Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Birthday Meme for the Fourth of July

Since the old birthday is right around the corner (as in this week), Leslie the Tapmouse encouraged me with the Birthday Meme. The rules are to go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday month and day only. Then post 3 events, 2 births and one holiday that occurred on your birthday, then tag 5 friends.

It is no surprise that Independence Day would have to be my holiday, fireworks and all. But, these very interesting things happened on July 4:

1054 - A supernova is observed by the Chinese, the Arabs and possibly Amerindians near the star ΞΆ Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.
1826 - Former American presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson die, fifty years to the day after the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence. I always found this a poignant footnote to history.
1918 - Bolsheviks kill Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date).

For births, we have the twins, Ann Landers and Dear Abby. Angela Baddeley, English actress (d. 1976) Funnily enough, my father was posted in England for much of WWII and, as a young Air Force officer, was invited to teas and such by the English. He met both Angela Baddeley (Upstairs/Downstairs) and Angela Lansbury at these affairs, as well as other quite famous actresses. I have those two to thank for my name. Gina Lollobrigida with whom I celebrated a couple of birthdays while living in Europe with my Italian. 1943 - Geraldo Rivera, American reporter. Oh my! He is definitely older than I am. Wouldn't know it by the way he behaves.
This research actually amused me for quite some time, so if you are reading this blog, and want to check it out, consider yourself tapped.
Now for knitting content, we shall give a brief progress shot: There is now half a heel done. I was setting up said heel before going to sleep last night, and I have no idea how, but I spent at least two hours on that last row to set it up, stupid mistake after miscount after whatever. I kept falling asleep on it. Then I would wake up and happily knit some more mistakes right back into it. With the light of day, it was a piece of cake.
White spots in the terrace photo are raindrops!

And we have FIREWORKS, beautiful fireworks as seen from the above terrace of the Orangerie at Versailles, looking out over the reflecting pools of the King. I love fireworks, well visually if not the dangerous part. In Monte Carlo's Port Hercule in the summer, they have an International Fireworks Competition. Countries from around the world put on huge long drawn out evenings of fireworks. It is quite magical. We summered there yearly and I made sure to watch them all.


Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

Is that divine birthday card from the legendary Elizabeth Taggart? Has to be, absolutely has to be. What a marvellous thing to receive.

Love the sock - know exactly what you mean about late-night knitting - only hang on, aren't you a natural late-night knitter? Like as in, your favourite time? So what went wrong?

Lynn said...

Born on the 4th of July? You and George M. Cohan. How cool is it to have the entire country throw parades on your birthday?

tapmouse said...

YAY! Happy almost Birthday, Angela! I enjoyed reading about your date!

And about the set-up row on those socks--why the heck do we continue to knit, making mistake upon mistake while falling asleep?! Been there. Done that. Am trying to catch myself before continuing now that I know this is a problemo-especially when doing some lace pattern that I only picked-up and re-figured-out where I was in the pattern, only to loose my place with a forgotten yo or somesuch thing because I was working on it half-asleep!

bookgrump said...

Lucky you! You never have to work on your birthday!

Love the new sock! Did you get the heel figured out? The colors are just glorious.

aisling said...

happy birthday a little early, Angela! Mine is 12 days after yours ;) Mom should have tried to get me a July 4th birthday, I looove fireworks. At least i'm in the month!

fleegle said...

Wow! That sock is gorgeous!

Did you find your 300 Patterns book?