Beth Siegalkoff

April 7 is the day to celebrate two fun holidays! It is No Housework Day (did I hear an Amen?!) and Caramel Popcorn Day.

I am pretty sure No Housework Day was originated by someone who was a wee bit tired of doing daily chores and just needed a day off. Most likely, they threw up their hands and said something like, “That’s it! I’m taking a day off from all of this housework”. And whoever that genius was, I salute you! No Housework Day is our chance to do anything, except housework. Better still, have someone else do those mundane chores for a day.

Housework is a daily, seemingly endless and repetitive group of tasks. They often go unrecognized and, worst of all … taken for granted. But, watch out! If the dishes aren’t done, clothes are still on the floor where their wearer left them or there are no clean towels, somebody notices.

If you are a spouse or significant other, do the housework for your mate, and give her (or him) a break from the housework. And, you just might gain an appreciation of how much work it takes to keep up the house. If you normally do the housework around the house, cease and desist for the day. Instead, kick back and enjoy the day. Relax and do anything, except housework.

To quote the great late Phyllis Diller, “Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” So ditch the housework and make a batch of caramel popcorn and celebrate Caramel Popcorn Day.

Take the opportunity today to enjoy the combination of two great treats – popcorn and caramel. Caramel popcorn is readily found in popcorn tins and specialty shops; however, homemade is the best.

I have a great recipe – it starts with a half a pound of butter, so I don’t make it often. But if you are like me, you don’t need an excuse like a special day to eat any kind of popcorn. Plain popcorn with a little butter is simply fine for me. But you can easily guess what you need to do to participate in this day. While other flavors of popcorn are fine any other day, today it must be caramel popcorn. Enjoy!

How was your Easter celebration? It sure was a blessing to see a full church of worshippers. Greeting friends who we hadn’t seen in a while was an added joy.

And afterward, it was so good to get together with our family and friends for an afternoon meal. We enjoyed the sunshine and the food tasted extra special. Of course, I think it was the company that came with the food.

Did the Easter Bunny leave some eggs in your yard? And did the Easter Egg Hunters find them all? Last year, there was one elusive egg left that no one, not even the people who helped the Easter Bunny hide the eggs, could remember where it was. Well, about a week after Easter, Don was mowing the lawn and he found it. It was a pretty profitable egg. It had seven 1976 silver dollars in it! Fortunately, all the Easter eggs were found this year. Thanks to technology, photos were taken of where the eggs were hidden so none were left behind.

Shout out to our daughter Lisa and her husband, Eric. They will be celebrating their 27th anniversary on April 9. Time flies when you are having fun. Wishing you both joy and love for many more.

Flower of the day: Moon Flower

Recipe of the day: Popcorn Balls

Dates to Remember:

April 21 - Administrative Assistant Day

April 22 – Earth Day

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