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  • #61
    Got my annual women's check scheduled for July; not into shrimp but do cook it on the grill in dales sauce for my family occasionally; and have been doing a 'little' spring cleaning preparing for a yard sale in a few weeks!

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    • #62
      I do my annual appointments the week of my birthday every year, keeps me from forgetting or canceling them. Following through with them is my gift to me.

      "Spring" cleaning is done the day I get to take my tree down, typically the 26th or 27th of December. I look forward to that much more than putting it up. "Decoration" season starts in October with Halloween and ends with taking down the tree. I love how big, clean and airy the house feels when all the seasons are back up in storage.

      I get plenty of shrimp, crab, lobster and oysters on frequent day trips to the gulf each year during months with an R. The shellfish season has ended for me, now.

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      • #63
        Good morning!! Sunny bright and cheery here today! Wish the daycare kids were but that's a whole other thread topic...lol!

        Anyways today we celebrate:

        National Eat What You Want Day ~ Observed annually on May 11th, National Eat What You Want Day sets diets aside for a day of indulgence. It’s about having one day a year of eating with no regrets. Whether you love donuts or fast food, today is your day to gratify without feeling guilty.

        Chili cheese dogs, greasy hamburgers, french fries, potato chips, cake, cookies, candy, and ice cream are just a few of the things you can enjoy today without remorse. Decadent food is definitely on the menu today. The saying, “Everything in moderation” applies to this holiday quite aptly. Though, we’re not quite sure they meant EVERYTHING at the same time.

        National Twilight Zone Day ~ Always observed on May 11th, National Twilight Zone Day features mysterious twists and turns highlighted with eerie background music and unexplainable occurrences.

        The television show The Twilight Zone was created, written, and narrated by Rod Serling. It premiered on October 1, 1959. The episodes were wildly popular, stretched the imagination, and captivated viewers. The show aired from 1959-1964. Rod Serling also created the show’s spin-off called Night Gallery.

        Each episode presented unique stories that led the viewer on a journey into an unknown situation. The characters often revealed their backstories through intense exchanges. Settings ranged from the wild west to penthouse suites. And yet each story took place in the 5th dimension, in The Twilight Zone.

        National Foam Rolling Day ~ Each year on May 11th, National Foam Rolling Day recognizes a therapy that’s been called the poor man’s massage. You only go to the dentist once a year, but you brush your teeth every day. While we can’t get a massage every day, foam rolling offers the next best thing! Brush your muscles daily with a foam roller.

        The first foam roller was patented in the US in the 1920s, so foam rolling is nothing new. However, foam rolling is gaining momentum in recent years.


        Have a wonderful and safe day!!

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        • #64
          Slim pickings today in regards to National Days... lol! Foam Rolling Day... Guess everything needs recognition now and then!
          I have a foam roller but I use it as a foot rest for when I am sitting on our sofa... I am short enough that my feet don't touch the floor when I sit with proper posture so I use the foam roller under my feet to make up the difference. haha!

          The Twilight Zone is one of my all time favorite shows! I have the entire collection of Rod Serling episodes on DVD/Blu-ray. It was such a great show!
          I have watched several episodes of Jordan Peele's revived rendition of the show and while it is still good because the idea of the show is good, this newer version doesn't even come close to being as riveting as the original. But then again, does any re-do or sequel come close to the originals? I never think so.

          I'll skip National Eat Whatever You Want Day as I have a healthy relationship with food these last few years and I definitely think it's because I've been observant and careful about what I am eating so if I just went hog wild and ate whatever, I fear I'd fall into the trap of always just eating whatever I want. lol! Restraint is difficult sometimes but I couldn't imagine throwing it all out the window for a piece of cheesecake.

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          • #65
            Foam Rolling Day, hmm. Today is also the 40th anniversary of the premiere day of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cat's. I have seen it on stage 4 times since I was a kid. It is also the 87th anniversary of the first wave of dust storms that led to the culmination known as the Dust Bowl.

            I loved the Twilight Zone. My favorite episode was Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.

            I just had chips for no reason at all other than frustration. All of our local gas stations are out of fuel, so I can't mow the lawn this afternoon.

