We’ve had three days of lovely spring . . . but today the weather guessers are telling us that we are in for rain. Not just for today, but tomorrow and through the weekend too. It would sure be nice to have beautiful weather on a weekend, wouldn’t it? At least it was nice yesterday so I could get the lawn mowed and go on a walk with my Dad. What a blessing that was!
Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day –
A Rare Book – A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it. “Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector. “Yes, that was it!” “You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!” “Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther.”
Don’t Go to Work Unless it’s Fun Day – Oooooh maybe this is your day to sleep in! When this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday when you are usually off work, it makes celebrating it easy. If it happens during the work week though, you may need to plan ahead and take a vacation day, otherwise your boss may have an issue with it. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to wake up and just decide to stay home if you wanted without any repercussions? For the people who are employers – to help maintain attendance at work today, do something that will make the day fun! Just keep in mind – unless you get permission from your boss, don’t celebrate this one. All of this is great, but you wouldn’t want to lose your job over it. Since I get Wednesdays off so yesterday was my don’t go to work day . . . but my office mate? Yeah, she’s playing hooky today . . . it was planned though so I suppose it’s OK. (hahahaha she’s the boss so of COURSE it’s OK!)
Tweed Day – This one could be celebrate one, or two things. It could be all about the warm, fashionable woolen clothing that originated in Scotland that seems to always be in fashion! Tweed keeps you warm and it looks good. It could also be celebrating the birthday of a corrupt New York City politician named William Magear “Boss” Tweed” who was born on April 3, 1823. Boss Tweed was a U.S. Senator and a NY State Senator. His claim to fame was being convicted of being corrupt and using his power for personal gain, stealing millions of dollars from NYC. Now, I’m betting since this wasn’t a nice guy that today we are actually celebrating Tweed suits because seriously, do we really want to celebrate the birthday of a crook? Maybe his family might, but not the rest of us.
Find A Rainbow Day – I remember as a child hearing the story of Noah’s Ark and God’s promise not to destroy the earth in a flood again. He placed the rainbow in the sky as the reminder of this covenant. From that time on, I must have been 4 or 5 when I actually was able to make sense of the story in my little mind, I would see a rainbow and tell God thank you for the promise and the beautiful colors of the rainbow. Even now I am awed by the sight of one. When I was in about the 4th grade my science project was about creating rainbows using prisms and a light source. At one point I had little tear drop crystals hanging in windows watching the beautiful colors dance on the walls. For anyone who cannot remember the order of the colors in the rainbow, there is an acronym that is often used . . . “Roy G. Biv” – one of the acronyms I have heard. Each letter of the name stands for a color of the rainbow – in order … red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. (Although a true rainbow actually contains colors along the entire spectrum.) Today, if your weather permits, keep your eyes open for that beautiful promise from God in the sky. It’ll lift the spirit no matter how the rest of your day is going.
Pony Express Day – On April 3, 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. On April 13th, 10 days later, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800 mile journey and arrived in Sacramento. He beat the eastbound packet’s arrival in St. Joseph by 2 days and set the new standard for speedy mail delivery. The Pony Express was short-lived and unprofitable, but it captured America’s imagination and helped win federal aid for a more economical overland postal system. While the Pony Express was active it contributed to the economy of the towns on its route, serving the mail service needs of the American West in the days before the telegraph or an efficient transcontinental railroad. It debuted at a time before radios and telephones, when California, which achieved statehood in 1850, was still very cut off from the eastern part of the country. Letters that were sent from New York to the West Coast traveled by ship, which usually took at least a month, or by stagecoach on the Butterfield Express overland route. This took from three weeks to many months to arrive. When compared to the snail’s pace of the ship or stagecoach methods, the Pony Express’ average delivery time of 10 days seemed really fast!
The Pony Express Company was the brainchild of William H. Russell, William Bradford Waddell and Alexander Majors, owners of a freight business. It was set up with over 150 relay stations along a pioneer trail across what are now the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Riders were paid about $25 each week and carried loads up to about 20 pounds of mail. Every 75 to 100 miles riders changed, horses were switched out every 10-15 miles. Among the riders was the legendary frontiersman and showman, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917). It is said that he signed on with the Pony Express when he was 14 years old. The company’s riders set their fastest time with Lincoln’s inaugural address, which was delivered in just less than eight days. The initial cost of Pony Express delivery was $5 for every 1/2 oz of mail. The company began as a private enterprise and the owners had hoped to gain a profitable delivery contract from the US Government, but it never happened. With the start of the first transcontinental telegraph line in October of 1861, the Pony Express stopped operating. The legend however, of the lone Pony Express rider galloping across the Old West frontier to deliver the mail, lives on today. So cool! Happy Birthday Pony Express Company.
This Day In History –
1860 – The Pony Express begins delivering the mail.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Find A Rainbow Day – Science says you’ll never find that pot of gold. A rainbow’s end moves away at the same rate you move toward it. Blame it on the way light refracts in falling raindrops. Wouldn’t it be nice though? Yep, I guess we just have to keep dreaming. We can still capture a rainbow though -in our food! Check out these lovely ideas from www.food.com!
Well, I’m hungry for a bright, rainbow colored salad now! Hm, good dinner idea! Off to work I go with visions of rainbow food and wishes for sunshine in my mind. Have a wonderful Thursday and may all of your celebrations be happy ones. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!