It’s Tax Day! We Made It Through Another Year!

There are some days – often Mondays – that just go wonky from the beginning to the end. Mine wasn’t terrible throughout the day – though I was really struggling with a big case of the yawns all day – and ended on such a happy note. We had the chance to go out to dinner with my daughter’s family, and as usual, Baby R was a joy.  His happy smile, adorable curls and dimples and the giggles that come from way down deep just put smiles on our faces and happiness in our hearts.  We didn’t get to see him for Easter, so we took him all of his little things we gathered for him, which of course all ended up on the floor, with the exception of his books that we put in the bag, but it was fun watching him play with them.  I love it when we get time with them – even though we only live an hour away from each other, our schedules don’t often allow it.  And now we are on to Tuesday! I can see the sun coming up and so far, it looks to be mostly clear – and if you aren’t in the Pacific Northwest you may not know how special that is lately. Seriously, all it ever seems to do lately is rain! Our yard is filled with puddles IN THE GRASS! The ground just can’t take in any more water! Yeesh!

Verse of the Day

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Power! We love power. We love the sound and fury of power. We love the ability that power brings to change things. But, the greatest power ever unleashed on this earth was the power displayed when the Almighty God held back his might and fury while his Son was persecuted and murdered. He did it so he could save us. Now that’s an awesome display of power, and it was displayed specifically for us!


Holy Humor Month / National Humor Month

Doggone Brilliant

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dachshund along for company. One day, the dachshund starts chasing butterflies and before long the dachshund discovers that he is lost.

So, wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having him for lunch. The dachshund thinks, “OK, I’m in deep trouble now!” Then he noticed some bones on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dachshund exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here.” Hearing this, the leopard halts his attack in mid-stride, as a look of terror comes over him, and slinks away into the trees. “Whew,” says the leopard. “That was close. That dachshund nearly had me.” Meanwhile, a monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes.

But the dachshund saw him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figured that something must be up.

The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine.” Now the dachshund sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, and thinks, “What am I going to do now?” But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet … and, just when they get close enough to hear, the dachshund says………………

“Where’s that darn monkey? Sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard.”


Food for Thought

Do hypocritical people realize that they are hypocritical, or do they think that everyone else is in the wrong? If someone points out their hypocrisy in clear terms that even a rock on the ground could understand, do they STILL not see it? I have your answer – they don’t care because they like being pain in the backside, two-faced, dark-spirited hypocrites who never got over being mean-kids from school.  This seems to be especially true of folks who never really had many friends of their own, which always made me feel sort of sad for them until I realized they didn’t have friends because they don’t know how to be a good one themselves. Hmmmm . . . so the moral of this story is, if someone points out that you are being a hypocrite, think carefully and try to step outside of yourself to see if it is true, and it if is it JUST STOP IT!


Bat Appreciation Day (Emerge from Hibernation) – Do you ever have a memory of childhood that is SO profound to you, that you can close your eyes and remember it as if it were yesterday?  I do.  This is one of those memories . . . I remember when I was little, we lived on a lake.  About this time every year the night sky over the lake was filled with the shadows of 100s of bats swooping and diving for the bugs flying about – you know, those icky flying bugs that look like red ants with wings? Yuck!  The sound of the bats wings flapping would have been spooky if I’d been old enough to have seen movies about vampire bats, but at the ripe old age of 3, it was just pretty cool to see and hear.  My Aunt Sherri was over to visit, she was a teenager at the time, and she walked out onto the dock with me, with a big quilt covering both of us, and there, with her holding my hand to protect me from falling off the dock into the cold, black water, we stood and listened and watched.  I know a lot more about bats now, obviously, but the knowledge only makes that memory better.   Bats are the only mammals that are capable of true flight.  They have extremely elongated fingers and a wide membrane that stretches between them.  The bat’s wing resembles the human hand.  There are almost 1,000 bat species worldwide, and an interesting fact is that bats make up about a quarter of the mammal species on the earth.  That’s a lot of bats!   70% of bats eat insects, sort of their own natural pest control.  There are also fruit eating bats, nectar eating bats, carnivorous bats that eat small mammals like birds, lizards and frogs; fish eating bats and maybe the most famous of all, the blood-sucking vampire bats I mentioned earlier.  I wasn’t in danger of encountering one though – since I live in Washington and they live in South America.   Some bat species have populations in the millions, but sadly, others are dangerously low or in decline. 

