Fiddlesticks, I missed you last week and thank you to all who noticed. It does my heart good to hear you missed me. All is well and to recap last week – It was School Nurse’s Day last Wednesday. Seventeen is the answer to the question I was asked after the May 1 edition was distributed, “How many School principals have I worked for?” – 14 at Galt High and three at Liberty Ranch High. I only worked on and off at Liberty Ranch when the budget was tight, but I figure it counts. Sounds like a lot of principals, but the average is about three to five years before they move on.

Speaking of principals leads me to thank all our administration. On Friday, May 3, the Galt High administration treated the whole staff to a catered lunch of tacos, beans, rice and all the trimmings. It had been a hectic week of testing and whatnot and getting ready for the end of the year. It was great way to end the week, and it’s just nice to be appreciated.

Then, this past Wednesday the Galt High District administrators came over from across the way and barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings for the juniors and seniors who had tested the past week and included the whole staff too. They also gave the staff hot beverage mugs decorated with the district logo and their gratitude, filled with candy. It is so nice to be acknowledged; it really warmed my heart.

On to this week – Happy National Chocolate Chip Day! Can you say “yum”? Is there anything better than warm chocolate chip cookies and ice-cold milk or a hot cup of coffee or tea? Well, yes, I can think of several things too, but right now that cookie sounds really good.

In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman, Mass. must have been curious what a little bit of chocolate would add to her cookies. While working at the Toll House Inn, she added cut-up chunks of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. The cookies were a huge success and, in 1939, Mrs. Wakefield signed an agreement with Nestle to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging. In exchange for the recipe, Mrs. Wakefield received a lifetime supply of chocolate. The Nestle brand Toll House cookies were named for the Inn. Nestle initially included a small chopping tool with chocolate bar. Semi-sweet was the original flavor of chocolate chips. However, today chocolate chips come in bittersweet, semi-sweet, mint, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white and dark swirled. And color can be added to white chocolate to have every color of the rainbow.

Had Ruth Graves Wakefield never wondered what a few chopped up chunks of chocolate would be like in her baking, we may never have enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies we eat today.

Sacramento County Fair is coming up. 4-H’ers and Future Farmers, with a few independents and Grange members added, are getting ready to show their indoor exhibits, e.g., photography, wheelbarrow gardens, baked goods, etc., and outdoor exhibits – breeding and market projects in poultry, rabbits/cavies, sheep, goats, swine, cattle and horses, and metal and wood projects will be exhibited in the barns.

Please plan on visiting the fair, which starts on Thursday, May 23 and ends on Monday, May 27 and look for our young agriculturists to show their exhibits. Most of them have sent letters inviting buyers to come to the auction on Sunday, May 26 to bid on the market animals being sold. Adding on a dollar amount to the exhibitors account or buying the animal at the auction is an excellent way to support these young entrepreneurs. The auction starts at 10 a.m. with the Sale of Champions. Hope to see you there.

Just to add to the busyness of the Memorial weekend, Galt High School’s Prom is Saturday, May 25. The students and their guests will be dancing the night away at the California Auto Museum in Sacramento. What a great idea, fantastic photo opportunity and memory, all in one, to be able to have photos taken next to vintage autos. Give them a nod if you see them. It isn’t every day you get to see students dressed in their finest and on their best behavior.

Ladies, was Mother’s Day everything you were hoping for? I went to church, and for lunch those who gathered at our table enjoyed Chinese take-out and chocolate cupcakes. All the ladies in our family got to choose their favorite dishes, and we even shared with the rest of the family. We were able to relax, eat, visit and eat some more. It was my kind of day.

Dates to remember:

Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27 – Sacramento County Fair

Saturday, May 25 – Galt High Prom

Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday, no school

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, make a memory.