Monday, April 16, 2018

April, the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar

I was surprised to find that today is already the 16th – half way through April.  This month is racing so I figured I’d better let anyone know about the days, weeks and month celebrations.  At least the ones that amuse me the most.

Adopt A Ferret Month   We had a ferret for a while.  Michael was outside watering (we were living in AZ at the time) and a furry creature ran up to the hose, lapped up water and then climbed up his leg and perched on his shoulder.  Nonpulsed, he walked into the house and said – it followed me home – can I keep it?  And, so Carrot the Ferret came to live with us.

Frog Month   What kind of shoes do frogs wear?  Open toad! 

Move More In April    Sponsored by the American Heart Association, we are all encouraged to “Move more to Live more”.  A celebration of physical activity and encouragement to everyone to commit to being more active on a regular basis.

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month  How about “rustic white bread, Boursin and provolone cheeses with roasted tomato and portobello mushrooms” all grilled and gooey with deliciousness.

 National Kite Month   Kite enthusiasts now is the month to get out and fly!  Celebrate the joy and happiness that comes from letting out the line, letting your kite catch the wind, and soar high into the sky. 

National Poetry Month   A time to celebrate poets and their craft. 
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

   and Weeks

Mule Days: 5-8  Log Loading Competition * Log Pulling Competition * Mini Mania Show/Miniature * Donkeys & Mules * Driving Mule Show * Gaited Mule Championship * Pony Mule Pulling * Mule Pulling Championship * Draft Mule Show * Riding Mule Show  I know, we missed it but who knew???

 National Coin Week: 15-21   To honor the role of numismatics in building bridges and promoting unity and reconciliation, "Connecting Cultures: From Many, One"   

 National Dance Week: 20-28   Get out there and DANCE because you can!  And everybody can dance!

International Dark Sky Week: 22-28   Draws attention to the problems associated with light pollution and to protect the night skies for present and future generations.  Turn off the lights and look at the beautiful skies.

 National Tattoo Week: 25-30   Share the passion of ink in one of the oldest art forms

 ….. and Days.  OK, we’ve already missed April Fools (1), Hostess Twinkie Day (6), Jumbo Day (9 – yes the elephant), and Louie, Louie Day (11)

Blah! Blah! Blah! Day: 17   “I just read this interesting article about gluten,” “(Sports team) just beat (sports team),” “But I just took out the garbage the other day,” “Happy anniversary, what time did you make the reservation for at that fancy new restaurant I told you about that books up weeks in advance?” or “Are you listening to me? What did I just say?”

 Earth Day: 22  “From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. End Plastic Pollution”

Talk Like Shakespeare Day: 23   Substitute thou, thee and ye for you and they. Try rhyming couplets and creative insults.  Perchance did thou knowest ’tis Shakespeare Day?

Arbor Day: 27   Get out there and care for your natural environment. It's a time for people to get their hands in the dirt and plant and/or care for trees, bushes and plants.

National Hairball Awareness Day: 27    Yep, everyone should be aware of hairballs!

 National Herb Day:28   Any plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities 

Bugs Bunny Day: 30   “Bugs Bunny developed into one of America’s most popular characters during World War II, and has maintained that status over the following seven decades. Since his first appearance, Bugs Bunny has appeared in full-length motion pictures, prime-time specials, and over 175 animated shorts.”  What’s up Doc!

Take care

Oh and one more very important day