May 26th

Hello everyone. Welcome to my home.

I’m sorry that the week has gotten away from me but I need some time to myself after the library presentation.

Now I am trying to get back on track. However, today isn’t helping. It’s grey and drizzly and I feel like climbing under the blankets and sleeping the day away.  However what else can you expect when the angels cry on memorial weekend.

Death is a natural part of life and we must all face it at sometime however, it is said when death comes early to those fighting for our country. Please pray for our Military this weekend and honor our veterans. This is a weekend to be thankful for their service, and what they have given to each and every one of us.

Growing up we always went to the cemetery on memorial weekend and put flowers on the grave sites. Most of the time there was a parade and following that we would head to the cemetery with baskets flowers that my mom had spent days getting ready.

It bothers me that I am so far away from my hometown and cannot do this anymore. However, I always keep in touch with my sister and make sure that it is still being done.

I mentioned before that my neighbor lady that lived across the street died around Mother’s Day and I had never talked with her. I felt bad for her passing. I found out last night that she had gone to the doctor’s and was diagnosed with cancer and a couple of days later she was dead. Gone very quickly. Her daughter lives there and her older son doesn’t. However, she left everything to her son. He is going to sell the trailer and get himself a place to live. I don’t know what will happen to the daughter. It’s sad when that happens and a child is excluded.

My dear friend who will be 93 in August and had to move to Boise when she broke her hip now lives in an assisted living home close to her daughter. She’s the one that called me last night and we had a good talk however, she informed me our close friend who lived across the street on the other side of me passed away on Mother’s Day.

I was crushed to hear that Delila was no longer with us and I didn’t even know it. I had gone over to the house several times but no answer. Now I know why. However, it was always hard to know with her because she traveled. I had sat with her one night through an emergency and I felt bad that this was a time I had missed out and will never get to say good-bye.

Her funeral is this weekend.  However, I am very glad that Dorothy took time to call me and let me know.

Now my friends in the trailer court are all gone. The rest that are here are pretty standoffish so I don’t know how I will get my neighborhood news.

I am one of the younger ones in the court and I do stay home most of the time.

I will look forward to next week when the sun comes out and brighter days are ahead.


On a brighter note today is my in town best friends Birthday. Happy Birthday Cindy.  I can’t call her yet as she works nights at the hospital and needs her sleep. I will call her around three and tease her about another year older. Although she’s still younger than me.


Boy the rain is really coming hard now I hope there won’t be any flooding as they just this week got the water levels under control.


National Days form May 23rd -26th

23 Lucky Penny Day

How many of you remember as a child picking up every lucky penny you saw and heading for the penny candy store or putting it in your piggy bank not wanting to spend it but keeping it to keep the good luck. Well everyday I still pickup coins that I see lying around. I put them in a jar and continue to have good luck.
Pennies alone may not buy much but once collected and save can amount to a vacation trip. New clothes, a special item you’ve been wanting. A dinner out. Save those lucky pennies and you will always have an emergency fund.

1. Today, May 23rd is lucky penny day. Got a penny?

2. See a penny pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck. Face up that is.

3. Do you flip the heads down penny face up so the next person has good luck? I am not so sure what the rules are if you walk around the block and it is still there. I say, finders keepers.

4. Pennies from heaven have to be good right?

5. I am a penny collector, I have a collection of elongated coins. Every time I see one of these machines while I am on vacation I have to get one. It is a cheap souvenir and I consider myself thrifty.

6. According to the U.S.Mint website the cost to produce a penny is .93. The United States Mint in Philadelphia is currently closed for renovations but plans to have a grand reopening in the summer of 2012. Keep checking the website for updates. According to a voice recording when I called, tours will begin again in July.

7. There have been two bills presented to Congress, the Legal Tender Modernization Act in 2002 and in 2006 the COIN Act to do away with the penny.

8. According to the 1944 Steel Wheat Penny and the 1943 Copper Wheat Penny is worth $100,000. I would say they are “lucky pennies”. Look for them.

9. A penny saved is a penny earned, so said who? Shouldn’t we all know that one? Well guess what it is not Benjamin Franklin. Although, it is often attributed to being one of his sayings. It is also customary to toss a penny on Ben Franklin’s grave located in Philadelphia at the Christ’s Church cemetery for good luck.

10. Be a penny pincher. It is so vogue until nickel stocks make their debut. Continued…

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I like Turtles!” Yes, yes we do.  Today we all love turtles.  May 23rd is World Turtle Day!  These animals have been around longer than almost any other species but are threatened by habitat destruction, pet trades, and the exotic food industry.  World Turtle Day aims to raise awareness of the troubles these creatures face and encourages us to make efforts to keep these animals from the brink of extinction.


recipe: Fudge
Saltwater taffy is a candy and an upper-body workout all in one. To give it its light but chewy texture, you’ll be pulling it, and pulling it, and pulling it for up to 15 minutes. Still want to make it? Here’s a recipe! More about taffy.
Makes about 50 1-inch pieces

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When making candy, the syrup gets very hot. Kids, don’t try this without the help of an adult!


