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  • #76
    I'm not a cherry nor walnut person but am hit or miss on the pack rat! If I'm in the RIGHT mood, I can chunk ANY THING! But if the mood isn't right, I may keep too much stuff! Therefore, I make sure I'm in the RIGHT mood before deep cleaning.

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    • #77
      Good Morning all! Bright and sunny here today! Yay!

      Today we celebrate

      National Cheese Souffle Day ~ observed May 18th, we can all enjoy a little of this French delight. The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb, souffler, which means “to blow up” or “puff up.” Combine egg whites with custard, and it will puff up into a fine, golden souffle when baked.

      Gruyère cheese, parmesan, cheddar, provolone, and fontina are just a few of the cheeses you can use to make an amazing soufflé. Add complimentary herbs and spices and your dish will be a hit at the dinner table!

      National No Dirty Dishes Day ~ On May 18th, National No Dirty Dishes Day suggests taking a break from your regular daily routine. There are a few options for this day.
      1. Eat all meals out. Order take out and eat your meals in the containers they come in. If it’s possible, it would be a bonus treat.
      2. Use disposable plates, cups, and silverware. To stay earth-friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.
      3. Fast. While not everyone can fast, occasional fasting can be good for the body.
      4. Eat only foods that come in their own containers and eat small meals. For example, eat a banana for breakfast. Prepare hard-boiled eggs the day before and enjoy them for lunch.
      5. Finally, avoid dirty dishes by washing every dish you use as you use it. That way, no dirty dish ends up in the sink.

      National Visit Your Relatives Day ~ on May 18th encourages family members to stay connected. Our hectic lives makes it easy to get so caught up in the busyness of today’s fast-paced lifestyle. We often lose touch with our relatives. The observance reminds us to stop for a moment, take some much-needed time and visit those relatives we care about and have not seen or spoken to for a while.

      Sometimes it is hard when families do not live close. Often siblings, cousins, parents, and dear relatives are scattered across the country. A visit can be a phone call or a face-to-face live chat on the computer. With today’s technology, we are now able to communicate with loved ones living far away, yet seeing them as if they are right beside us.


      So have a wonderful day everybody and maybe touch base with a relative you haven't talked to in a while, after all life is much too short not to make time for family!

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      • #78
        It's my wife and I's 20 year anniversary!

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        • Annalee
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          Happy Anniversary!

        • GirlMomma
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          Happy anniversary!!!

        • Blackcat31
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          Happy anniversary Dave and wife! That is awesome!!

      • #79
        Good morning everyone! Rainy dreary day here but I'll still take it! These last few days have been unbearably humid and hot and that makes for cranky whiney kids so I'll take a random rain day...

        Today we celebrate (beside Dave and his wife's anniversary! )

        National Devil’s Food Cake Day ~ Observed annually on May 19th, National Devil’s Food Cake Day is enjoyed by chocolate cake lovers throughout the country and around the world. Devil’s Food Cake is a heavenly chocolate cake. It differs from a regular chocolate cake by its darker color and tends to be more moist and airy.

        Recipes for Devil’s Food cakes often appeared alongside recipes for Angel Food cakes. One of the earliest recipes appeared in the August 10, 1898, edition of the Hagerstown Exponent of Hagerstown, Indiana. While earlier chocolate cake recipes existed before this one, Devil’s Food Cake is uniquely different from other chocolate cakes.

        Emergency Medical Services for Children Day ~ The Federal EMSC Program partners each year with the American College of Emergency Physicians to honor Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. As part of the week,Emergency Medical Services for Children Day (also known as EMSC Day) is celebrated on Wednesday. EMS providers respond to the needs of millions of Americans every year.

        Across the country, hundreds of activities take place on EMS for Children Day and throughout the week. On EMS for Children Day, communities and medical personnel are encouraged to focus their EMS Week activities on raising public awareness about the need for specialized emergency care for children.

        The day raises awareness of the need for improved and expanded specialized care for children. Emergency care often comes from parents, caregivers, trained EMS providers, and hospital personnel. Together, they strive to meet the unique needs of critically ill or injured pediatric patients.

        National Juice Slush Day ~ On the third Wednesday of every May, National Juice Slush Day celebrates the icy delight that has come to be known as frozen juice slush.

