Appreciating Husbands, Volunteers and Auctioneers!

Apr 20th

Humor Month – Joke of the Day

 

One day a man went to an auction. While there, he bid on an exotic parrot. He really wanted this bird, so he got caught up in the bidding. He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid higher and higher and higher. Finally, after he bid way more than he intended, he won the bid. The price was high but the fine bird was finally his!

As he was paying for the parrot, he said to the Auctioneer, “I sure hope this parrot can talk. I would hate to have paid this much for it, only to find out that he can’t talk!”

“Don’t worry,” said the Auctioneer, “He can talk. Who do you think kept bidding against you?”

 

It’s Look Alike Day –  This celebration is something I actually find to be a little bit creepy.  It’s a day to dress up like someone you really look up to.  One bit I read about it say to cut, style and color your hair to look like the person you have selected, choose clothes that they may wear, and practice their walk, talk and facial expressions.  To me this is sort of like what scary movies are all about!  If you haven’t ever seen the movie “Single White Female” watch it, and you’ll see what I mean! Geesh!  Now for Halloween, a costume party, a stage show, etc.  that would be ok.  For example, dressing up like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe or Cher. that makes sense!  So, for this one, unless you really want to make the object of your admiration take out a restraining order, keep it to famous people who won’t take offense or slam the door in your face the next time they see you. 

Volunteer Recognition Day – There are so many causes that need volunteers to keep them going, each of the causes focused on helping to make something or someones life better.  Most of the time the organizations that are set up to help others are run on a non-profit, donations based form of income and do not have the resources to pay for their help, so they rely on the generosity of others to donate their time, talent and money to keep going.  This day is about recognizing the selfless efforts of these volunteers, and thank them for their hard work, and their passion for the causes they are helping.  If you haven’t actually been a volunteer, please consider doing so.  It can be for a short term project, for those of you who don’t want to actually schedule something for the long haul, or something you do each week like clockwork.  One example would be for your church.  I know in our church the administrator is sorely overworked and can always use someone to help fold bulletins, stuff envelopes for fundraising efforts, cleaning up the grounds and building, etc.  If that’s not your thing, then how about at the local animal shelter? I know that it is sad to see all of those homeless animals, but even if you can’t have a pet of your own you can get furbaby time in for these that are waiting for a forever home.  Those poor dogs need to be walked, those kitties need to be snuggled.  There are litter boxes and kennels to clean all the time.  How about your local food bank?  They are always looking for helping hands for various things.  Giving back to our communities feels good, helps others and opens our eyes to what is going on in our own neighborhoods.  And to all of the selfless people who do give their time?  Thank you.  Thank you for caring, for stepping outside of yourself to help others.  You may never know the impact you have made on someone else by your efforts.  Now, for the people who literally have no extra time to give? Your loving donation to the cause of your choice will be gladly received, and truly appreciated.  It takes both time AND money to help a worthy cause.

Auctioneers Day – Have you ever been to an auction?  There’s an energy in the air, a sense of something wonderful just around the corner waiting to happen.  And those auctioneers! How on earth do they talk so doggone fast?  Today is Auctioneers Day, a day to appreciate how these folks contribute to others through their work.  And what do they contribute, you might ask? Well, they entertain for one.  Listening to an auctioneer is NEVER dull.  It’s actually quite fascinating to watch them work.  They are the ultimate recycling agent too. Think about it, they are up there on that stage, selling items that others no longer want or need, to someone who wishes to have them.  Rather than tossing it aside, it is being sold.  Often auctions are held for charity, so they are giving back to the community as a result – granted, they are likely being paid for their work, but they are helping raise needed funds in the process.  On the 3rd Saturday of every April we honor auctioneers for their hard work and efforts.  You could celebrate this one by attending an auction and enjoy a good show.  You might find something wonderful in the process that you just can’t live without. I remember the first auction I ever went to.  It was years ago when my daughter was about 5 years old.  Her grandparents decided it was time to buy her a pony, so off to the livestock auction we went.  There was such an electricity in the air . . . along with all the livestock aromas (good AND bad) that went with it.  We watched as horses, cows and donkeys were purchased by various people, the most valuable and expensive going first.  By the time we got the ones we could afford they were old, crotchety and it was fairly certain that the ones that didn’t get purchased were heading for the slaughter house. So sad! I wanted to get them all!  At one point I had to sit on my hands, quite literally.  They were auctioning off a matched set of twin baby donkeys.  OH MY GOSH! They were SOOOOO dang cute!  They were tiny, and had curls on their heads!  I was nearly jumping out of my skin I wanted them so badly.  For no other reason than I wanted to play with them and enjoy watching them grow up.  That wasn’t why we were there but even all these years later I remember those precious little faces and wish I could have taken them home.  Unfortunately they wouldn’t have gone to MY home, I didn’t live somewhere we could have donkeys, and my in-laws didn’t want donkeys, they were there for a pony.  Finally, this little Pony of America  hit the auction block.  He was fairly old, like retirement age, and was sort of off white/tan with little brown flecks all over him.  He moved like he was moving through syrup, and my daughter fell in love.  HE was the one we had to have, so a few moments later, after nobody else placed a bid, Sparkles (aptly named by my daughter not for his personality, but his flecks of color) came home for the reasonable price of $40.00.  He wasn’t the most energetic of horses, but for a 5 year old who needed to learn the basics, he was perfect.  If you have nothing else going on today, I’m sure there is a local auction you can attend just to enjoy the atmosphere, if nothing else.  It’s fun!

