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06/02/2024

THOUGHTS FOR A SUNDAY - 2 JUNE 2024

Hi Everyone! Hope this finds you well and you had a good week. Hard to believe it's June and we are halfway through 2024. We had some beautiful weather the past few days.

I had a quiet week as I settled back into daily life after vacation. I caught up on the laundry and organized a few things. Believe it or not I did not take any naps. I did try to nap last Sunday afternoon, but I guess I tried too hard as I did not sleep.

Putting together a little angel earlier this week (at least partially), reminded me of the arts/crafts or hobbies I tried over the years. I don't know about you, but I have been through a few; not sure if I got bored or realized I did not have the patience or talent for many of them. Since I can't draw a straight line with a ruler that rules out quite a few things. I worked on latch hook rugs, jigsaw puzzles (had several framed), stencils (on wood and plastic bins), knitting and crocheting, writing/journaling, etc. For each one I had many supplies which eventually I gave away. Now, I can chuckle at all what I've done through the years. I realized I would become obsessed with something and go whole hog into supplies and such and then give it all away. I have ideas about arts/crafts and now pass them on to the professionals so to speak. Not sure if my hands will ever be ready for detailed work again so I'll stick to writing blogs for now. Reading has been the one constant since childhood so I guess that's one thing I don't get bored with. I still enjoy cooking and trying some new recipes or ideas just not overly extravagant. What have you done in the arts/crafts or hobbies realm and are you still doing it?

Health wise I seem to be doing a little better every day. I'm moving a bit easier. I do know if I'm up and about quite a bit one day, I need some down time the next day. My labs show some stabilization in my numbers and for now my meds will stay the same. I have a couple of appointments coming up so hopefully it will continue to be good news.

I had a lovely time yesterday celebrating a friend's 82nd birthday. His family had a small open house and it was a fun time. His grandson could not believe how long I've known the family and I shared a few funny stories about his dad and uncle. I caught up with some former workmates, some of whom I have not seen in over 30 years.

This past week I finished reading: "BEFORE WE WERE INNOCENT" - Ella Berman (Reese's Book Club selection). A teenage tragedy impacts those involved 10 years later. "THE BITTER TASTE OF MURDER" - Camilla Trinchieri. Part of the Tuscan Mystery series.

The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about (there are always more things about each day that are not listed here, but it's so interesting to google "whats important about ...) :

June 2
Frozen Yogurt Day – first Sunday in June
National Bubba Day
National Rocky Road Day

June 3
National Egg Day
Repeat Day (I said “Repeat Day”)
World Bicycle Day

June 4
Applesauce Cake Day
Hug Your Cat Day
National Cheese Day
Old Maid’s Day

June 5
Hot Air Balloon Day
World Environment Day

June 6
D-Day, WWII
Moonshine Day – The first Thursday in June.
National Gardening Exercise Day– Get out and exercise with your plants.
National Yo-Yo Day

June 7
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
National Doughnut Day is always the first Friday in June
VCR Day

June 8
Best Friends Day
Name Your Poison Day
World Ocean Day

I will leave it here for today. The sun is up so it's time to get the day started. Hope you have a good week. Take care. Marie

"COME OUT HERE WHERE THE ROSES HAVE OPENED. LET SOUL AND WORLD MEET." - Rumi

"THE YEARS TEACH MUCH WHICH THE DAYS NEVER KNEW." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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05/26/2024

THOUGHTS FOR A SUNDAY - 26 MAY 2024

Hi Everyone! Hope you are well and you had a good week. Hope you are enjoying a long weekend as the unofficial start of summer is upon us. We had a few loud thunderstorms last night with some very bright lightning.

This is Memorial Day weekend - Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags. Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. Memorial Day is not just a time to remember those who have died in service to our country; it is a time to reflect on the principles they fought to protect.

