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 🙂

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