May 7th

I am so stoked right now. I just got off the phone with the Public Library and it looks like I am going to get to do a presentation on Self Publishing. Thursday is the Board Meeting and I will know more after that. It looks like I will be doing the presentation on May 23rd at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Tell all of your friends.

I want to start doing more presentations as well as book signings.

This is the start of my marketing plan for the rest of the month. I’m going to push, push, push , push.

I am going to finish proofing “Tribute of those Serving the Red, White, and Blue,” today. I got it half done yesterday before dinner time. I will then download it to see how it looks. I’m on a roll.

I am not going to be stopped I ‘m going to keep on rolling along.

Loving every minute of it.


Future Plans.

I am going to start working on a couple of children’s books over the summer. I will get back to my memoirs and get them done also.

Things are going great.


National Days

  • Wildflower Week – week two

7 Astronomy Day  – date varies

National Astronomy Day – May 7th, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 2 PM – 10 PM

Please make plans to join CAAS for National Astronomy Day, Saturday, May 7th. Our friends at Pinnacle Mountain State Park will help us celebrate again this year. The fun starts at 2 p.m. at the PMSP Visitors’ Center and runs all the way until 10 p.m.  We will have solar observing, solar marshmallow roasting, meteorite displays, a Solar System Hike, screening of the outstanding PBS documentary “Telescope: Hunting the Edge of Space,” the International Dark-Sky Association display, a water rocket demonstration, a presentation by Darrell Heath, our new Jet Propulsion Laboratory “Solar System Ambassador,” an appearance by the CAAS “Bubble Boys,” and more!  And of course, in the evening we will host a public star party.


7 National Tourism Day

Every where I look I find a different day for National Tourism Day. I know I posted on this earlier.

However, I have come to the conclusion that there is no reference to a National Day. IT is a known fact that in the spring travel picks up. When children are out of school families begin planning vacations. So what ever day you choose to celebrate as National Tourism Day be sure to follow some simple rules when planning trips.

First: Check out the destination and verify hotels, cost, entertainment, activities for all of the family, travel time and special offers.

Be sure to know what clothing will be needed as this is the time of year for change.

Talk to a travel agent you trust or someone who has been there previously.

It is good to plan your vacation a year in advance instead of spur of the moment. That way you have time to get the best deals and you can make it a fun family project learning about where you are going.

Wherever you decide to travel be prepared, be safe and have fun.



Week of May 7th, 2012: Celebrate National Shrimp Day!

May 10th is National Shrimp Day! Celebrate this week with seasonal salads, fresh shrimp dishes and other seafood delights. Savor May veggies such as English cucumbers and peas with this lovely meal planner.


Today is also National Roast Leg of Lamb

This is a roast leg of lamb with mustard glaze and garlic.

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes


  • 1 leg of lamb, about 6 to 7 pounds
  • 1/3 cup prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


Place leg of lamb on rack in roasting pan. Roast uncovered at 325° for 1 hour. Combine mustard, soy sauce, garlic, thyme, and ginger; spread mixture over leg of lamb. Roast leg of lamb for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours longer, or until done. Baste leg of lamb with drippings a few times during baking.
Roast leg of lamb serves 6 to 8. Related Lamb Recipes
Creole Roast Leg of Lamb
Roast Lamb Shoulder
Leg of Lamb with Pineapple
Roast Leg of Lamb
Savory Leg of Lamb
Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb


May 7th is National Train Day

As part of Amtrak’s 40th anniversary, National Train Day has a section on its site touting train travel’s “green” aspects. Here is an excerpt:

Passenger rail travel is 20 percent more efficient than airline travel and 30 percent more efficient than automobile travel (Footnote 1). Since 2003, Amtrak has cut its diesel fuel use by more than 5 percent while increasing train frequencies on many routes. In the Northeast Corridor, where most trains already run on electricity, solar panels have been added to power 50 track lubrication systems. Services between Boston, New York and Washington use electric locomotives, which can use regenerative braking. This is when the braking friction generates electricity while slowing the train. The resulting electricity can then be returned to the power grid through the overhead wire. Approximately 80 percent of the electric fleet uses regenerative braking.

Amtrak is also taking steps to reduce the use of petroleum products, [improve] efficiency and [reduce] air emissions by:

  • Reducing the amount of “idling” time of diesel locomotives
  • Conducting a 12-month trial on the Heartland Flyer service (Oklahoma City to Fort Worth) using 20 percent biodiesel (beef tallow)
  • Employing bio-lubricants in hydraulic systems
  • Using lighter and more aerodynamic vehicle carriers on the Auto Train®

Read more:



Well no matter what you do to celebrate the day. Enjoy your time. So until next time 🙂


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