"Make Your Own Sunshine Mix: 1. Blanche clouds till skies are not gray. 2. Fold in a sunny attitude and bring to a shimmer. 3. Add sunbeams for contentment. 4. Soak smiles in Joy and let rise to the occasion. 5. Stir in generous amounts of kindness. Enjoy! Batch will multiply when shared. Brightness will lighten and lift everyone's hearts. Yield is infinite and energy is renewable." Theresa Sanders
"Does anybody have a recipe for 'I don't know' or 'I don't care'? It's what my family requested for dinner and I can't seem to find any recipes."
Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on? He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on. By the time she got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost whimpered when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet." She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as they worked together to get the boots back on -- this time on the right feet.
He then announced, "These aren't my boots." She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to. Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.
He then said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear them." She didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again.
She said, "Now, where are your mittens?" He said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots ..."
Ever have one of those days?
It's Tax Day! Usually, your taxes would be due today but this year, the IRS has extended the due date till May 17. So you have an extra month before you panic, not that panicking helps. The IRS didn't become part of our lives until 1862 when the government passed the right to levy the taxes.
--Anime Day: today is a salute to the Japanese animation style seen in Pokémon and 'Spirited Away'; according to the encyclopedia, anime is a style of animation popular in Japanese films and it employs many cultural references unique to Japan, such as the large eyes of anime characters which are commonly perceived as multifaceted "windows to the soul".
--ASL Day: today commemorates the opening of the first school for the deaf in the US in 1817; from this gathering, the American Sign Language for the deaf had its origins.
--College Student Grief Awareness Day: observed on the 3rd Thursday of April; today is sponsored by the Actively Moving Forward program which is dedicated to supporting young adults grieving the illness or death of a loved one; from daysoftheyear: "College students are particularly vulnerable when stricken with grief. Chances are, most students have never experienced the death of a loved one. Now, they are away from home or leaving home, often for the first time and are away from their usual support systems."
--Get to Know Your Customers Day: observed on the 3rd Thursday of January, April, July and October; today is about recognizing that the personal connections between business person and customer don't happen as easily as they used to due to the prevalence of online shopping; today encourages business owners to make an extra effort reconnecting to their customers and buyers.
--International Pizza Cake Day: observed on the 3rd Thursday of April; today is a salute to a cake that looks like pizza; origin stories are sketchy but supposedly was created for the wedding of France's Duke of Angouleme and Italy's Lady Mauriello as Lady Mauriello's father requested pizza and the French chef didn't know how so he made pastries based on a picture.
--Jackie Robinson Day: today commemorates when Robinson broke through the color barriers and became the first black man to play in major league baseball in 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field .
--McDonald's Day: today commemorates when Ray Kroc opened his first franchise 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa; the originators were Richard and Maurice McDonald who opened BBQ fast-serve restaurants 1940 in San Bernardino CA; Kroc was their salesman and he convinced them to let him start the franchise and eventually bought them out.
--Microvolunteering Day: today is about bite-sized, on-demand projects that contribute and benefit the community.
--National Ask an Atheist Day: observed on the 3rd Thursday of April; today is to dispel stereotypes about atheism and to encourage dialogue between believers and non-believers; today is a chance for believers to ask atheists about their beliefs, not to try to change their minds.
--National D.A.R.E. Day: observed on the 3rd Thursday of April; today commemorates the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program that started in the 1980's to provide students with knowledge and tools to resist drugs, alcohol and other high risk behaviors.
--National Glazed Spiral Ham Day: today is a day for that Easter favorite entrée; Americans have been making glazed ham for many years, recipes dating back to the 1940's;around the same time, a man named Harry Hoenselaar invented a piece of equipment that could efficiently cut glazed ham into uniform slices; his patented machine carved the ham into a single, continuous spiral, and in 1957, Honeselaar opened the first HoneyBaked Ham store.
--National Gripers Day: today is a day for those little annoyances we grit our teeth for but don't make a big deal about like the missing cap on the toothpaste.
--National High Five Day: observed on the 3rd Thursday of April; today is a salute to a celebratory hand gesture between 2 people; there are 2 origin stories but they both involve sports teams during 1977-1979.
"--National Laundry Day: today is a salute to that chore we all need to do and feel so much better when it's done; some laundry trivia from GE Appliances pressroom: 1. Ever heard the phrase, those jeans could walk on their own? More than a third of people (37%) wait until they’ve worn their jeans at least five times, with 16% waiting until seven or more times, to wash their jeans. That’s a lot of jeans around you that can walk by themselves.
2. 50% of those polled live by the philosophy that “I’m clean when I use it” because they all admit to using their bath towel at least five times before throwing it in the washer. An additional 14% use their bath towels more than eight times before it hits the laundry basket.
3. According to the poll, if your pillow case could talk, it might say “wash me.” A whopping 27% only change their bedsheets once a month – and 11% more wait longer than a month.
4. When laundry day does come, only 40% of people between the ages of 18 and 44 put their laundry away when it’s done. The other 60%? Well they might have a problem with follow through because the laundry sits in the dryer or in a basket for extended periods of time before being folded. "
--National Rubber Eraser Day: today honors two important figures in its history; Joseph Priestly invented the first rubber eraser in 1770 out of sap from Brazil and Hyman Lipman in 1858 received the patent for the eraser attached to a wooden pencil.
--National That Sucks Day: today is a tongue-in-cheek look at the present and at history; income taxes are due today, Abraham Lincoln died from his wounds received yesterday in 1865, and the Titanic sank after striking an ice berg the previous night in 1912, killing over 1500 people.
--One Boston Day: today commemorates the strength and resiliency of the Boston after the 2013 bombing during the Boston Marathon.
--Take a Wild Guess Day: today was started by someone who wanted us to stop guessing about the future and start acting on our ideas.
--Titanic Remembrance Day: today commemorates the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the over 1500 people who died; the ship was the largest afloat at that time on her maiden voyage, carrying 2,224 passengers and crew.
--World Art Day: today is an international celebration of the fine arts to commemorate the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci in 1452 as a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, and brotherhood.