I had a very good week. I celebrated my birthday at a lunch with my Minnesota family - they call me the Boston Sistah or East Coast Auntie. We continued our road trip as we did a little touring around St. Paul to visit Rice Park where there are several bronzed Peanuts characters as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Herb Brooks. I was blessed by a homeless man although I had not a cent on me at the moment we crossed paths. We went to downtown Minneapolis where the bronzed Mary Tyler Moore statue sits. We left Minnesota on Tuesday as we headed toward home. We were able to see stop and visit with friends in two separate places. Our goal was to be home before the crazy travelers of this weekend and we made it.

Our GPS route took us a bit differently so we experienced some of the backroads of Maryland and West Virginia - it is set for no tolls, but I don't think we said no highways. I believe we went through sections of West Virginia at least three times. We came around one curve and I had seen a sign about firefighter fundraising up ahead. Well, they are genius in their own way as they put up orange cones so you have to slow down and firefighters are standing in the middle on both sides with their boot for a collection. We did make it home about 3:30 on Friday and avoided most of the getaway traffic from this area. Trip details and pictures have been posted on my personal FB page.

Overall my health continues to improve. The pain and inflammation continue to decrease. I was able to drive a good deal as I continually flexed my hands and feet (one of them). I can't believe I have not had a nap in two weeks although there was a day or two where I felt some tiredness. Today may end that streak...LOL! My BFF says when I went to bed in the hotel I wrapped myself like a burrito and just conked out! I don't always hydrate enough when traveling so been trying make up for that since we got home.

Believe it or not I did not finish any reading this past week. Spent the last two evening catching up on shows from the DVR.

The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about (there are always more things about each day that are not listed here, but it's so interesting to google "whats important about ...) :

May 26
Blueberry Cheesecake Day
National Paper Airplane Day
Sally Ride Day

May 27
Memorial Day – The last Monday of the month.
National Cellophane Tape Day
Sun Screen Day

May 28
Amnesty International Day
National Hamburger Day
World Hunger Day

May 29
Learn About Composting Day
National Paperclip Day
World Otter Day – the last Wednesday in May

May 30
International Jazz Day _ May International holidays are a musical treat.
Mint Julep Day
Water a Flower Day

May 31
Flip Flop Day – Friday after Memorial Day
International Space Day – The last Friday in May.
National Macaroon Day
Save Your Hearing Day
World No To***co Day

June 2024 Holidays - Monthly Celebrations

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
Aquarium Month
Candy Month
Dairy Month
Effective Communications Month
Fight the Filthy Fly Month
Gay and Le***an Pride Month
Great Outdoors Month
National Accordion Awareness Month
National Adopt a Cat Month
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
National Iced Tea Month
Rose Month
Turkey Lovers Month

Weekly Events in June

Fishing Week, Week 1
Email Week, Week 2
Flag Week – the week that Flag day falls on
Lightning Safety Week – Last full week of Month
National Flag Week – the Week of Flag Day on June 14
National Gardening Week – First full week of month

June 1
Dare Day
Flip a Coin Day
National Trails Day – the first Saturday in June
World Milk Day

I am leaving it here for today. I am cooking a few meals today to get life back on track. I marinated ribs overnight and will slow cook them today. I will also make a casserole or two. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell

"Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored." - Daniel Webster

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05/19/2024

THOUGHTS FOR A SUNDAY - 19 MAY 2024

Hi Everyone! Hope this finds you well and you had a good week. Writing this morning from Blaine, Minnesota where it's partly sunny. We've had a couple of absolutely gorgeous days here, but rain due in later and we will be in it for the next few days. Also, Happy Birthday to me!!!

Yes, I turn 66 today and I'm ever so grateful and blessed. Sometimes I can't believe I've made it thus far. I've had some crazy accidents and adventures over the years with the aches and pains to prove it. So far my health is on the upswing and now to work on gaining some strength and endurance. I'm hoping I am older and wiser, but you never know.

We started our road trip Wednesday with the destination being Blaine as we attended a Celebration of Life yesterday for my BFF's brother-in-law who passed in the fall of 2023. He was an avid fisherman and the family wanted to include the fishing community and the season starts next week. We heard a few good fishing stories and memories about the man. I also got to see many of my BFF's family and shared many laughs - my Minnesota sisters and brothers are hysterical when they get together.

