September 18th

I wish everyone the best. However, I am here writing because the economy has taken its toll on me. I am trying to support two adults (not to mention my cats) on one disability check. I can’t continue this way. The only thing that I have that I can give up is the internet.

That means no publishing of anything for a while. However, people can still order the books published either from my links or on-line at Amazon.com.

I am going to have to really look at finances and future plans. I hope that I will be able to stay on but it looks doubtful at this time.

Please support my books as that will make a difference in my staying on the internet. Remember books for Christmas are a great present especially for that hard to buy for person.

I don’t know when I will be back again so until next time 🙂

September 17th

Good Afternoon:) I hope everyone is well today. I was worn out from taking care of a sick cat yesterday. I needed more sleep today so I am getting a late sleep.

I have talked about my cats before and I may be repeating myself, sorry if I am but need to explain.

I have Baby the female cat who eats anything and everything most of the time. She just likes to eat.  Then there is Skeeter , the male cat, who is very picky. He eats very little and if he goes to long without eating he eats to fast. He has a sensitive stomach and pays the price when he devours the food. It happens at least once a month especially if he hasn’t liked the food and is afraid Baby’s going to eat the good stuff.

We’ve tried everything from feeding in small amounts, changing time of day for feeding, Feeding in separate rooms. It doesn’t matter the results are always the same.

Yesterday he was sick to the point he couldn’t jump up on the desk to his box to sleep. That was a first and he scared me.

Finally he slept all day and is doing fine today but I was exhausted from following him around the house cleaning up after him.

Thank Goodness today is quiet and everyone is back to normal.

Both of my cats get babied but in different ways. Baby spends a lot of time sleeping in my lap at night-time when I’m watching tv and when I’m asleep.

Skeeter I referee when he is in trouble with my son or when Baby wants to pick on him. She is the alpha cat.

When Skeeter was young he got out of the house and got sick and almost died. The Vet said either he had been electrocuted or ate something caustic.  After a week of tubes down his throat and intravenous  he survived the ordeal with some damage to his voice. He still is a yowler but only half as loud as he use to be which actually is a blessing in disguise.

Baby we didn’t think had a voice for four years till one day she got made at Skeeter and I heard the loudest Squeak. Now she makes herself known when she wants to but her meow is squeaky.

These are my babies and when they aren’t happy I’m not happy. I love to see them content and playing. They both play ball and love their toy mice.

They have cubicles to dart in and out of. They are fun to watch except at three in the morning when I want to sleep.

Well I am about to start my book on “The Cat in the Box” it will be a book of poetry, facts and stories about cats. I hope you will watch for it when it comes out next spring.

Well enough on my trials and tribulations with my cats. Let’s see what’s happening in the world today.

National Days:

17 National Apple Dumpling Day

September 17 is National Apple Dumpling Day.

When people think of dumplings, often a boiled, starchy mass comes to mind. The apple dumpling is so far from this, that it would more aptly be called a single serve apple pie. It is essentially apple pie filling baked in pastry. Perhaps the pastry got its name from the first recipe for an apple dumpling – credited to Susannah Carter, which did call for boiling. But, as time wore on, the cooking technique changed to baking.

Most recipes call for baking apples (think Granny Smith), cored, sliced and cooked in brown sugar and butter. Some have lemon zest added at the end of this cooking process for some brightness (an addition I highly recommend); almost all call for nutmeg.

That mixture is wrapped in a butter pastry, and sealed with egg wash or melted butter. While making your own pastry is highly commendable, chances are no one will notice if you use the store bought kind.

This traditional New England dessert is best served with a healthy scoop of ice cream.

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/09/17/national-apple-dumpling-day/

17 Citizenship Day

Citizenship Day (also known as Constitution Day) marks the anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.

The origin of this holiday dates back to 1940 when “I am an American Day” was celebrated on the third Sunday in May. In 1952, Congress moved the date to September 17 and renamed it “Citizenship Day.” In 2004, the official name changed to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.”

To celebrate this holiday, schools around the country receive federal funding to provide lessons about the Constitution. Take a moment today to reflect on the Constitution and what it means to be a U.S. citizen!

