August 31st

Well here we are the last day of August.  The end of summer. Labor Day weekend the best way I can address Labor Day is to let you read from my book.

Here is the chapter from my  book “Growing Up in the Rockies”

Chapter 2 Labor Day

When Labor Day Weekend would roll around it was the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  If you were lucky you might have one last weekend of summer fun before fall would set in, warning us of the coming of winter. School usually didn’t start until after Labor Day, allowing for those last few warm days with family activities and preparation for the fall season ahead. Labor Day would bring the warning to prepare for the winter. Soon the snow and the cold would begin to come. When I was growing up there were times when the snow did come on Labor Day. When in Montana the weather can change at the blink of an eye. You never knew if it would be a few flakes or a blizzard. Because Labor Day represents the ending of summer, and the beginning of fall, most people from my hometown area would plan Labor Day Weekend for family fun. This would usually be the last big family weekend of the summer.

Labor Day was an important holiday because it was a mining town and a Union town. It represented the holiday when miners took time off from work to enjoy their family. They took time to be treated with the respect and pride which they had earned year round on their job. It was a chance for miners and their bosses to have fun side by side and be equals together. Only emergency personnel worked on his day, such as your hospital staff, policeman and fireman.

 In my early growing up years, the majority of the town, on Labor Day would head for the Columbia Gardens. This would be a day, which would include family activities, races, carnival activities, rides, and family picnics, if the weather permitted.  Many people would also go fishing and camping. The Columbia Gardens had been a parcel of land bought by W. A. Clark in 1899. He was one of the great mining “Kings”. The people of Butte had always been told that W. A. Clark donated the “Gardens” to them. However, when he passed away there was no mention of it in the fourteen pages of his “Will”.  It was believed that in the twenties when he sold his company, he also sold the gardens. However, “The Company,” that purchased it kept up the tradition of the Columbia Gardens until 1973.   It was a beautiful place, like no other place, sitting at the foot of the “Rockies,” for everyone to enjoy during this time period. It not only was a place where families could go and have picnics, ride on swings, and the merry-go-round equipment. But visitors from all over came to enjoy its fun and its beauty.

The Rocky Mountains surrounding the Columbia Gardens were a beautiful background scene that sheltered this exquisite spot from nature’s elements. The landscaping was covered with beautiful floral designs. My favorite one was the large butterfly, which they kept every year, but rotated others. These flowers not only were beautiful to see but the aroma filled the entire park, and they could be seen from a distance. Driving up the valley into the mountains gave one a sense of entering the closest place to paradise that one might find. Upon arriving at the Columbia Gardens you entered the spacious parking lot allowing for all that came to visit. The family picnic area was situated in the groves, off the parking lot. There was plenty of space to enjoy a wide variety of adult and children activities once one finished eating and was ready for the many entertaining activities of the day. Many enjoyed walking through the scenic groves, feeding the swans and ducks, just strolling through the park visiting as they saw their neighbors and friends.

In the middle, it had its playground area like no other playground I have ever seen. The merry-go rounds were more like a carousel with wood seats. The Horsy swings for two were big and heavy and you pulled back and forth to pump them up. They had been one of a kind set made special for the Anaconda Company. You wouldn’t see another set like them due to their expense. The regular swing sets had bucket seats for toddlers and regular wood swing seats for bigger children. The wood seats were eventually replaced with modern swings. The monkey bars were too big and round for my hands, and too tall for me to reach. It was a place that reminded me how small I really was, but it was beautiful and I loved to go there.

Down below the groves, it had its own little boardwalk where one could enjoy carnival booths. “GO FISH,” was a favorite because you could win a prize, and it was easy for the younger children. However, you could also play a variety of other games that they provided. The boardwalk also had food areas where you could buy a hotdog, hamburger, sodas, chips and fries. They even had popcorn and cotton candy.  Along the boardwalk were Pavilions where they held dances throughout the year, such as my high school prom. Organizations could rent the pavilions for conferences and large gatherings. However, on Labor Day they were closed to the public.

Directly to the right of the boardwalk you could see all of the rides. My favorite was the roller coaster ride. It was high, fast and scary. It fascinated me because of the wood lattice structure. I also liked the airplane rides, which would hold two per seat. Then there was the Horse Carousel, where I could pick a beautiful black stallion and ride it as long as the money lasted. The Horse Carousel also had tiny horses that didn’t move up and down, with seats behind them for parents, of very young children, to sit and watch or hold an infant. The Carousel Music was wonderful to hear and it had a way of calling out to you, “Come and Ride Me.”  This was as close to a fantasy world as any person could get to. Everyone from the area was proud of his or her wonderful “Columbia Gardens.”  This was our world and we loved it.

When we would arrive at the park we would start at the top where the picnic tables were, and we would prepare the Cornish Pasties that my mother had made for that day, a Pasty was a meal in itself. They were called a “Letter from Home,” by the miners, as that was what they usually had in their lunchbox at work. They were made with a flaky pie crust, which was filled with flank steak, potatoes, and onions which had been cubed. Then a dab of butter, salt and pepper were added. My mother always basted milk on the top of the crust to help them brown. Some people put other vegetables in them, my grandmother liked rutabagas in hers. The Welsh would make fish Pasties that were similar; however, they had the full fish with its heads and tails sticking out each end, which wasn’t done in our family.

Many people would bring fried chicken, with lots of potato and macaroni salads. The cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles would all be together for a family time of fun. I remember one time when I was little asking mom to bring Jell-O. She explained to me, that you couldn’t take Jell-O because it would melt. After that I didn’t ask to take Jell-O anywhere, although it was a favorite of mine.

