Good Morning and a Lovely Sunday to everyone! It is such bliss to sleep longer than 5:00 in the morning, without the assistance of an alarm clock to shock me awake. I am sipping this morning’s smoothie – mmmmm . . . pineapple, berries, mango, spinach and mixed spring greens . . . oh, with protein powder and chia seeds, of course. It’s actually quite delicious . . . not the bacon, eggs and toast that hubby had, but it is still good. I wasn’t sure how I would feel when I started this smoothie cleanse 7 days ago, but I feel great! I have energy, I am not hungry, and other than craving things I am used to having, it’s been really good. I may do this once a quarter to just get rid of the sludge in my system, and I know that I am going to be doing these for breakfast and lunches for quite awhile. If I’m feeling this much energy, why stop?
Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day –
Doggone Brilliant – A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dachshund along for company. One day, the dachshund starts chasing butterflies and before long the dachshund discovers that he is lost. So, wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having him for lunch. The dachshund thinks, “OK, I’m in deep trouble now!” Then he noticed some bones on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dachshund exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here.” Hearing this, the leopard halts his attack in mid-stride, as a look of terror comes over him, and slinks away into the trees. “Whew,” says the leopard. “That was close. That dachshund nearly had me.” Meanwhile, a monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes. But the dachshund saw him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figured that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine.” Now the dachshund sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, and thinks, “What am I going to do now?” But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet … and, just when they get close enough to hear, the dachshund says………………
“Where’s that darn monkey? Sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard.”
Babe Ruth Day – I don’t pretend to know much about ANY sport, or any athletes, but Babe Ruth is an icon in the history of baseball and even I had heard his name. What follows is a copy and paste of a biography I found about Babe Ruth – I couldn’t have said it any better, and it seems to over all the bases (pun intended). You can find more information where I got this biography – at www.Babe-Ruth.com
“Baseball player. Born George Herman Ruth, Jr., on February 6, 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the first of eight children born to Kate and George Herman Ruth, Sr. Most of the Ruth children died in infancy and only George Jr. and his sister Mamie survived to maturity. Little George, as he was called, grew up in a poor waterfront neighborhood in Baltimore, where he lived above the family saloon.
In 1902, the Ruth’s sent their son away to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, which was both a reformatory and an orphanage. Ruth developed a love for sports, particularly baseball, which served as his escape from the strict environment at St Mary’s. From an early age he showed potential as an athlete, and in his late teens he had developed into a professional candidate. His tough southpaw pitching attracted Jack Dunn, manager of the minor league Baltimore Orioles. In 1914, the Orioles signed Ruth to his first professional baseball contract. He became the team’s youngest member, and was befittingly nicknamed “Babe.”
Within five months, 19-year-old Ruth graduated to the major leagues, and signed with the Boston Red Sox. He remained with the team for six seasons, alternating positions as pitcher and outfielder. With his great pitching, powerful bat, and winning personality, he was quickly on his way to greatness, overshadowing players like Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner.
After a controversy revealed that the Chicago White Sox conspired to throw the 1919 World Series, the sport of baseball was in need of a hero. The scandal had shaken the public’s faith in the game. However, in 1919, while still a part-time pitcher for the Red Sox, Ruth made his home-run assault on the record books. His 25th home run that year shattered the modern major league record held by the now forgotten Gabby Kraveth. By the end of the year, Ruth’s record was an unprecedented 29 home runs, and he was credited with reviving faith in the game.
In December of 1919, the Boston Red Sox sold the invaluable player to New York Yankee owner Colonel Jacob Ruppert. Ruppert bought Ruth’s contract for over $100,000, which was a staggering price at the time. In 1920, Ruth joined the Yankees, who as yet had never won a pennant. For years they played in the shadow of the New York Giants. Without a baseball park to call their own, the Yankees were forced to hold their games at the Giants’ Polo Grounds.
