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Otto, My Otter

Thursday, May 07, 2009

This is a photo of the North American River Otter, one of which has moved into and currently occupying our little fishing pond. Our Son called last evening to say that when he and his wife were driving by the pond on the way home from work, they saw what looked to be a River otter. Of course, my response was, "What the heck is he doing in my pond when there is a river so close?' They just do this and it can have tragic results as they can wipe out the fish population fast. We had an agae kill a few years ago and the fish population is just now beginning to recover. We had hoped for some good fishing in that pond this year. DH talked to the Missouri Conservation Department who says we can trap it and move it to one of the rivers close by. We will pick up a trap tomorrow. In the mean time, I hope Otto does not devour all of our fish. emoticon

Take care and have a good day tomorrow. Sunny

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COLEMANSR 5/8/2009 11:19AM

    Much success with catching Him.

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JGOLFER 5/8/2009 9:51AM

    I hope Otto (that's cute you named him) doesn't gobble up all your fish. Good luck with catching him - they look a little frisky. Have a great weekend!

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HRDWLBY 5/8/2009 12:22AM

    I hope you can catch him and move his safely. He just stopped in for a nice meal! I do hope you have some fish left when you get him out of there!


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MS.ELENI 5/7/2009 9:54PM

    I hope you can catch the fellow.It would be a shame if it ate all your fish.How great to have your own pond of fish. I use to fish all the time.I miss it.
We were over run with squirrels when I had my bird feeders.We relocated probably 20 to a local park.Even caught two raccoons. Will otters go into a trap??

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MISS_VIV 5/7/2009 8:03PM

    He probably thought he had the place all to himself, and was going to avail himself of his own special feasts..

Good luck with the trap.

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National Day of Prayer - Thursday, 5/7/09

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The History Of National Day Of Prayer
(From The National Day of Prayer Website)

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln's proclamation of a day of "humiliation, fasting, and prayer" in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

The National Day of Prayer is Significant

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation. It enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call to us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.

Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Last year, local, state and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that more than two million people attended more than 40,000 observances organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.

The National Day of Prayer is Ours

The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman, reminds us: "We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too."

History Summary

1775 - The first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer
1863 - Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.
1952 - Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman (82-324)
1988 - The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May (100-307).

Fun Facts

1) The President of the United States has called for a National Day of Prayer every year since 1975.

2) There have been 134 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the President of the United States (1789-2008).

3) There have been 56 Presidential Proclamations for a "National Day of Prayer" (1952-2008).

4) Gerald Ford (1976) and George H. Bush (1989-91) are the only U.S. Presidents to sign two National Day of Prayer Proclamations in the same year.

I personally will be praying for our families, our country, and our soldiers who continue to fight for the freedoms which are so very dear to all of us.

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CONCHA77 5/7/2009 8:11AM

    Amen, Sunny! I hope and pray that we continue to keep this tradition. God knows this country can use all our prayers.

Thanks again, great blog.

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HRDWLBY 5/7/2009 12:02AM

    Too bad I didn't get a chance to read this until after the day was over. I did do some praying today. I never knew most of this. Thanks for sharing, Sunny.


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MS.ELENI 5/6/2009 10:11PM

    Another good blog.

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National Nurses Week

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week 2009 Nurses: Building a Healthy America

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. As nurses, we work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. We have many roles from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Place Your Healing Touch In My Hands
Unknown Author

Help me as I care
for my patients today,
Be there with me,
O Lord, I pray
Make my words kind
--it means so much--
And in my hands place
Your healing touch
Let your love shine
through all that I do,
So those in need
may hear and feel You.



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HRDWLBY 5/5/2009 10:21PM

    Where would the medical field be without the nurses! They are always there for the patients! Thanks for all you do!

Happy Nurse's Week!

Helen emoticon

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JGOLFER 5/5/2009 6:55PM

    Happy Nurses Week Sunny! I know you are an amazing nurse.

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SPARKLE72023 5/5/2009 3:35PM

    Beautiful blog and a great big bunch of SUNNY emoticon to you and all the other wonderful Nurses who make our lives so sweet and healthier.

My Mom is/was a Nurse and now my Daughter is finishing up Nursing School this year.
The family tradition continues. emoticon

Thank you for blogging on this great topic!
- Margrit -

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CONCHA77 5/5/2009 2:17PM

    And I am SURE that you make a fine nurse yourself! Happy Nurse Week to you!

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COLEMANSR 5/5/2009 12:59PM

    My Mother was a NURSE for over 40 years. She was a Great Nurse.

Thank you to all the NURSE's.

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MISS_VIV 5/5/2009 9:33AM

    Love thy nurses. They care for us with love. emoticon

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NVR2HEALTHY 5/5/2009 9:24AM

    I had no idea there was a national nurses week. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. We have a wonderful neighbor that is a nurse, she has become our neighborhood nurse... we're always asking her questions and our all of the neighborhood kids enjoyed going to visit her with scraped knees etc. I think I'll honor her with some spring flowers.