The road trip itself to here went very well. Most of the construction was minimal, but it was horrible on the roads headed in the opposite direction. We are definitely not heading back the same way we traveled here. It's the characters you run into along the way that make life most fun. We stopped at a mom/pop restaurant for lunch and as we approached I said, it will either be full of old people or truck drivers. Well, I was only half right, there were a few older people (including us), but many young people and working professionals. This roadside restaurant has been about since the 1970s (so it must be good to last that long). The older man who seated us and brought us water was the owner. The waitresses were the type who had worked there a very long time, they yelled back and forth and into the kitchen. I got the giggles as the dishwasher/busman came out of the kitchen and he was a sight to see. He had two trash bags tied at the shoulders and draped like a toga. He was keeping himself dry, but I was not the only one that giggled as I saw a few others. I took a picture from the back and it will be part of the album I create as a memory. By the way, food was delicious and the milkshakes yummy!

We'll see what we can drum up for stories on the way back east. We are here for a couple more days and then we will head out. We have plans to see a few people on the way back and see a few attractions. We are doing our selfie pictures of the day, but an album will be done at the end of this road trip.

This past week I finished reading: "CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS A NOVEL OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE" by Denny S. Bryce and Eliza Knight. A good and interesting read.

The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about (there are always more things about each day that are not listed here, but it's so interesting to google "whats important about ...) :

May 19
Boy’s Club Day
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
World Baking Day – The third Sunday in May.
World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day

May 20
Amelia Earhart Day
Be a Millionaire Day – Now, we all can go for that.
Pick Strawberries Day
Victoria Day (Canada) – Monday preceding the 25th

May 21
National Memo Day
National Waiters and Waitresses Day

May 22
Buy a Musical Instrument Day
National Maritime Day
World Goth Day

May 23
Lucky Penny Day
National Taffy Day
World Turtle Day

May 24
Don’t Fry Friday – Friday before Memorial Day
International Tiara Day
National Escargot Day

May 25
Brown Bag It Day
Missing Children’s Day
National Towel Day – in the UK
National Wine Day
Tap Dance Day

I'm leaving it here for today. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie

"BE THE BEST OF WHATEVER YOU ARE." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"DO ANYTHING, BUT LET IT PRODUCE JOY." - Henry Miller

"THE SOUL IS STRONGER THAN ITS SURROUNDINGS." - William James

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05/12/2024

THOUGHTS FOR A SUNDAY - 12 MAY 2024

Hi Everyone! Hope you are well and you had a good week. Our weather was up and down over the week with a thunderstorm or two thrown in. I did see lots of pictures online of a double rainbow over the area and although not as close beautiful pictures of the northern lights. Happy Mother's Day!

I had a good week, did not go out a lot, but was able to catch up on a few things. The last Covid booster I received really knocked my system for a loop. I felt a bit tired and fluish the beginning of the week. I did get through the week with only one nap...major accomplishment right there. So for some it might have been a bit boring, but for me it felt right.

My stiffness and inflammation are moving in the right direction so I was able to get a few things done that have been on my mind for a bit. I spent a couple of afternoons sitting with a friend who had surgery and is on the mend.

I visited with my former client yesterday. I brought her favorite cookies and flowers. The alarm was going off in her entry lobby which means internal phone system and internal door could not be opened remotely. A neighbor who recognized me, let me in. That alarm sounded quite a bit when I was a regular in the building and it seems to still be giving them trouble. Luckily, it was not the fire alarm. Although we had a good visit she gets upset that I don't come by more often. I know it's because she's lonely and bored, but I just can't. After I left her place, I then had a visit with friends in a different part of the same community.

I received a beautiful flower bouquet from my sister and family. So pretty to look at every day. I forget sometimes how flowers can brighten up a room.

This past week I finished reading: "SOMEWHERE SAFE WITH SOMEONE GOOD," "COME RAIN OR COME SHINE," and "TO BE WHERE YOU ARE" - Jan Karon - books 12, 13 and 14 of The Mitford Series. This was such a good series, I almost did not want to end. There are a few companion books, but I will not be reading those. This was a good break from the murder and mayhem I usually read.

