April 28th

How long do you expect to live?

Funny how certain titles catch your attention and others don’t and yet you could have a perfectly good story. People only take time for what the want to take time for. Yesterday I spent hours working on a two-day blog only to find four people took the time to read it.

It’s somewhat disappointing. Yet if I miss a day people are disappointed in me. How is that suppose to work?

I know that sometimes people will return later and read old blogs but not frequently.

I am going to spend more time next week working on my blog site and learning other aspects of it then writing.

I am going to be working on connecting better and driving it to the people who are interested in what I have to say until Monday I am going to not write and take the time to think about my strategies and how I will most successfully reach people.

 

I wish everyone a happy weekend and I leave you on your own until next week. So until next time 🙂

 

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April 27th

The winds have finally calmed a little after a horrible night of rain and pounding wind. The sun is trying to peak out but the gusts of wind keep moving the clouds that are overcast.

Just as I think the wind is about to subside a gust hits. I am worried about the baby Robins in the tree. The other day I was fortunate enough to see their first journey out exploring along my yard. I expected to see two or three but there must have been a dozen of these beautiful tiny baby Robins. Trying to figure out what to peck at and what to be afraid of. We have a cement border along the yard and they couldn’t cross it without flying so most of the time they walked along it. It reminded me of a group of kindergarteners on their first school outing. I wondered how well they could fly but I found out when a noisy car drove my. You know the kind with the blaring booming music. I was made for my Robins had been scared off. However, I was so glad to know they were ready to fly. But last night as I laid in bed and listened to that horrible pounding wind I couldn’t help wonder how a next can possibly stay in a tree. I worried about my Robins all night. I haven’t seen them yet today. They usually come out around supper time. I hope the wind calms by then. I enjoy watching them as they learn to survive. My cats don’t appreciate them and I am watching for the cats that prowl the neighbor hood. We must have had several nests this year to have so many babies. This is a first.

I will be chasing off any unwanted predators. I would put a bird feeder out but then it would draw the Magpies in and that would chase away the Robins.

Isn’t mother nature fascinating when you can enjoy it.

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Yesterday when the mail arrived I was so excited as the World Poetry Movement had accepted my poem of “Grandma’s Kitchen” in their semi-final contest. It is an honor just to be chosen. However it would be great to win the cash prize.

I will be posting links today to “Grandma’s Pantry.” I remembered last night that I hadn’t done that yet. However, until I get everything under control you can always contact me and order directly through me.

I am finishing up the final touches on “Tribute To Those Serving The Red, White, and Blue.”  I will work on the table of contents this weekend and then next week proof everything and get it ready to submit.

I only have about three poems left to do. I may finish them today not sure yet.

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Well let’s see what’s happening in the world today.

National Days:

Happy Arbor Day!Today is Arbor Day. It’s a time to celebrate the wonders of nature, and to plan for an even greener future by planting and caring for trees.For more information go to:http://www.arborday.org/

Remember our trees are vital to our survival. They protect us from storms, and erosion. They provide the gases that our environment needs. The provide us with food to eat. The provide animals with homes, and food. They are part of our cycle of life so they need to be cared for, nurtured and replaced or we will be the ones to suffer.

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27 Tell a Story Day

For more information got to : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-newmark/chick-soup-for-the-soul-editor_b_1456802.html

April 27th is “Tell a Story Day” in the United States. I know that the proliferation of special days on the calendar is pretty silly, but on the other hand, there is real value in telling stories.

Storytelling, after all, is the most common way that we pass on wisdom, advice, and culture from one generation to the next. It’s how mankind has woven a continuous thread through society for thousands of years. And stories make people happy.

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All of my life I have enjoyed hearing stories, reading stories, and telling stories. Now as I write my books I hope that others are enjoying the stories that I tell. I have learned to weave stories into my poetry. I don’t always have time for a novel so I have learned that those special moments in life that need to be shared both good and bad can be done in poetry/prose and I only hope that someone reading my works will learn from my lives journey.

Find a good story today or tell one you all ready know and share it with others. We need to protect the art of storytelling and make sure that each generation is handed down those wonderful stories that the elders use to tell.

Enjoy today.

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27 National Prime Rib Day

Five Food Finds about Prime Rib

http://blog.al.com/southern-foodie/2012/04/april_27_-_national_prime_rib.html

  • A standing rib roast is a prime rib consisting of SEVEN ribs.
  • A scooped & tied standing rib roast will have the bones taken off and then tied back on.
  • A rib eye roast is a boneless prime rib.
  • The beef is cut from the rib section, the largest central area of the steer, located in between the chuck and the short loin, just above the plate.

