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BEFORE I WAS A MOM

Before I was a Mom -
I never thought about immunizations.

I had never been puked on.

Pooped on.

Chewed on.

Peed on.

I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.

I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots.

I never looked into teary eyes and cried.

I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.

I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down.

I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.

I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.

I never knew that I could love someone so much.

I never knew I would love being a Mom


Before I was a Mom -
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.

I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.

I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.

I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

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National Flag of Canada Day

February 15 is National Flag of Canada Day. It marks the day in 1965 when their red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and indeed, hundredsof communities across Canada. This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate their flag and what it stands for — a country and a citizenship that are the envy of the world. Canadians share their pride in their flag and in their common values.

In its striking simplicity, the National Flag of Canada speaks to the exciting challenges and opportunities of their future. At the same time, it speaks to all that they have accomplished together as a people and to those moments that have served to define them.

The past, present and future can all be found in the folds of the National Flag of Canada. Their rich and fascinating history is only equaled by their incredible spirit and vitality that will define their future. February 15 — National Flag of Canada Day —


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emoticon Fun Facts about Valentine's Day

Read these fun facts to learn more about how Valentine's Day traditions developed over the years. Surprisingly Valentine's Day chocolate and Valentine's Day cards have been a major part of the holiday for more than 150 years.

In Medieval times people who couldn't write their names signed with an 'X' in front of a witness. The 'X' was then kissed to show sincerity. Many believe this is how the 'X' symbol became synonymous with the kiss.

It is believed that lovers first began exchanging mementos in the 17th century, perhaps heeding the words of Shakespeare's Hamlet, "Sweets to the Sweet."

Cheaper postage and mass-produced cards in the 17th and 18th centuries added to the increasing popularity of Valentine's Day.Esther Howland was the first American to make commercial Valentine's Day cards out of scraps of ribbon, lace and pictures.

Presently there are 192 million Valentine's Day cards exchanged annually.

Chocolate is a traditional Valentine's Day gift. Throughout history, it was believed that chocolate brought smiles to the broken-hearted and prompted amorous feelings. In the 1800's physicians commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.



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emoticon VALENTINE'S DAY AROUND THE GLOBE

Valentine's Day is celebrated across the globe. Each country has its own unique traditions. As in the United States, Valentine's Day chocolate and Valentine's Day cards seem to play a big part in Valentine's celebrations around the world.

Canada, Germany, Spain, and Mexico---
Valentine's Day is much like the U.S. holiday. Couples exchange gifts and go out on dinner dates. In Mexico, Valentine's Day is known as "Día de San Valentín " or more commonly "Día del amor y la amistad" meaning day of love and friendship.

Japan and Korea---
Women give store-bought chocolates to acquaintances, and homemade chocolates to love interests. Men who receive the chocolates reciprocate these gifts to their love interests on White Day, March 14. Koreans take the celebration further. Men who did not receive chocolates celebrate together on Black Day, April 14, by eating black noodles called Jajangmyun.

Denamrk---
Valentine's Day cards are known as "lover's cards" because early cards were transparent and when held up to a light would project a picture of a man handing a woman a gift. Pressed white flowers called Snowdrops are another popular gift to exchange. Men may also send a valentine called a gaekkebrev "joking letter" where a romantic rhyme is written but no name is signed. The signature consists of dots that correlate to the amount of letters in the sender's name. If the woman who received the card guesses the sender, she is rewarded with an egg on Easter.

Scotland---
Valentine's Day is celebrated with a festival. At this festival, there is an equal number of unmarried males and females, each of whom write their name (or a made-up name) on a piece of paper which is then folded and placed into a hat...one hat for the ladies and one for the men. The females then draw a name from the hat containing the men's names and vice versa, it is expected that the male partner with the female who selected his name. This rite having been completed, the company split up into couples and gifts are given to the ladies.

Taiwan---
There are two Valentine's Day celebrations. One is observed on February 14 and the other on July 7. It is customary to exchange roses on these days with the color and the amount of roses dictating the message. One rose means "only love," eleven roses means "a favorite," ninety-nine roses means "forever," and one hundred and eight roses means "marry me."