While we were waiting for cousins, aunts and uncles to arrive, my sister and I would go off to the swing area. This was our time of fun together. We would usually get on the Horsy Swing together and pump it up. It was the one time we agreed because it took two people working together. My mother and father would come and get us and he would stop the swing so we could get off. My sister liked the monkey bars and monkey swings, but I couldn’t reach them unless my father lifted me up. There was a variety of children’s swings and climbing equipment. But my favorite was the Double Horsy Swing.

When everyone arrived, we would all sit down and eat together, sharing the family feast. Friends and relatives would all be together eating and sharing. My cousin and I would slip away from the table while the adults finished and we would explore. We liked to go to the wooden playhouse. We often pretended that we were “Snow White,” and the “Seven Dwarfs,” or some other fictitious character that was popular at the time. You could go in and out of the playhouse and it had windows that you could sit in.  We could use our imagination to the fullest.

We also loved to watch the squirrels that would scamper around looking for food that had been dropped. They especially liked the popcorn from the boardwalk, and given the opportunity we would try to feed them. There were still a few animals left at the gardens such as swans, ducks, and geese. However, there were no longer the deer and other large animals that had once been there. The water animals were above the grove area, and we rarely walked that far to see them. They lived over by the grounds keepers’ home. Their area had become an animal sanctuary that was rarely disturbed by anyone, although an occasional fox or coyote would come down from the mountains to have dinner.

After eating we would pack everything up, returning it to the car, which was in the parking lot, so that our hands would be free for the day. We would then precede our walk through the groves to the daily activities before heading down towards the carousel and the roller coaster rides. It was traditional every year for everyone in the area to celebrate Labor Day in this manner.

The various organizations would sponsor activities for the children and the adults. They had sack races and horseshoe throwing contests and many more children’s activities. This was a day of competition between the miners and they had a variety of activities throughout the day. However, the final and best activity of the day was when the safety crews from the mines competed. They demonstrated what they would do in an emergency situation. Do you know how funny it is to watch grown men bandage each other, while in a competition, with a timer set? Oh boy! Some I wouldn’t want to have taken care of me, but it was all in good clean fun. However, it also earned them a good deal of respect from the community, to see what they had to know everyday at work.  Safety was an important part of working in the mines. Although I don’t ever remember a major mining incident while I was growing up, I did know people who had a father killed in the mine. Mining was a hard and treacherous job and this was a day when they could celebrate and forget about the mines.

After all the competitions and games were over there was plenty of time to go on the rides. The Columbia Gardens was a place that was safe and no one ever worried about strangers, kidnappers, or such things. Children ran freely while their parents watched on. It also was a day when you knew that you would do plenty of walking and you had better wear good walking shoes. What a great life and such wonderful memories we had from those days.

I loved to go on the merry-go-round and the airplane ride. My mother never liked me to sit on the outside of the airplane ride, so I always had to let someone else sit there. However, it didn’t matter to me. I just liked the way it made me feel, so free flying over everyone’s head. I could have stayed on that ride forever if they would have let me. It was fun to look down and have the people look so small. It reminded me of ants in a jar.

The roller coaster ride was a favorite of mine in the beginning because it went up and down. Then you dropped very fast sometimes feeling like you had left your stomach at the top. To my knowledge I never got sick on this ride. Later on I would learn not to like it so well when I had the experience of riding it over and over again. Parents would walk around taking photos while the young people were on the rides. No one ever had to worry about strangers or safety. It was the friendliest and safest place in the world making me feel like a child without a care in the world. After the rides, if you had any money left over, you could go to the boardwalk, and play the games. However, they usually closed earlier, and my family spent time on the rides instead of the games.

The gardens also offered children’s day in the summer, when you could ride the bus out for the day. Then children had more time without parents hanging around. The gardens opened Memorial Day weekend and went through Labor Day. They closed for the winter. It made for a long winter, but you knew you would have something wonderful to look forward to. Many years were spent going to the Columbia Gardens, and I would remember it for the rest of my life. Times were beginning to change and those changes would later on affect the Gardens forever. The town would never forget it when it happened. The tradition of generations would be gone forever.

My children would never know it, for when I was in College, “The Company,” in 1973 decided to close the Columbia Gardens forever. The town put up such a fight to save it.  People came from miles around. They had such a large turn out and fought so hard.  They thought they had won, but it was lost one night when a fire broke out. This fire destroyed the roller coaster, merry-go-round and all the equipment in storage; which would end the park and its traditions forever. Only a few carousel horses were saved, and they were sold to individuals and restored. No one ever knew where they went. I cannot say to this day the actual cause of the fire; however, there had been talk of arson. I do not have any knowledge of what is in the final report.

Butte people would never get over the loss of their once beautiful Columbia Gardens.  The beauty that was once known to the town’s people was gone forever. No longer could one see beautiful trees at the foothills of the Rockies. There would never again be the screams from the roller coaster, the smell of the wonderful flowers and popcorn.  You would never celebrate Labor Day at the Columbia Gardens again. There would be no family picnics, organization activities and miners competitions. No one would hear the laughter of children. There would no longer be the wonderful beauty of the trees and the flowers. Nor would there be the animals, or the beauty of what had been not only a wonderful park, but a lifetime of family gatherings and memories. What had once been like a beautiful “fantasy land” had now become a nightmare for my hometown. There would be no more proms in the beautiful pavilions, which was such an important part of our high school years. Now what had been a one of a kind park was gone forever.