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            • #66
              Originally posted by Cat Herder View Post
              All of our local gas stations are out of fuel, so I can't mow the lawn this afternoon.
              Aw, that is a bummer.... although we aren't even close to lawn mowing up here. The grass is barely green let alone ready to mow.
              A couple years ago we hired a teen neighbor boy to mow my daycare yard and my hubby was freaked out about him not mixing the gas correctly for the push mower or not being able to get gas when needed so we bought a battery operated push mower and I have to say it is actually pretty amazing! It mows great and is super quiet too!

              I wouldn't use one on my own yard as I imagine it would take several batteries to mow all 3 acres of lawn I have at home. I have a huge zero turn with a 65" cut and it still takes me atleast 2 hours. The daycare lawn takes about 30-40 minutes with the little electric push mower so it works great!

              Hoping they get this gas situation figured out soon so you are all able to get places and be able to mow etc.

              Originally posted by Cat Herder View Post
              I loved the Twilight Zone. My favorite episode was Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.
              My favorite Twilight Zone episode would have to be either Shadow Play or Walking Distance. Both are fantastic and give me chills every time.
              I will also admit that I've only flown a hand full of times in my life but every.single.time I have thought about a gremlin on the wing.


              Originally posted by Cat Herder View Post
              Today is also the 40th anniversary of the premiere day of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cat's. I have seen it on stage 4 times since I was a kid. It is also the 87th anniversary of the first wave of dust storms that led to the culmination known as the Dust Bowl.
              I have never seen Cats. I have no idea what it's even about other than probably cats. lol!

              I do know the story of the Dust Bowl however and watched a documentary on it a while back on the History Channel or something and I have to say it was absolutely fascinating! I like history documentaries these last few years.

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              • #67
                I think the fuel issue will be over in time for the weekend. People are hoarding out of fear, so it could take a bit longer, who knows. Our vehicles have over 3/4 tanks as I am particular about that. I just did not refill my lawn mower can last week after I mowed because I did not want to go back out after showering/changing. You know how it is. The big section my husband does on the rider and I think it is still full.

                Walking Distance was a good one. Of course, it makes so much more sense and has deeper meaning if you are over 30 when you watch it. I remember thinking "give him $10 or something, it is nothing to you now.".

                Cats is a lot of fun. It is a great introduction to the musical theatre for kids and families. The music is high-energy fun, the dancing is wild and the singing is intense. My daycare kids love listening to the CD, there are also video versions of it, now.

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                • #68
                  My oldest text me earlier to go get gas now. Bless him; taking care of his momma

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                  • Cat Herder
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                    Too sweet. Mine (the one not deployed) is in an avoid mama and have fun running the highways with the guys from work phase. lol!! 22 years old, what can you do? With all the extra rain we have had, I was able to pressure wash this afternoon, instead. It is rare to have days with no infants (so my husband can supervise nap while doing desk work) so I can knock out outdoor projects. The storm started just as I finished and came in, the sun shined on me the whole time I was working, it was awesome!

                • #69
                  Good Morning everyone!! Hoping the week has been kind for all so far!

                  Today we celebrate

                  National Third Shift Worker Day ~ Each year, National Third Shift Workers Day on the second Wednesday in May recognizes the workers who face the night to keep businesses running, hospitals staffed, and streets safe. The day is also known as National Night Shift Workers Day. Whether it’s a manufacturing facility in high demand or a processing plant that requires an overnight cleaning or cycle change, businesses function as efficiently as possible.

                  Hospitals, first responders, and nursing homes work 24 hours a day, too. Metropolitan areas of any size have employees working overnight to ensure the safety and reliability of water, power, and other infrastructure. The day honors all third shift workers whether they rotate in and out of the shift or not.

                  National Limerick Day ~ Observed annually on May 12th, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author, and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888). Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose, and limericks.

                  Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846. A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick, there are five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together. The Limerick also has a particular rhythm which is officially described as anapestic trimeter.

                  THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY
                  By Edward Lear

                  There was a Young Lady whose chin
                  Resembled the point of a pin;
                  So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
                  And played several tunes with her chin.


                  National Nutty Fudge Day ~ Each year on May 12th, National Nutty Fudge Day tempts you to indulge in smooth chocolate fudge filled with crunchy nuts.