If choosing a prime rib at the butcher, look for a cut that has a bright color and milky white fat

This makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Having been raised in beef country a good piece of prime rib is a special enjoyment to me. However, unfortunately I will have to pass on it for now. So if you are fortunate enough to enjoy it today have a slice for me please.

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27 Babe Ruth Day

Today is a holiday because on this day in 1947 Babe Ruth attended a ceremony at Yankee Stadium to honor him for what he did for and with the sport of baseball. This was the second to last time he’d ever step foot in Yankee Stadium.

For more about the Babe go to:http://bendo13.hubpages.com/hub/April-27th-is-Babe-Ruth-Day

Anyone who has ever played baseball or watched a baseball game has heard the name Babe Ruth and no it’s not the candy bar. This man changed the history of baseball. He gave America hope at time they needed it most when World War II was just beginning.  He is a man who should be remembered by all.

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26 Hug an Australian Day

Hug an Australian Day — To show our great appreciation for all the love and support the Aussies have given us over the years. For information on this copyrighted day go towellcat@comcast.net.

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26 National Pretzel Day

April 26, 2013 is

National Pretzel Day

It’s National Pretzel Day! Centuries ago, Catholic monks created the first pretzels from scraps of leftover dough. The unique knot shape represented the Holy Trinity, but the significance of this symbol has evolved over the course of history. During the 17th century, pretzels symbolized the bond of marriage. This is where the phrase “tying the knot” originated! Today, traditional soft pretzels are popular at sporting events, carnivals, and festivals.

Hard pretzels are a fairly new invention compared to the original soft pretzels. According to legend, in the late 1600s a Pennsylvania baker forgot a batch of pretzels in the oven. The over-baked treats were dark and hard, but the baker sampled one anyway. He was pleasantly surprised by the crunchy deliciousness. Hard pretzels are now one of the most popular snack foods.

To celebrate National Pretzel Day, pick up a bag of your favorite type of pretzels to enjoy today

!http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-pretzel-day

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26 Richter Scale Day

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Today is a shaky one. It was 112 years ago today that Charles F. Richter was born. The American seismologist invented a scale in 1935 that could measure the amount of energy an earthquake releases.

Today, we celebrate National Richter Scale Day. There is no definitive way to acknowledge the day except by researching the worst earthquakes in history.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/content/tncms/live/phillyburbs.com/lifestyle/celebrations/today-s-celebration-national-richter-scale-day/article_33

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26 Take Your Daughter to Work 4th Thursday

IT is now known as Daughter and Sons to Work Day. Originally it started with Daughters because they weren’t in the work force and needed to see what the male population was doing. It soon came down to equal rights and both daughters and sons began this journey when the schools saw how successful it was.

Parents often ask why this isn’t done on a day in the summer when school is out. That would eliminate children from visiting parents who work at schools. This has been a tradition that the school tie in with their career day programs.

The original idea was to encourage children to set goals for a career path.

Although I didn’t see the research on this information I have worked with these days as a teacher . It is very rewarding for everyone who takes it seriously.

I remember as a child I loved to stop by my father’s workplace on my way home from town. I wasn’t allowed to stay because of the dangerous equipment. However, if I went to town with a cousin or friend I was required to check in with my father coming and going. His workplace was half way between home and town. That made my mother relax.

For me it was a wonderful experience because I learned what my father did all day. I think it should be honored several times a year. I think too often we are busy in our adult life and we don’t share enough of our own life with our children. It helps to prepare them for the adult world and gives them options.

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Well it seems like it’s been a busy couple of days and I’ve been late and I am sorry. However, I will get back on track now and try my best to keep up with everything once more.

Until next time:)

 

 

April 26th

I hope you will join me today as I am going to discuss the treatment of disabled students in public schools.

I watched on the news yesterday when they talked about a parent wiring his son to find out why the teachers accused him of being a bully. This young boy has autism and frequently talks to himself or whoever, he believes to be in his world.

His teachers treated him with hostility. They even called him a “Bastard.”

Then there was another boy in another school. He had cerebral palsy and was in a wheel chair. He was treated in much the same manner. His mother put a recorder on him.

I was so angry that I cannot be sure of all that was said to these students.

Forty years of teaching special education and all my horror moments returned in that news clip.

What I saw over my years of teaching was worse than that but if you are a good special education teacher there for the right purposes with the right heart your hands are tied. The only way to protect the students is to fly under the radar and try to keep them as much away from the regular staff as possible.

Now that they have gone to inclusion models that is nearly impossible. The teachers don’t want you in their classes to be a witness to what goes on.

Disabled students are not only being bullied by teachers, they are being denied education. They are being physically injured when no one is around to look.

Administrators are asking special education teachers to change Federal Individual Education Plans behind closed doors after parents are gone. If you don’t do it your life becomes the target and is a living hell as in my case which lead to my retirement.

Even teachers are being attacked and bullied for helping disabled students.

When I started teaching we could do what ever we wanted as long as we kept them on our side of the building and there was no interaction. I wore all hats and did the disciplining.

Now the movement is to get them out of the schools go back to the old days when they were institutionalized.

Problems are low budgets, lack of teacher training, over crowded classrooms, no materials, and frustration for everyone.

Parents need to fight for special education self-contained classrooms where they are only mainstreamed for things like art, music, pe.

They learned much faster when the numbers were limited to twelve per adult. Now one adult can have over thirty with all varying disabilities and it is impossible for one person to handle that.

Parents you need to know your child’s school environment. It will determine attitudes for their entire life. IF you aren’t happy and don’t get the results you want, take them out and go to another school or home teach.

But you had better do your homework.

One of the places you start is by asking the teachers there back ground and certification.

You are going to find that the certified teachers usually aren’t teaching anymore. They have become glorified secretaries buried in paper work.

It is the paraprofessionals who do the teaching. They don’t follow the IEP’s , they don’t listen to the special ed teacher, and they don’t have sufficient training to handle sever disabilities.

The last three years of my teaching I wasn’t permitted to do the teaching. I was getting paid a teacher’s salary for doing paper work.

I had to sit back and watch while my students suffered. I fought with a district and I lost. Twelve teachers left the same year I did.

You will find good teachers are leaving the field because they no longer can sit back and watch what is going on in education.

New teachers come out and are yes people but they won’t last long either. They will find it is not worth the pay and headaches and will soon find other jobs willing to pay better.

If education doesn’t change for the better their will be no public schools.

You cannot run children like a corporation. They have emotions and needs. Teachers can’t be fired for nurturing those needs.

kindergartener need hugs.

We have become a cold society with no feelings towards anyone and that has to change.

Those who have a passion for teaching and love children will be harassed as long as they are there so who protects our children?

If I had children this day and age I would never put them in a public school. I have seen too much. I watched my own children go through mistreatment by teachers.

If you are the wrong race, religion, sex, or outsider beware.

I am going to leave you with this today. I will share the Nation’s Activities for the 26th and 27th together.

So until next time protect the children 🙂

April 25th

Good afternoon everyone. Got a late start today. Has anyone ever had one of those darn smoke detectors that goes defunked. We have been checking everything and it won’t stop dinging. Even if you take the batteries out of it the noise continues. What’s up with that? We thought eventually it would wear itself out but it didn’t. It seems to be worse at night when the windows are open.

I haven’t had decent sleep for three nights. My son finally got made this morning at 5:00 am and took it down. I went back to sleep and got some very needed sleep.

I guess on payday I’d better check out the prices of smoke detectors. LOL

So I’m now finally rested and ready to move on with the day. However, the sun is gone and the grey clouds have moved in and it looks like we will have a rain storm this afternoon.

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National Days:

National Walk at Lunch Day, April 25
Submitted by Michelle McCalope, Web Producer
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, 2:00am
National Walk at Lunch Day, April 25

If your work schedule and weather permit, get up from your desk and on your feet for a walk at lunch on Wednesday,  April 25th,  for National Walk@Lunch Day®!

National Walk@Lunch Day® is designed to complement — not compete with — your busy lifestyle. Created to improve personal health and decrease the costs of healthcare for employers and employees, National Walk@Lunch Day® is the start of your new daily walking routine, helping you to improve your health step by step. Participation is fun and easy.

We encourage you to bring or wear comfortable shoes and take a walk at lunch… rain or shine locate a place to walk!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates the cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is nearly $1,000 for every family in America, every year. Simply getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk at least five times a week, has significant health benefits, lowering the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, hypertension or type 2 diabetes, and improving the health of muscles, bones and joints.

