Good morning! We made it to Friday and that’s a wonderful thing! The weekend is upon us and I know that we’ll be busy all weekend, how about you? Tomorrow I’ll be preparing food for my Granddaughter’s baby shower (oooooh, so exciting!), and Sunday is the shower! I admit it, I’m every so slightly thrilled about her arrival next month. In the meantime we have today’s celebrations to enjoy and make the day go faster!
It’s Love a Tree Day – Trees are pretty wonderful. Have you ever paused to think about what trees do for us? There’s the obvious things – shade, comfort and warmth. They give off oxygen – which has to be right up there at the top of the wonderful things trees do. But think about all of the products we as a society have because of trees. I worked at Weyerhauser as a log tag scanner many years ago. At a meeting at the main office I wandered through the museum and was just amazed by how many different ways that wood pulp is put to good use. Some of them quite surprising. It’s an extensive list so here we go: dye, piano keys, rayon, books, fishing floats, inks, telephone books, varnish, atlases and maps, price tags, ping pong balls, tires, umbrella handles, signs, automobile instrument panels, space craft reentry shields, newspaper, photographic film, newspapers, posters, football helmets, toilet seats, guitars, road building materials, insulation, shatterproof glass, artificial vanilla flavoring, cork, vacuum cleaner bags, movies, stadium seats, adhesives, decorations, turpentine, camphor, waxes, fireworks, crayons, tannin, charcoal, pine oil, pitch, musical instruments, perches for birds of prey, toilet paper, milk cartons, flooring, bark for landscaping, cardboard, grocery bags, furniture, chewing gum, paper towels, oil spill control agents, Christmas trees, hockey sticks, wildlife habitat, cosmetics, roofs, baby foods, cider, vitamins, cooking utensils, lacquer, pallets, rubber gloves, mulch, clean water, golf tees, egg cartons, nail polish, fence posts, toys, toothpaste, eyeglass frames, syrup, antacids, shampoo, rubber gloves, menthol, electrical outlets, medicines, energy for electricity, plates and bowls, sausage casings, torula yeast, rulers, wooden blocks, houses, notebook paper, oars, plywood, paper plates, computer casings, stain remover, coffee filters, toothpicks, movie tickets, carpet and upholstery backsides, imitation bacon, diapers, horse corrals, postcards, tax forms, sponges, shade, particle board, shoe polish, luggage, bowling alley lanes, postage stamps, colognes, animal bedding, irrigation piping, fruit pie filling, golf balls, game boards, suspending agent for drinking soda, pencils, dry wall, baby cribs, baseball bats, lumber, decoys, kites, magazines, ice cream thickener, step ladders, birthday cards, brook sticks, cider, ceiling tiles, crutches, backyard play sets, axe handle, food labels, 2×4’s, candy wrappers, party invitations, disinfectants, cd inserts, gummed tape, fruit, railroad ties, shelter, belts, puzzles, swings, baking cups, buttons, cutting boards, benches, bird houses, stereo speakers, garden stakes, stairways, beds, tables, barrels, window frames, bulletin boards, linoleum, seesaws, fishing boats, billboards, disposable medical clothing, church pews, totem poles, desks . . . .how many others can you list? As you can see, we have many reasons to appreciate trees! Another thing I really love is that trees are a renewable resource – they are a crop, much like any other crops. Granted they do take longer to grow to a useful size, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are a crop. Take Christmas tree farms for example. The farmers work very hard to trim the trees that are growing on their farms, shaping them into wonderful, fluffy Christmas trees. For every tree that is harvested by a customer, a new tree is planted, thereby insuring that a new crop will be ready for harvest a few years down the road. Now, on Love A Tree Day some people say to hug your trees, I will have to draw the line at that. Too many potential splinters.
