Don’t know why, but I love February. Maybe it is because it is a quickie month that offers the amazing possibilities of spring or that it contains my favorite holiday…Valentines’s Day (speaking of…Brits are getting rid of the apostrophe…so for any of the subjects of the Queen…Valentines Day).But I will do Valentines in more detail next week...this week I am celebrating February!
This month we have Black History Month and Presidents Day…hit the daily double with Barack there! I work with a number of Martin Luther King’s essays in my Comp classes…always love this MLK quote: "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"
Oh, and then there is Groundhog Day…how would you like to be pulled out of bed in the middle of your hibernation to give people a weather report. Probably as good as the TV guys though!
Interestingly, January and February were not part of the old Roman calendar because the Romans considered winter monthless…I am still meditating on that one. Then February was the last month when they did tack them on in 700 BC. February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 in the old Roman calendar. It took the second position in 450 BC and has always had number of day issues.
I love the birth flower for this month…the violet…and also the primrose. Violets are always popular decorative accents. I have violets throughout my garden, and I love the spring day when they start to bloom. That brings me to another fav quote (seems I am on a quote tote)…from Alice Walker: “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
These violet plates are from Haviland Limoge factory and date to 1870-1882. The mark CFH - Charles Field Haviland and the GDM is Gerard Dufrisseix & Morel, a factory he absorbed in the Limoge dynasty. I have come to love the "pretties" of the porcelain plate world, and they are so inexpensive.
Slag glass, which is milk glass with "slag"(molten iron)added, is commonly found in purple. This bud vase is purple slag...and that is another topic for future blogs.
Violets are frequently found on cups and saucers made in the 1950s in Japan. These sets are fairly representative of the china imports of that time.
The birthstone is also purple…amethyst…and I do love purple, so, before we go all red for Feb, think a little purple for your monthly circle!