Join us on Wednesday, April 25th, and begin walking toward a healthier America — and a healthier you.

For more information go to : http://ascension-assumption.wafb.com/news/community-spirit/53032-national-walk-lunch-day-april-25

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25 East meets West Day

Contrary to popular belief, East Meets Day West is not a day for teams from different geographies to meet up and compete. It could be applied that way if you wanted to modernize the holiday. On April 25, 1945, East did meet West, when U.S. and Russian troops met for the first time in Germany. There’s even a small memorial commemorating the event.

airstylist Appreciation Day

 

Your hairstylist probably knows more about you than your doctor. A good hairstylist not only gives you the most up-to-date hairstyle that you can replicate at home, he or she is also a good listener. Hairstyling is an artful skill that boosts self-esteem and makes clients feel good. On April 25, take time to show your favorite hairstylist your appreciation.

 

* Schedule an appointment and leave an extra generous tip.

 

* Send flowers or a fruit basket to your favorite stylist.

 

* Send a hand-written card saying, “thank you.”

 

For More information go to : http://news.yahoo.com/april-25-hairstylist-appreciation-day-east-meets-west-155500986.html

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25 World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day happens on or around April 25th each year. This is the time when millions of penguins migrate north. Unlike other birds that migrate each year, penguins do not fly. Instead, they walk, or waddle to their new home and breeding grounds. It’s a long journey across the ice. Perhaps you saw an example of the migration in the movie ‘Happy Feet’. Many people believe there are penguins at the North Pole, but this is not true. Penguins hold a special place in our hearts. Children love looking at these lovable birds in zoos and aquariums. There are about twenty different species of penguin around the world. They are unique because they do not fear humans, but they rarely get closer than three metres to a person.

There are many things you can do on World Penguin Day. Perhaps the best thing is to donate some money to a charity that helps protect these beautiful creatures. Some penguins are endangered and need our help to survive. There are also fun things that penguin lovers around the world do. For example, why not wear clothes with penguiny colours? If you do this with a group of friends, you could make your very own penguin colony. There are plenty of penguin websites on the Internet for you to find out some more information on penguins. My favourite is PenguinGeek. This site even has live web cams to view penguins around the world. Alternatively, you could rent ‘March of the Penguins’ from your video store. Happy World Penguin Day.

for more information go to :http://www.eslholidaylessons.com/04/world_penguin_day.html

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25 National Zucchini Bread Day

National Zucchini Bread Day

Five Food Finds about Zucchini

  • A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
  • The word zucchini comes from ‘zucca’ the Italian word for squash.
  • Biggest is NOT best. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized.
  • According to World’s Healthiest Foods Nutrition info, nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease.
  • The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.

For more information go to: http://blog.al.com/southern-foodie/2012/04/april_25_-_national_zucchini_b.html

 

April is a great time for this wonderful treat before everyone tires of the abundance of zucchini.

There are hundreds of recipes online so if you don’t have a favorite recipe go online and check out ones that look good to you.

You can find everything from Chocolate cake zucchini, bread, to pickles.

This is a very versatile food.

 

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Well it’s time that I get some other things to do this afternoon so I am going to have to leave you with that. Have a great day. So until next time 🙂

 

April 24th

Another warm day. I’m not complaining as I love the sun and the heat. I just have to change my routine a little and remember to keep the cats hydrated as well as myself.

Well it’s an interesting life. I had a hard time moving “Dreams of Yesterday,” the year that they came out. Now everyone is asking about them. It’s always interesting when you have new books out and people won’t the older ones. However, I am happy if they are interested in any of them. I’m down to my last three copies of “Dreams of Yesterday.” People will have to either order on-line or wait until I get enough orders to order them in now that I have switched publishers.

They will still be available online through authorhouse.com , Barnes and Noble, Amazon. com I just won’t be autographing until I can restock which isn’t going to be for a while.

Well I am going to try to finish “Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White and Blue,” by next week. That will give me time to proof and order and have on hand before Memorial Day. I am done to the finishing poems now and that goes fairly fast but also has to be very deliberate as I can’t fail to mention anyone .

Not being in the military or close to anyone in the military currently I don’t have some of the information I would like to have.

But I am giving it my best go from my heart and that is all I can do.

