Wednesday April 24 2019 Blog



On April 24, observe National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day with just a few ingredients.  

Celebrated across the world, the term often refers to a variety of different dishes. In the United States, Pigs-in-a-Blanket are often hot dogs or sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked. Pigs-in-a-Blanket are generally served as an appetizer or as breakfast. However, it can be served any mealtime!


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Our research was unable to find the creator of National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day.

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We had coffee, juice, yogurt and a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast.

April spent a lot of time paying bills yesterday and I got some things done outside.

I took the porch swing down and fixed it where we can sit in it. The weather was pleasant so we did.

A tiny spider had fallen in her Coke and she was setting it down. I helped her get it out so she could drink it. 🙂

After that I decided it was dry enough to mow so finished mowing the front lawn then the back lawn. I posted this picture on Facebook:

I didn’t try to bag the grass, I just held the grass chute door open with a string and let it drop.

That worked fine. At some point I will blow it up in a pile with the leaf blower and pick it up in the recycle can.

I also did some straightening and picking up back there, it had been neglected all winter. I have plans to make that a nice sitting area under the tree.

I ran a hose down to the Iris bed and watered them. The soil they are in is rather loose and loamy and will need watering occasionally.

Pat made sausage, scrambled eggs and toast for lunch.

We took a nap during the afternoon and got up at about 3:30.

For supper she made baked chicken, steamed broccoli and warmed some dressing muffins.

Scott and April watched their game shows by way of a computer video chat. The dude on Jeopardy surpassed $1 million last night!

Pat washed and dried some clothes.

We watched TV until bedtime.


I’m not hurting as much in the belly area, I think it Is getting well. 👍

We will both go to Corvallis today; April will go to Mom’s Connect and I will go to work.

We will go out to eat somewhere for lunch.

We will go to Prayer Meeting at 7 o’clock.


It looks like this week is going to be really nice.

That’s all for April 24, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch

Tuesday April 23 2019 Blog



April 23 recognizes the food holiday National Cherry Cheesecake Day.  There are a large variety of recipes for cherry cheesecake.  Some cherry cheesecake recipes call for the cherries to be mixed into the batter and others place the cherries on top.


Cherry cheesecake might be a nice way to end supper tonight! Try this for dessert:  Cherry Cheesecake recipe.  

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We were unable to find the creator of National Cherry Cheesecake Day.

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I made our usual bacon-egg-cheese-waffle sandwich for breakfast; served it with juice, yogurt and coffee.

Since I had a deacon’s meeting schedule for the evening I decided to go to work at 1 o’clock and stay until after the meeting.

Pat made some cream of potato soup for lunch.

My afternoon was busy with taking out trash, servicing restrooms, getting the auditorium ready for Sunday and trimming some hedges.

I had a peanut butter sandwich on a half piece of bread for supper with a Mountain Dew out of the refrigerator.

The deacon’s meeting went kind of long and I didn’t get home until 9:30.

We did our Facebook Memories, watched a recorded TV show and went to bed.


This is my day off from work so I will be home for the day.

I need to do some work in the yard as soon as the grass gets dry enough.

I’m still having some pain in the stomach but I am taking Zantac and Mylanta to control it. It’s not bad enough to keep me from working, just gonna take some time I guess.


That’s all for April 23, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch

Monday April 22 2019 Blog



National Jelly Bean Day is observed each year on April 22.  

While candies made in a similar manner existed before the jelly bean, Boston confectioner William Schrafft made them popular during the Civil War.  With their firm exterior, jelly beans were the first candies to be sold by the pound. Schrafft encouraged his customers to send them to Union soldiers.

During the 1930s, jelly beans became closely associated with the Easter holiday but are now enjoyed year round.  Jelly Beans were Ronald Reagan’s favorite treat.  


Enjoy a handful of your favorite jelly bean flavor and share on Social Media using #NationalJellyBeanDay.


We were unable to find the creator of National Jelly Bean Day.

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We had juice, coffee and a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast.

We picked up one of our SS class members that needed a ride to church and got to church by 9 o’clock. After I unlocked some doors I joined Pat in the auditorium for worship service.

After worship I picked us up a couple of cookies to eat and we went to Sunday School. We had 10 present in the class. Pat taught a good lesson on the Good Friday events. We don’t know why they didn’t give us a lesson on the Resurrection to teach ⁉️ Oh well, she did a good job.

After church we met some friends at Sweet Waters Restaurant for an Easter lunch. The food was OK but we enjoyed being with everyone. Scott met us there and bought our lunch. ❤️ He followed us home and watched an episode of Jeopardy that mom had recorded and he had missed.

After he went home we had a delightful nap.

My stomach was hurting so she served me applesauce and a baked potato for supper.

Virginia sent me word to get some Mylanta, so before going to bed I went to the store and got Mylanta and Zantac. I took some last night and this morning. I’m having a little pain now, but not much. I bought us some chocolate Easter Bunnies while I was at the store.

We watched a Hallmark movie before going to bed.

Morning Show Mysteries: Countdown to Murder (2019)

Pat’s glucose is doing good, last week the average was 102.6 ❤️

Some more pictures from last week’s adventure.

Picture I made of her on her birthday at Georgie’s
Made at church yesterday.
Us on Easter afternoon.


Since I have a deacon’s meeting at church tonight I plan to get to church at 1:30 and work until deacon’s meeting at 7:00.

I really need to mow some grass here at home this morning if it’s dry enough.


Weather looks good!

The Family Patriarch

Sunday April 21 2019 Blog

EASTER – Changes Annually


Easter is observed on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox. Considered Christianity’s most important holy day, it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Depending on which calendar a church follows, some will celebrate Easter earlier than others.

