Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Cherry Month even though they won’t be ready until Spring…
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Get to Know an Independent Real Estate Broker Month
National Hot Breakfast Month have dried cherries on your oatmeal!
National Laugh-Friendly Month much more fun than unfriendly laughs!
National Parent Leadership Month wish that was a daily observance…
National Pet Dental Health Month do they make beef flavored toothpaste?
National Senior Independence Month
National Time Management Month
National Weddings Month
North Carolina Sweet Potato Month Calling All Queens!
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
Relationship Wellness Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month make sure it’s empty when you find it!
Spiritual Teachers Month
Spunky Old Broads Month when I am old I shall wear purple…
Sweet Potato Month put on your green sequined prom dress and join the Queens!
Wise Health Consumer Month
Youth Leadership Month
Wonderful weekly observances…
2/1-7 National Patient Recognition Week I would hope my doctor would recognize me!
Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend maybe they could sit together!
Women’s Heart Week
2/3-9 Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week
Boy Scout Anniversary Week http://www.scouting.org/
International Coaching Week
National Consumer Protection Week
National Leadership Week
National Pancake Week eat at your neighborhood IHOP!
Publicity for Profit Week
2/3-3/22 Lent don’t give up pancakes!
2/4-8 International Networking Week
Intimate Apparel Market Week
National School Counseling Week
2/4-10 Dump Your Significant Jerk Week oh, the stories that could be told…
2/7-14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
Rejection Risk Awareness Week especially if you’re a significant jerk!
2/8-14 Love Makes the World Go Round but Laughter Keeps us from Getting Dizzy Week
2/10-16 Children of Alcoholics Week http://www.nacoa.org/
Freelance Writers Appreciation Week
National Family, Career & Community Leaders of America Week
Jell-O Week get jiggy with it!
Heart Failure Awareness Week
2/11-15 Just Say No to Powerpoints Week use an overhead!
2/11-17 International Flirting Week
Random Acts of Kindness Week http://www.actsofkindness.org/people/days.asp
2/14-21 National Condom Week overlaps with the above – a coincidence?
World Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week
2/15-17 NBA All-Star Week
2/15-18 Great Backyard Bird Count Week how do you tell them apart?
2/17-23 Build A Better Trade Show Image Week
2/17-25 National Engineers Week
2/24-3/1 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Telecommuter Appreciation Week http://www.yourata.com/index.html
2/25-3/2 Read Me Week
2/29-3/2 Texas Cowboy Poetry Week there once was a horse from Nantucket…
Fabulous February days…
2/1 Bubble Gum Day
Give Kids A Smile Day http://www.ada.org/public/events/gkas.asp
Hula in the Coola Day can you do this & chew gum at the same time?
National Freedom Day
Robinson Crusoe Day is it because it’s a Friday?
Spunky Old Broads Day hope I live to be one…
Wear Red Day
Women’s Hearth Health Day
2/2 Ground hog Day
Ground hog Job Shadow Day this is a real job?
Teach Your Daughter to Volunteer Day
2/3 Four Chaplains Memorial Day
Super Bowl XLII make a football shaped paté!
2/4 Bun Day: Iceland
Dump Your Significant Jerk Day especially if they made fun of your paté
Liberace Day tickle the ivories in a sparkly outfit!
2/5 Fastnachts Day http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art8521.asp
International Pancake Day
Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)
Mardi Gras get your beads! http://www.mardigrasday.com/
Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day why?
Weatherman’s (Weatherperson’s) Day
2/6 African American Coaches Day
National Girls & Women in Sports Day
2/7 Chinese New Year’s Day it’s the Year of the Rat
Wave All Your Fingers at your Neighbor’s Day
2/8 Boy Scout Anniversary Day
Laugh and Get Rich Day oh if only it were this easy!
Snow Festival: Japan
2/9-10 Corvette Days a car so cool it needed 2 days to appreciate!
2/10 Grammy Awards Day let’s pray for an end to the Writer’s Strike!
World Marriage Day
2/11 Pro Sports Wives Day
National Shut-in Visitation Day
Satisfied Staying Single Day for those not suckered into World Marriage Day!
Westminster Dog Show
White Shirt Day
Youth Day: Cameroon
Founding Day: Japan (660 B.C.)
2/12 Darwin Day ever heard of the Darwin Awards?
Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
Safety Pup Day
2/13 Black Love Day
Employee Legal Awareness Day
Get a Different Name Day there are so many good ones still available…
2/14 Ferris Wheel Day
National Condom Day nope, no coincidence…
World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
League of Women Voters Day
National Women’s Heart Day
National Call In Single Day
Race Relations Day
Quirky Alone Day
Valentines Day rose are red, violets are blue…
Viticulturists’ Day: Bulgaria
Susan B. Anthony Day
National Gum Drop Day http://www.candyusa.org/Classroom/calendar.asp
2/17 Daytona 500 gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines!
My Way Day listen to a Sinatra record!
National PTA Founders Day
World Human Spirit Day
2/18 Presidents Day
2/19 Chocolate Mint Day
2/20 Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day well, Hoodie Hoo!
2/20-21 Lunar Eclipse (visible in the Americas between 10pm and 1:15am)
2/21 International Mother Language Day
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Single Tasking Day not possible…
Lantern Festival: China
2/22 George Washington’s Birthday
Martyrs’ Day: Bangladesh
2/23 Clam Chowder Day I’ll take a bowl of the New England style, please!
Curling is Cool Day only if you’re also into cheese rolling…
Iwo Jima Day
Open That Bottle Night why save it…drink it!
2/24 Academy Awards writers, writers, writers
2/26 For Pete’s Sake Day who is Pete and why should I care?
Spay Day USA spay and neuter and spay and neuter and spay and neuter
2/27 Inconvenience Yourself Day if you don’t spay or neuter we’re ALL inconvenienced!
2/28 National Chili Day 3-alarm for me!
Floral Design Day
National Tooth Fairy Day leave a flower with your tooth!
2/29 Leap Year Day
American Crossword Puzzle Convention (through 3/2)
Selected Author Birthdays:
2/1 Langston Hughes, 1902; Jerry Spinelli, 1941
2/2 James Joyce, 1882; Ayn Rand, 1905; Judith Viorst, 1931; Betsy Duffey, 1953 (?)
2/3 Norman Rockwell, 1894; Joan Lowery Nixon, 1927
2/4 Russel Hoban, 1925; Barbara Shook Hazen, 1930
2/5 Patricia Lauber, 1924; David Wiesner, 1957
2/6 Jerome Wexler, 1923; Weyman B. Jones, 1928; Betsy Duffey, 1953 (?)
2/7 Charles Dickens, 1812; Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867
2/8 Jules Verne, 1828; Anne Rockwell, 1934
2/9 Dick Gackenbach, 1927; Alice Walker, 1944; Stephen Roos, 1945
2/10 E. L. Konigsburg, 1930; Stephen Gammell, 1943; Mark Teague, 1963
2/11 Sidney Sheldon, 1917; Jane Yolen, 1939
2/12 Randolph Caldecott, 1846; Judy Blume, 1938; Jacqueline Woodson, 1964
2/13 Ouida Sebestyen, 1924; Simms Taback, 1932; William Sleator, 1945
2/14 Phyllis Root, 1949; George Shannon, 1952; Paul O. Zelinsky, 1953
2/15 Norman Bridwell, 1928; Elaine Landau, 1948
2/16 Elizabeth K. Cooper, 1908; Carol Gorman, 1952
2/17 Alice Mary Norton, 1912; Robert Newton Peck, 1928; Susan Beth Pfeiffer, 1948
2/18 Toni Morrison, 1931; Barbara Joosse, 1949
2/19 Louis Slobodkin, 1903; Jill Krementz, 1940; Amy Tan, 1952
2/20 William MacKellar, 1914; Rosemary Harris, 1923
2/21 Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, 1933; Jim Aylesworth, 1943
2/22 Edward Gorey, 1925; Harry Kullman, 1919
2/23 C. S. Adler, 1931; Walter Wick, 1953
2/24 Wilhelm Grimm, 1786; Uri Orlev, 1931
2/25 Frank Bonham, 1914; Cynthia Voigt, 1942; Iain Lawrence, 1955
2/26 Judith S. George, 1931; Colby Rodowsky, 1932
2/27 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807; Uri Shulevitz, 1935
2/28 Ben Hecht, 1894; Donna Jo Napoli, 1949; Megan McDonald, 1959
2/29 David R. Collins, 1940; Susan I. Roth, 1944; Patricia McKillip, 1948