Dance! Dance! Dance! Do The Chicken Dance!

May 14th

It is the most gorgeous morning!  I feel so fortunate to have a day off with the weather so amazingly beautiful!  Tibbi doesn’t know it yet, but this is the perfect weather for bathing the dog on the deck. There’s plenty of sunshine for her to dry off in while laying out on a towel.  She will give me the evil eye for a good part of the afternoon, but the poor dear suffers from environmental allergies and she’s an itchy mess right now.  The medicated shampoo from the vet really soothes the issue – temporarily at least – she may not thank me, but I know she’ll appreciate a little reprieve from the scratching.  (hahaha look at that face!  This is from a bath on the deck on a hot day LAST summer – too funny!)

Before I start I want to tell everyone what an amazing husband I have.  He is wonderful!  Yesterday on my way to work my car broke down!  One second it was fine, the next everything was shutting down on me and there I was by the side of the road.  First, God is good!  If I had broken down ANYWHERE else on that road from home to where I actually came to a stop, it would have been dangerous.  Our road is curvy, hilly, and much of it has no shoulder.  The spot where it decided to die was nice and flat and it had a really big shoulder, so I was off the road with plenty of room for other cars to pass me without any danger of hitting me! Thank You God!  Next I had to call my hubby.  He was getting ready for work, and of course he dropped everything to come to my rescue.  He had me take his car to work, and he took mine home, then went to work in the truck.  He came home after work with a new alternator, and literally 10 minutes from start to finish, it was installed and my car started like a champ.  How fortunate am I to be married to someone who not only cares enough to come to my rescue, but is able to take care of the problem himself?  I know, many of you are looking at this and thinking that my husband’s behavior is what it SHOULD be, and you’d be right, but trust me, not ALL men are this caring and nurturing to their spouses.  I used to be married to one who wasn’t, and quite honestly I still find myself, even after nearly 10 years together, being surprised and awe stricken when he shows that he cares by helping me when I need it.  I pray I never take this for granted – it is too big a blessing to ever feel indifferent about.  I love you Honey.

Dance Like a Chicken Day –  Well, this is a fun.  I’m sure most of us have heard the Chicken Dance Song, though I  admit I’ve only heard it through a stuffed chicken that played the song and flopped up and down when a button was pushed in its wing.  After I heard about this one last year, I asked people about it, even did an informal poll amongst my friends.  Turns out I am in the minority and that many people not only have seen the Chicken Dance at wedding receptions, many have even danced in it!  It is more common in the mid west and east coast than it is out here in the west, but it isn’t unheard of here . . . from what I have been told anyway.  From what I’ve being told and have read about this day, I’m hearing that “it’s a traditional dance played at every wedding reception to get people up and dancing”.  I can tell you, I have performed quite a few weddings in the last few years, and not once have I heard the DJ’s play the Chicken Dance Song.  Granted, I rarely stay for the entire reception, but it’s truly not something I’ve seen or heard done at  even one.  But it is a fun song, and I’m sure its a funny dance.  If you haven’t heard of it. . . . here’s a link.  Enjoy!  Who knows?  You may play it at your next party!    

Donate A Day’s Wages To Charity – (Second Wednesday) – The organization One Days Wages (ODW) came up with a really neat concept.  The idea is for people to pledge one single days wages to the cause of their choice.  Think about it.  How much to you make in one day?  For some of us it is a little, some it’s a little more, but when it comes down to it, in the grand scheme of things, that one single days wages can make a world of difference in someones life who is in need.  The following is a copy and paste from the website www.onedayswages.org .  I wanted you to see their actual pledge for yourself.
This is Our Pledge –

100% of your donations (minus credit card fees) go directly to fund efficient and transparent organizations around the world that are both nominated by ODW members and respective boards and go through our thorough grant process. When you donate, you can choose which organization/cause to support or give to a general fund to be allocated to grants and projects by the Board of Directors.  All donations received that exceed 100% of a partnership’s campaign goal will be redirected to our general giving fund to be allocated to grants and projects around the world at One Day’s Wages’ discretion.  Because we grant out 100% of your donations, we raise money for our administrative budget separately. If you would like to help support the mission of ODW by supporting our administrative budget, you can donate here.  

One Day’s Wages is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible, as allowed by the law.

It’s a really wonderful concept, you can choose where to have your donated money go, and its one of those places that actually uses the donated money for the charities and not for their own pocket lining “fees”. 

 

 

 

National Night Shift Workers/Third Shift Workers Day – Today we take some time to remember and appreciate the people who are work hard through night while we are snuggled down in our beds sleeping.  I grew up with my Dad usually working nights.  We had to be pretty quiet during the day so he could sleep – which made summers a little muted in the house.  We really only saw Dad on the weekends.  Working nights really takes a tolls on the sleep patterns, which can actually be very dangerous for the worker.  They keep to a sleep during the day, work all night schedule during the week, then on the weekends they try to adapt their bodies to being awake during the day for the family.  It’s exhausting! My son is a police officer who usually works the night shift.  He does the same thing.  He is awake through the night to work, then tries to adapt to accommodate other people on his days off.  I worry!  He can’t afford to be too tired.  We need our night workers though – there are just some jobs that need to be covered 24 hours a day.  So, night workers! This day is for you!