Oh, this would have been my favorite place to take my children had it still been there for them. Unfortunately they would never get to experience this tradition and build these memories that I have. It was stolen from them and many generations yet to come. The beautiful trees were gone forever, and what had once been a happy memory, now became such a sad part of our heritage, which we had lost for nothing. After that “The Mining Company,” used the land”, where they dug a big hole for a couple of years. Then they stopped because the cost of producing was insufficient for their profit margin. It would now be just like every other mining site, nothing but dirt and mud were left now.

With Labor Day now over, school would be starting with all activities centering on school, and the preparation for winter. It was now time to prepare for the changing season and the weather that it would bring. This included raking up the leaves that were falling from the trees. My father always raked them with the help of my mother and then of course while they took a break, it was traditional for the kids to jump in the piles. My mother never appreciated that but my father liked it. We would throw them at each other, stick leaves down each other’s shirts, and have a good old-time. When we were finished it was our turn to help rake up the leaves and help put them in the burning bin. The garden would be cleaned out before winter, and put to sleep so that the bulbs would come back in the spring. Now it was time to be ready to bundle up for those cold days that would come as we walked to and from school.

Father’s would be putting storm windows on and mothers would be taking the winter clothes out of the mothballs. This is where they kept wool clothes safe from moths and anything else that might get into them. Cars would be checked for anti-freeze and winter maintenance was done for everything. So as the summer faded a new routine would begin of school, studying, staying home on weeknights, going to bed early and preparing for the holidays that would come.

We would return to the routine of Saturday Night baths, Church on Sunday, and school Monday through Friday. Friday nights would be kept open for visiting Grandma and Saturday would be household chores and grocery shopping. Monday and Friday were always mom’s laundry days. Tuesday was finishing the ironing and cleaning house. Wednesday and Thursday rotated between walking to town to pay bills and do errands and one day for baking.   There would be dance lessons, and piano lessons after school. There would be Bluebird and Brownies during elementary school years. New memories would begin as you shared them with cousins, family, classmates, old and new friends. 🙂

Now that we are finalizing the summer and beginning fall, schools have started and routines are getting back into full swing. Parents are organizing their schedules to meet the needs of their families. It won’t be long before harvest is in full swing and then we go right into holidays. Boy how time does fly.

I am not ready to even think of holidays or winter yet. I am ready for the smoke to clear from the air and for a few nice days without forest fires, high heats, and winds.

Hopefully we will still have some Indian Summer left ahead for us to enjoy as we begin to watch the changing of colors like the changing of the color guards.

Oh how I love to watch a beautiful mountain side as it fills with all the different colors of fall. I hope that this year we will have forests left to paint the hillsides.

Let us not forgot those who are suffering from Isaac at this time and take a moment to pray for those going through national catastrophes, as well as personal ones.

Now as we get ready to move into fall let us also prepare to be good citizens and get ready to vote for the next presidential candidate. I hope and pray that the next four years of office will help to turn around the economy of our country and lead the USA back to be the strong nation that it is so that everyone can stand tall with their heads held high. I pray that job opportunities will open up and that job ethics will once again become important.

I pray that education becomes a priority during this election time. Our children have suffered enough and need to see hope.

Our senior citizens need to no longer be in fear of medicare and social security being cut. Our middle class people need to not worry about taxes increases and healthcare issues.

It is time for everyone to be able to breath a sigh of relief that our country will be a better place to live and that things are going to improve. Therefore I ask everyone when it is time make sure you do your civic duty and vote.

With that said I’m going to move on to the National Days.

National Days:

31 National Trail Mix Day

August 31: National Trail Mix Day The origin of trail mix is a hot debate. While certain Americans claim that it was invented in 1968 by two Californian surfers who ate raisins and peanuts together for energy, similar recipes existed before then. Poland, Germany and Lithuania all had “student mixes” that contained nuts, fruits and grains. Salty Sweet: Texas Cowpoke Trail Mix Go Bananas: Rainforest Trail Mix

Read more at: http://www.food.com/slideshow/food-holidays-august-114/national-trail-mix-day-31?oc=linkback

Trail Mix makes for a good school or after school snack. Filling it with nutritional snacks that help provide nutrition for the brain while having that enjoyable mixture of sweet and salty yet within balance so that you aren’t getting too much of either.
There are many brands of Trail Mix that can be purchased or you can make your own from the  mixes that you like. They store well can be used on hiking and camping trips and are just a great all around snack.
All of us find times when we need to snack on something crunchy and trail mix can provide that for you.
They also make a wonderful party snack at a BBQ or any other type of party. Now today is the day to celebrate this versatile snack so enjoy and eat up.

 

August 31, 2012 is

Eat Outside Day

It’s Eat Outside Day! Today is the last day of August, which makes this a very timely celebration. It’s the perfect opportunity to take your breakfast, lunch, or dinner into the great outdoors and enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather.

Al-fresco dining first became popular in the 18th century. Patrons who enjoyed eating their meals in the open air could visit tea gardens, seashore resorts, or rooftop restaurants. Eating outside was considered a tourist activity up until the early 1900s. Around that time, the first sidewalk cafés appeared on the streets of Manhattan.

There are many ways that you can participate in Eat Outside Day. Eat at your favorite outdoor restaurant, enjoy a Popsicle on your porch, organize a barbecue in your backyard, or have a picnic at a local park. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to enjoy some time outside. Have fun!

Well that’s it from me for today so whatever you are doing for Labor Day Weekend please stay safe. So until next time 🙂


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August 30th

I woke up this morning to grey skies, aching bones, tears in my eyes and wanting to push back time.

I wondered if today was my cousin’s funeral as they are in Washington and I can’t attend and don’t know the particulars. Last night I looked on her Facebook page and saw her older sister ,who was the youngest until she was born, posted “My heart is breaking,” I miss you sis.

