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  • GirlMomma
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    The kids had quesadillas for lunch today in honor for Cinco de Mayo 🤗

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  • Gemma
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    Dh and I moved in together on May 5th so that's why I celebrate this day Click image for larger version

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  • Annalee
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    I like Mexican food especially the chicken tortilla soup from Mexican restaurants. I've tried to make it myself but not near as good as the restaurant.....love THEIR soup. I'm a fan of skilled trade as well and my oldest is in the electrical/plumbing path at trade school Will finish in the Fall....happy about that!

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  • Annalee
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    I think we need the spicy-heat because some of our taste buds have died in the aging process!!!! LOL

  • Josiegirl
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    Tick season is in full swing more than ever. I've pulled 4 just barely attached critters off myself lately and my sister has found almost a dozen crawling on her so far. She lives in tick central anyhow and it doesn't help we spent the weekend crawling around road sides and woodsy areas. Ugh.

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  • Josiegirl
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    I agree with the skilled trades thoughts BC. With college being so costly and not everybody is college material, skills are such a great alternative! Plus have you paid plumbers, mechanics, electricians, carpenters, etc., lately? And their job security is better than a lot of other people because so many pay to have those services done.
    College tuition is ridiculous and can keep graduates in debt for half their working career.

    Hoagies(known as grinders and subs here) are sooo good but I don't eat much bread anymore because it's something I can easily over do on. Love me some carbs.

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  • Blackcat31
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    CINCO DE MAYO... I am not of Mexican decent at all but I definitely love their food! Hubby made breakfast burritos with chorizo this morning! YUM!! We'll be having Carne Asada tacos for lunch today! Can't wait! I've never been a fan of anything spicy in the past but over the last year/year and a half I seem to crave spicy foods and the hotter the better! I don't know if it's age related or due to a change in eating habits but bring on the heat!!

    Skilled tradesman are definitely in need! My son is a smart cookie but he had no desire to go to college and learn through seat time and lengthy lectures so he went to a technical college instead and decided to work in the trades field. He absolutely loves it and I am so happy he decided to go that route! He was not a desk job kinda guy! lol!

    Hoagies....Hmmm, they remind me of Dagwood Bumstead... I like hoagies but they aren't something I eat often. Unless Jimmy Johns counts!

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  • Blackcat31
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    Good morning everyone! Bright and sunny here today! Temps staying in the mid 50ies
    Hoping everyone in the southern part of the US is doing ok.... flooding and tornados seem to be abundant down there right now!
    Praying everyone is safe! Haven't heard from Cat Herder in a bit so....

    Today we celebrate

    CINCO DE MAYO ~ Cinco De May’s deeply rooted history in the Franco-Mexican War influenced Mexican-Mexican American communities in the early years of the American Civil War. In the early 1860s, as the Civil War erupted, these communities took up the banner of the Cinco De Mayo celebration as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy. Today, in the United States, Americans celebrate Mexican-American heritage and pride annually on May 5th.

    On June 7, 2005, the United States Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution. The resolution invited the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

    National Skilled Trades Day ~ The first Wednesday in May educates us about National Skilled Trades Day.

    Across the nation, many businesses require highly skilled workers to fill a multitude of trades in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing/industry, and service categories. Learn trades in a variety of fields from machinery and construction to medical and beauty. Whether you’re interested in being a chef or mechanic, working as a medical coder or helping others as an Emergency Medical Technician, a nursing aide or a vet tech, choices are available.

    There are more jobs than workers, too! And the trend will continue for the next couple of decades. Therefore, National Skilled Trades Day is important today and in the future. Baby boomers retire faster than companies can fill job openings increasing the demand for skilled workers. Pair the drastic costs of a college degree making education unattainable for many and a skilled trade becomes the smart alternative.

    National Hoagie Day ~ It may go by many names, but on May 5th, National Hoagie Day celebrates a hero of a sandwich!

    Besides a hero, the hoagie goes by several other aliases. The sub, grinder, Italian, torpedo, or baguette are just a few of its many names. Some of those names give a hint as to how we make a hoagie, too. We cut a long Italian roll or French bread lengthwise and fill it with various meats, cheeses, vegetables, seasonings, and sauces. Pile it high with your own combination of fillings and enjoy it either hot or cold.

    In 1953, Italians working at the World War I-era shipyard in Philadelphia known as Hog Island packed their lunch to work every day. They introduced the sandwich by putting different meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. It was referred to as the “Hog Island” sandwich, which they later shortened to the “hoagie.”

    Have a safe and happy day everyone!! ​​​​​​​

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  • Josiegirl
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    I'm envious of the variety of color in your local birds BC! My neighbor found a Scarlet Tanager many years ago and by my reaction you'd've thought I was a kid at Christmas time. Lol Dorky that way. We've also seen Evening Grosbeaks on occasion though not often. My favorite are the Cardinals. Hummingbirds will be visiting, hopefully within the week. The migratory map has them showing up May 10 and it's been pretty accurate. We've been inundated with Robins lately; used to have a nest right over our front door light but they haven't come the past couple years. That was very cool watching Robin families build, lay eggs, feed babies, grow and then take off. We were getting 3 families in a good year.

    I never fostered children but always wanted to. Being a dcprovider, we weren't allowed. And now I feel I'm too old. :/
    And Star Wars never interested me at all. Star Trek either.

    Is it still a 5 minute limit on being able to edit your posts? Just curious.

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  • daycarediva
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    Huge Star wars fan thanks to the hubby!

    Former foster parent

    Bird nerd. I have different bird food in different feeders for the various birds, just told dh that I need a trail cam after seeing cool bird photos from one, and I have photos of them on my phone. My daycare kiddos recognize many local birds by sight and know some by sound now, too!

