Mar 10th

Holy Humor – Joke of the Day

A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could to get to Sunday School. As she ran, she prayed.

“Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late. Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late” …. at this moment she tripped and fell, getting her clothes dirty.

She got up, brushed herself off and started running again, praying, “Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late…but DON’T SHOVE me anymore!”

National Bubble Week –  I’m uncertain actually if THIS week is National Bubble Week, or if its the 4th week of March- I’ve seen it listed both ways on several sites.  Since I’ve already looked up the information I figured I’d do it today, but it will COMPLETELY within reason, since bubbles are so much fun for young and old alike, if you celebrate both weeks.  Nobody will blame you for it, and who knows? They may join in on the fun!  Do you remember sitting on the front steps as a kid, blowing bubbles through the little bubble wand that came in the brightly colored bottle of bubbles?  There would be liquid bubble solution dripping down your hands and onto the porch, and the slimy stuff would be making it difficult to blow the bubbles, but that didn’t matter.  As you blew gently into the wand trying to make the biggest bubble you could . . . and finally got to float gently away into the air . . . it was all worth it.  An old friend of mine once said – and she was in her 50s when she said this – that she always kept a bottle of bubbles on her desk.  When things would get really rough at the office and she was ready to either blow her stack or start to cry, she’d pick up her bubble bottle, go out the back door and blow bubbles for a few minutes.  Her reasoning? NOBODY can stay in a bad mood when they are blowing bubbles.  She has a point.  Blowing bubbles is now a very popular substitute for throwing rice or confetti at weddings!  Here’s a recipe for homemade bubbles and homemade bubble wands – just in case the kid in you wants to come out to play.

* special note –  babies love bubble play, but be careful around your baby’s eyes. You can try substituting the soap in these recipes with a baby shampoo or baby wash for tear-free bubbles.

Best Homemade Bubble Solution
1 cup water
2 tablespoons light karo syrup or 2 tablespoons glycerin
4 tablespoons dishwashing liquidMix together and have fun!
Homemade Colored Bubbles
1 cup granulated soap or soap powder
1 quart warm water
Liquid food coloring
Plastic straws
Small juice cansDissolve soap in warm water. Stir in food coloring until desired color is attained. Give each child a can about 1/3 full of mix and a plastic straw to blow the bubbles.
Fancy Homemade Bubbles
1 cup water
2 tablespoons liquid detergent
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon sugarMix all ingredients together until sugar dissolves. Enjoy!

Bubble Wand Ideas

*   Wire hangers can be manipulated (by a safety-conscious adult, of course) into a variety of shapes and sizes. Just use pliers to straighten the wire first. Then bend a large loop at one end leaving room for a handle. Close the loop off by wrapping a bit of the end around the handle. Plastic-coated wire hangers work best for this, though any stiff but flexible wire will work. If you take some fabric and wrap it around the loop, even more bubble solution will soak in. (You can use jute, yarn, fabric scraps cut into strips, or bias tape for that). If you’re having a hard time getting a perfect circle, try using a gardening container or other large, round object as a guide.

*   The principle here is not unlike using a wire hanger, it’s just smaller and fuzzier. That fuzz comes in handy, too, as it helps these little bubble-blowing wonders soak up a lot of soapy solution. Pipe cleaners (also known as chenille stems) are also a lot easier to handle and manipulate than hangers and can be used to satisfy a large number of bubble-blowers at one time. With a little help, toddlers and younger kids can even have a go at making their own bubble wands and can learn from what works and what doesn’t. Since pipe cleaners aren’t expensive and they’re plentiful, kids get many chances to experiment. To make different shapes, use cookie cutters as guides.

Crochet Week – I remember when I was little sitting and watching my Grandma’s hands just FLY with the crochet hook and yarn.  She would create amazing things – sometimes with this tiny little floss and this itty bitty hook. She’d make lovely flowers, lacy looking doilies and edges on pillow cases.  She tried teaching me.  It didn’t take.  My other Grandma made afghans for all of the grandkids – mine was bright purple and baby pink – my favorite colors then . . . and truth be told, now too.  I admire anyone creative enough to make something as intricate as baby clothes or the little flowers like my Grandma – oh, heck. Who am I kidding? I think anyone who can crochet an actual square that LOOKS square is talented.  For those of you who love to create with yarn, this is your week.

