Monday, May 23, 2022

National Days/Weeks #11

Last week's photos:
May 20 - Bike to Work Day
May 22 - Sherlock Holmes Day

Each week on Monday I'll post two photos which represent a "national day" or "national week" for the coming week [through the following Sunday].  Your job is to figure out which national day or week is depicted in each photo.  

Here are the photos for this week.  What national day or week does each represent?  Even if you aren't 100% sure, make your best guess!  Come back next week to see if you're right. 

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scavenger_hunt_list_(14597186566).jpg
May 24

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Three_girls_in_search_of_a_bath.jpg
May 25



Monday, May 16, 2022

National Days/Weeks #10

Last week's photos:
May 12 - Limerick Day
May 15 - Chocolate Chip Day

Each week on Monday I'll post two photos which represent a "national day" or "national week" for the coming week [through the following Sunday].  Your job is to figure out which national day or week is depicted in each photo.  

Here are the photos for this week.  What national day or week does each represent?  Even if you aren't 100% sure, make your best guess!  Come back next week to see if you're right.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Man_biking_on_Recife_city.jpg
May 20 [third Friday in May]

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Portrait_of_Sherlock_Holmes_by_Sidney_Paget-Cropped.jpg
May 22



Monday, May 9, 2022

National Days/Weeks #9

Previous photos:
March 30 - Take a Walk in the Park Day
Last week in March - Cleaning Week

Each week on Monday I'll post two photos which represent a "national day" or "national week" for the coming week [through the following Sunday].  Your job is to figure out which national day or week is depicted in each photo.  

Here are the photos for this week.  What national day or week does each represent?  Even if you aren't 100% sure, make your best guess!  Come back next week to see if you're right.
 

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Edward_Lear,_Limerick_1.jpg
May 12

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chocolate_chips.jpg
May 15




Monday, May 2, 2022

A-to-Z Blogging Challenge 2022 Reflections

 

Another April has come and gone.  Another A-to-Z Blogging Challenge completed!

I enjoy re-visiting the events of previous years for my theme.  I started doing this last year and continued this year.  I might even do it next year too.

My most-visited post this month was 

D - Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder

I wrote four letters for the Operation Awesome blog, which featured "Fiction to Film" this year.

K - How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss [the K is for Boris Karloff who voiced the Grinch]

V - One for the Money by Janet EVanoVich

X - Murder on the Orient EXpress by Agatha Christie

Y - The Martian by AndY Weir

I write for the Operation Awesome blog most Mondays.  Come by and visit!

Every year for the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, I intend to pre-write my posts so I can spend time visiting other blogs, and every year I fail miserably! But I'll set the same goal for 2023 - pre-write my posts and spend more time visiting other blogs.  Wish me luck!

Did you participate in the Challenge this year?  Post your site in the comments and I'll visit you!

 


Saturday, April 30, 2022

Z is for Zelenskyy, Russia invaded Ukraine

This year's theme for my A-to-Z Blogging Challenge is Significant Events from 2021 and the first 3 months of 2022.

Welcome to the last post of the 2022 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge!

On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine.  The President of Ukraine is Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy, age 44, formerly an actor and comedian.

In 2015-2018, Zelenskyy starred in a television series called Servant of the People, where he played the president of Ukraine.  Then he began a political party called Servant of the People, and ran for election to be the actual president of Ukraine.  He won with 73% of the vote.

You can count me as someone who admires this man's love of his country and his refusal to flee when Russia invaded.  This is how a leader should lead!

Map of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

 

Map of Europe showing location of Ukraine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Zelenskyy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine

Thank you for visiting my blog during the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge!  Please come back on Monday for the Reflections post!


 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Y is for Yikes! It's Hot and Dry!

This year's theme for my A-to-Z Blogging Challenge is Significant Events from 2021 and the first 3 months of 2022.

At the end of today's post is a teaser for tomorrow's Z post.  Enjoy! 

On June 27, 2021, it was 117F degrees at my house in Southern California.  During the period June 20-30, 2021, a massive heat wave covered the western half of North America.  Yes, I'm kinda cheating to put this one under Y.  But Yikes!  It's hot and dry!

Here's how much HIGHER than the average temperature it was in Washington State and Western Canada.

Here's the 2021 US Drought Monitor

And here's a photo of Lake Oroville, which shows the high water line and just how low the water level currently is.  California's drought is not fun.


https://www.npr.org/2021/06/26/1010610240/record-heat-wave-set-to-scorch-pacific-northwest-to-southern-california

https://www.drought.gov/states/california

https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA

Here's a teaser for tomorrow's Z post.  Remember, to avoid spoiling the answer for the next blog visitor, please comment on something related to the answer without giving the actual answer.


Thursday, April 28, 2022

X is for Texas oil refinery explosion

This year's theme for my A-to-Z Blogging Challenge is Significant Events from 2021 and the first 3 months of 2022.

At the end of today's post is a teaser for tomorrow's Y post.  Enjoy! 

On December 23, 2021, an explosion occurred at one of the largest refining and petrochemical facilities in the United States, in Baytown Texas, near Houston.

Full disclosure - I was unable to find a photo of the actual 2021 refinery explosion that I could use on my blog without violating copyright, so the above photo is an oil refinery explosion in Texas in 2005.  Close enough, right?

The explosion and fire occurred at approximately 2am and injured 4 people.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/some-injuries-after-fire-exxons-baytown-texas-facility-2021-12-23/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10339141/Fire-breaks-Houston-area-Exxon-Mobil-oil-refinery-explosion.html

Here's a teaser for tomorrow's Y post.  Remember, to avoid spoiling the answer for the next blog visitor, please comment on something related to the answer without giving the actual answer.