Falling Needles, Last-Minute Changes, Bicarb of Soda, and BACON!

December 30, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Good morning my fire-safety conscious friends. Today is Thursday, December 30, 2021. December 30th is the 364th day of the year, and 1 day remains.

Falling Needles Family Fest Day

Falling Needles Family Fest Day is celebrated each year on December 30th. You don’t need to be an eco-warrior to deduce that this holiday serves as a reminder that it is probably time to think about taking down your ‘live’ Christmas tree.
By now, your ‘live tree’ has probably been up for 3-weeks or more. The tree is drying out, the needles are falling off, and quite frankly, it is becoming a fire hazard.
Should you decide to celebrate Falling Needles Family Fest Day, gather your family together and make an event out of taking down your Christmas tree. Before you begin, be sure to take a picture of your tree. Remember all of the lovely presents that Santa left under it and the joy they brought to the recipients. Next, put all of the ornaments away for next year. Then, clean up the area where the tree was and put all of the furniture back to its pre-Christmas place. And finally, be sure to recycle your ‘live’ tree. This is an excellent article on ways to do that.

Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute 

Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute is celebrated annually on December 30th. This holiday posits the question: Why wait until the new year to begin changing your life? Instead, why not finish this year with a flourish.
Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute encourages you to spend the whole day making major positive life changes. Eat better today. Take up a new hobby. Start an exercise regimen. Volunteer. Start a book club. These are all examples of positive things you can do, today, to improve your life. I’m sure that you can think of many more things you want to accomplish in the coming year. Think of them as pre-New Years’ Eve resolutions – or “New Years’ Eve (Eve)” resolutions, if you will.
If you opt to celebrate Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, what changes will you make today that will improve your life?

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day 

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day is celebrated every year on December 30th. You don’t need to be clairvoyant to conclude that this holiday, for some odd reason, celebrates bicarbonate of soda – a natural mineral which can be found in and around mineral springs.
Bicarbonate of soda (commonly known as baking soda) has many uses. It is used in baking, cooking, deodorizing, cleaning, polishing, and countless other applications.
Baking soda is a white, odorless, crystalline solid that is completely soluble in water. It is very useful around the home, the kitchen, and for medical purposes. Baking soda can even be used as an antacid to treat indigestion and heartburn.
The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate as a cleansing agent like soap. However, it wasn’t until 1791 that French chemist Nicolas Leblanc produced baking soda in its modern form. In 1846, two New York bakers named John Dwight and Austin Church established the first factory to make baking soda.
Baking Soda has myriad uses. According to Almanac.com, here are some of the many uses for baking soda:

  • Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.
  • Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm water.
  • Pour a cup of baking soda into the opening of your clogged drain and then add a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes, flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
  • To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour and then launder as usual.
  • If you crave sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
  • To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
  • Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.
  • Lay down a barrier of baking soda under sink pipe openings and along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, and roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking soda, dehydrate, and die.
  • A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let the paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
  • To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
  • Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!
  • Sprinkling baking soda on your front steps will provide traction and melt the ice. Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.
  • Boil two inches of water in a pan with a burned bottom, turn off the heat, then add half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit overnight. In the morning it will be easy to clean.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.
  • A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic. 

If you want to celebrate National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, simply use some bicarbonate of soda today – in any of the ways listed above, or in some other way that you know of that is not listed there.

Bacon Day 

Bacon lovers, rejoice! Today is Bacon Day. Bacon Day is celebrated annually on December 30th. You needn’t be a member of MENSA to ascertain that this holiday, obviously, celebrates bacon – one of the world’s favorite cured pork products. This holiday was created in 1997 by Danya Goodman and Meff Leonard as a day to celebrate everyone’s favorite cured pork product.
Although today we think of bacon in the terms of crispy, delicious strips of cured pork, at one time, bacon referred to any kind of preserved pork. However, that usage fell out of use in the 17th Century.
The origins of bacon date back beyond the Middle Ages to the Roman Empire, where it was known as ‘Petaso’. The word bacon originated in Middle English from the word “Bacoun”. In France bacon is known as Bako, in Germany as Bakko, and in the old Teutonic as Backe — All of which mean “back”.
In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. Bacon is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack, then is then either dried, boiled, or smoked.
Bacon is a versatile product that can be enjoyed with any meal – any time of day. I am salivating at the mere thought of it. You don’t need to have a huge intellect to figure out how to celebrate Bacon Day, if you opt to do so [and frankly, why wouldn’t you] — Nor do you need to operate a piggery. All you need do is have some bacon today. Heck, why not go “whole hog” and include bacon in all of your meals today? Start with the standard bacon and eggs for breakfast, then have a BLT or bacon cheeseburger for lunch, and finally, have bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon, or any other bacon-wrapped entrée for dinner.

Annotated below is another holiday celebrated today that deserves mention.

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