How is everyone today? Well rested? Ready for your Thursday? Of course you are! No choice right? Not like we can turn around and go back to Wednesday for a do-over! Would be nice sometimes, wouldn’t it? Thursdays are always nice, they bring us closer to Friday and closer to another weekend. I hate that time passes so quickly, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the last half of the week is my favorite. I’m betting many people will agree.
Happy Birthday Chess! I would like to start out this day to wish my wonderful Son-In-Law a very happy birthday! Chess we love you so much and are very proud of you! For the people who do not know me, or my family, my son-in-law is a WIA Veteran, he served his country with every patriotic breath he draws, and is a true hero who we are so grateful to have in our lives. I’ll see you tonight dear boy! Love you!
Extraterrestrial Abductions Day – Do you ever just sit and stare at the stars and wonder who, or what, is out there? It’s awfully short-sighted to actually think that God, with His amazing imagination and power, would stop at creating just ONE single planet’s inhabitants. Seems sort of like we are limiting His capabilities and how EVERYWHERE He is! Well, today keep one eye on the sky and be ready with your camera! You never know when you may see a UFO and need documentation – something that so many who CLAIM they see one never seem to have. And if you are abducted by a UFO today, for goodness sake document it! We really WANT to believe you! Since you obviously can’t count on seeing a UFO today, another way to celebrate this one would be to read a story about aliens, watch a science fiction movie, or swap stories with folks who claim to have seen them.
Propose Day – Oooooh this could be a big day! Valentine’s Day was last month and is nothing but a distant memory now. There isn’t another romantic holiday for . . . well not until next February, so this is a great day to recognize and for people in love, this could be the big day that will change their lives. Now, for anyone who is HOPING for a proposal, don’t jump the gun on accepting one . . . hear him or her out before you answer. When your significant other starts a sentence by saying, “I would like to propose to you . . . let him/her finish! They may end with “that we go to dinner and see a movie!” Wouldn’t it be humiliating to be jumping up and down and squealing YES if all he/she wants is dinner? It would take a long time to live that one down.
Great American Meat Out Day – I know a few vegetarians, and honestly have met a couple of vegans. Have you ever noticed that MOST vegans, sometimes vegetarians, but usually vegans, are really miserable? Of course they are! They never get anything but lawn clippings for a meal! This day has been set aside for people to attempt a meat-free existence. I personally couldn’t live that way – God gave us canines for a reason, and doggone it, I will use them! It is a good thing to skip meat now and again though – even one day a week acts as a cleansing day, which is very healthy for our systems. If you have chosen a meatless lifestyle for yourself, I commend you for your focus on your personal health. Keep in mind though, it IS a choice, and though I am teasing you a little, it’s the folks who choose that lifestyle who insist everyone else follows it – those are the folks who give Vegetarians and Vegans at bad image. I personally don’t give a fig if you don’t eat meat, so I don’t know why you should give one if I do . . . just sayin. . .
Snowman Burning Day – I think it’s funny that I’ve never heard of this until last year, but it’s pretty cool! It would be a fun celebration to actually hold around here – if we ever actually got any snow! Snowman Burning Day was started in 1971 at Lake Superior State University, when a massive paper snowman was burned at high noon on the 1st day of Spring. It has been traditionally held on the 1st day of spring annually to say good-bye to winter and welcome spring. What started all of this? Well, it got its beginnings from the Rose Sunday Festival in Weinheim-an-der-Bergstrasse, Germany. In their festival, a parade passes through town to a central location, where the mayor makes a proposal to the town’s children. If the children are good, promise to study and to obey their parents and work hard, he will order the straw snowman to be burned and spring will officially arrive. Some of the people believed that the rising smoke from the fire would ward off blizzards and bring in the spring weather. Not sure how they explained way any late arriving snow storms, but the stories I’ve read didn’t talk about that. Fun event though!
Vernal Equinox (Spring) – It’s been 6 weeks since the groundhog saw his shadow and according to the calendar, winter is over. Tell that to my friends back east where it was snowing today! Regardless of the weather though, this is the first day of spring, and it really does mean that at some point soon there will be warmer weather. For people who live in the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox (or spring equinox) takes place in March when the sun passes over the celestial equator. Earth experiences the astronomical events we know as equinoxes and solstices four times a year. They signify the end of one season and the beginning of another. Equinoxes occur in March and September and herald the spring and fall, while solstices — in June and December — indicate the beginning of summer and winter. While the people in the Northern Hemisphere welcome spring, people south of the equator enter autumn. Here are some myths associated with the annual spring equinox: The length of the day is equal to the length of the night. Well, not exactly. Though some believe the day is just as long as the night on the spring equinox, it turns “days of day-night equality” take place just before the vernal equinox, National Geographic notes. Geoff Chester, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Naval Observatory, explained that it all hinges on location. “Exactly when it happens depends on where you are located on the surface of the Earth,” Chester told National Geographic. While the spring equinox tends to occur in late March, the exact date differs from year to year. This has more to do with the number of calendar days than the equinox itself. It takes the Earth slightly more than 365 days to complete one revolution around the sun. However, the Gregorian calendar rounds down to 365 days and does not account for the extra 0.256 days. So the vernal equinox may fall on March 20 several years in a row and occur on March 21 in a later year.
World Storytelling Day – Once upon a time, a long time ago (well, actually, back in 1991 in Sweden), a Storytelling Day was held. The idea behind this event caught on around the globe, and now we celebrate World Storytelling Day on an international level. The aim of World Storytelling Day is to celebrate the art of oral storytelling, with as many people as possible around the world telling and listening to stories in their own languages on the same day. People taking part can link up with others around the globe who are also contributing – making it a truly international festival that creates new friends and promotes positive understanding of cultures around the world! So, go on, sit down with your friends and loved ones and join the storytellers on this day of celebrating cultural folklore and the art of oral storytelling! Why not spin a yarn, and pass down your stories to the next generation?
Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day- “Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like, if each of us offered as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person… One kind word has a wonderful way of turning into many.” -Fred Roger’s I remember watching Mr. Rogers every day, and every day he had a message of goodness, kindness and treating others nicely that resounded with so many. Children were better for having been exposed to his humble faith in humankind. This month marks what would have been Mr. Roger’s 85th birthday. In honor of him we celebrate with the annual Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day by wearing a sweater and doing something neighborly.
Crispy Baked Ravioli
Cheese Ravioli Lasagna Alfredo
Ravioli Baked With Broccoli & Spinach
3-Ingredient Ravioli Con Pesto
Chicken & Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Ravioli With Peas, Tomato & Sage Butter Sauce