Receptionist Day – This day is separate and different from Administrative Professionals Day because they perform a completely different, and very important function.  The Receptionist is the first person someone sees or speaks to at most companies.  That means that customers will get their first impression from that person.  This can be a lot of pressure, and it means that people in this position need to be appreciated by their employers.  I have heard people say “I’m ONLY a receptionist.” ONLY? No, “only” doesn’t cut it.  Some of the most stressful jobs I’ve had have been in the position of receptionist and dealing with frustrated, irritable people on the phone and having to smile and be polite through the process.  Be proud of what you do – it’s a very important job!   Employers – please recognize your receptionists today – maybe give them a special thank you, flowers would be nice, but at least a word of appreciation for all they do.

The Stars and Stripes Forever Day –  I am fessing up to you – this one was a little involved, so I went back to last year and looked at what I wrote about it . . . I don’t wish to reinvent the wheel – so to speak, so I copied and pasted what I wrote LAST May . . . hope you don’t mind. 

The story behind the music: In late 1896 John Philip Sousa and his wife took a much-deserved vacation to Europe.  While they were there Sousa got word that the manager of the Sousa Band had suddenly died.  The bad was scheduled to begin another cross country tour soon and Sousa returned to America immediately to take over the band’s business matters.  He told the rest of the story in his auto-biography, “Marching Along: Recollections of Men, Women and Music”.  Here is a quote from the book:

Sheet music coverHere came one of the most vivid incidents of my career. As the vessel (the Teutonic) steamed out of the harbor I was pacing on the deck, absorbed in thoughts of my manager’s death and the many duties and decisions which awaited me in New York. Suddenly, I began to sense a rhythmic beat of a band playing within my brain. Throughout the whole tense voyage, that imaginary band continued to unfold the same themes, echoing and re-echoing the most distinct melody. I did not transfer a note of that music to paper while I was on the steamer, but when we reached shore, I set down the measures that my brain-band had been playing for me, and not a note of it has ever changed

It was an immediate success and Sousa’s band played it at almost every concert until his death over 35 years later.  He even set it to words.  Below you can see the lyrics.  Here’s a link to hear the march and appreciate the amazing brilliance of John Philip Sousa.

The Stars and Stripes Forever Lyrics
by John Philip Sousa – 1897

Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with might endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Underground America Day – This day was founded by an architect by the name of Malcolm Wells in 1974.  Mr. Wells passed away in 2009, but his celebration lives on for the 1000s of homeowners who have decided to live a more ecologically aware lifestyle.  This is a day to recognize those folks who have built underground homes, using the resources that we have in the earth.  It takes less power to heat these homes, as they are insulted by the very ground itself.  They are safe from many different accidents or disasters that could destroy them (maybe like the trees that seem to land on our house, cars and property every time a darn breeze blows through!), and they are completely unique. This is definitely something I would be interested in having some day.  Yes, I’d miss the sunlight coming through some of the rooms, but the benefits would outweigh the negatives.  I could grow wild flowers all over the TOP of my home!  It would be less expensive to live in, and quite honestly, it would be nice not to be cookie cutter like everyone else.  I’ve seen some pretty interesting pictures of some underground homes, and I can tell you that I wouldn’t turn one down if the opportunity arose to have one.

This Day In History

1607 – A party of settlers led by John Smith establish the first permanent English settlement in New World at Jamestown Va.      
1878 – Vaseline petroleum jelly slides onto store shelves for the first time.           1973 – The first U.S. space station, “Skylab” is launched.       1998 – The last episode of Seinfeld is aired. It’s a sad day in May for millions of Seinfeld followers.  I was never a Seinfeld fan, so

Food Celebration of the Day

National Buttermilk Biscuit DayThe early 19th century brought the invention of baking soda and powder, and the biscuit got a dramatic makeover from heavy and dense to light as a feather!  Hubby’s sausage gravy goes very nicely over a batch of these delicious little morsels!

 

Now that we ALL have the Chicken Dance Song in our heads – sorry – it’s time to get on with this gorgeous, wonderful day!  We have some wonderful celebrations to enjoy,  some sun to appreciate and maybe get a little vitamin D into us, and I have a grumpy, elderly dog to give a bath as soon as the sun hits the back deck so she won’t be cold.  Trust me, that grumpy look goes away as she realized how nice the cool water is in the heat.  See?  Her complaining is pretty short lived.  Once she realizes how refreshing it is, THIS is what she does, begging for more.  Looks pretty refreshing to me too!  Enjoy your day, no matter how you spend it.  God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

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