It is hard to understand why she would leave us so young and full of life. Her family has longevity and all her siblings are still alive so why her why now?

It is always hard to loose someone but when you see those younger than you passing before it becomes somewhat haunting.

I use to think of her as the little pest, I had to look out for her when she visited and she was just enough younger than me that I couldn’t help feel that way. But right now I would give anything to have her back and be at my side.

I always hate the end of August. It is the closing of a chapter in your life a season has passed and will never be the same again. As we get older we don’t like to talk about the fall of our years because the reality is that we are now past the spring, the summer and the fall and we are living in the final days of our winter not knowing how long we will have.

My mother had a large family there were thirteen born children, eleven lived to adulthood. They were strung out all over the United States. It made it difficult to know all of them closely. However, the family is a very tight knit family.

Having attended the only family reunion that was ever had it was interesting to meet all of the generations of family. It is a huge family with an abundance of love.

They were more outgoing than my father’s family. My father’s family had four living children one stillborn son. All of them lived into their eighties except my father who died at sixty nine.  We lived in the same town with my father’s family and it was a close knit group with lots of love although more private.

We live in a time of mobility now when families are spread all over and it is so difficult to get back to see those you love or to attend funerals all over the states especially in this economy. However, that just makes the heart ache more.

I remember when my mother passed away everyone of her siblings who could attend were there and it was amazing they came from all over. It meant the world to me.

I will be calling my aunt this weekend and checking on her as her health isn’t good and I know that this has broken her heart. She was close to her niece as they lived close by.

I will be sending a letter off to my cousin’s daughter and letting her know that I am here for her.

I wish the sun had shone today it would have made it a much easier day. I always relate grey skies, and rain with funerals.

Well the best thing one can do is to share happy memories of our loved ones and I plan to do that when I write my letter.

Love journeys on in our heart.  So as the dove flies through the sky I will look to the heaven’s and I will know that burst of light that shines through is the smile on Deborah’s face as she looks down on all of us. For her new journey has begun and one day we will meet again.:)

I want to talk a minute about employment. This country talks about economy and employment however no one addresses job ethics. I have been observing over the past few years how many people are being let go because of age, and salary not because of work abilities.  When you live in a right to work state they don’t need a reason to let you go. Therefore they let those go who have families and make more money and keep the younger ones who make less.

My son worked a job this summer where he showed up everyday early and never missed work. He not only did his work but he cleaned up the equipment that his co-worker left unattended. His co-worker took a week off for a family vacation. Then he would call in sick or go home sick on days when he didn’t like the weather. He was always pulling stunts on my son and trying to get him to do the dirty work instead of equally working together. They hired a third guy to help with the extra work that needed to be done.

All of sudden with no warning, no reason my son no longer has a job. However, the older one and the younger one are still there.

How is a mother suppose to teach her children good job ethics when the businesses don’t follow those rules.

I have seen this over and over again. If you are too good of a worker, don’t milk the clock, think for yourself, are a self-starter and work hard they get rid of you.

What is our society wants. Do we want a bunch of dummies that act like robots just getting by?

It sure seems like we do. We’ve dummied down education. We’ve dummied down the work force… What is left to be dummied down other than the politics and I’ll leave that for you decided on what level it is now at.

The only way a self-starter, hard worker with job ethics can survive this day and age is to work for themselves. It’s a sad time in our history.

Well now that I have vented my wows of the day….. I’ll move on before I get myself into real trouble….:)

National Days

30 Frankenstein Day

There are many Frankenstein Days celebrated however this day is the celebration for the author.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley , best known for “Frankenstein,” Shelley was born on August 30, 1797. While Shelley went on to write six other novels, it was “Frankenstein” that became one of the most famous novels ever published and one of the best-selling stories written by a female author. “Frankenstein,” published in 1818, tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and his ultimate creation.

August 30, 2012 is

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day! With summer coming to a close, today is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family to gather around a campfire and toast up some marshmallows.

The history of the marshmallow dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians harvested the sweet gooey extract of the mallow plant and used it to make candy. It was a very special treat reserved exclusively for gods and royalty. The modern-day marshmallows we know and love today emerged during the 19th century.

To celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day, grab a stick and a bag of marshmallows, and head outside to toast some marshmallows over the fire. Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer season!

Toasted Marshmallows Recipe

Print 3×5

Ingredients for Toasted Marshmallows Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon granulated gelatine
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Whites 3 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • Macaroons

Instructions

  1. Dissolve gelatine in boiling water, add sugar, and as soon as dissolved set bowl containing mixture in pan of ice-water; then add whites of eggs and vanilla and beat until mixture thickens.
  2. Turn into a shallow pan, first dipped in cold water, and let stand until thoroughly chilled.
  3. Remove from pan and cut in pieces the size and shape of marshmallows; then roll in macaroons which have been dried and rolled.
  4. Serve with sugar and cream.

for more information go to : http://cooking.lovetoknow.com/toasted-marshmallows-recipe

 

Well I am going to put a smile on my face and make this the best day I can make. I am going to look forward to a sunny weekend and I am going to be happy for everyday that I can rise and shine so until next time please be safe:)

August 29th

Well the sun is out again today. It is going to be breezy. The month of August is almost over and with it ends our summer’s activities for the most part. Every time a season ends with it ends a chapter in a person’s life. I didn’t get to do half of what I planned to because of the heat but I did accomplish my marketing and writing goals and even surpassed my expectations.

Now it is time to set new goals for the fall and what I plan to challenge myself. I have already made up my mind to start socializing every month. I will try to go to a social activity at least once or twice a month and I will attempt as many guest presentations on writing that I can schedule as health and weather allows me to do.

