May 15th

Good Morning everyone.

Hope everyone is having a great day. I have recouped from Sunday’s sun and activities and now I will get caught up with as much as I can.

11 Military Spouses Day the Friday before Mother’s Day

This is an important day to honor Military Spouses.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes sacrifices

5/10/2012  By Pfc. Victoria Fairchild, Combat Correspondent  , Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow 

BARSTOW, Calif.  — “On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we have an opportunity to not only honor the husbands and wives of our service members, but also thank them by actively expressing our gratitude in both word and deed,” said First Lady Michelle Obama, May 5, 2011 from the Presidential Proclamation.Military spouses are recognized each year for their hard work and dedication to the armed forces, which is why Military Spouse Appreciation Day was created.for more information go to:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mclbbarstow/Pages/MilitarySpouseAppreciationDayrecognizessacrifices.aspx#.T7LAilI9inA

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11 Twilight Zone Day

Life in The Twilight Zone

While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, most people of a “certain age” probably remember the thought-provoking television series where nothing was quite what it seemed.  Or was it?

Hosted and created by Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone aired from 1959 through 1964. Strange and surreal things often transported ordinary people into another dimension during the the twisted sci-fi thriller with the super-creepy theme song.

Rod Serling

Serling was born in New York on Christmas Day in 1924.  He went on to serve in the U.S. Army and attended Antioch College.  The Emmy-award winning writer went on to write television scripts and screenplays and wrote over 90 of the 156 Twilight Zone episodes himself.  Rodman Edward Serling died in 1975

for more information go to http://www.examiner.com

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12 Birth Mother’s Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day

This is a new one to me however, we know that in this day and age children aren’t raised by their birth mother so something nice done in their honor is a good gesture.

Explanation of Birthmother’s day:
Birthmother’s day is a day to celebrate and honor our birthmotherhood.  Its a day to reflect on the choice we made and the life we gave.  Its a day to recognize, that we are good mothers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our children.  This is a day to give gifts to birthmoms to show how much she is truly appreciated.

History on Birthmother’s Day:
Birthmother’s Day is celebrated the Saturday before Mother’s Day.  It originated in 1990 by a group of birthmothers in Seattle, Washington.  Most birthmothers will agree that Mother’s Day is a very painful holiday and these women wanted to create something that would honor their birthmotherhood.

http://birthmombuds.com/bmomsday.htm

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12 Fatigue Syndrome Day

Fatigue Syndrome Day is part of May’s Mental Health Awareness and it is a very real Syndrome. If you find yourself tired when you wake up, tired all day long, unable to do the things you would like to do in everyday life talk to your doctor and find out if you might have this. It is often missed because fatigue is a symptom of so many different issues. It is better to know for sure what it is that is causing your fatigue especially if it can be corrected.

12 International Migratory Bird Day the second Saturday in May

We all know that birds Migrate South for the winter and now they either have returned home or are in the process of it. This is a great day to do some bird watching and see how many different species you can identify.

12 International Nurses Day

This is the ending of Nurse Appreciation week and we can all agree that nurses aren’t appreciate enough for what they do. Thank a nurse.

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12 Limerick Day

Limerick Day is May 12 honoring the birthday of Edward Lear (1812-1888). Lear, an English artist and writer, popularized the limerick as a poem of fun and nonsense. Use these ideas to travel, read, write, share and gift for Limerick Day.

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13 Frog Jumping Day

For some (possibly strange) reason, Frog Jumping Day is celebrated every May 13th. This holiday is supposed to be connected to the story that first made Mark Twain a famous writer: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”—but the date doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the story or Twain…Hmm.
This year, Frog Jumping Day just happens to be the same day as Mother’s Day. Warning: Do NOT give your mother a real-live jumping frog as a Mother’s Day gift.
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13 Mother’s Day

Everyone knows what Mother’s Day is however, in my opinion every day should be Mother’s Day. Our Mother’s do more for us in our lives than any other person does. Take time to show your appreciation and love.

Mothers Day

Mother’s Day History

Contrary to popular belief, Mother’s Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the boardroom of Hallmark. The earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, mother of Christ. In England this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday.

In the United States, Mother’s Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it “Mother’s Work Day.”

Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else.

In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.”

Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna’s mother in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother’s Day. In 1914 Anna’s hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.

At first, people observed Mother’s Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated with Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother’s Day festival, and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war mother’s group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother’s day tradition.

