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April is a month that is one that makes me smile. It

is associated, right from the beginning, with FUN!

I mean, don’t you remember all the silly pranks done

in the name of “April Fool!” Also, since this year,

Easter lands within April, we get the double extra-

cute items that make it an adorable month. Baby lambs,

chicks, ducks, baskets, colored eggs, chocolates and

other brightly colored images come to mind, when I

think of April!

Here is a cheerful quotation from Brazilian theologian,

philosopher and poet, Rubem A. Alves:

“Hope is hearing the melody of the Future.

Faith is to dance to it.”

Springtime melodies ring in renewal and hope.

APRIL CALENDAR

Birthstone: Diamond

Flower: Sweet Pea

1- April Fool’s Day

2- National Walking Day

Did you know that 3 walks weekly after 3 meals

are better than a once a week 45 minute walk?

A fifteen minute walk after dinner, can lower

blood sugar for hours. Along that same line of

thinking, it will significantly lower or reduce

the risk of diabetes.

April 6-13 National Volunteer Week

7- First Quarter Moon

On 4/13/64, Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award,

making this a historical event, as he was the first

African American male, to win. He won for his role

as “Homer Smith,” in “Lilies of the Field.”

April 13- Palm Sunday

I remember going to church and the wonderful song,

which includes the words, “Hosanna” in it. There

would be a parade of people, in one church the

children, in another the choir, all carrying big

palm leaves. In Sunday School, we learned how to

make them into crosses and also, to braid them.

If you wish to know more, you may look farther

into the subject online.

15- Don’t forget to file your Federal taxes,

if you live in the United States.

On this evening, look out to see the Full Pink Moon!

This also is the first day of Passover.

18- Good Friday

This is celebrated by many Christians, including Roman

Catholics and Orthodox Catholics. Some may commemorate

Jesus’ Last Supper, in some religions.

20- Easter

If you celebrate, enjoy the family, loved ones and

neighbors. Hope there is an Easter basket and egg

hunt, along with some fun activities. Do you color

eggs with vinegar and dyes? I like that acidic,

pungent scent. It leads me to memories and nostalgic

moments, along with present days with grandchildren

getting excited about these simple crafts and use

of crayons to make the dye show patterns.

My daughter in law makes the best deviled eggs

while my son makes the juiciest ham, with the

pineapple, brown sugar and clove combination recipe

that my Mom showed me how to make. My daughter bakes

a yellow cake with marshmallow crème frosting and

coconut sprinkles with jelly beans. I used to like

the lamb or bunny cakes my Mom brought home from

the bakery.

If you have a special tradition or recipe to share,

please feel free to place these in the comments’

section!

22- Earth Day

Anywhere you live, internationally we all celebrate

Earth Day. In the schools around here, they will

sometimes go out on hikes to look for nature. In

the parks, sometimes a mayor or official will dig

a hole to place a new tree to celebrate our love

for nature. Other placees, recycling projects may

ensue, cleaning up creeks and paths where paper gets

picked up, along with the mess from winter’s winds.

Also, on April 22, the last Quarter Moon will be out.

23- Administration or Professionals Day

I have an older calendar, where Secretaries’ Day is

mentioned. I used to give the women in our Principal’s

office, little pots of violets in appreciation for

all they put up with from the students and teachers.

25- Arbor Day

This may be an even better time to schedule digging

a hole to place a new tree! I like to have little

seedlings to give to homeowners. I, also, have had

someone buy miniature trees to give to friends.

29- New Moon, it will be dark tonight!

The Paralyzed Veterans of America consider the month

of April to be Veterans’ Awareness Month. Check out

your community and see if there are any ways that

are planned to help Paralyzed Vets or if there are

any ceremonies or projects. This month is to help

raise public awareness of the unique challenges

that paralyzed veterans face on a daily basis.

I like to end with a couple of positive quotes from

Thomas Kinkade:

“True simplicity begins when you learn to enjoy the

amazing abundance of what is already yours.”

“No one can decide how you spend your time, but you.”

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26 responses »

  1. I did not know those facts about walking. Really good to know! My husband always tells me that it’s not really exercise. Now I’ll have a comeback for him! Thanks for taking us all through the upcoming month, lots to look forward to.

  2. Lovely quote by Rubem A. Alves: β€œHope is hearing the melody of the Future. Faith is to dance to it.”

    Thanks for the reminder about walking after dinner. My husband and I often do – but not often enough. I’ll be looking for that pink moon. That should be quite a sight.

    Years ago, Avon had a brochure that had cute drawings on Easter Eggs. I’ve kept that. We use markers and make them every year. Great fun! Happy Easter to you and your family. πŸ˜‰

    • I am so thankful for the wide variety of comments! I am so glad you enjoyed the quote! I had to check on the spelling 2x of his name, though! I was not sure if I was getting it right. Which is so important when we quote others, don’t you think? You are welcome for any helpful healthy hints! I am sure that the moon will be interesting, but for some reason April’s full moon’s name is “pink.” We will all have to see if this is a misnomer, right? Hoping you have a lovely month! I will look forward to a happy Easter! You, too! Smiles, Robin

      • Rubem A. Alves is, indeed, a most unusual name. But you were spot on on the spelling of this Brazilian theologian, philosopher and poet. πŸ˜‰ Your post revealed a good many things I was not aware of – including the name of April’s full moon – “pink.” Now, I know. πŸ˜‰

      • Thanks for reinforcing my spelling, Judy! I am so glad that you knew of him and his wonderful works. He is very talented in many ways. I appreciate any kind of supportive comments, including new details that add to my posts!

  3. i love april too, robin. it really begins to feel like spring, it is my youngest daughter’s birth month, and feels like color is returning to our part of the world. and i love you posts about the months )

  4. I always laugh when I hear people say, “I don’t have time.” Like your last line states, we are in charge of our time. Everyone has 24 hours a day and it comes down to choices. You can either choose to lay in bed or on the couch half the day or go out and live your life and enjoy the fabulous month of April!
    Great post, Robin!

    • It will be a fabulous month, Jill, I agree! I hope you have all good things happen to you and your family! We are getting some warmer weather up here in Ohio! Smiles, Robin

  5. Lovely post Robin! I love April too, it’s a month of growth and renewal, and you have all of the glorious anticipation of spring and summer ahead of you, after the dark months of winter. It’s my birthday this month too πŸ™‚
    Jane x

      • Thank you Robin! It’s an idea, we should have a big wordpress party one day! All meet one another for the first time, that would be so cool!
        Jane x

    • I hope you have a restful and peaceful break, thank you so much for reminding us of your weather there. I like Autumn. Do the leaves turn colors and drop their leaves in your April? Thanks so much for saying these informative comments, Elizabeth! Hugs, Robin

  6. Thanks, Jonathan! I appreciate your reblogging and your support of my blog! I think it is so cool that you have discovered Twinings loose teas, do you collect the mini-tins? I will have to check out what they look like, I have room for little things! I enjoy tea, too. Have you ever collected the porcelain creatures/animals and other things in the Rose Tea boxes? I have only a few, but have seen shelves of these in one of our antique stores in Delaware, Ohio. Thanks again! Hugs, Robin

  7. I’m greeting this April with a bit of trepidation, I become an official Senior Citizen. I love your posts of things I didn’t know. πŸ™‚

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