Thursday, November 13, 2008

World Kindness Day

Today is World Kindness Day. Of course, I'd rather it be Eat Cookies All Day or Bring Your Favorite Childhood Candy To Work Day, but those holidays will have to wait until someone decides to include them in the crazy list of unofficial days. I'll be waiting. In the meantime, World Kindness Day is a day to encourage people to be kind to others and be more compassionate to help create a better world. Now I'm suddenly reminded of Frank Burns in M*A*S*H when he says, "It's nice to be nice to the nice." However, I find this ironic when today's headlines read this or even this. I'm all for freedom of speech, but frankly it's getting ridiculous. I don't want to be political here, but it's sad when people mistake their freedom of speech as freedom to lie or make things up. It puts the whole World Kindness Day thing to shame. So, how will you spend the day? Will you do something kind for someone else? I'll have to try, though it goes against my personality. It's so unlike me with my nagging at Neil to do his writing for school or yelling at Nathan when he's squealing while playing Playstation. The Crayola website has some fun activities for kids and you can see them by clicking here. Now get yourself out there, goshdarnit, and be kind to someone today -- or else! ;)

Oh -- and now for something totally different! I woke up around 6:45am this morning to the strangest sound. I thought one of my boys was crying downstairs. I got up and noticed the sound was coming from outside. I opened the front door to take a listen. I'm not positive, but it sounded like wolves! It could have been coyotes, but my first thought was wolves. FREAKY! I used to hear coyotes at our California house all the time, but I've never heard them here before. It was bizarre and it definitely wasn't a domestic dog making that sound. My cat was all freaked out. Arrrroooo! And on top of this, just now I saw 22 wild turkeys wander by. They're going up the hill behind my house. Run turkeys run -- Thanksgiving is coming!


  1. This is a nice little holiday. Hugs to everyone here, I hope you all have a great day!

    Wolves sound very scary Rena, I hope they don't come around your house. Maybe they're out chasing the turkeys your direction. hee You should go out a grab you a turkey for Thanksgiving. Nothing like a nice fresh one, although I don't think I'd want to boil it, pluck it and clean it. A good Butterball from the store works for me!


  2. LOL Nancy! I'll go for the Butterball too. I've heard wild turkey is really good, but I don't think I could shoot one. I can hardly take their picture without them seeing me and running off. They must have great eyesight!

    Costco had boneless turkey breasts on sale recently, so we bought a couple of those. I put them in the crock-pot with a mixture of dry onion soup mix and a can of whole cranberry sauce. It turns out yummy! Gobble gobble ...

  3. I've always heard that mountain lions sound like a baby crying when they are be careful...whether coyotes, wolves or mountain lions...

    I'll have to let Hazel know about this turkey recipe...we always take ours out and put it in the oven for a few minutes to brown it...seems more like a traditional turkey feast that way...grin..

  4. You look lovely today Rena... that is the extent of my being nice today I'm afraid. lol I am 8 days into a nasty cold that won't go away and yesterday my husband got sick too - and he is the biggest baby.. in the world. So all my niceness is gone! lol

    Wild about the wolves though - we have 2 huge dogs that live in the house behind us who obviously have 'wolf' in their blood somewhere and they howl most nights. Gives the impression that we live in the country anyway!


  5. Your yard is like wild kingdom! I love the run turkeys run part! :0)
    Those headlines ARE ridiculous...I wish the press would be more positive...enough of the lies and nastiness!
    Okay, I'll be kind now!

  6. Brenda -- I've been told we have a big mountain lion in our area, but I have yet to see him. I'm always looking though. I'd love to see one in person.

    Tracy -- Thanks! If you're sick and you have a sick husband, you're definitely exempt for today. ;) I hope you & Vince feel better soon. One of our neighbors has a dog that's part wolf too, but I am pretty sure there was a bunch of them by the noise they were making. I'll have to see if anyone else heard anything. So far, no one else did at my house.

    Kelly -- Yeah, I agree with the stories lately. If they're not downright lies, they're trying to make up stuff to be funny. How are we to know what's true anymore? Kind of sad.

  7. LOL - I guess it's not surprising to find turkeys heading for the hills this time of year!

    Thanks for the reminder to spread some cheer!

  8. I love this one: World Kindness Day.

    Poor, poor turkeys.

  9. Sounds like a zoo!

    We have coyotes here in Cincinnati. Yup. They live in the county parks and surrounding suburbs. Every once in a while they'll cross the road in front of me as I'm driving to work.

  10. Adrienne -- Yeah, they were all going up the hill. I counted at least 22 of them today. We have them in the yard quite often, but I think this group is a mixture of some chicks we had this summer. They're getting really big!

    Kim -- Isn't it funny all the unofficial holidays and celebrations they have? I mean, there's a day for everything. I think the 14th is National American Teddy Bear Day as well as Loosen Up, Liven Up Day. LOL!

    Nora -- That's cool you see coyotes in the city. We had a big dry river behind our house in CA and everynight we'd hear the coyotes down there yipping. Not sure if that's what I heard this morning, but it was definitely not a dog. It sounded more like wolves and there was a pack of them. I do live in the mountains though, so this is not a stretch. :)

  11. I've heard mountain lions; they sound like a baby crying or a woman screaming, very eerie. And hubby is sure he saw one a few years back running low through the tall grass while he was taking our dog for a walk. YIKES! I saw a dozen turkeys once.

    As for World Kindness Day. A wonderful thought, but it's kind of like broccoli on Mars isn't it? :)

    Hugs to you and yours.

  12. Bish -- you've got that right regarding the broccoli on Mars part. Sad, but true.