May 10, 2011: Tidy Your Room Day, Shrimp Day!

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May 10th, 2011

Updated; May 10, 2012

★~ Today’s Quote: “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” – Anon.

★~Tidy Up Day:

I met a little dusty gnome. He said it’s time to clean our room. Round. Round. Round. Whish. Whish. Whish. Time to clean our room!

This gentle gnome song is so much better than the brash “Clean up, Clean Up” song, don’t you think? Naturally, “The Dusty Gnome” is a Waldorf tidy up song. What do gnomes and Waldorf Education have in common? Well, everything really. Wait!  We do not have time for me to tell you about the gnomes that are a big part of Waldorf Education—perhaps another time. Today we must tidy up our disastrously messy bedrooms, or any other rooms in our house that need to be picked up, straightened out, and cleaned up. Who knows? Under that stack of papers you might find $10, or a camera memory card, or your pet hamster, or maybe even a gnome!  Beware though: the hardest part is just starting, and then one rooms leads to another and another and before long—your spring cleaning is done… Whish. Whish. Whish. Time to clean our room!

★~Shrimp Day:

Now that we have tidied up, let’s enjoy a nice shrimp dinner. In the late 16th century, the Indians of Xeoj and Quoij ate shrimp. In the beginning of the 20th century, shrimp sauce on fish cutlets was a Christmas dinner staple alongside cream of oyster soup. In the 1970s, shrimp relish and shrimp cocktail were on the holiday menu. Today, let’s keep the shrimp dish simple. Just toss a few of nature’s lovable, pink, bite-sized crustaceans into a salad or pasta, or munch while dipping in cocktail sauce. But please, don’t add them to a taco because this is wrong—very wrong.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1893the Supreme Court ruled that the tomato was a vegetable, not a fruit

♥~ 1869 – Charles E. Hires began selling his root beer mix on opening day at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Hires sold his mixture in tiny packets that contained the various herbs, barks, and berries. You still had to boil these ingredients, strain the mixture, add the correct amount of sugar and yeast, ferment the brew, and then bottle it. But you didn’t have to collect the ingredients and buying the ingredients in one package was cheaper than buying all the ingredients separately. The pre-mixed ingredients were primarily sold to housewives, but were also marketed to druggists and soda fountains.

♥~ 1872 Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the Unit 1954 ed States. She lost.

♥~ 1954 Bill Haley & His Comets release “Rock Around the Clock“, the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts.

♥~ 1960 – Around the world in 80 days … uh, make that 84 days. That’s how long it took the U.S. nuclear-powered submarine Triton to circumnavigate the globe.

♥~ 1963 The Rolling Stones produced their very first recordings this day. The session included Come On and I Wanna Be Loved. The Stones would make it to the American pop music charts in August, 1964.

♥~ 2006 Oklahoma was the last state to make tattoos legal. Governor Brad Henry signed legislation on this day to license and regulate tattoo artists and parlors.

♥~ 2011- Get Well Soon Wishes and Love sent to  Nancy who will have her gallbladder removed today the “traditional way.”

★~Born Today:

♥ ~1850Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton- had it not been for yachtsman and entrepreneur Thomas Johnstone Lipton, you may not be enjoying an affordable cup of tea. The man whom Queen Victoria knighted in 1898 introduced affordable tea to working class families in the United States.

♥~ 1899 – Fred Astaire (Austerlitz) dancer, actor: Funny Face, Silk Stockings, Finian’s Rainbow, Daddy Long Legs, Easter Parade, Let’s Dance, That’s Entertainment, The Towering Inferno; died June 22, 1987

♥~1946 – Donovan (Leitch) singer: Mellow Yellow, Sunshine Superman, Atlantis; composer: film: If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, appeared in film: The Pied Piper of Hamlin, Brother Sun, Sister Moon

♥~ 1960 – Bono (Paul Hewson) singer: group: U2: Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride [In the Name of Love], With You or Without You

♥~ 1966 Jason Brooks actor: Days of Our Lives, Baywatch

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ There are over 128 species of shrimp

♥~ One billion pounds of shrimp are eaten every year by Americans.

~ A shrimps heart is in its head

♥~ Shrimp differ from their close relatives, the lobsters and crabs, in that they are primarily swimmers rather than crawlers.

♥~ Some shrimp can live as long as 6-1/2 years

~ Bandages made from the shells of shrimp have been shown to reduce blood loss in comparison to gauze dressings

★~ Today’s Silly:

An old Italian man lived alone in the country. It was Spring and he wanted to dig his tomato garden, as he had done every year, but it was very hard work for the aging man as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was currently in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,

I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If only you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me.

Love Dad

A few days later he received a letter from his son:

Dear Dad,

Not for nothing, but don’t dig up that garden. That’s where I buried the BODIES.

Love Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived at the old man’s house and dug up the entire area. However, they didn’t find any bodies, so they apologized to the old man and left.

That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Dad,

Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love Vinnie


Do you like shrimp? Can you tap like Fred Astaire? Do you roll with the Stones?  Do you grow tomatoes? Drop me a comment if you have a chance. Odd Loves Company.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

6 thoughts on “May 10, 2011: Tidy Your Room Day, Shrimp Day!

  1. Wonder if the justices said tomato or to ma to?

    Love Shrimp and my house could certainly use a good Whish. Whish. Whish!

    Have a great day Kb.

    • My mothers favorite one so far….! Do you know what they say about a giggle a day…? I haven’t a clue but somebody must have said something at some point–right?

    • Do you like root beer floats–I have one every night in the summer. I sip it out on my patio while my campers play.
      Tidy up seems to be an often missed holiday…mmmm.

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