Good Morning Everyone and Happy Monday To You. Yes, I know, that’s a blatant contradiction isn’t it? Using Happy and Monday right next to each other like that? Well, we get through Monday and TA-DA – the journey to Friday is well on the road to being over.
Before we get to the celebration though, I would like to say a few words about a sad loss to the world of comedy. Yesterday a very funny man, John Pinette, passed away at the young age of 50. For anyone who hasn’t heard John’s stand up routine, please treat yourself to it on Netflix if you can. There was a sweetness about him that made me smile. He used his own short comings in his routine, poking fun at his battle with his excessive weight vs his love of food – something so many of us deal with daily. He laughed at his inability to participate in physical activities the same way someone of a smaller stature could, and he made a point of never making fun of other people for fear of hurting their feelings. I giggle a little as I think about him saying that he only makes fun of the Amish since it’ll never get back to them – only he never actually made fun of them . . . it was just a silly moment in a very fun show. He didn’t resort to bad language beyond a stray word here and there, blatant sexual nastiness, racism or anything else that could be considered to be offensive . . . he didn’t need to because he was naturally funny without that. It makes me sad to think of him dying in his hotel room while on tour. It makes me sad that no matter how hard he worked to lose the weight – and he did work at it – it was too little too late. It makes me sad that he battled his addiction to prescription drugs, and from all accounts won that battle, only to succumb to the limitations that his obesity put on his tired body. May God be with John’s family and friends as they mourn his loss, and may our thoughts be with them throughout the coming days. If we learn nothing from this, may we learn that the bad choices we make with our health today will definitely impact us at some point down the road if wait too long, or do too little too late.
Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day – The Armor of God
An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of religious service when she was startled by an intruder. As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, she yelled, “Stop! Acts 2:38!” [Turn from your sin] The burglar stopped dead in his tracks. Then the woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done. As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, “Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture at you.” “Scripture?” replied the burglar, “She said she had an axe and two 38s!”
No Housework Day – This is a great one for folks who happen to be home today. It is the chance to take a Monday off from chores and do anything . . . except housework. Let’s face it, housework is a daily, endless, repetitive group of tasks are never, ever done. We finish them up and start all over again. And sadly, the person – or people – who do most of the chores are pretty much taken for granted. Until they aren’t done, then everyone is wondering what is wrong with the resident Cinderella. So if you’re that person who is home on a Monday doing all the housework, just stop and relax. The chores will be waiting for you. If you work outside the home, well, if you’re anything like me you won’t be doing much in the way of housework anyway. This just gives us a nice excuse. If you have kids that are old enough to help out, or even do the chores themselves, perhaps put them to work doing them. For this one day it won’t hurt them and maybe, just maybe, it will give them a better idea of how hard you work. Just a thought.
International Beaver Day – Beavers are pretty intriguing animals. With their flat tails and luxurious fur they have been revered by the American Indians, and hunted by trappers for generations. They have been called the “sacred center” of the land because they create such rich, watery habitats for other mammals, fish, turtles, frogs, birds and ducks. We know that the damming done by the beavers provides essential ecosystem and biodiversity that rivals tropical rain forests for various species/ Almost half of the endangered and threatened species in North America rely on wetlands for their survival, and freshwater wetlands have been rated as the world’s most valuable land-based ecosystem. Beavers are instrumental in reliably and economically maintaining wetlands that sponge up flood waters, alleviate droughts and floods – because the beaver dams keep water on the land longer- reduce erosion, raise the water table and act as the “earth’s kidneys” to purify the water. This purification happens because several feet of silt collect upstream of older beaver dams, and toxic substances such as pesticides, are broken down by microbes in the wetlands that beavers create. Because of this water downstream of beaver dams is cleaner and needs less treatment for human use. See how wonderful these creatures are?! What a wonderful animal to celebrate today.
International Snailpapers Day – This is an interesting celebration that was started by newspaper lover Dan Bloom. He said that International Snailpapers Day is an opportunity to pause for a moment and read a real newspaper, smelling the newsprint and feeling it in your hands, before it is gone for ever. His idea was to turn off televised news, to log off of the Internet news sites, and sit down with a good, old-fashioned paper. I can see that, and I could even encourage that . . . if most of the news printed, online OR on TV wasn’t so full of tripe. Can’t believe a word of it because independent, straight forward, unbiased news is disappearing. It’s a nice thought though. If you still enjoy a newspaper, go for it. Enjoy it while you can. I admit, I do like the Sunday edition for the coupons. I’ll celebrate this one on a Sunday morning.
National Beer Day – Well, yesterday marked the anniversary of the end of prohibition April 6th, 1933 . . . and today is the anniversary of when it would become legal to sell beer in the United States again, on April 7th, 1933, provided that the state in question had also enacted its own law allowing the sale of beer too. The beer had to have an alcohol content of less than 3.2%, compared to the .5% limit of the Volstead Act, because 3.2% was considered too low a percentage to cause intoxication. On the evening of April 6th people liked up outside of breweries and taverns, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally purchase beer for the first time in 13 years. Ever since that year the night of April 6th has been referred to as “New Beers Eve” and April 7th as National Beer Day.
Tater Day(Sweet Potatoes)- This is a fun one that is celebrated in Benton, KY. In 1843, Tater Day was started as a chance for people to celebrate spring, and as a time when everyone in town could get together and trade in sweet potato slips that are used to grow the plants. It is also the oldest continuous trade day in the United States, in which goods like guns, hunting hounds, tobacco or livestock are sold or traded. Tater Day brings carnival rides, games, a market, a potato eating contest, mule pulls and a “biggest potato” contest which attracts people with their large potatoes from across the country. The best part of the festival is the parade, which completes one circuit around the town. It has political floats, the Marshall County High School band, horses and buggies, clowns, vintage cars, Miss Tater Day and other such fun attractions. There is even a Jr. Miss Tater Day for the little girls from 5-12, and Little Mister, Tiny Miss and Baby Miss Tater Day pageants and floats for the younger kids. This sounds like the perfect small town celebration. How fun is that?
This Day In History –
1949 – The musical South Pacific, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, opens on Broadway.
1948 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is founded.
Food Celebrations Of The Day –
National Coffee Cake Day – Who’s up for a coffee break? These cakes taste delicious alongside a cup of coffee, whether for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up. Oh now I’m hungry for a coffee cake!
Caramel Popcorn Day – This just brings up happy memories of childhood, doesn’t it? Caramel and popcorn go together as easily and wonderfully as chocolate and peanut butter do! It is such a great combination that you can find it sold in popcorn tins and specialty shops pretty much anywhere you go. The way to celebrate this one is either by, or make, caramel corn! It’s not really difficult. Here’s an easy recipe to get you started!
Have a lovely Monday. Be kind to each other and celebrate at least one fun thing today. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.