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  • #46
    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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    • #47
      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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      • #48
        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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          I think we need the spicy-heat because some of our taste buds have died in the aging process!!!! LOL

      • #49
        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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        • #50
          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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          • #51
            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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            • #52
              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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              • #53
                The kids had quesadillas for lunch today in honor for Cinco de Mayo 🤗

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                • #54
                  Good Morning!! Today is May 6th and we celebrate:

                  National Nurses Day ~ National Nurses Day is observed annually on May 6th. On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society. This day is also the first day of National Nurses Week and is sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day.

                  National Nurses Week begins May 6th and ends on May 12th, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician, and thefounder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale was dubbed The Lady with the Lamp because of her habit of making rounds at night.

                  National Crepe Suzette Day ~ While there are slightly different versions of crepes Suzette, the dish is quite distinct from most other crepe dishes. The recipe first appeared in the 19th century in Paris courtesy of Chef Henri Charpentier. According to the chef’s memoir, he accidentally ruined a sauce for the crepes he was serving Prince Edward of Wales (the would-be King Edward VII) and his guests. With no time to recover, he tasted the burned sauce and discovered the flavors blended deliciously. When he served the dish, Charpentier named it Crepes Princess. However, when the prince gently protested, Charpentier changed the name to Suzette in honor of the one female guest at the table.

                  World Password Day ~ Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day promotes better password habits. Passwords are critical gatekeepers to our digital identities, allowing us to access online shopping, dating, banking, social media, private work, and life communications.

                  In a cyber world, secure passwords are important. Other than keeping your information offline, long, unique and complex passwords protect your valuable information best. Another tactic is changing your passwords every few months or any time you think your accounts have been compromised.

                  Have a great day! Stay safe!

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                  • #55
                    DW’s doing a posting at a school for the deaf at the moment. If they decided to have a full time nursing staff next year I could see her getting a call. She really likes it. Which is odd because Pediatric was the one rotation she hated.

                    I discovered it was nurse’s day this morning while going through emails & walking into one from a “toy” company “celebrating” nurses with a combo package- naughty nurse outfit & dvd.

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                    • #56
                      Good morning!

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                      • #57
                        Today May 7, 2021 we celebrate:

                        National Provider Appreciation Day!! ~ National Provider Appreciation Day, also known as National Child Care Provider Day, is annually celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day. The special day recognizes child care providers, teachers, and other educators of young children everywhere.

                        Child care providers deserve a big “Thank you” for their dedication, commitment, and compassion. Less than one-third of the children in America have a full-time stay-at-home parent. Since the child care provider is a partner in raising children, parents carefully choose their child care provider. It may be a private home daycare, a daycare center, an in-home provider, or a live-in nanny. Parents put their trust in their childcare providers as they share child-rearing responsibilities with them.


                        National Military Spouse Appreciation Day ~ Always the Friday before Mother’s Day, National Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of the spouses of the Armed Forces. National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is also sometimes known as Military Spouse Day.

                        Along with the tremendous strength and patriotism they have, military spouses endure frequent change and unexpected developments in their lives. They prepare for many unknowns during military life, often unable to make a plan for more than a few days in advance. The hold down the home front during deployments, training, and many other circumstances while their husband or wife serve their country. Depending on the length of service, they may move many times and often all over the world. Military spouses also spend many months apart during stressful deployments with limited communication or for training.

                        But they bear these responsibilities by caring for and relying on family. With every move, they find a new job, help their children adjust to new schools and friends. They learn about a new community and its culture. During separations, they celebrate holidays at unusual times or host long-distance birthday parties. By supporting our service members and ensuring a sound home, our military is stronger and more prepared.

                        National Barrier Awareness Day ~ On May 7th each year, we are charged with breaking down obstacles on National Barrier Awareness Day. We are responsible for dissolving stigmas keeping people with disabilities from advancing in education. It’s an opportunity to tear down walls and build ramps that providing access. When we have misunderstandings, see the potential for the development of new technology to bridge the gap. Eliminate antiquated policies preventing those with disabilities from accessing their full potential. If there was ever a time to speak up about the questionable treatment of a human being, National Barrier Awareness Day encourages us to do so now.
                        “Today some 36 million Americans suffer from some form of handicap. Eighty percent of Americans will experience some disability in their lifetime. That makes it necessary for all of us to understand and appreciate both the barriers they must surmount and the contributions that they can make to our society.

                        Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of public understanding of their needs. We must become more aware of the barriers that prevent or inhibit so many of our fellow Americans from participating fully in the life of our society, and how much more they could contribute if those obstacles were removed….”
                        Visible and invisible barriers are equally difficult to overcome. With advocacy, education, and awareness these obstacles can be lifted, empowering people with disabilities to live more independent fulfilled lives.


                        Have a wonderful and happy Friday! Stay safe!!

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                          Happy Provider Appreciation Day to EVERYONE!!!!! I, for sure, couldn't have survived this past year especially without the support from this forum!!!

                      • #58
                        You all are AWESOME!!!!
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                        • #59
                          The day is about over for most providers, sorry I'm a little late, but I hope everyone had a great day!

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                          • #60
                            Good Morning everyone!! Bright sunny Monday morning here!
                            Temps around 40F but expected to be about 50-55F the whole week. Still below freezing over night though so brisk in the early morning hours.

                            Today we celebrate


                            National Women’s Checkup Day ~ ational Women’s Checkup Day on the second Monday in May each year focuses on the importance of regular routine visits for women.

                            Yearly well-woman visits are important and should include discussions of your health habits and family history, setting health goals, and scheduling or receiving screenings or necessary exams. Screening would include blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer, and others.

                            National Shrimp Day ~ Each year on May 10th, National Shrimp Day recognizes America’s favorite seafood. Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, and this is the day to celebrate this delicious seafood. We use the word “prawn” loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as “jumbo shrimp.” Some countries use the word “prawn” exclusively for all shrimp.
                            A healthy food, shrimp, is low in calories and high in omega-3, calcium, iodine, and protein levels. Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system.

                            National Clean Up Your Room Day ~ Spring cleaners get their wish granted each year when National Clean Up Your Room Day arrives on May 10th. Children often dread this parent-appreciated day. Though, some years, the observance arrives with perfect timing for Mother’s Day!

                            However, the observance doesn’t only target kids. It is also about picking up, straightening up, and cleaning up the whole house. Adults take spring cleaning seriously, and homes get aired out. They organize, de-clutter, and rearrange. It’s time to fix the broken and match up missing parts, like with like. We tackle cluttered closets and donate or throw away those things we no longer use. Help your children make their beds, clean their rooms, and eliminate the toys and clothing they have outgrown.

                            The day helps garages, sheds, and cabinets see the light of day. Drawers, closets (did we say that already), and under the bed get thoroughly organized. Find ways to repurpose items around the house, too. Look at old things in new ways


                            Have a wonderful Monday and stay safe!!

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