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calendar // march

And it's March ...

Um, March. Really? Already?

I had to include this Instagram picture of February turning into March that I took when I was still on track with the photo a day challenge [we won’t speak of that again this month!].

But I love this picture which, like many great images, was a bit of a fluke.  I opened the door for my light and the gentle breeze lifted the calendar.

The calendar is a Stendig calendar, which also hangs in the MOMA. It was part of my Quarterly subscription from swiss miss earlier this year and hangs in our hallway.

calendar // march

It’s a pretty gardenia with a busy little ant scurrying along the edge gracing the March calendar. With a little bit of green for St Patrick’s Day this month.

Download the horizontal March calendar

Download the vertical March calendar

Marching on to some facts about the third month of the year.

  • March starts on the same day of the week as November every year, and February in non-leap years.
  • It’s the change of seasons ~ autumn here in the southern hemisphere and spring in the north.
  • The name of March comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar.
  • It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. His month Martius was the beginning of the season for both farming and warfare.
  • Go figure! It’s World Maths Day on the first Wednesday in March and International Women’s Day on March 8.
  • And Pi Day on  March 14
  • The equinox, named the vernal or spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the southern hemisphere, occurs on dates varying from March 19 toMarch 21.
  • Francophiles unite! It’s International Francophone Day on March 22.
  • Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth! It’s International Day of Happiness on March 20
  • March’s birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone, these stones symbolise courage, and its birth flower is the daffodil.

flapping knickers and cancer awareness

Knickers for a cause

Today is Teal Ribbon Day in Australia, part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

Ovarian cancer is dubbed the silent killer, its symptoms are nothing out of what a woman would ordinarily experience for a range of other ailments. And often, by the time it is diagnosed it is often too late.

It’s the reason that groups around Australia and the world are trying to raise awareness of this insidious disease.

Here, in Albury-Wodonga, the local awareness group have put up a clothesline of teal knickers for the month of February. The knickers kindly donated by the local Kmart and the clothesline hangs on the main road between the two cities.

It’s a great and fun idea to draw attention to an issue that an insidious side.

A few years back I was reading an old magazine while I ate my lunch and in it was an article about ovarian cancer. Reading the list of symptoms it struck me I had been experiencing many of them in the few weeks before.

I felt like an idiot, a hypochondriac, but I went to my doctor and told him the story. Thankfully, he is a fantastic doctor, checked me over, offered to write referrals for any tests and I  got the all clear.

But he did say that it was also better to get it checked, particularly as I had a history of breast cancer in the family.

Each year in Australia around 1400 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 1000 will die from the disease.

The four most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain;
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating;
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently; and,
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.

The first step to raising awareness is knowing the symptoms.

Find out more at Ovarian Cancer Awareness

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