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”

This commemoration had its origin in 1940, when Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing and requesting the President to issue annually a proclamation setting aside the third Sunday in May for the public recognition of all who had attained the status of American citizenship.  The designation for this day was “I Am An American Day.”

In 1952 Congress repealed this joint resolution and passed a new law moving the date to September 17 to commemorate “the formation and signing, on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution of the United States.” The day was still designated as “Citizenship Day” and retained its original purpose of recognizing all those who had attained American citizenship. This law urged civil and educational authorities of states, counties, cities and towns to make plans for the proper observance of the day and “for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.”

In 2004 under Senator Byrd’s urging, Congress changed the designation of this day to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” and added two new requirements in the commemoration of this Day. The first is that the head of every federal agency provide each employee with educational and training materials concerning the Constitution on September 17th. The second is that each educational institution which receives Federal funds should hold a program for students every September 17th.

 

17 Constitution Day

On September 17th, 1787, the Constitutional Congress held its final meeting with only one thing on the agenda – to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States. Have you memorized the Preamble to the Constitution yet?

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

 

On September 17, 1976, NASA introduced the first space shuttle, the Enterprise, at a ceremony in Palmdale, Caliifornia. After many years of testing, four other shuttles were built: Columbia, Discovery, Atlantis and Challenger. The Columbia was the first Space Shuttle launched on April 12, 1981 with a crew of two astronauts, John Young and Robert Crippen. After 9 successful missions, tragedy struck when the Challenger exploded in flight and an entire crew was lost. The program was suspended for a while, but resumed again with the Endeavour replacing the Challenger. Would you want to take a trip on a space shuttle? The last mission of the space shuttle lifted off on July 8, 2011.

When I was teaching English as a Second Language for the College of Southern Idaho I had the fortune to also teach a Citizenship Class. It was one of my most enjoyable classes that I had taught. I hadn’t enjoyed history in High school as it was taught as a dead subject. However, when you are working with people who are wanting to get their citizenship it brings everything to life and the importance of citizenship.

I would like to say congratulations to everyone that has earned their citizenship by the naturalization process. That is how this country was built and people need to continue to have that pride and become part of America’s History.

I hope across the national people will join in celebrating Constitution and Citizenship for they go hand in hand and it is something all Americans should celebrate.

Well I think that is the most important for today so until next time 🙂

September 16th

Hello everyone. I hope that you are finding this Sunday a wonderful day.

The Sun is shining but the breeze is picking up. Fall is in the air.

However, today is a day to have not a care.

The Lord gave me a day to rest,

so my body through the week could do its best.

I shall take his advise today,

I will relax on this beautiful Sunday.

I have nothing that I need to do,

I will be content staying at home with you.

For this is where I want to be,

Letting my spirit to be free.

Everything else can wait till tomorrow,

There is nothing I need to borrow.

I have my family here with me,

God has provided enough you see.

Today is not a day for work,

I don’t have to feel like my duties I shirk.

Today is my day to say Thank you Lord,

I have enough there is no need to horde.

So on this day I will relax with you,

I will enjoy the wonderful view.

National Days:

Anne Bradstreet Day honors a Puritan woman, considered by many to be the first American poet. Her birth date is not known; September 16th, 1672 is the date of her death.  This is a day to honor those who lead the way for poetry.

16 Collect Rocks Day

Go for a walk and gather rocks to celebrate Collect Rocks Day on September the 16th. Look down at the ground as you go about your business today. Go off the beaten path in search of nature’s beauty or a real treasure.Find ideas for crafts, games, and other activities. Many fun activities can exist around rocks from collecting shiny specimens, skipping rocks to making jewelry. Whatever you like about rocks it’s a natural resource we can enjoy. Have a fun day in nature.

16 Step Family Day

These days many family trees are complicated. No matter, as long as the branches are nurtured with love. Celebrate National Stepfamily Day. Remember what is important is the children and the feeling of belonging in a safe environment. Put differences aside and enjoy being a family.

16 Mayflower Day

September 16th is Mayflower Day, commemorating the date in 1620 when the Pilgrims and other passengers and crew left Plymouth, England, beginning a 66-day voyage to the New World. A day to remember our heritage and the beginning of this country.