                  A Western confection, fudge is usually sweet and delicious. It consists of combining sugar, butter, and milk, heating it to the correct temperature, and then mixing it while it cools to a smooth, creamy consistency. There are many varieties and flavors of fudge, with chocolate being the most popular.

                  Many candy makers include pecans and walnuts when they prepare their fudge. As a celebratory treat, fudge makes a delicious gift. It packages well and recipients are often overjoyed to receive homemade fudge.

                  Have a wonderful, safe and awesome day!!



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                  • CenterTeacher20
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                    Ughhhhhh yummmm... thinking about fudge makes me want to go back to Mackinac Island. I swear there was a fudge store every ten feet on the strip! So many, I think we still have some frozen in our deep freeze. I'll have to check that out when we get home. Yummmmm

                  • Blackcat31
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                    CenterTeacher20 Apparently fudge sold there is really good as Mackinac Island was mentioned in the summary of the day. It said, "In 1886, a letter was found written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge a Vassar College student in Poughkeepsie, NY about her Baltimore, MD cousin. It referred to a fudge her cousin had made and sold for 40 cents per pound. Hartridge obtained the recipe, and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction.

                    Late in the 19th century, some shops on Mackinac Island, Michigan, began to produce similar products as the Vassar College fudge and sold it to summer vacationers. Fudge is still made in some of the original shops there today."

                • #70
                  Uhoh now I want fudge. Peanut butter fudge.

                  Hope you all are having a good week; it's half way done. I've been to different stores this week trying to buy everything we need for gardening this year. Either it's a little early or their stock isn't great. Plus prices have jumped, especially on things like manure and gardening soil. Eeks.

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                  • #71
                    Good Morning Everybody!

                    Today we celebrate:

                    National Apple Pie Day ~ America’s favorite dessert, is observed annually on May 13th.
                    The first apple pie recipe printed was in England in 1381. The list of ingredients included good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn (a type of pastry crust).

                    While the apple pie existed well before the Pilgrims landed on the eastern shores of what is now The United States, Americans wax poetic about how American apple pie is. The phrase “as American as apple pie” has been around for more than 100 years.

                    Soldiers during World War II were often quoted they were fighting “for Mom and apple pie.” In 1970, advertisers used the patriotic connection with a commercial jingle “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.”

                    National Crouton Day ~ on May 13th each year recognizes a tasty topping that shouldn’t be overlooked.

                    Many of our words for bread-related foods come from the French and for good reason. The French love bread. Croutons are no different. The French word croûte means crust. Croutons are often made from day-old bread which has been cut into cubes and seasoned with herbs, oil, or butter. The bread is then either toasted in the oven or tossed in a hot pan until crunchy.

                    National Frog Jumping Day ~ Observed each year on May 13th, National Frog Jumping Day is a favorite of young and old alike.

                    In 1865, Mark Twain published his first short story, Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog. Later, he changed the name and published it as The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. This same story also had a third title, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

                    The current frog jumping record was set in 1986 by Rosie the Ribeter, who jumped 21 feet, 5-3/4 inches.


                    Have a happy, stress less and safe day!!


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                    • #72
                      Happy Friday everyone!! The sun is coming out Hope everyone has fun plans for the weekend so you get to recharge after your busy chaotic stressed out week!

                      I love apple pie, hot with vanilla bean ice cream but I like apple crisp more.
                      I also like croutons and have been known to eat them right out of the bag. To heck with the healthy green stuff.
                      A frog that jumped over 21'?? That is amazing. My dcks used to go gaga over frogs/toads when they found one, along with bugs, worms and every other living moving thing we had in the yard.

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                      • #73
                        It’s FRIDAY! 🥳

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                        • #74
                          Good morning everyone!! Happy Friday!!

                          Today we celebrate

                          National Buttermilk Biscuit Day ~ May 14th ushers in National Buttermilk Biscuit Day to celebrate this high-rising breakfast staple.

                          Biscuits are made using baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent rather than yeast. A typicalbuttermilk biscuit recipe contains flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, and buttermilk. Before the American Civil War, biscuits emerged as an inexpensive addition to meals. This sturdier bread product soon became popular as people realized it absorbed the gravy on their plate better than plain bread. Soon a new family favorite, biscuits, and gravy, was created.

