April 9th

Hope Everyone had a Happy Easter. It was a beautiful day. My sons cooked dinner and although the time together was way too short it was a valued time together.


Well now we are off and running for this week.  The proof arrived for “Grandma’s Pantry,” I have a few corrections but I am so loving the cover and layout. I was so excited when it arrived on Saturday.

This was such a fun book to write remembering the wonderful times I had going to visit Grandma and spending so much time at her home. Everyone should have such wonderful memories to share with others. I wasn’t sure when I began this book out it was going to unfold however, it was like someone was guiding me along the way and everything just fell into place. Now I am so glad that I did it.

It should be live on CreateSpace and Amazon within the week and I will post the link as soon as I can. Thanks everyone for reading my post.


April 9th National Days

9 Name Yourself Day

Step into the light all you folks who have secretly (or not so secretively) wished for a different name! Now there’s a day where we all can change our names. April 9 is designated as the national Name Yourself Day! Even Facebook has a page (or two) in honor of this celebratory event.

Who doesn’t want to change their name at some point or time in their life. Most people grow up hating their name. Did you know that you can legally change your name once you are of legal age. If you are a minor a parent can give you consent. You go to the court-house pay the recording fee and sign past and new name.  Then it is changed. However, it can cause confusion on permanent records such as doctors records, school records, social security, certificates and any papers of importance such as birth certificates so there is more than just one paper to worry about. If you were to change your name you would need to look at all of the legal ramifications.

However, if you were to become a star tomorrow and need a new name what would you choose and how would you choose it? If you were to be a writer would you write under your own name or a pen name and why? What about getting married do you keep your name- hypen it or take on the name of your spouse again this all affects legal documents. Once again if you divorce which name do you keep?  Names are more important than we realize in our society and if you remarry and have another name you have to list all names gone by on all records. Wouldn’t it simplify things just to stay with your birth name your entire life?

Often times we don’t like the names our parents give us but would it make a difference if we knew the history behind it? They must have had a reason for naming you what they did. That is something that should b e written down as a keepsake story for your children. It might just make them feel proud of the name you picked who knows .

However, today is the one day that you can have any name you choose to be called by so for today I want to be called Candy…. That was my dream name as a child ( I loved Candy) However, after seeing the movie Candy when I was in college I never wanted that again. But today I will relive my childhood and you can call me Candy or Jana.  Have fun with your names and post them on the wall so we can see who you’d like to be.


First Public Library : For more information go to :http://www.libraryhistorybuff.org/peterborough.htm

The Peterborough Town Library in New Hampshire was founded at a town meeting on April 9, 1833.  The Boston Public Library which was America’s first large public library was not legally established until 1852, nineteen years later.

Jesse H. Shera in Foundations of the Public Library makes the case for the importance of the founding of the Peterborough Town Library.

“The public library is in every sense an institutional descendant of the social library, but in its governmental relationships it represents an innovation. At Salisbury and Lexington municipal support was introduced to strengthen existing social libraries, but at Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 1833, a library was established which from the beginning was truly a public institution and in all its relationships to the community was remarkably like the public library of today.  The significance of the Peterborough Town Library, then, lies less in its primacy than in its modernity.” 

Sidney Ditzion in Arsenals of a Democratic Culture said this about the establishment of the Peterborough Town Library:

“The account of the establishment of a town library at Peterborough, New Hampshire, is unique in that here we have an instance of what appears to be the spontaneous generation of an entirely new form.  Here, without the stimulus of private donation, without the permission of state legislation, without the semblance of a model in the mother country, a tax-supported town library was born.

The circumstances surrounding the creation of this institution raise an interesting historical question involving local circumstance and group motivation to which no answer has yet been offered.  In January of 1833 a group of farmers and small manufacturers under the leadership of the Rev. Abiel Abbot formed a social library whose shares sold at two dollars and whose annual membership fee was fifty cents.  On April 9 of the same year the town, apparently under the inspiration of the same Rev. Abbot voted to set aside for the purchase of books a portion of the state bank tax which was distributed among New Hampshire towns for library purposes.  This was the way the first American town library to be continuously supported over a period of years was begun.”


9 Winston Churchill DayApril 9th is Winston Churchill Day.  On this day in 1963, Sir Winston Churchill  became an honorary citizen of the United States of America.  Although Churchill was not present, both his son and grandson were able to attend the ceremony with President John F. Kennedy presiding.

Today is : Chinese Almond CookiesThese almond-flavored cookies are popular take-out treats
from Chinese restaurants around the world.Let the youngest bakers pat out the cookies and “paint” them
with the egg glaze.2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
4/2 cup sugar
5/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 large egg 2 tsp. almond
extract About 26 whole blanched almonds 1 egg yolk beaten
with 2 teaspoons of water for glazePreheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-size bowl, stir
the flour, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric mixer
set on medium-high speed, beat the butter, shortening, and
sugars in a large bowl until well combined. Beat in the egg
and add the almond extract. Gradually add the flour mixture,
mixing until just combined. Shape the dough into balls that
are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place the balls on
ungreased baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between
the cookies. Using your fingertips, lightly flatten each
cookie and press an almond into the center. Lightly brush
the top of each cookie with the egg yolk glaze. One sheet at
a time, bake the cookies for about 12 minutes or until
lightly browned. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack
and cool for 2 to 4 minutes. Using a metal spatula, move the
cookies to the wire rack and cool completely. When cool,
store the cookies in an airtight container. These cookies
freeze well. Makes about 24 cookies.
for more recipes to the following site

8 Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

April 8 is National Empanada Day!http://bites.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/08/6432036-delicioso-its-national-empanada-day

Are you what you eat? On National Empanada Day, make sure that’s an empanada in your mouth — and not your foot. While empanadas are delicious, they can also be a state of mind. The phrase estar empanado is loosely translated as “to be out of it.” Novice Spanish speakers, take heed: Stick to just eating empanadas and you’ll be just fine.

The delicious doughy dish can be made with various meats, vegetables, cheese and even fruit. What’s your favorite empanada filling? Try this recipe to bring it home.


National No Housework Day Is Saturday April 7. Probably not a good day for a lot of people because it’s the day before Easter. They have to do housework to prepare for it.  IF you missed out on this day pick another day during the week and relax after a busy holiday and just do nothing. THe choice is yours.


7 World Health Day for more information go to : http://www.who.int/world-health-day/en/

Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.

  • Ageing and health: Good health adds life to years
    The topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and health with the theme “Good health adds life to years”. The focus is how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities. Ageing concerns each and every one of us – whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live.


Coffee Cake Day, April 7th– What better way to start your morning than enjoying a delicious piece of coffee cake?

Check your favorite recipes or go online and find one that you love. I will post my favorite coffee cake recipe later on.



Don’t forget about Autism month everyone. It’s important to support them. Remember I’ll be back throughout the week with updated information. I may miss some days at the end of the week again as I have another book signing on the 14th. I will be gone probably until the 18th but then I will be back in full swing.

Until next time 🙂


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