Friday Brings The Weekend, But It Also Brings Fun Music, Laughter and Our Furry Friends!

Apr 11th

It’s Friday and that means we need to do the FRIDAY DANCE! Come on! I dare you!  Be happy for the weekend is upon us!!!  Eight more hours and we’re DONE! It is supposed to be a gorgeous weekend too – about time! – so we are planning on getting out and having some time in the sun together.  That may mean yard work, that may mean hitting the trails, that may mean just sitting out on the deck and feeling the air on our faces, but doggone it, it certainly means being outside for at least some time this weekend! We have been seeing spring like activity outside and now we get to see if it is for real – the weeds have the hang of spring already; the birds have been visiting the feeders in flocks (see who came to visit me yesterday? It’s a little blurry because it was through the window), the lawn has had to be mowed twice already and is due again . . . and this will be the first dry weekend that we could actually enjoy it for ourselves. What about you?   How are you spending your weekend?

Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day – To me this is less of a joke as it is ingenious and true!

The Dead Church – A new Pastor in a small Oklahoma town spent the first four days making personal visits to each of the members, inviting them to come to his first services. The following Sunday the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the Pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone’s duty to give it a decent Christian burial. The funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon, the notice said.  Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the “funeral.” In front of the pulpit, they saw a closed coffin, smothered in flowers. After the Pastor delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited his congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead church.  Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a “dead church,” all the people eagerly lined up to look in the coffin. Each “mourner” peeped into the coffin then quickly turned away with a guilty, sheepish look.  In the coffin, tilted at the correct angle, was a large mirror.

Eight Track Tape Day –  Alright!  If you remember these, you are dating yourself.  If you actually had any and listened to them regularly . . . well, you are brave to admit it.   Actually my ex-father-in-law was the only person I actually knew who had an eight track tape player . . . in his AMC Pacer!  hahahaha oh my goodness!  That was the ugliest car with the oldest “stereo” system I had ever seen.  There wasn’t anyone or anything that was going to convince him to give it up and get a cassette tape player (and yes, I am aware that the kids today won’t even know what that is) During the sixties and seventies eight track tape players were what you had, they ruled the music world . . . well, sort of.  Vinyl was still pretty strong at that point, but for music in cars, this was it!  If you have an eight track tape player and tapes still – dig them out and dust them off for a walk down memory lane.  If you have never heard of one – well look it up and see for yourself what they are.  I’ll just chuckle at that huge tape deck in the fish bowl car, then put the thought away.

Barbershop Quartet Day – What exactly IS a Barbershop Quartet?  Well, it’s a group of four guys, all with great voices, singing together in amazing harmony. Today is a celebration of the founding of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (seriously? They couldn’t figure out a shorter name?), in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11, 1938.  Barbershop Quartets themselves date back to the early 1900’s in America.  The music sung by Barbershop Quartets are usually happy and very light hearted, and the song choices allow the singers to fully use their vocal ranges and skills.  There are annual competitions at both local and national levels that keep these wonderful groups alive.  I listened to a few and this one struck me as being the most authentically old-fashioned (granted I only watched about 5 videos, but it was getting late!) and fun.  Check them out – they are pretty good!      

International “Louie Louie” Day – Can you seriously hear the song Louie Louie and NOT want to get up and dance?  Seriously, this has been a very loved song for so many years that I had to look it up to see when it all started!  Richard Berry recorded the original version of Louie Louis with the Pharoahs and released it in 1957.  We can thank toga-wearing John Belushi for the “life of the party” reputation the song became after Animal House hit the theaters.  This is not only one of the best party songs EVER, it’s also a favorite cover song that has been sung by Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Black Flag, Young MC, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen and The Smashing Pumpkins . . . just to name a few.  Take a few minutes and enjoy a happy party song on a Friday! You deserve it!

National Pet Day – Today we celebrate the joy that our furry family members bring into our lives – no we aren’t talking about Grandpa with his beard – we are talking about our pets, those lovable members of our family who never argue with us, who give unconditional trust and love every single day.  The truth is that there is a truly sad reason why this day was set up in the first place.  Did you know that around 16,000 pets die every day in U.S. animal shelters?  That is about 667 animals EACH HOUR!  There are things each of us can do to help these poor animals!  Education is at the forefront – spay and neuter your pets to prevent more pets that may end up unwanted from coming into the world.   Donating to local shelters would go a long way also . . . if one million people in our country donated just $1 per month, that’s 12 million dollars in a year – a lot of money with little effort and that would do a lot of good.  Most people don’t think that a little bit like that can do much, but it can make a real difference.  Start with your local shelter, donating time or money each month will help get things going on in a positive direction.  Have a fund raiser, complete with dress up your pet contests to bring in money to be donated to the local shelter.  Teach children to show love and respect to animals and put a focus on stopping animal cruelty as much as possible.  And last, if you have room in your life, in your home and in your heart, adopt a pet.  Save one from death today, and become its forever people in its forever home.  My Tibbi and one of my cats were rescues from shelters.  Best thing I ever did was bring these lovely creatures home because they have truly blessed my life for the last 15 years.  My other kitty was destined for a shelter, so I suppose in a way she was a rescue too.  Bring that kind of love into your life . . . adopt a shelter dog or cat and you’ll see what a blessing you can be to them, and what an even bigger blessing they can be to you.

This Day In History

1900 – The U.S. Submarine Force was officially established.

 

Food Celebration of the Day

National Cheese Fondue Day – Whether you go for classic Swiss cheese or for a more offbeat mix — taco fondue, anyone? — fondue always turns a meal into a party.

Swiss Cheese Fondue
Aztec Taco Fondue
Brie Fondue
Swiss Fondue Bread
Swiss Beer Fondue
Porcini Fondue

It’s been quite a few years since I had fondue.  I have a fondue pot somewhere, but not sure where the heating thingy is that goes in the bottom of the pot.  I need to find it. Some of these sound really good!  Today celebrate the good things – in a world gone haywire there are still good things!  Celebrate the music, our furry friends, cheesy goodness and FRIDAYS!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

     

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