Valentine’s Day first appeared in England. Valentines then were called “Penny Dreadfuls” and “Rude and Crudes.” Their messages were so insulting that in the early 1800s, the Chicago Post Office refused to deliver 20,000 of these cards because they were “vicious and obscene.”
Most houseplants require less water in winter months because growth is stopped or slowed.
Prune fruit trees now.
The Band-Aid was introduced in 1920 after a Johnson&Johnson employee, Earle Dickson, fabricated a bandage that his wife could apply by herself on cuts and burns from her cooking.
Start seeds indoors for cool-season vegetables so they will be ready for transplanting to the garden. Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage seeds should be started 5-7 weeks prior to transplanting.
Most spices will last 6-12 months if they are stored in glass jar.
Tomatoes contain a nutrient called lycopene, which makes them turn red. It is lycopene that gives tomatoes their cancer-fighting abilities.
The limestone of Indiana became famous after the great fire of Chicago in 1871. After the fire destroyed over 17,000 buildings in 24 hours, the people of Chicago decided they should rebuild using a building material that wouldn’t burn and they chose limestone.
Hot chicken soup has a beneficial decongestant effect that helps relieve cold symptoms.
A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Indianapolis had 15.5" of snow; South Bend had 36" of snow.
Sustained wind chills were 40-50 degrees below zero.
10-20 foot snow drifts made travel almost impossible....
11 deaths were attributed to the blizzard.
Where were you?
Use a broom to lift up branches and gently shake off new-fallen snow before it freezes.
Frozen snow is heavy and can cause branches to break.
In the 1500’s doctors prescribed nutmeg for many illnesses and people believed that nutmeg could be brewed to make excellent love potions.
Hypothermia sets in when your body temperature falls below 96.8 degrees. If your body is too cold, it will start shivering. Shivering is muscles trying to generate heat.
If you are prone to restless leg syndrome, have your doctor check for an iron deficiency.
Time to make landscaping or gardening plans. Send for seed catalogs. Sketch garden plants including what to grow, spacing, arrangement and number of plants needed. Blow up balloons to the width of the plants you wish to grow. Tie balloons to garden stakes. Place where you want to plant them. This will help you envision your garden plot and how much space is needed for each plant.
66% of the human body is water.
Keep road and sidewalk salt away from plants by constructing a protective screen of burlap.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
Indoor plants need to be near bright windows and water as top of soil becomes dry.
To earn the name “Oriental”, a rug has to be handmade and constructed of wool, cotton, or silk. The value of an Oriental rug depends mostly on the quality of workmanship, the type of material and the rug’s originality.
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