                          Supermarkets offer canned biscuits that are refrigerated until ready to be baked. In 1931, Ballard and Ballard patented these refrigerator biscuits.

                          Biscuits have been a staple of the Southern United States cuisine for many years and are often made with buttermilk. Traditionally served as a side dish with butter, they are also served at breakfast with molasses, light sugarcane syrup, maple syrup, sorghum syrup, honey, jam, or jelly, or as a breakfast sandwich.


                          National Decency Day ~ on May 14th celebrates the basic standard of civility that every American deserves. DECENCY is a non-partisan grassroots movement launched to inspire decency in everyday life – in both conversations and actions. By raising awareness, the movement aims to encourage schools and local community groups to embrace DECENCY and integrate it into both curriculum plans and service projects.

                          DECENCY is all about:
                          Active listening
                          Better understanding
                          Compassion

                          Decency offers an opportunity to be better role models for our children. If we can all be civil with one another, we are setting the right example.

                          National Dance Like a Chicken Day ~ on May 14th encourages everyone to dance like a chicken! This day entertains from start to finish with people flapping their arms and strutting chicken-like. Everyone has probably danced theChicken Dance”at least once in their lifetime. This silly fun song is popular at wedding dances, Oktoberfest, and other celebrations, too. The song gets people of all ages up and moving on the dance floor.

                          Originally written with the name Der Ententanz (The Duck Dance), rumors suggest the song was written as a drinking song for Oktoberfest. The song’s title later changed to Vogeltanz (The Bird Dance). Upon arriving in America in the 1970s, the song acquired choreography with repetitive beak, wing, and tail motions, as well as the new name, The Chicken Dance.

                          Hoping everyone's week ends on a positive note! Stay happy and healthy!

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                          • GirlMomma
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                            I should have taught the kids the chicken dance today! 🤗

                          • CeriBear
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                            We actually did the chicken dance to get our wiggles out yesterday but I had no idea it was dance like a chicken day. Great timing. 😀

                        • #75
                          Good morning everyone! Bright sunny and super warm temps in the forecast this week! Yay!

                          Today we celebrate

                          National Walnut Day ~ Each year May 17th recognizes the holiday squirrels go a little nutty over, National Walnut Day.

                          Rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree, walnuts are a high-density source of nutrients, particularly proteins and essential fatty acids. Like other tree nuts, walnuts must be processed and stored properly. Grown for their seeds, the Persian or English Walnut and the Black Walnut are the two most common major species of walnuts.

                          The United States exports more walnuts than any other country. Ninety-nine percent of the nation’s commercial English walnuts are produced in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys of California.

                          National Cherry Cobbler Day ~ May 17th each year dedicates the celebration of National Cherry Cobbler Day to the delicious tart dessert that many enjoy with ice cream.

                          In the United States, cobbler refers to a variety of dishes consisting of a fruit filling (cherry being a popular choice ) covered with a batter, biscuit, or pie crust that is then baked. Some cobblers have both a top and bottom crust.

                          Cobblers originated in the early British American colonies. Due to the lack of suitable ingredients and proper cooking equipment, English settlers were unable to make their traditional suet puddings. They improvised by covering a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked biscuits or dumplings.

                          A cherry cobbler differs from a crisp as a cobbler lacks oatmeal. Sometimes the cobbler is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, too!

                          National Pack Rat Day ~ Each year on May 17th, National Pack Rat Day encourages us to take a look at ourselves and see if we have “Pack Rat” tendencies within us. A Pack Rat holds on to, collects or hoards often unneeded items.

                          According to Meriam Webster, the phrase pack rat dates back to 1885 and references a wood rat known for hoarding food and random objects. Today, the phrase is loosely used to describe people who do the same.

                          Have you ever cleaned out a closest and critically examined every item, tossing and donating things so that you had a clean space? Then days or weeks later discovered you needed one specific item you donated or tossed. It may be a document or container, but it never fails to happen. In the age of recycling, reusing, and repurposing, pack rats consider every item before they toss and donate.

                          The observance is an opportunity for the pack rat in all of us to examine our collecting tendencies.

                          Have a wonderful Monday! Stay healthy, happy and safe!!

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