16 National Play Doh Day

Celebrate National Play Doh Day with a young person. Rekindle the fun of making pasta, worms, coiled bowls, and any number of fanciful creations. Many parents love Play Doh for me I didn’t care for it. I had shag carpet and it was hard to get it out of it. However, in a supervised environment children have a lot of fun with it and learn more than just playing. It’s a great way to bond with your children.

16 National Wife Appreciation Day

Attention all loving husbands! Today is National Wife Appreciation Day. Even a few words of appreciation will do, along with a romantic kiss. Flowers or diamonds are optional. This could be the day you want to light up the BBQ and do all the cooking and let your wife know how much you appreciate her.

16 National Women’s Friendship Daythird Sunday in Sept.

The third Sunday in September is National Women’s Friendship Day. Do something special for the women in your life who are always there when you need to laugh, to cry, or to simply talk. Pick up the phone, send an email, give a card or just go out for the day with that special someone. Whatever you do enjoy your Friendship.

16 Working Parents Day

f you’re a working parent, consider taking time off to recharge or spend more time with your family. Many of us are home on Sunday, anyway. Take full advantage of this precious opportunity. This is a good time to enjoy nature together before winter sets in. Have a family day and enjoy.

16. Mexico’s Independence Day

Mexico observes Independence Day on September 16th, celebrating independence from Spain. The celebration is bigger than Cinco de Mayo. When the clock strikes eleven in Mexico City, the president shouts, “Viva Mexico! Viva la Independencia!” All across Mexico, in unison, people echo those words.

16 National Guacamole Day

National Guacamole Day

Today is National Guacamole Day! We all know and love guacamole as a party snack, but there’s more to guacamole than meets the eye. Guacamole is made from avocados, which are packed with more than twenty vitamins, contain “good fats” that reduce cholesterol, can help fight cancer, and can be used as a substitute for butter or shortening in baking.

You can purchase pre-made guacamole at your local supermarket or buy some ripe avocados to make your own. Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Super Bowl Sunday, and Easter each account for approximately five percent of annual avocado sales. Have no fear, avocado trees produce up to 400 fruits a year so there should be plenty to go around. Happy National Guacamole Day!

 

Well I think that pretty well covers it for today so enjoy. I am going to enjoy what I do best. So until next time 🙂

 

September 15th

Good Morning. 🙂 I hope everyone is having a nice Saturday. The sun is out although the air is somewhat chilly.

Heads up: Although Flu season hasn’t quite yet started it is time to be thinking about Flu shots. They are recommending anyone age six and older get one this year. The Vaccination is already available so you can get it any time.

Although it isn’t flu season yet the cold season has begun. Make sure that children dress correctly especially wearing jackets as they leave for school. A sweater may be needed in the early morning hours, but can be removed as the day gets warmer. Night time cools down and requires a jacket now.

Help your children stay healthy by eating warm healthy foods and drinking juices with Vitamin C.

Many colds can be avoided by staying home and not sharing germs with those that already have colds.

Wash hands frequently. Remember books are one of the dirtiest items around because so many hands touch them. If you visit the library or handle books at school make sure to use hand sanitizer.

Wash hands before every meal or touching food. Cover your face if sneezing or coughing to prevent the travel of germs.

Provide classrooms with a box of kleenex.

Most of all get plenty of sleep. The immune system cannot function correctly when the body doesn’t get enough rest.

Remember as seasons change so does the body. People and animals tend to eat more going from summer to winter. The body requires a certain amount of fat to protect through the winter months.

Also people and animals go into hibernation mode wanting to take naps and sleep longer. Adjust your schedule for this.

Children need a minimum of eight hours of sleep.

Adults require six to eight hours.

The body starts to shut down at ten o’clock at night so if you are a night owl and stay up late your body won’t completely shut down and you won’t get the rest you need.

Remember with new schedules comes mood swings. This is a time when a lot of patience is needed at home because every family member is adjusting to the fall changes.

Try to plan something fun even if it’s just a special dinner, or a movie, and quiet family time.

Give everyone that “Me” time for adjustment. It takes about a month to fully adjust to the new routine.

Don’t forget the importance of breakfast as it will make your day a better day.

The brain needs food for thought.

Well enough about that let’s move on to the national days.

