Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Welcome to 2019 Everybody!

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is to pay way more better attention to my blog.  I kind of slipped a bit in December and that’s mostly because I was superly crazy busy this year with all kinds of neat Christmas stuff including volunteering at places to make Christmas bright for everybody, not just me and my family members.

Something I like to do is to let people know I appreciate them and what they do, so one of the things I did this year was to give a great big humongous Missy Barrett style thank you to three superly special people at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce that do so much for a lot of people, and not just for Chamber members.  They’re the kind of people that are just loving people and if you ask them a question, they do their hugest best to give you the right answer.  If they don’t know the right answer, they find out who probably for sure has the right answer, and then they either phone them and ask the question, or they tell you who to call to get the right answer.

Now the people I’m talking about are people that hardly ever get too much recognition and that’s because they’re kind of quiet about what they do.  I don’t mean what they do is a secret.  I mean they just don’t make a big deal about what they do when they’re busy doing their jobs, so most people pretty much don’t get how much work they do.  It’s a whole bunch and I know because when I go in there, nobody’s just sitting around doing nothing.  They’re always working but they are not so busy that they don’t stop and say hi to me when I come over there with my mom, and they are not so busy they don’t stop and listen to my questions and work at finding out the right answer for me.

Anyway, my mom and both my grandmas say that things that come from the heart make the best surprises, and I wanted to surprise these people I’m talking about.   My one grandma is a amazing baking grandma, and she knows how to make so many things I never heard of before it’s crazy.  She even knows how to make things from Canada (because my grandpa is from Canada and plus he’s a Mohawk) like fry bread and bannock and Nanaimo bars and butter tarts and other yummy stuff like that.  Someday I want to know how to make everything she knows how to make, so she’s teaching me how to make some of those things already.

So, I spent time in the kitchen with my grandma making delicious treats for people I wanted to surprise, and one of those people were three people at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.  I didn’t want their surprises to get wrecked when they took them home from work, so my mom helped me pack them with tissue paper in the kind of boxes you can put desserts inside of and not have to worry the box is going to bust open and everything falls out (because that would be superly sad if that happened).

Maybe you can guess the three people at the Chamber that got surprise Christmas treat boxes from me, but if you cannot, here’s a picture of them.

That’s Ms. Emily Murgolo (she’s the Administrative Coordinator) and Phil Word (he’s the Information Specialist) and David Stanfill (he’s the Membership Coordinator).

One thing my mom taught me is that sometimes people are working so hard for everyone else that other people kind of don’t really think of what they do every day to help them, but not me because I’m a kid and I know what it’s like when all your hard work gets missed by grown-ups.  I even know what it’s like when grown-ups say what you do isn’t really important and make you feel stupid for thinking you did something they should know about.

So this year, my other New Year’s resolution is to keep on recognizing the good things people do because you never know when that recognition is going to make their day.  Maybe even their whole entire week!

P.S.  If you want to know what the yummy surprises in the Christmas boxes were, you need to go to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce (they’re at 110 Gary Wade Boulevard, where City Hall is and the Civic Center and not so far away from the police station) and ask them.

P.P.S.  If you have a business and you are not a member, you need to ask them for a information package about being a Chamber member.  My mom is a member (for a long time already now) and I’m a member because I plan on being a undercover supersleuth private eye detective when I grow up and I’m already working on solving not-so-big crimes.  If you’re interested in hiring me, you need to talk to my mom first because she makes those kinds of decisions for me.

P.P.P.S.  Watch for the first book in my Detective series coming out in April.  It’s called “The Case of the Vanishing Valise.”

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Figuring Out Easter Dates

So everybody knows this year Easter and April Fool’s Day are on the same day, and that day is April 1st (as in this Sunday).  But last year, Easter was on April 16 and April Fool’s Day was still on April 1st.  And the year before that, Easter was on March 27 and April Fool’s Day was on April 1st like always.

This got me wondering how come Easter jumps around like the Easter Bunny but April Fool’s (which is all about being a fooler on that day) never fools anybody by being on some other day that is not April 1.

I asked my brother Josh and he told me I had to ask Grandpa Barrett because it’s all scientific and stuff like that, and plus you have to do some weirdy weird scientificky math that’s like this:

If x is the First Day of Spring and y is the full moon, then x + y plus other stuff means it Easter.

I said I didn’t get it and Josh said I probably wouldn’t because x and y are algebra and I’m not in high school yet.  I think he’s just trying to mix me up because I know that x and y are letters of the alphabet, not numbers like 1-2-3, and I knew that before I even went to kindergarten.

Anyway, I phoned Grandpa Barrett anyway because before he was a grandpa, he was a scientist, so he knows all about this kind of science stuff.  He kind of explained like Josh did except his way made way more sense.

He said that first you have to have the First Day of Spring, so that was last week on March 20.

Then he said you have to have the first full moon after the First Day Of spring, so that’s this Saturday, and also it’s March 31st.

And the next day, is Easter!

That’s how to figure out when Easter is and how come Easter isn’t always on the same day.

But you know what else I found out?  I found out that the full moon before Easter is a blue moon, and a blue moon is what you call a full moon that’s not the first one that month.  Like in March this year, there already was a full moon on March 2 so having a full moon on March 31 makes is the second one, and it’s called a blue moon.

My Grandpa Barrett said the moon on March 2nd was called a worm moon because of earthworms but I didn’t exactly understand how earthworms and the moon have much of anything to do with each other.  But I guess they do because my grandpa wouldn’t make something like that up just to mix me up.

But you know what I didn’t know?  I didn’t know that when my grandpa came over with his telescope on the last full moon and I got to see Jupiter and Mars and Saturn and Mercury and Venus and plus the moon, NASA called that a Parade of Planets.  If someone had told me that, I would have had a party to celebrate the Parade of Planets.  Now I’ll have to wait until that happens again but I don’t think I’ll have to wait too long because Grandpa said there was a Parade of Planets in 2015 and that was only three years ago, and a Parade of Planets in 2014 and that was just a year before the one in 2015!

So I’m going to start planning a celebration and I’ll get my grandpa to find out when the next Parade of Planets is happening, because I love parades, and I love celebrations.

I think this should be the Parade of Planets music.

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