Today is Winnie-the-Pooh Day. Also known as Pooh Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional bear with human traits created by A.A. Milne. Winnie-the-Pooh Day was created to celebrate the birth of Milne on Jan. 18, 1882.
According to Wikipedia, Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin. Christopher Robin had named his toy bear after Winnipeg, a Canadian black bear that he often saw at the London Zoo and Pooh, a swan they had met while on holiday.
In the Milne books, Pooh is naive and slow-witted, but he is also friendly, thoughtful and steadfast. Although he and his friends agree that he “has no brain,” Pooh is occasionally acknowledged to have a clever idea, usually driven by common sense. Pooh is also a talented poet, and stories are frequently punctuated by his poems and “hums.”
Pooh is very fond of food, especially “hunny,” but also condensed milk and other items. In 1930, Stephen Slesinger solicited Milne to be the creator of the images of Winnie-the-Pooh for the many stories and adventures of Pooh and company. After Slesinger’s death in 1953, his wife Shirley continued developing the character herself. In 1961, she licensed rights to Walt Disney Productions.
Since 1966, Disney has released numerous animated productions starring Winnie-the-Pooh and related characters like my favorite, Eeyore. The productions have included theatrical featurettes, television series, and direct-to-video films, as well as the theatrical feature-length films: “The Tigger Movie,” “Piglet’s Big Movie,” “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” and “Winnie-the-Pooh.”
I bet most of you or your children had that favorite stuffed animal like Pooh Bear, who you would tell your secrets and share your successes with, and who was there when you needed comfort. Use this day to go down memory lane and remember those carefree days.
Did you put your three-day weekend to good use, like cleaning up all the debris around your house from the storms? Those storms were treacherous! We lost power every day for five days. My heart goes out to those who have been out of power for over a week.
I digress. Back to the three-day weekend use. Did you start planning your vegetable garden and flower borders? That always makes me happy. I love looking through flower and vegetable seed/plant catalogs. Yes, they still have seed catalogs available for the asking.
Or maybe you started your spring cleaning because, after you cleaned up outside, you got carried away and carried cleaning over to the inside of you home — maybe moved the furniture, a fresh coat of paint for the walls. Or here’s one: clean the garage. I have a terrible habit of using the garage as a catch-all — well, Don’s half of the garage, anyway. The car is parked in my half. And I appreciate not having to go out in the weather to get in the car. Whatever you chose to do with your three-day weekend, I hope you are satisfied with the results.
Valentine’s Day is a bit more than three weeks away. It may be a good idea to start planning what you want to do, and then have Plan B because, if this crazy weather is still with us, you may be staying home eating a charcuterie dinner at home by candlelight because the power is out again. But all will be good because you will be making a memory with your loved ones.
Flower of the day: Callas
Recipe of the day: Honey Butter
Dates to remember:
Feb. 2 — Groundhog Day
Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day
Feb. 17-20 — Four-day weekend with high schools closed
Feb. 20 — Presidents Day
Feb. 22 — Ash Wednesday
Until next week — be strong, be courageous and make a memory.