Despite Jarvis’s misgivings, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers

http://mothers-day.123holiday.net/

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Fruit cocktail is a delicious and healthy alternative to candy and other sweets. These cups are composed of various types of fruit and began as a way to make use of bruised or damaged fruit. They have since become a long-time favorite. Here is a guide to the nutrition of fruit cocktail and how it benefits you. It will help you understand how nutritious a simple can of fruit can be.

Calories

The calories in a can of fruit cocktail varies with the size. A small can typically ranges between 40 to 60 calories per serving. If it’s a light brand, then the calories are a lot lower. Larger cans range between 76 to 260 calories. The difference in calories depends on whether or not the fruit is canned in water, syrup or juice. Water and juice are healthier and better for you. Syrup may be light or heavy and changes the calorie content drastically. It has a great deal of sugar, corn starches and preservatives that change the dietary content. It’s suggested to eat this brand in moderation or not at all.

Low in Fat and Carbs

If you’re on a diet plan and are counting fat calories, consider adding fruit cups with water or juice. The natural juices of the fruit add essential nutrients instead of unhealthy fat and carbs. Fruit cocktail is great for diet plans and makes an excellent snack choice.

Daily Fruit Servings

The FDA recommends consuming 2 to 4 servings of fruit per day. A serving is considered 1/2 cup of fruit. Fruit cocktail usually comes in one-cup servings. Therefore, if you eat an entire fruit cup you’ll be getting two servings of fruit. If you eat another can later in the day or with dinner, you complete all four servings. Women and kids need at least three servings of fruit per day. Older kids and pregnant women need at least four servings.

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-nutrition-of-fruit-cocktail.html

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14 Dance Like a Chicken Day
Dance Like a Chicken Day is for those who like to do the “Chicken Dance”. All ‘ya gotta do is dance like a chicken. While any dance song will do, there’s no dance like the Chicken dance.

It’s tradition at every wedding reception to play and to dance the Chicken Dance. It gets people of all ages up dancing and mingling. It puts a smile on everyone’s face. The Chicken Dance is not limited to weddings. It is also played at other social events where there is a band and dancing.

The only problem is that events are way too frequent for a chicken dance lover. Therefore, today exists to provide you with another opportunity to dance like a chicken. So, don’t pass up this priceless opportunity.

Origin of Dance Like a Chicken Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.

We did uncover the origin of the Chicken Dance song. It was originally titled “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance). It was created by Swiss accordion player Werner Thomas of Davos, Switzerland. Thomas created it in the 1950’s. Over the years, it quickly became popular, especially at weddings.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880443

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14 National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

Buttermilk Biscuits

2-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons butter, cold, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease an 8-inch round pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the flour resembles meal.  Combine the yogurt and buttermilk and stir together gently.

Place everything onto a floured countertop and knead just until the dough holds together. Pat into a 1-inch tall rectangle. Using a 2-1/2 inch biscuit cutter, cut out 8 biscuits by pushing the cutter in and pulling it up without twisting; this helps the biscuits to rise better. Place the biscuits into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden on top.

Serve hot with butter, jam, honey, gravy, or anything else that strikes your fancy.

Makes 8 biscuits

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15 National Chocolate Chip Day

May 15, 2012 is

National Chocolate Chip Day

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day! Chocolate chips are an essential ingredient in dozens of delicious baked goods—chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip pancakes, chocolate chip muffins, chocolate chip brownies, chocolate chip bagels, and many more. You can even find chili recipes that call for these sweet morsels!

In the 1930s, Ruth Graves Wakefield created the original chocolate chip cookie at her Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. Ruth intended to bake chocolate cookies for her guests, but she ran out of baker’s chocolate. She substituted with chopped up semi-sweet chocolate morsels and discovered that the pieces did not melt into the dough as she expected. Her cookies were an instant hit. Today, 25% of all the cookies baked in the United States are chocolate chip!

To celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day, pick up a bag of chocolate chips at the supermarket and bake something yummy to share with friends and coworkers!

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15 Police Officer’s Memorial Day

The idea of a Peace Officers Memorial Day came into effect on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor law enforcement officers. President John F Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. Each year, the president of the United States proclaims May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week.

According to the Legal Information Institute, the president is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day; to direct government officials to display the United States flag at half-staff on all government buildings; and to invite state and local governments and the people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/peace-officers-memorial-day

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Well I’ve got up as much as I can today. I have to get ready to go to the Public Library. Have a great day and until next time 🙂

 

 

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