by Max Barry

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Region: Texas

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Homemaker Day
National Sandwich Day

Quotes of the Day:
“You have as much laughter as you have faith.”- Martin Luther

“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”- T.S. Eliot

Music of the Day:

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (Official Video)

On This Day In History:
1992 Democrat Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent President George H. W. Bush
1992 Carol Moseley Brown elected first African American woman in US Senate
1994 Dutch & British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1
2014 New York's 104-storey One World Trade Center officially opens 13 years after the September 11 attacks

National Homemaker Day

On November 3, National Homemaker Day, we celebrate the people who keep our households running! This day is devoted to appreciating all labor done in homes including cooking, buying groceries, and carrying out much-needed repairs. Whoever the homemaker is in your modern family, this is the chance to thank and celebrate the ones working hard behind the scenes!

In the United States, the person in charge of taking care of the home while their partner works is called a homemaker. In our current society, this terms applies to a house-spouse of any gender who works hard to keep their home in order. A homemaker can also be an adult’s parent or family member helping take care of the home and any present children. However, in the past, a homemaker would normally be the wife or matriarch of a family unit. In the 19th century, women were required to stay back and maintain the home as a peaceful environment for their husbands and children.

Though the 20th century began with many of the same homemaking ideals as the 19th, by the 1990s more marriages consisted of both men and women participating in housework. Unfortunately, according to a study performed by Adam Hochschild in 1989, women who made more than 50% of income were still doing the majority of the housework.

Being a homemaker in the 21st century is not a lifetime commitment like it was in the 1800s. Someone who might stay at home now may want to return to the workforce later, while their partner will either continue working as well or decide to switch places and takeover the housework duties. Currently, more men are contributing to housework and are even the main homemakers, opting to stay at home while their wives or husbands are the primary breadwinners. Though the number of female house-spouses still outweigh their male counterparts, the gap between the two is steadily closing as people abandon traditional gender norms for approaches that fit their individual lifestyles.

A Magazine Launches

The issue of Good Housekeeping launched on May 2, 1855. Its founder hoped “to produce and perpetuate perfection as may be obtained in the household.”

The First Dishwasher

December 28, 1886, Josephine Cochran invented the first useful dishwasher in Shelbyville, Illinois. A wealthy woman, she wanted a machine that could wash dishes faster than her servants without breaking them.

Housework Politicized

Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique was published February 19m and is widely credited with sparking a second wave of feminism in the United States.

Mad Men

The TV show about 1950s advertising on Madison Avenue focuses closely on the woes of Betty Draper, homemaker to her husband Don, who fails to appreciate the challenges she faces in running the home.

Is there a National Husband's Day?

Husband Appreciation Day occurs annually on April 20 to celebrate the love and friendship a husband shares with his spouse.

What day is wife's day?
Wife Appreciation Day is celebrated around the world annually on September 15 in order to show gratitude for all the care and support wives offer their partners.

Is homemaker considered an occupation?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a concrete answer to whether or not a homemaker is considered an occupation as some places may count it as such and other will not. However, even though it does not offer pay, being a homemaker requires the same (if not more) amount of time and dedication as a full time job.

Do the work

There’s no better way to show appreciation for the homemaker in your life than by taking on some of the labor they do on a daily basis. Take a day off and do the dishes, wash the windows, make the beds, cook the dinner, groom the pets, and sweep the yard.

Pay someone else to do the work
If you don’t have the time to do all the chores but still want to recognize the homemaker in your life, then this is the day to pay a cleaner to come in and do it, or hire a chef for the evening. You can advertise on a chores website for somebody who’s willing to do this kind of thing, but be sure to thank them and pay them well!

Treat your homemaker to a day of rest
Spa days, relaxation times, flotation tanks, mani-pedis, you know the drill. Thank your homemaker by treating them to a nice experience, maybe while you’re at home doing the jobs they tend to do.

Everybody’s contribution is valuable

Whether you’re out earning a paycheck or at home raising children, everyone’s work has a value and yet, there aren’t many MVP awards given out to the people who do the work in the home. This is a day that’s about changing that.

American homes are changing and becoming more diverse
More and more American homes are bucking the old-fashioned norms, particularly since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across America in 2015. The idea that it was “less manly” or somehow weak to show too much interest in raising children has gone out the window.

We’re all more than what we do to earn money
We might all be proud of that fat bonus check or an inflated bank balance, but you can’t take that money with you, and things like love and care don’t always have a price tag attached.

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Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 18: Texas Butterflies BINGO

There are many species of Butterflies in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Butterflies!


1. Go to to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Butterflies BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure),
Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon),
Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia),
Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta),
Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),
Elf (Microtia elva),
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella),
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis),
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada),
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus),
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Butterfly for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:

To start the game, today's Texas Butterfly to strike off is: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner