May 2021

5th Edition

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May 2021

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1907, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother, Ann Jarvis, at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  Ann Jarvis died in 1905 and had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. She and another peace activist  Julia Howe had been urging for the creation of a Mother’s Day dedicated to peace. 40 years before it became an official holiday, 👉

Welcome Spring Wreath


Howe had made her Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870, which called upon mothers of all nationalities to band together to promote the “amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.” Anna Jarvis wanted to honor this and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.

Rustic White Display

add a touch of elegance with a clear glass vase.

Using a clear glass vase, add fresh or faux white poppies or tulips. Or you can use your favorite color combinations. 🌷Add other items such as an open book, a framed picture or a basket. Make sure you are using items in the same color tones. 🌷 Try to use an odd number of items. 🌷 Display in a spot in your home that needs some love or include the single vase with flowers on a breakfast tray for Mom.


“A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did like pie”

– Tenneva Jordan

brain teaser

Why do mother kangaroos hate rainy days?


Last Month’s: Q:-Where does Valentine’s Day come AFTER Easter? A: In the dictionary.


Avocado toast


  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted & mashed
  • 3/4 cups goat cheese (softened)
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion and herb seasoning
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
  • 4 slices whole grain bread, toasted
  • 2 cups spring mix salad greens
  • 4 large eggs, poached or hard boiled
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on
Photo by Trang Doan on


  1. In a medium bowl, mix avocado, goat cheese, seasoning, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. Heat griddle over medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray.Spread 1/4 of the avocado mixture evenly over each piece of toast. Top each slice with spring mix, an egg and sprinkle with ad’l seasoning, if desired.
  3. Serve to Mom for breakfast on Mother’s Day with a cup of coffee (just the way she likes it)


Mother’s Day Card


A picture of you with your Mom. (or use one of the emoji Easter egg photos you took last month)

Purple maker

Blank card with colored envelope


Decorate the front of the card. Using your best handwriting skills, write Happy Mother’s Day on the front of the card.

Then draw a picture of a heart or your mom on the front of the card.

Tape the picture on the inside right side of the card.



My first and last Momma!”

I remember my first Momma.

She had silky soft black fur and her name was Queenie.  She had extremely effective parenting skills. 

She taught my littermates and me about every aspect of cat life. She taught us language and that meowing and purring usually would get her and/or her person’s attention.  We used our language skills often, especially when we were hungry.

She taught us how to socialize and how to behave with our siblings, other animals and with our humans.  She taught us what “NO!” meant.  She would make a snarling sound or hold us down to make her point. She taught us about predators and how to always potty away from our nest to keep predators far away.

Best of all, she taught us how to hunt.  She showed us how to groom ourselves after eating to keep food particles off of us and to keep potential prey away from our cat scent. She would bring a mouse home and release it so we could chase and catch it.  Thanks to my first Momma, I grew up to be an excellent hunter!

It was stressful to leave my Momma and go to a new home.  I missed her so much! I was grateful for her teachings when I got lost a few times during my first few years of life.

I now have a new (human) Momma. I call her my last Momma. She has taught me what NO! means. Even though I already knew from my first Momma. She knows when I am hungry (even though I have to use my language skills to remind her on occassion), she always knows when I want to go for a walk, when I need love and cuddles and especially when I NEED a treat! Just between you and me, that’s why I let her think that I am trained to come when called, sit, stay and walk on a lease and that she is the BOSS! 

adopt a pet!

Meet Archie:

Archie is a four year old Coonhound, Treeing Walker/Mix. Walker Hounds are a efficient, reliable hunting dog ( The Encyclopedia of the Dog).

He is an outgoing, energetic confident dog. He will need an active home. lots of exercise and a fenced yard. When going for a walk, he should be on a leash at all times because he will follow his nose if he gets a scent! He is gentle with humans and wants to interact with them. He liked the dogs in the kennels and greeted each one not showing any sign of aggression. He does have a high prey drive. He likes to chase the cats and we could not get him to recall off of them. Archie is a nice dog, seems very gentle and self played during evaluation.

I love this dog?

For info: Humane Society of Skagit Valley – 360-757-0445 –

Photo by Humane Society


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