What Do I Need? .
2 cups sugar Tip
Visit the candy links page to find places to buy candy making supplies online, including molds, flavoring, and coloring.
2 tablespoons cornstarch     Why do I add cornstarch?
1 cup light corn syrup   Why do I add corn syrup?
2 teaspoons glycerin (optional)    What is glycerin?
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1 teaspoon flavoring (such as vanilla, lemon, maple, or mint)
3 drops food coloring (optional)
a large (3- to 4-quart) saucepan
 a wooden spoon
• a candy thermometer
• a pastry brush
• waxed paper or plastic wrap
• a marble slab or cookie sheet
• greased scissors or butter knife
What Do I Do? Tip
Don’t try to make taffy on a rainy or humid day.
About candy making and the weather.
1.Mix together sugar and cornstarch in the saucepan.
2.Use a wooden spoon to stir in the corn syrup, glycerin, water, butter, and salt. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.

3.Continue stirring until mixture begins to boil, then let cook, undisturbed, until it reaches about 270° F or the soft-crack stage. Wash down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in warm water while the syrup cooks.

Why do I need to stop stirring after the syrup begins to boil?
What is the soft-crack stage and how can I tell when I’ve reached it?
Why do I wash down the sides of the pan?

Did You Know?
Molasses taffy was one of the first kinds of homemade candy in the United States. (A recipe for molasses taffy)
3.Remove the saucepan from the heat and add food coloring and flavoring. Stir gently, then pour onto a greased marble slab or into a shallow greased cookie sheet to cool.

4.When the taffy is cool enough to handle, grease your hands with oil or butter and pull the taffy until it’s light in color and has a satiny gloss. You can have a friend help with this step, which should take about 10 minutes.

Why do I need to pull the taffy?

5.Roll the pulled taffy into a long rope, about 1/2 inch in diameter, and cut it with greased scissors or a butter knife into 1-inch-long pieces. Let the pieces sit for about half an hour before wrapping them in wax paper or plastic wrap and twisting the ends of the wrapper.

What Else Can I Try? .
• Try leaving out the corn syrup and see what happens! When we tried this, we ended up with a crystallized candy with a melt-in-your-mouth texture very similar to after-dinner mints.• Try not pulling some of the taffy—what is the texture of the resulting candy?• Try adding 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda before pouring out the syrup. This will create many tiny bubbles that should result in a lighter, chewier texture.

• Try twisting together taffy ropes of different colors or flavors for fun new combinations.


Share & Discuss
Share your taffy experiment results.

My mother and I did taffy when I was in high school. If you have never had the experience of pulling taffy you need to try it. However, be prepared for a long day of pulling, twisting, and kneading. Your arms will feel like they are about to fall off and if you don’t do it long enough it will stay soft.

Have fun and enjoy.


24 National Escargot Day

National Escargot Day

Today is National Escargot Day! Escargot is a tasty appetizer made with land snails cooked in butter or wine. While the dish most likely originated in Ancient Roman times, escargot is usually associated with French cuisine. In fact, the French consume around 40,000 metric tons of snails each year!Although escargot usually involves a very rich sauce, the snails themselves are actually quite good for you. The edible varieties are high in protein and low in fat.If you’ve never tasted escargot, National Escargot Day is a great reason to give them a try! Bon appétit!

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25 National Missing Children’s Day

National Missing Children’s Day – May 25

Between 1979 and 1981 a series of high-profile missing-children cases became national headlines. Three such cases contributed to the shock of the nation’s consciousness bringing attention to the seriousness of child victimization and forever changing the response by law-enforcement agencies to reports of missing children.

On May 25, 1979, Etan Patz disappeared from a New York City street on his way to school. Even before cases of missing children routinely garnered national media attention, Etan’s case quickly received a lot of coverage. His father, a professional photographer, disseminated black-and-white photographs of Etan in an effort to find him. The massive search and media attention that followed focused the nation’s attention on the problem of child abduction and lack of plans to address it.

For almost three years national media attention was focused on Atlanta, Georgia, where the bodies of young boys and girls were discovered in lakes, marshes, and ponds along roadside trails. By the time a suspect was arrested and identified in 1981, 29 bodies were recovered. The suspect was apprehended, convicted, and now serves a life sentence in prison.

On July 27, 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh disappeared from a Florida shopping mall. His parents, John and Revé Walsh, immediately turned to law-enforcement agencies to help find their son. To their disappointment, there was no coordinated effort among law enforcement to search for Adam on a state or national level, and no organization to help them in their desperation.

The tragedies of these children and others exposed a fundamental flaw. There was no coordinated effort between federal, state, and local law enforcement; no national response system in place; and no central resource to help searching families. When it came to handling missing-children cases, the United States was a nation of 50 states often acting like 50 separate countries.

The momentum that began with the disappearance of Etan, Adam, and the 29 missing and murdered children of Atlanta led to photographs of missing children on milk cartons and, ultimately, a nationwide movement. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 National Missing Children’s Day. Each administration since has honored this annual reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and make child protection a national priority. National Missing Children’s Day is a reminder to all parents and guardians of the need for high-quality photographs of their children for use in case of an emergency, and for the need for everyone to pay close attention to the posters and photographs of missing children.

Amazing that after all this time Etan Patz’s cold case may be solved. The crime is still unraveling and it is amazing what has transpired through all of this. His parents never moving or changing their phone number in hopes that one day he would return home. Now 33 years later answers are coming. The sadness in this case is that they will probably never have his body returned to the family for a burial. Many questions are in the air and the charges have only begun . Now a trial will take place and hopefully for this family that has waited so long they will at least find some answers. Let us all pray that this gives them some peace.

The number of missing children is on the rise. It is very important the young people of all ages learn to stay in groups . My mother always said there is safety in numbers. I think today’s generation has forgotten that. No one should be out alone day or night. Don’t assume that they will make it around the corner it might not happen. Have several people walk them there and several people together to return home.