National Days:

About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

15 Make a Hat Day

Make a Hat Day is a day for fun. Design, make, and wear  a hat for yourself today. Put your personality into it. Or, make a hat from a character you would like to imitate for a day.

This day is very popular with preschool,  kindergarten, and grade school teachers and students. Early in the new school year, teachers look for fun and interesting projects to break up the classroom routine, or for art projects. Kids, who love arts projects by nature, can use their creativity in making a hat that fits them!

The rules for  Make a Hat Day are quite simple. Just make a hat, any hat. It can be for you, or for mom or dad. Wearing the hat is optional. But, it’s half the fun.

15 Felt Hat Day 

St. Clement, the patron saint of felt hatmakers, is said to have discovered wool felt when he filled his sandals with flax fibers to protect his feet

Felt Hat Day is today. On this day, men traditionally wear a felt hat. Women can participate in this day, too. They just have to have a felt hat.

Back in the early to mid 1900s, hats were popularly worn by both men and women. It was stylish. At that time, felt was a common material for men’s hats. With cooler Fall weather approaching, the guys went to the coat closet and dusted off their felt hats , and began to wear them once more.

Celebrating this day is easy….just wear a felt hat. It can be of any style, as long as the material is felt. No other hat material will do.

15 National Linguine Day

National Linguine Day

Today is Linguine Day! Linguine (often misspelled “Linguini”) is a long, flat, narrow type of pasta. It is most commonly used in seafood or pesto dishes such as linguine alle vongole (“linguine with clams”).Linguine, which means “little tongues” in Italian, originated in the Liguria region of Italy. Take a moment to imagine you’re there at one of the local trattorias, taking in the wonderful aromas of good, hearty pasta dishes!

Have a favorite linguine dish? Serve it tonight in honor of National Linguine Day!

I know we will be eating linguine. For recipes check on-line there are many delicious recipes to choose from or use one of your favorites.

September 15 is National Double Cheeseburger Day, and burger lovers everywhere will likely be celebrating the day at their favorite burger places.  Many of your favorite burger restaurants will be offering specials and coupons for today so if you’re in the mood check you burgers for dinner.

 

Well that’s all for today so until next time 🙂

September 14th

Hello Everyone! I hope today is finding you well. The sun is out and warming the sky however, it is going to be somewhat breezy through the weekend.

Last night I had a very enjoyable time at the Burley Public Library.

I went early and sat in on the children’s Story time and felt like a child again. Then afterwards I enjoyed a very nice group of adults that participated and asked questions about publishing.

I always enjoy my time with these presentations but no matter how much I plan I always forget to say or do something. Oh well I guess that means I’ve saved something for another time.

The question came up at the end about ordering books for Christmas presents. The advise that I shared was as follows:

1) Books make the most wonderful Christmas presents

2) Order early as the printers get swamped and the delivery takes longer

3) August through October is the rush season for printers

4) Order as soon as possible to be sure you will get them in time

One thing that I will do for my customers is hold them for a set delivery date if they have prepaid in advance. I can’t tie up my funds. However, if they are afraid of curious eyes I have no problem keeping them until the day they need them.

I have a notebook set up with all names and dates and delivery times and I work my books like a business. I will do whatever I can to accommodate those wishing to order for presents whether it is a birthday, anniversary, Christmas or just a special surprise.

Well after having a great evening and being out in that fresh fall air I was ready for a good nights sleep and I thoroughly enjoyed going to bed early and sleeping late.

Now I am starting late but very refreshed. Let’s see what’s happening in the Nation now.

National Days:

Make a Star-Spangled Musical Statement
With a National Anthem Day Event!

September 14th Celebration

September 14 is an important day in our nation’s history. On this day, Francis Scott Key penned “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing American forces defend Fort McHenry from British troops.

This day serves as an excellent opportunity to educate students about the national anthem and to demonstrate to the community the important role music teachers play in passing on our cultural heritage.

The Star Spangled Banner
1814
Words by Francis Scott Key, Music by John Stafford Smith

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep.
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner! O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the Star-Spangled Banner, in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just
And this be our motto: “In God is our Trust.”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

For more information go to : http://www.thenationalanthemproject.org/lyrics.html

 

14 National Cream-Filled Donut Day

On September 14th, Cream-Filled Donut Day, bakeries and donut shops may offer special discounts and unique fillings for cream-filled donuts. Dive right in! How can the calories count, if it’s a holiday?

