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 🙂

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