It’s a Great Day To Water Flowers!

May 30th

Can you believe it is Thursday already?  Today is a big day for me.  I am taking a two day motorcycle safety class starting today.  I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous, but at the same time I’m excited.  The time has come in my life to stop being afraid to try new things, and this is a step in that direction.  I’ll keep you posted how it goes when I check in with you tomorrow.  For now though, we have a couple of celebrations to attend to.  You ever notice how the months start out very busy and filled to the brim with celebrations, and by the end of the month we are down to just a few?  June is just around the corner and it’s back to busy again!

Water a Flower Day  –  I am the worst person for giving advice on flowers and plants.  Seriously, it’s true!  It’s a continual shock to me that my plants are even alive, and it actually seems like they pull back their little leaves when I walk by to avoid me touching them, like if it happens they’ll shrivel up and turn black.  However, today may be a day in their favor since it’s Water A Flower Day, and is a good reminder to give them a drink.  This is for flowers outside or inside of course, though if you live where I do there’s no need to do the outdoor ones since it’s been raining pretty much continually.  Anyway, today is the day to water those flowers and keep them alive and well.     In honor of today, here is a little bit of wildflower trivia for you –

* Indian paintbrush seeds are so tiny that there are millions of seeds in just one pound.
* The Pioneers put coreopsis in their mattresses to keep out bedbugs, fleas, and ticks.
* Spiderwort flowers change color in response to different levels of pollution.

* Some plants, like fireweed, need fire to prepare their seeds for germination. Fireweed often appears in an area after it has been burned.    

Have a Happy Water a Flower Day! 

Loomis Day – This is really interesting and something I certainly didn’t hear about in history class!  In 1868 a man by the name of Mahlon Loomis took two kites and some copper mesh and he invented wireless communication!  Yep, he was WAY ahead of his time!  He had a theory about wireless communication and proved that it was valid.  He attached the copper gauze to the bottom of a kite and used copper wire for a string.  He set it on top of a mountain connected to a galvometer.  He then set up an identical contraption about 15 miles away.  By touching the second kite’s wire to the ground, he could move the first kite.  Unfortunately, after failing to receive funding to develop the technology, Loomis abandoned the project.  In an explanation he stated, “I know that I am by some, even many, regarded as a crank – by some perhaps a fool . . . But I know that I am right, and if the present generation lives long enough their opinions will be changed – and their wonder will be that they did not perceive it before.  I shall never see it perfected – but it will be, and others will have the honor of the discovery.”   You have Mr. Loomis to thank for your cell phone! 

 

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Mint Julep Day – On the first Saturday in May we celebrate the Kentucky Derby. But on May 30 we celebrate “National Mint Julep Day,” the signature drink of the Run for the Roses. Historians believe the mint julep originated in the 1700s, somewhere along the east coast of the United States. It first appeared in print, however, in 1803, described as a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.” The Derby serves more than 100,000 of these on race day!  Here are a few Mint Julep ideas from the folks on www.food.com to help you with your celebration.

Mint Julep Cupcakes
Frozen Mint Juleps
Blackberry Mint Juleps
Mint Julep Brownies
Kiwi Mint Julep
Mint Julep Iced Tea

Well, there are your celebrations for the day!  Have a wonderful day, God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

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