Even dating should be double dating this day and age. You don’t know the possibilities anymore. Society has changed. They say history always repeats itself and it looks like we are headed back having chaperones at all times.

So on this Memorial Day weekend pray for the families of those who have missing children. Help them find some peace.


25 Tap Dance Day

National Tap Dance Day falls on May 25 every year and is a celebration of tap dancing as an American art form. The idea of National Tap Dance Day was first presented to U.S. Congress on September 15, 1988 and was signed into American law by President George H.W. Bush on November 7, 1989.[citation needed] Tap Dance Day is also celebrated in other countries, particularly Japan, Australia, India and Iceland.

National Tap Dance Day was the brainchild of Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval, and Linda Christensen. They deemed May 25 appropriate for this holiday because it is the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a significant contributor to tap dance.

Tap dance day can be celebrated with an event which may be organized by a studio or tap dance interest group. Some may also celebrate it individually due to geographical dispersion or lack of access to the wider tap community. National Tap Dance Day is celebrated in many different ways. For example, a studio may send people out onto the streets to teach the “Shim Sham Shimmy” to passers-by. However, there are several cities (particularly in America) that have their own performances and events to coincide with Tap Dance Day.

I remember as a child taking tap dancing. I loved it. I used to stand over the floor furnace and click my taps on the metal rim. I loved to hear that sound. Probably drove my mother crazy.

I was only in one tap recital and dressed up like a skunk. I was supposed to be in one the following year as a bumblebee but the doctors wouldn’t let me because of my tonsillitis. Then I went on to a year of ballet. I have always loved dancing. Unfortunately I put up my Toto for the piano. I often regret that I didn’t stay with dancing. I think I would have enjoyed being a choreographer.

As an adult I spent much time dancing until my body gave out. Now I watch dancing with the starts and dream of dancing one more time.


May 25, 2013 is

National Wine Day

Today is National Wine Day! Wine has been an important part of human history and culture for thousands of years. Regardless of whether you prefer red, white, pinot, or cabernet, everyone can appreciate today’s celebration. Spread the news about this unique occasion with a free Wine Day eCard!Archaeologists in Speyer, Germany discovered the oldest bottle of wine in existence while excavating two Roman stone sarcophaguses in 1867. The bottle dates back to at least 325 AD! It is now on display at the History Museum of the Pfalz in Germany.To celebrate National Wine Day, find out if there are any events going on at your local winery or plan your very own wine tasting party for you and your friends!


26 International Jazz Day – Saturday of Memorial Day weekend

Not to be confused with Jazz Appreciation Month April 30th

May 28. Jazz lovers worldwide attend local festivals (or can start their own) to celebrate jazz on the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend. Originated by the New Jersey Jazz Society and sanctioned by the American Federation of Jazz Societies, the United Nations Jazz Society and the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society. For info: Web:


May 26, 2012 is

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Today is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day! Although cheesecake recipes can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece, the flavored versions we know and love today are a fairly recent innovation. People have come up with all sorts of interesting and unique cheesecake flavors, but today is a celebration of the classic blueberry variety.The type of cheese used to make cheesecake has a huge impact on the flavor and texture of this delicious dessert. American cheesecakes are made with cream cheese, Italian cheesecakes are made with ricotta, and German and Polish cheesecakes are made with “quark” cheese, which is a type of curd cheese.Blueberry cheesecake is one of the most popular cheesecake flavors. Enjoy a heavenly slice (or two) today to celebrate National Blueberry Cheesecake Day!


National Cheese Dessert Day

Here’s a fabulous recipe from Associated Content for Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. This is a real crowd pleaser. I just love these cupcakes.

1 stick of butter
9 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
14-16 ounces of cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line the cupcake pan. This recipe makes one dozen cupcakes. Melt the chocolate chips and butter together. This can be done on the stove top, or in the microwave on low heat in thirty-second intervals. Keep stirring until smooth. Beat in the sugar, vanilla and eggs until glossy. Stir in the flour until just mixed – don’t keep pounding away at the batter.

Put a spoon full of batter in each cupcake wrapper. Then drop in about ten chocolate chips and three cherries. Cover them up with the remaining batter and toss them in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes, until tops appeared to be puffy and cracking. They can go as long as twenty-five minutes, but it is better to undercook than overcook.

The cake has a nice crumb, not too moist and not too dry. The best part is the chocolate chips that melt around the cherries, becoming a truffle like center. Cupcakes are delicious on their own, or can be frosted.

Cherry Buttercream Frosting
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
4 tablespoons cherry juice

Cream the butter and shortening in a large mixing bowl. Add two tablespoons of cherry juice. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Keep beating at a medium speed. During this process, scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Once all of the sugar is incorporated, add the remaining two tablespoons of cherry juice. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Frost the cupcakes after they have cooled. Decorate with cherries on top, or chocolate chips.

The recipe above is fabulous and easy, but if you only have a few minutes, here’s an easy brownie recipe, and you can still celebrate National Cherry Dessert Day –with chocolate.

Fresh Cherry Brownies

1 package brownie mix
1 c. fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg

Combine the brownie mix, cherries, oil and egg. Pour into greased pan. Bake at 350 for 30-50 minutes (test with toothpick).

If you have more time, you can always use your favorite brownie recipe and add chopped pitted cherries. Take care to adjust for liquid from the cherries.

