Happy holiday! Here are some general safety tips to be safe on the 4th!

***Fireworks

-Do not use alcohol when handling or lighting fireworks

-Follow the instructions on the label

-Only ignite outdoors away from structures

-Light them one at a time

-Never reignite “duds”

-Keep away from children

-Store in a cool, dry place

-Never point, throw or shoot fireworks at people or animals

-Keep pets inside

-Don’t ignite from metal or glass containers

-Don’t carry in pockets

-Use caution even with sparklers, which burn at more than 1,000 degrees

-Keep water, a hose, or portable fire extinguisher nearby in case of small fires

-Douse used fireworks with water when done and dispose properly according to the label.

***Water Activity Safety

-Review safe boating practices

-Never consume alcohol while driving a boat

-Assure there are enough life preservers for every passenger

-Set water safety rules for your family

-Pools should be enclosed or otherwise have restricted access to unattended children

***Grilling

-Never grill indoors, in a garage, or any other enclosed area that may catch on fire

-Keep the grill at least 10 feet away from any flammable materials

-Keep children away from grills

-Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes, and leaks which can cause fire or explosions.

-Keep a portable fire extinguisher nearby

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Only people from Michigan can claim this.

I’m from Michigan, where we use our hand as a map. Where Tim Allen, Alice Cooper, Madonna, Motown, The White Stripes, Stevie Wonder, Kid Rock, Eminem, Robin Williams, and Bob Segar are from. A vacation was to Cedar Point, Up North, to Florida, or a drive across the Bridge. We are the only large inland peninsula on earth. We love Faygo, Superman Ice Cream, Better Made Chips, Vernor’s, Mackinaw Isla…nd Fudge and Koegels Hot Dogs. We know that the UP is a place not a direction. We play Euchre, Poker, swim in lakes, fish, camp and snowmobile. We bake with “soda” and drink “pop”. We measure distance in hours (its about 2 hours away). We can drive 65 mph in a foot of snow or a blizzard and not even flinch, and still have school.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month . April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.

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Autism Awareness Month

February Fun Facts

The 2nd month of the year brings us George Washington’s Birthday, Valentine’s Day, and the shortest month of the year.

In the Gregorian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, February is the second month of the year. Most of the months have 30 or 31 days in a month but February is shorter. February has 28 days until Julius Caesar gave it 29 and 30 days every four years. This is because the Roman emperor Augustus took one day from February and added that to August because August was a month that was named after him. February is a very cold month followed by January in the northern half of the world. However, there are sunny days in February that indicates that spring is almost here. Different from the northern half, the southern hemisphere usually enjoys midsummer weather.

Below are some fun facts about February:

  1. The birthstone for February is Amethyst.
  2. Two zodiac signs for February are Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) and Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
  3. The month has 29 days in leap years, when the year number is divisible by four. In common years the month has 28 days.
  4. Viola (plant) and the Primrose are the birth flowers.
  5. Black History Month is celebrated in Canada and United States.
  6. National Day of the Sun is celebrated in Argentina.
  7. In order to complete the Soviet Union’s victory in Stalingrad during World War II, the last German troops surrendered in the Stalingrad pocket.
  8. On February 4, 1861, a temporary committee met at Montgomery, Alabama where they organized a Confederate States of America.
  9. On February 6, 1933, Amendment 20 to the United States was proclaimed which moved the Inauguration Day to January 20th.
  10. In February 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
  11. On February 6, 1899. The U.S. Senate ratified the peace treaty that led to the end of the Spanish-American War.
  12. On February 6, 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
  13. February 11 – National Foundation Day in Japan
  14. February 12 – Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
  15. February 14 – Valentine’s Day
  16. February 21 – International Mother Language Day
  17. February 22 – Independence Day in Saint Lucia
  18. February 22 – George Washington’s Birthday
  19. February 24 – Flag Day of Mexico
  20. February 25 – People Power Revolution (Philippines)

This month is very important to me. My mom passed away after having a major heart attack and we never knew she had heart problems. Get your heart checked and watch for the signs of a heart attack!

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Three Kings Day

thThis day is also called the Epiphany or to many Three Kings Day.

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The Three Kings by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Three Kings came riding from far away,
Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar;
Three Wise Men out of the East were they,
And they travelled by night and they slept by day,
For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star.

The star was so beautiful, large, and clear,
That all the other stars of the sky
Became a white mist in the atmosphere,
And by this they knew that the coming was near
Of the Prince foretold in the prophecy.

Three caskets they bore on their saddle-bows,
Three caskets of gold with golden keys;
Their robes were of crimson silk with rows
Of bells and pomegranates and furbelows,
Their turbans like blossoming almond-trees.

And so the Three Kings rode into the West,
Through the dusk of night, over hill and dell,
And sometimes they nodded with beard on breast
And sometimes talked, as they paused to rest,
With the people they met at some wayside well.

“Of the child that is born,” said Baltasar,
“Good people, I pray you, tell us the news;
For we in the East have seen his star,
And have ridden fast, and have ridden far,
To find and worship the King of the Jews.”

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The Story of the 12 Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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The 1st Day

The 2nd Day

The 3rd Day

The 4th Day

The 5th Day

The 6th Day

The 7th Day

The 8th Day

The 9th Day

The 10th Day

The 11th Day

The 12th Day

The Final Day

 

Happy Thanksgiving from my Family to Yours.

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To You and Yours

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