Ready For Spring? Good! Today Is Plant A Flower Day!

Mar 12th

I hate to rub this in for all of my readers east of here, but yesterday was GORGEOUS and today promises to be even better!  The weather guessers are saying that it should reach 60 degrees today.  Now if the heat could just last to help dry up some of the soggy, spongy grass, I may be able to get some actual yard work done.  As it is, I sink down into it with every step,  so I’m betting the weight of the lawn mower would be even worse.  At the very least I may put on my rubber boots and get out there and gather up the branches and debris that came down on the last wind storm last week.  Other than (hopefully) some clean-up outside, it’ll be a typical Wednesday for me . . . cleaning, laundry . . . catching up on everything that needs to be done inside.  It’s one of the happiest days of the week for me!  No, really! I mean it!  I LOVE being home, being domestic and puttering around the house.  Put some music on, dancing around the house and singing at the top of my lungs, and it makes for a LOT of happy in this house.

Plant a Flower Day – For anyone with a green thumb and a love of digging in the dirt, this day (one of several planting celebrations) is for you!  It is a day to get out there and get spring started in your yard.  Gardening is a wonderful hobby enjoyed by millions of people, both young and old.  Pretty much anyone can participate, no matter their age or health.  Both of my Grandmothers were amazing with the flowers in their gardens.  Sometimes it was like they could just THINK about them, and the different varieties would just seem to burst into bloom, creating a sea of color and happiness.  I admit freely that I did not inherit the green thumb from either of my Grandma’s, and though I love flowers, though I wish I did.  I’ll keep trying, maybe it’ll come to me at some point.  After looking into things a bit I found that there is also a Plant A Flower Day in May . . . popular hobby has room for more than one day!  Celebrate today by planting, or transplanting, any kind of plant.  It can be done indoors, or if your weather allows, outdoors.  Enjoy!

Girl Scout Day – Today we recognize and celebrate the Girl Scouts of the USA.  The first Girl Scout Group was created on this day in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Law in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls.  The Girl Scouts came from the Girl Guides, founded by Lady Olave Baden-Powell.  She was the wife of Lord Baden-Powell, who created the Boy Scouts.  From that first group the Girls Scouts became a national organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950.  Today there are millions of girls involved with the Girl Scouts.  One of the things that almost everyone recognizes  . . Girl Scout Cookies . . . which we get every year with the annual cookie drive.  I admit that I’ve said a firm no for the last few years to any cookies . . . I don’t need the calories and quite honestly, I find that more of the mothers are doing the selling, instead of the kids.  That’s not what it was intended to be, and not how it started out.  The cookie drive is intended to not only be a fund raiser, but to teach the girls valuable skills.  I can’t help but feel it defeats the purpose if the parents are doing all of the selling and the girls are reaping all of the benefits. 

Registered Dietician Day – There are so many different food choices in our markets today, that sometimes it gets confusing which ones are healthy to eat, and which ones aren’t!  Advertising speaks to our emotions, so when we get to the store to get what is on our shopping list, and foods to prepare for the family, it can get confusing.  We are not a healthy nation on the whole, with so many processed foods, chemicals, GMO foods, etc, what do we eat??? One of the ways to clear up the mystery and confusion is to consult with a Registered Dietitian . . . they can untangle all of the knots and help us manage our health and weight through healthy eating, tell us what suitable nutritional intakes would be, and help us manage a variety of ailments and disorders with changing our diets.  Celebrate Registered Dietitian Day today by setting up a consultation to ask how to boost your health and improve your lifestyle.

World Maths Day-  I have to start out this one by saying that the plural of Math is driving me crazy.  I know, that sounds odd, and the name of the celebration was set up as it is for whatever reason, but I keep looking at it and thinking that it’s incorrect!  My spell check doesn’t like it very much either. Sorry, had to get that out of my system. World Maths Day is an annual event that encourages thousands of students from around the world to take a break from standard math lessons and use educational games to not only have fun, but learn in a different way. The goal is for the kids to take part in competitive math-themed games, with the chance to win certificates and prizes, and to help raise math standards.   This celebration was started by the organization 3P Learning in 2007, and has grown in popularity very quickly.  It is now a part of the World Education Games, which links schools from all over the world, and in 2010 the event took a world record for the largest ever online math contest.  Children as young as five can participate, competing with others from around the world in real time. They can also play via mobile phones so that even more kids can discover number themed activities.

This Day In History

1912 – Girl Scouts were founded.      
1942 – Baseball great Joe Dimaggio agrees to a new contract with the NY Yankees, and gets a $6,250 raise. My, how times have changed! 

Food Celebration of the Day

National Baked Scallops Day – Scallop shells symbolized female fertility in ancient times. Venus, the goddess of love, was often depicted with them, most famously in Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.”  This is something I never knew!  I do love scallops and some of these recipes look absolutely delicious.  Thanks for the ideas!

Baked Scallops
Bacon-Wrapped Rumaki Scallops
Simple Sauteed Scallops
Herbed Scallops
Bay Scallops Ceviche
Bay Scallops Scampi
The sun is shining and I need to get off of this computer and get the blinds up and let that beautiful light in!  Nothing makes me want to get things cleaned up more than the bright light showing up all of the dust that I missed and the windows that need to be cleaned!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, no matter how you celebrate!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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