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The Everyday Wisdom Newsletter - May 2009
May 01, 2009

May 01, 2009

April showers bring May flowers… Once again spring has arrived and with it comes all the beautiful flowers, the yard work, the planting of gardens, planning vacations, graduations and weddings. We know that this time of the year seems to get really busy for everyone. Although everyone's schedules are so hectic and busy, the number of visitors to our site and pages visited have once again hit record-breaking numbers. To our faithful visitors, the staff here at Everyday-Wisdom would like to thank you for continuing to visit us. With that said, let us give you some news for the month.

Important days in May:

May 5th is Cinco de Mayo… Mexico's Independence Day, a day of celebration that always includes a margarita or two.

May 10th is Mother's Day… we all need to take time to send our love and our thanks to our mothers for what they have done for us.

May 25th is Memorial Day, a time to remember the fallen veterans who have served this great nation. We honor you with our gratitude and proudly we say "Thank you for your service!"

The Poetry contest is still bringing a huge response, with the number of poems being submitted growing each month. We hope you will take the time to read some of them. If you create poetry or know someone that does, then join us in the May contest for your chance to win some cash. Entering the contest is easy.

The winner for the April's poem of the month is Mandi Pratt the poem is
"I love the way you are mine." Once you read it you will know why it is our winner.

Interesting facts for Mother's Day and Memorial Day:

Let's Start with Mother's Day:

Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia who started Mother's Day celebrations also filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother's Day. She lost her fight. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done. It was made a national holiday in 1914 by President Wilson.

Busiest Phone Day: 68% of people plan to call Mom on Mother’s Day, totaling 122.5 million phone calls.

Card Giving: 50% of households give Mother’s Day cards, totaling some 152 million cards.

In the vast majority of the world's languages, the word for "mother" begins with the letter M.

Elizabeth Ann Buttle is the mother who holds the record for the longest interval between the birth of two children. She gave birth to Belinda on May 19, 1956 and Joseph on November 20, 1997. The babies were born 41 years 185 days apart. The mother was 60 years old when her son Joseph was born.

1866: Original idea came from Henry Welles, a drugstore owner from Waterloo, New York D

Now here are some facts about Memorial Day:

When was Memorial Day first celebrated?

Memorial day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. This date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.

Memorial day is a great way to remember our patriotic heroes who sacrificed their lives to help us breathe the air of freedom. This day is observed with families and friends visiting cemeteries and memorials to pay homage to their loved ones.

Tip of the month...

The first flowers you'll see will be your weeds. Work to eliminate the weeds (roots and all), before they have a chance to go to seed, or you will be fighting them for years to come! If the weather refuses to cooperate with your gardening plans, and your seeds have refused to germinate due to cold and wet conditions, you may want to consider replanting a reserve crop (Just in case....)

May is a good month to repair your lawn. Fill in the bare spots by slightly loosening surface of the soil and sow a good quality lawn seed over the area evenly. Tamp the seed in gently and water. Keep the patch moist by covering with light mulch of lawn clippings.

This is the time to eliminate lawn weeds by hand pulling, or the application of a 'weed and feed' fertilizer.... before they go to seed! Setting your mower for a higher cut during the spring months will help the grass to grow in fuller and help choke out the weeds.

Change the filters in your HVAC system; with all of the spring pollen in the air, clean filters will save you money.

Here are some articles that might help with getting ready for summer.

  • Basic first aid tips for insect bites
  • Lawn mower maintenance!
  • Vacation checklist

    Some humor to start the month off right.

    Henry Harrison had worked down at the brewery for years, but one day he just wasn't paying attention and he tripped on the walkway and fell over into the beer vat and drowned.

    The foreman thought it should be his job to inform the Widow of her husbands death. He showed up at the front door and rang the bell. When she came to the door, he said, "I'm sorry to tell you, but your husband passed away at work today when he fell into the vat and drowned."

    She wept and covered her face with her apron and after a time, between sobs, she asked, "Tell me, did he suffer?"

    "Knowing Henry as well as I did, I don't think so," said the foreman, "He got out three times to go to the men's room."

    For more good jokes visit our humor index page.

    Our wisdom quote of the month...

    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. ~Henry David Thoreau

    For more great quotes visit our

  • Words Of Wisdom Quotes

    Thank you for your continued support for visiting our website! As always we are open to ideas and suggestions. Enjoy the Spring.

    We hope that in some small way we have made a contribution to your life.

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