Have a great Cherry Dessert Day!

Whatever you do this weekend please honor the fallen soldiers, the returning veterans, and the loved ones who have passed on. Make sure you stay safe and have a weekend that will be full of good memories.

So until next time 🙂


May 22nd

Well this morning I got my presentation and read through my poems. I am now awaiting the arrival of my book order along with the proof of ” A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue.”

While I was working on my presentation a spider decided to walk across my computer keyboard straight at me. Talk about scare me to death. Where did he come from? How dare him be on my keyboard.

Well after the shock when I suddenly looked down, and the jump backwards. I composed myself gave me a moment to flee and it was a stand-off. He was going to stay put.

Oh, no that’s my work area so after a knock to the ground he still didn’t leave. What the heck is the matter doesn’t he get it that he’s not wanted here?

Well someone the rollers on my office chair rolled over the top of him and that was the end of that.

Rollers on a chair are nice don’t you think?

Well I’m ready to continue with my work and what the day presents. It looks like the rain is moving on but at least it isn’t 89 degrees today. Boy it was hot last night without any breeze. I love the heat but trailers don’t cool off. I like to have a breeze in the evening for that reason.

Well leaving the windows open cooled the trailer and shutting them at 7:00 am kept the cool air in so it’s been comfortable all day today.

Temperature’s today are only in the 70’s. I see the breeze is picking up so this evening will not be great for the windows being open.

Boy since we started opening the windows int he evening my cats have been very naughty.

Usually they go to sleep with me. Now they want to play and look out the windows.

I am going to have to retrain them for the summer.

Well let’s see what’s in store for the National Days and don’t forget to check out new poems.


National Days

22 Buy a Musical Instrument Day

Buy A Musical Instrument Day is celebrated every May 22nd, just in time to encourage a new hobby for the kiddies who are about to be set free from school for the summer. But taking up a musical instrument is a fun and engaging activity for adults and seniors as well.

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It is true that this time of year musical instruments are often encouraged. School counselors go the the elementary and talk about the classes for the middle school or, junior high and high school.

They recruit where they can recruit. Buying a musical instrument gives you the summer to take music lessons before the next school year. It also gives you something to keep you busy over those long three months at home.

You can usually pick up a deal on an old instrument that another student is no longer interested in playing or perhaps they have out grown and are moving up in quality. This is a good time to look for those deals.

There was no reference to the reason for this day but I would say it is a combination of music stores, schools and parents.

I myself started playing piano when I was seven. Then when the counselor’s game to junior high and talked about high school classes I saw my opportunity to be in the band and away from the protective eyes of my parents.

I begged to be in the band. Mom fought it but they had no reason as dad had a Saxophone so there was no monetary investment. I had enough music to start working on my own with minimal lessons.

I set off my Freshman year packing that heavy Saxophone walking to and from High School. After doing it for two years I threatened to quit band if I couldn’t have a smaller instrument. By that time my parents were happy to have me in band and realized the benefits of having my time occupied. They also saw what a discipline music was. I wanted a flute so we set off to the music store.

When my mom saw the prices of flute she said no way so I ended up with a Bundy clarinet which I played until mid year of my senior year.

The band teacher gave me after school lessons and I was there when one of his new instruments game in. It was an E Flat clarinet which was very small and high-pitched. He had no one to play it so I convinced him to let me do it for the rest of the year which he did.

My best memories of school were the band activities and the friends in band. We were a group and we did everything together.

I met my high school sweetheart in the band and he played trumpet.

We both went on to College to become music majors. I ended up with a Vocal Degree while he became a band instructor.

We never agreed on anything to do with music which could account for our drifting apart.

Our sons both played instruments, my oldest started with the violin while his brother went with the trumpet.

Violin was out the door at the end of the year because of a teacher that didn’t understand elementary students.

Then my son wouldn’t play again until high school when he could get his hands on a set of drums. Now he is a very good drummer, and a self-taught guitarist composing music and recording in my back bed room.

My youngest son ,do to moving around and changes in school, didn’t stick with the music but he was a wonderful collection of Cd’s of all styles of music. He has become the person who truly knows how to appreciate music of all kind.

So I guess you would say we all have music in our blood.

For young children I recommend Kazoo’s they can start very young, humming into the instrument. They are durable and last for ever. I had one very young and later on taught my sons’ cub scout troop how to march in the 4th of July parade playing Kazoo’s.

Senior citizens love music and if you play an instrument or sing they love volunteers are always welcome at nursing homes and senior citizen centers.

Music is an international language you can communicate without knowing the language.

This is a great day for finding that instrument you always dreamed of having so go look for it today.

You can also make your own instruments as they do in pre-school or as one man did who tried out for “America’s Got Talent.” He plays a beautiful rendition of the broom and dustpan.


May 22 is National Maritime Day in the United States each year. This day reflects the gratitude that Americans have for the maritime industry and the benefits it brings to the country. It also recognizes ships and seafarers who have held a special place in the nation’s history.


National Vanilla Pudding Day

Today is National Vanilla Pudding Day! The delicious, creamy pudding we know and love today has been around since the 19th century. Most culinary historians agree that our modern recipe evolved from custards, which date back to Ancient Rome.Jell-O introduced its first line of instant pudding in the 1950s. The advertising campaign announcing the new product promoted it as a “busy-day dessert.” Check out one of the original commercial spots!

To celebrate National Vanilla Pudding Day, make some delicious homemade vanilla pudding from scratch, or from an instant mix! For an extra special treat, pair it with fresh fruit or chocolate. Yum!