        Royal courts from ages past used to bring down freshly fallen snow from mountain tops and spread crushed berries and mashed fruit on top. Little has changed. Billions of servings later the refreshing taste of icy fruit slush still thrills all ages.

        The world spins faster now. There just isn’t enough time to do everything that needs to be done. National Juice Slush Day dials back the pace and brings us to a more relaxed place. No Rush…Go Slush!


        Have a wonderful day everyone! Stay safe and remember today is a good day for a good day!! ​​​​​​​

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        • #80
          Good morning! Almost the end of the week so yay!!

          Today we celebrate

          National Rescue Dog Day ~ On May 20th, National Rescue Dog Day recognizes all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their immeasurably lovable life.

          According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. They’re rescue dogs.

          No matter their size, color, or breed, dogs will find a way to nuzzle, fetch, or beg their way into your heart. You will find it hard not to scratch one behind the ear.

          National Pick Strawberries Day ~ Every May 20th, National Pick Strawberries Day encourages us to pick some strawberries. Right about this time of year, they start coming into season. And there is just something special about the taste of a sun-warmed strawberry picked straight off of the vine.

          Strawberry picking time is usually between late April and throughout the summer, depending on what part of the United States you live.
          • Strawberries are members of the rose family
          • They are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside
          • Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C
          • Like most berries, they are low-fat, low in calories and a good source of fiber, folic acid, and potassium
          • Strawberries help can help fight bad cholesterol and may reduce inflammation
          • The first strawberries were grown in France in the late 18th century. Prior to the 18th century, wild strawberries were collected and commonly used as a fruit source.
          Strawberries are best fresh, but they also make delicious desserts. We’re thinking about strawberry shortcakes or adding them to homemade yogurt and fresh jams.

          National Be a Millionaire Day ~ on May 20th each year celebrates the idea of being a millionaire. Very few of us haven’t imagined what it would be like to be a millionaire. If you happen to be one of the few, this holiday is for you. And also for those of us who like to imagine spending millions.

          National Be a Millionaire Day is also a day to start taking steps to turn dreams into reality by making plans for your future. Following is a few helpful suggestions to get you started:
          • Start a savings account. If you have an existing savings account, review it to make sure you are earning the maximum interest available. Increase the deposits into your savings account.
          • Review your financial portfolio with a trusted expert.
          • Review your investments – Look at ways of improving your investments.
          • Add to your 401K – If you do not have one, start one.
          • Pay off your credit card.
          • Review your spending habits. Find ways to spend less and save more.

          A million dollars today may not be what it used to be, however, having one million dollars in your bank account is still a major financial success.


          Have a great day and eat a strawberry, give your pup a treat or a scratch behind the ear and add a $1 or two to your savings account! Every day is a good day to start good habits!! Enjoy your Thursday everyone!!

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          • #81
            Well, I buy my strawberries from the Amish or grocery store. I'm a millionaire in many ways just not financially.....my family and friends and this forum make me feel wealthy. I am happy to say I have all my stimulus money saved for some home repair. Hope all have a great day!

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            • #82
              TGIF!

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              • #83
                Good morning!

                Today we celebrate

                National Pizza Party Day ~ Each year on the third Friday in May, millions of pizza lovers across the nation join in extolling the qualities of pizza on National Pizza Party Day.

                Since pizza is one of America’s favorite foods, it comes as no surprise we would celebrate a day that features a pizza party. Pizza parties bring friends together. They’re also an excellent way to reward a team or group for a job well done. Birthdays and some minor achievements are also celebrated with pizza parties, too. Although, just about any excuse can be used for a good pizza party.
                • Our modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
                • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant. It was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
                • An estimated 2 billion pounds of pizza cheese was produced in the United States in 1997.
                • The first United States pizza establishment opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905.
                • The largest pizza ever made, according to Guinness World Records, weighed 26,883 pounds. It was made in Norwood, South Africa, on December 8, 1990.
                • As far as pizza eating contests go, the winner goes to Kelvin Medina, who ate a 12-inch pizza in 23.62 seconds on April 12, 2015.

                National Bike to Work Day ~ National Bike to Work Day takes place on the third Friday in May, right in the middle of National Bike Month. The observance encourages us to bike to work, but it also raises awareness of cyclists as they commute to and from work each day.

