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Unexpectedly, December, 2019!

First of the month fun and features

One year ago was the first "First of the Month" post. I've now come full-circle 'round the sun. Re-posting last year's, with some updates and improvements. (Although a year ago I wasn't cross-posting from Other People's Stuff.)
Happy New Month!
December Month of

New editorial 2019:
December the Tenth Month?

Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec; Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten. Which made no sense after they added two months… at the beginning. They couldn't have added them at the end? Guess they didn't want to have Eleventober and Twelvthember. Still, if January were the eleventh month, swiftly-passing little February would be the last month. Then March 1 would be New Year's Day again. That might be a nice change. (Sure, it sounds simple at first, but in implementation, this could get more confusing than Daylight Saving Time!)
The Zoodiac signs
for the month of December are
Sohilarious (until December 21)
Zodiac: Sohilarious
Catchacold (December 22 onwards).
Zodiac: Catchacold

Click here to see the complete set of Zoodiac signs.


December has the solstice, when daylight begins to grow and hope is renewed at last, at least in my hemisphere. Your hemisphere may vary.

2019: Christmas on Wednesday this year. Strangely enough, New Year's Eve is exactly one week later. So, with two mid-week holidays, expect the holiday world to be useless from 5pm Friday Dec 21 through 9am Monday Jan 6. Perhaps useless is too strong a term. Of limited productivity, then.

This is from, 2017:

Christmas Cheesecake
Christmas Cheesecake
Repeating this warning from 2018:
Note to websearchers: If you image-search on the term "December," be sure to have your safe-search setting to "Safe," unless you want to see multiple images of "Miss December."
Followed my own advice on this when searching this year for "December Girl 2019." Mostly came up with "December Girl" t-shirts and mugs and merch. Should've guessed it'd be a thing. So I kept this gal.
Winter Girl
Then I ran across this classic Varga work, so I couldn't resist including it, too.
December is a lovely month
when cynics stop and pause
And after they have looked at me
Believe in Santy Claus!

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Deep Face

Smiling at you

National Gratitude Month [citation needed]
National Pomegranate Month [dead link c/o Wikipedia]

"November" derives from ancient Babylonian, 'novambrium,' transliterated as "bright star of illuminated lightedness," an approximate translation might be, "No wonder!" Of course I just made that up, but it's better than saying the same thing about the four *-ber months: another holdover from the old calendar, "November" meant the ninth month, until it became the eleventh month but kept the name. Cut, paste, edit for December.
Your hemisphere may vary.

Nov 3, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Time and Date

Nov 4 - National Candy Day
I suppose that's when the
Halloween haul runs out?

November: noted for… the 22nd…
JFK and Jackie, Dallas
Dealey Plaza and the JFK Assasination
The Journey of My Feet

followed closely by… the 24th…
Jack Ruby kills Lee Harvey Oswald

Plan ahead:
2024 will be here before you know it!
In the USA:

Thanksgiving days
Thanksgiving turkey holiday dinner

And don't forget
Thanksgiving Day Parade,
harbinger of holidays ahead

Santa in Macy's parade

The Zodiac signs for the month of November are
 (through Nov 22)…
Zodiac: Phlimplham
Sohilarious (Nov 23 onward)
Zodiac: Phlimplham
Click here to see the complete set of Zoodiac signs.

Angelica Bridges
This is Angelica Bridges.
She was in Baywatch (1989).
She was born November 20, 1970,
she's a redhead,
and November 5 is National Redhead Day.
IMDb's handy list of naturally redheaded actresses.
You never know when that might come in handy!

Image sources:
Top pic, autumn trail:
Month pic:
Rockwell Thanksgiving:
Halloween haul:
Angelica Bridges:
This post also published at Mindful Webworks' Other People's Stuff blog.

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Overtly October

All the months that start with "O"


National Pizza Month
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
National Work and Family Month

Another holdover from the old calendar, "October" meant the eighth month, until it became the tenth month but kept the name. Which proves that calendars are crazy.

Mark your calendars now:
Oct 7 is 
Peat Cutting Monday in the Falkland Islands.

Wikipedia: October

There's some kind of mass hysteria
at the end of the month
cat in knitted witch's hat
that makes people cause horrible embarrassment
baby in popcorn box costume
to pets and babies

The Zodiac signs for the month of October are
(until Oct 22)
Zodiac: Syllabrity
…and Phlimphlam (Oct 23 onwards)
Zodiac: Phlimphlam Oct 23-Nov 22


Carolyn Jones was born in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Chloe Jeanette Southern, a housewife, and Julius Alfred Jones, a barber. After her father abandoned the family in 1934, Carolyn and her younger sister, Bette Rhea Jones, moved with their mother into her parents' Amarillo home. Jones suffered from severe asthma that often restricted her childhood activities, and when her condition prevented her from going to the movies, she became an avid reader of Hollywood fan magazines and aspired to become an actress. She enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse in California at seventeen, with her grandfather, Charles W. Baker, paying her tuition. [More at Wikipedia]

Best known role
(the October (Halloween) connection):

Image sources:
pizza family:
crazy calendar:
Falklands peat cutting:
witch cat:
popcorn baby:
Carolyn Jones hip:
This post originally published at Mindful Webworks' Other People's Stuff blog

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Suddenly September

When the leaves turn (in the North, anyway)

Well, I wasn't ready for September, anyway.

September Honors

National Yoga Month
Better Breakfast Month [PDF]
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Meteor showers that occur in September include the Aurigids, the Delta Aurigids which occur from mid-September to early October, the Southern Taurids, which occur from September 10 to November 20, and the Andromedids which occur from September 25 – December 25.

Andromedids as seen on the night of November 27, 1872 by Amédée Guillemin (Le Ciel, notions d’astronomie, à l’usage des gens du monde et de la jeunesse, 1864 and 1877)
American Meteor Society

If "September (from Latin septem, "seven") was originally the seventh of ten months in the oldest known Roman calendar," does that mean it's now really November?

September Harvest Moon

September is called Herbstmonat, harvest month, in Switzerland.

Wikipedia: September

Sept equinox earth lighting
The Equinox occurs at Sep 23. Folks in Northern hemisphere become increasingly glum, folks in the Southern hemisphere look forward to longer days. Folks on the equator wonder what all the fuss is about.

Sep 11 light memorial

Casualties of the September 11 attacks - Wikipedia

The Zodiac signs for the month of September are
Breakyerbak (until Sep 21)
Zodiac: Breakyerback Aug23-Sep21
…and Syllabrity (Sep 22 onwards)

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. iMDB

Sophia Loren

Image sources:
Obese kid:
Elvis Pancakes (Peanut Butter-Banana Pancakes with Bacon)

September Harvest Moon
World Trade Center memorial:
Sophia Loren:

This post also published at Mindful's Other People's Stuff blog