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Let’s Look at the National Days for today

24 Pig in a Blanket Day

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National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

Five Food Finds about Pigs-in-a-Blanket

  • Pigs in a blanket are also known as devils on horsebacks, kilted sausages, and wiener winks.
  • They are different sausage-based foods but not sausage rolls.
  • In the United Kingdom, pigs in blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.
  • In America, pigs in a blanket often refers to hot dogs, Vienna sausages, or breakfast sausages wrapped in biscuit dough, croissant dough or a pancake and then baked.
  • You can combine these dishes by wrapping your sausage in bacon, then cooking them into a biscuit or croissant.

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I  remember the first time I had pigs in a blanket. We were at girl scout camp and we did all our own cooking. We took the wiener and slit it open putting cheese inside, then carefully wrapped it with bacon to hold the cheese in, and put it on a hot dog stick to cook over the campfire.

Of course this was exciting for us as not only was it new but we got to cook on a campfire.

My mother always hesitated when we came home with new food ideas like this one. But she would let us try it.

My dad having been the army cook was pretty fussy about make shift food. He wanted meat and potatoes.

However, he liked to let us learn and back then the wieners were good big fat ones with good flavor so he enjoyed them and he loved bacon.

However, our tradition soon became one that after being cooked in the oven still got put inside a bun.

My mom never did the dough wrap. However, my sons learned to do the crescent roll wrap when they were in cub scouts and that works great.

I have never tried them with other meats. That is something definitely new to think about.

The one thing that is great about pigs in a blanket is, they are easy, fast, kids enjoy them and are good for picnics . So it’s a good summer food that can be served with chips and dip, or a fruit salad, or whatever you enjoy. It’s like have meal in a bun. You don’t have to heat the kitchen up you can even do them in the microwave.

So for today enjoy the simple pleasures.

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April 24 is National Physics Day

Posted on April 24, 2012

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago. – J. Robert Oppenheimer

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated April 24 as the second annual National Physics Day, to be celebrated as part of National Science and Technology Week.

In 2006, Deborah Halber, News Office Correspondent at MIT, likened children to scientists by summarizing a recent body of research, stating, “The way kids play and explore suggests that children believe cause-and-effect relationships in the world are governed by fundamental laws rather than by mysterious forces.”

For more information go to : http://childspace.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/april-24-is-national-physics-day/

Remember we need to nurture the innocent minds of youth rather than to turn them off with our biased opinions. Let them discover and explore. Making mistakes is a natural part of learning. Guide them along the way.

“If you are part of their journey and can laugh with them along the way you will find much happiness in life and a natural balance to nature.

We need to use all of our senses and explore in order to learn.

However, we need guidance to do it safely.” Janice N. Richards

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Well it looks like that is it for the National Days unless you want to look at political activities or International activities which I don’t do.

So I am going to say enjoy working in your gardens, remember the heat burns your grass so don’t cut it too short leave it so it will hold the moisture in. Don’t get carried away yet as we still could have some storms as was shown by the eastern storm that hit.

I learned growing up in the Rockies not to plant until after Memorial Day. However, with high heats your lawns need to be watered and brush needs to be cleared away from residential areas.

With a high risk of fires this year make sure you occasionally hose down your house when watering. Especially as we get closer to the summer holidays when there will be fireworks. Take precautions this summer as the fire risk is already high.

Make sure if you go camping or hiking you don’t go alone and you have plenty of water.

Avoid Caffeine drinks as they dehydrate you.

Walking and jogging shouldn’t be done in the heat of the day.

Watch out for insects and carry repellant and sunscreen.

This summer you will have to apply it more frequently. If you can find bee capsules for stings always have them handy.

Watch out for those afternoon storms that roll in and make sure you have safe cover.

If you have a job that requires you to work outside take safety precautions.

Everyone enjoy your spring and summer months.

So until next time 🙂

April 23rd

Yes, I’m back. Sorry if you missed me but I really needed a couple of days to myself.

Sometimes when we go through the transition of seasonal change we also go through the mental transition of adjustment.

I found myself happy that the sun was finally here and I love the warm weather. However, at the same time I found myself depressed over the fact that I can’t run around like I use to and I don’t have gas money to enjoy a nice long ride.

This put me into one of those slump moods where I wanted to enjoy the day but I didn’t know how nor could I write because I didn’t want my mood to ruin anyone else’s day.

I am okay now and ready to move forward. I did get out of the house and of course, I did over do and paid the price so that was another day it was hard to do anything.

Then my spoiled cats let me know they were not happy with me leaving the house by keeping me up all Saturday night.

So here we are back to Monday. Back to a routine and ready to start new summer habits and move forward with our life the best we can.