Husband Appreciation Day –  Ladies, today is a very important day.  Today those of us who are married can honor the man in our lives and let him know how incredibly important he is to us.  Husband Appreciation Day is special!  I am very blessed to be married to my hubby.  I try to show it to him in little ways, making his lunch and breakfast every day, trying to make meals he will enjoy for dinner, rubbing his shoulders when he aches, etc.  Why should we honor our husbands? After all, WE work hard too, but think about it.  Our hubbies do things for us every day that we probably take for granted, but shouldn’t.  I’m sure they do the same for us, but somewhere along the line will be Wife Appreciation Day and the tables can turn.  My guy keeps our cars running, and I don’t know about any of you, but this is HUGE for me!  In my previous life I had the cars that were on their last legs, if I even had a car at all, and I literally never knew from one day to the next if I was going to make it to where I was going without breaking down.  My short list of things I appreciate about my husband goes like this:  I know my car will not break down on me, and if something does happen to it, it will be fixed.  AND I have back-up vehicles to drive while that happens!  I know that if there is something I need, he’ll make sure I have it.  He works with me to keep the house and yard going instead of expecting me to do it all myself.  I love to cook, but he’s the seasoning KING in the kitchen, so we work together to make meals taste great and have fun doing it.  Maybe most of all, he came into my life when my kids were 16 and 21.  It wasn’t easy for him because they, even though they were older, were struggling with the divorce and all of the changes.  He patiently became an important part of my children’s lives, and he dealt with my son exactly the way my son needed (my daughter was moved out and on her own already).  He wasn’t a bully, he didn’t try to come in and take over, he was sweet, and patient, he was a friend who had good advice and who would instruct on how to do something and take the time to answer questions.  He was the one who showed my son how to change his brakes on his own, how to do his own oil changes, etc.  He was the one to take my son to the gym every day to prepare him for basic training in the Coast Guard.  He was the one to buy my son’s school clothes, take care of graduation pictures, etc., when my ex refused to help.  He taught us all that Christmas tree hunting didn’t need to be an emotional war zone with one person being a dictatorial bulldozer and calling all of the shots, but turning it into something fun and to look forward to (I’ll touch on that more at Christmas time).  Today I want R to know how much I love him, and show him how much I appreciate having him in my life, to share the ups and down with, to laugh and cry with, to pray and study the Bible with, and to dream about the future with.  I love you Honey.  I appreciate you, not just today, but every day.

Record Store Day – I remember going into record stores, and thumbing through all of the albums, looking for something special.  I wasn’t much of a music buff when I was a teenager though – I went because my friends went.   I had a few albums, but they were from my parents and honestly I wish I still had them!  One of the first ones they gave me was one of my Dad’s – Dawn & the 4 Seasons.  I listened to that over and over again.  There are still records stores open, though with the advent of CD’s, MP3 players, ITunes, etc. there aren’t as many.  What I did NOT know is that there are still artists who put out vinyl albums! And there are more and more doing it each day.  There is just something about records I guess, that will always bring up a sense of nostalgia, and they are more fun to collect than digital music.  If you happen across a record store in your travels today, stop on in, take part in the browsing and have a good time walking down memory lane.  The kids today? How many of them I wonder have never seen a record in person?  Probably too many, and that makes me feel sad . . . and very, very old.

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day – Canned pineapple was not available until 1903 when Jim Dole of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole Pineapple) perfected a way to can them.  Where did people get the idea of putting in fruit at the bottom of a cake pan?  I found out that this technique has been around since the middle ages.  Traditionally made with apples, cherries or other season fruit, upside down cakes were made in cast-iron skillets on top of the stove.  Using pineapple and the oven was just the newest method of making a classic.  It didn’t take long for this recipe to make its way into the American housewife’s regular repertoire.  By 1925 the Hawaiian Pineapple Company had received 2500 recipes for Pineapple Upside Down Cake when it asked people to submit creative ways to prepare pineapple.  Only 2 decades after the introduction of canned pineapple this cake has become a pop icon!

Fruit is almost always heavier than the batter you mix it in. Thank goodness some smart baker thought to flip her creation over. Try one of these clever upside-down cakes, including the well-known classic: pineapple!  Here are some recipes from www.food.com to get you started for celebrating!

 

 

 

 

 

Well, there’s a lot of fun stuff to celebrate today, but I think I’ll get my own party started by making hubby some brunch.  Have a fantastic Saturday, celebrate with smiles and many new memories made with those you love – be they furbabies, your own babies, hubby/wife, family or friends.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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