Wednesday, May 30, 2012

National Water A Flower Day

May 30th is always National Water A Flower Day so in honor of that I thought I would post this!


Look at the photo really close.
What do you see?
One of my chores for the day was to plant my Mandevilla vine that I brought with me from the house in Florida. I've had it in a pot for weeks just waiting for time to get it planted. Well as always my pets like to help me with all my chores and today my cat Panther decided it was his turn to give me a helping paw.

I dug the hole for the plant and he was right in the middle of digging with me. I moved him out of my way so I could put the plant in the hole and started packing the plant in. Panther walked around all on top of the plant helping me pack it in too. I told him thank you then lifted him off the plant and grabbed my trusty cel-phone so I could snap a few shots to send to my family on facebook. Then I watered my plant in.

To my surprise when I posted the photo on facebook I saw it. Yep.... I didn't even notice what he was doing at the time but as I looked over the posted photos I saw his stream.  Yes I did say "stream." Panther thought it was a good idea to peee in my soil. I guess he was doing his part at watering the flowers.

Well I hope this brightens your day on National Water A Flower Day. Now I hope you go and water a flower too. Happy Water A Flower Day everyone!

Oh... and just so you know.... today is also "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Day."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Today I Paint

I just wanted to share with you what my project has been for the last 3 days.
My brother Eddie is a woodworker and every year he builds the props for the bible school theme at church. This year he's building an airplane for the kids to sit in and get their picture taken. No it's not a real airplane. It's just a prop but he sure did a good job on it just the same. 


My job was to paint the black stripes: 
We wanted it to look like a bee so stripes it had to beeee. It's been so hot outside till we actually hooked up fans to blow on us while we worked. I stepped in ants once. That's what I get for painting outside barefooted. I spilt paint on my pants once and dipped my sandwich in the bucket of paint once. That's why you should never have a sandwich in one hand and a paint bucket in the other. giggle~ what can I say..........


Now most of my readers know 
I moved back into the house I was raised in. When that happened I also became my brothers neighbor. LOL! When you end up your brothers neighbor, you end up helping him on all his fun projects too. Especially when his shop is right beside you. wink~ Hey how-ah-bout that..... you can see my house in the background.


Well that's what my project was for today
It took him weeks to build the plane but it only took 3 days to paint it. My great nieces painted the bright yellow, my brother lined up the painters tape and I painted the black stripes. It's been a long time since I've worked on a project with my brother since I lived in another state but helping him paint reminded me how fun it was when we had a craft store many years ago.


Ceiling fan blades:
You can't see it in the photos but he used ceiling fan blades to make the propeller. giggle~ This cracked me up! He fixed it so it would spin too. How much fun it's going to be for the kids to go to bible school and see this fun prop. Great job brother!








National Coq au Vin Day

There are many reasons to celebrate and did you know our calendar observes a National Coq au Vin Day? Roosters cooked in wine are the main course on May 29th but you can enjoy this great recipe on any day of the year. Replace rooster for hen if you like.


Today I wanted to talk about Coq au Vin in honor of National Coq au Vin Day. They say this is a French recipe that ends up like a stew. I don't know if it's considered a stew or not, I just know I love the recipe. 

It's made with chicken, carrots, mushrooms and onions. You know the staple foods in stews. Now that I think about it... there's no potatoes in this recipe which is also a staple for stews. This recipe is made with the whole pieces of chicken instead of chunks of chicken like a normal stew is made. Hummmm so is it a stew or not? What do you think?

Anyway I love to make this recipe in the winter when it's cold. Mainly because I slowlyyyy stew it for a long time and it just gets the house to hot in the summer time. I know the recipe says to cook it for 90 minutes but like most of us cooks we adjust the recipe to suit. Now one of the reasons I love this recipe is because you have to fry the chicken first. I know what your thinking. That means the dish is going to take a bit of time to make but it's worth the wait I promise. I have the recipe on my website if you would like to go check out the ingredients. Recipe Here

The spice Asafoetida is used in this recipe but I never add it. I had to go to my herb dictionary and wiki to find out some spice facts about it and ended up just using leeks. 
It says "(also known as devil's dungstinking gumasantfood of the godsgiant fennelJowani badianhing and ting) is the dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the living underground rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula, which is a perennial herb (1 to 1.5 m high). The species is native to the mountains of Afghanistan, and is mainly cultivated in nearbyIndia. Asafoetida has a pungent, unpleasant smell when raw, but in cooked dishes, it delivers a smooth flavor, reminiscent of leeks.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Good Morning Monday, May 28

Side patio at 7:00am / Lucy dog loves the morning too.
Good Morning Monday and Happy Memorial Day! 

It's just going to be me, Lucy dog & my cats today because hubby has to work. But even though we're not going to be able to grill out in honor of Memorial Day, it's still going to be a wonderful day. Look out gallon of turtle tracks ice cream here I come!
I snapped a photo of the patio at 7:00am this morning. As you can see this is where I spend a lot of my time working on my laptop. The sun was already beautiful even at 7:00am.

