Today We Show Appreciation to the Nurses and Teachers in Our Lives!

May 6th

I don’t know about you, but Monday passed by so fast that I nearly got whiplash!  Well, that’s a slight exaggeration, but it really did fly by quickly!  It helps to have plenty to do at work, and the evenings always pass me by in a hurry.  Here we are at Tuesday already – hardly seems possible.  How many people ate way too much Mexican food yesterday?  We don’t normally participate in any Cinco de Mayo types of activities, but it is just so simple to throw some chicken into the pressure cooker with some seasoning, and put it on homemade tortillas for a simple and nourishing meal.  It was a bonus that I still had empanadas in the freezer that I’d made a couple weeks ago.  Yum!


International No Diet Day – How many of us spend all of our adult lives struggling to make over our bodies to be what society says that they should be?  I admit that I have been fighting the battle of the bulge for more years than I care to count.  I’ve had some measure of success a couple of times, but as with any plan to lose weight, if you don’t stick with it, it will come back!  No matter what diet you choose to follow, it is absolutely necessary to change your habits or before you know it you will be back where you started again. Story of my life.  What would be so wrong about appreciating the bodies we have?  Everyone is different – we come in all shapes and sizes.  There isn’t anything wrong with that!  What a relief that would be!  To be able to enjoy a meal without worrying about what it was going to do to the scale . . . to be happy with the me I see in the mirror, rather than avoiding even looking into it . . . to not worry about how my poor husband sees me, but just accept that he loves me the way I am . . . I must wonder if it would be easier to be healthy if I wasn’t so worried about it all of the time!?  Today is a good day to reassess and evaluate how you are managing your weight, your goals and your perspective on weight loss.  In doing this make sure that all of your efforts aren’t at risk for your health.  If you do decide to continue with your diet, then maybe celebrate this one by taking a one day break and just breathing for awhile without the constant worry about every bite that goes into your mouth.


Joseph Brackett Day –  I had never heard of Joseph Brackett – I’m sure not all that many of us have.  He was born in Cumberland, Maine on May 6, 1797 and died on July 4, 1882.  His name at his birth was Elisha Brackett, but when he was 10 years old his first name was changed to Joseph, like his father’s, when the family joined the short-lived Shaker community in Gorham, Maine.  This new Shaker community was centered on the Brackett’s property until the time the whole group moved to Poland Hill, Maine in 1819. Brackett, Sr. died on July 27, 1838, but Junior continued to rise in the Shaker community and eventually became the head of the society in Maine.  Joseph Bracket is best known as the author of a Shaker dancing song called “Simple Gifts”, which has become loved internationally. He wrote the song in 1848, and was at first virtually unknown outside of the Shaker community until Aaron Copland used the song in his 1944 composition “Appalachian Spring”.  The song also became widely known through the lyrics of “Lord of the Dance”, written by Sydney Carter in 1963. Brackett’s memory is kept alive by “The Tune Lovers Society”, an online organization that was set up to preserve and protect American songs from the past. they sponsor a birthday commemoration for him on May 6th. That’s a lot of attention for a guy who really is only known for one song!


National Nurses Day/Week– Nurses work so hard, don’t they? To be perfectly honest, when I do go to see a medical professional, I prefer seeing the Nurse Practitioner.  I feel like I get better care – the doctors always seem to be so rushed.  Well, most of the doctors.  I must admit my current primary care doctor is the first one in a long time that really cares. But I digress – for the most part Nurse’s just seem to care more and they ask more questions to get to the bottom of what is going on!  That must be the reason there are so many days that celebrate nurses:     

  • May 6-12: National Nurse’s Week
  • May 8: National Student Nurses Day
  • May 6th: National Nurses Day
  • Wednesday of Nurse’s Week: School Nurses Day
  • May 12: International Nurse’s Day
  • November 14: Operating Room Nurse Day

This week is all about giving nurses the recognition that they deserve for their contributions and commitment to providing their patients with quality health care.  To all the nurses out there – thank you so much.  For caring, for working so hard, and for being there for all of us when we need help.           

