From the Issue: 
January 2012

             I am a firm believer that a good laugh will do more to dispel winter’s gloom than almost anything else.  To that end, here is a bit of silliness to make you giggle …

             I just love the website holidayinsights.com.  If you need something to celebrate, you’ll find something listed on every day of the year.  Here’s a few for January:

             January 6th is Cuddle Up Day—Cuddling up in your easy chair is a great idea.  Cuddling up to a pet is rewarding.  Cuddling up to a stuffed animal is quite secure and comforting.  Cuddling up with a good book is enjoyable. Cuddling up by the fireside is warm and cozy.  But, nothing will beat cuddling up with a special someone.

    January 10th is Appreciate Your Houseplants Day
The holidays are over.  The decorations have been put away for another year.  The house looks a little plain, a little drab. In the greyishness of January, your eye catches something in the corner of the room.  Why, it's a houseplant!  Today is THE day to get back to tending and loving your houseplants. And, it's also a day to appreciate just how special and important they are.  They are therapeutic, lifting your mood and outlook.  They add warmth and a calming effect.  If you are a gardener, they give you an opportunity to play in the dirt, until spring arrives in the far, far distant future.

    And one more — January 28th is Kazoo Day!
People young and old love Kazoos.  Kazoo Day celebrates the joy of this musical instrument.  Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840's.  Actually, he conceived the Kazoo, and had Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German clockmaster make it to his specifications.  Kazoos are easy to play.  Simply hum a tune into the kazoo, and you're an expert.  Kazoos can be played solo, or in groups.  It plays a great tune both ways.

    Need a excuse for cake?  January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day, opportunity to enjoy your favorite bear and all of his friends.  This day celebrates the birth of author A.A .Milne in 1882.  Just how many candles is that?