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June 13, 2013

Today we celebrate:

Kitchen Klutzes of America Day – I am a kitchen klutz sometimes. Just ask my daughter who witnessed me adding too much yeast to a bread, spraying the sparkling water that was to go in the bread all over the place, dropping the paper towel holder in my rush to clean up the mess, and then allowing the bread to rise too much, spilling over and making yet another horrible mess all over the inside of my stove. And that was all in one day and one bread making project which I am usually very good at. When I make a mess, I make a big one. If you are having a day like this, try cooking only what you absolutely have to cook and make it as simple as possible.

Sewing Machine Day – Thomas Saint was issued the first patent for a complete sewing machine in 1790, but no one knows if Saint actually built a working machine because a later reproduction based on his patent drawing did not work. Several men in the early 1800's made attempts and some received patents, but all of their inventions failed and were forgotten. Finally, in 1830, the first functional sewing machine was invented by Bathelemy Thimonnier in France. The invention enraged French tailors who burned down his factory and nearly killed him because they feared his invention would put them out of work. They were a little hotheaded in France during that time period coming so close on the heals of the French Revolution. Isaac Singer in the 1850's built the first commercially successful sewing machine although there was plenty of drama involved with lawsuits and patent infringement and such. Who knew sewing machines were such a hot topic.

National Career Nursing Assistants Day - This is a day to celebrate nursing assistants who work so hard taking care of the sick, the elderly and the people needing long term care for a variety of reasons in nursing homes and care centers.

To celebrate today, carefully make some brownies (use a boxed mix if you need to, it's the easiest) and bring them to the nearest Nursing Home to share with the Nursing Assistants who work there. Then head home and use your sewing machine (or borrow a neighbor's if you don't have one) and make some new curtains for your front window. You know you've been wanting to change that look and now is your chance.

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