Knock, knock. Who’s there? Candice. Candice who? Candice door open, or what?

Or another option with Candice…

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Candice. Candice who? Candice joke be any worse?

Laugh out loud on National Knock Knock Joke Day! October 31st encourages telling a few funny knock knock jokes while going door to door. And the day is for jokesters of all ages, too.

A little history of the Knock Knock Joke:
1929:  The game of Buff – A child with a stick thumps it on the ground using the following dialogue:
Knock Knock
Who’s There:
What says, Buff:

Buff says Buff to all his men, and I say Buff to you again.

1934:  The standard knock-knock joke format was used in a newspaper humor column:
Knock Knock
Who’s There?
Rufus Who?
Rufus the most important part of your house.

1936:  Likely the beginning of popularity for knock-knock jokes.

Knock-knock jokes became a regular part of the Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in Show in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

At a very young age, children often learn to tell knock-knock jokes as one of their first types of jokes. They also like making up knock-knock jokes to tell their family and friends. What’s your favorite knock-knock joke?

HOW TO OBSERVE #KnockKnockJokeDay

Take turns telling knock-knock jokes with your kids. Make up new ones or tell some old classics. Trade them back and forth and let the giggles ensue. Laughter is some of the best medicine you can share.

Have a knock-knock joke-writing contest. Take videos and share them. Visit fatherly.com to find some funny ones for kids.

Tell your best knock-knock jokes and use #KnockKnockJokeDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for projects, puzzles, and more designed to Celebrate Every Day® with your students!

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“Happy Birthday to Sister Alvira”

Do you know anyone that has a BIRTHDAY on Halloween?

Sister Mary Alvira is the NUN sitting on the left of this photo… enjoying an ice cream cone on the  “Anniversary” Sunday  Celebration taking place at the German St. Vincent’s Orphan Home.  That would be at 7401 Florissant Road, Normandy, Missouri 63121 – in the Saint Louis County  – North – not to hard to find.

The Nun sitting in the center is Sister M. Celestine and she worked on the “Girl’s-side”  the Dining Room and on the right side  of this Photo is Sister M. Luitroud and her work assignment was in the Laundry.

When I  saw this photo in the Newspaper, I just had to cut it out – since you never did get to see the NUNS eating  in public, as their uniforms, before this one you  now see,  did include a large white bow that ties up close and under the chin – and to eat in public, really would  be taking a chance on food getting onto the uniform and that just would not look good.

Now that I think about it, that just might be  why this new version of their uniform was made.  The Nuns were usually all so nice and thin and perhaps they did not  get any  extra  – in between meals and or snacks?

Well, when you are my FRIEND, like Sister Alvira,   and  I KNOW YOUR  BIRTHDAY –  it will always be a day that is implanted,  into my brain – a day I will never forget!

So, I have this little card with a nice verse on it – something,  that I guess we should always  give a thought or two about – because we are here on Earth for a short time – and then, one day we will all be together for all Eternity!

Reading the above message  over a couple of times, does make you think about being with your loved ones,  here on Earth and then that day,  that your  NAME is called, when we  are to start to leave here – and even though some  of our family and friends have gone on ahead  – we all – one day shall  all be together.

If only most of us would think about  that time, a time  of getting to meet our family and friends again – maybe we would remember –  that our memories are always with us – and it sure would be good to carry a large bag of  terrifically superb memories –  than an old empty sack – that only makes us sad!

“Have to leave a good message to all,  and to Sister Alvira – that we are thinking of you,  as we did long ago,  when we were all here on EARTH and we were  all the best of FRIENDS – and someday soon –  we just never know when,  that happy day will be –  that  we will all be celebrating our being together – making  so many more new  and the HAPPIEST  of Memories in Heaven!”    D.V.

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Hearts get healthy on National Oatmeal Day! Not only is oatmeal one of America’s favorite breakfast foods, but we also celebrate it annually on October 29. It’s a perfect day to enjoy one of America’s favorite breakfast foods. 

