Spring Forward

It’s time to “Spring Forward” this weekend!  Many are saying “already”.  Yes, already.  Daylight Savings  Time arrives at 2 am this Sunday morning so, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to bed Saturday night!

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Spring!  It is the time of year we think of renewal!  Beautiful flowers, extra daylight time and family gatherings.  This is the time of year we shake off the winter doldrums and begin planning gardens, picnics, vacations and backyard barbecues and parties.  In the spring, we celebrate several holidays.  There is St. Patrick’s Day, Easter,Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day as we begin to move into summer.

As the years have passed, we have gotten more in touch with how close we need to be with those who matter most to us.  Many people use this time to send notes, cards and small gifts to just say “I’m thinking of you”.  Gifts are a way of showing how much we care for someone.  It is a remembrance doesn’t have to be expensive.  As we enter this spring season, give some thought to those close to you and reach out to them and let them know you are thinking of them with a card or a small token of your affection!  You will be glad you did!


Earth Day-Sunday, April 22nd

Don’t forget! Sunday is Earth Day. Do something nice for Mother Earth! Go for a walk and pick up items for recycling or work in the yard……..enjoy the nature that surrounds you!  Earth Day dates back to 1970 and has gained prominence in recent years with the discussion on global warming and such.  As inhabitants of our beautiful planet, it is up to us to keep it clean and “green”.  One way we can all do this is to recycle.  In our city of Temple Terrace, there is a big recycling effort.  If you are not already participating, all you have to do is call the city and they will deliver recycling bins to your home and you just fill them and put them out on your appointed day.

When we moved into our home about 6 years ago, that is one of the first things we did.  Our children and grandchildren all understand the importance of recycling.  One of my favorite stories is of a grandson who was visiting us a little before his parents arrived and we explained the importance of recycling to him.  His mom arrived and was going to throw out a beverage can and he gave her “the speech”.  “Grandma is saving the planet for her grandchildren” and “that’s me” he added.

Children are the best way to get the point across to the future generations.  We can ALL do a little to make a BIG difference!  So, let’s all “reduce-reuse-recycle!  Happy Earth Day Earthlings!


Are you ready for the Easter-Passover holiday season?

Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb.  Jesus rose on the third day after his crucifixion on a cross at Mt. Calvary as described in the New Testament of the Bible.  Easter is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, reflection, prayer and repenting. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week and it contains Maundy Thursday commemorating the Last Supper as well as Good Friday , which commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus.   Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday which refers to the ascension of Jesus into heaven.

The Easter holiday is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the calendar. Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox.   The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25.  Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for “Easter” and “Passover” are etymologically related or  homonyms.  Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but decorating eggs is a common one.   In the United States, customs such as  egg hunting and the Easter Bunny extend from the church and are considered secular.

Whatever your customs and practices, this is a great time to see and spend time with family and friends!  Happy Easter and Chag Sameach!

Spring Forward

Well, as most of you know the time has come to “spring forward”!  This is designed to give us all an extra hour of daylight.  Benjamin Franklin is credited with the original concept that came to be known as Daylight Saving Time, when we “spring ahead,” or turn the clocks ahead an hour around springtime. It was initially intended for people to get the most out of the natural daylight so they could burn fewer candles and later, use less electricity.

This is a good time to enjoy the out-of-doors.  As the days get longer and warmer, it is a good time to get active.

 Ways You Can Spend the Extra Hour

  • Start seeds for a springtime organic garden.
  • Try a few yoga poses.
  • Exercise with your pet.
  • Go for a leisurely bike ride.
  • Yard work.
  • Walking.
  • Get a jump on spring cleaning.
  • Shopping.

While most of the country runs on Daylight Saving Time today, with the exception of Hawaii, a state with nearly equal day length year-round, and Arizona, which refuses to adopt it, things weren’t always this uniform.

Initially adopted as a wartime-only policy, New York decided to bring Daylight Saving Time back after World War I and adopted a metropolitan Daylight Saving Time law for the city only in 1920. Cities ran on it, suburbs did not. Being such a powerful influence on the economy, almost every city from Chicago adopted it. By 1921, only Massachusetts had a statewide policy.  All of this left a patchwork of times across the country for the next 10 years.  This patchwork wreaked havoc with transportations schedules making it difficult to keep up.  It has taken until 2006 to get to the levels of DST usage that this country currently has.

No matter what you do with your extra time, make it count!  Spend it wisely with family, friends or doing something for yourself!  Happy Spring and don’t forget to set your clocks AHEAD before going to bed Saturday night (3/10/2012) because daylight savings time arrives at 2am Sunday morning!  Spring Forward!


Are you ready for some baseball?


Let's go Rays!

Well folks, it’s that time of year again!  On Sunday, 2/19, pitchers and catchers report for spring training!  I have the fever….how about you!  Florida is the place to be in March……..as well as the rest of the year!  Rays spring workouts begin Monday, 2/20 in Port Charlotte.  I can hardly wait for the “boys of summer” to be back in action.  My husband and I both LOVE baseball and go into a sort of mourning period when the season is over.  Thankfully, living in Florida lets us get our baseball fix a lot sooner that other parts of the country.  All of the teams in the Grapefruit League have their spring training camps here.  If you are a baseball fan-atic, you can catch any number of games within an hour-or-so drive and be back in Tampa before dinner!  The mister and I are planning on being in Port Charlotte for the opening of the spring workouts as well as the spring training home-opener the first weekend of March.  This is some good, wholesome, family entertainment at a reasonable price and the kiddos will love how accessible the players are in this more personable setting. I hope to see some of you out at the “old ball game”!

At Lady Ashley Designs, we have a great selection of coffee mugs for the teams that train in the area so stop by and show your support and pick up a mug for your favorite team!

Play ball and let’s go Rays!

Versatile Blogger Award

I am very excited to have been given the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you to the Prairie Wife for this award.  As many of you know, I love to cook, travel and write in addition to running the little gift shop my husband and I opened almost 2 years ago!  Thank you to The Prairie Wife (http://theprairiewife.blogspot.com) for giving me this coveted award.

Seven Random Things about Me: (only 7?)

  1. I am the oldest of 10 children.
  2. My husband and I have 7 children between us.
  3. We  have 10 grandchildren ranging in age from 3 to 24.
  4. I did my internship for college in the District Attorney’s Office on the DUI Task Force.
  5. I studied Public Administration for my Master’s Degree.
  6. I went to The University of Texas at San Antonio.
  7. I would love to visit the Grand Canyon.

Since I am still kinda new to this, I am still working on getting enough names to give the award to, so please be patient with me!

The Rules:

1. Add the award to your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
3. Mention seven random things about yourself.
4. List the rules.
5. Award to 15 bloggers.
6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.
Other Bloggers:
  1. http://moderndaywife-lauren@blogspot.com
  2. http://everydaymomsmeals@blogspot.com