I remember growing up as a child going to our favorite bakery and getting the donuts filled with jelly. That was my favorite type of donut. Now the donuts have all different kinds of gooey cream filled fillings that one can enjoy. So what is better for an afternoon snack coming home from school, or a coffee break than having a wonderful Cream-Filled Donut to enjoy. I think today I would like one filled with chocolate. Have fun and enjoy. 🙂

14 Eat a Hoagie Day

Hoagies, the popular sturdy sandwiches, are also known as grinders, subs, submarine sandwiches and torpedoes. A hoagie may contain chicken, cheese, ham, lettuce, mayonnaise, meatballs, onions, pastrami, peppers roast beef, tomatoes, tuna, turkey and much more.

Order up your favorite deli combination on Eat a Hoagie Day – September 14th.

Growing up as a child for the first we ever learned about a Hoagie sandwich was the original Dagwood sandwich from the Dagwood cartoon strip. He would make a Sandwich several deckers high and put everything he could find from the frig on it. They were too wide to open your mouth and bite into. Then came the hoagie where it was spread out with just as many wonderful condiments however, you could wrap your lips and teeth around it and enjoy the delicious flavors.

I usually like the House sandwich or the Club Sandwich although in the winter there is nothing better than a French Dip Sandwich .

What a wonderful treat this would be for the family for dinner . Find you nearest Hoagie shop or make your own and enjoy family time with a special treat.

November 14, 2012 is

National Pickle Day

It’s National Pickle Day! Pickles have been a popular food for thousands of years. In 2030 B.C., cucumbers were imported from India to the Tigris Valley. There, they were first preserved and eaten as pickles.

In ancient Egypt, people consumed pickles for their nutritional value and because they were thought to enhance beauty. Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her full diet of pickles. Centuries later, Napoleon believed that pickles offered health benefits for his armies, so he offered a huge cash prize to anyone who was able to preserve them safely.

Today we honor the culinary history of pickles. This versatile vegetable can be enjoyed as a condiment, snack, or side dish. Stock up on your favorite kind of pickles and celebrate National Pickle Day!

 

Yesterday I had listed as snack on a pickle day. Frequently the dates don’t agree because ideas are on one day and the actually happening is on another day. Whatever the case any day is good for pickles so enjoy your Hoagie sandwich and load it with your favorite pickles or just eat them solo.

Growing up as a kid it was popular to go to the neighborhood store and buy a large pickle from the pickle barrel and eat for a treat. They usually cost a nickel. Now you rarely find them sold that way unless it is at the fair or in a bar. It is a sad tradition that is slipping away yet children all over the world love pickles so buy a jar of pickles and let your family have a healthy snack.

My favorite pickle is the gherkins. I love to eat them fresh or cut them up and put in my tuna fish sandwiches. They have that extra flavor and I love the crunch.

So whatever you do today again is a food day enjoy it.

For all the teachers and schools out their please play our National Anthem and teach the lyrics to the children.

Let’s make this year a wonderful year for all. So until next time 🙂

 

September 13th

Well the house is still chilly but the sun is out. There is a breeze blowing so today will be cool. After those hot ninety days the seventy’s now seems a little chilly and nights are much cooler than that as frost warnings are out.

Today I am going to quickly visit with you on my blog and then my day is going to busy getting ready for my presentation at the Burley Public Library this evening at six o’clock.

I am very excited, yet nervous, about this presentation. It took me over six months to be able to finally get in touch with the director and smooth out some communication difficulties but now we are doing fine and it is very important to me that this presentation goes well.

I was hoping to have “Coming of Ages” The Rebel Years done for this but I am running about two weeks behind schedule. I will have to just give the time for scheduled availability.

That is the one thing about writing, things don’t always go the way you plan to. You get use to writing guidelines and trying to meet deadlines. However, personal life does play a factor as well as publishing difficulties.

All it takes is an emergency in the family, a death, or your book not going together like you thought it would to put you behind.

This time for me it was the unexpected death of my cousin. I just couldn’t wrap my brain around anything serious for about a week.

