February 29th

LEAP Year.

Leap year comes once every four years and gives us that extra day in February. I am not even going to attempt to explain why. For most of us it’s just important to know that it is there. However, for me it has special meaning as my father’s birthday was February 29th. I would like to honor my father today instead of my usual blog, so here is my tribute to my Father.

Tribute to My Father

Fred Wilson Richards born February 29,1916 died November 16th 1985.

His father was an immigrant from Cornwall England and although his mother was born in this country her family were also immigrants from England. He was the only living son, his brother was stillborn and he had three sisters two older and one younger than himself.

Some people my mother especially would have said he was a mom’s boy but I think that came from the closeness of the family. My grandfather died before I was born leaving my father responsible to help out. When he was in high school and money became tight he had to quit extra activities that he enjoyed to deliver newspapers to bring in extra money for the family.

Values were very important to him, and he believed there was a right time and a wrong time to stand up for what you believed in and you had better know the difference.

He was a typical young man somewhat of a Tom Sawyer character in his early days. It was nothing for him and the Weber boys to take off over night with their fishing poles and go down to Rock Creek and spend the night doing what boys do. Sometimes they’d be fishing, other times if they could sneak a beer or cigarette the certainly would.  For truth be known they were all boy and it’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

My grandfather use to keep a jar of stoggie’s in the living room and unknown to my father he counted them every morning before he left for work at the mines and again upon returning home. One day he returned home and there were some missing. My father was immediately called up on it. He had to admit to his father that he had taken a stoggie and tried to. I’m not really sure how many he took. But my grandfather said, so you think you’re a man do you. He took my dad to the store to buy stoggies and they field the jar. Now he told my father to smoke them. My father had to smoke until he “Turned green” and got so sick he couldn’t smoke another one. He never like stoggies after that. I remember on occasions when someone would give him one upon a birth of a child he’d accept it graciously and put it away for later. Sometimes he’d take off the wrapper and smell it but he never did smoke them.

When World War II started and all his friends were going off to war it was important for him to go to. However, he was turned down for medical reasons, not sure why but it could have been his flat feet. However, he didn’t let that stop him. He wanted to fight for his country. He kept going back until finally they accepted him.

He served in France and England. When he wasn’t busy being the army chef he was guarding prisoners.  When he came home he had to find work that would support a family as him and my mom had married before he went overseas. His dreams went up in smoke as there wasn’t money for him to be an architecture and go to school.

He took on the trade of an apprentice printer because he could get paid while working and quickly become a full-time printer. He spent his life time in the printing business but his love of drafting, and art never died.

When he retired he spent his hours painting beautiful oil paintings and even did some pastels as he took art classes with my mother.

Growing up my father believed that you don’t pay someone to do what you can do yourself. He remodeled our entire home and we worked side by side with him.

Weekends were for fishing. He was an avoid fisherman and loved to be on the rivers. He liked fly fishing but I never got the hang of it. I did fish side by side with him though.

He gave up hunting after he had children believing that he needed to be home with his family.

He was a quiet man but an understanding man. However, when he did speak you knew you had better listen because he didn’t waste words.

He became President of the Typographical Union for years not because he wanted to but because the men wanted him to. He was respected by everyone in town and everyone knew he was fair. Both union and employers preferred dealing with him for his fairness and respectability.

He was a man of his word and he taught us that you are only as good as your word.

I looked up to my father and would have done anything for him. He was the type of person that I think everyone should be. Honored, respected, trustworthy and kindhearted.

He always saw that his family was cared for and he always saw that his mother and sister’s were cared for. He even made sure his great-aunt who lived on the old homestead was cared for. He was a kind, loving , caring person.

However, I saw him broken on his sixty ninth birthday when he received a letter from the Veteran’s association. It told him his life insurance would be cut in half on his seventieth birthday. He looked at my mom and said, “I worth more to you dead than alive.” He never lived to his next birthday. He died from a massive heart attack.

I think it is a shame that we place that kind of value on our senior citizens and demean them in such a way.

Leap year will always remind me of my father. We had many good times and jokes about it. We use to tell him he could only have a birthday once every four years. I use to tell my friends he was thirteen years old and they thought I was lying to them until I explained his leap year birthday.