National Teacher’s Day – This one is always celebrated on the Tuesday that lands on the first full week of May.    I would make a lousy teacher.  I know that.  I don’t have the patience to deal with other people’s kids on the scale that teachers do. Face it – other people don’t discipline their kids the way that we do, and as a result most kids aren’t going to behave the way we’d probably prefer they behave.  Multiply that with a whole bunch of kids, and well . . . I can honestly say that Teachers are either saints, or gluttons for punishments.  At least the good ones are.  There are, as in any profession, that grouping that ISN’T so good . . . but that’s another blog post for another day.  Today is in honor of those teachers who work hard, are patient and deal with the kids with understanding.  Keep up the good work to the awesome Teachers, whether you are teaching in school or home school, and enjoy this day that is all about you.

National Tourist Appreciation Day – I haven’t had all that many vacations in my life – I’ve been too busy raising kids and working.  On the few vacations I HAVE had though, I expect to be treated well, pampered and coddled even, if it applies.  Being a tourist can sometimes have the locals looking down their noses at you, but seriously, the life of being a tourist is a fun one!  When we went on our cruise to Alaska I can honestly say that I learned for the first time what it truly felt like to be attended to by the staff on the ship as if I were royalty.  By the end of the week both my hubby and I were tempted to stuff our steward into our suitcase and take him home!  He was awesome and earned every penny of his tip!  Enjoy your time as a tourist when you head out for a vacation, and if you happen to live in a tourist town, embrace the tourists!  If not literally, then figuratively.  Tourism is the life’s blood of some small towns, so treating the tourists with respect and courtesy could go a long way to keeping the flow of traffic high, and the economy in your town running smoothly as a result!

World Asthma Day – I bet that everyone reading this knows SOMEONE who has asthma.  I personally know more than two.  So, what IS asthma?  Well .  . it is a persistent illness that the person who suffers has recurring attacks of breathlessness and wheezing.  Sometimes it can be severe, and sometimes it can be fairly minor, and it is different each time it happens with every person who has it.  Some people have attacks quite a few times each week, and for other people they have attacks rarely or only at night.  Here is some interesting information about asthma:

*  As per the WHO approximations 300 million people go through from asthma and 255 000 people died of asthma in 2005. 
*  Asthma is the most regular chronic disease among children. 
*  Asthma is not just a civic health problem for high income countries: it crops up in all countries not considering of level of development. Over 80% of asthma deaths come about in low and lower-middle income countries. 
*  Asthma is under diagnosed and under-treated, generating a considerable load to persons and families and perhaps limiting individuals’ actions for a lifetime.

Today is all about raising awareness about asthma, generating funds for research to put an end to this disease around the world. 

This Day In History

1833 – John Deere produces the first steel plow.       
1851 – The Yale lock is patented.       1889 – The Paris Exposition opens with the just completed Eiffel Tower as it’s centerpiece.      1937 – The Dirigible Hindenburg explodes into flames at Lakehurst, NJ.       1994 – Channel linking England & France officially opens. 

Food Celebration of the Day

National Beverage Day – Experts recommend drinking at least 3 liters of fluid a day for men and 2.2 for women. Why not make it more interesting than a glass of water?  Today is a great opportunity to enjoy your favorite beverage – and since the word beverage is pretty broad and general, it’s pretty much open to however you wish to interpret it!  Here are a few new ones to give a try – be adventurous! You may find a new favorite!

Gingered Lemonade
Middle Eastern Lemonade
Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
Agua de Horchata
New York Egg Cream
Sun-Brewed Iced Tea

Well there you have it! A busy day of celebrating to help Tuesday go by as quickly as Monday did!  Some of those beverages are looking pretty doggone delicious. I may have to give one or more a try! Maybe you can too and we can compare notes!  God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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