Pink Full Moon, Plumbers Day, World Penguin Day, Zucchini Bread Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
April 25, 2013

Wild Phlox 2

★~ Today’s Quote:  “There are two kinds of truth; the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery.” Raymond Chandler

★~ Pink Full Moon:

Full Moon

This morning mark the arrival of April’s full moon. April full moon is call the “pink moon” as part of a naming tradition traceable to Native American tribes. Full moons during different times of the year signaled changes in the seasons and other important dates. Pink moon is so named because it occurred at around the time the plant wild ground phlox begins to blossom. Indigenous Americans took this as a sign that Spring had arrived.

★~ Plumbers Day:


Without ’em, we’d be in deep you-know-what

Most people take plumbing for granted. It works so well we never think about it. But that’s no accident. It’s a testament to America’s hardworking, highly skilled plumbers – from the industrial hydraulic engineer to the guy who turns the wrench.

Of course, it wasn’t always thus. People hand-carried water from rivers. Did their business in the bush, or in cesspools, outhouses and chamber pots they’d toss into foul, unsanitary streets. Think about all the squalor and disease that plumbers have. Need I say more? Today we say Horrah For Plumbers!! For those who want to take the extra step and hug a plumber please watch the How To Hug a Plumber Video First.

★~ World Penguin Day:


Penguins are celebrated twice a year. In January, we celebrate Penguin awareness day and today we are celebrating Penguin awareness day.

~ There are 18 species of penguin in the world. While some species are thriving, 13 of them have declining populations.

~ Penguins lost the ability to fly millions of years ago, but their powerful flipper-like wings and streamlined bodies make them very accomplished swimmers. They are the fastest swimming and deepest diving species of any birds.

~ Penguins are not natural tap dancers.

One way to celebrate penguins is to dress in black and white, and eat ice cream!

★~  Zucchini Bread Day:

Zucchini Bread in April is a wonderful way to greet the gardening season.  I use this recipe for my Zucchini Bread and if I do say so myself it is very tasty

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1850 – Paul Julius Reuter founded the news agency that bears his name. He got things rolling by using 45 pigeons to carry news and stock prices between Brussels, Belgium and Aachen, Germany.

♥~ 1928 – Buddy, the first seeing eye dog, was presented to Morris S. Frank

♥~ 1901 – New York became the first state to require automobile license plates. The fee was $1. Owners of automobiles were required to register their names and addresses, along with a description of their vehicle, with the office of the secretary of state. The state sent each owner a small license plate, which bore the owner’s initials. New York received $954 in registration fees that year.

♥~1982 – Jane Fonda released her first workout video.

♥~ 2003 – Southwest Airlines fired two pilots for “inappropriate conduct” after they removed all or most of their clothes mid-flight in the cockpit of a Boeing 737. The pilots claimed they spilled coffee on their clothes, but the airline ruled the prank went too far. The US Federal Aviation Administration said though rules forbid behavior that distracts crew members, there was no specific ban on flying naked.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1873 – Howard R. Garis, author,  His most famous character is Uncle Wiggily, a gentlemanly old rabbit who always wears a suit and a silk top hat. Garis was a reporter for the Newark Evening News and he wrote hundreds of children’s books, many of them as a ghostwriter. He published his first Uncle Wiggily story in a newspaper in 1910, and it was so popular that he ended up publishing an Uncle Wiggily story six days a week for more than 30 years. By the time he retired, he had written more than 10,000 stories about the rabbit. (Writers Almanac)

♥~ 1917 – Ella Fitzgerald Grammy Award-winning singer [12]: Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home, Mack the Knife, A-Tisket, A-Tasket; died June 15, 1996. Check out Google Doodle. celebrating what would have been her 96th birthday.

♥~ 1940 – Al (Alfredo James) Pacino Academy Award-winning actor: Scent of a Woman [1992]; Scarface, Serpico, The Godfather, Dick Tracy; Tony Award-winning actor: Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie [1969], The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel [1977]

★~ Good To Know:

♥~  The word “plumber” is derived from the Latin word for lead – Plumbum. Lead use to be the primary material used in the creation of pipeworks used to carry water into cities and towns, before it was found to be a cumulative poison.