The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about (there are always more things about each day that are not listed here, but it's so interesting to google "whats important about ...) :

May 12
Fatigue Syndrome Day
International Nurses Day
Lilac Sunday second Sunday in May
Limerick Day
Mother’s Day second Sunday in May

May 13
Frog Jumping Day
International Hummus Day
Leprechaun Day
National Apple Pie Day

May 14
Dance Like a Chicken Day
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

May 15
National Chocolate Chip Day
National Slider Day
Police Officer’s Memorial Day

May 16
Endangered Species Day
Love a Tree Day
National Bike to Work Day
National Mimosa Day
Wear Purple for Peace Day
Sea Monkey Day

May 17
National Walnut Day
Pack Rat Day

May 18
International Museum Day
No Dirty Dishes Day
Visit Your Relatives Day
Armed Forces Day – third Saturday of the month

I am leaving it here for today. As I said it was a slow week without much happening. I may even go back to bed for a bit as it's still early. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie

"MAY YOUR CHOICES REFLECT YOUR HOPES, NOT YOUR FEARS." - Nelson Mandela

"MAY YOUR FAITH BE UNWAVERING, YOUR DETERMINATION UNYIELDING, AND YOUR DREAMS UNSTOPPABLE." - Rachel Hollis

"MAY YOUR WORDS BE FILLED WITH KINDNESS, FOR THEY HAVE THE POWER TO HEAL AND UPLIFT." - Megan Madonna

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05/05/2024

THOUGHTS FOR A SUNDAY - 5 MAY 2024

Hi Everyone! Hope this finds you well and you had a good week. Well we definitely had a touch of summer this past week. Although we did not turn the central AC on, we did turn on the ductless split pack upstairs and it cooled the whole house enough. Back to spring temps and rain for a bit. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

When my week started with a stumble Monday morning I thought is this an omen for the week?...but it was not. I was not hurt and so glad no one saw. I am a walking klutz and need to remember to lift my feet all the time, not just some time. Overall, my week was quiet and restful. I finally delivered some items from my closets to a local place - always glad when some one else can make use. Also, pleased to see some space in my car. Perhaps this week a few more things will be looked at and sorted.

I had a Covid booster as I was notified via my health care portal I was overdue. I did receive confirmation from my primary doctor's office before I went. Turns out for people of a certain age it was recommended earlier this year a booster be given. I don't remember reading anything about it, but as I want to keep up-to-date with any vaccines I went. This one left me with flu like feelings and very tired for a couple of days. I definitely needed a nap or two.

I had a fantastic massage. I feel it is really helping with my joint issues. I also noticed as some of the inflammation has gone down that some of my old aches are returning...guess that's a good thing. The rheumatoid arthritis Dr concurred my blood tests are definitely showing improvement with the inflammation markers. Keeping fingers crossed I keep going in the right direction.

This past week I finished reading: "LIGHT FROM HEAVEN;" "HOME TO HOLLY SPRINGS;" and "IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS" - Jan Karon - books 9, 10, and 11 of the Mitford Series. Only a few left in this wonderful series. I'm one of those people who finds when there is a series, I have to have the whole thing and read it in order if at all possible. I think that's why my to be read pile continues to grow so rapidly.

The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about (there are always more things about each day that are not listed here, but it's so interesting to google "whats important about ...) :

May 5
Cartoonist Day
Cinco de Mayo
National Hoagie Day
Oyster Day

May 6
Beverage Day
National Tourist Appreciation Day
National Nurses Day
No Diet Day

May 7
National Paste Up Day
National Teacher’s Day – Tuesday of the first full week of May
Tourism Day

May 8
Iris Day
National Outdoor In*******se Day
National Receptionist Day is the second Wednesday in May
No Socks Day
School Nurses Day is the Wednesday during Nurse’s Week
V-E Day
World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day

May 9
Lost Sock Memorial Day
Tear the Tags of the Mattress Day

May 10
Child Care Provider Day or Daycare Provider Day – Friday before Mother’s Day
Clean up Your Room Day
Military Spouses Day is the Friday before Mother’s Day

May 11
Birth Mother’s Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day
Eat What You Want Day
Hanging Flower Baskets Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day
International Migratory Bird Day is the second Saturday in May
National Babysitters Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day
National Train Day– Saturday closest to May 10th
Twilight Zone Day
Windmill Day – the second Saturday in May

A huge shoutout to my friend Margaret who celebrates a birthday this week - Happy Birthday!

