The first National Today is thanks to Kathleen who suggested we select it.

Very good choice Kathleen! 



We might not know which came first — the chicken, or the egg — but when it comes to chocolate chips and their namesake cookie, the history is well-documented, and it might not be what you think. Chocolate chips actually came after the chocolate chip cookie, and despite their ubiquity, are likely younger than your grandmother (they were first marketed in 1940!). Legend has it that the chocolate chip cookie was a happy accident, born when baker ran out of baker’s chocolate and opted for semi-sweet instead.

Creation of Chocolate Chips. Ruth Graves Wakefield creates the chocolate-chip cookie by accident.

 The recipe spread like wildfire, and after a few years of selling their semi-sweet chocolate bars with a chopping tool (for easy chunking of the bar), Nestlé went one step further by introducing chocolate “morsels” to the world. With such a history, and with so much mass appeal, it’s no surprise that this kitchen delight deserves celebration, and that’s why, on May 15, we’ve got National Chocolate Chip Day.

We have asked Kathleen IF she was a National Today follower on-line before we discovered it or IF we opened up a new window for Kathleen with our Posts. 

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The below National Today is a “no brainer”!


Bring Flowers to Someone Day is held annually on May 15. The gift of flowers is a universal way of showing love, appreciation, sympathy, or thanks. Today is the perfect day to explore the history of giving flowers and the meanings behind them. You won’t need a reason to give flowers to someone — any or no reason will do! Everyone is encouraged to spread joy through beautiful blooms. Buy an arrangement from a florist or pick blooms from your garden. Flowers add a personal touch to a thoughtful gift.

The language of flowers is called Floriography.

Every flower is thought to have its special meaning, which can change due to its color or variety. Lady Mary Wortley, a feminist poet married to the British Ambassador of Turkey, wrote about this and other fascinating customs of the people of Turkey in a series of letters. ‘Selem’ was a tradition that originated in Turkish harems. It was a secret flower language used for communication by harem women and decoded by attaching rhyming words to certain flowers and other objects.

This form of communication became a big hit in the conservative Victorian era, which lasted from 1837 to 1901. In response to the rigid social constructs of the time that valued chastity, many courtships consisted of secret affairs and flirtations. Couples embraced this creative and secretive way of communicating, as it was forbidden to openly talk about such daring pursuits.

The craze soon traveled across the seas and between 1827 and 1923 there were numerous flower dictionaries published in the U.S. Magazines like “The Atlantic” regularly wrote about flower codes. Then came World War I. Producing food and munitions instead of flowers became the focus and the fad died out.

Nevertheless, the practice has still taken root. Today, we continue to associate meanings with certain flowers. Red roses mean love. Chrysanthemums mean friendship. Rosemary means remembrance. With many other flowers symbolizing many more feelings, there’ll be no shortage of blooms that you can give to someone not just today but on any day of the year.

Oh How Patti Loves Her Flowers. 

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Hello Sam! Hello Ginny. Hello Survivor fans everywhere!

The end of Season 46 is fast approaching. Next Wednesday, May the 22nd, will be the final episode of Season 46.

Some photos from last week’s show.

Dum De Dum Dum!

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Cap and Patti

When, and if, we have significant progress on Patti’s health challenge (her doctor has advised us it will be awhile) we will let you know here on dotnet. 

6 thoughts on “MAY 15, 24 .. NATIONAL TODAY.. SURVIVOR..

  1. Kathleen Brady

    We humans love to celebrate, don’t we! There is something to celebrate every day. A few years back, I subscribed to a National Day Calendar email. Every day, I would get a list in my inbox. I would pick out something to send out to my staff, something to lighten the drudgery of work for a few seconds. However, the chocolate chip day notice popped up on Threads. There were a few others on the list but my eyes zeroed in on chocolate chips. I’m glad we don’t have to manually chop them up any more as my fingers don’t get along with knives. Even if I curl up my fingers or do a rocking chop, I still manage to fumble the knife and occasionally drop it. Prechopped vegetables were created for people like me.

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Thanks Kathleen. Your comment answers the question we posed in the Post .. “We have asked Kathleen IF she was a National Today follower on-line before we discovered it or IF we opened up a new window for Kathleen with our Posts.” A rather serious follower of National Today in that, like we are trying to do here on dotnet, you were usng National Today to “perk up” others. Fun comment. Cap and Patti

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