Well that seems like that’s it for today.  So no matter how you decide to celebrate this day enjoy it.

So until next time 🙂

May 21st

Busy day today. Went to talk to the library. Did some shopping. Threw dinner in the crock pot. Made phone calls. Now I’m trying to catch up with myself.

I am going to post some poetry that will be read at the Library on Wednesday. Please follow the poetry links.

New poems that have been posted are “Dreams of Yesterday,” “The Land of Horses,” “Grandma’s Pantry,” and “Duty Calls.”

Then I will get back to the National days. IF anyone has any special comments or requests please leave me a comment.


National Days

21 National Memo Day

Today, we celebrate National Memo Day. Have a pen and paper ready, and take valuable notes. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, just be prepared to pass important information to someone.

Why is this a holiday?

Today is a holiday because where would we be without memos? Lost; that’s where! People write themselves and others notes all the time to make sure that we don’t forget things or to deliver a message when we’re not there to give it. It’s a simple thing, I know, but it shouldn’t be overlooked with how important it actually is. So… we celebrate it!

A memo is short for memorandum which is simply something that helps us remember things by jotting down important aspects. They’re used by everyone from children to business owners.

It could be something as simple as a shopping list or a note telling something to use the other door. Or it could be a memo about your business finances… very important stuff!

But when I think of a memo I think of a Post-it Note because I use them all the time! These little 3 inch, square, sticky notes are so handy; I don’t know if I could live without them. Oddly enough, it took Dr. Spencer Silver a while to convince 3M to use his “pressure sensitive adhesive” but eventually, with the help of an idea from Art Fry, they came up with a good use for it. And in 1980 the first Post-it Notes were sold! And hey, if you hate when they fall down because they lost their stickiness then you should check out the Post-it Brand Super Sticky notes that they came out with in 2003!

What memos have you read today?

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21 National Waiters and Waitresses Day

In honor of National Waiters and Waitresses Day, I hope everyone will gift themselves with an inside look at the lives of the people who serve your food.

Having worked in a kitchen in college and having served at College Banquets. I respect what these people endure on a day-to-day basis.

They not only are dealing with the public. They are dealing with people who complain about the service, send the food back, make a mess of the food left over and leave an often leave a mess to be cleaned up.

People enjoying going out to eat depend on the service of these people. They expect courtesy, fast and accurate service, with a pleasant atmosphere. Is it too much to ask that in return those serving you the meals you ordered receive the same in return.

They work for lower wages because they expect them to get a 15% time and when they don’t they are taking home below minimum wage. However, they are their everyday standing on their feet for long hours so that the public can have a day free from their own kitchen.

Let us honor them today and if you should go out to eat reach deep into your pocket and tip them high today.

IF you have a favorite server send them an appreciation card. Let them know that their job is important and that they are appreciated.

So today we honor those waitresses and waiters that take care of the public.


Today is Strawberry and Cream Day.

There are many different recipes for this. You can go with strawberry shortcake. A dish of Strawberries, Strawberries on pancakes or waffles, or just eat them fresh with Cream.

No matter how you enjoy them. Today is a great day to enjoy Strawberries.


For me today I am going to enjoy barbequed spareribs, baked potates, and cauliflower.


So until next time 🙂









May 19th

A beautiful sunny day with a mild breeze. A good day to be out on a river fishing or on the lake in a boat.

My father preferred walking the river beds and fishing to his heart’s content. It was quiet, calm and enjoyable.

Have you ever thought about how we let the world change us as we grow up. When I was a kid I loved the river too. I loved to stand in it barefoot and fish. If I got tired I sat on a boulder in the river and I didn’t care if I got all wet. When I got tired of fishing I’d go wadding or look for snails or round pebbles to skip across the water. I loved to do that.

When we grow up we lose the inner child. It’s still there but we don’t let it out often enough. When was the last time you wadded in a river or creek. How long has it been since you skipped a rock. Have you ever looked for snails. What about catching polliwogs and frogs just to set them free at the end of the day.

Now that your all grown up what is it that you enjoy. We go to work. We come home to work. Our children often are work or make work for us. When have you had a good laugh.

When was the last time you and your kids had a water fight. My son tried it with me on Mother’s Day. It was fun.

Sometimes as adults we forget the precious important moments in time. We need to stop and breathe and live. The world won’t come to an end if you skip the house work for a day, or take the kids somewhere special.

When was the last time you and a loved one had a special evening?

Life is too short. If you aren’t having time in your life to be the fun-loving person you use to be than you need to look at your priorities and see what needs to be changed otherwise one day you will sit back and ask, “Where did my life go?”

So from me to you go act like a kid today and live it up but do it safely.


National Days

19 Armed Forces Day – third Saturday of month

Today is Armed Forces Day! This holiday honors all of the men and women who serve our country and protect our freedom! In 1949, Louis Johnson (the Secretary of Defense) suggested that the United States should have a day to celebrate all of its military branches. On February 9, 1950, President Truman proclaimed the first ever Armed Forces Day.

Communities all across the country celebrate Armed Forces Day with parades, receptions, and air shows. There is a different theme for the event every year. Some examples of past themes include liberty, freedom, professionalism, and security.

To celebrate Armed Forces Day, attend a local parade or reception and thank service men and women for their dedication!



Armed Forces Day


Third Saturday of May,

Remember Armed Forces Day.