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  • Gemma
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    Good afternoon,
    By the time I watched Star Wars it was old so I didn't fully recognize the special effects the movie was famous for...but I do love Yoda, I named my dog after it

    My in-law foster parented for a short while, they wanted to adopt and I guess foster parenting was a requirement .

    DH and I both enjoy feeding and watching the many different species of birds that visit our backyard. It can get expensive, so this year I started making my own suet cakes, and cylinders
    The Oriole got here a few days ago, but I still have not seen a Hummingbird this year, usually they get here sooner

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  • Blackcat31
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    Originally posted by Josiegirl View Post

    I just wanted to add that I love the chat section here and the day-to-day activities BC.
    Thank you Josie! Things have slowed here over the last year + so I figured a morning chat might help get the conversation moving along and the board can be a bit more lively!

    I know FB seems to be the go to place for many but I just can't... It's too dramatic and silly. Makes my blood pressure rise so I just avoid it all together. Keeps me calmer.

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  • Blackcat31
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    ~My mom brought my younger brothers and I to see Star Wars when it first came out in the theaters. Going to the movie theater was a huge treat! I liked the movie but have to wonder if it was because anything played on a huge screen in a theater when you're 10 years old is amazing but still I went on to eagerly watch the next two sequels/prequels ( I forget what they call them now). Years later when the series was "revived" with The Phantom Menace my son was about 9/10 years old and he fell in love! I never did actually watch any of the movies beyond the first trilogy but I understand the love of the story for sure!

    From my understanding Star Wars lovers are just as abundant and fanatical as trekkies/Star Trek fans are!

    ~ My parents were foster parents when I was young. I remember many of the children that came through our home. Some stayed a short while and some were with us for 2-3 years before moving on. It was a hard and fun at the same time. I imagine it had a deep impact on who I am today as a person and a provider. Shout out to all those wonderful people willing to be a foster parent today! It's a rewarding but heart wrenching experience and takes a wonderfully giving person to do it! <3

    ~ Bird day!! I just love love love love watching the birds in my yard! I spend a lot of time sitting on the deck over the back yard with my camera in hand just waiting for the perfect shot! I've managed to photograph some really cool and unique birds!

    This morning I saw a couple Evening Grosbeak in my feeder... imagine my surprise when I actually went to the window for a better view and I saw over dozen in our cherry tree!! It was soo cool! They aren't rare in my area but it is rare to see so many at one time in a "flock" as they aren't really the type of birds to gather in large groups!

    Our trees are just starting to bud and the frogs just started singing a few evenings ago so it's getting to be about the time I can watch for Blue birds, Orioles, Northern Flickers and Scarlet Tanager.... like the grosbeaks, they all live in my area but aren't frequent feeder birds because they eat bugs etc and tend to stick to the tree tops away from people.

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  • Blackcat31
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    Good Morning Everyone! Cooler and cloudy today but still Spring like so I'll take it!!

    Today we celebrate:

    National Star Wars Day ~ May the Fourth be with you each year on National Star Wars Day. Or is it, “May the force be with you?” It all depends on whether you like using puns or not. Thousands of Star Wars enthusiasts celebrate this day each year with parties and celebrations around the nation.

    Star Wars fans didn’t first introduce the often quoted phrase on May 4th. It was 1979, and Britain elected the first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. On May 4th, the day she took office, the Conservative Party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News, which read, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

    Star Wars creator, George Lucas, was asked during a 2005 interview on a German news TV channel to say the famous sentence “May the Force Be with You.” Upon doing so, the interpreter interpreted the sentence into German as Am4 Mai sind wir bei Ihnen (On May 4 we are with you). TV Total captured this and aired it on May 18, 2005.

    National Foster Care Day ~
    Dedicated to all the children in the U.S. foster care system, National Foster Care Day on the first Tuesday in May encourages everyone to wear blue and raise their voices to show their support for foster youth everywhere.

    With over 400,000 children in the foster care system at any given time, and a new child placed into care every 2 minutes, the need for support services, essential items, and foster parents is high. Foster children have an uphill battle with startling statistics to overcome and need the support of our communities across the country. National Foster Care Day shines a light on these children and points us all in the direction of solutions.

    National Bird Day ~ We honor our feathered friends on several holidays called Bird Day in the United States. The day celebrates birds of all kinds across North America. With over 2,000 species of birds in North America, birdwatchers and nature lovers alike will appreciate the beauty and variety of these winged friends offer. From songbirds to waterfowl and domesticated birds, they come in every color of plumage and wingspan.

    During the spring, migrating birds move to their summer nesting grounds. It’s an excellent time for those new to birdwatching to learn to identify birds by species. Enthusiasts also know that birds will migrate through backyards and stop for a rest, a bite to eat, and a drink if the right habitat is provided.

    Have a wonderful, safe and happy Tuesday!




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  • Josiegirl
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    Ooh chocolate custard sounds amazing. But just one more thing I'd have to resist.

    I'm not sure I believe in paranormal either. I want to but need to experience it for myself. I feel too many others elaborate stories. And I wouldn't believe anything any ghost tv show offers. Having said that, I believe in 'signs' but then again, that could fall under an individual's interpretation. I found pennies galore in all the appropriate places, when cleaning out our parents' home to the point it sent shivers up my spine.

    I have a question about that topic though; has anyone ever been to a psychic and do you believe in them? My sister has an appt. with someone who comes highly recommended. She wants to believe in the worst way. It's costly and she's a huge skeptic. She's going into this looking for reasons to doubt, such as he could find everything on the internet. She's wanting to hear things that only she or the family would know.

    Melanoma, I've known many people who've had it and while it's highly curable, you still have to be aware of your body and changes.

    I just wanted to add that I love the chat section here and the day-to-day activities BC.

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