I will leave it here for today. It's almost sunrise although here I won't see it through the rain. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie

Sayings from fortune cookies this past week:

"YOU WILL HAVE MANY FRIENDS WHEN YOU NEED THEM."

"YOUR BEST CHOICE WILL BE THE WISEST TO FOLLOW AT THIS TIME."

04/28/2024

THOUGHTS FOR A SUNDAY - 28 APRIL 2024

Hi Everyone! Hope you are well and you had a good week. Can't believe it's the last Sunday of April. The trees and bushes are blooming and the pollen is flying. We are supposed to have a touch of summer for the next day or two with temps in the 80s and possibly up to 90.

I had a good week overall. I decided to tackle Costco Monday morning as a way to get some walking in and I have not been in the place since pre-Covid. I knew I would have a cart for support as I walked. My BFF went with me and we went as it opened. I did pretty well and walked most of the store. Of course, we spent more than we expected, but it was all stuff we needed...LOL! I was tired when we got home, but felt pretty good.

Believe it or not I think the medicine is kicking in and my body feels like it is starting to heal. The inflammation has been a bit less and the joints are moving a little better. As I had to have lab work and a new prescription, I let the doctor know I was feeling about 75% improvement. When I looked at the test results I could see the markers were definitely on the better side for a change. I think my hands will be the last part to improve, but I'm headed in the right direction. For me, the methotrexate seems to be working and so far no side effects...but that's why I'm monitored closely. I still get a bit tired so although I'm not napping everyday, I'll still conk out a few days a week.

Before I was ill, I slept with a top sheet and lightweight comforter (once in a great while a small fleece blanket at the bottom of the bed in case my feet got cold in winter. Early last year, I have added a folded fleece blanket about halfway up the bed and then a heavy duty quilt as I'm always very cold when I go to bed. I am cocooned quite nicely under that pile. We'll see with the external temperatures going up and my body healing if my sleep habits change again.

I had a wonderful long lunch yesterday with a friend I have not seen in at least 10 years. I worked with her mom many years ago. We got caught up on family, health, and life in general. She did not know about my health issues so got all that in. We picked a restaurant on the quieter side so we could sit for a bit. It was lovely to see her and we agreed to not wait so long before the next one.

During the past week I finished reading: "A NEW SONG;" "A COMMON LIFE;" "IN THIS MOUNTAIN;" and "SHEPHERDS ABIDING" by Jan Karon - books 5, 6, 7, and 8 of the Mitford series. Such a good easy read.

The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about (there are always more things about each day that are not listed here, but it's so interesting to google "whats important about ...) :

April 28
International Astronomy Day
Great Poetry Reading Day
Kiss Your Mate Day – guys, do not forget this one. Kiss her, then read her some poetry.

April 29
Greenery Day
International Dance Day
National Shrimp Scampi Day
National Zipper Day

April 30
Hairstyle Appreciation Day
Honesty Day
International Jazz Day
National Raisin Day
National Mahjong Day

MAY MONTHLY HOLIDAYS - MONTHLY CELEBRATIONS

Asian American Month
Date Your Mate Month
Foster Care Month
Gifts from the Garden Month
Lupus Awareness Month
Mystery Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bike Month
National Blood Pressure Month
National Hamburger Month
National Photograph Month
National Recommitment Month
National Salad Month
Older Americans Month
Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Salsa Month

MAY WEEKLY EVENTS

Be Kind to Animals Week -First full week of the month
Nurse’s Week – first full week of the month
Wildflower Week – week two
National Bike Week – third week
National Police Week – third week of the month
Emergency Medical Services Week – fourth week of the month

May 1
Bike to School Day – First Wednesday in May
Hawaiian Lei Day
Loyalty Day
May Day
Mother Goose Day
Save the Rhino Day

