Celebrating An American Legend . . .

Mar 11th

It’s Tuesday!  I trust that everyone survived yesterday OK?  I admit that I yawned a LOT throughout the day . . . there for awhile I think my office mate and I were playing dueling yawns!  Hopefully today won’t be quite that sleepy.  I know that it takes about three days to adapt our bodies to the new time, so we are nearly there!  (These little frogs reminded me of how happy the frogs outside sounded last night . . . they were just singing away, thrilled at the weather and all of this rain!)

Johnny Appleseed Day – Do you remember hearing the stories about Johnny Appleseed when you were in elementary school?  I do . . . it was fun and usually involved slices of apples for snack time.  Today is the day that we honor Johnny Appleseed, one of America’s great legendary people.  He was among the American settlers who were caught up in the enthusiasm and dreams of going west.  As he traveled west, he planted apple tress along the way, and sold trees to settlers.  With every tree that was planted, his legend grew.  Here are a few interesting details about him:  He was born on September 26, 1774 (his real name was John Chapman).  He started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania.  During his life the “West” was Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois – which sounds funny to those us living all the way on the west coast.  He was deeply religious and known to preach during his travels and according to legend, he led a simple life and wanted very little, rarely accepting money and often donating any money that he did receive.  It is believed that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the “winter plague”.  The actual date of his death is disputed though.   As with most legends, over the years they grow bigger than life.  So how should we celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day?  Well, a good way would be to have an apple rich menu today!  Fresh apples for snacks, maybe some applesauce or apple pie for dessert.  Sounds delicious to me!

Worship of Tools Day –  There are few things that make most women’s eyes glaze over  than walking into either a tool store, or an auto parts store.  Seriously, it’s a rare woman who actually enjoys the excursion.  It’s like dragging my poor husband into the craft store . . . oh sure. . . there may be a few things that he could use in his projects, but it’s not a place he’s going to want to spend hours browsing.  When I walk into a Home Depot or Lowe’s, one of the things I do love is the aroma of the fresh cut lumber.  It smells so good!  And there are a few items that make me wish I were creative, or want to plan projects.  One of the things I enjoy about going into those stores isn’t looking at the tools, but seeing the enthusiasm of the guys shopping in the store.  They are like big kids in a toy store . . . . and honestly the shine in their eyes sort of does equate to a form of adoration that appears to be set aside for tools.  To some men a tool is a natural extension of their arm, to others they are a means to an end, but a necessary means to an end, so they are enthusiastic about making sure that they have the right tool for the job.  Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t JUST a man’s holiday, but statistically speaking there are fewer ladies who love the tools like the guys do . . . it’s just the way it seems to be.  If you’re out and about and want to surprise the handyman (or woman) in your life, maybe stop by your local hardware store and get a gift certificate for the one you love . . . make the day special with tools.

Organize Your Home Office Day – Oh my, this one is going to take me longer than a day for sure.  I cannot believe what a gigantic mess my office is!  Since it doubles as the guest room, this is NOT a good thing.  Every time I think I’ll get it all organized the way I want we either have guests or a holiday, so everything gets bailed into that room and the door shut to hold it all in.  Now it’s tax time and I not only have to find all of that paperwork, I need to get the guest room organized . . . again.  So it’ll be a two-for-one holiday that will stretch out over a couple of weeks.  See, our grandson is coming to spend the weekend with us at the end of the month and I need to be able to have the room ready for him.  All the office part of the room organized and ready for preparing taxes, and the guest room part ready for our grandson.  I’m thinking for my celebration of this day, I’ll need to postpone it until my day off and the weekend!

World Plumbing Day – I know that we all recognize and value safe, clean and plentiful drinking water.  Think back throughout history, the plagues and diseases that could have been prevented if there was a healthy source of cleaning and drinking water, and how much better those people’s lives would have been.  Today we celebrate an international event that was started in 2010 by the World Plumbing Council.  The intent was to show how valuable a role the plumbing industry plays in our lives.  It is estimated that about 2.6 billion people – so about 35 percent of the world population – do not have access to the most basic of sanitation systems.  If you have ever been without a toilet or running water for any period of time, you quickly realize how much you appreciate and miss it.  Part of having adequate water, especially in areas where draught is an issue, is learning water conservation techniques.  Here are some important ideas to try . . . turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth; use energy saving dishwashers and washing  machines; wait until you have a full load of laundry or dishes before running the machine; install low flow shower heads in the shower; take shorter showers or baths; if you have a leaky faucet, pipe or running toilet – fix it; reuse rainwater for watering plants.  I’m sure there are many more ideas for using water carefully and efficiently! Water shortages and inadequate plumbing aren’t things we think of often in our country, unless we’ve had to deal with a storm or other disaster, but there are places in the world that it is a daily issue.  We should all be very grateful for what we have!

This Day In History

1988- The most famous storm in American history begins…. the Blizzard of 1888.  Here is a link I found with details about the storm.  This may have been a difficult winter for a lot of folks, but at least it wasn’t like the Blizzard of 1888!

Food Celebration of the Day

National Oatmeal Nut Waffle DayIt’s hard to imagine a heartier breakfast treat than oatmeal nut waffles. Pair them with other breakfast favorites and you’ll have a full, satisfied and very happy stomach!

Oatmeal Nut Waffles
Maple Syrup Fried Eggs on Waffles
Sausage Gravy & Biscuits
Hearty Oatmeal Pancakes
Shrimp Cheddar Grits
Baked Maple Oatmeal

Now that I’m hungry for waffles . . . it’s time to go to work!  My Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies will have to do.  I hope everyone has a wide-awake Tuesday and that you are able to face the day smiling, happy and ready to celebrate!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!


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