National Today..

There are twenty (28) National Holidays today, April the 26th.

Oh My, How I love Pretzels..

NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY.. If you love Pretzels, then National Pretzel Day on on April 26 is the day for you.

Pretzels, somewhat surprisingly, got their start in the Catholic Church.

Sometime around the 7th Century A.D., monks presented their students with treats of baked dough twisted in the shape of crossed arms. At the time, crossing one’s arms was the traditional posture for prayer. Not only that, but pretzels, made from water, flour and salt, were also the perfect food for Lent — when meat, dairy and eggs were prohibited. So there you have some National Pretzel Day history — with a twist!

Hard pretzels are a relatively new invention, considered to have been first created in Pennsylvania by German immigrants.

For this reason, pretzels are so beloved to Pennsylvanians, that the Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell, established April 26 as National Pretzel Day in 2003. Also, Pennsylvanians eat more pretzels per capita than any other state in the United States.

The next Holiday is Too, Too funny.

Hi and Hello to Kleiner Bär and Godzilla and Cat Lovers everywhere..


Falling on the last Friday in April every year, National Hairball Awareness Day, is on April 26 this year, aims to promote awareness of our pets’ health and happiness. Predominantly a concern for cats, rabbits, and cattle, hairballs are a healthy part of animals’ routines, but can also be evidence of an underlying health issue. So we have all the info to help you care for your creatures this National Hairball Awareness Day.

A hairball is a small collection of hair that collects in the cat’s stomach. When cats groom themselves, the barbs on their tongues catch loose or dead hair, which they swallow. Much of this hair passes straight through them and out the other end but if some of it gets lodged in the stomach, the cat will vomit it out to remove it from their system.

Wild cats roamed the lands passing hairballs wherever they pleased until around 7500 B.C. when people in the Near East began domesticating them as pets by bringing them into their homes, feeding them, and caring for them. Cats no longer needed to expend energy hunting for food, and instead could live in luxury with their every need considered.

Hi to Kit out in South Dakota. A Holiday you might like!


National Help a Horse Day is on April 26 and we are saddling up to create awareness around taking better care of horses. Horses hold a high status in the United States and this day endeavors to encourage people to come together and safeguard these beloved animals from any neglect.

Back in 2013, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) launched an equine campaign in the form of Help a Horse Day to create awareness and promote the protection of neglected and abused horses across the country.

National Help a Horse Day has more than one purpose. This day also serves as a national day of acknowledgment for equine organizations to highlight the work they do to save at-risk horses. Moreover, it even showcases how people can join them to make a difference in the equine community.

Thousands of horses across the country are abandoned and face poor care. Although rescues and shelters work round the clock to take care of them, these organizations still need adequate support to sustain their efforts. Thus, ever since the launch of National Help a Horse Day, many programs have been and continue to be conceptualized to build a better life for horses.

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We also published a very special, Survivor Post, for our great friend Samantha (aka Sam). We know, and we understand, many (most) of you don’t care a hoot nor a holler about Survivor but if you want to check it out, below is a link to Sam’s Survivor Post.


This is it for today, Friday the 26th of April.

Cap and Patti

4 thoughts on “APR 26, 24 .. NATIONAL TODAY..

  1. Michael

    Okay, this may sound a lot selfish but I am enacting (Michael’s Congressional Powers Act) that not only today, but everyday ending in “Y” will henceforth be honored as National Praying For Cap & Patti To Stay Year-round in Lake Havasu day! Why? Because I’m selfish and love them dearly! So, there! That’s the way I roll!
    I pray you both have a Truly Blessed Day!
    Love you,
    Michael and Little Bit!

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Thank You Michael. Thank You Michael for such a nice and heartfelt comment about wishing the two of us were staying through the summer and actually Year-Around. We wish we could tolerate the summer and early autumn heat but so far we are not able to do so. Smiles Friend .. Cap and Patti

  2. Kit Raye

    Well, I certainly am very happy to learn of National Help a Horse Day! Btw I was at the barn most of the day grooming and helping with the herd. 😊
    Pretzels! I love them hard, soft, with mustard or with salt! Excellent holiday.
    Hope all is otherwise well.
    We’re tentatively planning a trip to Anchorage soon. I’ll ask for tips first.

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Kit I just “had to Post” the Holiday National Help a Horse. The instant I saw it the “die was cast”. I could almost “see you” working with your herd grooming and helping them. I really love the Pretzel Sticks made by Snyder’s in Hanover, Pennsylvania. We plan to be back in Anchorage on May the 4th. May and September are great months, far fewer visitors than during the ‘heart of the Summer”. Thanks Kit for your comment. Cap and Patti

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