May 2
Baby Day
Brothers and Sisters Day
National Day of Prayer – the first Thursday in May

May 3
Garden Meditation Day
International Tuba Day – first Friday in May
Lumpy Rug Day
Space Day – first Friday in May
World Press Freedom Day

May 4
Bird Day
Free Comic Book Day – first Saturday in May
Herb Day – first Saturday in May
Kentucky Derby Day – first Saturday in May
National Candied Orange Peel Day
National Fitness Day – first Saturday in May
Renewal Day
Star Wars Day

I am leaving it here for today. The sky is light and it's almost sunrise. I guess I'll get the day started. I hope you have a good week where you are. Take care. Chat soon. Marie

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn

04/21/2024

THOUGHTS FOR A SUNDAY - 21 APRIL 2024

Hi Everyone! Hope this finds you well and you had a good week. Back to normal timing of the blog this week. I'm still basking in the love and joy of my vacation, although I was a bit tired most of the week. Believe it or not I went two weeks without a nap and took a long one the other day.

Overall my week went very well as I caught up on laundry, picked up a prescription, and spent time with a friends. As is spring, our weather was a bit up and down, but thank goodness for allergy medicine as the pollen was everywhere.

A funny story I forgot to tell you last week...I got pulled over for speeding coming south bound from the Delaware Bridge heading into the toll booth. I don't know why I did not slow down a bit more, but I was keeping up with traffic. I saw the trooper on the side of the road and suddenly he pulled in directly behind me as I exited the toll booth. I pulled over right away. He was a nice young man who advised me I was being filmed. He advised me the speed limit on the bridge was 50 and slows down to 20 as you enter the toll booth area. I just looked at him nicely and said I did not realize it slowed down to 20. He indicated he knows no one slows down that much and he's instructed to stop at 60 and over. I again looked at him and he said, the person if front of you was going 58 and I clocked you at 61. I said OH! I said I guess I'm getting my first traffic ticket. He said not necessarily. He took my license and insurance card and went back to his vehicle with a warning to stay in my car. As I watched traffic zoom by I thought no way I'm getting out on this road. He returned about 10 minutes later with a Warning and advised me the speed limit for this particular road until it merges with 95 south. I was very grateful and humble. Believe me when I say, I did not go over 54 miles per hour until I was on 95. I saw another trooper or two on the way to 95 and I kept thinking they are probably watching for me....I know a little paranoid, but kept myself in check. Boy was I lucky!

I had a wonderful lunch with friends at a local place - new to me. We had not seen one friend in many years as we were under the impression she moved out of the country and stopped keeping in touch. She thought we moved out of state. So miscommunication all around. We had great catch-up time and now will make attempts to keep-in touch more often.

I had a fantabulous massage with a different therapist as mine was out with the flu. Awesome experience as my bones and muscles were really compressed after traveling for the past couple of weeks. I think the massages have really helped with my joint pain and stiffness. My chiropractor has also been extremely helpful along the way.

I finished reading: "A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW"; "THESE HIGH, GREEN HILLS"; and "OUT TO CANAAN" - Books 2, 3, and 4 of the Mitford series by Jan Karon. These books are quirky and fun.

The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about (there are always more things about each day that are not listed here, but it's so interesting to google "whats important about ...) :

April 21
Kindergarten Day

April 22
Earth Day (U.S.)
Girl Scout Leader Day
National Jelly Bean Day
Passover begins at sundown – the date varies

April 23
Lover’s Day
English Muffin Day
National Picnic Day
National Zucchini Bread Day – they hold this at a time when you are not sick of all that zucchini.
Take a Chance Day
World Laboratory Day

April 24
Administrative Professionals Day (Executive Admin’s Day, Secretary’s Day) – date varies
Pig in a Blanket Day

April 25
East Meets West Day
National DNA Day
Take Your Daughter to Work 4th Thursday in April
World Penguin Day

April 26
Arbor Day – last Friday of the month
Hug an Australian Day
National Pretzel Day
Richter Scale Day

April 27
Babe Ruth Day
Morse Code Day
National Prime Rib Day
National Teach Children to Save Day – the date in April changes every year
Tell a Story Day

I am leaving it here for today. I'm actually cooking today which always gets me going. I guess I'll get the day started as sunrise will be soon. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie

“The only approval you need is your own.” — Amanda Gorman.