Shout - Out: Today before I start talking about the holidays I would like to give a shout-out to Trisha Faye over at her blog (http://trishafaye.wordpress.com/) Yesterday she listed 7 blogs that she enjoyed reading and she was nice enough to list us as one of the 7. Thank you for your kindness.
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Here's what's happening on the Holiday front. Have a wonderful day everyone
Today is:
  • Armed Forces Day (Croatia)
  • Downfall of the Derg Day, a National Day. (Ethiopia)
  • Flag Day (Philippines)
  • Republic Day (Nepal)
  • Republic Day, celebrates the declaration of independence of the Democratic Republic of Armenia and the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic in 1918. (Azerbaijan and Armenia)
  • National Brisket Day
  • Memorial Day May 28 for 2012
    Memorial Day is a day set aside to commemorate the brave hearts who laid down their lives for the nation. It's time to get together and remember the fallen heroes, their valor and pay tribute to the living legends. Reach out to your family, friends and loved ones with Memorial Day ecards filled with pride, warmth and togetherness..
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A look ahead: 
Father's Day  (June-17)
Dad loves you and guides you each and every day. Today it's your turn to show how much you love him. Express your love with warm Father's Day ecardsand make him feel really special.
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Best Friends Day  (June-8)
Reach out to your coolest pal with fun and cute Best Friends Day ecards. Say how much he/ she means to you and thank him/ her for always being there. Surprise your friend with your warmest wish and make this Best Friends Day a truly special one for him/ her.
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May Flowers  (May)
The May Flowers are lily of the valley and hawthorn. Celebrate these beautiful blooms of summer. Sendwarm floral ecards from our site to your friends/ family/ loved ones to make their days bloom with joy.
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Graduation  (May - June)
It's Graduation! It's time to congratulate your friend/ son/ daughter/ bro/ sis/ loved one who has graduated. Tell him/her how proud you are of them.  Send Greetings!
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Shavuot  (May 26 - 28)
It's Shavuot! So celebrate the holiday of the first fruits and giving of the ten commandments. Get into the festive spirit and enjoy. Send warm and heartfelt ecards from our site to wish your friends/ family/ loved ones a wonderful festival. Send Greetings!
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Hey, National Doughnut Day is here! So savor the sweet and yummy taste of donuts. Send cute and yummy ecards from our site to wish your loved ones 'fun-taste-tic' days ahead.  Free Greeting!
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Hey, it's International Children's Day! Time to have loads of fun with all the kids you know. Enjoy the day and wish them "Happy Children's Day" with cute International Children's Day ecards!Send Free Greetings!
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Rose Month  (June)
It's Rose Month! Spread the joy and love that awaits in the petals of each...Send a free Greeting!
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Love Conquers All Day  (June-3)
It's Love Conquers All Day! It's the day for romance. So dedicate the day to the one you love. Send your sweetheart romantic ecards to make him/ her feel really special...Send Free Greetings!
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Full Moon Day  (June-4)
Hey, it's Full Moon Day! Time to be romantic with your sweetheart with the moon glowing at its brightest in the sky. Don't forget to send a romantic ecard to your love.  Send a free greeting! June 4 celebrates the full moon but here are the dates for the actual full moon.
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Hug Your Cat Day  (June-4)
Hey, it's Hug Your Cat Day! So pick up your cute little kitty and give him/her a big hug. Make your pet cat feel really special. Send cute and warm ecards to wish your near and dear ones a whole lot of fun with their cats... Send a Greeting
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Ice Cream Day  (June-8)
Hey, it's Ice Cream Day... The perfect time to enjoy large scoops of the yummy ice creams. Send cute ecards to your friends/ family/ sweetheart/ loved ones to wish them a chill out time. Free Greeting

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ProfessYour Love Day  (June 9)
It's Profess Your Love Day! So tell your sweetheart what you feel and make it a magical day for him/ her.Send cute and romantic ecards to make your loved one feel really special.

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It's Red Rose Festival!   (June 10)
So celebrate the pretty blooms and say what you feel with lovely roses.Send beautiful and warm ecards to your friends/ family/ loved ones/ sweetheart and wish a festival blooming with joy.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Bike To Work Day

The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 14 to 18, 2012 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 18, 2012.

Bike-to-Work Day is an annual event held on various days in the Spring across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. Leading up to Bike-to-Work Day, national, regional, and local bicycle advocacy groups encourage people to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving by providing route information and tips for new bicycle commuters. On Bike-to-Work Day, these groups often organize bicycle-related events, and in some areas, pit stops along bicycle routes with snacks.
Bike-to-Work Day was originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 and is a part of Bike-to-Work Week, which is in turn part of National Bike Month.

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References

  1. ^ "The Wire - Seacoast rides". "The League of American Bicyclists organized the first Bike to Work Day in 1956."
  2.  / wikipedia

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