I miss my dad terribly for he truly was the only person that ever really understood me. I knew he could make everything better just with a hug, a smile and by talking to him.

I knew he was my protector and even though the boys that wanted to date me growing up were scared to death of him they liked him and respected him because he was always fair.

I honor my father who would be ninety-six today. May the angels sing songs for him. May he wait for me until one day we are together again. May he have glorious days fishing on a river bank in paradise. His dream was a cabin on a water fishing all day long. Dad I hope you have found that in paradise, after all you deserve it. God Bless you , I Love You and Happy Birthday Dad!

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And a few fun facts about Leap Year:

Leap year babies born in the year 1884 did not celebrate a single birthday on their actual birth date throughout entire teen age years. February 29th fell on the year they turned 12 and then not again until they turned 20.

The tradition of women proposing to men on leap year day dates all the way back to 5th century Ireland.

The very first calendar that provided for leap year was introduced in 238 B.C. By King Ptolemy.

Astrologers believe that anyone being born on February 29th has unusual talents and personalities befitting of their special birth day. People born on leap year’s day are called leaplings.

Anthony, Texas is the self-proclaimed leap year capital of the world. Every year this little town that sits on the border of New Mexico holds a festival and leap year birthday celebrations complete with a carnival and hot air balloon rides. People come from all over the world to celebrate their special birthday in style.

The chances of having a leap year birthday are 1 in 1,461.

There are about 4 million people in the world who have been born on February 29th

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Leapin’ lobsters! February 29 is not only Leap Day, it’s also National Surf and Turf Day!

National Surf and Turf Day is a food holiday that is celebrated in the United States. While it has a set date on which it occurs, it is not exactly an annual celebration. The date set  for it is February 29,  Leap Year Day. The celebration is only celebrated every four years. It is unknown why February 29 was chosen for National Surf and Turf Day. There are over 365 food days and several share dates.
The history of National Surf and Turf Day is unclear. The term “surf and turf” is believed to have been started in 1966, when it was used in The Miami News to describe an entrée including both beef and seafood. At that time, it was more typical to find this entrée being served in East Coast restaurants in the United States.
It is unknown when surf and turf first became served as an entrée. It is also a menu item in the United Kingdom and has been served there for many years
The celebration of National Surf and Turf Day can be celebrated by either going to a restaurant to have this entrée or trying one’s hand serving it at home. There are many recipes available for fixing surf and turf, using traditional flavorings like mushrooms, shallots and garlic, as well as less traditional flavors like Cajun or Italian seasonings. For recipes go on-line and check out Surf and Turf Recipes. No matter how you choose to celebrate today make it a good one because you will have to wait another four years for it to come around.

Until next time 🙂

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February 28th

Hello world. Well it’s still cold. I’m up and moving better but sore. The sky is blue and there is a breeze. Snow is suppose to be moving in our direction.

I am so ready for spring.

Well let’s see what’s happening with the National Days for today.

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National Days

National Pancake Day

February 28, 2012

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $8 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. On February 28, 2012, guests from around the country are invited to celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests are asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals(c) and other designated local charities.

Sorry I jumped the gun the other day and thought it was over. You still have time to rush to your local IHOP for their delicious pancakes. What a good way to enjoy dinner.

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Feb. 28: National Tooth Fairy Day, Chocolate Souffle Day, Spay Day, DNA Discovered

By Pam Gaulin | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Tue, Feb 21, 2012

National Tooth Fairy Day

 

Although the tooth fairy has been portrayed as a male in both the “Tooth Fairy” and in “The Santa Clause 2,” the small fairy responsible for collecting baby teeth is traditionally depicted as female. In Medieval Europe baby teeth tradition held the teeth be buried in hopes of “growing” permanent teeth, according to the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. In the U.S. when a child looses baby teeth, they are instructed to place them under a pillow. In the morning the tooth has been magically replaced with money.

 

Celebrate by:

 

* Encouraging kids to brush and floss.

 

* Reading books about the tooth fairy.

 

* Replacing a worn toothbrush with a new one.

