Monday, February 20, 2012

Tomorrow is Pancake Day!

Pancake Day is tomorrow. I cannot wait!

It's the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar, and while people give up many things for Lent, many would have pancakes the day before Ash Wednesday in order to use up things like butter, eggs and sugar before those things were banned from their diet for Lent. For those who may be interested, Pancake Day is Shrove Tuesday in the calendar, and it is also known as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).

In the tradition of my home province (and nowhere else apparently!), I'll be doing pancakes and putting the variety of trinkets inside them for us to find. Hubby is working, but I invited my girlfriend K and her daughter K to join Petite and me for our Pancake Day Tradition.

So I'll do up a batter from scratch, and while the pancakes are on the stove, I'll put in the money, a ring, maybe a thimble, a button and maybe a bit of string. We'll see.

I usually leave out the more morbid and dangerous items, like the nail or a sewing needle. Traditionally, the pancakes in days of yore would have
-- a penny, to symbolize poverty
-- a nickel, to symbolize wealth
-- a string, to symbolize a fisherman (if a boy got the string, he would be a fisherman, if a girl did, she would marry one)
-- a wedding ring, to symbolize that you would marry soon
-- a button, to symbolize that you would never marry
-- a nail or a sewing needle to symbolize that you would soon pass away
-- a thimble, to symbolize that you would be a seamstress (a girl) or a tailor (a boy)

I'm really looking forward to my pancakes tomorrow night. YUM! If you're having pancakes, tell me. I'd love to know who else eats pancakes on Pancake Day.

What I'm not looking forward to is having my blood drawn.

Today is CD1 and after a consultation last week at the Ottawa Fertility Centre, I'm having baseline blood work done and a baseline ultrasound done to check antral follicle count. I'm not sure yet how I feel about this; time will tell and we'll figure out if we move forward or not. For the moment, we're just checking the data and info and we'll see where that leads us.

So why the hell am I so nervous?!


Anonymous said...

I've never heard of Pancake Day, but it sounds like a marvelous tradition--and one I'd like to adopt simply because, hey! Pancakes! Pancakes with surprises inside! Have a lovely Mardi Gras, and a perfect cycle. Thinking of you!

JoKnows said...

My parents are from Nova Scotia, and my mom always put coins in our pancakes on Pancake Tuesday. I posted a story about it on my blog today, with a link to your story here. I have not found too many references to this tradition. Thanks for sharing!