I have been caffeine free for two days on top of everything. I am starting my exercise routine today although I was doing before surgery but now I am going back to it daily and going to watch my progress.

I have decided to completely change my diet and I am going to cut out as much meat, starchy food, sugars and fat as possible. I have to cut salt out so it doesn’t make it real fun because it means no seasoning.

I am going to go to a summer light diet with a lot of liquids mainly water and tea with an occasional natural homemade juice.

I stuffed myself on the last sugar cookie my son made for me and I’m going to tell him not to make them unless it’s for my birthday.

I am going to go outside everyday that weather permits and walk a little. I am going to try not only to increase the distance but the mobility.

My cats won’t like me leaving the house but they will survive.

I am afraid if it stays this hot I will have to result to the A/C to keep not only me comfortable the my babies.

Well Grandma’s Pantry is supposed to arrive on Wednesday and I am anxious for that.

I am up to sixty pages on “Tribute to Those Serving, the Red, White, and Blue.” I still have some things I haven’t done yet so it won’t be long till I hit eighty pages which is my goal. I am anxious to get it done. I won’t it live by Memorial Day.

Then I am going to concentrate on marketing my books. I may also change the looks of my blog site. I am going to spend more time learning what all I can do as I did this quickly and still don’t have it all right.

However, life is a learning process and sometimes we just have to dive in head first and learn as we go.

That’s what I frequently do because it keeps me from procrastinating.

Well enough about me let’s see what’s been going on in the world.

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21 Kindergarten Day

Kindergarten Recoginition Day

Did you know that today, April 21st, is National Kindergarten Recognition Day? It was adopted in 2005 to “recognize the critical role that kindergarten year plays in the lives of our children,” according to Senator Ken Salazar, who introduced the resolution. April 21st marks the anniversary of the first kindergarten classroom in 1837 by Friedrich Froebel in Blankenburg, Germany.

Well-rounded early education forms an essential foundation for a child’s future success, and this holiday provides the perfect reason to celebrate and recognize high-quality education.

Many of us didn’t have Kindergarten but life has changed and now friendships and social skills are learned very early in Kindergarten. Kindergarten is the foundation of the school system and can determine how they perceive their school years.

It is also quite a challenge for teachers. Have you ever worked with twenty plus five-year olds.

It reminds me of the morning I agreed to substitute for a kindergarten class. The teacher had gone to school and was sick and went home. It was already 8:00 am when the school called. I explained to the principal I could but I wouldn’t make it before 9:00 as I had to get my two children to the sitter. She agreed to watch the class till I arrived.

I rushed as fast as I could and arrived at the school knowing everything was under control. Well that was wrong.

The kindergarten classes were in mobile units outside the school. I was directed  to the room. There was no adult in the class with 24 five years running ramped . Oh what had I gotten myself into. I got them all to sit down. Then I looked for lesson plans and there were none. Now what was I going to do. I was used to junior high. Brilliant idea let’s do art work. I began to ask the kids where’s the paper , where’s the glue, where’s the crayons, etc.

Sorry but five-year olds don’t know where the teacher had them. By the time we found everything it was time to catch the bus have a half hour lunch before the afternoon class arrived.

I was ready for the afternoon class and things went fine however, I swore never to substitute for another kindergarten class again. I loved the kids and didn’t mind the age. But I did mind lack of preparation. The need many activities and change direction every few minutes.

That’s when I learned to always have my own pack of materials to take with me.

However, I salute all Kindergarten Teachers it is a rewarding but difficult job.

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PowerTalk 21 day—April 21st—is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, and MADD wants to equip all parents and caregivers with the tools to help them start this potentially lifesaving conversation.

For a free copy of their handbook and more information go to:

http://www.madd.org/blog/2012/april/PowerTalk-21.html

Remember parents children learn by example and if you aren’t talking to them their friends or friends parents are talking to them. Be their guiding influence in their life.

Also a caution: We were always taught to get out of a car if the driver was drunk and walk to a phone and call home. This is dangerous.

I had a dear colleague friend whose son got out of a car to walk home on a dark road and was hit and killed instantly by a Semi-truck. The boy was only fourteen.

Teach your children not to get into the car. I always told my sons to call me no matter where they were even if they had made the poor choice of drinking. I’d rather get them home alive and deal with the issues later. I also gave their friends rides and many of my friends rides. I was always the designated driver. I answered many early morning calls for people. Living in a rural area with no taxi’s made it difficult. I’d rather drive than read about them. Remember most important of all they have enough pressure from peers they need someone understanding to talk to.