A time to honor Americans in uniform,

Who for our country did perform,

Whether at war or peace,

They let us live our lives with ease.


Let us remember to honor,

The five branches as our brothers,

The Army, and the Navy,

Think of them on land and sea.


Remember the Marines, and Cost Guard,

Watching our shores and country,

When you see the Jets fly by,

Remember the Air Force who “Aims High.”


Our National Guard and Reserves,

Serving at home when a disaster occurs,

Support our troops in all they do,

Remember civilians who work with them too.


Many events will take place,

Let them see pride on your face,

Respect those at memorials,

Visiting cemeteries should be formal.

@Copyrighted May 2012 “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue.” by Janice N. Richards

Many communities have events on this day. Join in your communities in honor of those serving you and your country. Shake their hands, let them know that you are proud of what they do.


19 Boy’s Club Day

Boys Club Day
The Boys Club was founded on May 19, 1906, by Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. The Boys Club was formed to keep boys from roaming the streets. It was later changed to Boys and Girls Club of America.

Many of the local Boys and Girls Clubs will be honoring this day with special activities so be sure to join in with your local Clubs.



National Learn to Swim Day:

May 19th is National Learn to Swim Day.  As the weather heats up, pools, lakes, beaches and rivers beckon, and knowing how to swim can be the difference between life and death for kids (and adults) this summer.

Here are some facts:

According to the Red Cross, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years …

Help save a life. Enroll your children or grandchildren in swimming lessons. Use floating devices. Never let them swim in canals or be around water unattended.

Remember it only takes a teaspoon of water to drowned. Children are fast and you can’t turn your backs for a second.

This year water is high, cold and fast-moving. Keep your children safe. Don’t let them swim without supervision.

Snow is still melting off the mountains and ice-cold water is dangerous.

Flooding creates illusions that the water is shallow when there can be deep holes. When near lakes and rivers let them wear their floating devices to play on the shores then if they fall into the water they have a chance.

Have all floating devices approved for safety. If they wear the wrong size for them it is just as dangerous as none at all.

Never leave them unattended in a small yard pool it is still a place they can drowned or be suffocated. Empty all pools when done and turn upside down for precautions.

You want your children to not fear the water but learn to respect it at the same time.


Fire Alarm Patented
On May 19, 1857, William F. Channing and Moses G. Garmer received the first patent for an electric fire alarm. The alarm system was first used in Boston, Massachusetts, consisting of street fire alarm boxes connected by a telegraph circuit to a central station.


Spanish Armada Sets Sail
On May 19, 1588, the Spanish Armada sets sail from Lisbon, Spain, to gain control of the English Channel and invade England. What was the outcome of this endeavor.


May 19, 2012 is

National Devil’s Food Cake Day

What is rich, chocolatey, airy, and moist? Devil’s food cake of course! This tempting dessert is considered the counterpart to the white angel food cake. It is generally more moist and airy than other types of chocolate cake, due to its use of baking soda. Baking soda raises the pH level of the cake, making it a deeper and darker mahogany color. The use of hot or boiling water as the cake’s main liquid rather than milk is another common distinguisher of this type of cake.

Devil’s food cake was introduced to the United States in the early 1900’s. It is quite similar to red velvet cake and the names are often interchangeable in some parts of the country. To celebrate National Devil’s Food Cake Day, make some divine devil’s food cake to have for dessert tonight!


Use your favorite recipe or go online where you can find many delicious recipes to try out.

Put a spark in your life and be that little “Devilish” person you sometimes want to be.



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Well from Armed Forces day to Boys and Girls Clubs, Swimming, to Devil’s Food Cake. There is something there for everyone to enjoy. Why not enjoy them all.

Have a great day. Make it special for you. So until next time 🙂



May 18th

WOW! What a day I had yesterday.

I relaxed in the morning. Wrote my blog, checked my email, checked Facebook, watched some morning TV, ate lunch  then decided to leave the house.

I don’t leave the house often but yesterday was my goal. I showered and went to town. Got a haircut, highlighted my hair for a new look, and did some minor shopping. I spent the entire afternoon at the Beauty Salon.

Then I decided to pick up dinner and bring it home. Last night I was able to feel like I had accomplished something. Not only had I finished my home procedures but I also had gotten out into the public.

I forgot my cane at home and walked the whole time without. I came home feeling better than ever.

Now today the weather has cooled off and the wind has picked up. I basically have followed the same routine and I may go to the grocery store this afternoon.

I haven’t gotten that far yet.


Today my best friend is having back surgery. They are fusing two of her cervical disks together. I hope that this goes well for her. She has been in a lot of pain recently.

If you have a favorite friend that you grew up with you will know how this feels.

She lived next door to me and when my mom wouldn’t let me do anything else she would always let me go next door and visit Joanita.

Joanita’s father had died when she was five. Her mother had the job of supporting five children in a time when it wasn’t normal for women to work.

Joanita was the only girl in the family . Her three older brothers kept her very busy making lunches for their work and waking them up on time. She was responsible for her younger brother who was a year younger than me.

She was several years older than I was and mom felt it was safe for me to go over and visit while we made sure all the work got done before her mother came home from work. That included cooking dinner.

Joanita turned out to be that special person with a wonderful heart, and a gorgeous smile.

Even though she gave up her childhood early on she never resented any of it. We had our fun, our boyfriends, and our secrets.

Many years have passed and although there is a distance mileage wise between us my feelings for her have never faltered. She will always be my dearest friend.