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GROUNDHOG DAY

Groundhog Day, celebrated across the United States and Canada, on February 2, is a North American tradition. It is based on a belief that on this day (February 2) the groundhog, or woodchuck, comes out of hole after winter hibernation to look for its shadow. If the shadow is seen, it's a sunny day. And the groundhog foretells 'six more weeks of bad weather' and thus a lingering winter. But spring is coming if no shadow is seen because of clouds. The groundhog then behaves accordingly. It goes back into the hole if the weather turns bad, but stays above ground if spring is near.

Every February 2nd people gather at Gobbler's Knob, a wooded knoll just outside of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The ceremony was held in secret until 1966, and only Phil's prediction was revealed to the public. Since then, Phil's fearless forecast has been a national media event

Thus weather prediction or prognostication came as an integral feature of Groundhog Day tradition. This prediction owes its origin to the European tradition of Candlemas. There is an old European supposition that a sunny Candlemas day would lead the winter to last for 'another six weeks'. Also celebrated on February 2, the was used to commemorate the Purification of the Virgin Mary. Candles for sacred uses were blessed on this day. Gradually the traditions at this Candlemas came to associate with them different folklores. The German added the belief of an animal, initially a hedgehog, being frightened by his shadow on Candlemas would foretell that winter would last another six weeks. This belief was brought in America during the 18th Century by the German settlers. These settlers adopted the groundhog as their weather predictor.

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Why are leap years used?

Year 2008 is a leap year, with 29 days in February. February 2008 has five Fridays - it starts and ends on a Friday. Between 1904 and 2096, leap years with same day of week for each date repeat every 28 years which means that the last time February had 5 Fridays was in 1980 and next time will be in 2036.
What is a leap year?
A leap year is a year with one extra day inserted into February, the leap year is 366 days with 29 days in February as opposed to the normal 28 days

Which years are leap years?
In the Gregorian calendar, which is the calendar used by most modern countries, the following rules decide which years are leap years:
Every year divisible by 4 is a leap year.
But every year divisible by 100 is NOT a leap year
Unless the year is also divisible by 400, then it is still a leap year.
This means that year 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are NOT leap years, while year 2000 and 2400 are leap years.

Why are leap years needed?
Leap years are needed so that the calendar is in alignment with the earth's motion around the sun.


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1/25/08 12:10 A

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Robbie Burns Day

Robbie Burns - Who Was He?
Robert Burns was born on January 25th, 1759 in Alloway, Scotland. At the age of 37, he died from rheumatic heart disease, which he had suffered from since he was a child. Robbie was the oldest of seven children born to a struggling farmer and his wife. After his mother introduced him to Scottish folk songs, legends and proverbs, he began writing touching poems and songs. Some of Robbie Burns' most famous songs include Auld Lang Syne , Ye Banks and Breaes of Bonnie Doon and My Love's Like a Red, Red Rose. His first book of poems was published in 1788
Robbie Burns married Jean Armour the same year that his first book of poetry was published and moved to Dumfries, where he rented a farm. His work is loved so much, his birthday is celebrated all over the world on January 25th.

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What Hugs Can Do

It's wondrous what a hug can do,
A hug can cheer you when you're blue.
A hug can say, "I love You so,"
Or, "Gee, I hate to see you go."
A hug is "Welcome back again!"
And "Great to see you!" or
"Where've you been?"

A hug can soothe a small child's pain,
And bring a rainbow after rain.
The hug! There's just no doubt about it ...
We scarcely could survive without it!

A hug delights and warms and charms,
It must be why God gave us arms.
Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,
Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers.
And chances are some favorite aunts
Love them more than potted plants.

Kittens crave them, puppies love them;
Heads of states are not above them.
A hug can break the language barrier,
And make the dullest day seem merrier.
No need to fret about your store of 'em ...
The more you give, the more there are of them.
So stretch those arms without delay
And give someone a hug today!!!

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I thought we might like to see the words to all the verses.

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
And surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine (dinner time) ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

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New Year's Food Traditions (I thought this was interesting)

Eating noodles at midnight is customary at Buddhist temples in Japan.

A German/Pennsylvania Dutch tradition is to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year's day for good luck.

It is the tradition of Bosnia & Croatia (both of former Yugoslavia) to eat what is called "Sarma" or beef wrapped tightly in cabbage to bring good luck in health and wealth for the upcoming year.