Now I am at the end of the proofing and I am having trouble wrapping my brain around the order of the book and although it makes sense it keeps going back and forth. It would be acceptable to some but I prefer a more natural flow of time periods even though they do over lap. So now I have the dilemma of whether to leave it the way it is or cut and paste. I decided to leave it alone until after my presentation rather than rush the process and regret it.

After all tomorrow is a new day and maybe I will have a new approach.

Well my cats are starting to rough house so I think I’d better get to business before I end up having to stop to referee. Then I will spend the rest of the day getting ready to go out and the cats will be mad.

This evening when I come home I will have to play love my cats and sit with them and spoil them for leaving them home alone. I guess tonight on the way home I will have to buy a treat. 🙂

Let’s take a look at the national days.

National Days:

13 Fortune Cookie Day

Confucius say September 13th is Fortune Cookie Day! Fortune cookies are bite-sized treats with a hidden message, fortune or words of wisdom. Some believe the crunchy cookie got its start around 1900 in California. A small piece of paper with a written message was tucked deep inside a Japanese-style tea cake and from there, fortune cookies began!

Whether you believe in fortunes or not it’s always fun to see what they say and an enjoyable wafer cookie after a delightful meal.

There are many recipes online for making fortune cookies and you could write your own fortunes and have a delightful party surprising family and friends. If you prefer buying them you can purchase them at any Chinese Restaurant or in you local grocery store.

Whatever you choose to do have fun today and remember what Confucius says.

 

13 National Peanut Day

National Peanut Day

Today is a celebration of the peanut, which isn’t really a nut at all. Technically, peanuts are legumes—simple dry fruits in the same family as peas and beans. But don’t let this fun fact get in the way of your celebrating!

George Washington Carver discovered over 300 practical uses for peanuts. Carver, a graduate of Iowa State University, found ways to use peanuts in shampoo, fuel, dyes, and flours. Ironically, historians suspect that Carver never tasted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. What a shame!

To celebrate National Peanut Day, bake peanut butter cookies, watch a ballgame with a bag of whole peanuts, enjoy a nice chunk of peanut butter fudge, or make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. Enjoy!

13 Snack a Pickle Time

It’s harvest season and that means it’s prime canning season. The process of pickling began as an early method of food preservation before there was refrigeration. What are commonly referred to as “pickles” are pickled cucumbers. There are many types of pickles and many variations of canning pickles. However, no matter how you decide to enjoy your pickles they are all healthy and good to eat. There is nothing better than giving a jar of home canned pickles to family and friends to snack on so enjoy your pickles today.

Uncle Sam Day is always celebrated on September 13th, the birth date of Sam Wilson. Wilson was a meat packer who supplied the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. The meat was packed in barrels labeled “U.S.,” standing for “United States,” but the soldiers joked that the initials referred to “Uncle Sam” Wilson. And so, a larger-than-life character was born.

September 13th is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, the birth date of Samuel Gee. Gee was a physician and pediatrician who published the first modern clinical description of celiac disease. For more information celiac disease go on-line .

Well I’m going to hope that today brings me good fortune and Confucius says a man who plans well benefits from his planning. Now I must go and plan well for today. I hope everyone has a wonderful day so until next time 🙂

September 12th

Today the sun is shining and it is a much brighter day than yesterday. However, the night air was chilly and so was my house. I so dread turning the heat on for the first time of the year but it looks like I’m not going to be able to hold of too much longer.

The cats and I spent the night curled up under my warm blanket of course they were on top but cuddled close. Then they arose early and raced through the house awakening me letting me know it was time to eat.

Now they are content and taking a nap. Their bellies are full and the house is warming up so as one sleeps on the desk and the other behind me on the couch I am free to write.

Yesterday I went out for dinner with a friend and my son was gone all day so they had been left home alone. When I returned after three hours they were very unhappy. My female, Baby, let me know she was upset. I sat at the computer and she kept whacking me on the back with her paw. She is very gentle when she does it but it’s her sign she needs to be taken care of.

I had fed them when I came home so I knew it was the need for food. I decided I’d better leave the computer and sit on the couch and watch a movie with her. Then she was content as she slept in my lap until after the news was over.

Being back to normal everything was forgiven and I was able to once again return to the computer.