International Day of Awesomeness – Today is the International Day of Awesomeness! We all know someone who is awesome, we probably know lots of people who are awesome! Well, today is the day we celebrate this awesomeness.  Nobody is perfect, but everyone has the capability to be awesome at least a couple of times in their lives.  Where did this celebration come from?  A guy by the name of Keven Lawver decided in 2007 that there was a need for an International Day of Awesomeness.  He was working with an intern named Freddie Maneiro who suggested that the office should celebrate
Lawver’s awesomeness (I must wonder if there was sarcasm in there somewhere?).  Lawver replied that there should be a day of awesomeness, he posted the idea to Twitter and the rest is history.  This day happens to be celebrated every year on March 10th, which also happens to be Chuck Norris’s birthday.  People say he is pretty awesome too.  How do you celebrate this particular day?  Well, you can organize a group of friends and perform feats of awesomeness, or just let someone you care about know how awesome they are to you.

Daylight Savings Time Begins – When will daylight savings begin in 2013?  For most Americans, daylight saving time 2013 will begin 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, when most states will spring forward an hour. Time will fall back to standard time again on Sunday, November 3, 2013, when daylight saving time ends.  The federal government doesn’t require U.S. states or territories to observe daylight saving time, which is why residents of Arizona (except for residents of the Navajo Indian Reservation), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands won’t need to change their clocks this weekend.  Daylight savings time has caused some problems for some people though.  A national survey showed that 83% of respondents knew when to move their clocks ahead, 27% admitted they’d been either early or late once in their lives because they hadn’t changed their clocks correctly.

Why do we use daylight savings time, and how and when did it start?  I thought you’d never ask!  Ben Franklin was the first person to suggest the concept of daylight savings – according to computer scientist David Prerau, author of the book “Seize the Daylight, the Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Savings Time”.  While serving as a US ambassador to France, in Paris, Franklin wrote of being woken up at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun would rise far earlier than he usually did.  He realized the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less midnight oil.  With tongue at least halfway in his cheek, he wrote to a newspaper.   “Franklin seriously realized it would be beneficial to make better use of daylight but he didn’t really know how to implement it,” Prerau said.  It wasn’t until World War I that daylight savings were realized on a grand scale. Germany was the first country to adopt the time changes, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. Friends and foes soon followed suit.
In the U.S. a federal law standardized the yearly start and end of daylight saving time in 1918—for the states that chose to observe it.

During World War II the U.S. made daylight saving time mandatory for the whole country, as a way to save wartime resources. Between February 9, 1942, and September 30, 1945, the government took it even further.  It was observed for those years year round, which essentially made it the new standard time, though only for a few years.  Daylight savings time has been optional for the United States since the time of World War II.  It’s beginning and end have shifted – and occasionally disappeared.  During the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo, the US once again extended daylight savings time through the winter, which resulted in a 1% decrease in the country’s electrical load, at least according to federal studies cited by Prerau.  Thirty years later the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was enacted, mandating a controversial month long extension of daylight savings time, starting in 2007.  The question is though, does daylight savings time really save any energy? Studies in recent years suggest that it doesn’t actually save energy at all – it might even result in a net loss!  Because daylight savings makes it darker in the morning again, and lighter in the evenings – using the lights less and night is canceled out by using them more in the morning!  Even though it’s light later, and not as many lights are necessary in the evening, it’s warmer so people turn on their air conditioning!

In spite of all of the conflicting opinions on the efficacy of daylight savings time for saving energy, research shows the people are fond of it and that it’s like the first day of spring for a lot of people.  It’s the first time they have some daylight time to do something after work.  I can say that for myself?  Even though I hate losing the hour of sleep, I always do look forward to the extra daylight at night.

Check Your Batteries Day – Sometimes it seems like the tasks we have to do each week are never ending.  My personal to-do list on my day off just seems to get longer and longer!  But there is one task that it is very important to do twice a year – and timing it for Daylight Savings Time and at Standard Time, makes it very easy to remember.  Checking and changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors is the task I am talking about.  Just changing your batteries twice a year, regardless of whether you THINK they need it or not, could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.  So change those batteries today!

It’s a day of fanciful play, great hobbies, changing our batteries and re-setting our clocks –  and of course just being AWESOME!  So just let me say for the record – you are ALL Awesome and I appreciate you all very much.  God Bless You on this beautiful Sunday and have an Awesome day!

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