March 1st

Well the wind blew February out and March came in like a lion.

Winds blowing across the countryside. Horrific storms where is it going to stop?

Just about the time we think spring is around the corner we get blasted with old man winter once again. I imagine we won’t really be safe until June. Then who knows. It’s been known to snow in the summer.

I just know that they grey is very tiring. Today it is very grey and there is snow on the grown. Yet they say by this weekend we will be in the 50’s and have the warmest days yet. I certainly hope so with lots of sunshine.

Yesterday was one of those days where everything seemed to happen. I hope up to a sick cat. Then I lost filling in my tooth. Can’t afford any more teeth problems. From there it only got worse. My son’s unemployment stopped. No work in the area. Now two of us will live on my disability check.  I don’t know how much longer I will be able to keep the internet going at that rate. It does mean my book has been put on hold until there is some money coming in.

I guess I will get busy and write as many as I can so they are all ready to publish at the same time and then do a big push at once.

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Well it looks like we have a lot to look forward to during March. Here is the list of National Awareness Days.

  • Irish American Month
  • Music in Our Schools Month
  • National Craft Month
  • National Frozen Food Month
  • National Irish American Heritage Month- designated by Congress in 1995.
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • National Women’s History Month
  • Poetry Month
  • Red Cross Month
  • Social Workers Month

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March 1 National Day of Action for Education

Banks got bailed out, students and teachers got sold out!

On Thursday, March 1st cities across the country will be taking action to support Public Education.

Students and teachers should not have to pay for the crisis created by the 1%. We refuse to accept the dismantling of our schools and universities, while the banks and corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept budget cuts, educational re-segregation, attacks on teacher unions, rising class sizes, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and increasing privatization and corporatization.

“While banks were being busy getting bailed our education system was getting sold out”

It is time we fight for the right for our future of this country, our children, to have adequate education opportunities to compete in a society that allows foreigners to come and compete for jobs. Currently we aren’t doing that.

We are down grading curriculum, increase class size, minimizing teacher numbers, and pushing children through school like they were a herd of cattle. Those that can’t keep up drop out and have no future.

Wake up America before it’s too late. Our greatest resource that we have is our children.

Priorities are in the wrong place. Stop bailing out those who continue to make the same mistakes, stop helping those who turn on us, stop putting money where it isn’t wanted.

Priorities have always been in this order First : In God We Trust Second Family Third Home Fourth Jobs Fifth everything else.

We don’t need credit to spend unwisely. We don’t need to bail out other countries when we are drowning. We don’t need to build schools in other countries when we can’t support our own education system. Let’s get back to real life and look at what is really needed to make this country function correctly. It starts with good old commonsense, elbow grease, and values. It’s time to stop expecting others to do it for us. We made the mess so we need to clean it up. Take it one step at a time. Get rid of programs that aren’t needed that duplicate others, limit things to those that are important and cut back to the bare necessities. Reading, writing and arithmetic are the most important. If you can’t do those you can’t do anything else. If you are so worried about weight gain in this country make sure the schools have adequate physical education programs  and that all students participate.

Stop serving prepared foods and have the cooks learn to cook from scratch.

Give the jobs to citizens first. I am so tired of hearing that illegals are the only ones who will do the work. That isn’t true. The problem is illegals are the only ones who will do the work for less pay and inadequate working conditions. It’s time to go back to better working conditions, adequate salaries, and loyalty. Get rid of the right to work states. They have hurt every state they have been in.

Teach the value of education and work ethics. When adults can’t find adequate work without owning their own business how do you expect the young people of today to have hope for future jobs?

Bring back the work-study programs. Encourage hiring of young people.

Push for a stronger America.

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National Pig Day

Today is the time to give thanks to our porcine friends. Started by sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave in 1972. This day  is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals,” according to Rave.

Instead of chowing down on some pork, we recommend celebrating helping to  support an organization that cares for abandoned pigs, like Pigs Animal Sanctuary or Pig Pals Sanctuary, or a pig adoption organization like Pig Placement Network. You could even send an adorable e-card to your friends to spread the piggy love.

There are many fun activities that you can do on this day. Make a craft pig with your children. Draw pictures of pigs, visit a pig farm.

Read your favorite book about pigs “Babe”. No matter what you decide to do you should be able to enjoy pigs today without eating them.

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National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

The history of peanuts!

  • 1890: A St. Louis physician developed the idea of packaging peanut paste for people who had bad teeth. Peanut paste was sold for six cents per pound.
  • 1895: The Kellogg brothers patented the process of preparing peanut butter with steamed nuts. Today the nuts are roasted, enhancing the peanut butter flavor.
  • 1903: Dr. George Washington Carver developed more than 300 other uses for peanuts, and is considered by many to be the father of the peanut industry read his Biography for more information.
  • 1904: C.H. Sumner introduced peanut butter to the world at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis. He sold $705.11  worth of  his wonderful peanut butter treat at his concession stand!
  • 1908: Krema Products Company in Columbus, Ohio, began selling peanut butter. They are the oldest peanut butter company still in operation to this day.
  • 1922: Joseph L. Rosefield sold peanut butter in California. He used the method of churning it to make it smoother. He received the first patent for peanut butter that would stay fresh up to a year.
  • 1928: One of the first companies to adopt Rosefield’s process was Swift & Company, later which was renamed Peter Pan.
  • 1932: Rosefield began producing peanut butter under the Skippy label, and created the first crunchy-style peanut butter two years later which is still enjoyed by many to this day.
  • 1955: Procter & Gamble entered the peanut butter business, introduced Jif in 1958. Now owned by the J.M. Smucker Company, Jif operates the world’s largest peanut butter plant, producing 250,000 jars every day! Therefore uniting the smucker’s jam and peanut butter together.

It is rare to find someone who doesn’t like peanuts or peanut butter. Although there are those few who are allergic and it is their loss. I myself have to be careful for that reason. As long as I stay in moderation I can enjoy an occasional peanut butter treat.

Nothing like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. My son prefers the no bake peanut butter cookies. But no matter what your delight is there are many recipes online if you choose to cook something today with peanut butter for those lover’s in your household.

So until next time 🙂

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