NATIONAL UMBRELLA DAY
National Umbrella Day casts a little shade on February 10th. The day honors one of the world’s most useful inventions, the umbrella!
Not only does the umbrella help keep us dry from the rain, but it also protects us from the heat of the sun. Umbrellas can also be used as a fashion accessory. While the umbrella is primarily practical, they also decorate cocktails. These brightly colored paper umbrellas make for fun party favors especially when visiting sunny locations.
Umbrellas have also found their way into the art world. Their color and shape make sharp silhouettes. They also serve as the canvas for art. In movies, umbrellas play a role, too. For example, they played vital parts in both Singing in the Rain in 1952 and in Mary Poppins in 1964.
Interesting Umbrella TidBits:
The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow. Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, often used in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. Bumbershoot is a fanciful Americanism for an umbrella from the late 19th century.
The basic umbrella was invented over four thousand years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt Assyria, Greece and China.
We can credit the Chinese for being the first to protect us from the rain. Their paper parasols received a layer of wax followed by lacquer that made the umbrella repelled the elements.
One of the first umbrella shops in existence opened in 1830 at 53 New Oxford Street in London, England. The shop, operated by James Smith and Sons, still operates regular hours at the same location today.
In 1928, Hans Haupt’s pocket umbrellas appeared. In 1969, Bradford E. Phillips, the owner of Totes Incorporated of Loveland, Ohio, obtained a patent for the first “working folding umbrella.”
Umbrellas have also been fashioned into hats as early as 1880 and as recently as 1987.
Photographers use umbrellas with a reflective inside as a diffusion device when employing artificial lighting and as a glare shield and shade, most often in portrait situations.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalUmbrellaDay
Spring is sending rain this way. Be sure your umbrella is handy. Strike a pose with your favorite person under an umbrella and go splashing in puddles. Twirl a paper umbrella. Watch a movie with a scene famous for its umbrella scenes. Make sure you name them and use #NationalUmbrellaDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL UMBRELLA DAY HISTORY
While the origins of the utilitarian holiday remain a mystery, it’s been celebrated since at least 2004. However, another celebration on the calendar promotes opening umbrellas indoors. The entire month of March recognizes the umbrella, too!
NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY
Observed on the second Monday in February, National Clean Out Your Computer Day promotes taking time out of your day to do some basic housekeeping on your computer.
All computers need regular organizing and clean up. This includes the removal of old files and clutter. We tend to save emails, documents, and photos on our hard drive when other media can store it for us. Often, we keep duplicates we don’t need, too. Old programs also create havoc, too. Makes sure you are using the latest versions of programs and operating systems, too.
Over time, files and programs that are unused on your PC clog the memory and cause confusion during retrieval and use of other data. They may also slow down your computer.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CleanOutYourComputerDay
Take a look at your files and programs on your computers. If you work in an office, encourage your peers to do the same. Share tips and tricks to efficient computer clean up.
- Organize your files and folders.
- Review your emails and delete any that are no longer needed.
- Delete junk files.
- Remove duplicate files.
- Delete old files and programs not being used.
- Update the programs you do use.
Use #CleanOutYourComputerDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY HISTORY
In 2000, the Institute for Business Technology first promoted National Clean Out Your Computer Day.
NATIONAL CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE DAY
On February 10, National Cream Cheese Brownie Day shines a spotlight on an irresistible dessert bar. Combining chocolate and cream cheese has long been a favorite in the bakery. When it’s added to a brownie recipe the results are spectacular.
The brownie has been around since the 1800s but was first documented in 1906 in The Boston Cooking School Cook Book. There are hundreds of cream cheese brownie recipes. However, we also enjoy them cut up into parfaits or mixed into ice cream. Add a dollop of whipped cream, berries or a sprinkle of nuts and fruit and they become a decadent dessert in their own right.
Adding cream to the batter once it’s poured into the pan and swirling it around with a knife gives the finished product an elegant look. It even suggests a celebration when you look at it! No matter how you enjoy cream cheese brownies, we are sure that you will find one that you like.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CreamCheeseBrownieDay
Maybe you would like to bake a pan of these delicious brownies and share them with your family and friends! Enjoy this Cream Cheese Brownie recipe.
Use #CreamCheeseBrownieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE DAY HISTORY
Our research has not uncovered the origin of this food holiday. However, we’ve dug into a few pans of cream cheese brownies, and we’re not ashamed to admit it.
NATIONAL HOME WARRANTY DAY
National Home Warranty Day on February 10th reminds us to protect the vital appliances and components of our homes.
Our homes are filled with complex and vital appliances, technology and other components that over time can and do wear out. At any given time, one or more of our appliances can break down. When the washing machine breaks down, not only is it inconvenient, but it can be expensive. Often, another item is not far behind. Will it be the hot water heater next? Or, just in time for summer, will the central air go kaput? Each repair adds up.
A home warranty, unlike home owner’s insurance, covers repair or replacement of these items that break down due to normal wear and tear. Consider how many appliances and systems our homes require these days and protect your investments.
- HVAC System
- Hot Water Heater
- Garage Door Openers
There are different types of home warranties, too. Depending on your needs, home warranties can cover a single appliance or an entire system.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HomeWarrantyDay
Review the value of a home warranty. Learn how a policy works and what they cover. If you have a home warranty, take the time to review your policy and make sure you have the right coverage for your home. Maybe you downsized or built an addition recently. Share your experiences and use #HomeWarrantyDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL HOME WARRANTY DAY HISTORY
In 2016, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty created National Home Warranty Day to remind homeowners annually about the ways to protect each and every valuable component of their home.
On Deck for February 11, 2020
- National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
- National Inventors’ Day
- National Make a Friend Day
- National Peppermint Patty Day
- National Shut-In Visitation Day
- National White Shirt Day
- Safer Internet Day U.S. – Changes Annually
- International Day of Women and Girls in Science
- International Epilepsy Day
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total Prep: 22 minutes
2 large egg yolks
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl until light yellow and they increase in volume. Whisk in cornstarch and 1 cup of milk. When the mixture is smooth, set aside.
In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, cocoa, salt, remaining 1 cup of milk just to a simmer over medium-high heat while whisking.
Remove from the heat.
Add small amounts of the cocoa mixture to the egg mixture while whisking constantly.
Once both mixtures have been combined, pour back into the saucepan and heat over medium-high while whisking constantly.
Bring to a full boil.
Reduce to a simmer and continue to whisk until the pudding thickens.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allowing it to come into complete contact with the pudding’s surface.
Chill for one to two hours.
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