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.

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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.

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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.

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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 cointrackers.com 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…

for more information go to : http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2012/05/23/opinion/doc4fbcab943dc27541960890.txt

http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/national_lucky_penny_day.html

http://pumpkinpetunia.blogspot.com/2012/03/st-patricks-day-lucky-penny-free.html

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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.

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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

Recipe Conversions

(note: recipe annotations will appear in a new window)

CAUTION
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.
 http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/recipe-taffy.html

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.

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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!

for recipes got to : http://escargot.free.fr/eng/cooking.htm

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http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-escargot-day

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.

http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/NewsEventServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=1305

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.

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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_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.

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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!

http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-wine-day

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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: www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/4270.

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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!

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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.

Ingredients:
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
Ingredients:
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!

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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 🙂

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