Miracles Happen . . . And Boomer The Golden Retriever Is Evidence of That

Apr 4th

TADA!  We made it to FRIDAY!  Do a little dance!  Or Do a BIG dance!  This has been a pretty amazing week.  After a wonderful weekend of fun with our Grandson, we headed into three days of sunshine and actual spring weather.   That allowed me to get the house cleaned up, mow the lawn and a few other things that needed to be finished . . . just in time for it to start raining again.  It would bother me but it’s been such a good week that I don’t even really mind more rain . . . good thing since we are supposed to have it all weekend.  Oh, and I heard an amazing thing!  You all know about the Oso landslides.  It’s been in the news, I wrote about it . . . it was horrifying for all involved and continues to be while the searchers keep looking for the bodies of the missing . . . but yesterday there was a little miracle.  A Golden Retriever named Boomer dug his way out . . . 12 days after the slide . . . he somehow survived.  He’s injured, has hip problems, but he’s alive.  Poor guy lost his people, but the resilience he showed is nothing short or miraculous.  He has people lining up to adopt him, so I am sure he’ll end up with a good family – it won’t replace the people he loves, but it will still be a good thing.  How can you not smile when thinking about a survivor after all this time and all of the horrible weather we have had that have been hindering recovery efforts.

Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day –

The Army Of The Lord –  Afriend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.   The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!”  My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor.” Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?”  He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”

Hug a Newsman Day –  I can honestly say this is one I will skip . . . for one thing I don’t know any Newsmen or Newswomen, and for another, they way they’ve taken to be talking heads who don’t even bother to give us much real news these days.  Now, if YOU  know one and feel inclined to give them a hug, I say go for it!  There isn’t any history given as to WHY someone wanted this to be a holiday, but I’m betting that whoever registered it either had a crush on their local newsman and were hoping for the chance to hug him (or her), OR a local newsman/woman were not feeling the love and created the day to maybe get a few hugs.  It’s anyone’s guess though.  

National Walk To Work Day – The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy G. Thompson, declared the very first National Walk to Work Day as April 2, 2004.  It has since changed to the first Friday of every April.  The idea was, with obesity and the sedentary lifestyle growing at a very alarming rate, to get people out and exercise.  Americans are encouraged to walk to work, and if you can’t walk to work, then take a walk during lunch or at another time of the day, with the goal of walking for 30 minutes.  This could be the first day in a new lifestyle!  With yesterday being National Walking Day, and today being National Walk To Work Day, I think they are trying to get their message out loud and clear to everyone, don’t you?  What it boils down to is that just 30 minutes of brisk walking each day will significantly improve someone’s health.  Lower weight, less chance of heart disease and less risk of diabetes are just a few of the physical benefits, but there is also the emotional and mental benefits of walking!  It is relaxing and peaceful.  Another awesome thing is that walking is FREE!  I won’t be participating in this one . . . I work more than 20 miles from home, though I have every intention of getting my 30 minutes of walking in.

Walk Around Things Day  – in keeping with the whole walking theme, we have Walk Around Things Day!  Yep, this is an important way to avoid risks and problems.  You just walk around them!  You could also use this figuratively – to walk around – or avoid – a topic that could be a sticky issue could be to avoid an argument!  Always something nice to “walk around”, right?

School Librarian Day – How many of you remember your librarian from your school days?  I remember the lady who was our librarian in elementary school.  I can’t remember her name, but I can close my eyes and see her in my mind’s eye.  She had short, reddish brown hair, and I have to laugh because as I think about it, her wardrobe was quintessential movie librarian costume.  Slacks or long boxy skirt, cardigan over a flowery blouse, and very sensible shoes.  I couldn’t venture to guess her age because when I was that young EVERYONE was old, even people in high school, but I’d say mid  50’s sounds about right.  She was wonderful.  Sweet, soft spoken, yet firm.  Librarians deserve to be honored – they serve children in school each day, instilling in them a love of books and reading, and hopefully respect for literature along the way.  Young minds need to be nurtured and fed, and Librarians are excellent in this capacity as they are able to give them challenging reading and reference materials to enhance their educational process. You can show your appreciation of your school Librarian in several ways.  Sometimes just a big smile and a Thank You is enough.  Telling them they are doing a wonderful job is good too.  You could send them a card, or what they probably would like the best, buy an age appropriate book and donate it to the library.  With budgets being what they are lately, every little bit helps.

Tell a Lie Day – I seriously can’t endorse this one, but I suppose if you ever needed to tell a lie, today would be the day to do it . . . at least you’d have the excuse of a “holiday” to fall back on . . . not that anyone is going to ACCEPT that excuse of course.   I still stand by honesty is the best policy, but if you so choose to celebrate this one, keep in mind that you are confined by the parameters set by the clock. 24 hours.  No more. Back to honest business as usual tomorrow.

Hospital Admitting Clerks Day – For anyone who has had to visit the hospital as much with their child as I did, you probably have become familiar with the routine.  When you first arrive the hospital admitting office is your first point of contact with the hospital.  The Admitting Clerk is responsible for all patient registrations, helping get the patient set up for tests, treatment, surgeries or to see an emergency room doctor.  They are pretty important folks because all of that information is crucial to the patient getting the proper care, and because the patient gets their first impression of the hospital from the admitting clerk.  This time serves the double function of getting and giving information, as well as advice, encouragement and reassurance.  It isn’t an easy job, but it is definitely an important one.