                As more and more people take to bicycles for transportation to and from work, it’s important for both cyclists and drivers to share the road safely. Both must be aware of the traffic laws and follow them. More and more communities are adding bike lanes to improve safety. In the United States, from the year 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters grew by more than 47 percent.


                National Waitstaff Day ~ On May 21st, National Waitstaff Day recognizes the dedicated and often talented waitstaff. We are encouraged to shows appreciation to all waitstaff for making our dining experiences enjoyable ones. At the same time, restaurant owners and managers also recognize and express their appreciation to their team of waitstaff. They help restaurants thrive.

                Waitstaff, servers, are a big determining factor in the quality of your dining encounter. They serve as the communicator between the diner and the kitchen. While meeting the needs of several tables at once, they also represent the restaurant. Seasoned waitstaff are knowledgeable and efficient. They also sh They are key to creating an extraordinary dining experience. The food may be delicious, but their attentiveness and attitude can make or change the whole experience.

                Most waitstaff go out of their way to ensure you receive excellent service and ensure that you have the best time possible. They fill your drinks before you ask, bring extra bread, rolls or chips, give honest recommendations on food choices when asked, and are a valuable asset to any restaurant. Excellent servers turn diners into regulars who are known by name.


                As GirlMomma said above TGIF!! Hoping everyone has a wonderful Friday!! Enjoy the day and make it a good one!

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                • #84
                  Yum to strawberries!! My strawberry beds are coming along but don't ripen until Julyish? Cannot wait!!

                  I always suggest people adopt their pooch if they're looking for a dog. And/or cat.

                  A millionaire?? If only......if I'd known then what I know now. :/

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                  • #85
                    Happy Monday!

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                    • #86
                      Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

                      Today we celebrate

                      Brother's Day ~ Observed every year on May 24th, Brother’s Day honors the brothers in our lives. Whether we have one or many, our brothers hold a special place in our hearts. Even if for those who don’t have brothers, someone in their life is usually like a brother to them. Brothers from other mothers are found in a best friend, a brother-in-law, or a cousin. They are the men in our lives we count on even when we don’t talk very often.

                      Of course, they’ve been known to put toads on your head or gum in your hair. They may have been too cool for you once, too. Brothers come in many shapes and sizes and so do their relationships. Whatever yours is, take the time to celebrate your brother on Brother’s Day.

                      National Escargot Day ~ Each year on May 24th, National Escargot Day honors the famous French dish of cooked land snails. While escargot is enjoyed by many it is an acquired taste. Many French restaurants serve the dish as an appetizer.

                      Cooks usually prepare Escargot by removing the land snails from their shells, cooking them with garlic, butter, and wine. Once cooked, the gastropods go back into their shells with the sauce for serving. Because the snails are clumsy to eat, special forks and tongs help improve the dining experience. Even though escargot still seems exotic to American palates, around the world escargot has long been a popular dish.

                      National Scavenger Hunt Day ~ on May 24th each year sends us off to find random items all in the name of good fun.

                      American gossip columnist, author, songwriter, and professional hostess Elsa Maxwell (May 24, 1883 – November 1, 1963) is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt for use as a party game in the modern era.

                      The game challenges teams to scavenge for a list of odd items. As part of the rules, participants are not allowed to buy the objects. Depending on where the hunt takes place, players may have to beg, barter, or even work for them, too. Some scavenger hunts add difficulty to the game by adding riddles describing each item. The team with the most items, or the first to complete the list, wins.

                      Have a great Monday and hopefully the week goes fast and easy for everyone! Especially those with a long weekend planned!

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                      • #87
                        It was almost 90 and unbelievably humid on Saturday only to be dreary, drizzly and cold (only 43F) on Sunday here so it was a strange weekend! We did get a lot of yard work done on Saturday so that was good! Ran errands on Sunday and then relaxed in the house.

                        Brothers day..... I have 4 younger brothers. I get along well with all of them but they are definitely all very different from each other. My husband and I "raised" my youngest brother from the time he was 14 so I have a somewhat parental relationship with him. My oldest brother is probably the one I am closest to but more than likely because we are the closest in age. The middle two... one is the black sheep of the family and is the one no one wants to talk about during family reunions (lol!) but I still love him to pieces despite his bad life choices. The other middle one is a great guy but tends to spend more time with his wife's family than us but nothing wrong with that.