A warm bowl of oatmeal starts a day off right. Add spices, fruit, nuts, or nut butters to add flavor. It’s also a versatile ingredient. Add oatmeal to baked goods to create a delicious crumble. We use it to make granola, cookies, and bars. Sometimes, recipes for soups call for oatmeal, adding thicker texture and nutty flavor.

  • Steel-cut oats are coarsely cut oats. They’re the nuttiest and most flavorful oats available.
  • Oatmeal also comes in different forms. Rolled oats are a whole grain oat that’s rolled into oat flakes. They may take longer to cook, but the nutty flavor adds to the enjoyment.
  • Another kind is instant or quick oats. These oats cook more quickly because they’ve either been pre-cooked or cut thinner. They lose some of the nuttiness found in rolled oats, but they offer similar health benefits.
Oatmeal offers many health benefits. 
  • A bowl of oatmeal daily can lower cholesterol.
  • It may reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • It may reduce your risk of cancer. (According to the American Cancer Society, eating a diet high in fiber may help reduce your risk for cancer.)
  • The grain is low in fat.
  • Oatmeal is low in calories.
  • Add oatmeal to your diet as a good source of iron and fiber.

Some favorite oatmeal toppings include brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, nuts, and granola.

Oatmeal has a long tradition in the state of Vermont, which originated within the Scottish settlement.  Although there were many variations, most oatmeal recipes began with steel-cut oats. They soaked the oats overnight in cold water, salt, and maple syrup. Early the next morning, the cook would add ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and, occasionally, ground ginger.  The pot was then placed over heat and cooked for approximately 90 minutes. The oatmeal was served steaming hot with cream, milk, or butter.

Vermont leads the United States in per capita consumption of cooked oatmeal cereal. 

The Quaker Man is one of the oldest advertising mascots in America.  The Quaker Oats company registered him as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal in 1877.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOatmealDay

Have a bowl of oatmeal and use #NationalOatmealDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this food staple holiday.

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“Everybody is SOoo HAPPY on the FARM”

When you stop to think about LIFE, and  if you can remember back to when you lived on a FARM  –  what is the  most memorable  of things that  has made those days,  better than the fast pace days of the big CITY Life?

Just to have caught,  this little LOVE of one animal to and for another, is something,  that you  would not think even possible?  But there is something that living on the FARM does, to all those little ones that live  on   the FARM,  where a strong amount of LOVE is given to all animals – that the animals just try to show us – humans – that LOVE is so important even  among the small fry animals – as they form strong attachments to one another – since they are all one  big  happy FAMILY  living and working all together – making  sure that each one,  will never ever want to leave this, “little piece of  heaven!”

This is Mr. Trump, the new addition to the family and making sure that everyone knows that he is getting bigger  and while he  is growing in size, he is also,   going to be doing his part of  helping little Miss Lotto  do her regular chores around the outside of the property,  as all good guard dogs  will do.

We can  not hear what Mr. Trump is telling,  the little Miss Lotto,  as he has the  “soul of Mr. Lee’s boot”  hanging from his mouth, but just so you will know, Mr. Trump is saying,  “Lotto… You are so LUCKY,  that you have  a friend that has SOUL!”

Farmer Lee, himself – right out there where he is supposed to be doing all that  hard hand digging, as when there is a job to be done – and has to be done NOW –  you start at the top of  the chain and see what they think this JOB requires – and sometimes, the guy at the top is  most qualified to do the job  – and all by himself!

Soon the top Boss, will be out to make a check of the situation – see for herself, just exactly what has  been done and what more will need to be done? Then, with two  heads checking out things a big decision  will need to be made – and that is where the purse strings will have to be opened – ’cause some jobs just require more man-power and the big heavy duty equipment!

Since I just received these PHOTOS  –  I  also will need to give more time to this situation  – that is to  make more inquires as to what is going on, and where do we proceed from here?