“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.” — Maya Angelou.

04/14/2024

THOUGHTS FOR A SUNDAY - 14 APRIL 2024

Hi Everyone! Hope you are well and had a good week. Late blog today as I was on the road traveling from Massachusetts back to Virginia. I am glad I left at 5:30 this morning as I got through many of the normal bottlenecks without any issues. It took about 7 hours to return today vice the 11 hours it took heading up. But I will say the Beltway traffic here was worse on both sides than a New York rush hour. WOW there was a lot of traffic.

I had a wonderful vacation visiting family and friends. My kids (2 nephews and 1 niece) are all grown up and working adults. We had a fun dinner celebrating Brian's birthday, visited Melanie at the restaurant where she works, and got to see Shamus' home. Got lots of dog love from both houses and I remembered that I left the big box of treats I ordered special at home in my closet. Guess I'll be at the Post Office this week mailing dog treats. Its so weird to think of my kids as adults who work, own cars and can take their auntie out for a meal and have real conversations. I feel old...LOL!

I made it to Martha's Vineyard which has been on my list for a long time. When I was growing up, we went to the Cape as most working families did...only those with money went to the Vineyard. Guess I wanted to see what the fascination is all about. We took the ferry over and left the car on the mainland. They have a wonderful bus system that takes you all over. I'm not too sure my sister appreciated being called a senior, but in some circles she is. Most of the Vineyard is not open yet for the season (opens this week), but we were able to find good meals, good bakery and good places to walk and see the view. The best weather of my vacation was on the Vineyard. Only needed a jacket at night. My sister and I have not spent time alone in quite a while so we had some good conversations. Still not a place I'd want to visit during the season.

I'm happy to report that while on Martha's Vineyard I walked quite a bit. One day I walked over 3 miles including steps (hotel does not have elevator) and second day I walked almost 3 miles. I will admit I was hurting a bit, but kept on going as much as I could.

The one thing about vacation is sometimes it goes by too quickly. I still did not see everyone I wanted, but gives me an excuse for another visit. I definitely know next June I'll be visiting as there is a high school reunion to celebrate all years before the school closed.

I must have been really busy as I only finished one book (I brought 7): "AT HOME IN MITFORD" by Jan Karon - this is book one of a series. Story resolves around a rector in a small town - humorous with a few scandals thrown in.

The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about (there are always more things about each day that are not listed here, but it's so interesting to google "whats important about ...) :

April 14
Ex Spouse Day
International Moment of Laughter Day
Look up at the Sky Day – don’t you have anything better to do?
National Dolphin Day
National Pecan Day
Reach as High as You Can Day

April 15
Income Taxes Due (most years, it’s on the 15th)
Patriot’s Day – third Monday of the month
Rubber Eraser Day
Take a Wild Guess Day
That Sucks Day
Titanic Remembrance Day
World Art Day

April 16
Bean Counter Day
Eggs Benedict Day
Mushroom Day
National Librarian Day
National Orchid Day
Save the Elephant Day
Stress Awareness Day – the first workday after U.S. taxes are due

April 17
Bat Appreciation Day
Blah, Blah, Blah Day
Herbalist Day
International Haiku Poetry Day
National Cheeseball Day

April 18
International Juggler’s Day – also applies to multi-tasking office workers
National High Five Day third Thursday
Newspaper Columnists Day
Pet Owners’ Independence Day

April 19
National Garlic Day
National Hanging Out Day

April 20
Chinese Language Day
Husband Appreciation Day – third Saturday in April
Look Alike Day
Record Store Day – third Saturday in April
Volunteer Recognition Day
World Circus Day – third Saturday in April

I am leaving it here for today. I hope you got your taxes done! Time to relax and unwind for a bit. Take care. Chat soon. Marie

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