Humor Month – Joke of the Day – If this weren’t so sadly true, it MIGHT be funny . . .
Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 a.m. While his coffee pot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can’t find a good paying job in…..AMERICA…..
No Housework Day – Today is Sunday. Technically it should ALWAYS be No Housework Day on Sundays, but the reality of our lives today sometimes overrides the desire to spend the day resting or just having fun. I admit there are a few things I absolutely must do today to prepare for the work week ahead, but I will endeavor to do as little housework as possible so I can get into the spirit of this celebration and of course, of the Lord’s day.
International Beaver Day – We see those furry creatures with the wide flat tails in movies and wildlife shows. Sometimes we see them in zoos. How many of us actually have seen them in the wild though? Well, they are also out in our wetland areas doing really important to our environment and being completely under appreciated. Today was chosen to be International Beaver Day because it is the birthday of the late Dorothy Richards of Little Falls, who studied beavers for 50 years. I admit to not knowing much about beavers, so here is what I learned. Beavers are the largest rodents in North America. (Since I LOVE rodents, I knew right there I’d like these little guys). They are an important animal ecologically and historically. The state of Missouri and the westward expansion of the United States can credit the beaver for its place in history. Why? Well, beaver fur was the #1 commodity in the new world, and many systems and rivers of wetlands in the western half of North America proved to be very successful trapping grounds in the 1700 and 1800s. Beavers live in the forest and country areas, but they also live in and around urban areas if the habitat is right. If you have ever been out in some wetland areas and have seen huge piles of sticks and branches in the water, you likely have a beaver dam there. We have a trail network out behind our neighborhood that stretches for miles, and in the middle of THAT is a wetland area. We were out walking and taking pictures a couple weeks ago and saw what we thought might be a beaver dam, but after researching for this segment, I’m convinced for sure that that was what it is. We’ll have to go back out when it’s not raining as hard as it is right now and take some pictures to see for sure. Another sign of beaver activity would be chewed off stumps near rivers or streams. Beavers are an important wetland species because they are literally engineers. They create habitat for other animals – like fish, insects, birds and other mammals. They create pools of water for land animals to drink from, and bridges for land animals to cross from one side of the habitats to another. This exposes those animals to new resources like shelter, mates, food, and places to hide from predators. Keep your eyes open for this amazing creature and appreciate how hard they work for the environment. They’re pretty cute too!
Tangible Karma Day – Today is a celebration of giving – giving of your time, of your love, your talents and of your “extras”. Giving feels as good as receiving, and today is the day to set aside some time to become aware of the needs of those we are in contact with and actively do something to help fill those needs. This is also called being Christian and doing what Jesus instructed us to do all of the time. I suppose for the secular community calling it Karma day makes sense to them. The bottom line is that being kind to others and being aware of their needs is very important all of the time.
Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – This day is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the horrifying actions by Nazi Germany and its allies, and for the Jewish resistance in that time period. In Israel it is a national memorial day. It was inaugurated in 1953, and signed into law by the Prime Minister of Israel – David Ben-Gurion – and the President of Israel – Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of Nisan (April/May), unless the 27th would be adjacent to Shabbat, in which case the date is moved by a day. In other countries there are different commemorative days to remember this horrifying time in history. In spite of modern day revisionist attempts, we must NEVER forget, and do everything in our power to prevent it from happening again.
Food Celebrations of the Day – We have two again!
Caramel Popcorn Day – oh my – this is quite a treat day! We get to combine two of our favorite flavors into one tasty treat – caramel and popcorn! Well, yum! You can find Caramel Popcorn in big tins in stores and specialty shops, or you can make it yourself right at home. Here’s a simple recipe I found.
National Coffee Cake Day – Who’s up for a coffee break? Here are some recipes from food.com that look delicious! I remember when I was younger, one of the 1st things I learned to bake was coffee cake. There was something about the yummy goodness coming out of the oven. Coffee cake tastes delicious with a cup of coffee (hence the name COFFEE CAKE!), or for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Give one a try!
- Streusel Coffee Cake
- Lemon-Pecan Sunburst Coffee Cake
- Cherry Streusel Coffee Cake
- Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze
- Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Graham Cracker Coffee Cake
Enjoy the Lord’s Day everyone – what a wonderful thing Sundays are! Celebrate with a smile and a light spirit. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!