 

Chocolate Souffle Day

 

Get your toothbrush ready because you’ll need it after enjoying a chocolate souffle. Souffle means “puffed up” and light dish with a stiff shape, all thanks to the air in the dish’s eggs. “Patrons of La Grande Taverne de Londres, which opened in Paris in the 1780s, were perhaps the first to enjoy this dessert souffle,” according to the “Horizon Cookbook and Illustrated History of Eating and Drinking Through the Ages” (Food Timeline). Easy and souffle are not frequently found together, but here you go, a recipe for a “so-easy chocolate souffle.”

 

U.S. Spay Day

 

The Humane Society promotes Spay Day to highlight the importance of spaying or neutering pets. The observance occurs on the last Tuesday of February annually, although you can help save animal lives by spaying or neutering anytime during the year. Help keep the animal population in check. “In the U.S. as a whole, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year,” according to the Humane Society.

 

DNA Discovered

 

On Feb. 28, 1953, James Watson “put the two bases into their correct form in cardboard models by moving a hydrogen atom from a position where it bonded with oxygen to a neighboring position where it bonded with nitrogen. Watson and Francis Crick published their discovery of DNA in the British scientific weekly, Nature, on April 25, 1953.

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I thank The writer’s at Yahoo for sharing this blog with us.

For my I think that it is a perfectly good time to talk about the tooth fairy since February is Dental Hygiene Month and also Fairy Tale Month. Why not tie the two of them together.

Chocolate Souffle seems like a wonderful way to celebrate when you have had a month of chocolate already.

Then we need to remember we’ve had love our pets day and what is a better way then to take them to the vets keep them healthy and spay so that they don’t have the worries of more pets to compete with.

Hurray for DNA day which has changed the lives of so many people answering many questions that were needed to be answered from parents to criminals.

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No matter what you choose to recognize today it is one of those busy unusual days.

I hope that everyone well enjoy their day move forward with whatever projects you have currently going on and realize that February is almost over. It’s hard to believe that March is right around the corner. So until next time 🙂

February 27th

Not a Good Day for ME !!!! SORRY!!

Weather was cold and miserable. My body ached form head to toe. I could barely stand up because of the pain in my foot.

Hopfully Tuesday will be a much better day.

National Days

February 27th is International Polar Bear Day. A polar bear is a white bear of the Arctic regions. The polar bear is the world’s largest land carnivore and the largest bear, with the adult males weighing in up to 1,500 pounds. Polar bears spend most of their time at sea and feed mostly on ringed and bearded seals. Polar bears are classified as a vulnerable species with global warming being a big threat.

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On February 27, 1964, the Italian Government asked for help in preventing the tower from falling over while preserving the present lean that has brought so many tourists to Pisa. After 26 years of study and 10 years of reconstruction and stabilization, the tower was declared stable for another 300 years. The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened to the public on December 15, 2001.

Leaning Tower of Pisa is a tall, round, marble campanile in Pisa, Italy, that is not perpendicular. Construction of the tower began in 1174.

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National Strawberry Day

Before they were known as strawberries the fruit were called strewberries because they are strewn among the plant’s leaves. Food historians  believe that strawberries were first cultivated in ancient Rome. They were first cultivated in the US during the mid 1830’s in Massachusetts. Today strawberries grow in every US state and Canadian province.

Strawberries are a unique berry as it’s seeds grow on the outside of the fruit instead of the inside as most berries do.

Strawberries are a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C. The fruit is fat-free and cholesterol free. One cup of strawberries is only 49 calories, however most of those calories come from sugars.

When picking or buying strawberries choose only those that are plump, firm and completely red. Unless you are planning to freeze your strawberries or make jam be sure to not to buy more strawberries than you’ll be able to use up in two days as they mold quickly and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.

There are many wonderful ways to enjoy strawberries from strawberry and cream, strawberry shortcake, a chocolate cake with strawberries, strawberry jam, jelly or preserves , there is also the wonderful strawberries dipped in chocolate, and what about topping your pancakes or cereal with fresh strawberries. There are so many ways that you can enjoy fresh strawberries.

For special recipes, information on preparing, storing and freezing them go on-line and look under Strawberries. Whatever way you may choose to enjoy them they are a wonderful treat.

Remember the sugar is a natural sugar and if you are watching sugar count make sure you eliminate something else from your diet that has sugar.

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National Chocolate Cake Day  which day is it????

Some postings say that it is January 27th others say it is February 27th. However, I will let you decide. Every day for me is a good day for Chocolate Cake. If you want a new delicious recipe there are many online recipes.

