April 10th

Come on in and enjoy our conversation today. I hope everyone is doing well. I finally caught up on some needed rest.

The weather is warming up and I think we are going to be in for a hot summer.

Before I talk about the Nation Days today I wish to talk about unemployment.

UNEMPLOYMENT NEWS:

On yesterdays news they said that the employment had improved and the number filing for unemployment had dropped and that they were now cutting unemployment benefits. Then they interviewed some people who had no benefits and no work.

The truth being that there aren’t as many jobs opening up as they had anticipated. People’s benefits have run out and they aren’t allowed to file anymore so of course the numbers have dropped.

Now people are faced with no jobs, no income, and high gas prices. How does one look for work without gas to get around.  Walking isn’t feasible for those living in the country nor is riding bikes in certain areas.

Now families not only do not have money to go look for work but they also do not have money to go to the food banks to get much-needed food.

This is becoming more serious than our government is willing to discuss during a presidential election.

The reason I bring this up is that for people to survive these times they are going to have to depend on each other. If you have a neighbor who you know is out of work offer them a ride to town. Ask them if they need something from the store, give them yard work to do help out in any way that you can.

Unemployment isn’t down it is just not being reported accurately. The other side of the problem is areas like mine are always six months behind everyone else so where some areas may be improving we haven’t reached that point yet.

My son is unemployed, no longer gets unemployment benefits and the last two contractors he tried to work for didn’t pay him.

Even the business are having trouble paying correctly. Right now we are living off of my social security which isn’t enough for two and my books supplement that income.

I am not writing about me because I am one of the lucky ones. However, there are many out there who can’t feed young children. We need to buy everything American and we need to support small business owners.

We need to let our congressman know that cutting unemployment benefits is only going to hurt the economy more because there will be no spending.

There will be more crime as people become desperate to feed their families and keep roofs over their heads.

This is going to have an impact on everyone, yet congress is blind to what needs to be done. Thank you for letting me vent about this as I don’t like it when the news doesn’t report all facts. Remember you can help by passing it forward even if you share one can of food.

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NATION DAYS

April 10th through April 16th, 2011 as National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week.

Different areas have different awareness and appreciation celebrations for this issue. However, the goal of all areas is to reduce stress, increase improvements of care of animals and the handlers and show appreciation to those working hard to not only control the animal population but do it with dignity. This is a very difficult job and the public isn’t always as supportive as they need to be of those who are trying to help everyone in the community.

One thing that can be done to support The Animal Control Officers is to keep your own animals in their own yard and home. Use leashes when walking them and don’t turn them all loose after hours to run.

Be appreciative of your neighbors and think about the safety and health of your pet.

Properly train your animals and if they are difficult to train take them to an obedience class. This is for your protection as well as that of the animals.

Whatever you do, Please do not involve your animals in illegal fighting activities. That only brings heart aches to everyone involved.

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Old MacDonald would love this holiday.  April 10th is National Farm Animals Day, an annual event that helps shine the spotlight on the plight of slaughter animals.  The holiday also helps find homes for abused, neglected and/or abandoned farm animals and brings attention to the many benefits of a compassionate, meat-free diet. The annual holiday is the brainchild of animal lover, vegetarian and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige, who also founded National Puppy Day

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April 10th is Siblings Day!  This annual holiday, sometimes referred to as National Siblings Day, celebrates one of the longest relationships most people will ever know – that very special lifelong bond with brothers and sisters.  While friends and spouses may come and go, siblings are the intricate fabric of our lives from birth to death.  They share those special and not-so-special moments and memories in our lives only a brother and sister can understand.   For those fortunate enough to have a sibling or two or three, today serves as an important reminder to cherish, celebrate and remember those incredibly special and sacred relationships.

Claudia Evart created the special day after losing both of her siblings at a young age.  She selected April 10th in honor of her sister Lisette, who was born on that date. Evart is also the founder of the non-profit charity, Siblings Day Foundation (SDF).   According to the website,

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April 10th is also Golfer’s Day.   This annual “holiday”, also referred to as Golf Day, is dedicated to those who love the sport of golf.   Rodman Wanamaker, along with charter members, founded the Professional Golfers Association of America(PGA) on this day back in 1916.Folks have been playing golf for centuries.  The first recorded game was played in Scotland in 1457 and golf has been a popular sport ever since.  It is estimated there are more than 28 million men, women and children golfers in the United States alone.   And not only is golfing popular with golfers, the sport also provides jobs for more than 2 million people too.
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  National Crescent Pastry Puff
By: Heidi Gibbons
“Apples are in a custardy base wrapped in crescent roll dough. This dessert is finished off with a brush of melted butter and generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. The first time I made it I had to copy it for 10 different people and make it again the next day for the rest to sample. Then again copy the recipe 10 more times. Please try, you will love it!”

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix together the cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar in a cup or small bowl, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of this mixture over the apples, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/3 cup of sugar with cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the egg until light and fluffy, and then stir in vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Unroll the crescent roll dough, and place the pieces side by side on a large cookie sheet. Pinch seams together to form one big sheet. Place the apples lengthwise down the center. Use scissors to snip the edges into a fringe with strips about 1 inch wide. Pour the cream cheese filling over the apples, and bring the strips from the side up over the apples in an alternating fashion to cover the filling. Pinch ends closed.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. While still hot, brush the top with butter, and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar over the top.    For more information go to:
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So no matter what you do today remember your siblings and embrace the love that you can share while you have them.
If you are tired of being cooped up in the house you can go golfing or if you aren’t a golfer just go for a walk.
Appreciate animals and their quality of life along with those who handle them.
Treat yourself to a Cinnamon Crescent. There are many health benefits to cinnamon.
No matter what you do today enjoy the moment.
Until next time 🙂
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