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Southern Eyes

I don't do so well in cold weather. So when you see me these days, I'm all bundled up with an out-of-style, but heavy and warm coat, ear warmers, gloves and lots of Chapstick.

At one of our latest news budget meetings, someone mentioned we should do a weather story, "because readers need to know what to do to keep their pipes from bursting, homes heated safely, their cars running, etc."

I laughed. It's a good idea, but by the time you see our newspaper, we will have had five consecutive nights of temperatures in the teens.

If you didn't already know what to do, you would have learned the hard way by now.

It appears that others before us contemplated combating the cold during this first month of the year.

When I was researching "National Mentoring Month" on the Internet for a story in this week's edition, I discovered January is hot tea month, national oatmeal month and national soup month. I don't know why it's not national hot chocolate month, too.

The month also has a great list of bizarre designated observance days.

Did you know Jan. 23 is Measure Your Feet Day? That 's something to look forward to.

And Jan. 22 is Answer Your Cat's Question Day. Never mind your answer -- if your cat is asking a question, please call me.

I don't think I'll have any trouble getting it approved to go on the front page of our paper. I'm sure Donna at WTHO would like to put it on the air.

I missed it, but Jan. 3 was Festival of Sleeping day.

Since it fell on a Sunday, I didn't have the opportunity to sleep any, although my sons say sleeping is my favorite pastime.

But it's yesterday's observance that wins the prize. Jan. 6 actually has two observances -- Bean Day and Cuddle Up Day.

Hmmmm ... is anyone else catching the irony? I clicked on Bean Day to see what it said -- obviously it's a day to eat beans.

It's also a day to plan a bean garden and order seeds and read Jack and the Beanstalk to your kids. Let's be realistic -- if you're eating beans all day, it is not a good day for snuggling under a blanket with those you love.

If my boys are eating beans, I prefer they remain in a different room -- outside would be even better.

Whose idea was it to put them on the same day? Instead, I'll wait for Jan. 21 -- National Hugging Day.

I don't know if it's actually been declared so by Congress, but it sounds good to me. So, this is a fair warning to my sons. I'll make sure beans aren't on the menu all day long.

Web posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010

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