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22 Girl Scout Leader Day

22 National Jelly Bean Day

http://wjltevansville.com/sunday-april-22-is-national-jelly-bean-day/

This Sunday, April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day.  You may have had your fill at Easter, but these little egg shaped candies are always hard to resist.  How did this national day come to be?  Here’s more from Squidoo.com:  Well the true origin of National Jelly Bean Day has not been clarified, nor is it a real holiday, it is still a day to kick back and enjoy these yummy tiny treats. Jelly beans, particularly the Jelly Belly jelly beans, were made more popular from President Ronald Reagan, who had to have a bowl of Jelly Bellys on his desk all the time.

No one really knows where jelly beans came from. Many believe that they are descendants of Turkish Delight which have been around since at least the mid 1800s. The modern version of these sweet treats made their appearance during the American Civil War when William Schrafft of Boston wanted people to send candy to the solders who were in the Union Army.

Jelly beans began to be more of an Easter Candy in the 1930s because they look like mini Easter eggs. Since then many companies have begun to create different sizes as well as yummy flavors of jelly beans. Now you can find them in almost any flavor from Watermelon to chocolate. Most of the flavored beans come from the Jelly Belly corporation, however many companies do make then in a variety of flavors.

Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth‘s natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,[1] and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.[2] In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.[3] Earth Day is planned for April 22 in all years at least through 2015.[4]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day

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the 23rd of April is celebrated as “Shakespeare Day

 

23 Take a Chance Day

Are you a gambler? IS there something you’ve been wanting to do but afraid to take the risk? Well today is your day. Step out of your comfort zone and take that risk and see what happens. It maybe trying something new you’ve never done before, buying a lottery ticket or taking a chance at a new relationship. No matter what it is you want to secretly do today is the day to actually do it. Let us know how it works for you.

23 World Laboratory Day

April 23rd

World Laboratory Day celebrates the place where great discoveries, inventions, and medical cures are born. Its also where mad scientists dwell. Perhaps the most well known thing to come out of  laboratory was…Frankenstein!

Countless ideas, concepts and theories are tested in laboratories. Most of the world’s greatest medical treatments and cures were discovered and perfected in laboratories, after endless study and testing. Products coming out of laboratories have helped and aided mankind in many, many ways.

Celebrate World Laboratory Day by learning more about how they work. If you chance across a laboratory worker (or mad scientist) today, wish them a Happy World Laboratory Day.

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Cherry Cheesecake Day

Directions:

  1. 1
    Combine crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  2. 2
    Bake at 325°F for 10 minutes.
  3. 3
    Combine cream cheese and sugar, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended.
  4. 4
    Add eggs, one at a time mixing well after each addition.
  5. 5
    Blend in vanilla; pour over crust.
  6. 6
    Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes.
  7. 7
    Reduce oven temperature to 250°F; continue baking 25 to 30 minutes or until set.
  8. 8
    Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan.
  9. 9
    Chill.
  10. 10
    Top with pie filling just before serving.
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NATIONAL PICNIC DAY
With nice weather coming picnic is the thing everyone is going to be looking forward to.  Some rules to follow.
1. Always follow safety rules
2. Plan food that can be left out doors
3. Follow picnic recipes on line for a variety
4. Keep food simple and enjoyable for all
5. Remember if you are in wooded areas keep food up away from animals
6. When finished put your food away
7. Remember Listerine wards of insects so a glass container on the table is wonderful to keep mosquito and other bugs away
8. Watch out for sting insects as this year they are worse than usual
9. Be prepared with Benadryl or Epipens for anyone having allergy reactions as it will give you time to get to a doctor.
10. Drink water as it hydrates the body avoid caffeine drinks especially in heat.
Have fun and enjoy family outings.
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Well it is time for me to take me stories and leave until next time so until I return take care 🙂

April 20th

What a beautiful day it is today. However, the temperatures are climbing so I hope everyone will drink plenty of water. If you are involved in any of the Running Events this weekend make sure you pace yourself and hydrate adequately.

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20 Look Alike Day

Have you ever wanted to look like someone else? Sure, you have and today is your day. It could be the popular kid in school, a celebrity, or president.

Today, we celebrate by looking like someone else. You can start with your hairstyle, then move down to the clothes. Learn their facial expressions, mannerisms, and talking patterns. Voila! You have succeeded.

