September 8th

Good morning everyone. I hope this morning finds you enjoying this Saturday. It is hard to believe the first week of September is already passed. where does the time go. Growing up my mother always use to say , ” Wait till you get older the time goes faster and faster.” I never understood how time could go faster. After all a second was a second, a minute was a minute, and an hour was an hour.

Now that I am older I don’t count the seconds but I am amazed when I am cooking and set the timer for fifteen minutes while I work on the computer and it seems like I’ve just sat down and fifteen minutes is already gone.

The days, weeks, and months are flying by and to be honest I don’t like it not one bit. I want to take time to smell the roses. I want to take time to enjoy life. I don’t move very fast and I want time to slow down and move at my pace. Yes, I move at a snail’s pace these days and that’s all right because I still get done what I need to do.

My sister is four years older than me and she is always talking about time running out. She’s been doing that since she was a kid. She always told me she would die young. I don’t consider sixty-six young so I think she’s done remarkably well for herself. However, she now has that I have to get things finished attitude . I feel like I’m running out of time. Well you reach a point in life when that is true but in all honesty I don’t want to have the feelings she has.

I want to enjoy the journey and not be pressed for time. I figure if I haven’t done something by none then it probably isn’t going to get done. I take each day as it comes and make the best of it.

However, I would drive myself insane if I thought about my life’s time clock running out of time.

Unfortunately we compare the season’s to life. Now fall is starting and older people think of it more as the season’s change.

That is why they enjoy summer so much it brings some youth back into them. However, as the cold returns so does the reality check of aching bones, and not getting around like you once did.

I admire those who are fortunate enough to be snow birds. I wish I was in that type of situation. I would love to travel and write about different places. I really should have bought a house on wheels and just visited the United States. However, I don’t think my cats would have liked that.

Well here in Idaho it’s a sunny day and I am thankful for all the sunshine we can get. However, the nights are cooling down and this morning there is a chill in the house. I will put on a sweater until the rays of the sun warm the house up.

Well let’s see what is happening in the National days for today.

National Days:

8 International Literacy Day

September 8, 2012 is

International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day! Each year, International Literacy Day highlights the status of literacy and adult learning globally. There are now almost 4 billion literate people in the world, but universal literacy remains an elusive target. One in six adults is still not literate and more than 67 million children are out-of-school.

In 1965 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated September 8 as International Literacy Day. It has been observed every year since 1966. Find out ways that you can help and learn more about this day.


Literacy programs are often confused with migrant programs. That is not their purpose however, they do over lap. Literacy programs include all people who haven’t had an adequate education to complete high school and be self-sufficient. Most literacy programs assist with helping adults who don’t have high school diplomas to finish their GED.

There are Literacy programs that include Pre-School while parents are attending classes. There are family literacy components that help the families to know what they need to do to be able to become more literate in today’s world.

Most programs are federally funded and they are placed in areas of higher need.

Check out your local Migrant councils, Universities, Junior Colleges and School Districts for more information on these programs. It is never to late to get started on being involved in a literacy program.



8 National Date Nut Bread Day

September 8 is National Date-Nut Bread Day!

Date-nut bread is one of those fantastic retro delights that will never get old. Recipes for this charming snack began appearing in cookbooks in the 1920s, although cultures have been mixing nuts and fruit into their dough for centuries.

The crunch of a sturdy nut, like walnuts, pairs well with the sweet, rich flavor of dates in this moist, dense cake-like bread. In the 1930s, it became a favorite base for tea sandwiches. Ah, there’s nothing quite like chowing down on a dainty sandwich of date-nut bread with cream cheese or butter in between!

You can whip up your own tea sandwiches and slice them into triangles or “fingers” for your afternoon gathering, or just bake up some bread. for your snacking/breakfasting pleasure.

There are many recipes on-line so if you don’t have a favorite check them out until you find one you like.


Remember September is a month for returning to normal the daily routines after an enjoyable summer.

Schools are back in session with speed limits so watch out for our young people.

IT is also a time when children are starving as they arrive home after a long day of activities. Have nutritional snacks for them.

I had to laugh the last year of my teaching experience as my para-professional a mature women looked at me and said, ” I didn’t know using your brain could make you so hungry.” ” I’m starving,” I go home everyday needing to find something to eat before I fix supper,” she replied.

She had worked many jobs and had never been so famished. The saying amongst teacher’s is that teachers will eat anything they like their food but the reality is your brain needs nutrition to keep working.

Children after using their brain all day do need healthy snacks. It won’t hurt their supper but it will change their behavior and attitudes.

Remember children need to know boundaries so set limits on what they can have and how much they can have. Expect them to follow that.

My mother always allowed us to eat a piece of fruit or make a peanut butter sandwich when we came home. If she had just baked fresh cookies, donuts, or bread we could have one or two pieces while it was still warm. Then no more until after dinner. A glass of milk was usually what we drank or water.

Remember you children have been sitting for six hours in uncomfortable seats. Don’t make them do their homework the minute they come home. Give them time to run off some energy. Let them do homework after dinner. You will get better results if they run off some steam. Children need to be physically active also. That is just important to stimulating the brain as studying.

Have a designated work area for children to study where there are no distractions and please keep younger children out of their school work. Not only does it create a problem at school when the homework has been destroyed but it also affects attitudes between siblings. Everyone needs their own private space. My mother provided us each with our own junk drawer. No one could touch it. We cleaned it once a month and put whatever we wanted in it. Yes, she checked it on occasion but no one else did.

Remember what children learn in their first five years of life will determine their attitudes for the rest of their life. Teach them early to respect others and develop family values.

Learning never stops it starts the day we are born and it doesn’t stop as long as we are still alive.

I hope that this year will be a good learning experience for everyone.

So until next time 🙂




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