A Stitch in Time

June 13, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Monday, June 13th. Today’s holidays are:

Sewing Machine Day 

Sewing Machine Day celebrates the invention of the first sewing machine. Thomas Saint patented the first sewing machine in 1790, but his creation was lost in the annuls of history and there is no example of his invention, even in drawings, remaining today. In 1829, Barthélemy Thimonnier invented and patented a sewing machine that would go on to revolutionize the commercial textile industry, but wasn’t practical for home use. The sewing machine became one of the most iconic symbols of the Industrial Revolution, representing the transition from traditional handmade goods to automated production. It wasn’t until 1850, that Isaac Merrit Singer made improvements to the design that made possible to sew any part of a garment, that it became practical for home use.
In my generation, nearly every household had a sewing machine…and used it. These days this is not the case. In today’s “throwaway” society, tattered garments are often simply discarded. Those that aren’t discarded are worn as a “fashion statement”. Although the heyday of the home sewing machine has all but vanished, we can still recognize its significance in our history. Without this important invention, the process of making clothing (and any sewn item) would be extremely tedious. To celebrate Sewing Machine Day, dig out your sewing machine and start a new project, or sign up for a sewing class to learn this important handicraft.

Weed Your Garden Day 

The word ‘weed’ is a relative term in that it means different things to different people. One man’s weed is another man’s seed. My definition of a weed is any plant which you believe inappropriate for your yard or garden space.  [Click on the title of this segment for the Oxford Dictionary definition].
Weeds steal important nutrients needed to grow healthy plants, and they easily spread plant disease and crowd out the roots of the plants that you want to keep. The presence of weeds in your yard or garden encourages the proliferation of harmful pests which also attack the plants that you actually are trying to grow.
Here are a few tips to make your weeding easier:

  1. Identify the weeds.
  2. If you allow weeds to grow to about 1 inch you will have an easier time grasping the weed and more chance of removing the root.
  3. After a rain or a thorough watering, pull the individual weeds from the soil…trying to remove the roots with the sprouted weed.
  4. Gently press the soil back into place, if pulling the weed disturbed more than a small place.
  5. Try to weed daily to stay ahead of the weed growth.
  6. If you are finding an abundance of weeds, review your mulching technique…you may need to add deeper mulch to combat the weed growth.
  7. Using a garden cloth or plastic can lessen or nearly eliminate all weeding…your local garden store will carry a variety of these products to choose from.

National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day 

A klutz is a person who is clumsy, foolish, inept, or accident-prone. The term is perhaps derived from the Yiddish ‘klots’ (‘wooden beam’), from the German Klotz, meaning a “block” or “lump”. The term klutz has largely permeated into the English language, even among speakers of English with no Yiddish or Jewish heritage. Since we are talking about a kitchen klutz, this holiday is about people who are accident-prone in the kitchen.
Some people have an innate ability to whiz around a kitchen with ease, tending 3 or 4 pots simultaneously, slicing, dicing, measuring, and mixing with the panache of a gourmet chef, without ever having a mishap. The rest of us, however…..not so much.
National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day salutes those of us who, no matter how hard we try, always seem to drop the dish, spill the milk, knock over the salt shaker, or burn our fingers on the hot handle of a frying pan or pot. If you fall into this category (and most of us do), then this holiday is for you. Celebrate your klutziness. Get creative. Pick up the pieces of that broken dish and turn it into a mosaic picture frame. Don’t chastise someone for being klutzy. Accidents happen, so just get on with your life.

On this date:

  • In 1777 – The Marquis de Lafayette arrived in the American colonies to help with their rebellion against the British.
  • In 1789 – Ice cream was served to George Washington for the first time by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton.
  • In 1825 – Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. Hunt then sold the rights for $400.
  • In 1866 – The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. It was ratified on July 9, 1868. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
  • In 1898 – The Canadian Yukon Territory was organized.
  • In 1900 – China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupted into violence.
  • In 1912 – Captain Albert Berry made the first successful parachute jump from an airplane in Jefferson, Mississippi.
  • In 1920 – The U.S. Post Office Department ruled that children may not be sent by parcel post.
  • In 1922 – Charlie Osborne started the longest attack of hiccups on record. He hiccupped over 435 million times before stopping. He died in 1991, 11 months after his hiccups ended.
  • In 1927 – Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
  • In 1943 – German spies landed on Long Island, New York. They were soon captured.
  • In 1944 – Germany launched 10 of its new V-1 rockets against Britain from a position near the Channel coast. Of the 10 rockets, only 5 landed in Britain and only one managed to kill 6 people in London.
  • In 1949 – Bao Dai entered Saigon to rule Vietnam. He had been installed by the French.
  • In 1951 – U.N. troops seized Pyongyang, North Korea.
  • In 1966 – The landmark “Miranda vs. Arizona” decision was issued by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision ruled that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional rights before being questioned by police.
  • In 1967 – Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to become the first black justice on the Supreme Court.
  • In 1971 – The New York Times began publishing the “Pentagon Papers”. The articles were a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam.
  • In 1979 – Sioux Indians were awarded $105 million in compensation for the seizure in 1877 of the Black Hills in South Dakota by the United States government.
  • In 1983 – The unmanned space probe Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system. It was launched in March 1972. The first up-close images of the planet Jupiter were provided by Pioneer 10.
  • In 1988 – The Liggett Group, a cigarette manufacturer, was found liable for a lung-cancer death. They were, however, found innocent by the federal jury of misrepresenting the risks of smoking.
  • In 1989 – President George H.W. Bush exercised his first Presidential veto on a bill dealing with minimum wage.
  • In 1992 – Future President Bill Clinton criticized rap singer Sister Souljah for making remarks “filled with hatred” towards whites.
  • In 1994 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Exxon Corp. and Captain Joseph Hazelwood to be reckless in the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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