Leading up to Easter Sunday is an entire season of Easter observances beginning with Ash Wednesday, the official beginning of Lent. Lent is a time of fasting and reflection which represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness for 40 days. Many know this as a time when Christians give something up for Lent.

Then during Holy Week, the Sunday before Easter is known as Palm Sunday. It commemorates Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem on a donkey just five days before He was crucified. Maundy Thursday remembers Jesus’s last supper; Good Friday is the day of the crucifixion, Holy Saturday is the period between the crucifixion and the resurrection and Easter Sunday.


If you choose, you can participate in any number of church services.  Dye eggs with children and have an Easter egg hunt.  Local communities hold annual Easter egg hunts as well, so check your local social media, newspapers and community listings for dates and times.  Use #Easter to share on social media.


Before Easter, Passover was the primary holy day celebrated, and it is closely linked with Easter. Jesus’s last supper was a Passover meal. By the 2nd century, Easter (Pascha) was being celebrated alongside Passover as well as pagan spring festivals.

The tradition of an Easter Bunny comes from medieval Germany where the Osterhase or Easter Hare would lay its colorful eggs in nests prepared by children. Immigrants in the 18th-century settling in the Dutch Pennsylvania countryside brought this fable and tradition with them to the United States.

Dying eggs is a tradition that dates back thousands of years across many cultures.  Eggs have long been a symbol of rebirth, fertility, and life springing forth.  Today Easter egg hunts take place across the country, and it is not unusual to see a giant Easter Bunny surrounded by children in their Sunday best getting their pictures taken.

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We had juice, coffee, cream of wheat and toast for breakfast.

I was slow getting going and didn’t make it to church until 10:30. Only 4 men showed up for church work day, it didn’t get advertised very much. I did my work inside and helped them with the tools and supplies they needed to work outside. They weeded flower beds, trimmed bushes, mowed and spread bark dust around all the shrubs.

I had an apple and some peanut butter for lunch.

I left to come home at 3:30. I stopped by DQ and picked up a chicken strip basket for us to eat. We went down for a nap after that.

I think I have created an ulcer in my stomach, maybe from not drinking enough water with those Mucinex tablets. Every time I eat now I have pain there, ugh. It definitely is not a pulled muscle!

We worked on our Sunday School materials; making slides and deciding were to use them in the lesson plan.

Then we were on our computers until bedtime.


We’ve got to pick up one of our Sunday School class members and take her to church when we go.

We have worship service at 9:15 and Sunday School at 11:00.

We plan to meet Scott and some of our friends for Easter lunch at Sweet Waters Restaurant in Albany.

We will probably need a nap after we get home.


That’s all for April 21, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch

Saturday April 20 2019 Blog



National Look Alike Day is observed annually on April 20th.  This day was created as a fun day to look like another person.  Do you already look like someone?  We often hear the words, “You remind me of someone,” or “You look just like so and so.”  If so,  then you are one step ahead of the game.  One of the most famous “look-alikes”  is Elvis Presley, “The King of Rock-N-Roll.”


Celebrate National Look Alike Day by picking someone you will see today or select a celebrity and dress up like them. Fix your hair like their’s and talk like them all day long!  Have fun with National Look Alike Day and post your pictures on Social Media using #NationalLookALikeDay.


National Look Alike Day was created by feature television reporter, Jack Etzel, in the 1980s.  He was in downtown Pittsburgh with photographer Rick Minutello, desperately looking for a light feature for the news.  Rick said, “This guy coming toward us looks like Humphrey Bogart.”  He did, cigarette and all.  Jack said, “Let’s talk to him.  I’ll ask him who people think he looks like.”  They spent a couple of hours asking others the same question.  The next day Etzel got in touch with the Chase Calendar of Events people and proclaimed Look Alike Day so that they could depend on that same funny story for the next ten years.

(History as told by Jack Etzel in correspondence to National Day Calendar® in July 2014.)

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I find it interesting how the women all say who a new baby looks like. Most of the time I can’t see it but they do. 🙂


We got up about 8 o’clock and had coffee, fruit, and a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast.

When I got done with the blog we started packing to come home. Checkout was at 11 o’clock and we were on the road shortly after that. It was raining when we left the coast but the further we drove inland, the less rain and by the time we got to Albany it was dry.

I had April make me a cup of chicken bouillon for lunch. I am having pain in my left side and think it may be associated with my digestive system. I have been taking some serious pills and may have it inflamed. If its not better by Monday I will go to Immediate Care and have it checked out.

We went down for a nap and slept until 3:30.

It was so dry the iris in the box were really needing water. I decided to mow our lawn as it was a mess, I hadn’t been able to mow it all Spring. I had to rest after every few rounds, so I didn’t get very far before it started raining here. I got about half of the front lawn mowed. My plan was to water the iris after I finished mowing but with the rain I didn’t have to.

I put the mower away and came in to watch TV with April.

We had a brief video chat with Scott to let him know we were home OK.

I had oatmeal, toast and milk for supper. She ate a salad.

We went to the Good Friday service at our church at 7 o’clock. The auditorium was packed. It was an interesting service, 14 college students quoted the same scripture in their native language. College students from19 different languages attend our church. (They all also speak English, some better than others.) I helped serve The Lord’s Supper at the close of the service and we all left the darkened auditorium without speaking. Sunday’s coming.

We got home a little after 9 and watched Kelly and Ryan, Jeopardy and Wheel until bedtime.


We have a Work Day at church today, it’s raining some so I don’t know how much will get done. I saw that someone had mowed the grass around the buildings while I was gone, I was hoping they would. I suspect it was the pastor.

We will work on our Sunday School lesson when I get back home.


That’s all for April 20, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch