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The Everyday Wisdom Newsletter. 2017
March 01, 2017
March 1st, 2017
As we get into March we know that spring is not far off…yes, we can still have some cold weather, some snow, and more gloomy days ahead but warmer weather is just a few short weeks away. That means we can start planning for our gardens, spring breaks and summer vacations. Spring is in the air!
Important days in March: On the 12th,remember to set your clocks ahead one hour as we go into daylight savings time; on the 17th, we have St Patrick's Day; and, the 20th is the first day of spring. March 23rd is National Puppy day, go to your local shelter and adopt a puppy.
Take time to go to our Article Index and visit our gardening, landscaping, and travel sections for some really great information to help you get ready for spring and summer.
Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
35 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2012 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people
The city with the largest population of Americans of Irish descent is Boston (23%).
Corned beef is strictly an American invention, the Irish don't actually eat it to celebrate the day.
St. Patrick’s isn’t a big drinking holiday in Ireland. In fact, many of the local pubs are closed for the day.
Bailey's Irish Cream, which was launched in
Ireland in the early seventies, is now the most popular liqueur in the world.
Tip of the month...
When I was a wee lad spring always meant it was time to give the house a good spring cleaning--windows all got washed inside and out and all of the sheets, pillowcases, and comforters were washed and hung on the line to dry and freshen up in the sunshine.
Here are some tips of some things that we often forget: Replace your furnace filter. Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter. Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer. Now is the time to get your air conditioning unit checked out. Check for damage to your roof. With spring comes the time for storms. Practice a severe-weather drill with your family!
Here are some articles that might help with getting ready for spring.
Some humor to start the month off right.
One night , in a sleepy town a huge chemical plant exploded into flames. The alarm went off and departments from miles around raced to the scene. After fighting the fire for over an hour the chemical company president approached the fire chief, "All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved! I will give $50,000 to the engine company that brings them out safely!"
With that ,the firemen attacked with a renewed gusto. Two hours later they still had not gained any ground. At that, the company president offered $100,000 to the engine company that brought out the company's secret files.
In the distance, the wail of yet another siren was heard and soon another fire truck came into sight. The fire chief shook his head, aware it was that little rinky-dink volunteer fire company composed entirely of men over 65. Much to his amazement, though, the fire engine raced through the chemical plant gates and drove right into the middle of the inferno. He could see the old timers hopping off their rig , fighting the fire with an effort that he had never before witnessed.
Less than an hour later, the fire was out and the secret formulas were saved by this group of volunteers! The chemical company president was so ecstatic he doubled the reward to $200,000! After thanking the volunteers , the chemical company president couldn't help but ask what they planned to do with the reward money.
The driver looked him in the eye, ready with his answer. "First thing we'll do is fix the brakes on that truck!"
A little trivia just for fun...On the first day of spring, the hours of daylight and of darkness are equal.
The area along the California-Oregon border, is known as the "Easter Lily Capital of the World." It produces 95 percent of all bulbs grown in the world for the potted Easter lily market. They produce more than 11 million bulbs annually.
William Wordsworth wrote the poem, "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud," which was about yellow daffodils.
Our wisdom quote of the month...
I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? ~Edward Giobbi
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