I think I will share my chocolate today with strawberries as there is no confusion there. Maybe some ice cream with strawberries and chocolate.

What ever you choose to do enjoy the day. Until next time 🙂

 

February 26th

Good Morning World! Hope all is well with everyone on this Sunday morning.

It’s a quiet day so far. The sky is blue , no moisture yet. However, we are expecting afternoon winds. I am just thankful they won’t be all day like yesterday. With any luck they will blow themselves out and miss us. I can hope.

Sorry but for some reason yesterdays blog didn’t post so I reposted it but it will also be under today. I didn’t catch it and I am sorry for that.

Well I wonder what kind of day is in store for us, of course the big talk is the Oscar Night which I commented on yesterday but will briefly comment on again.

I don’t like the Oscars. I believe that people should be recognized within their own field by their own people. I don’t mean to diminish the talents of these wonderful artists but there are many fabulous artists in other fields that you never hear about.

I feel that we spend entirely too much time paying attention to misguided media and that they make a frenzy out of gossip.

For one I think people should be recognized. I believe fireman and policeman should be recognized for putting their lives on the line daily.

I feel that doctors, nurses and emergency medical staff should be recognized for saving lives.

I feel that teachers should be recognized for the good they do working with young people when everyone complains about holidays because they don’t have a free babysitter.

I think volunteers should be recognized for the time they giving helping out in the areas that can’t afford to pay but need the extra help.

I think we should recognize our artists especially those that have a vision that no one else has. Those who have talents to paint, write, compose music, and much more.

I think we spend entirely too much money on television, sports, movies, and things that keep us from living our own dreams.

It is nice once in a while to be able to watch a wonderful movie but it is far better to have a family adventure and live it and remember it for a life time.

Why watch someone like Indiana Jones and wish that you had done something with your life when you could have.

I’d rather watch the travel channel and be encouraged to participate in the adventures.

We have become a society of complacent people who have forgotten to dream.

We don’t get out and exercise unless we go to the gym. We don’t enjoy nature.

It’s time to live life.

So when you talk about Oscar Night it is meaningless to me. I know what actors and actresses I like. I could careless about the red carpet and how they look. I will watch the movies I love and enjoy. Yes I watch television and I enjoy the artistic work that goes into them.

However, until we can recognize everyone in all professions equally I think it is wrong. I don’t like beauty pageants or anything else that is a popularity contest.

I admire those that don’t care and often don’t show up. I know there is a lot of politics in the Hollywood arena and I don’t like that.

Let’s recognize true artists at their best.

Perfect example is writer’s: Do you know how hard it is for writer’s to become published and be recognized. Most writer’s do not become well-known until after they die.  It’s the same with artist and many musicians.

All I am saying is let’s recognize people for the right reasons and stop following bad press such as the latest Whitney Houston disaster. Let her rest in peace. Whoever released that picture has no morals. That is the lowest of lows. No one was thinking about her family, especially her daughter who will remember that forever. Shame on whoever did that.

But for those of you who enjoy the Oscars I hope you have a lovely time watching them.

I will be doing other things. For now let’s check out the Nations Days.

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The Grand Canyon National Park was established on February 26, 1919. Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is a mile deep canyon of the Colorado River.

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The Grand Teton was established on February 26,1929.In a controversial move that inspires charges of eastern domination of the West, the Congress establishes Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

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Levi Strauss was born on February 26, 1829, in Bavaria, Germany. On May 20, 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis (a Reno, Nevada tailor) received the patent for using copper rivets to strengthen the pockets of denim work pants. Levi Strauss died on September 26, 1902.

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While Valentine’s Day is the mainstream holiday for February, there is another day that some may appreciate more, especially those who may just happen to be single or parents wishing to share childhood memories.

This day is “Tell a Fairy Tale Day” and it lands on February 26.

On this day people young and old, can go back to their childhood roots to read their favorite fairytale. For young ones, this might mean dressing up in their favorite Disney princess costume, reading their favorite fairytale story, or watching their favorite fairytale movie. For me it is a reminder of Grimms Fairy Tales along with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Bambi, and so many more wonderful stories.  IT is a time when we were taught to dream and that anything was possible like Peter Pan and the Lost Boys of Never Land. When Fairies were good luck and pixie dust was precious.  IT’s about a time when parents took time to read to their children and share in adventures such as Brer Rabbit and his  outsmarting of Brer Fox and Brer Bear. It’s when we learned the meaning of story telling, and folklore.  It was also about learning an appreciation for reading and the fun you could have with it.