Happy National Nurses Week! emoticon

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MS.ELENI 5/5/2009 9:16AM

    Have a great day my friend

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MS.ELENI 5/5/2009 9:15AM

    As the daughter and sister of nurses I have the most appreciation for nurses.As someone who has spent way too many days in a hospital I know how important caring good nurses are to a patient. And how awful to have a bad one. Thankful they are more good nurses than bad. I loved the poem

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Home Sweet Home

Sunday, May 03, 2009

This is a photo of my new bird house that we purchased in Chattanooga, Tenn. on our way home from Florida. We noticed this week that the bottom floor had occupancy but the top floor was still vacant. On a closer look, we noticed the perch had fallen off. We found the perch and put it back in it's place. Within an hour, we had birds investigating the new space. Yea! Today, I noticed some work in the house so looks like a bird has already taken up residence.

I am off today to pick up some new Hummingbird Feeders. I love watching the Hummingbirds so decided to put one on each side of the house and another one out by the garage.

Have a Blessed Day. Sunny

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LADYBUG0805 5/4/2009 10:41PM

    Love the bird house! I have a hummingbird feeder also. They're so much fun to watch!

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NVR2HEALTHY 5/4/2009 1:35PM

    Adorable birdhouse!

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HRDWLBY 5/3/2009 8:53PM

    How wonderful that you have occupancy in your bird house! I hope it won't be long before you have babies!!

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CONCHA77 5/3/2009 6:23PM

    I am so GLAD :D that spring is here and I can hear all the chirping outside again! Thanks for sharing!

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LINDAJOYWK 5/3/2009 4:24PM

    I love the birds-I bought some hummer food,but haven't put it out yet-need to get busy!
thanks for reminding me!-lINDA

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MS.ELENI 5/3/2009 11:10AM

    I always wanted hummingbirds but never was successful. I remember spending time at my grandmothers when young and the hummingbirds were always outside window when I ate breakfast.I use to have a lot of feeders but it got to be too much.Maybe I will try just a house and see what happens.

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Happy May Day

Friday, May 01, 2009

I love May Day and I received this from a friend today who knows I love May Day. Wish she lived close, I would leave a basket at her door. Does anyone celebrate May Day? Take care and have a wonderful May Day.

May Day Baskets

Make a flower-filled basket for a friend

The tradition of the ancient Roman and Druid holiday of May Day has endured for centuries. It has been a celebration of spring turning into the pleasures of summer. Traditionally, a "Maypole" was the focus of the festivals. Even today the Maypole is used in the replications of old-time festivals. The Maypole is a tall pole in which ribbons are woven around by groups of dancers to make unique designs and patterns.

Gathering flowers and branches became a tradition and "bringing in the May" became a popular activity on May 1. The giving of baskets became part of the festivities later in the evolution of May Day. Today baskets are often made by little children, filled with candy or flowers and then placed on people's doorsteps or tied to the door handle, as they ring the doorbell and dash away before they are caught. You can participate in this activity yourself by making a special May Day basket or using any small basket to fill with flowers to give to a friend.

Fill a small basket with freshly gathered Spring blossoms. Tuck a small vase or something that will hold water into the bottom of the basket and fill the basket with a selection of flowers. Tie a bow or ribbon streamers onto the handle and fasten it to the door handle of a friend.

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MISS_VIV 5/3/2009 9:40AM

    What a great way to bring back memories of my youth. Haven't done the May Day basket since childhood. thanks for letting me relive that part of yesteryear.


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SHOCK72 5/3/2009 9:19AM

    I used to when i was younger. We used to take our old easter baskets and fill them with wildflowers from the woods and walk all over the neighborhood giving the basket out to all the people around. Thank you for reminding of the lovely memories.

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HRDWLBY 5/1/2009 9:18PM

    Hi Sunny,

I didn't realize anyone still celebrated May Day except the former Communist countries. It sounds like a lovely way to spend the day! The last time I celebrated it was in grade school, which is many years ago.

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JGOLFER 5/1/2009 9:57AM

    I love that tradition. Happy May Day Sunny!

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TRICIAB5 5/1/2009 9:54AM

    Thanks for the reminder! A group of my friends and I have celebrated May Day since our children were in preschool (My youngest is now 18). Some of the members still carry on this tradition and I think I will today!

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MS.ELENI 5/1/2009 8:26AM

    What a lovely way to start the day.What a nice friend you have to surprise you with the flowers.

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CONCHA77 5/1/2009 7:55AM

    Never heard of this tradition but LOVE the idea! And guess what? Sun is shining this morning finally! :D emoticon emoticon

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