Here are some pretty interesting look-alikes.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/lifestyle/celebrations/today-s-celebration-national-look-alike-day/article_a781a3a4-8ae9-11e1-b56c-001a4bcf6878.html

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For me Growing up I was always told I looked like Janet Lennon from the Lennon Sisters on Lawrence Welk. I use to wear my hair like hers, sing like her, dance like her and everyone compared me to her.

For my sister she was told she looked like Connie Frances. She wore her hair very much like her and although she looked similar and acted innocent her personality was somewhat different.

Growing older my sister and I got to where people would mistake us for each other if we weren’t together. That was fun for me because I was the extrovert. However, it could have been trouble for my sister if I had ever wanted to get even with her. But I didn’t. She has always been the introvert and I have had the rebellious tones to my personality. I knew if I ever got her into trouble she wouldn’t know how to get out of it so I joked with people then let them know who I was. We’ve had many a laugh over it but now as we are senior citizens and shrinking you can tell the difference. She is much shorter than I am.

However, they say everyone has a twin in the world somewhere. I have often been told that I look familiar.

Who would you like to look like or be for a day? Post your comments and lets share.

Today is a day to have some fun with it. Maybe I’ll go back to being Janet for a day.

20 Volunteer Recognition Day

There are thousands of wonderful people throughout the country who donate their time and services to volunteer for our organization and on April 20, National Volunteer Recognition Day, we wanted to thank all the businesses, organizations, donors and supporters who have gone above and beyond for our kids!

From face painters to professional athletes and celebrities, we’ve seen – and welcomed – our fair share of caring individuals who are on a mission to help brighten the lives of our deserving kids. We love what we do here at Kids Wish Network and we know that we couldn’t impact so many young lives without all the wonderful people who have lent a hand to help us reach out to our sick and deserving kids across the country.

For more information go to: http://kidswishnetwork.org/2011/04/happy-volunteer-recognition-day/

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Remember volunteering isn’t just about helping kids. You volunteer in the hospitals, work with senior citizens, go to nursing homes, animal shelters. Check out you local community and see where they need help. The churches always use volunteers and so does the food bank.

Take time to give back to your community it makes you feel good to pass it forward. Be a part of the pass it on movement.

Take your children and have them help you with volunteer work. Scout organizations and church youth groups also do volunteer work.

Remember this whole week is appreciate week for volunteers so be sure to say thank you to them for everything they do.

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yield: Serves 8

active time: 30 min

total time: 1 1/4 hr

This cake, thought to have first appeared in the 1920s, has had such names as pineapple glacé and pineapple skillet cake.

Ingredients

For topping:

  • 1/2 medium pineapple, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and cored
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

For batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum for sprinkling over cake

Special equipment:

  • a well-seasoned 10-inch cast-iron skillet

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make topping:
Cut pineapple crosswise into 3/8-inch-thick pieces. Melt butter in skillet. Add brown sugar and simmer over moderate heat, stirring, 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Arrange pineapple on top of sugar mixture in concentric circles, overlapping pieces slightly.

Make batter:
Sift together flour, cardamom, baking powder, and salt. Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then gradually beat in granulated sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and rum. Add half of flour mixture and beat on low-speed just until blended. Beat in pineapple juice, then add remaining flour mixture, beating just until blended. (Batter may appear slightly curdled.)

Spoon batter over pineapple topping and spread evenly. Bake cake in middle of oven until golden and a tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cake stand in skillet 5 minutes. Invert a plate over skillet and invert cake on to plate (keeping plate and skillet firmly pressed together). Replace any pineapple stuck to bottom of skillet. Sprinkle rum over cake and cool on plate on a rack.

Serve cake just warm or at room temperature.

Cooks’ notes: •Some of the food editors found 3 teaspoons of cardamom to be too much, but others loved the intense flavor.
•Cake may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com:80/recipes/food/views/Pineapple-Upside-Down-Cake-103088#ixzz1sbcYUWPX

~~Today is also Respect Lima Bean Day for more information about Lima beans go to the following: http://blog.thenibble.com/

There are many different types of beans and I don’t claim to be an expert on any of them however, I have read this article at Nibble and it is full of wonderful helpful information. They also provide recipes and cooking hints so I recommend that site to everyone.

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Well the day is rapidly moving on and so must I so until next time enjoy being who you want to be today, enjoy some upside down cake and have a wonderful day today. 🙂