I know when my children were young I loved to read to them. I also made up stories and they loved the adventures of made up stories as we settled down for the night.

This is a great day for bonding both young and old. For in our hearts we all want to dream and we all have that inner child in us. Take time to read today or tell a folk story to someone. It will brighten everyone’s day. What a wonderful day today.

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While you are celebrating National Fairy Tale Day you can have a wonderful snack because it is also National Pistachio Day.  What an excellent article written by Christine on Pistachio Day. I copied as I couldn’t improve on her work however, she deserves all the credit and I want to share it with you.

An Unofficial National Day to Observe the Benefits of the Pistachio

http://voices.yahoo.com/article/114238/february-26th-national-pistachio-day-155942.html?cat=22

February 26th marks the day on which many individuals will celebrate the Pistachio. Known as National Pistachio Day, February 26th is certainly not an officially recognized national holiday but, to the lovers of pistachios, has become a day on which to celebrate with food and tradition in honor of this historical nut.Originating in the Mediterranean and now grown in California, pistachio trees have a long history which extends across the World. Pistachio nuts, grown from a tree which can take up to 20 years to reach full production, can be found within the fruit bearing leaves and are noted to rarely be the color red as we traditionally see in our grocery and food markets today. In fact, pistachios, when red, are noted to have been dyed during processing. For pure, beautiful and all natural pistachio nuts, choose those which are green to nutty colored.During the observance of National Pistachio Day, it is believed that individuals who stand in and among pistachio trees, and hear the ripening sound of popping fruits and leaves, will have prosperity, good luck and fortune. Unfortunately, with the peak time for harvest of the pistachio occurring in September, those who stand in and among the pistachio orchards, in February, may find great difficulty in hearing the sound in the cool temperatures of the evening. As a result, the National Pistachio Day celebrations may soon be moved to September, during peak harvest, to allow for the most benefit to those who wish to follow the tradition of good fortune.

In addition to playing in and around pistachio trees, observers of the National Pistachio Day are often found indulging in the pistachio nut. Eaten whole, the pistachio nut can be eaten fresh or placed into sweetened desserts offering not only added flavor but also improving dietary health.

For health gurus, pistachios provide an excellent source of lutein and are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. As a result, many dieticians recommend consuming pistachios as part of a dietary program. However, as a consumer, storing pistachios at home should be done with extreme caution. As the pistachio is self combustible, when heated or placed in warm areas, is it not uncommon to hear the sound of popping pistachios at the most irregular times. Store pistachios in a cool and airy location and they will provide many months of flavor additions to your favorite meals.

This year, as an observance of National Pistachio Day, consider marking the day eating meals which incorporate pistachios. Oatmeal, with the addition of pistachios, provides a great breakfast food to begin the day in honor of the pistachio. Add pistachios to salads at lunch and dinner and even use the pistachio as a topping to an after dinner dessert such as ice cream.

For more information regarding the health benefits of the pistachio nut, including recipes which can be used on National Pistachio Day, visit the California Pistachio Commission at www.pistachios.org

 

I myself love pistachios and don’t get them often enough.  What a lovely treat.

I love pistachio pudding mixed in cool whip with miniature marshmallows and crushed pineapple a great quick desert or salad.

I love pistachio ice cream.

For recipes on how to use pistachio’s in cooking go online.

Well that’s about it for today so whether you enjoy a trip to a Canyon and its wonderful view, wear your Levi’s to relax in , read a Fairy tale or munch on pistachios you should have an enjoyable afternoon and evening.

So until next time 🙂

February 25th

Finally!!!! The winds have calmed down. It has been more than a blustery day in Idaho.

Windy with occasional snow showers. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds W at 25 to 40 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

I think we received the 50 mph winds. Then they closed four highways due to the wind.

I woke up to snow/ice covering everything and the electricity going off. Actually what woke me up this morning was my printer was clicking on and off. I wondered why was my printer working? It was the power surge.