I will continue to mentor my senior on her senior writing project this year. I will also try to get my books into the school libraries now that they are in the public libraries.

I will soon be finishing my book on “Coming of Age in the Rockies” The Rebel years. It’s in its final stages now.

I need to get working on my book “The Cat in the Box.” It will be a combination of stories and poetry. However, my cats aren’t cooperating. I’ve been trying to take pictures of them for the book but they act like “Oh no we’ve been caught.” They stop what they are doing and walk away as soon as I pull out the camera. Really, how do people get such wonderful cat pictures. My cats don’t cooperate.

I will continue to work on the art of taking cat pictures and when they least suspect it I will get them. I am determined.

I will spend most of my time working on “Secrets Behind Closed Doors,” my forty-year journey of teaching. It has already been started but I have been waiting to finish my current book.

Then I will try my had at a book in progress, my first romance story. “A Heart Broken ” A Twist of Love.

I hope that with fall starting people will think of ordering books for Christmas presents. They make such a wonderful gift especially for that person who has everything or that hard to buy for person. You can never have too many books. Order early because the printers get very busy from here on with their printing books for the holidays.

Well my cats decided to go to sleep since I pulled out the camera so it’s quiet for now and no pictures.  I guess that means its time to check out the nations days.

Nations Days:

29 More Herbs, Less Salt Day

More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Today’s a great day for all of us intending to live a healthier lifestyle. We can start by celebrating “More Herbs, Less Salt Day” and swapping out our salt shakers for herbs like thyme, basil and oregano. The consumption of salt has been linked to heart disease and high blood pressure, and as little as two teaspoons a day may increase a person’s risk of stroke.

You can make your own herbal blend to use as a salt substitute by combining specific herbs and seasonings that you prefer. Some that work well are cayenne pepper, garlic powder, sage, thyme, oregano, basil, onion powder and black pepper. Experiment with different combinations in varying amounts until you find one that works well for you. Keep in mind that many herbs are also believed to be helpful in fighting cancer.

International Day against Nuclear Tests

Since the first nuclear weapons test in 1945 there have been nearly 2,000 more. Due to their devastating effects on human populations and our environment, many people have sought to put an end to nuclear testing once and for all. On Dec. 2, 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly designated Aug. 29 as the “International Day against Nuclear Tests.” In recognition of this important day, you can call or write your elected officials to let them know how you feel about this controversial issue.

 

On Aug. 29, 1964, Walt Disney released the timeless classic “Mary Poppins.” Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, it still remains a favorite of parents and children the world over.

August 29, 2012 is

Chop Suey Day

Today is Chop Suey Day! No one really knows where this Chinese-American dish originated. Some say that Chinese immigrants created the dish after arriving in America, while others insist that the dish is traditionally Chinese. Either way, chop suey is now a staple on many Chinese restaurant menus across the country.

So, what exactly is chop suey? It is a stir fry made with a hodgepodge of ingredients like egg, meat, and vegetables. In fact, the name “chop suey” comes from a Cantonese word meaning “odds and ends.” The dish is traditionally served with rice or noodles to soak up all the delicious flavors.

Today, head to your favorite Chinese restaurant and order some delicious chop suey to celebrate Chop Suey Day. Enjoy!

 

Today is National Lemon Juice Day.  Who doesn’t like that nice clean smell of lemons or a fresh squeeze of lemon on your fish and chips?  Cut a lemon and put it in your water to make it taste fresh, then throw the lemon down the garbage disposal to help it stay fresh smelling.
Perfect time to enjoy it on some good cooked fish. Growing up we always put lemon juice on the trout that we had caught. It enhanced a wonderful flavor. More and more people are using lemon for household cleaning and zing flavors in food. For more information look up uses for Lemon Juice. However, you enjoy it today is your day.
Well that’s it for today so until next time 🙂

 

 

August 28th

Everyday is filled with surprise. Some good and some bad.

When I get up every morning I thank God that I have one more day that I have woke up.

Then I look out my window and if the sun is shining I thank God for the sunshine.

Then I as the Lord to help my on my journey through the day as I know not what is ahead of me.

Today I really needed God at my side as I opened my email to read before blogging.

In the 84 emails that I had I spotted my aunt’s name. Next to it I spotted my cousin’s name. I knew immediately something was wrong. I don’t hear from my aunt often since her stroke.  I proceeded to go straight to her email skipping everything else along the way.

My heart was crushed as I read that my cousin was taken off of life support on Sunday. She either had a massive stroke or a blood clot. This cousin is younger than I am and would be in her 50’s. She was a surprise baby. Her parents had already raised their family and were surprised later in life with this bundle of joy. Being the youngest in the family we would never have expected her to go ahead of her siblings.

I am devastated. I didn’t see her after I left home as the distance kept us apart. However, she was a special part of my growing up years as they would come and visit every summer. She liked to ride the roller coaster and her dad would be a whole roll of tickets and we’d ride until I begged to stop. I don’t think she ever would have stopped.

She was this happy bundle of fun. There were times when I considered her the pest because of the age difference but family is family and I loved her pest or not.

Just in the last few years we had connected again. I didn’t hear from her often but occasionally on Facebook or an email we kept in touch.

Now my heart is broken knowing my baby cousin is no longer with us.

We reach an age in our life where we start to see friends and family leave before us. It becomes a rather frightening feeling as you know your clock is ticking away and you aren’t sure how much more time you have left.

It’s like a cruel joke being played on you especially when younger ones go first.

It kind of gives you the feeling of playing Russian roulette. You wonder whose going to get it next but you certainly don’t want to know.

