Today is Flag Day here in the United States. On this day in 1777, the government officially adopted the Stars and Stripes as our national flag. No one knows for sure, but it was most likely designed by Congressman Francis Hopkinson and sewn by a seamstress in Philadelphia named Betsy Ross.
London's Westminster Abbey was consecrated on this date in 1065. There has been a church on the site since the late 8th century, when a small community of monks formed a monastery there; it's possible the site dates back as far as the early seventh century, to the time of the first Christian king of the Saxons, Saberht. King Edward I (later known as Edward the Confessor) decided to expand the Benedictine monastery around 1040, and ordered construction of a new stone church in honor of Saint Peter. The church became known as "west minster" to distinguish it from Saint Paul's Cathedral, which was the "east minster." By the time the church was consecrated 25 years later, Edward was too ill to attend, and he died a few weeks later. He was buried in front of the high altar.
Most of the original abbey was lost when Henry III decided to remodel it in the new Gothic style during the 13th century.
Beginning with William the Conqueror in 1066, Westminster Abbey has witnessed all but two coronations. It has hosted 16 royal weddings, and houses the remains of 17 monarchs. It is also the final resting place of many notable writers, poets, scientists, and politicians.
You Are Charming and Unique
You are attracted to the counter culture. Mainstream culture doesn't have a lot to offer you.
If people want to think you're flakey, that's fine. You're getting more done than they are.
You don't need much in life. You just want to be seen and appreciated for who you are.
You can be a bit too honest at times. And most people find that refreshing.
Too stressed to sleep. If I don't have a few dozen ulcers by now, I'd be surprised.....
You Are Steady
You hold yourself accountable for your actions. In the end, you have to live with yourself.
You need your alone time to introspect and recharge. Being around other people can be draining for you.
You are a slow and critical thinker. You think through every step carefully.
You are efficient and precise. You like to get down to business.
You Are an Imaginative Thinker
You are a nonlinear thinker, and you're even surprised by the places your mind takes you.
You love to get lost in a story, whether it's your own or not. You love fantasy.
You are a positive and uplifting person. You inspire others to be better.
You are full of wonder and curiosity. You feel a strong connection to the world.
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 71. South southwest wind between 7 and 11 mph.
Tonight: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 52. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 18 to 21 mph decreasing to between 9 and 12 mph. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. High near 60. South wind 8 to 10 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. South southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east southeast.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 69. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 82.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Aquarius (January 21 - February 18)
A creature from the 7th dimension will become attached to your leg, and will be impossible to remove. Eventually, you'll simply get used to it.
"But I don't want to go among mad people," said Alice.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here."
A blonde gets a call from a bill collector "We have been waiting for payment for your new windows for over a year. When can we expect to get paid?" The blonde replies: "How stupid do you think I am? When the salesman sold me the windows he told me they would pay for themselves within a year."
Well....off to make some chai to keep me awake tonight & then head off for an all-too-quick bit o' sleep.
Until next time....
- Mister Owl.
HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY......AND "THANK YOU"!!!!
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It's Halloween, one of the oldest holidays in the Western European tradition, invented by the Celts, who believed Halloween was the day of the year when spirits, ghosts, faeries, and goblins walked the earth. The tradition of dressing up and getting candy probably started with the Celts as well. Historians believe that they dressed up as ghosts and goblins to scare away the spirits, and they would put food and wine on the doorstep for the spirits of family members who had come back to visit the home.
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