Interestingly enough, a single small brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour, and is one of the world’s longest living mammals for its size, having a life span of almost 40 years.  Well, heck, I’ve been going about this pet thing all wrong!  With all the lousy mosquitoes we have around here, maybe I should have looked into making a pet out of a brown bat.  (which leads me to wonder, can a bat be domesticated?)  Bats can be found pretty much anywhere in the world except the polar regions and extreme deserts. Another thing that I found interesting was bat babies!  They are called pups, and bats usually only have one pup at a time.  They are the slowest reproducing mammal on the earth, and at birth a pup weighs up to 25% of its mother’s body weight – and to put this into terms that every mother here can identify with – that’s about like an average human mother giving birth to a 31 lb baby.  OUCH!  Bats have maternity colonies where females gather together to bear and raise the young.  The males do not help in raising the pups.  Hmmmm.  There’s a lot more to say about bats, but I’ll leave that to you to research if you’re interested.  I’m still thinking about that whole bat/mosquito connection, and wondering if I should put in a bat habitat in the back yard to encourage the bug munching wonders to move in!



Blah! Blah! Blah! Day – I read this celebration and had to laugh.  You see, I tend to tune people out when I’m concentrating on something, so it is background sounds that sort of just sound like “blah blah blah” in my head, so when I saw this it just seemed appropriate somehow.  My boss and I sometimes are yammering on to each other about something, and we can always tell when the other is tuning out.  We either don’t answer each other or suddenly one of us will have to ask “what did you say? I wasn’t really listening.”  Neither of us takes offense.  It’s just as common for us to have been talking to ourselves as to each other.  I guess when you share an office space with someone for ten years you get used to the odd quirks and that’s one we have in common.  The intent to Blah, Blah Blah Day though was to do all of the projects and things that people have been nagging you to do, but you’ve been putting off – sort of a big Honey-Do day.  I have my list made up but I know that since I’m working today, it won’t get done. Maybe tomorrow?


Ellis Island Family History Day – On Thursday evening, December 31, 1891, the S.S. Nevada arrived in New York Harbor.  Among its passengers were 14 year old Annie Moore of Cork County, Ireland, and her two younger brothers.  They had sailed to America to join their parents in New York City’s Lower East Side.  On the morning of January 1, 1892, on Annie’s 15th birthday, a barge took the three of them and 145 other passengers from steerage to a brand new federal immigration center called Ellis Island.  There, young Annie became the first immigrant of the 12,000,000 who would enter the U.S. through its doors.  Over 100,000,000 Americans – about 1/3 of the U.S. population, can trace their roots back to the immigrants of Ellis Island.  April 17th is the anniversary of the date in 1907 when more immigrants passed through Ellis Island on one day than on any other day.  11,747, more than twice the usual number.  That year saw the arrival of more than 1,000,000 immigrants.  Famous immigrants who entered this country through Ellis Island were:  Comedian Bob Hope; Actor Cary Grant; Songwriter Irving Berlin; Author Isaac Asimov; Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and Father Flanagan.  Wow! I had no idea!


Ford Mustang Day – This day in history in 1964 saw the unveiling of the Ford Mustang, a two-seat, mid-engine sports car, by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, NY.  On that same day, the new car also debuted in Ford showrooms across American and almost 22,000 Mustangs were immediately snapped up by buyers.  The Mustang was named for a World War II fighter plane, and was the first of a type of vehicle that came to be know as a “pony car”.  More than 400,000 Mustangs were sold by Ford in the first year of production – far exceeding any sales expectations.   Over all of these years, and through many evolutions, the final version of the Mustang came off the production line in 2004.  Still in production, there have been over 9 million Mustangs have been sold since the 1st one rolled off the line.    Personally, I love the way Mustangs look – or I love the way the old ones look, but I will NEVER drive another one as long as I live.  I’m not a superstitious person, but seriously, why push it?  I was in two car accidents in my life, in two different Mustangs.  It’s like the moment I got into them to drive, giant magnets inserted themselves into the bumpers, attracting other vehicles to plow into me, causing injury, pain, and a LOT of treatment for a number of years.  I’ll admire them from afar, at car shows and in movies.  It’s enough for me.