Spent most of the day unable to do much of anything because I never knew when the power was going to click off again.

Finally I gave up and took a nap with the cats.

Now it looks like the quiet before the storm. Woke up to blue cloudy sky and now it is getting very dark and grey.

Today was suppose to be a big ski day up in Sun Valley. I sure wouldn’t have wanted to be on the Mountains during that wind.

Sure did make a waste of my day. But I will write my blog even though it’s late so let’s look at what national happenings were today.

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National Day

Remember the Colt Revolvers!!!!

Pistol Patent Day ( Samuel Colt)

It was on February 25th in 1836 Samuel Colt patented his famous revolver in the United States. However, Europe got his patent first in 1835 on a different date, which is why this holiday is relegated to mere “national” status.

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National Clam Chowder Day
It’s a good day for a tasty bowl of your favorite Clam Chowder whether you make it yourself or buy it pre-made.  There are many recipes online if you are looking for away to make it yourself.
My mom use to just make homemade potato soup and then add the clams.  That’s how my dad liked it.
For me I usually get a can of clam chowder. But should I have the occassion to get it from a restaurant I will.
I love to pick it up at the Subway Sandwich Shop when they have it.
I wish they would carry it year round as sometimes I’m just in the mood for it. But no matter what you like I’m sure you can find something today.
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Not much else going on but talk about the Oscar’s. Does anyone ever get tired of the Oscar’s? To me it seems like such a waste of money, and time. You already know who the most popular people are. The most likely to be voted for and it reminds me of being back in junior high when you ran for office and didn’t get elected. Someone is always getting left out and their feelings hurt. What is up with the horrible pictures posted on the worst dressed people on the Red Carpet. I feel like saying get a life and quit playing dress up.
Oh well I never watch the Oscars and it makes me made when my shows aren’t on. So I guess I will spend that time working on my book.
But if you enjoy the Oscars it’s okay with me. I compare it to sports. If I’m not involved in it why do I want to watch it? I’d rather see an action movie.
Well that’s my take on today’s topics. So until next time 🙂

February 24th

Hello! I am alive today just moving slow. Back is killing me but it too shall pass. I will be glad when the weather decides to stabilize and warm up. That would help immensely.

“Land of Horses” poetry book was downloaded yesterday . Hooray for me I didn’t pull my hair out doing it for the first time. I am going to print it off when I finish here and do one final proof of a hard copy before submitting it. Still concerned about the cover so everyone say some prayers.  I am really excited now I can download my own books and do them much faster.

That was a big concern and I feel so much better after trying it. However, I will always hate doing the Table of Contents .

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Well at least today we have blue sky, sunshine and almost no wind although they say we could get more but nothing like the 60 mph wind we had on Wednesday. However, the snow is supposed to hit this weekend again. We are now having trouble with flooding in parts of the state while other parts are having avalanches. It just blows my mind because as I look outside my window all I see is dry brown grass and bare trees. We are in the banana belt of Idaho I guess. We just get a lot of wind.

Well the cats were good last night and again are napping. That is good because it gives me time to do the things I want to do. They have been fighting for a week and I have to watch equal attention for no jealousy when that occurs.

Talked about spoiled babies.

Oh well I love them and they mine. I am just glad we only go through this every few months. I think a lot of it has to do with the weather and they get bored in the house too. Once the weather gets nice I can open up the windows and let them enjoy the fresh air.

They love the spring and summer when I open up the house. Not to keen on winter.

I have summer cats LOL!!!!

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Well let’s take a look at the National Days.  (My son hates this he thinks it’s an excuse to be lazy lol).

National Days are as follows:

National Tortilla Chip Day

It’s National Tortilla Chip Day! Rebecca Webb Carranza invented tortilla chips in the 1950s. Carranza and her husband owned the El Zarape Tortilla Factory in Los Angeles and were among the first to automate the production of tortillas.
The machine often produced misshapen tortillas, and Carranza decided to try and use them instead of throwing them away. She cut the rejected tortillas into triangles, fried them, and sold them for a dime a bag.Tortilla chips soon became a nationwide sensation, served alongside salsa, chili, guacamole, and a variety of other appetizers.
In 2003, the state of Texas made the tortilla chip the official state snack!To celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day, buy a bag of your favorite tortilla chips (or try making your own) and enjoy them with your favorite dip!
You can find many recipes on-line for salsa, and nachos if you don’t have any. Myself I prefer mine loaded with meat, cheese , tomatoes, olives and sour cream and sometimes salsa on top.
However, I will skip the beans most of the time.
Although I have to be careful of the salt I have to give in once in a while and have my tasty nacho snack. I prefer cooking the meat with salsa rather than spices for that reason.
No matter how you like them they are a tasty treat. You can make a full meal out of them if you choose.
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First Steam Shovel Patented
 On February 24, 1839, William S. Otis received Patent No. 1036 for the first steam shovel for excavating and removing earth from railroads or canals. The crane was mounted on a railway car. His steam shovel was first used on the Western Railroad in Massachusetts. William S. Otis was a civil engineer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born on September 20, 1813, in Pelham, Massachusetts, and died on November 13, 1839, at the age of 26.  Although he died young his Steam Shovel has been his legacy and has progressed through time to benefit our culture in many areas of the work force. It is important that we remember those people who took the time to make our lives better and our jobs easier.
So today we remember William S. Otis for his first Steam Shovel Patented. Thank you for your achievements.
“When a man has a dream he should follow it because you never know how much time you have or what accomplishments you will make.”
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1786. Wilhelm Carl Grimm is born February 24, 1786, in Hanau, Germany, son of Philipp Wilhelm Grimm and Dorothea Grimm
Died on December 16, 1859.
He and his brother were responsible for writing the famous Grimm fairy tales which have been very controversial over the years. However, I was raised on them and love them.
Such tales as Goldilocks and the Three bears, The Ugly Duckling, and so many more.
I have my childhood book of them still to this day. My parents use to read it to me every night at bedtime.  My personal favorite was the “Good Girl” I won’t give it away as it is one you must read to appreciate but it is about a prince and princess.
I also had The Ugly Duckling and several others on my 35 records that I use to play over and over again. I always loved it when the Ugly Duckling became the beautiful Swan as so often happens in real life.
These two brothers had a very strong impact on today’s literature and store telling.
Sadly but true many children today have never heard the classic childhood stories or nursery rhymes that we grew up with. I think it is very important that we keep that part of our heritage alive.
So today take some time while eating your nachos and read one of Grimms Fairy Tales. You can find them all online. IF you aren’t sure where to look go under Classic Literature and Fairy tales. You can find just about anything there.
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So I dedicate this day to dreaming and snacking while we read about the dreams of others and think about the dreams of our own.
It is a great day to dream and then accomplish what you set out to do. I plan to do just that by finishing my book  “The Land of Horses”.
“Remember nothing will ever happen if you don’t dream.”
I will leave you with that until next time 🙂

February 23rd

National/International Dog Biscuit Day

National Chili Day

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Welcome everyone. Well I managed to forget Ash Wednesday yesterday in my post. I guess that’s what happens between pain and wind your mind can only think of so many things. Now that we are being the journey of Lent I hope that if you chose to give something up you will be able to stay with it. I use to give up chocolate or a specific food. I am now careful that I don’t give up something that I might need like Chocolate. Chocolate is known to help with stress and depression, as it release endorphins that make you feel better. I am not going to give up Chocolate.

I am however, going to give up some bad habits. I am going to work on better sleep habits, eating habits and exercise habits. I am going to take a holistic approach and try to get my mind, spirit and soul in balance with each other. I haven’t decided on everything that I am going to do but I know I need to do this.

Whether you participate in the Lent season or not this is a good time to decide on changing something in your life. We are preparing for spring and maybe you want to start getting rid of unnecessary clothes you don’t wear, or clean out the kids toys. Exercising and (diet) eating habits are always a good place to start with nice weather in the near future.

It’s also a good time to start saving for a special trip or vacation you want. However, after seeing the news on the TV last night I think we all had better do more walking and safe the gas for only those special trips that we really need.

Maybe a walk to the store would do us all some good, or how about a bike ride. I know I want be going far at the price of gas.

It would be nice to see some hope in the future of our economy especially for those of us on fixed incomes.

We are living in a state where the economy is always running behind everyone else. They may say it’s better but we are at an all time high for homeless, and people out of work.  I hope this spring will be brighter for everyone.

