Guess Who Turns 80 Today?

Jun 9th

Are we ready for Monday?  I can’t HEAR you!!! ARE WE READY FOR MONDAY?  No? Yeah, me either.  All the rah-rah enthusiasm in the world doesn’t prepare me for Mondays EVER.  I had to try though.   Somehow not being ready for it didn’t stop it from arriving rather quickly.  All in all it was a good weekend around our house, even if it was a fast one.  Got a few things done, did some relaxing, a little sleeping in . . . yep, it was pretty good!
Well, since I’m sure we all have to hurry off to work, I’d better let you know what we are celebrating today.  It’s nice that we’re a little bit short on the celebrations . . . . I got a bit sidetracked last night and got started on this a bit late.  Oops.

Happy Birthday, Donald! – Wow – it is hard to believe that Donald is 80 years old!  It seems like just yesterday when I’d sit on Saturday mornings, all wrapped up in a quilt, watching Donald and all of his friends.  It was always a great start to any kids weekend.  Dad would join me, which actually is a fun memory from my childhood.  We’d sit and watch and laugh together every Saturday.  Donald Duck is one of Disney’s most famous and popular characters.  He made his debut in “The Wise Hen” on June 9, 1934.  Many people don’t know that Donald has a middle name . . . I know I didn’t.  But he does!  Now I’ll let you in on what it is so next time you get involved in a trivia game and it comes up, you’ll have an advantage!  Donald F. Duck’s middle name is “Fauntleroy”.  I have no idea why Walt Disney chose that for his middle name, but that is what it is.  Today would be a great day to watch a Donald Duck cartoon to celebrate this special birthday, and to celebrate all of Donald’s Disney friends too. 

World APS Day – APS stands for Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS).   I’ve read over the description several times, and can’t find a way to simplify it enough and still keep the original intent from the APS information website I was reading, so I’ve copied and pasted their description for you: 
 “APS is associated with recurrent clotting events (thrombosis) including premature stroke, repeated miscarriages, phlebitis, venous thrombosis (clot in the vein) and pulmonary thromboembolism (blockage of an artery found in the lung due to a clot that has traveled from a vein). It is also associated with low platelet or blood elements that prevent bleeding. Recently, however, even more disease states have been linked with APS including premature heart attack, migraine headaches, various cardiac valvular abnormalities, skin lesions, abnormal movement/chorea, diseases that mimic multiple sclerosis, vascular diseases of the eye that can lead to visual loss and blindness.”  
That’s pretty scary stuff!  APS is an autoimmune disorder in which the body sees certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and it starts producing antibodies against them to fight them out of the system.  There are two known forms of APS.  It may happen in people with systemic lupus erythematosus, other autoimmune disease, or in people who are otherwise healthy.  Sadly, when most people hear about APS and it being referred to as an autoimmune disease, they incorrectly confuse the terms autoimmune with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or they think that it is a form of cancer.  Women are more likely than men to be affected by APS. Some estimates say that 75% to 90% of those affected are women.  It has also been estimated by some doctors that 1/3 of all of the young strokes (young defines as under the age of 50), ar due to APS. In obstetrics it is estimated by some doctors that up to 25% of all women with 2 or more spontaneous miscarriages have APS. Some doctors believe that 1 in 5 of all Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary Embolism (PE), and even worse, amputations are due to APS. And it is believed that 40-50% of patients with Lupus also have APS. Still, with these statistics, APS rarely is discussed as a women’s health issue and is misdiagnosed often, therefore the total number of people affected and true statistics are unknown really. 

This Day In History

1934 – Disney’s Donald Duck makes his debut.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Strawberry Rhubarb Day – Strawberry and rhubarb are some of the first fruits of spring.  Isn’t it wonderful that they complement each other so well?  There’s something so delicious about the tartness of the rhubarb blended with the sweet and delicious strawberries that is pretty doggone wonderful.  Strawberry Rhubarb pie is one of those pies that freezes very well, so once you get your harvest in, make up a few – don’t bake them – and wrap them up, pop them in the freezer.  When you want a delicious dessert, just take it out and thaw it, then bake it up! There are other yummy choices besides pie!  Here are a few good ones from www.food.com to get you started on this delightful celebration today!

That’s all I have for you today . . . which is probably a good thing!  I don’t want to be late for work!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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