Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!   Today is the day we pause to give thanks for all our blessing.   This is a day for families and friends to gather, to give thanks, and share a huge meal.

Happy Thanksgiving on wooden vintage board with pumpkins and leaves

The traditional meal features a roast turkey.   But many prefer ham, beef, or any favorite foods.   Today at our house, mom is cooking a turkey and a ham.   We do plan for leftovers.   We love this day and our guests will all be offered leftover turkey, ham, pies and whatever we have.   This a great day, no presents are involved today, just family and friends giving thanks.   Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Happy Veteran’s Day 2018

Today, and every day, we thank those brave men and women that have served, and those currently serving, the United States of America.  Today, November 11 is the official holiday to honor all our veterans.   Veteran’s Day is from Armistice Day, the end of World War I.   The treaty was signed at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month.   That was November 11, 1918.   Yes, this is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.   Please call and thank a veteran today.   Perhaps take a veteran for coffee or a meal.   Visit a hospitalized veteran.   Deliver some veteran’s day greeting cards.  We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks and our humans, pause to reflect on how much we owe our veterans.   Please don’t let Veteran’s Day be a lost day, overshadowed between the shopping frenzies of Halloween and Christmas.

Happy Veteran’s Day

Thanks you veterans.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2018 with Colorado Traveling Ducks

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.   This is exciting when the actual day is on a Saturday.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks and our humans, wish you a happy and safe day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick, an English person, moved to Ireland, became a priest, and introduced Christianity to Ireland in the year 432.   The shamrock, a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, was used as a teaching tool and metaphor for the Holy Trinity.   St. Patrick is also credited with chasing all the snakes out of Ireland.   However, fossils show no evidence that there ever were snakes in Ireland.   Much of the world celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with parades, parties, corned beef and cabbage and lots of green beer.   Many people here, and elsewhere, celebrate with friends and family, in pubs and restaurants and many with huge dinners and fun at home.   Green is the color of the day.   Many things show up green that usually are not green.   In the US city of Chicago, Illinois, 40 tons of green dye (a secret recipe) are used to color the Chicago River just the correct shade of green for the day.   Some people add green food coloring to regular food, including green mashed potatoes.   This is a holiday for fun for everyone.   And on this day, everyone is a little bit Irish.

St. Patrick’s Day for all

Even our four legged friends.   You will often hear “Erin Go Bragh” in many establishments.   According to http://www.Mentalfloss.com, this is a corruption of a phrase meaning “Ireland Forever.”   Have fun tomorrow, wear green and be safe.   Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Diwali 2017

According to National Geographic Kids, Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year.   The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps that the people of India light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.   This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. This holiday is also celebrated in India’s non-Hindu communities.   Diwali is celebrated in October or November each year and lasts for 5 days.   This year, 2017, Diwali begins today, Thursday, October 19, 2017.  Diwali is sometimes called the Festival of Lights.

Diwali

Diwali

There are certain variations of Diwali in different parts of India, but in all interpretations, one common thread rings true.   The festival marks the victory of good over evil.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, and their humans, wish you all a very Happy Diwali.

Lipstick and Lasagna Today

Today, July 29, is National Lipstick Day.   Ducks don’t wear lipstick.   Throughout the ages, controversy has surrounded lipstick.    British Parliament banned it in 1770 calling it a devilish attempt to trick men into marriage.   They likened it to witchcraft.   Lipstick has been known to contain poisonous materials.   It is said Sarah Bernhardt created a scandal by applying “lip rouge” in pubic.   Queen Victoria considered it impolite, yet Winston Churchill thought it was an excellent morale booster during WWII.   So, wear your favorite lipstick today.

National Lipstick Day

Not interested in lipstick?   Here is the best way to wear it off.  Eat!   Today is also National Lasagna Day.   Let’s eat some!  Lasagna was featured in a 14th century England cookbook.   Definitely a food that has stood the test of time.  And, the cartoon character Garfield’s favorite food is lasagna.

National Lasagna Day

So humans and ducks, let’s eat lasagna today.   Our national holiday information is from http://www.NationalDayCalendar.com

Happy National Hammock Day, July 22

Now this is a national day that humans and ducks can enjoy!   National Hammock Day!   Who knew there was such a day.   We will remember July 22 as National Hammock Day.    On vacations we often see humans in hammocks.   We ducks have tried them also.  They are really comfortable.

National Hammock Day

Lounging in the hammock in Malawi, Africa

This is me, Zeb the Duck, admiring Lake Malawi in July 2016.