National Bike to Work Day – I really love living away from town, but times like today it would be nice to live a little closer to work. Today is National Bike to Work Day and is a great opportunity to get some exercise, and to save gas. And of course saving gas these days is pretty important! With these prices we could really save by biking! Unfortunately I live 21 miles from work and there just isn’t the time to get there without leaving for work hours early, even if I could ride that far without keeling over. Or I wasn’t still afraid of biking, even after about 13 years since I had a bike crash that broke my finger, sprained my wrist, gave me road rash from my face down to my knees, and put a permanent dent in my pride. It would be wonderful to not only get past the fear, but be able to ride to work all the time – not just on Bike To Work Day. If you have the opportunity to save some fuel, consider this option!
National Sea Monkey Day – Do you remember when you were a kid reading comic books, in the back would be all of those ads for a variety of inexpensive trinkets that would command our attention for long periods of time. When I would happily get a new comic book about once a week or so – of course I’m dating myself horribly when I admit that they were about .25 each at the time – and I would save those back 2 pages until I was finished reading the stories, because to me those were the best part . . . all of those tiny, tiny ads selling all sorts off cheap nonsense. Those were the things that dreams may be made of – until I ordered something, I wouldn’t know! The sad reality was that those things would either break the moment they arrived, or were a horrible scam set up to con kids and their parents out of their money. But oh the imagination swirled as I contemplated all of the wonders on those pages! Sea Monkeys were usually on the back cover, in a full page, full color ad. I’d read every word of the fine print, see those happy smiling faces of the sea monkeys in the pictures and ask over and over if I could have a set. Mom always told me it was a waste of money, then would go about whatever it was she was doing. One day I scraped together some birthday money and I sent in the order form, and the wait began. Six weeks of excruciating waiting, running the mail box after school, hoping that they would be there. Finally the day arrived and the package was in the box. I can completely identify with the scene in A Christmas Story when Ralphie got his decoder ring from Little Orphan Annie’s show. I opened the box, followed the directions, and within minutes there were microscopic . . . . um . . . specks. Eventually they grew, into microscopic brine shrimp. No smiling faces, no little family, just a few floating brine shrimp that eventually died. Mom was right, they were a waste of money. I was so disappointed. Do you know that you can still find these rip-off kits in stores and online? I actually saw some at Walmart not long ago! If you’ve ever had sea monkey’s that turned out to be a fascinating pet as advertised, I’d love to know about it.
Endangered Species Day – Today is the chance for people everywhere to learn about how to protect endangered species and how important it is to protect them. It was started in 2006 by the United States Congress and was envisioned to be a celebration of this nation’s wildlife and wild places. Each year, on the 3rd Friday in May – and throughout the month – zoos, aquariums, parks, botanical gardens, wildlife refuges, museums, schools, community centers, conservation groups and other organizations throughout the country hold tours, have special speakers, exhibits and children’s activities all set up to be opportunities to learn more about Endangered Species and how we can help protect them.
National Pizza Party Day – Americans love pizza. We already knew that, right? How many of us have pizza at least once every couple of weeks, whether we get it in a restaurant or make it at home? Personally I enjoy making pizza at home – we can choose whatever toppings we want to put on top, and quite honestly, it’s probably healthier and definitely less expensive. No matter WHERE you get your pizza though, it is delicious and a favorite for many. The truth is, I had already planned on making pizza for dinner tonight, before I EVER knew that this holiday was today! I’m celebrating without even meaning to! Here are some interesting facts about pizza in our country: Iowa has the most pizza stores per person – with 4.13 stores per 10,000 residents. The average American eats 46 slices of pizza each year. There are 3 billion pizzas sold each year in the United States. There are over 5 billion pizzas sold worldwide each year. WOW! Do we corner the world market, or what?
This Day In History –
1866 – Charles Hires invents Root Beer.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Asparagus Month – Under perfect conditions, a spear of asparagus can grow up to 10 inches in a single day. Talk about a superfood!
- Roasted Asparagus With Parmesan
- Asparagus Lasagna
- Fried Garlic Asparagus
- Sugared Asparagus
- Asparagus Soup
- Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
- Asparagus With Sesame Oil Vinaigrette
Well, let’s get the Friday party started! Off to work and away we go! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!