March 8th

Good Afternoon everyone.

Sorry to be so late but it’s been a busy day. Had to go see my favorite Physician to satisfy medicare. LOL

Now I have orders in writing “NO VACUUMING” my son is not going to be liking that.

Blood pressure is a little high but I expected it so we changed medications back to what I liked before now that I have insurance.

Yeah….

Lost six pounds hurrah. Set three goals for myself.

1) eliminate caffeine

2) exercise 30 minutes seven days a week

3) better eating habits

Now if I follow these three goals I will be able to achieve my goal of loosing 15% of my weight which isn’t that much .

I know I can do it and I will do it.

Sun is shining today and I am feeling great.

I love sun shine and beautiful warm weather. I am so excited that spring is on its way even if it’s not here yet.

Today life is good. I was even asked to give private English Lessons today when I went to the doctor’s office. I could handle that.

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National Days

Celebrate Ag Day ( Having been a teacher in an agricultural community I felt not only was this of interest but of importance to share.)
I have copied and posted in its entirety the post from Agriculture Council of  America.( check their site out for related information.)

The Importance of Ag Literacy

Why Celebrate Ag Day? Americans need to understand the value of agriculture in their daily lives.

Here are just some of the key reasons why it’s important to recognize – and celebrate – Ag Day each year:

  • Increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition allows individuals to make informed personal choices about diet and health
  • Informed citizens will be able to participate in establishing the policies that will support a competitive agricultural industry in this country and abroad.
  • Employment opportunities exist across the board in agriculture. Career choices include:
    – farm production
    – agribusiness management and marketing
    – agricultural research and engineering
    – food science
    – processing and retailing
    – banking
    – education
    – landscape architecture
    – urban planning
    – energy
    and other fields.
  • Beginning in kindergarten and continuing through 12th grade, all students should receive some systematic instruction about agriculture.
  • Agriculture is too important a topic to be taught only to the small percentage of students considering careers in agriculture and pursuing vocational agricultural studies.
  • Agricultural literacy includes an understanding of agriculture’s history and current economic, social and environmental significance to all Americans. This understanding includes some knowledge of food and fiber production, processing and domestic and international marketing.

ADVICE FROM THE FIELD
“We promote agricultural literacy by highlighting an excellent book for children about agriculture during this week. Members typically place over 1,000 copies (of the award-winning book) in schools, libraries and doctor’s offices each year!” Judy Roush, Ohio Farm Bureau

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International Women’s Day

(Having struggled in the world of men and professionalism I feel that Women’s Day whether it is National or International is an important time in the history of our world and every woman should be aware of it.

For more information check their site at http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/women/womday97.htm

I have copied the first two paragraphs in their posting for informative information however, if you go on their site you will see chronological events that occurred contributing to International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women’s groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for “liberty, equality, fraternity” marched on Versailles to demand women’s suffrage.

The idea of an International Women’s Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies. Following is a brief chronology of the most important events:

For more information, contact:

Development Section
Department of Public Information
Room S-1040, United Nations, New York, NY 10017
Email: mediainfo@un.org

Peanut Cluster Day
Did you know that peanuts grow underground but are not a root? The peanut plant produces flowers on slender stalks near the base of the plant. After fertilization, the flower stalk curves downward and the developing fruit is forced into the ground. The peanut pod actually develops underground.

As winter winds down and spring is about to burst forth, there’s no better time of year to celebrate this sweet Peanut Cluster.

Why do peanut clusters get their own holiday?  Most foods in America have their own day set aside for celebration and sometimes we don’t need much  of a reason to celebrate other than the simple enjoyment.

So what is a peanut cluster? It’s nothing more than a crunchy cluster of peanuts held together by melted chocolate. You can find various recipes online. Some with and without chocolate. Here is one recipe that I found. You can go online for various ones.

Peanut Clusters
(makes 2 dozen)

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1/3 evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup Spanish peanuts
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Mix sugar, milk, and butter in 2 quart microwavable bowl. Microwave uncovered on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until boiling. Stir peanuts and vanilla until blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until firm.

So for today enjoy the agriculture of peanuts, make a tasty treat and honor the International Day for Women starting with your mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, friends, and neighbors.

So until next time 🙂

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