It is a Cuban tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. The 12 grapes signify the last twelve months of the year.

German folklore says that eating herring at the stroke of midnight will bring luck for the next year.

Eating pickled herring as the first bite of the New Year brings good luck to those of Polish descent.

In the southern United States, it is believed eating black eyed peas on New Year's eve will bring luck for the coming year.

Also from the south comes the custom of eating greens such as cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens, kale or spinach to bring money.

One more from the Southerners: eating cornbread will bring wealth.

The Southern custom of eating greens can be found in other cultures as well, although the cabbage can take many forms, such as sauerkraut or even kimchee.

In the Philippines, it is important to have food on the table at midnight in order to insure an abundance of food in the upcoming year.

Boiled Cod is a New Year's Eve must in Denmark.
Olie Bollen a donut-like fritter is popular in Holland for New Year.
Black-eyed peas, fish, apples, and beets are eaten for luck at the Jewish New Year's celebration (not celebrated on Jan 1).

Another tradition from the Philippines is to collect 7 different types of round fruits. The round shapre of the fruits signify money and seven is believed to be a lucky number. Set on the dinner table on New Year's eve, the fruits are believed to bring prosperity and sound financial status for the coming year.


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emoticon NEW YEARS TIDBITS

NEW YEAR'S BABY
The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth. Although the early Christians denounced the practice as pagan, the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth forced the Church to reevaluate its position. The Church finally allowed its members to celebrate the new year with a baby, which was to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus. The use of an image of a baby with a New Years banner as a symbolic representation of the new year was brought to early America by the Germans. They had used the effigy since the fourteenth century.

FOR LUCK IN THE NEW YEAR
Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.

NEW YEAR FOODS
Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.
Mny parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.

NEW YEAR'S RESOPLUTIONS
Making New Year's resolutions is a modern approach to keeping evil away during the New Year. People decide to improve their lives by making promises to do good things or not to do bad things. New Year's Resolutions are one way to promise yourself, your family or friends that you will do one or more things differently. Resolutions can be the beginning of setting goals for the new year. Of course it's always easier to make a resolution than keep it. Keeping it is hard work.

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I haven't tried these tips but some look useful and interesting.

Getting Rid Of Odors:

Smells such as onions, garlic in any container can be eliminated by wetting a few sheets of newspaper and cramming it into the container. Place the container on the window sill for a day or so and
presto the smell has gone.
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Need to peel a bunch of oranges for a salad?

Just soak the oranges in boiling water for five minutes then peel as usual. As a bonus, the "white" part of the peel will come off along with the peel to give an awesome
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Washing Blankets and Bed Sheets

Add a sprinkling of your favorite bath oils to the rinse cycle of the wash. Your bedding will be soft and sweet smelling for a very pleasant night sleep
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Smelly Shoes:

Simply fill a tube sock with kitty litter, baking soda, or tea leaves; tie the end closed; and place the filled socks in the shoes when you're not wearing them. These sachets can be used over and over in any kind of shoe. Works great especially in gym or walking shoes...
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Watering Plants

A lot of water that goes down the drain can be used to water plants. Water that you use to steam vegetables, cook potatoes or boil eggs can be reused to water your plants. Also, when you clean out your aquarium you can use that water to water your plants. Great for the soil.
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Saving On Dryer Time:

Throw a dry bath towel in with your load to be dried. This takes anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes off of the drying time. This really adds up if you're washing and drying every day.
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Tip for next time you paint:

If you don't care for the smell of paint, put a bowl of salt in the middle of the room. Let it sit overnight...it 'soaks up the odor
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Alka-Seltzer Tip:
Try dropping 3-4 tablets into a clogged drain with a cup of vinegar. Wait about 15 minutes and run the hot water. You'll be amazed
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Alka-Seltzer Tip:
This is probably one of the best hints for Alka-Seltzer....If you're suffering from a insect bit cover a tablet with 1/2 inch of water and apply. The aspirin that's in the Alka-Seltzer will soothe the sting and itchy-ness.
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To keep ants out of the house, find where the ants are entering the house and sprinkle a "barrier" of cinnamon or any type of ground pepper to block their way.
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Having problems with squirrels eating your plants around your home? Try sprinkling your plants with some cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper will not hurt the plant, or the squirrels. But it does work, and the squirrels will stop eating your lovely plants.
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Here's a great tip next time you throw a load of laundry in the dryer....include a few tennis balls. Not only will this cut down the drying time up to 50%, but it will also fluff your clothes. This works really well with a load of towel.