Ruth started as a full-time outfielder, hitting 54 home runs his first year with the Yankees. Shortly after, he became baseball’s preeminent player, and such a drawing card that New York built a new stadium for the crowds he was attracting. Yankee Stadium had its opening day on April 4, 1923, with a total attendance of 74,000. The stadium became known as “The House That Ruth Built,” and the period became known as the Golden Age of Baseball. On opening day, Ruth made the first home run in Yankee Stadium history. Ruth’s slugging percentages in 1920 and 1921 were .847 and .846. Neither figure has ever been approached. In fact, a slugging percentage higher than .704 has been achieved only 20 times, eight by Ruth. In 1923, hitting .393, he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, and capped off the year by ushering the Yankees to their first World Series Championship. He also led the American League in home runs from 1919-1924, and again from 1926-1931.
In 1927, Ruth hit 60 home runs, breaking his own record, and setting a new one that would endure for decades (Roger Maris broke it in 1961). With an exceptional year, he assumed almost mythic status, and was nicknamed “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Home Run King,” and “Herman the Great.” Off the field Ruth reveled in his celebrity status, enjoying a wild and extravagant life. However, his high living and headstrong behavior eventually began to take a toll on his performance. He was still baseball’s premier player but fellow teammate and newcomer Lou Gehrig started to show signs of greatness as well. The year 1931 was the start of Ruth’s 12th season with the Yankees, and it also marked the great days of Lou Gehrig’s career. Ruth was still a force, but Gehrig was closing the gap. At the end of the season the two players were tied in home runs.
In 1933, Ruth’s once great talent began to erode. Realizing that his playing days were numbered, he threatened the Yankees that he would quit if not given the opportunity to become a manager. After they denied his request, he left the Yankees in 1934. Two years later, the Boston Braves offered to take on Ruth as a part-time player, baiting him with an eventual assistant-manager position. He accepted, and his decision met with mixed feelings among New York fans. Some thought that he was deserving of the opportunity, and others felt that he was selling out. After three months, Ruth became aware of the fact that the Braves only wanted him for his drawing power. They had no intention of giving him a managerial position. He resigned from the team, and made his last appearance as a player in May of 1935, retiring with 714 career home runs (a record that was broken by Hank Aaron in 1974).
In 1936, Ruth was part of the first class inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson. He became a coach with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938, but never achieved his goal of managing a major league team. Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in 1946. Although the extent of his illness was kept from him, he knew that his time was limited. He spent the remainder of his life making countless visits to children’s hospitals and orphanages. In 1948, Ruth made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium, celebrating the 25th anniversary of “The House that Ruth Built.” His number was retired, and April 27th was declared “Babe Ruth Day.”
On August 16, 1948, Ruth died at the age of 53. At the time of his death, he held 54 major league records, including most years leading a league in home runs (12), most total bases in a season (457), and highest slugging percentage for a season (.847). While with the Red Sox, Ruth married 18-year-old waitress Helen Woodford, whom he had known less than three months. In 1929, Ruth’s wife died in a fire. At the time, they had been separated for three years. Her tragic death allowed him to marry Claire Hodgson, a former model and actress. With Claire’s daughter from a previous marriage and Ruth’s adopted daughter (with Woodford), they became an immediate family. Ruth and Hodgson remained together until Ruth’s death.”
National Tell A Story Day – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t LOVE a story – I know I do. Today is Tell a Story Day which celebrates story-telling of all kinds. It doesn’t matter if it is fiction or non-fiction, a tall fish tale, or folk-lore – today is a day for all of them. You can rad it from a book, or make it up as you go. When this day lands on a week day, it is celebrated by libraries with story telling hours for kids – obviously today is Sunday, so that isn’t happening – but it doesn’t keep any of us from telling stories to each other. I admit, it’s more fun when you have kids at home, since their little minds are so full of wonder when they are hearing a story. If you don’t have children at home, maybe make up a story and write it down to tell them later. Who knows? You may end up with the next best seller on the kids book list!