International Day for Mine Awareness& Assistance in Mine Action – As you all know, I don’t typically post any celebrations that have anything to do with the United Nations, but I have to admit that this one is worthy.  It is observed every April 4th, and is aimed at raising awareness about landmines and towards making progress towards getting rid of them once and for all.  Programs and activities will take place in many countries around the world – such as photo exhibits, press conferences, film screenings, educational displays and community chats.  Public events may include speeches and statements by land mine survivors, educational demonstrators and other such presentations.  The term “Mine Action” refers to a range of efforts to clear land mines and explosive remnants of war, and to mark and fence off dangerous areas.  It also includes helping victims, teaching people how to stay safe in an environment affected by minds, and to destroying landmines stockpiled by governments and non-state armed groups.  A report that was made in the Landmine Monitor Report in 2005 that 84 countries were affected by landmines and unexploded devices, which together kill or maim between 15,000 and 20,000 adults and children each year.  The UN works with countries to find and destroy these devices, and helps provide a variety of mine-action services in many countries.  Very sad situation in so many countries, and definitely something I pray for success in eradicating.

Square Root Day  This is an awesome and fun one!  Today we celebrate Square Root day, which is a day when both the day of the month AND the month are the square root of the last two digits of the year!  The last Square Root Day was March 3, 2009 (3/3/09), and won’t get another one until April 4, 2016 (4/4/15).  The final Square Root Day of the century will be on September 9, 2081 (9/9/81).  I honestly don’t know why we even have it listed as a holiday for today, since we have two years to go until we can actually celebrate it – maybe so you can mark your calendars?  Don’t know.  This day was set up by Ron Gordon, a Redwood City, CA high school teacher.  He created the very first Square Root Day for Sept 9, 1981 and remains its publicist.  I guess as cool as it is, we really can’t get all that excited about it this far in advance.  Oh well, it was neat to think about for a moment, right? 

Vitamin C Day –  Load up on citrus fruit, berries and green vegetable for Vitamin C Day; boost your immune system, fight off that cold and feel great!  So, with that said, how much Vitamin C does it really do for us, and how much of it do we really need?   Well, Vitamin C – also known as ascorbic acid – is a water-soluble nutrient that is found in some foods.  It helps our bodies by acting as an antioxidant, which helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.  Well, what is a free radical?  A free radical is a compound formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy.  People are also exposed to free radicals in the environment from cigarette smoke, air pollution and ultraviolet light from the sun.  The body also needs Vitamin C to make collagen, which is a protein required to help wounds heal.  On top of those things, Vitamin C improves how we absorb iron from plant-based foods and helps our immune system work properly to protect us from disease.  The amount we need depends on our ages, but there are tables out there to find out, or a call to your physician or nutritionist would help you get that information.  A good thing to know is what foods provide us with Vitamin C?  Fruits and vegetables are the best sources and you can easily get the recommended amounts by eating a variety of foods such as Citrus fruits and their juices, as well as red and green peppers and kiwi fruit. Other fruits and vegetables like broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe, baked potatoes and tomatoes also have vitamin C.  You can find foods and beverages which have been fortified with extra vitamin C as well.  I actually found pages and pages of information on this necessary vitamin, but seriously, did you want to come here today for a long dissertation on this particular subject? Nah, I didn’t think so.

World Rat Day – I’m going to start out by saying I absolutely love domesticated (i.e. fancy) rats and mice.  THIS particular holiday is all about the rats though, so that’s what we will talk about.  Many people do not know that the fancy rat is a wonderful pet and a great companion animal for people of all ages. Rats are truly sweet, very intelligent, very clean and incredibly smart.  The misconception about rats being dirty and icky comes from all of the bad years with the Bubonic Plague, the Black Death and other such issues.  Those weren’t domesticated rats though and it’s true.  Wild ones can be diseased and therefore dangerous to mess around with.  If you get the chance to spend some time with a fancy rat you may fall in love with them just like I did years ago!  I started out with mice when I was a kid, and by the time my son wanted caged pets we ended up picking out three rats – sisters.  They all had their own unique and distinct personalities.  They recognized my son and would get visibly excited when he came home from school.  It was so sweet to see them happily crawl out of their cage and snuggle up on his chest and shoulders and fall asleep while he watched TV at night.  They truly were the perfect pets in every way.  Sadly rats don’t have a very long life expectancy.  Ours lived for just over four years, which was actually quite long for a rat.  Shows how well he took care of them! Please don’t discount rats as “icky” or “gross” without taking an opportunity to get to know one.  You may just find out you like them.


This Day In History

1887 – Susanna Medora Salter is the first woman to be elected mayor in the nation in Argonia, Kansas.      
1968 -Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated.    
1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is signed.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Cordon Bleu DayFun fact: The “bleu” in Chicken Cordon Bleu is not referring to blue cheese. “Bleu” is just a fancy French way of saying that this dish is blue-ribbon worthy.

Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza

What a busy day for celebrations!  I hope you learned at least one new thing today that  ignites your enthusiasm and puts a smile on your face.  I think we are going to try that Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza for dinner . . . adapted to make it SLIGHTLY more healthy.  If it looks as pretty as I hope it does, I’ll post pictures!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!


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