So much going on  -“On the Farm” that I will need to look at the rest of these PHOTOS just to see what the next story will be? I was told that one the four “GOATS” that they have  – has been given the name “GRANDMA” and,  that ‘one’ is suppose to take after me! I have never given that a thought – that an old GOAT – could take after me?

Looks like this is calling for more investigation, and since it is close to Halloween –  just maybe there is an old “Witch”  doing some flying around – just for Fun and Games! I  understand that this will be a real cold night, this year  – maybe even,  too cold for a “Witch” to Fly at night, all by herself  and without permission?

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National Chocolate Day, on October 28th, recognizes one of the world’s favorite tastes. While many specific chocolate related holidays exist throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.  

As America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is well-deserving of its own day of honor. (Some sources designate July 7 or December 28 as Chocolate Day or International Chocolate Day.)

How is chocolate made?

Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia and grows in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America. The earliest known documentation of using cacao seeds is from around 1100 BC.

Since cacao tree seeds have a very intense, bitter taste, they must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Research has found that chocolate, when eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.

Once fermented, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted.  After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass, which is pure chocolate in rough form. The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients. At this point in the process, it is called chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

  • Unsweetened baking chocolate –  cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
  • Sweet chocolate –  cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.
  • Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.
  • White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChocolateDay

Visit your favorite restaurant and indulge in a delicious chocolate dessert. Another idea is to host a chocolate tasting party. Invite friends to bring their best chocolate recipes to share. Here are a few recipes to try.

Chocolate Lasagna
No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

Use #NationalChocolateDay to post on social media.


HISTORY National Confectioners Association created National Chocolate Day 


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“NAVY DAY – October 27”





Navy Day on October 27th salutes all of the military personnel who have served, both past and present, in the United States Navy.

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It’s also one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy currently stands as the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service engages over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve. 

Navy History

Throughout the Revolutionary War, their importance grew. Today, the United States maintains 40 naval bases across the country, including the world’s largest Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Below the sea, submarines became a part of the Navy during World War II. While experiments began in the late 1800s and during the Civil War, they did not become a large part of the Navy inventory until World War II. At that point, subs became necessary for surveillance and rescue, even though they were also armed.

With the advent of the airplane, the Navy became vital stations for the Airforce as well. As a result, the Navy modified ships into floating landing strips. Today, joint Naval and Airbases such as Pearl Harbor-Hickam provided necessary fleets of the sea and air defense.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Navy

Between 1922 and 1972, the Navy celebrated its birthday on October 27th in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt’s birth. He elevated the U.S. Navy to a premier fighting force. During his term as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he built up the power and strength of the U.S. Navy. Roosevelt’s pursuit of the naval aircraft advanced the U.S. Navy. As president, Roosevelt was the first president to submerge in a submarine and also the first to fly. His support of the Navy led the former Secretary of the Navy, John F. Lehman, to say, Theodore Roosevelt, “was one of the architects of our modern Navy.”


Recognize Naval service members and their dedication to their country. Visit a Naval museum to learn more about the Navy’s history. Discover more about naval training, the types of ships in our fleets, and where they sail around the world. Use #NavyDay to post on social media.


The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922. They chose October 27th honoring the birth of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Navy Day received particular attention from President Warren Harding. Harding wrote to the Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby:

“Thank you for your note which brings assurance of the notable success which seems certain to attend the celebration of Navy Day on Friday, October 27, in commemoration of past and present services of the Navy. From our earliest national beginnings, the Navy has always been and deserved to be an object of special pride to the American people. Its record is indeed one to inspire such sentiments, and I am very sure that such a commemoration as is planned will be a timely reminder.”

In 1949, the Department of Defense Secretary Louis A. Johnson directed the United States Navy’s participation on Armed Forces Day in May. Although, as a civilian organization, the Navy League was not affected by this directive and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before.

Then, in the 1970s that the “birthday” of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13, 1775. CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define October 13th as the new date of Navy Day. However, Navy Day in the United States remains primarily recognized as October 27th.

Just  the best looking service man in the United States  NAVY – that I know – my son, Lee Aldrich. xoxo




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