She has raised three very nice daughters as a single mother, and has found the love of her life in her senior years.

She has grandchildren that adore her.

I hope this special lady who has been through so much in her life is healed and can continue to enjoy the life she has finally learned to enjoy. Today is her surgery and I will be hearing from her daughter later.

My prayers for healing go with you Joanita.


National Days

On May 18th, learn about the eruption of Mount St. Helens, don’t create dirty dishes today and visit your local museum.

Mount St. Helens Erupts
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted after 123 years of inactivity. The eruption shot an ash column 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash over 11 states. 57 people lost their lives to the eruption. Mount St. Helens is located in the Cascade Range in southwestern Washington.

18 International Museum Day

May 18th is International Museum Day, sponsored by International Council of Museums (ICOM). International Museum Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of museums in today’s society. Each year has a different theme. Visit a museum today.

Today celebrates not just the large famous museums, but the little hole-in-the-wall places located around the world.

18 National Bike to Work Day – third Friday of month

National Bike to Work Day

Today is National Bike to Work Day! In 1956, the Cycle Trade Association of America announced the first ever Bike Month. The purpose of this occasion was to promote bicycle sales. Today, National Bike Month, Bike Week, and Bike to Work Day have a much broader focus. These events encourage safe bicycling practices and promote cycling as a legitimate commuting alternative.Join thousands of other Americans and participate in Bike to Work Day today. Whether you are environmentally conscious or just love the exercise, biking to work is a great way to avoid the commuter traffic and stay in shape! Happy cycling!

18 No Dirty Dishes Day

No Dirty Dishes Day
May 18th is No Dirty Dishes Day. It’s a day to eat in a manner that won’t create dirty dishes…using paper plates and plastic utensils or eating out all day. Be creative.

18 Visit Your Relatives Day

Visit Your Relatives Day

Today is Visit Your Relatives Day! In today’s fast paced lifestyle, it is easy to lose touch with the people you care about. Sometimes you only get to see relatives around the holidays or if they live really far away, you may not get to see them at all.There is a special connection that binds family members together. They provide an unyielding support system to get you through the hardest of times and they are there to celebrate and create memories during important life milestones. Either way, we need our families and they need us.To celebrate Visit Your Relatives Day, stop by and say hello to family members that you don’t get to see that often. Send them a free ecard, call them, or better yet, host a family reunion! The older generations of your family will be so proud of you for bringing everyone together and starting a new family tradition.


May is National Military Appreciation Month

WASHINGTON — Both chambers of the U.S. Congress have adopted a resolution calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. service members during May’s National Military Appreciation Month.

Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, along with 16 cosponsors, introduced Concurrent Resolution No. 328 in the House in November. The Senate agreed to it without amendment and by unanimous consent April 26.

The resolution states that the House, with the Senate concurring, “supports the goals and objectives of a National Military Appreciation Month.” It also “urges the president to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States, localities, organizations and media to annually observe” the month “with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Finally, the resolution urges the White House Commission on Remembrance to “work to support the goals and objectives” of the month.

The Senate first passed a resolution in 1999 designating National Military Appreciation Month. That declaration summoned U.S. citizens to observe the month “in a symbol of unity, … to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”

Traditionally, May has focused on the military in many ways. For example, Public Service Recognition Week, celebrated the first full Monday through Sunday in May since 1985, recognizes the roles of public servants, including the military, at local, state, regional and federal levels. As a part of PSRW, communities across America showcase military equipment and service members from U.S. installations. The largest PSRW event takes place on Washington’s National Mall, where more than 100 federal agencies, including the military services, put their activities, people and equipment on public display. This year’s mall event is May 6-9.

Armed Forces Day, created in 1949, is an annual event held on the third Saturday in May, with activities at U.S. military bases around the world. This year’s celebration occurs May 15.

The month culminates with Memorial Day, a federal holiday on the last Monday in May. The day, dating from the Civil War era, traditionally has marked recognition of those who have died in service to the nation. Each year on Memorial Day, the White House Commission on Remembrance promotes one minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time to honor the military’s fallen comrades and to pay tribute to the sacrifices by the nation’s service members and veterans.

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It is especially important this year that we share the appreciation of our Military. with over 6,000 deceased servicemen that we want to honor  by ALWAYS REMEMBER NEVER FORGET Memorial Day is coming up.

We are also bringing home our servicemen and women. Let’s bring them home safely.

In honor of the month of May my book  will go live on May 23rd “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue.”

I will post a poem on that day. I am working on the link this week.


National Cheese Souffle Day

Five Food Finds about Soufflet

  • A souffle is essentially a simple white sauce enriched with egg yolk. Stiff egg whites are folded right into the mixture. At this point, you can add whatever flavor you like: cheese, vegetables, chocolate or fruit.
  • The secret to a great souffle is to beat the egg whites into stiff white peak consistency and to fold them carefully into the sauce to keep as much air in the mixture as possible.
  • Savory souffles are often too light for a main course, but the addition of chicken and spinach here bolsters this into a substantial main course. When you break into it with your fork, the seductive aroma of cheese, chicken and spinach pours out. It’s elegant, airy and fluffy.
  • The secret to success is making sure your timing is just right. So plan ahead carefully; figure out what you will be serving first — such as a salad or soup — and time the souffle to go into the oven as you sit down for your first course.
  • You can wait for a souffle, but a souffle waits for no one. You don’t want to serve a deflated souffle.


List Price: $14.50
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
90 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1470186920 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1470186926
BISAC: Poetry / General

CreateSpace eStore:



I will be applying the link now so you can go to the order site.


So for the rest of the day I hope everyone enjoys the day to the fullest.

Until next time 🙂

May 17th

Can you believe May is already half over. Oh my where does the time go?

I will be spending the time between now and Wednesday May 23rd get ready for the presentation at the library.

I am to read some of my work.

I will pick one poem from each poetry book and one paragraph from my memoir.

The challenge is going to be which ones to pick. Everyone has a special meaning. I have to give this some serious thought.

I hope “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue.” Will be here by Monday. I am really anxious to see the cover.

It’s like having Christmas every time a new book arrives.


National Days

17 Pack Rat Day

May 17th is Pack Rat Day, an opportunity for each of us to admit to our own pack rat behaviors and spend one day embracing our clutter. While you’re “busy” not taking out the trash or doing the dishes, assess your own pack-rat-edness and inclinations toward compulsive hoarding — after all, just like the old PSAs said, “knowing is half the battle.”

Today is the day for doing nothing about it and enjoy all those treasures that you have stored away.

You don’t have to get ready for yard sales, donations or cleaning anything out today.

Today is in honor of the person who knows to see a good deal and hang on to it.

You can do nothing today or you can honor it by going to that favorite second-hand store and see what else you can find that you just can’t live without.

There will be other days designated to organizing and deleting unnecessary items.

So for today enjoy the treasures you’ve collected over the years.


“The Cherry Gobbler”

Ingredients: 2 oz Wild Turkey, 3/4 oz grenadine syrup, 3 1/2 oz Mt. Dew soda

Directions: Pour the Wild Turkey and grenadine into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Add Mountain Dew, and serve.

No information found on why this is Cherry Gobbler day not to be confused with Cherry Cobbler Day.

However, if you want this summer drink I would recommend picking out a favorite food or food snacks before starting.


Brown Bag Day

Grab your favorite Brown Bag lunch and get your friends, co-workers, or family to meet you for lunch in a favorite place such as a park etc.


Enjoy your lunch and get outside.


Well today the sky is overcast and the rain is moving in for a day or two of course, the weekend is coming but the warm weather will be climbing back up for the following week.

Drink plenty of water and keep your body dehydrated.

Enjoy your yards, sit in the shade, listen to the birds sing, enjoy the aroma of all the flowers starting to blossom and of course have those allergy medicines ready if needed.

However, be careful of biting and stinging insects.

Do not pick up anything you can’t identify you might get a surprise as the man at the Wall-Mart store did who picked up a rattlesnake and has the bites to prove it.

Whatever you do enjoy the day and until next time 🙂




May 16th

Hello World: Today I ordered the first copy of “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue.” I will be adding the link on here although it won’t be live until I approve the proof. I also ordered more books of “The Land of Horses” and “Grandma’s Pantry.” They will be available at the Public Library on May 23rd in Rupert Idaho at 6:00 pm.

If you cannot come please contact me and I will see that you get the book of your choice.

Books are picking up momentum and moving fast. It’s hard to keep them on hand. However, they only take six days to come in. IF anyone needs them sooner than that they can pay for expedited shipping.


I am shipping out Land of Horses today to the winner of the facebook auction for Shaun. In fact when I finish here that is what I will be doing.

Congratulations to CK Guffin.


Life moves fast and you’d better be ready to move with it.

So let’s look at today’s National Days and see what is happening.

National Days

16 Love a Tree Day

  • Let your inner hippie spirit shine bright and give a tree a nice big hug!  This works even better if you do it in public so you can get others to participate.
  • Give a thirsty tree some water, they’ll greatly appreciate it.
  • Plant a tree.

This is a day to spend time with a tree.  Make sure you pick a tree on your property or on a public area. Don’t ruin it with trespassing charges.


There are many activities for this day. Get to know the animals that live in the tree. Put food out for them.

Sit under the tree and read a book.

Give the tree you pick out that extra attention whether it be trimming, watering or hugging.

We love our trees as they provide so much to our world. Today is the day to show your appreciation. Love that tree.


16 National Sea Monkey Day

National Sea Monkey Day celebrates an amazing pet that comes alive when placed in water. Children and adults are fascinated by these creatures, that almost instantly are born when place in water.

Celebrate this day by spending some time with your Sea Monkeys. Watch them swim and play. Give them an extra treat. If you do not have sea monkeys, today is the day to go out and buy a kit.

No reference was found to official day.


16 Wear Purple for Peace Day

The goal of Wear Purple for Peace Day is to make the world a peaceful place and, of course, encourage alien species to make contact with earth.

Do you want to meet aliens for another planet?

Origination unknown.


Happy National Coquilles St. Jacques Day!

Raves chef Anthony Bourdain about the French meal, “I will always associate the smell of this dish with my first imaginings of France — and the imminent arrival of guests…. I yearned for this dish – knowing it only by smells – and was delighted when I finally turned old enough to sit down to eat with the adults. This was the reward.”

Scallops — or “coquilles St. Jacques,” as they’re known in French — are classic bivalve mollusks, with dual functions: Not only does the chewy meat provide tasty nourishment but the shells, too, provide a decorative exterior. The traditional coquilles St. Jacques preparationmakes use of the fanciful shells as serving pieces, tossing the scallops with mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce, sprinkled with a crunchy breadcrumb topping with cheese, and broiling the dish until golden

So for today that is it. So until next time 🙂