May 30, 2012: Mint Julep Day, Hole In My Bucket Day

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May 30, 2012

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Cheers! Today is Mint Julep Day. The official drink of the south, most notably the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Over the course of the two-day event, bartenders at Churchill downs serve almost 120,000 mint juleps. The Kentucky Derby is over, but the Belmont Stakes is yet to come (Saturday, June 9). A mint julep is made with whiskey, mint, water, and sugar. The secret to a perfect mint julep is to lightly bruise the mint before adding the other ingredients. This releases the herb’s distinctive aroma and flavor. A traditional mint julep is served in a silver or pewter cup filled with shaved ice. If you want to know more about the mint julep, click the  MINT JULIP RITUAL.

My sweet mother says that my plants have to dramatically droop and point with a great deal of drama at their roots in order to remind me that they would like a drink of water. And then, after I do water my plants, my sweet mother tells me that the mistake most people make when trying to grow plants is they over water them. Why am I telling you this? Because today is Water a Flower Day, but I am going to assume that the day includes plants as well. Remember! Not too little water; not too much water! If you stick a pencil in the soil and some of the soil sticks to it, it’s just right.

Do you remember the song There’s a Hole in My Bucket? The old German folk song, a Pete Seeger favorite, is about a couple who just can’t seem to get things right, or at least they never get around to fixin’ their bucket. It’s a really annoying song, but it is My Bucket Has a Hole in It Day, so let’s review the lyrics:

Liza: Henry! Fetch me some water!
Henry:There’s a hole in my bucket dear Liza, dear Liza 
There’s a hole in my bucket dear Liza, a hole.
L: Well, fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, 
Well, fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, fix it.
H:With what shall I fix it …
L: With a straw dear Henry …
H:The straw is too long …
L: Well, cut it dear Henry …
H:With what shall I cut it …
L: With an axe dear Henry …
H:The axe is too dull dear Liza …
L: Well, sharpen it dear Henry …
H:With what shall I sharpen it …
L: With a stone dear Henry …
H:The stone is too dry dear Liza …
L: Well, wet it dear Henry …
H:With what shall I wet it …
L: With water dear Henry …
H:In what shall I fetch it …
L: In a bucket dear Henry …
H:There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza …

Ya know, I think a lot of relationships evolve into different variations of this song. It sounds a lot like the stories my sweet mom shares about asking my dear dad to go to the store to pick up a few things.

Marcie: Dear Charlie! Fetch me some peanut butter.
Charlie: But where should I go for the peanut butter, dear Marcie, dear Marcie?
Marcie: Smith’s, dear Charlie, dear Charlie.
Charlie: And what kind of peanut butter should I buy, dear Marcie, dear Marcie?
Marcie: The same kind of peanut butter we have been eating for almost 50 years, dear Charlie, dear Charlie.
Charlie: Peanut butter has changed over the years, and more brands are offered now than in the past, dear Marcie, dear Marcie.
Marcie: Crunchy Jiff peanut butter, dear Charlie, dear Charlie.
Charlie: I heard natural peanut butter is better for you, dear Marcie, dear Marcie.
Marcie: We like Crunchy Jiff, dear Charlie dear Charlie.
Charlie: Well, if you’re sure, dear Marcie, dear Marcie. If I go to Cosco, the peanut butter will cost less.
Marcie: Then go to Cosco, dear Charlie, dear Charlie.
(phone rings)
Charlie: Dear Marcie, dear Marcie, I am at Cosco, but they don’t have Jiff peanut butter. Will Peter Pan smooth work?
Marcie: If you bring home two large jars of smooth Peter Pan, will it be enough to pour in bucket and stick your head in, dear Charlie, dear Charlie?

Happy Birthday to  Mel Blanc (1908–1989), the voice of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Barney Rubble on The Flintstones; Franklin Schaffner (1920–1989), Academy Award-winning director of Patton (1970);  and  Wynonna Judd (1964), Grammy Award-winning singer. If it is your birthday today, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

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While Cole has been gone, I have been sending him cute little messages — I want him to have a glimpse of what life will look like when he goes off to college. One and a half more days until my boy is HOME!

El Morno is bit behind schedule, but I will catch you coming or going, and I hope you catch me up too! Odd Loves Company!

10 thoughts on “May 30, 2012: Mint Julep Day, Hole In My Bucket Day

  1. I have never had a mint Julep but it sounds really tasty. I remember driving my parents crazy with the bucket song. We have had enough rain so I have not had to water much this year.

    Almost Friday. It was a long week for a short week! Have a good one.

  2. Funny rewrite of the bucket song Kb! My house plants always seem thirsty. I will have to try the pencil trick.
    The whale text wil have Cole wondering about you for sure!

    Hope you have a great day.

    • Good to keep kids on their toes! My mother swears by the pencil trick. I don’t know if it works or not–I just do it because my mother told me too :-D. Plants are needy, aren’t they?

  3. OMG my husband and I have that same conversation every single time he goes to the store and then I can count on him calling me. I don’t think he does it on purpose but sometimes I can not believe he can’t figure out some things on his own. Of-course when he does-it’s wrong 😀
    I have a schedule for watering my inside plants and it seems to work.
    Mint Juleps are so yummy!
    Hope you have a super day, mine is bustling!


    • LOL. Your scenario sounds very familiar. I should set a schedule for watering my plants or rather plant! Routine is good.

      Hope your bustling day was a good one.

  4. We did fix Mint Juleps on Derby day. It’s a tradition! A friend gave me a set of Julep glasses a few years ago and I just love them. I did not know about bruising the mint tho, we will have to try that next we make them.
    The whale text is so goofy! I think it’s way past time your boy was home!

    Have a great day.

    • Not everyone got my ‘Whale text.’ My creativity was thwarted!! But I am glad you did even if you called it goofy. I don’t think I have ever had a Mint Julep. I have seen them, tho, and they are very pretty!

  5. I watered my plants the other day, and today’s too soon for re-watering. Fiona is in her resting phase, so no water for her until I see some green. Yes, it’s about time Cole got home! I knew I’d miss Domer when he went off to college, but it’s amazing how MUCH! Some days are worse than others. Keeping busy helps, though!

    • I had to laugh when I knew right away who ‘Fiona’ was, I hope she has a good rest. It is amazing how much I miss Cole–the second week has been a killer. He has been a traveling alone since he was about 8—school trips and off to see his grandparents but this trip has seemed like it has gone on forever. Your right tho, keeping busy is good.

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