February is ending one day later this year as it does every four years and coincides with the US Presidential Election.
Yes, today is February 29 or Leap Day. For hourly workers it is an extra day of pay. For salaried workers, some are working for free on this extra day of the year.
According to TimeAndDate.com:
According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.
This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.
In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.
In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.
For those only get to celebrate their birth every four years, Happy Birthday!
There were no storms, but the wind was gusty on Sunday.
The wind knocked out electricity in Mark’s Den for just over an hour yesterday. Cable television also was disrupted for the rest of the day with some channels working and others not.
Today most channels are back to normal.
Later in the evening rain with a beautiful display of lightning did come into the Cornfield. Chooey kept going to the storm door to watch the cinematic show in the night sky while I watched the Oscars.
That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.
And how is your Leap Day going?