National Hairball Awareness Day? There Are Just Some Celebrations You Can’t Make Up . . . or Understand
Humor Month – Joke of the Day
Q: Did you hear the one about Arbor Day?
A: It’ll leaf you laughing!
Q: Did you hear the one about the oak tree?
A: It’s acorny one!
Q: Did you hear the one about the redwood?
A: It’s tree-mendous!
Q: Why was the pine tree sent to its room?
A: Because he heard it was a sycamore!
Q: What kind of tree is often found in the kitchen?
A: A pantry!
Q: Why was the tree drooling?
A: It was a dogwood.
I know – these are silly – but they fit in with arbor day!
Arbor Day – Julius Sterling Morton was a Nebraska journalist who worked hard throughout his career to improve agriculture techniques in his state and throughout the United States. The very first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. Morton felt that Nebraska’s landscape and economy would benefit from wide scale planting of trees. He started the ball rolling by being a good example and planted orchards, shade trees and wind breaks on his own farm, urging his neighbors to do the same. He got his real chance to get things going when he became a member of Nebraska’s state board of agriculture. He proposed that a special day be set aside dedicated to planting trees and increasing awareness of how important trees are. The first Arbor Day was a wonderful success with more than one million trees planted. The second Arbor Day was in 1884 and it was made a legal holiday in 1885 on Morton’s birthday – April 22nd. In the years that followed Morton’s idea spread beyond Nebraska to Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Ohio – who all proclaimed their own Arbor Days. All 50 states today celebrate Arbor Day, though the dates may vary depending on the local climate. At the federal level, in 1970, President Richard Nixon set the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day. It’s now even celebrated in other countries! Australia celebrates Arbor Day. It is called Greening Week in Japan; The New Year’s Days of Trees in Israel; The Tree-loving week in Korea; The Reforestation Week of Yugoslavia; The Students Afforestation Day in Iceland and The National Festival of Tree Planting in India. I bet Julius Sterling Morton would be very proud. See? One person with a great idea can make a HUGE difference! So how should we celebrate this day? Well, it’s a great opportunity to take stock of the trees on your property – inspect them, note broken branches or evidence of disease or infestation. Maybe planting some trees would improve the look of your property. Once your options are noted, you can celebrate by planting a tree!
Richter Scale Day – I live in a part of the country that has had “The Big One” predicted for years. It’s true, there’s a fault under our area, and it stands to reason that at some point we will have a substantial earthquake. I’m sure we’ve all heard news reports that say that so-n-so country had a 6.2 earthquake (or insert number of your own). What does that even mean? Well today we celebrate the birth of the inventor of the Richter Scale. Born on April 26, 1900, American seismologist Charles F. Richter (1900–1985) invented the Richter Scale in 1935. The Richter Scale measures the amount of energy released by an earthquake by measuring the magnitude or seismic waves produced by an earthquake. The Richter Scale measures from 0 to 9. On the scale, each increase in number represents an earthquake 10 times more powerful. That’s hard for me to comprehend somehow. I can understand it intellectually – but emotionally that number increasing by 10 times just sort of blows my mind. Here’s an example of the damage done at different strengths on the scale. At 4.5 an earthquake can damage buildings and structures. At 7 on the Richter scale, severe and catastrophic damage can occur. Following is a list of some of the world’s deadliest earthquakes, their strength on the Richter Scale, and the casualties in each. While disturbing, it’s good to know what to expect should “The Big One” hit:
August 24, 70: Mount Vesuvius, Italy erupts, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum. Thousands killed. January 23, 1556: Shaanxi province, China. Deadliest earthquake in history kills 830,000 people. April 18, 1906: The famous San Francisco earthquake and fire. 7.8 on the Richter scale.
December 16, 1920: Gansu province, 200,000 killed. 8.6 on the Richter scale.
September 1, 1923: Tokyo and Yokahoma, Japan. 8.3 magnitude earthquake destroys 1/3 of Tokyo and most of Yokohama. Over 140,000 killed.
May 22, 1927: Xining, China: 8.3 magnitude earthquake, approximately 200,000 killed.
May 22, 1960: Strongest earthquake ever recorded, at 9.5 magnitude, occurs off the coast of Chile.
In 1964, Alaskan earthquake measured 8.4.
Feb. 9, 1971 – Sylmar Earthquake measured 6.6 on the Richter scale
Jan 17, 1994 – Northridge Earthquake 6.7
Recent Major Earthquakes:
December 26, 2004: An earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia creates the deadliest Tsunami in history. The waves reach numerous Asian and African countries. More than 225,000 killed, millions homeless.
October 2, 2005: Kashmir, Pakistan, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake kills more than 80,000 people.
National Kids and Pets Day – Every kid should have a pet. I know that there are some kids with horrible allergies so the usual dog or cat is out. Or perhaps for the time being you’re living in a house that doesn’t allow pets. If living or allergy issues aren’t the problem, then I stand by my assertion that all kids really should have a pet! It teaches responsibility, it teaches loyalty and love and honestly pets make awesome companions. We’ve had a variety of pets throughout my life. When I was little I had the regular dogs and cats, but as I grew my Mom gave in to my begging and bought me a couple of pet mice. Now, stop. EWWW doesn’t fit the moment. Mice are awesome pets – they are sweet, their houses don’t take up much room, and they are fairly quiet. The trick is to get either two females or two males. Any mistake can lead to not 2 mice, but several dozen. Trust me – been there- done that. When my kids were little they had a dog, cats, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, fish and a chinchilla. I won’t ever be a house without a pet, and encourage anyone with kids to give it some thought. Heck, even if you DON’T have kids, pets are a good idea.
National Hairball Awareness Day – Well, hm. I couldn’t find anyone willing to admit they started this day. One thing I do know is that my long haired kitty is notorious for leaving me the not-so-lovely hairball on the floor once in awhile. Today is a good day for figuring out why kitty is coughing these up and how to prevent them. Brushing them may help, feeding them specific food will help, and there are special Hairball Formula Foods to help as well. Kitty doesn’t need to be miserable, and neither do you!
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Zucchini Bread Day – Maybe it’s because zucchini grows like crazy in the garden, but inventive cooks have long incorporated this summer squash in the darnedest of dishes, including always-delicious sweet and savory breads.
Another day of celebrating is upon us, and we have a few things focus on today. I hope you pick a fun one! I know that no matter what it is, you’ll celebrate with enthusiasm! God Bless You I’ll see you tomorrow!