I called my sister today to make sure that she knew because she can go for weeks without checking her email and of course she hadn’t opened her computer.

Then I find out that my brother-in-law left yesterday for the lake to meet people who didn’t show up. He was off by himself and she was home alone when the big wind storm hit her place. She was without power for a couple of hours having to find candles to light the  house. Now normally I wouldn’t be worried about her as she’s always taken care of herself however, she was just recently in the emergency room because of hip pain and she couldn’t stand or walk. She’s now using a walker and on pain pills. Not a good time to be left alone.

Then they wonder why all my hair is falling out. I can’t keep up with anyone and as they get older they get more stubborn and don’t listen to anyone. I call her weekly now to check on her. She is the only sister I have and is four years older than me.

Everyone has problems in their own life but some days are just harder than others and you wonder why you got out of bed.

I couldn’t sleep last night. I was up every hour. Then I cancelled my doctor’s appointment because I was too tired to go.

After looking at my email I was glad I didn’t go. Now I have to reschedule. Oh well another day and we’ll survive.

So that’s why I’m not getting around to my blog today until three in the afternoon. I just couldn’t get myself to do anything after that.

But it’s time to shake it off and move forward.

Let’s see what’s happening in the National Days:

National Days:

28 Race Your Mouse Day

Well, the folks at Wellcat.com, who created this day, want you to race your mouse around the icons on your screen. They suggest you do so while waiting for “whatever it is you’re waiting for to come up on the screen”.

Let the race begin…………Happy Race Your Mouse Day

Dream Day – Dr. King

On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Considered to be one of the greatest political speeches of all time, Dr. King inspired peace and hope in the hearts of civil rights activists around the globe.

Today is “Dream Day” in commemoration of that historic speech. You can celebrate by reading the words of this awesome document and vowing to live your life free of hatred and prejudice.

National Bow Tie Day

First there was planking, then Tebowing, and now … bow tying? Yep, that’s right! Aug. 28 is “National Bow Tie Day” and bow tie-sporters all over the world will be tying up their bows in celebration. Currently Dhani Jones, former University of Michigan and NFL linebacker, holds the Recordsetter World Record for bow tying. As part of a fundraiser for young adults with cancer, Dhani tied a bow tie in just 13.59 seconds!

 

August 28, 2011 was

National Cherry Turnover Day

It’s National Cherry Turnover Day! Turnovers are a delicious pastry that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. They originated in ancient times and are classified as “portable pies.” Other dishes in this culinary family include pasties, empanadas, and spring rolls.

A traditional cherry turnover recipe calls for puff pastry, which is stuffed with a gooey cherry filling and then baked until golden brown. There are many variations on this classic treat though. Some recipes call for cream cheese, extra lemon juice, or even ice cream.

To celebrate National Cherry Turnover Day, bake your own homemade cherry turnovers to share with friends and family! Bon appétit!

 

Well today you can be thankful for what you have. You can race your mouse or race to tie your bow tie. You can dream today or you can enjoy a delicious easy treat of turnovers. Many of you may do all of them.

Today is another day for enjoyment so enjoy what’s left of it while you can.

So until next time 🙂

August 27th

Boy, where has August gone.

Last night I thought the wind would blow it away for good. We had winds come through here between 60-70 miles per hour. Overall between Mini-Cassia and up the Valley there were over 3000 people without power. It took down power lines and toppled trees. We were lucky where I live but towards Shoshone and Richland it took out a whole stretch of power lines on the highway. They had to shut down the road for hours.

I am sure glad I wasn’t working for the power company.  No reports of injuries that I heard of although the outage in Burley was due to a car hitting a pole so I’m not sure on that one they didn’t say anything about the driver.

Just as fast as it rolled in it rolled out and has been looking calm ever since. We have a slight breeze today and the air is cool. However, it is supposed to become a very hot day and be hot the rest of the week. The storm is supposed to be gone and I certainly hope that it is.

While I sat here trying to stay calm in my trailer last night and wait for the storm to pass my thoughts were traveling to those people being affected by Hurricane Isaac.

I haven’t heard the news yet today but my prayers go out to everyone in its path and hope that everyone can find safe shelter.

Fortunately for us what new fires started last night were put out by what little rain came with the storm. So no new big fires. However, the wind didn’t do the firemen any favors.

My thoughts and prayers are with those firemen who are fighting so hard to stop the fires and save homes. We have had injuries but to this point nothing major.

Well lets see what’s in store for the National Days before the wind shifts directions.

National Days

27 Global Forgiveness Day

Global Forgiveness Day is celebrated on August 27th of each year. It was established by Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors (CECA), a registered Canadian charity incorporated in January 1993.

National Forgiveness Day quietly began in 1994. Initially a single banner proclaimed National Forgiveness Day in downtown Victoria, British Columbia Over time, more and more people began to identify with their personal need to forgive and be forgiven. As the annual celebration progressed, media attention has increased to regular exposure through all major media (TV, Radio, and Paper) Today, National Forgiveness Day has been renamed Global Forgiveness Day in order to better reflect our desire to see the message spread beyond national borders

 

 

27 Just Because Day

Today is Just Because Day. You don’t have to have a reason. You can do whatever it is that you have been wanting to do without needing an excuse or logic.

For example: I want to jump in a pile of leaves

okay go for it today Just Because you want to do it.

Example: I want to parachute

Okay go for it today Just Because

Example: I want to go white water rafting

Okay go for it Just Because

Example: I want to visit a nursing home

Okay Just Because
The list could go on forever, maybe you want to be a foster parent, or a big sister or brother well go for it today just because you can. Maybe you want to sleep in or relax go for it as long as it doesn’t affect a job or someone else.

