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Monday, May 27, 2019

On May 5, 1868 General John A. Logan gave an order that all should take note of.

  • "The 30th of May, 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the grass of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land...."

On the last Monday of May a great memorial for all those that have passed are honored. The day was originally set aside to honor the Northern Civil War soldiers that died. Since the beginning the day has been adapted to include fallen soldiers of any war.

Waterloo New York hosted the first Memorial day on May 5, 1866. Henry Welles a pharmacist in Waterloo New York spoke to veteran's organizations regarding graves of the dead being decorated. Decoration day would also see flags flying at half - mast, a parade that led to the local military cemetery and patriotic speeches. Another early celebration was led by Sue Landon Vaughan from Jackson Mississippi.

Sue Landon Vaughan, niece of President John Adams, desired to have the Confederate graves decorated on April 26, 1865. One year later four women from Columbus Mississippi decorated the graves of their fallen soldiers in Friendship Cemetery.

The individual to originate Memorial day in not known as many were involved around the United States making sure fallen soldiers were remembered.

May 30th 1868 saw the first nationwide Memorial Day Parade. A group of Civil War Union Army Vets led the parade. The date being so near the date that the south had surrendered the civil war offended the southern states. In 1891 Florida defined a new date that coincided with Confederate President Jefferson Davis. June 3rd as the Confederate Memorial Day However, this led to other states choosing their own date for Memorial day.

It was not until the end of WWI that the American Legion took over the task of creating a uniform Memorial Day The day would honor American service people both men and women from ALL wars or conflicts. There is only one state, Alabama,  that does not observe the stated day of Memorial Day. Alabama chose to celebrate the 4th Monday in April rather than the last Monday in May as their day to honor those who have served. Perhaps the day consistently remains a bit different in celebration but all have realized those that have served should be remembered.

Religious services and patriotic parades are all planned for the Memorial day. The tomb of the Unknown soldier at Arlington Cemetery has a wreath placed by it on this day as well. At the Gettysburg Pennsylvania cemetery school children will place flowers over the graves of the unknown civil war soldiers.   In addition, an organization known as "hands Across America" raises money for the homeless and chose Memorial day to create a band of hands that would reach across the entire continent.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Create a Wild Life Garden in Your Back Yard

If one goal of your garden this year is to attract wildlife then you may be interested in reading this post. Now days it is easy enough to find wildflower seeds in garden centers as well as mail order seed suppliers. There are many lessons that can be learned from a wildlife garden. From the rich habitat where insects, amphibians, birds and small mammals of all kinds that are attracted to the garden to the variety of plants that can fill the spot that is shared.

Flowers provide nectar, pollen and seeds for all those that are entranced by the garden. What exactly will come to live in the garden are most likely the wildlife that is located in the local area. With this in mind selecting what plants to grow in the garden are the same ones that will help provide the inhabitants of the garden food, water and shelter.  Think of it like this if you will,,,, The Sesame Street Twiddle-bug that lived in Bert and Ernie's garden depended on what they could find in the garden to live.

A garden that contains the right plants can provide food  and shelter for insects and birds during the whole year. Plants that are rich in pollen and nectar feed the bees, butterflies and other insects in the spring thru the summer. Other plants that provide seeds and berries help feed the birds in the fall and winter months. Likewise plants that die off provide just the right amount of foliage that can shelter those that live in the garden. In addition, pines and related bushes provide a home and protection for the birds that stay in the garden. For a great list to find just the right plants to attract insects, birds and animals to your garden visit here

A few things to keep in mind when you are preparing a rich resource for nature and its inhabitants:

  • be sure to have a place where the animals can get to water. A resource like this should be perfect for drinking, bathing and breeding \
  • A place of shelter in bad weather and protection should be made available
  • the garden should include a place to reproduce, protect and nourish the young
Happy Gardening!!!

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A Bit About Paper Airplanes

My grandparents were foster parents and lived in a large house. One of the best things about visiting my grandparents was playing with all the kids. In the winter time we would spend hours flying paper airplanes in the upstairs hallway. At that time and place we were just concerned with having fun and were not concerned with the why's behind things. However, the fascination about things was simply slower to come.