Income Tax Pay Day – Since the 15th land on a Sunday, it would normally be the next day, but Monday was a holiday in DC, so Tax Day was moved to today.  I am choosing NOT to go on a rant, since I know all of us will feel the same way anyway . . . and am only going to say that THIS is the day that either our income tax return is due, OR the extension form is due.  Did you get yours done?  I certainly hope so!  As much as all of us DETEST the I.R.S., none of us want them breathing down our necks.


International Haiku Poetry Day – Haiku is an unrhymed, syllabic form of poetry adapted from the Japanese.  Each Haiku is three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables.  Since it is so brief, a haiku is imagistic, specific and what some would say is “pithy”, capturing a single moment in a very few words.  They are actually very easy to write.  Here’s one I just thought up and it took about 30 seconds:

Time ticking towards night

Eyelids closing on their own

It is time for sleep.

I didn’t say it was GOOD, just simple, and besides, it’s true!


Nothing Like a Dame Day – This one is fun!  Intended to bring a bit of sunshine and pizazz into our day, this one celebrates the big, brash, smiling women of the theatre – legends like Carol Channing, Judy Garland and Ethel Merman! I had the pleasure of seeing Carol Channing in Hello Dolly years ago – she was amazing! Grab a feather boa, some long false lashes and sashay around the house while watching old Rogers and Hammerstein movies. Sounds like a fun day!



Pet Owners Independence Day – Do you ever feel a bit of envy for your pet when you head out to work? They get to lay around all day, sleeping, eating, playing with their toys, more sleeping, barking at the mailman, you know – fun stuff (well, maybe except for barking at the mailman part – but to each his/her own!)  This is a silly celebration brought on by the thought of how fun it would be to stay home and do pet stuff while pets went to work to earn a living. It sounds like fun but seriously, I’m betting not a lot of work would be accomplished and the mess to clean up wouldn’t be worth it.  Nice to take a mental break from reality for a few moments though.


Food Celebration of the Day

Malbec World Day – I love a good glass of Malbec, so this is a great one to celebrate today (and any day).  It is celebrated today to commemorate the day with Argentinian President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento made it is mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry. This was back in 1853, and he gave a French soil expert the job of bringing over new vines, and among the ones he brought was Malbec. After experimenting with the adaptation of French varietals with Argentina’s climate and soils, the Malbec flourished, creating wines that are widely superior to those of France! Yep, this is definitely one worth celebrating. I’m sure we have an Argentinian Malbec on the wine wall somewhere. Hubby will know.


National Cheeseball Day – There are Cheese Balls – the dairy product that is a soft ball of cheese covered with chopped nuts that you eat spread on crackers.  Then there are cheese balls that are actually cheese puffs, that crunchy, very salty and fattening treat that is actually quite delicious in limited quantity and only for a rare splurge.  Either one is a good way to celebration National Cheese ball day – so go for one or both to have fun with it.  Cheese balls the snack puffs used to be a big camping treat for the kids . . . until I saw one that they tossed into the bonfire.  It flared up then began to drip fat to the bottom of the pit.  Um . . . gross.  Highly combustible, oil filled crunchy snack that doubles as a fire started just can’t be good for you!  The dairy version of the cheese ball, covered in chopped nuts is something we enjoy during the holidays every year, and is something we always have on the snack table every Thanksgiving.    Little bit of interesting trivia – in 1801, the town of Cheshire, Massachusetts, sent a 1,000-pound cheese ball to the White House as a gift for new President Thomas Jefferson.  That’s a LOT of cheese!  Now, the truth is that a cheese ball made from cream cheese is low carb, and I was already going to make a batch of low-carb crackers tomorrow! Perfect! I may have to make this tonight, along with the crackers, to have with our Malbec!  I’ll still need to plan dinner though.


Well, now I need to plan a meal tonight around a good bottle of Malbec. I’m sure I must have something hanging around in the freezer that would work. I just have to! I’ll MAKE it work!  In the meantime, it’s off to work I go! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!


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