Today is all about knowing that you don’t have to have a reasons so go for want you’ve been wanting to do whether it is sending a letter to a secret admirer or flowers to a loved one.

Today is all about Just Do it…… You don’t need a holiday or reason for what you do today because …… Today is Just Because day……..

Enjoy it while you can.

 

 

 

August 27, 2012 is

Banana Lovers Day

It’s Banana Lovers Day! Today we celebrate one of the most popular fruits in the world. Did you know that the average person eats about 33 pounds of bananas a year? That’s approximately 100 individual bananas per person!

Bananas are high in fiber and potassium. These properties can help prevent calcium loss, ulcers, high blood pressure, and certain kinds of cancer. Although bananas are often pictured as growing on trees, the banana “tree” is actually an herb. The banana is the fruit of this herb.

To celebrate Banana Lovers Day, grab a bunch of bananas to share with family and friends. Fry them, grill them, add them to a s’more, or just enjoy them plain. Have fun!

 

Petits Pots de Crème

Vanilla, Chocolate and Coffee Custards

SERVES 6

Flavoured custards, traditionally baked and served in small, decorative porcelain pots, differ from moulded custards such as the Crème Renversée au Caramel in that they are not turned out, but rather served in the pots in which they are baked. Like other custards, they must be cooked in a bain-marie and allowed to cool completely before serving.

750 ml (1.33 pints) milk
150 g (5 oz) sugar
Few drops vanilla essence
5 ml(1 tsp) instant coffee
30 ml (2 tbsp) cocoa powder
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks

EQUIPMENT: 12 pots de crème or ramekins

Preheat oven to 200 C (400 F) mark 6.

Combine the milk sugar and a few drops of vanilla essence in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil, remove from the heat.

Put the instant coffee, the cocoa powder and a few drops of vanilla essence in separate heatproof bowls.

Combine the whole eggs and egg yolks in a bowl and whisk to blend. Whisk in the hot milk. Strain and divide the mixture equally between the 3 bowls. Whisk to dissolve the flavourings. Fill 4 of the pots de crème or ramekins with the coffee mixture, 4 with the chocolate, and the remaining 4 with the vanilla. Skim off any bubbles or froth on the surface with a spoon.

http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/restaurant/menu17/pots.html

 

So today is about forgiveness, do something just because you can and enjoying bananas and custards.  Make it a fun-filled day.

Hope for sunshine and stay indoors if there are storm warnings.

So until next time 🙂

August 26th

Today here it is sunny and beautiful. A gentle warm breeze and the temperatures rising.

I would like to ask everyone to say a prayer for those being affected by Hurricane Isaac. We wish safety to all out their. I will follow-up on this when I have more news.

Last night I lost most of my television stations so I was not able to watch the news or any movies. Then by midnight when it was time to go to bed they were back on figure that one out.

I don’t know why I lost only have of my channels. This has happened a couple of times and it is usually on a Saturday. I wish they’d get it figured out though.  Saturday night is when I like to kick back and watch a good movie.

So I ended up putting in the second Harry Potter movie and watching it again. I hadn’t seen it for a while so I figured it was a good time and it kept me occupied.

My son was attacking the garage yesterday which is also known as his “Man Cave” and I knew I wasn’t going anywhere that disaster.

What is it about men and garages? I have yet to find one kept organized. My garage had almost nothing in it and was clean until my son moved in, now it’s a women’s nightmare.

Sure glad I didn’t want to go anywhere this morning cause I couldn’t have even gotten to my car. I sure hope he plans to finish it today.

I guess it’s time for mom’s law to kick in once more.

The cats were wild all night because they couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t coming in the house. I had one hour of sleep. I finally after breakfast gave up and went back to bed and got some much-needed rest.

Now the cats are sleeping away and I’m the only one up. Gee what a weekend.

Well let’s see what the nation has for today’s special days.

National Days:

26 National Dog Day

August 26, 2012 is

National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day! Dogs have been “man’s best friend” for over 15,000 years. We rely on our wonderful canine companions to keep us safe, bring us comfort, and love us unconditionally. National Dog Day is our opportunity to show our deep appreciation for these remarkable animals and to find homes for all of the dogs in need of a loving family.

To celebrate National Dog Day, adopt a dog from your local shelter, organize a play date for all the dogs in your neighborhood, or treat your dog to a new toy. Check out the official Dog Day website for more ideas!

 

Picachu - adopted from PACC

August 26 is National Dog Day. Hot dog!  Who knew?

Here are some random thoughts about dogs…

Favorite Dog Quotes

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger Caras

“A dog is the only one who loves you more than he loves himself.” ~ Josh Billings

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers

Today make your day about dogs. Take your dog for walk, play ball in the yard, throw the frisbee, give your dog some treats or sit back and watch your favorite dog movies. There are so many good dog movies that I can’t list them all. However, the first two that I remember growing up was of course Old Yeller and Lady and the Tramp. Two classics to be remembered forever. Now when I want my funny bone tickled I like to watch “Snow Dogs”. How funny is that movie. Yet, there are so many more that I love. I no longer have a dog to care for and my cats have to yield to my dog movies but I still have my love for dogs.

I was fortunate to have a father who loved dogs and taught us how to raise, train and love animals.

 

August 26, 2012 is

 

There is nothing more special in a child’s life than growing up with a dog. Thank God for dogs.

So today celebrate man’s best friend enjoy National Dog Day.

 

26 Women’s Equality Day

 

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At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

for more information go to : http://www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/equalityday.php

I hope that all women around will understand how much was given up  for women to earn this right to vote. I ask that all women realize this is not a privilege without pain and agony of women from the past.  We owe it to all women who never were allowed to be heard to make sure that doesn’t happen every again. It is the duty of every women to take this responsibility seriously.  It is the duty of every women to vote for who she thinks is the best candidate.