♥~ Since, time immemorial, the world has, in one way or another, been populated by plumbers.  It is believed by historians that opulent palaces in ancient Egypt were using indoor plumbing systems as far back as 2,500BC! What’s more, the visionary Egyptians also used copper piping, which is still used today.

♥~ Albert Einstein was named an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after saying, “If I had my life to live over again, I’d be a plumber.”

♥~ The two most famous plumbers in the world are the fictional brothers Mario and Luigi, stars of hundreds of Nintendo video games

♥~ Since 1963, over 25 billion feet of copper plumbing has been laid in the United States. This is enough to circle the earth 200 times.

♥~ At 140 degrees, it takes five seconds for water to burn skin. At 160 degrees, it takes only half of a second. Your water heater should be set to no hotter than 120 degrees.


I was very excited this past weekend when I managed to unclogged the upstairs bathtub, after watching a You Tube video and buying a real plunger and a snake thingey. Funny, what brings joy to a home owner. I bought three heavy duty plungers at Lowe’s. One for the basement, and one for each of the upstairs bathrooms. I hope we don’t need them, but if we do I’m ready!

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13 thoughts on “Pink Full Moon, Plumbers Day, World Penguin Day, Zucchini Bread Day

  1. Morno,
    Glad to see all is as it should be this morno. For the record, I never mind a loaf of zucchini bread any time of the year. My brother-in-law is a great plumber, was sad to lose him in the divorce. Deluth has an excellent line of mens clothes. I have ordered from them a number of times.
    Have a good one.

    • Yep, all is well. I am sure you are popular around gardeners. Duluth has some great clothes for women too. Looks pretty good, and holds up to the rigors of a dog biz.

  2. Good Morno,
    A plunger in every bathroom is a must. You just never know when you are going to get hit with a clog.Being prepared is the key to any emergency. There is more than one kind of plunger? Who knew.
    I like Zucchini bread toasted and slathered in butter. Yum.
    Penguins are so cute. I have watched Happy Feet several times with my nieces. Maybe, I will wear black and white today, in honor of the penguin.
    Hope you enjoy a sunny day.

    • Well, sheesh, why didn’t you take the plunge and share about the importance of multiple plungers earlier in our relationship???
      Black and White would be a nice touch.

    • I feel kind of bad….I never not one time noticed anything about my kids poop. I had no idea when he went and when didn’t, once we moved beyond diapers. I didn’t even know I was suppose too. I think he was constipated once, but we eventually moved on. Between, you, Dooce and a few others I feel like I may have missed an important part of my kids childhood. Too late now. Really, it is. 😀 Sigh.

  3. I like the name of this month’s full moon. I was admiring the nearly full moon late last night as I walked home from the train. Now I know why it looked so pretty – it has a pretty name.

    Love zucchini bread. May try your recipe.

    By coincidence I wore black and white today. Must have had an intuition it was Peguin awareness day.

    • The World Penguin society appreciates your effort and says thank you on behalf of all penguins.
      Because of a partial solar eclipse, it is possible that the moon might look pinkish. Of-course that eclipse will take place this afternoon….Glad you were able to walk by the light of the moon last night.

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a Pink Moon! Sounds pretty, and since it might be clear tonight, I’ll take a look.
    Interesting facts about plumbing. Who knew those Egyptians were so ahead-of-their-time?!
    Zucchini bread? Not a fan, sorry. Part of me is still six years old, ha!
    I’ve got on a white T-shirt today — half of the penguin thing, I guess! Probably ought to put on my black Nikes and go whole-hog!!

    • I would love to be able to afford a plumber…although, now with my three plungers, my snake thingey, and You Tube…I might be in better shape. On the other hand If tall, dark and plumber shows up at my door…I won’t turn him away. Heck, even short, stout, showing a bit of crack might get my attention :-D.

  5. at the very least, plumbers deserve this day of recognition. it’s good to know a good plumber.
    i like penguins! i think they’re funny creatures. i have a few penguin statues packed away.
    i know i’ve had zuccini bread before, but don’t remember the taste.

    • I know several good plumbers…and while one was laid off from the his union job, I could even afford him. Zucchini bread is a lot like banana bread. Except it is made with Zucchini instead of bananas. Trust me it makes sense after you have Zucchini bread.

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