Who did make the first paper airplane?? Why did they do it?? 

The Chinese deserve some credit for helping to create the airplane. Over 2000 years ago they created the first airplane. Another great explanation of creating the airplane was the inventor Leonardo DaVinci. It was a creation that occurred he was working on another invention DaVinci was always interested in the idea of human flight and most likely played around with paper while creating his designs Jack Northrop takes credit for helping to design the modern form of paper airplane. Northrop was the co-founder of the Lockheed aircraft corporation during the 1930s. .

Did You Know

  • a paper airplane in space will not fly straight?? Rather the Paper Aircraft Association says it will float in a straight line 
  • Paper airplanes are used by scientist, engineers and students to study aerodynamics
  • The longest that a paper airplane has ever stayed up in the air was 29.2 seconds.
During WWII the paper airplane gained lots of attention as many toys could not be produced they turned to paper to have a bit of fun flying airplanes

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The Lindy Hop

In the early 1900s there was a great fascination around the world. Some of the excitement was brought on by music, dance and entertainment. At about the same time there was a new fascination that included airplanes and pilots. Charles Lindbergh also known as "Lucky Lindy" had been observed and impressed many with his nonstop flight from New York to Paris. While Lindbergh was inspiring the world with his flight taking skills a new dance had started to spark as well.

The Lindy Hop, said to be named after the aviator who was inspiring the world had sparked dance marathons. It was a dancer, not knowing what move imparticular he was doing, told a interviewer he was dancing the "hop-- the lindy hop" The name was printed in the newspaper and before long the dance was known as the "lindy hop" Thus the dance craze had begun.

The dance originated in Harlem, New York City during the early 1930s. It is a combination of jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston dance moves. The dance is primarily known as a street dance. However, is considered to be a member of the swing dance family

The Lindy Hop craze swept America and then spread across the world Based on dances that were well known the Lindy hop is a dance for both partnered and solo dancing. The dance has often been called the Jitterbug as well because the two dances are very closely related. The Lindy Hop appeared in movies and was also spread via traveling soldiers. However, the dance would become a sign of the times

The dance was revived in the 1980s with American, Swedish, and British dancers. Changes have been made to the dance but the key elements remain. The Lindy Hop allows dancers to share their self expression, improvisation skills, energy, rhythm and swing skills.

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Rural Life Sunday

One special Sunday in May is set aside as Rural Life Sunday. On this day the heritage of the church is celebrated and communities are called to gather to celebrate by raising food and fiber. In addition, the ongoing crisis of life in the rural areas of the world are recognized.   

The date is set by an annual conference of the United Methodist Church. The date may honor individuals who have been stand out leaders in the rural church and community and often places on God's blessings upon the earth and its crops.

                                      O Lord, you have given us the gift of land.
May we ever protect and preserve it.

O Lord, you have given us the gift of water.
May we keep it pure and safe.

O Lord, you have given us the gift of air.
May we keep it pure and fresh.

O Lord, you have given us the gift of plants and trees.
May we ever use and protect them justly.

O Lord, you have given us the gift of birds and animals.
May we preserve and enjoy them.

O Lord, you have given us care of the earth.
O Lord, we accept the care of these gifts as our sacred stewardship.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Summer Veggie Meatloaf #Recipe

Being able to grow our own food is a trait that many do not participate in. For those that do they are very aware of the fat that growing ones own food provides many health benefits including:

  • more opportunity and desire to eat fresh fruits and veggies
  • You know and decide what fertilizers and pesticides that are used to grow the food
  • no need to pick early thus allowing fruits and veggies to fully ripen allowing them to possess more nutrients 

1 pound 90% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, shredded
1/2 medium zucchini, shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1/4 cup oats
1 cup tomato sauce, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil.
Add vegetables to skillet, and saute until softened 3-5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, garlic, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, egg, oats, 1/2 cup tomato sauce and vegetables.
Mix until thoroughly combined.
Transfer mixture to a baking sheet, and form into loaf.
Top with tomato sauce, and bake for 1 hour, or until cooked through.
Serve with extra tomato sauce if desired.

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