Holocaust Remembrance Day – The day of remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust – Yom Hashoah – starts at sunset on the 27th of the Hebrew month of Nisan. This is a week after the 7th Day of Passover and during the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Yom Hashoah was started by the Israeli government, and has become a day commemorated by both Jewish and non-Jewish communities and individuals around the world. In the United States, Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day that we remember the victims, and for reminding Americans what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred and indifference are allowed to take over without putting a stop to it. In 1980, by an act of Congress, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council was set up, mandated to lead the nation in civic commemorations and to encourage Remembrance observances around the country. This works well – as long as revisionist history isn’t being practiced at the moment. (yes, that was snark – I get really upset at people for trying to rewrite history to cover up the bad and pretend it never happened.) I thought it was interesting, due to the observance of the Sabbath, that when the actual date of Yom Hashoah falls on a Friday, Israel observes it the preceding Thursday, and when it falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday, which of course means that it will be observed tomorrow in Israel.
Matanzas Mule Day – On this day in 1898, in one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American War, U.S. Naval forces bombarded the Cuban village of Matanzas in a hail of their full artillery. All reports say that the only casualty of this bombardment was one mule. The “Matanzas Mule” instantly became famous and to this day is a footnote in the history of the Spanish-American war. A newspaper article from 1898 describes the funeral of the mule, which was buried with full military honors, to the music of a marching band, while 200 people watched. They even wrote a song for him!
They marshaled men of every rank,
They summoned muffled guns to roll,
They called the merchant from the bank,
They caused the Church’s bell to toll.
And slowly to his grave they passed,
Obeying every martial rule,
And there with tears they took a last,
Long look at that bombarded mule
Wrapped in the flag he served so well.
Amid a cloud of smoke he sank;
“The Slain” – by tons of shot and shell –
Went under with a round of blank.
Well, there you have it! The bravest mule of them all. 🙂
National Pet Parent’s Day – Today is the 7th annual celebration of Pet Parents Day! Face it parents – even if we get dogs and cats for our kids, WE are the ones who end up in the middle of the night walking them out into the yard, we are the ones who often have to scoop the poop, and when the kids move out and on with their adult lives, we keep the pets with us. Which is fine by me. I’m perfectly happy that my furbabies stayed with me when the kids moved out. It’s worth cleaning litter boxes and scooping poop to keep their furry, lovable faces around. Here’s to all of the Pet Parent’s! Keep up the good work!
Pinhole Photography Day – Put simply, pinhole photography is photography without a lens. The lens is replaced by a tiny hole that light passes through, forming an image in the camera. Pinhole cameras can be small or large, improvised, or designed with great care and detail. Cameras have been made out of oatmeal boxes, soda cans, cookie containers, sea shells and there was record of one that has been made out of an old, junked refrigerator. Cameras have been made from beautiful hardwoods, made of metal with a range of multiple pinholes, or even cast in plaster like a face mask. Basically a pinhole camera is a box, with a tiny hole in one end and film or photographic paper at the other. They are used for fun, for art and for science. I can imagine that designing and building the cameras would be fun, and it would be pretty exciting to make something like that and have a pretty cool image produce from it. These are used often to observe and record a solar eclipse, since you can’t look at it with the naked eye, and retain the ability to see. If you have some time to kill, and some odds and ends lying around that you could put to good use, maybe see what you can come up with! Hubby has done some pinhole photography in the past – so I may have to put him to work so the next time this comes around I have one of his images to share with you!
This Day In History –
1937 – Senior citizens take note, the first Social Security checks were distributed on this day
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Prime Rib Day – The name “prime rib” stems from the quality grading the USDA started giving beef in the 1920s. These days, most rib roasts are dubbed “prime” whether they’re marbled with 10 to 13% fat or not.
Well, I’m off on some adventure with hubby – he’s decided he’s on a quest to find something in town. Have a wonderful day, and may it be blessed with laughter and peace. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!