Saturday, May 4, 2019

rEcess Happiness (Ten Things of Thankful)

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It was the final rEcess of the year, and there's a lot for which i am thankful.   Since it's after 10pm when we finish, this is mostly pictures. 

To summarize, we are all thankful for pizza and cake and lunch boxes and helpers and movies time and running to the gym and glitter and Linda can now sit up by herself and everyone had a great time and even though we are on summer break after this, it won't be long until we start up again.

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Today is:

Bird Day -- anniversary of the first Bird Day declared in 1894 by the Superintendant of Schools in Oil City, PA, Charles Babcock

Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival -- Bodega Bay, CA, US (fun, fish, wine tastings, and more; through tomorrow)

Cassinga Day -- Namibia

Compliment Someone's Smile Day

Cotton Pickin' Fair -- Gay, GA, US (a fabulous two days of Southern family fun)

Declaration of Independence Day -- Latvia

Dodenherdenking -- Netherlands (Remembrance of those in the armed forces who have died in war or peacekeeping missions.)

Fairy Ring Day (Giving) -- Fairy Calendar

Free Comic Book Day -- check here for information, including a store locator

Frustrating the Fairies Day -- Ireland (a day to confuse the fairies so they may not cause any mischief, although i can't find any details about how to frustrate them)

Galveston Historic Homes Tour -- Galveston, TX, US (Galveston Island’s great treasures of Victorian and post-Victorian architecture that are privately owned are opened for tours this weekend and next)

Herb Day -- an international celebration of herbs and all the flavor they add to our lives; try a new herb to season a dish today

Holland Tulip Time Festival -- Holland, MI, US (one of the best small town festivals in the US, with visitors from around the world; through next Sunday)

International Firefighters' Day

Lemonade Day -- Louisiana, US (empowering youth to start their own small businesses; there's a Lemonade Day in every state where there's a Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers franchise)

Low Country Shrimp Festival -- McClellanville, SC, US (seafood, arts, crafts, civic displays, entertainment, and the blessing of the fleet)

Mata Tirtha Aunsi -- Nepal (Mother's Day, or literally "Mother Pilgrimage New Moon")

May Fourth Movement
    Literary Day -- Republic of China
    Youth Day -- People's Republic of China

Memorial Day -- Curacao (military ceremonies to honor victims of WWII, not a government holiday)

Midori no hi -- Japan (Greenery Day/Arbor Day)

National Candied Orange Peel Day

National Homebrew Day -- US (Home Brewers Association)

National Kids Fitness Day -- this one doesn't seem to have any particular sponsor or organization behind it, but please get those kids outdoors to do something fun, any time you can!

National Orange Juice Day

National Scrapbooking Day -- begun by Creative Memories, now celebrated by scrapbookers everywhere, a good article about it is here

National Weather Observers Day -- another fun day that doesn't seem to be sponsored by anyone, but Family Crafts has suggestions for how to celebrate

Petite and Proud Day -- i've never heard of this one until now, but it's the one for me!

Pilgrimages to St Patrick's Purgatory begin -- Station Island, Lough Derg, County Donegal, Ireland (three day pilgrimages to the island where St. Patrick supposedly showed the Irish heathens Purgatory so they would be converted continue through August; such pilgrimages date back at least to the 10th century)

Relationship Renewal Day -- because someone, somewhere, wants you to stop taking the ones you love for granted

Remembrance Day for Martyrs and the Disabled -- Afghanistan

Respect for Chickens Day -- International (United Poultry Concerns)

Sagami Giant Kite Festival -- Sagami, Japan (through tomorrow; giant kite that requires a team of 100 people is flown on the banks of the Sagami River)

St. Florian's Day (Patron of brewers, chimney sweeps, coopers, drowning victims, fire prevention, firefighters, harvests, soap-boilers; Austria; Chur, Switzerland; Linz, Austria; Poland; against battle, drowning, fire, and flood)
    a recognized holiday in Austria

St. Venerius of Milan's Day (Patron of lighthouse keepers)

Star Wars Day -- greet others with "May the 4th be with you!"

Toad Suck Daze -- Conway, AR, US (toad-jumping contests, carnival, parade, concerts, arts and crafts, softball tournament, and more; through Sunday)

Towsontown Spring Festival -- Towson, MD, US (four stages of continual entertainment, food, art and photography exhibit, and more; through tomorrow)

World Naked Gardening Day -- scare the neighbors!  get rid of those pesky squirrels!  experience nature (and sunburn, and mosquito bites) with your whole body!    

Youth Day -- China

Birthdays Today:

Erin Andrews, 1978
Dawn Stanley, 1970
Randy Travis, 1959
Pia Zadora, 1956
David Guttersn, 1956
Jackie Jackson, 1951
Richard Jenkins, 1947
Nicholas Ashford, 1942
George F. Will, 1941
Roberta Peters, 1930
Audrey Hepburn, 1929
Heloise Bowles Cruse, 1919
Horace Mann, 1796
Bartolomeo Cristofori, 1655

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Beatles at Hollywood Bowl"(Album), 1977
"Another World"(TV), 1964
"New Girl in Town"(Musical), 1957

Today in History:

Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance, 1415
Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands, 1626
A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella, 1715
Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III, 1776
Mary Dixon Kies becomes the first woman in the US to obtain a patent, for a method of weaving hats with straw, silk, and thread, 1809
Napoleon arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile, 1814
The Haymarket Square Riot takes place in Chicago, 1886
The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal, 1904
The Royal Canadian Navy is created, 1910
May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, 1919
Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion, 1932
Ernest Hemingway is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea, 1953
The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South, 1961
The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation", 1972
An all-female Japanese team reaches the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak, 1974
Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1979
Latvia proclaims the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation, 1990
The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever, 2007
The last nuclear reactor in Japan is shut down, leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970, 2012
California overtakes Great Britain to become the worlds fifth largest economy, 2018


  1. It looks like a heap of fun - but is no doubt very, very tiring.

  2. Ttah looked colourful and fantastic. Have a nice break.

  3. It sure looks like everyone was having some fun!

  4. Sure looks like a fun day at your house. Have a great weekend.

  5. How lovely. I know you so enjoy these special little ones. Thank you for doing all that you do.

    Have a fabulous weekend, my friend. ♥

  6. Ah yes, the break where everyone can rest a little after working so hard for the children. Good job everyone. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. I would garden naked, but I'll be too busy celebrating Rhode Island Independence Day...
    (OK, the first part is a total lie - but the second part is not!)

  8. Whew! I could feel the excitement of rEcess in your post! Enjoy your summer off, and I look forward to future rEcess posts in the fall.

  9. Oh what a fun and creative time for all ~ plus pizza!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. I like the photo TToT.
    Kinda like seeing into a part of a distant life, which surely is one of the best of the experience of joining in here on weekends.

  11. Wow to that Jenga tower!
    It looks like everyone enjoyed the evening.
    A photo TToT is a perfect way to begin your vacation. Enjoy!

  12. I'm all over the pizza wonder. Love it.

  13. I think rEcess is a wonderful thing. Great photos.

  14. They say a picture is worth a thousand words..oh yeah! Looks like everyone had a great time :)

  15. You are the best! Thankful for you!👍


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