There are many women around the world who still are not allowed to vote or be heard. We are an example for all women.

This year as elections for president come around please make sure you use this privilege and take it serious remembering those who sacrificed for all of us to be able to do so. Let us no longer be second class citizens.

National Cherry Popsicle Day

It’s National Cherry Popsicle Day! According to legend, an eleven-year-old boy named Frank Epperson accidentally invented the popsicle in 1905. He was stirring up a soft drink when he got distracted and left the cup and the stirring stick out on his front porch overnight. The next morning he discovered a delicious frozen treat with a convenient stick handle!

Nowadays, popsicles are quite a fashionable dessert. Today we celebrate the classic cherry-flavored variety, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Gourmet popsicle shops turn out dozens of unique flavors—avocado, hibiscus, chai, cranberry cosmopolitan, cucumber-jalapeño, and many more.

To celebrate National Cherry Popsicle Day, make your own homemade popsicles! Team up with some friends to invent a totally unique flavor or put a twist on a classic.

 

Today is a wonderful day for celebrate man’s best friend and a favorite summer’s treat. There is nothing more enjoyable than a popsicle on a hot summers day, even the dogs like them.

So enjoy your day and until next time 🙂

 

 

August 25th

Well another beautiful day. I am going to appreciate everyday that I awake and the sun is shining. The nights are much cooler and I know what that means. My sadness well enter when the sun hides behind a shroud of grey sky as that will take my energy away and I will want to hibernate with the bears.

Well it is Saturday and I do hope that everyone is able to enjoy their weekend. If you plan on going camping for those last summer trips please make sure and check before leaving for your favorite campground as many have been closed due to forest fires.

In our area not only are many campgrounds closed but even the areas for boating are closed because the fire fighters are using all the water reservoirs  for their air water drops.

Unfortunately that does affect many planning those last summer camping and vacation trips. You can call your local forest district office or check online to see what areas are closed.

Two important things to think about in regards to the natural habitat that has been affected by forest fires:

1) animals have been displaced from their homes. Some like deer, mountain coats, etc will go to higher ground to find safety. However, smaller animals and animals that have trouble finding food will go to lower ground and move into city areas so it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times especially should you choose to go camping.

animals will feel threatened after being displaced from their natural habitat and will have a tendency to be more aggressive out of fear.

2) Hunting may not be the same this year as in past years. If you are a hunter you need to check and see if your favorite place has been destroyed. They are accepting hunting licenses back with full refunds as long as you turn them in before opening day of the season.

No matter what you do remember to have safety in place for your family or travel companions at all times.  This has been an unusual season with many unforeseen natural disasters. Be prepared. 🙂

 

Well let’s take a look at the national days and what’s happening.

National Days:

25 Kiss and Make Up Day

History

The world is full of little worries, seemingly insignificant irritations that over time can amount to their negative expression on the people closest to you. The things that you do on a daily basis not only add to your multidimensional attributes thereby developing your character and individuality, but also tend to become important aspects of your relationships. And while the tests and tribulations of friendships, family ties, romantic relationships, and life partnerships are all a part of the life cycle, it is often easy to overlook the little annoyances, idiosyncrasies, and character differences that keep people continually distant from one another. Letting your irritation rub off unnecessarily on the people around you means risking the creation of long-standing rifts that are difficult to mend. Take a preemptive step in maintaining your relationships by commemorating Kiss-and-Make-Up Day, the basis for which is that keeping one’s relationships in constant repair is the way to keep them strong!

 

Tradition
Had a fight with a friend, a tiff with your spouse, or a disagreement with your family? Particularly if it is over something fairly petty, don’t let it cloud your mind, instead approach whoever the other party is and work it out. Talk to the people closest to you about how you can be more supportive, less imposing, or develop any number of behaviors and responses that will ultimately strengthen your relationship with them and maintain your connection. Spend more of your time and energy appreciating the special qualities of your loved ones rather than dwelling on changing them as people or wishing for a relationship that doesn’t or can’t exist. Use Kiss-and-Make-Up Day to do just that: reach out to the people you’ve been bickering with and let them know how much they mean to you. Asking for forgiveness, or receiving it is hardly important, but knowing that an argument can’t ruin a relationship should you choose to upkeep it, is priceless.

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August 25, 2012 is

National Banana Split Day

Today is National Banana Split Day! This decadent dessert has been around since the early 1900s and is the perfect treat to enjoy on a warm summer night.

The split is a variation of the traditional ice cream sundae and is usually served in a special dish called a banana boat. It’s easy to make, but you’ll need quite a few ingredients! First, split a banana and place a slice on either side of your boat. Then add three scoops of ice cream in between—one of chocolate, one of vanilla, and one of strawberry. Generously top the chocolate scoop with hot fudge, the vanilla with candied pineapple, and the strawberry with strawberry sauce. Next, swirl whipped cream over each scoop. Finish it off with a sprinkle of crushed nuts and a few maraschino cherries. Yum!

To celebrate National Banana Split Day, set up a make-your-own banana split buffet and invite your friends over for an impromptu ice cream social! Enjoy! 🙂

 

What better way to improve a relationship with anyone than to get a big banana split and share it.

Today is a day to show that person in your life how much you care whether it is a romantic relationship, a parent child, a spouse, a sibling, or a friend. Go out enjoy the beauty of today put the past behind you and celebrate the beauty of being able to enjoy the day together.

So until next time eat, drink and be healthy 🙂