Friday, October 21, 2016

Rain, rain.. and more rain..

Since we are having a very rainy few days, I thought I would enlighten you all with some rain facts.

Did you know that the place that gets the least amount of rain is Antarctica. It only receives about 6.5 inches of rain or snow in a year. This makes it the lowest annual rainfall of any other place on earth.

 In comparison, Mawsynram (located in Meghalaya India) gets the most rain per year, approximately 11,871 mm (or roughly 39 feet). In fact, villagers use grass to soundproof their huts because of the deafening sound of the rain that pelts their homes. Now that  is a lot of rain, for sure, but it occurs mostly during the monsoon season.

  Coming in a close 3rd place is Mount Waialeale in Hawaii. It gets about 11,500 mm of rain. The difference is that it rains approximately 355 days a year. Its top is almost always covered with clouds, it is, however, beautiful.

Not all rain drops are made of water. Rain on Venus is made of sulphuric acid. On Saturn’s moon Titan, is fall as methane. Scientists have even found raindrops made of iron on a planet 5,000 light years away.

Then there is what is called “phantom rain’. In very hot, dry places, sometimes the rain evaporates before it hits the ground. You could see curtains of rain coming down from the sky, but never making it all the way.

Here’s some good info for a day like today: scientists have found a way to stay drier in the rain. RUN! LOL yep, it seems the faster you get out of the rain, the drier you will be, amazing isn’t it..

You can also look up to the clouds to predict whether it is going to rain. If you see a Cumulonibus cloud (which is a tall, puffy cloud that looks flat on the top) or if you see a nimbostratus cloud (a flat, low gray cloud), you can pretty much bet it’s going to rain in the near future.


Raindrops don’t actually look like teardrops. It is more flat on the bottom and rounded on the top, sort of like a hamburger bun. This is because of the speed in which they fall, which can range from 18 – 22 miles ( 29 – 35 klm) per hour.

Raindrops range in size from 0.1 mm to 9 mm in diameter. The largest raindrops recorded were in Brazil in 2004 at 10 mm.

In every minute 1 billon tons of rain fall on the earth.

An estimated 16 million thunderstorms roam the Earth each year, which breaks down to nearly 44,000 rumbling across the planet each day.

Rain drops contain dissolved nitrogen which it gets from the air. Because this is a natural fertilizer, our grass always looks greener after a rainfall.

Of course with rain come the beautiful phenomena of rainbows. A rainbow is caused by light being refracted when entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it. It 
also appears directly opposite the sun.

In a primary rainbow, the colors will be in the order of red, orange, yellow, green blue, indigo and violet.When a double rainbow occurs, the colors in the second arc will be in reverse. 

So have a great rainy week-end!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

It's Wedding Season!

    Can you believe it's August!! We are already half way through the summer (sorry to point that out). 
    And what would summer be without weddings. And what would a wedding be without flowers (it simply wouldn't be right). Guess you can all figure out that we here at Edgewood are in full wedding mode!
   So I thought I'd share some of our beautiful bridal designs with all of you. Even if you are not getting married, you can appreciate the beauty and style of these wonderful bridal bouquets. And of course, if you are getting married, perhaps it will inspire you. Either way, I hope you like my choices.

I hope you all have been having a wonderful summer, and I promise I will not wait so long before I blog again!
Stay cool, stay happy and don't forget to stop to smell the roses!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine’s Day

Have you ever wondered about the creation of St. Valentine’s day? Where did it all begin, when did it all start? Why do we celebrate it? Well there are answers to all these questions, though there are some disputes over who’s the first real ‘Valentine”. I suppose we could simply choose the one we like the best and go with that. Suffice to say it all started years and years ago and to truly understand it (and without me making a 2 page blog) I have supplied a link that will answer all your questions (should you be curious enough to check it out) It is most interesting, as it is a part of history I would urge you to read on.

So now that you know all there is to know about Valentine’s day (because I know you all have checked out the above link to satisfy your curious minds), here are some facts you didn’t read concerning our most loving holiday.

  -In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

-Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

-About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year

-If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead.

-You could pop over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day”. It's more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.

-Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn't write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

-In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."


-In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.


-Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.


-Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800s.


-More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.


-73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.


-15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.


-Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day in the U.S.


-Over 50 percent of all Valentine's Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine's Day a procrastinator's delight.


-The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.


-Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.


-189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day. 

-Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines day gifts


-Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.

-220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year. 


-Every Valentine's Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.



   So now you know much more about St. Valentine’s Day. It is a day for love no matter which way you look at it. And love is always special, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to life (or so I believe). So be good and kind to each other, and share the love!! :)

Happy Valentine’s day!

Don't forget to let your loved one know you're thinking of them on Valentine's day!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

January, a perfect time for useless information


Now I suppose that is not the right thing to say, as all information and knowledge is good. Besides some of it is very interesting and will be fun to share with your family and friends. That being said, here are just some fun facts to lighten your day.



-In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck. 

-Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift apart. 

-In 1986, Apple launched a clothing line. 

-Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic event. 

-The word "unfriend" appeared in print all the way back in 1659. 

-The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed. 

-The American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V handbook classifies caffeine withdrawal as a mental disorder. 

-Google was originally named BackRub. 

-Elmo is the only non-human to testify before Congress. 

-Brazil couldn't afford to send its athletes to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. So they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way. 

 -Before Stephen Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants, he taught marine biology. 

 -New Mexico State's first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation. 

George Washington insisted his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations. 

-When Canada's Northwest Territories considered renaming itself in the 1990s, one name that gained support was "Bob." 

-The most shoplifted food item in the U.S. is candy, in Europe, it’s cheese. 

-Some cats are allergic to humans. 

 -There are roughly 70 ingredients in the McRib. 

Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration. 

-The light emitted by 200,000 galaxies makes our universe a shade of beige. Scientists call the color "cosmic latte." 

 -Bikini designer Louis Reard said a two-piece bathing suit couldn't be called a bikini "unless it could be pulled through a wedding ring." 

 -If your dog's feet smell like corn chips, you're not alone. The term "Frito Feet" was coined to describe the scent. 

-The Scots have a word for that panicky hesitation you get when introducing someone whose name you can't remember: tartle. 

-When Cranberries are ripe they bounce like a rubber ball

-Visit a waterfall at dusk and you may see a moonbow  ( night time rainbow) 

  Well I do hope you enjoyed that as much as I did gathering the information for you LOL.

  Happy January, keep smiling and remember, we get closer to spring with every day.