Happy Saturday! The rain is coming down in buckets. I love the way it sounds as it hits the roof and trees. I woke up to its music this morning, and had to talk myself out of going back to sleep listening to it. It’s going to do this all weekend long – which makes me SO glad we mowed the lawn on Thursday before this hit! May have been our last mow of the season . . . wouldn’t that be nice? Hubby has a pot of chili started on the stove – already smells good and he’s barely gotten it started! I love his chili – it really is the best I’ve ever tasted. I’ll whip up a batch of corn bread later to go with it. It’s just that kind of a day.
Today is Ask a Stupid Question Day. – You ever have a question but you don’t voice it because it just sounds stupid – or you think it will to someone else? Well today is your opportunity to speak up and ask all of those questions that you were afraid to ask and they’ve just been piling up. Unload them! Give it a try. Yes, people may laugh, but if you remind them ahead of time what today is, maybe they’ll restrain themselves . . . it would be nice if they did. And if not, oh well! Sometimes what sounds like a stupid question turns out to be something that someone else wants to know also, but they were afraid to ask too, so you can help them while getting your own answers! You know how sometimes people say there are no stupid questions? Yeah, that’s not true, but if it makes you feel better, you go ahead and think that. But again, that’s OK! Even stupid questions deserve to be answered. So where did this start? Well the roots go back to the 1980s. At the time there was a push by teachers to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom, but the kids would hold back, fearing that their question was stupid and would result in being teased by the other kids. Teachers created this day, and it happened to land on September 28th. If that happened on a weekend like this year, then they would celebrate it on the last day of the month.
Good Neighbor Day – Well, today is about being a good neighbor. I think we’re good neighbors to the others who live on our street. We aren’t noisy, we don’t bug them for anything, we don’t have wild parties and we keep to ourselves. We don’t pile garbage outside, and we keep our yard relatively trimmed up. I can’t say the same for the house right next door to us – at least when it comes to noise and parties. They truly are quite rude, having loud gatherings, outside, late at night on a work night. It wouldn’t do any good to let them know, they just aren’t the sort of people (from what I can tell) that would care. I honestly envy people with close friends in their neighborhood – you see them in the movies, all getting together and helping each other, having block parties, visiting each other. I’ve never had a great deal of luck with that though. I got close to someone once. She lived across the street and we became best friends . . . it didn’t end well. There are some boundaries some people aren’t reluctant to cross and well . . . let’s just say she crossed them – and then some. If you have great neighbors, I’m happy for you. Recognize them with a card, a basket of goodies, or just a happy/friendly wave as you go by. Appreciate them because honestly, I’ve found that good neighbors are few and far between.
National Hunting and Fishing Day – I’ve copied and pasted the following from the National Hunting and Fishing Day website. I just couldn’t say it better and I didn’t want to miss anything:
Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species.
Led by fellow sportsman President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time.
Populations of white-tailed deer, elk, antelope, wild turkey, wood ducks and many other species began to recover from decades of unregulated exploitation. During the next half-century, in addition to the funds they contributed for conservation and their diligent watch over the returning health of America’s outdoors, sportsmen worked countless hours to protect and improve millions of acres of vital habitat—lands and waters for the use and enjoyment of everyone.
In the 1960s, hunters and anglers embraced the era’s heightened environmental awareness but were discouraged that many people didn’t understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played-and continue to play-in the conservation movement. The first to suggest an official day of thanks to sportsmen was Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe’s Gun Shop in Upper Darby, Pa. In 1970, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe’s idea and created “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day” in the state. With determined prompting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the concept soon emerged on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In June 1971, Sen. Thomas McIntyre, N.H., introduced Joint Resolution 117 authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. Rep. Bob Sikes, Fla., introduced an identical measure in the House. In early 1972, Congress unanimously passed both bills. On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, “I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.”
By late summer, all 50 governors and over 600 mayors had joined in by proclaiming state and local versions of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The response was dramatic.
National, regional, state and local organizations staged some 3,000 “open house” hunting- and fishing-related events everywhere from shooting ranges to suburban frog ponds, providing an estimated four million Americans with a chance to experience, understand and appreciate traditional outdoor sports. Over the years, National Hunting and Fishing Day boasted many more public relations successes, assisted by celebrities who volunteered to help spotlight the conservation accomplishments of sportsmen and women.
I admit that I am not a hunter, but I appreciate and agree that hunting and fishing are valuable to cull the herds, provide food for the table and continue the circle of life as it was intended by God. I will never turn down meat that has been provided from the wild. It is healthier, leaner and absolutely delicious. I do NOT agree with hunting merely for sport and trophies. If you are going to hunt or fish, use every bit of it for food and clothing. To shoot something and waste that meat is to senselessly end a life that could have fed another family, or other animals. If you are a sport only hunter and allow the meat to waste? SHAME ON YOU! I have no respect for anyone who does this. It is a disgusting practice and should not be allowed.
Fish Amnesty Day – I have no respect for the un-hinged looney tunes at PETA. They may have started out as animal lovers with good intentions but let’s be honest, they are pretty much nutso all the way around. So, here we are, the folks who brought us Save the Whales (which I am FOR by the way, just not they way they go about it), and the nutball “human seal hunts”, have now brought us FISH AMNESTY DAY – the animal rights protest against National Hunting and Fishing Day. The loons at PETA are urging seafood enthusiasts to think of fish as “sea kittens” in a public relations move that is intended to make everyone look at cold and scaly fish as soft and cuddly. Have you ever tried to cuddle a crab? Or a salmon? How about snuggling with that octopus? No? Well that’s because they aren’t soft and cuddly! DUH! Sea kittens. Please. The groups re-positioning of the fish alongside traditional pets like cats and dogs is meant to encourage near-vegetarians who still haven’t given up seafood to go all the way.
Seriously, these people are truly deluded. If you’re a member of PETA, I’m so sorry for whatever accident of nature landed you in a place that made you feel it necessary to sign up with such a group. There are plenty of other animal advocacy groups that aren’t filled with crazed wind bags. I doubt that this “sea kitten” campaign is going to make dedicated fishermen put away their poles and lures. Give it up people. Just give it up.
Love Note Day – This is just what the day implies! It is a day to let those you love know that you love them by sending them a love note! The practice of writing and sending love letter has a long and illustrious history. Famous romantics like Lord Byron, William Shakespeare, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote sonnets and odes, inspiring generations of young lovers to do the same. So, what is a love note? It is any written expression of emotion addressed to a loved one. It can be short or long, formal or casual – and even though love notes are usually handwritten, in this electronic age, it is perfectly OK to send a beautiful e-card to let the one you love know you are thinking about them. That’s all it really is, just a day to recognize the one you love!
Drink Beer Day – Is there much more to say about this? Today celebrate this one two-fold – drink your favorite brew while cooking with it too!
- Steamed Mussels in Beer
- Chocolate Beer Cake
- Flemish Beef Beer Stew
- Brats With Beer Gravy
- Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup
- Easy Beer Bread
- Beer Batter for Halibut or Chicken
May your Saturday be blessed with calm, peace, laughter and rest. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!