Monthly Archives: February 2015


OK, did I get your attention with a weird word?  Paraskevidekatriaphobics  is a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th. I rather like Friday the 13th myself – the day, not the movie. But I do have most of the movies. 😀

What are some of the urban myths?  Well, legend has it . . .  If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil’s luck. Many buildings don’t have a 13th floor.  I used to live on the 14th floor of my old condo.  I knew it was really the 13th and didn’t mind one bit.  I don’t believe any of the floors had a unit 13 come to think of it.

While most believe the number to be unlucky, the Chinese and the Egyptians of pharaoh times consider it to be lucky. The Egyptians had twelve stages of life, stage thirteen was beyond, thought to be the eternal afterlife.

So, do you think today is a lucky day, or one to fear? If you are living in fear, here’s a thought.  There are two more this year. Friday, March 13 and Friday, November 13.  You might want to book those days off so you can hide under your blankie.


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Family Day Long Weekend

Well, we have a long weekend coming up so I figured I should get a schedule going so I don’t spend three days in front of the TV. Now I have to figure out what to put on my schedule and when.

So far for Saturday I have scheduled two chapters for book two in the Hodgins series, working on a cemetery index, and working on some genealogy for a friend. Can’t remember if I have anything else to do. 🙂

Tuesday I start the next course (Copywriting – Words that Sell) in my Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Marketing and Public Relations. That ends Apr 13 and Apr 14 is the start of the last course, Strategic Writing for Public Relations and Marketing. Decided to take this program for two reasons.

  1. Since courses overlap from the Create Writing program, I only needed three to finish another program.
  2. Thought that in some small way it would help with the marketing of my books.

Who knows, maybe it will open up a new career. Then again, I don’t have any connections so I doubt I’ll get a job in that field.


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Snow Day

Well, mother nature is a little angry today.  I shovelled about a foot of snow from the driveway this morning around 6 a.m.  Fortunately it’s light and fluffy.  Started to head to work, but the roads are not good, so I came back home.  Now to decide what to do.  The options are:

1. work on book two of the Hodgins series

2. work on the genealogy a friend asked me to do – shouldn’t put this off too long as she is eldery and not in tip-top health

3. housework

I think number three automatically gets scratched off, except dishes. Maybe a bit of 1 and 2.  Have to watch Downton Abby first. 🙂



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