Well today it is much colder and the snow is headed our way. The sky is blue and the wind is still blowing but not as strong as yesterday. The cats wore themselves out and slept all night and are napping now. I guess we are going to get back to normal.

Well let’s take a look at what’s in the National Days!

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National/International Dog Biscuit Day

To read about this wonderful day for your dog and to find recipes on dog biscuits I am posting a link to an extremely good article.

http://www.examiner.com/holidays-in-national/national-dog-biscuit-day-free-treats-for-fido-10-homemade-doggy-treat-recipes

http://www.dogfencediy.com/library/treat-and-meal-recipes/

We all know that dog is man’s best friend. How often do you feed your best friend treats. I know that I am guilty of it. Growing up we had dogs not cats. We always kept milk bones for the dogs. My father use to like to play a game with the biscuits. He would hide one in his pockets and when the dog found where it was he gave it to them.  He would always change the hiding spot but it never took but a few seconds for the dogs to search out their treats.  We also used the milk bones as a way of cleaning their teeth. They didn’t have all the fancy dental sprays for dogs that you see know. Milk bones helped with bad dog breathe and dental care. The dogs loved them and when the dogs are happy so are their owners.

So for me it will be Cat treat day since I don’t have a dog. My son is upset with me because I have spoiled the cats with treats. However, I found that a treat at dinner time when I ate meant they ignored me while eating. Also a treat at bedtime and they settle right down. Some times that little extra special attention is worth how it simplifies our lives.

Remember how bored you get of the same food everyday. Well animals do to so Treat Your Dog today and if you don’t have a dog treat any animal today.

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National Chili Day

Today is National Chili Day! Whether you prefer it Texas-style, Mexican-style, or vegetarian, chili served with a side of cornbread is a fabulous comfort food for the winter season.Despite popular belief, chili does not come from Mexico. The recipe has certainly been influenced by Mexican culture, but it also incorporates elements from Native American and Spanish culinary traditions. Many historians believe chili originated in Texas where all three of these cultures intersected.According to legend, Spanish priests called the first chili “the soup of the Devil” because they believed that chili peppers were an aphrodisiac. To celebrate National Chili Day, indulge in a delicious bowl of this historical spicy stew!
You will find that many organizations have Chili cook offs this time of year. It’s a great way to have fun and learn about each other’s recipes.
When I think of Chili and Mexico I always have to laugh at one of my many learning lessons. When I was married to my last husband who was from Mexico his English was poor and so was my Spanish. He wanted lunch and I asked him if he wanted Chili. He said, “Yes!” I opened a can of Chili and proceeded to heat and serve it like normal with crackers. He screamed “What is?” I said , “Chili.” He replied,” NO!” It’s soup not Chili.” I realized then he was thinking of Mexican Chili – salsa. He wouldn’t eat it. I don’t remember what he ate that day but I didn’t have anymore canned Chili in the house after that until he left.
It is an example of how we take for granted what we learn growing up in our own culture and that things might not be the same for other cultures. Sometimes we need to take time to explain what we are talking about.
When my children were little I got tired of my oldest boy asking “What you doing mom?” He was school age and he could see what I was doing but it was every few seconds. One night I had a pot on the stove fixing dinner and he once again said,” What ya doin mom?” Having already heard that a dozen times I looked at him and replied, “I’m cooking dirty socks.” He replied,”No your not!.” I said, “Okay, I’m not. ” That night we ate Chili for dinner.
It became a joke of the family to always ask for Dirty Socks when you wanted Chili.
I really didn’t think to much of it until one day when I was shopping in Albertson’s with the boys. The store was pretty empty and I was walking ahead of the boys when I heard my oldest son yell out “Hey mom! Can we buy some dirty socks for dinner?” I turned around to see him holding a can of Chili. Next to him was a little old lady with a look of horror on her face. I quickly said, Yes, we can buy Chili for dinner. Put the can in my cart and left quickly.
That was the last time I called Chili dirty socks.
So If you like homemade Chili or canned Chili here’s a good food for the day. It’s also high in protein and goes a long way. It is an economical food to eat and whether you like it with cornbread, or crackers or just plain it’s enjoyable.
Well that’s all for today folks so until next time enjoy 🙂