Little Free Seed Library

If not ‘seed money’ then at least with some seedy help from the Piedmont Master Gardeners, the Gordon Avenue Library of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, since April, has checked out free seeds to anyone with a library card. Library users can both take-home and drop-off seeds for free at the library. Available seeds include a few vegetables such as carrots and cucumbers, herbs such as basil, and flowers like zinnia. Some borrowers have been donating seeds from their gardens.

According to Eater, “Libraries across the country are fighting food insecurity by offering communities free seeds and gardening education.” This program has become more popular since the Pandemic.

The Piedmont Master Gardeners provide the most expert gardening assistance. If the project takes off, then it may start growing in other JMRL Libraries. The seeds can be grown in containers or planted into the ground.

May 24 is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Aviation Maintenance Technician Day on May 24 we take the time to honor all of our Aviation Maintenance techs because without them we’d never make it where we wanted to go. We often thank pilots and flight attendants while we make our way to and from far distances, but we never get to thank the important people on the ground who ensure our safety. Every time you step on a plane, every time you buy a ticket, every time you arrive safely, you have an aviation technician to thank. They are the unsung heroes of travelers and some of the hardest workers in the travel industry. While we have high respect for anybody who makes an honest living, Aviation Maintenance Techs are not your average maintenance person, they are mechanical experts dedicated to your safety. So today we offer a special thank you for continuing to break the barriers of human limitations and set course to the skies!

Searching for Truth on Ascension Day

Candle light flickered on faces
dancing shadows of changing
highlights and lowlights
perhaps reflecting thoughts
that flitted behind downcast eyes
of the truth seekers

People further
cloaked themselves
in the invisibility of  
muted computer cameras
as they turned 
attentions inward to 
contemplate what
had been seen and heard

What was truth?
How did it apply to them,
filtered by each unique
experiences and expectations
egos and education
emotions and impulses.

Was it the sand on the soles of the
feet of the Son 
as he ascended into heaven?
Was this the uniting of heaven and earth?

Janine’s Mission 93: 4 MORE BIG Birthdays

I remember when we used to have only one birthday celebration every 4-6 weeks, but now it seems we have multiple birthdays to celebrate every month.

After missions are complete, families usually send us photos of their veterans with big smiles, proudly showing the cards they received. Scroll all the way down on this email to see some recent pics. I also post them on my facebook, instagram, and twitter page – so make sure you’re following along on your favorite platform!  There are a number of photos from past missions here as well. 

To share a veteran’s birthday, kindly send an email with at least 6-8 weeks notice to be included in the mailing list. If there’s less notice, I will try my best to post it on Facebook. –From Janine’s email.

Happy Armed Forces Day-20 May

On August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, who was the United States’ Secretary of Defense, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under one department – the Department of Defense. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day too.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 1950. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defense”, which expressed the unification of all military forces under one government department. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the day was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job was performed and the role of the military in civilian life.

Armed Forces Day was a day for the military to show “state-of-the-art” equipment to Americans. It was also a day to honor and acknowledge Americans in the armed forces. Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows were held at the inaugural Armed Forces Day.  Armed Forces Day is still celebrated nationwide today and is part of Armed Forces Week.

I would like to thank the vets in my life who all served in the U.S. Navy.

Reblog 10 Phrases that Originated in the Middle Ages.


1. “You are the apple of my eye”

In early medieval England, the pupil of the eye was known as the apple (Old English æppel) since it was thought to be an apple-shaped solid. Since the delicate pupil of the eye is essential for vision, it is a part that is cherished and to be protected. Thus apple of the eye was used as a figure for a much-loved person or thing. Even King Alfred the Great used this phrase.

2. “Baker’s Dozen”

This phrase arose from a piece of medieval legislation, the Assize of Bread and Ale of 1262. Bakers of the period had a reputation for selling underweight loaves, so legislation was put in place to make standardized weights. To make sure that they did not sell underweight bread, bakers started to give an extra piece of bread away with every loaf, and a thirteenth loaf with every dozen.

Mid-Spring Donkey Doings

The last couple of times we have been to Wyant’s Store to feed the donkeys, they have either been in the front pasture or back in the shed where the goats used to hang out. Buddy usually leads the way out of the shed, followed closely by Holly and Vroman. Vroman often gallops ahead to be at the fence first.

One time there were some young girls feeding the donkeys. They already had the knack of holding their hands flat to lessen the chance of getting fingers chomped. ( I have noticed that the donkeys seem to have gotten more delicate with their huge donkey teeth when eating the sweet potatoes and carrot bits.)

My friend, Ellie was visiting for a few days, following the military funeral of her Air Force husband at Quantico National Cemetery. She was happy to come out to out to help feed the donkeys. She fed Buddy his cookie, thank you very much.

Although, Vroman has been nibbling grass for a few weeks, he still spits out human food as soon as he gets it in his mouth. He actually ate a bite of apple before spitting it out and heading to Holly for some milk to wash it down.

May 14 is National Dance Like a Chicken Day

The man credited with writing the first version of ‘The Chicken Dance song,’ which today is an almost universal cultural phenomenon, was a young Swiss accordionist named Werner Thomas. It was in the late 1950s that he strung together the hit tune on his Swiss accordion when he was only in his 20s. The song was originally named ‘Der Ententanz,’ or ‘The Duck Dance,’ which we can only assume was due to the fact that he tended a flock of ducks and geese. Some say it was written for Oktoberfest, and modeled after a popular German drinking song.

‘The Duck Dance’ debuted at Thomas’s restaurant in 1963 when people began to bring to life the duck-inspired dance moves we all know today. It was as though they couldn’t help but move to the music! In the 1970s, Thomas renamed the song ‘Tchirp-Tchirp,’ which was even more evocative of the animals he tended. For over a decade, the first Chicken Dance song existed only in a tiny Swiss resort town.

After hearing Thomas’ song in a resort, Belgian music producer Louis Van Rymenant had lyrics added and released it to the public. Of course, it took off. By the 1970s, ‘The Duck Dance’ had spread to America, with the signature dance moves attached. In the U.S., September Music Corporation acquired the rights, and changed the name to ‘Dance Little Bird.’ Stanley Mills, the publisher in charge of the song, actually tried to add lyrics in English, but they never caught on.

In the 1980s, multiple renditions of the tune were born, from bands like De Electronica, a Dutch band that released an instrumental version, and another polka band — the song was placed on their album called “Hooked on Polkas!” Despite Mills’ best efforts to make the song a chart-topper, it simply didn’t happen in the early 1980s. 

May 10th is Trust Your Intuition Day (and more)

Shall I appreciate
Clean Your Room Day,
probably not

Shall I appreciate
National Receptionist's Day,
I used to be one
and now am not sure
they even exist

Shall I appreciate
Root Canal Day,
Sounds like a pain
to both 
wallet and mouth

So I shall appreciate
Trust Your Intuition Day,
by celebrating none of the above
because my Intuition suggested
that I don't.

The ability to gain knowledge without using conscious reasoning is referred to as intuition. The term ‘intuition’ is used in a variety of contexts, including full access to unconscious understanding; unconscious cognition; internal detection; inner understanding of unconscious pattern recognition; as well as the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. The word is derived from the Latin verb ‘intueri,’ which means “to consider,” or from the mid-late English word ‘intuit,’ which means “to ponder.”


Why is it ok
to ban books
and abortions
but not guns?

Since when
did pro-life
conception to
after that
you are on your own?

Cut healthcare
cut childcare
cut food assistance
then tell
people they
are doing a
crappy job
of raising the kids
you insisted they
must have.