Thursday, April 16, 2015

A to Z: N is for Notes

In our house, the kids know that if they want to tell me something, especially if they need for me to know something early in the morning, to leave a note on Old Bessie, the computer in the kitchen office area.

The notes are how they tell me things i need to know.

A request to be awakened early in the morning.

A note regarding a vehicle.

Even Red-headed Alec leaves me notes.

A request for the keys.

Another request for wake up.

A note about where something was left for me, and a request for info.

A note telling me there's a poisonous snake in the house, not to let it out.

Where would we be without our notes?

Today is

Day of Mushroom Encouragement -- Fairy Calendar

Dogwood Festival -- Camdenton, MO, US (a rite of spring festival under the beautiful dogwood trees; through Saturday)

Dronningens fodselsdag -- Denmark (Birthday of Queen Margrethe II)

Emancipation Day -- Washington, D.C., US

Fiesta San Antonio -- San Antonio, Texas, US (annual celebration that honors the memory of Texas heroes who fought in the Texas war for Independence. More that 150 events, with sporting events, fireworks, dances...all culminating with the traditional "Battle of Flowers" parade! through the 26th)

Get to Know Your Customers Day (celebrated the 3rd Thursday quarterly)

Holiday of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Jim Thorpe Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1973)

National CPA's Goof Off Day -- US, the day after tax day because they deserve it!

National D.A.R.E Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation)

National Eggs Benedict Day

National Healthcare Decision Day -- US (to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning)

National High Five Day -- raising money for cancer research, sponsored by the National High Five Project

National Stress Awareness Day -- sponsored by the Health Resource Network (always on the first workday after paying taxes)

Offering to Demeter Khloe -- Ancient Greek Calendar (honoring Demeter as goddess of green shoots; date approximate)

Spring Fair in Puyallup -- Puyallup, WA, US (fun for the family, every year since 1900; through Sunday)

Support Teen Literature Day -- US (on the Thursday of National Library Week)

St. Bernadette of Lourdes' Day (Patron of people ridiculed for their piety, poor people, shepherdesses, shepherds, sick people; Lourdes, France; against bodily ills, poverty, sickness)

St. Padarn's Day (Celtic peoples traditionally begin weeding crops on this saint's day)

Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day -- US (the day after you pay your taxes, bring the comforts of home to the office; sponsored by PajamaGram)

World Entrepreneurship Day

World Voice Day -- if you've ever had laryngitis, you know how important it is to protect your voice

Yom HaShoah -- Judaism (Holocaust Remembrance Day; began sunset yesterday, ends at sunset today)

Anniversaries Today:

Harry Connick, Jr. marries Jill Goodare, 1994
Founding of the University of Queensland, 1910

Birthdays Today:

Lilliana Mumy, 1994
Lucas Haas, 1976
Selena Quintanilla, 1971
Martin Lawrence, 1965
Jon Cryer, 1965
Ellen Barkin, 1955
Jay O. Sanders, 1953
Kareem Adbud-Jabbar, 1947
Dusty Springfield, 1939
Bobby Vinton, 1935
Herbie Mann, 1930
Edie Adams, 1929
Pope Benedict XVI, 1927
Henry Mancini, 1924
Kingsley Amis, 1922
Peter Ustinov, 1921
Barry Nelson, 1920
Merce Cunningham, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1889
John Millington Synge, 1871
Wilbur Wright, 1867
Jose De Diego, 1866
Anatole France, 1844
John Franklin, 1786
Hans Sloane, 1660

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Brown Sugar"(Rolling Stones single release), 1971
"Fibber McGee and Molly"(Radio), 1935
"Mazeppa"(Symphonic poem, Liszt' S 100), 1854
"The Contrast"(Comedy), 1787 (First play by an American author, Royall Tyler, to be professionally produced on stage)

Today in History:

Calculated date of the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War, BC1178
The Jewish fortress of Masada falls to the Roman Army, ending the Jewish revolt, 73
Martin Luther is called before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina, 1582
The United States Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada, 1880
The first passenger rail opens in India, 1853
Ebenezer Bassett, the first African-American diplomat, begins his service in Haiti, 1869 
US Marshal Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle, in Dodge City, 1881
Harriet Quimby becomes the first female pilot to cross the English Channel, 1912
Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British, 1919
Annie Oakley shoots a record 100 clay targets in a row, 1922
Dr. Albert Hofmann first ingests LSD, thus discovering its effects, 1943
Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, 1947
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation, 1963
The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean, 1992
The Queen Mary II embarks on her first transatlantic voyage, 2004
President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over, 2007


  1. I love the snake note and the cat that sounds like a duck!

    We just leave notes on the hall floor. That means that when you are coming in or going out with arms full of bags, etc, you have to bend down and squint. You then realise you've got the wrong glasses on. You go in the lounge or kitchen, dump the bags, find your glasses and think - "Why did I need my reading glasses?" Two hours later you see the note!! You are so much more efficient.

  2. even your notes provide a good ride thru your household! :)

  3. ha - very effective.
    wait.....what.... with the... snake???!!!

  4. Those are some interesting notes indeed. Loved the snake one the very best. Perhaps he should have left a note for the cats too. Just saying.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. Apparently my household isn't the only one that communicates by note. :)

  6. I need a system like that. Currently, if the kids need me to sign something of school, they bring it me to 5 minutes before it's time to walk out the door. Why not the night before? Grrrr!

  7. A note that reads that I am responsible for bringing in 47 cupcakes to class today is not a welcome note in my book. Seriously? Those are the kinds of notes I used to get when my girls were little. Always last minute. I'm glad they're grown up now. Whew.

  8. A note that reads that I am responsible for bringing in 47 cupcakes to class today is not a welcome note in my book. Seriously? Those are the kinds of notes I used to get when my girls were little. Always last minute. I'm glad they're grown up now. Whew.

  9. those notes were a lotta fun - thanks for sharing!
    in my house we use notes too, and if someone tells mom something without writing it down, fuggedaboudit - cause i will!
    happy n day!

  10. I love "Mothership." It really anchors your position in the family.

  11. Ha. Those are some adorable notes. "Mothership" is awesome, and the snake, too, though I did chuckle at "alarms just don't work anymore". You should save those. They are priceless.