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A HUG

No moving parts, no batteries.
No monthly payments and no fees;
Inflation proof, non-taxable,
In fact, it's quite relaxable;
It can't be be stolen, won't pollute,
One size fits all, do not dilute.
It uses little energy,
But yields results enormously,
Relieves your tension and your stress,
Invigorates your happiness;
Combats depression, makes you beam,
And elevates your self esteem!
Your circulation it corrects
Without unpleasant side effects
It is, I think, the perfect drug:
May I prescribe, my friend,....the hug!
(and of course fully returnable!)

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ANOTHER CELEBRITY PASSES ON....

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community.

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, The California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, Plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for 20 minutes.

If this made you smile for even a second, please rise to the occasion and take time to pass it on and share that smile with someone who may be having a crumby day and kneads it.

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Mad About Mangos

Tried a mango lately? If so, you've tasted the most popular fruit in the world.Surprised? We may think the banana is No. 1, but that's only in the United States. It's the mango that rules the world. Although mangos are said to be native to India, they are now grown on every continent, even North America. "Ninety-nine percent of the mangos in the U.S. are imported, mainly from Brazil and Mexico," But California is home to a big crop of Green Keitt Mangos, which, according to Schueller, are the best-tasting variety. (These California mangos are available from late July to mid-October.)

MANGO recipes ion the recipe thread.
Many of us may have had our first experience in a smoothie or margarita because mangos work well in a blender. But mangos add color and fabulous flavor to any dish. They are a member of the acclaimed "yellow and orange fruits and vegetables" grouping known to contain healthy antioxidants like vitamin C. They also contain two classes of phytochemicals (biologically active plant-food components) scientists are studying for their health-promoting potential: carotenoids and bioflavonoids.

According to the Produce for Better Health's 5 a Day program, plenty of yellow/orange fruits and vegetables, as part of a low-fat diet, may help you maintain:

A healthy heart
Healthy vision
A healthy immune system
A lower risk of some cancers.
Along with a few grams of fiber (almost 2 grams of which is soluble fiber), one cup of fresh mango gives you 184% of the Daily Value for vitamin A (and it's rich in beta-carotene), and 61% of the Daily Value for vitamin C.

1 cup of mango slices also contains:

107 calories
1 gram of protein
28 grams carbohydrate
0.5 grams fat (0.2 monounsaturated fat, 0.1 g polyunsaturated fat)
3 grams fiber
3 mg sodium
12% daily value for vitamin E
17% daily value for vitamin B6
Selecting Mangos
There are over 150 varieties of mangos, so there are many outer colors, shapes, and sizes -- all with that beautifully golden, sweet, uniquely flavored fruit on the inside. No matter what the variety, you'll need to use your fingers and your nose to test for ripeness: ripe mangos feel soft when you apply slight pressure and have a fruity fragrance.

If you have no choice but to purchase firm mangos, you can ripen them by keeping them at room temperature in a paper bag until they're softer and more fragrant. If you need to keep them from spoiling for a few more days once they're ripe, mangos will keep in the refrigerator for about another week.

There are three basic ways to eat mangos: fresh (great for eating as is and in all types of recipes); frozen (perfect for smoothies, or when fresh mango is unavailable or expensive); and dried (suitable for snacks, baking, and trail mix).

Mangos are delicious on their own, or as a fruit garnish or side dish. They're also great in all sorts of salads -- fruit salads, entrée salads, or green salads. You might also see mangos featured in salsas and chutneys, hot or cold chicken, seafood dishes, or tarts and cakes. Anything is possible with mangos! They even work well on an indoor or outdoor grill.


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APPLE TIDBITS


Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.

Apple blossom is the state flower of Michigan.

7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.

The top apple producing states are Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which produced over 83 percent of the nation’s 2001-crop apple supply.

Most apples can be grown farther north than most other fruits because they blossom late in spring, minimizing frost damage.

Apples have five seed pockets or carpels. Each pocket contains seeds. The number of seeds per carpel is determined by the vigor and health of the plant. Different varieties of apples will have different number of seeds.



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