What’s New Wednesday: December

For the blog this month it’s business as usual. Not too many new things going on. I do hope to have another serialized story finished in time to start posting around the middle of the month. It’s titled Yuletide Aviary so it would be nice to have the first post fall around Yule. I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s about birds who help Santa and the elves. These are very adult birds, so this is not a story for children. I’ll have more details about that story later this month as it’s mostly an outline for the moment.

In other news, I haven’t posted much to my Instagram this year and was considering scheduling poetry posts again. I think the last one was back in May. I haven’t decided if I want to start that soon or wait until the new year. I feel I should focus on stories rather than Instagram posts. There’s not much else to talk about. I’m hoping to have lots of new things for the new year, but I haven’t planned that far ahead yet. Some things are too far away to worry about planning for now. As always, if there’s something you would like to see on this blog, please leave a comment. I never know if people actually read these posts or just like them and move on. I’d love to get something other than spam in my comments.

Wacky Wednesday: December 2

The first Wednesday of December is a bit wackier than others. Continuing our list of old English insult words, we have one that was coined by William Shakespeare. Fustilarian could have been a variation of Fustylugs but was likely intended to mean someone who stubbornly wastes time on worthless things. It can be found in “Henry IV, Part 2.” Falstaff exclaims, “Away, you scullion! You rampallion! You fustilarian! I’ll tickle your catastrophe.” Our next word is an old Scottish word. Gillie-Wet-Foot refers to a swindling businessman, or someone who gets into debt and then flees. I think we all know someone like that.

We start our holidays with our token food holiday. Today is National Fritters Day and if you’re not familiar with the term, it’s just about anything deep fried. It could be fruit or cheese and this delicacy is found in almost every part of the world. Today is also National Mutt Day which encourages people to celebrate mixed breed dogs. Mutts get two days of the year, not only December 2, but also July 31 is National Mutt Day. National Special Education Day celebrates the anniversary of the nation’s first federal special education law. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law on December 2, 1972.

They Wednesday following Thanksgiving every year is National Package Protection Day. The Wednesday after Thanksgiving reminds everyone to watch out for package theft, which becomes more and more prevalent during the holidays. Everyone has heard about people stealing Amazon packages, and it’s certain to pick up as people have gifts delivered. If you can’t always be home to watch out for packages, try asking a neighbor to hold onto it for you.

Coffee and Contemplation: Family Stories Month

Oral tradition has been part of society since humans could utter a string of sounds with different meanings. Family Stories Month is a continuation of that but focused on one’s family. I don’t have many fun stories of my family, but I did recently have my DNA tested by Ancestry.com. It started a little weird because it first said there was a lot of Spanish ancestry. There were many people like me who had Spanish or Portuguese ancestry who later did not. Some of those people like me then had Irish and Scottish ancestry. To sum it up, I think lots of people in Europe were having lots of sex in other countries.

The DNA results on Ancestry keep changing, not because of mistakes, but because their science keeps getting better. It’s possible the numbers I’m about to share will change in the future, but for now this is what it says. 41% English and Northwestern Europe. Most of that coming from North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire according to Ancestry. 27% Scottish. 13% European Jewish. 10% Irish. 8% Norwegian. 1% Swedish. Many of my ancestors settled in the Missouri Ozarks and East Tennessee. I knew I had family in East Tennessee, so this was no surprise. I still claim some Hispanic ancestry but it’s more likely I’d be called Black Irish.

It was fun getting my DNA tested and seeing what components make up who I am. I’ll call myself a Jewish Viking from Scotland. That’s got a nice ring to it. There are other websites that took the information from my Ancestry DNA and took it a step further and listed the ancestors from the time of the Dark Ages and before. That was a fun history lesson I don’t want to get into at the moment. Anyway, that’s some fun family history of mine. Tell me about yours if you know it.