Do you ever wonder why February is the shortest month of the year?
When the Julian calendar was being developed and reformed by the Romans, they initially didn’t think winter was a period to be included in the calendar. But they later changed their minds, and January and February were tacked on, so February used to be the last month of the calendar, the end of winter and a time of purification (februum is latin for purification). Because it was the last month, it was the month they tweaked every four years to keep the calendar aligned to the solar year (an earth orbit around the sun actually takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds, so this means that a 365 day calendar and nature will eventually get out of sync). Later, it was decided to make January the first month, possibly because that month had a great festival to celebrate beginnings, so February became the second month, but remained the month that contains the leap day. http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0021B-understanding-time-leap-year.php.
What does this have to do with softies? Not much. Except when I am here making my softies, I think about stuff, big and little, not just about softies.
But, here are my softie projects from the month of February. I am very pleased with how all these projects turned out.