In 1557 a gentleman by the name of Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry. In the April Husbandry section he wrote:
Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers
As you can see, the rhyme was originally a short poem. There is meaning behind the words, as well. “April showers bring May flowers” is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things, in this case the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things indeed – in this case, an abundance of flowers in May. “April showers bring May flowers” is a lesson in patience, and one that remains valid to this day.
April was the second month in an early Roman calendar, but became the fourth when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month. The Romans called the month Aprilis. It may come from a word meaning 'to open', or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love.
Small animals that hibernate are usually coming out of their burrows in April. The birds fly back northward or they settle down to have their families. The bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season.
In some parts of the world, it's planting time. In other parts, it's the harvest season. Professional baseball begins in April. Then the amateur athletes begin to go outside in the warm weather. Spring cleaning starts and people start mowing their yards again.
Special days celebrated in April begin with the first day of April, when children and grown-ups play jokes on one another. Arbor Day is a day for planting trees, and it is observed on various April days
Texas Rangers Home Games: April 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 20, 21, 30 at The BallPark in Arlington.
April 16: TCU Horned Frogs at UT Arlington, 6:30
April 20: TCU Horned Frogs Baseball All Star Sleepover, Lupton Stadium $25 includes game ticket, All Star Sleepover TShirt, Nachos, Hot Dog and a drink, movie after dark, and sunrise breakfast.
We all know how breath taking a Spring day can be in North Texas. Picnic season has finally arrived. In fact, April 23rd is National Picnic Day. In celebration here's an awesome recipe you can make ahead of time and just pack into your basket with some chips or crackers as a snack or side dish.
Three bean dip
1 (15 ounce) can refried beans
1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning mix
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
2 small tomatoes, chopped
3 bunches green onions, chopped
1 Cubanelle pepper, seeded and chopped
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and
1 (15.5 ounce) can navy beans, rinsed
Spread the refried beans in a layer in the bottom of a 9 inch square baking dish. In a small bowl, stir together the taco seasoning mix and cream cheese. Spread the mixture over the refried beans. In a separate bowl, toss together the tomatoes, green onions, Cubanelle pepper, black beans and navy beans. Spread over the layer of cream cheese. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving to blend the flavors.
Looking for something fun to do on these lovely April days? Here's a few ideas:
April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 Ride the rails with Thomas the Tank Engine and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Day Out with Thomas and Friends includes a 25 minute train ride, Imagination Station with crafts and games and familiar friends from the Island of Sodor. Tickets can be purchased from www.TicketWeb.com or by calling 866-468-7630.
Cowtown Segway Tours: Tour Time - 10:00AM | 90 Minute Segway Tour through the Fort Worth Cultural District & Trinity Trails in Fort Worth, Texas.Includes pre-tour segway training.
April 27-28th: Arbor Daze 2013 Euless City Hall Complex, 201 N Ector Dr This annual community festival is the best in the Metroplex! Games, vendors, crafts, music and more.
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