Since I stopped working outside of the home my cats have become very unhappy if I leave even just to run to the grocery store. They are more accepting if I bring them something home but they really want me at home twenty-four- seven.

My male cat who has abandonment issues from his early years was exhausted and as soon as he knew I was home and all was well he crashed. You could tell by the way he draped himself across the couch that he was stressed.

People who don’t understand cats and their emotions really don’t know cats at all. They are very sensitive, nervous animals. They like a normal routine with stability.

They like to be talked to. They make very good listeners and it calms them.

They don’t like loud noises or to be yelled at. They are just like babies. They want affection.

My sons say I spoil my cats but that’s okay because I spoiled my boys too. I love my cats and they are family. I enjoy watching their activities, and being able to laugh at them. I scold them when they are bad and then love them and let them know that everything is okay. I love to watch them sleep.

Now that the weather is changing I worry about the mice and the cats don’t like it if the mice try to come in. That is one problem with living in a trailer they get under the skirting and the cats can smell them. I well be glad in two months when everything settles down and we don’t have that problem.

I hate mouse trap time of the year.  With harvest time starting it makes it worse as the fields are dug up and their homes are destroyed. It’s funny how every season brings that little quirk that you could do with out.

I wish the mice would migrate south like the birds do . 🙂

Well enough about me for today. Let’s see what’s happening in the nation.

National Days:

12 National Video Games Day  (see Video Games Day in July)                             National Video Games Day Falls on September 12 each year. It is a day to honor the Gaming industry and how far technology has developed in the areas of gaming. This is a day that one can celebrate by playing their favorite games, inviting friends and family to share in fun gaming activity and be thankful for the many accomplishments that the gaming industry has made.  Who would have thought in today’s age we would be using Smart Phones iPods and all the other Gaming Instruments out there?

Gaming sure is different from in my days of growing up when it was make-believe with cardboard boxes or you played cards and table games. Now most table games you can play on video games. How amazing is it to transform childhood memories to a video screen for example: Monopoly or Scrabble. Then of course there are the action games. Who would have thought you could be racing a car looking at the road as if you were in the car or fighting the Androids. It’s a whole different world. With this new world comes new responsibilities for parents and children.

It’s all about learning what is reality and what is fantasy. It also is about time limits . You still need to go outdoors and enjoy the fresh air without video games. You still need to enjoy the beauty of nature. Everything in life requires a balance. Today is your day for video games so how about if tomorrow you plan an outdoor activity.

Do not confuse this day with Video Games Day in July. They are two separate days. Today is in honor of the industry and their accomplishments so pick your favorite games and have fun.

 

12 National Chocolate Milkshake Day

National Chocolate Milkshake Day

Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day! Smooth, frothy, rich, and sweet are just a few of the words that describe today’s reason to celebrate. Did you know that the first reference to a milkshake appeared in a British newspaper in 1885? The original recipe called for a shot of whiskey! Milkshakes were popular at soda fountain counters in the early 1900s and are now a mainstay at ice cream shops, diners, and fast food restaurants throughout the country.

To celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day, enjoy a delicious milkshake for dessert tonight! To make your own at home, combine 2 cups of chocolate ice cream, 2 bars of dark chocolate candy (diced), and 1/2 cup whipped cream in a blender. Garnish with more cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

Growing up my mother made the best ice cream desserts. She had worked in an ice cream parlor in her young adult days before marrying my father. She never lost her love for ice cream. A real treat for us was to get a milkshake from Pork Chop John’s In Butte, Montana. Back then the milkshakes were made from real ice cream. There was only one size which was large the size of the container that they put on the blender. I loved chocolate milkshakes and I especially loved them with whipped marshmallow. Very creamy and rich.

Today is the day to find the best ice cream in your area and whether you make it yourself or buy it already made enjoy this long time tradition honoring ice cream.

Here’s to National Chocolate Milkshake Day. 🙂

Well that’s it for today. Now I must go and get ready for tomorrow’s presentation at the Public Library in Burley Idaho. I will be talking about writing and publishing and most of all my books. Tomorrow will be a busy day for me and of course my cats will be upset once again. So tomorrow night will be on the couch soothing the nervous babies.

I wish everyone a happy day. Stay safe and enjoy the weather while you can. So until next time 🙂