                        Escargot? Nope, Nada, No way. It's on my list of things I refuse to try/eat/taste. I'll pass thanks. (bleh!)

                        Scavenger hunts are so much fun!! I've had a few for the DCK's where I have pictures of things outdoors they can find and I've participated in them myself throughout the years! They are fun and everyone can enjoy them depending on the type of hunt it is! Hmm, maybe I will plan another for the DCK's as soon as school is out...something new to keep them busy outside.

                        I have a short week this week as I always take a long weekend for Memorial Day!
                        School let's out here on June 4th so "Summer" is almost here! Yay!!

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                        • #88
                          Good morning all!!

                          Bright and sunny here today! Temps suppose to be near 80F and HUMID!!

                          Today is Tuesday May 25th and today we celebrate

                          National Brown-Bag-It-Day ~ on May 25th each year recognizes the benefits of packing your lunch for work or school. Taking your lunch to work or school is an effective way to save money and to ensure you and your family are eating healthy.

                          If you work where a refrigerator and microwave are available, the options are nearly endless. Insulated lunchboxes with an icepack fill the gap where modern conveniences are lacking. When neither is an option, there are still many health choices such as peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, and protein bars. A thermos is also a good source for taking warm food with you for your lunch.


                          National Wine Day ~ On May 25th each year, wine lovers everywhere pour a glass of their favorite wine to celebrate National Wine Day.

                          Made from fermented grapes or other fruits, wine is an alcoholic beverage. During the fermentation processes, yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes converting it into alcohol. Different grapes produce different wines. Winemakers will combine different wines to create more complex flavors. Wines made from fruit or honey are often named according to the variety of fruit used.

                          Red wine varietals produce deep ruby reds as well as subtle ambers and browns. Their beautiful colors hint at the coming change in the season. With that, we can look for delicious menu changes, too. Besides, what better way to enjoy a great bottle of wine than by pairing it with excellent company and food.

                          Winemakers produce white wines from grapes with light yellow-green skins or light red skins. However, it’s not the color of the grapes that give the wine its color. It’s the tannins in the grape skins that color wine red and also the flavor. White wines are generally sweeter than red wines and are best served chilled. Most red wines are served at room temperature. However, a sweet red should also be chilled for the best flavor.


                          National Missing Children’s Day ~ on May 25th each year shines a spotlight on child safety. The observance also honors the professionals dedicated to protecting children around the country.

                          Most children who go missing do come home. Whether they’ve wandered off or there was a misunderstanding, many find their way back to their family. According to the Polly Klaas Foundation, 99.8 percent come home. Of those who are abducted, 9 percent are kidnapped by family. Only a small fraction are stranger abductions. But the fact remains, if it happens to any child, it happens to too many.

                          While the observance honors those who’ve gone above and beyond to protect children, it also offers resources to continue protecting them further. Here are ways to keep your children safe every day.

                          It’s important to:
                          • maintain custody documents
                          • keep recent photos of children handy
                          • also, keep medical and dental records up to date

                          Protect your children by:
                          • making online safety a priority
                          • complete background checks on caregivers and check references
                          • never leave young children unattended in strollers and car seats
                          • whenever possible, don’t dress children in clothing with their names on it
                          • teach them their address and phone number as young as possible

                          Have a wonderful day everyone!!

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                          • #89
                            May 25, 1943 Today would've been my parents' 78th anniversary.

                            Brothers' Day? Didn't know there was such a thing. I wish I had a better relationship with my brother but there is too much animosity between us. I guess what I truly wish was that 'I'd *want* a better relationship but civility is all I can foresee with him. Is there a Sister's Day because I cherish mine.

                            I hope everyone's week is getting better each day!!

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                            • #90
                              Originally posted by Josiegirl View Post
                              May 25, 1943 Today would've been my parents' 78th anniversary.

                              Brothers' Day? Didn't know there was such a thing. I wish I had a better relationship with my brother but there is too much animosity between us. I guess what I truly wish was that 'I'd *want* a better relationship but civility is all I can foresee with him. Is there a Sister's Day because I cherish mine.

                              I hope everyone's week is getting better each day!!
                              Josiegirl There is a National Sisters Day but not until August 1st.

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