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July 31, 2014

Today we celebrate sugar, junk food, sugar, dogs, sugar and music.  Sounds like a perfect day to me!

Cotton Candy Day – Is celebrated on this day and on December 7th. Since cotton candy is typically a summertime treat, I assume (but was not able to confirm) that the reason is that in the northern hemisphere it is summer today and in the southern hemisphere, December 7th is summer weather.

National Chili Dog Day – Celebrated on the last Thursday in July, this is a day to celebrate chili dogs. I don’t know about this one….chili dogs do not quite qualify as food in my house, although my children disagree. If you feel the same, celebrate by eating one today. If you look, you may find some restaurants that will give you one free if you purchase something else.

Jump for Jelly Beans Day – This is a day to enjoy the many varieties of flavors of jelly beans. I'm not sure why jumping is included unless it is because we jump for joy when we get to eat them.  Of course, it would work out better if this day occurred right before Easter when jelly beans can be found in every store.

Mutt's Day – Not to be confused with National Mutt Day on December 2nd. This is, however, a day to celebrate a much maligned canine. Many people disparage the mutt and look for a purebred dog. However, it has been proven that mutts can be a blend of traits from different kinds of dogs that may suit your family better than a purebred. Plus, they usually have fewer health problems than purebreds do so don't discount a mutt before you get to know him/her better.

National Raspberry Cake Day – I have never had a raspberry cake before but now I can't think why. I'll have to change that today.

Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day – This is a day to celebrate musical instruments. But not your everyday ordinary flutes, violins, pianos and guitars. This is a day to celebrate the ones you don't see every day like the dulcimer or clackamore, handpan, clapsticks, marimba, and nose flute.

To celebrate everything in one day, find some uncommon instruments and play them for your mutt, or your neighbor's mutt if you don't have one. Then have chili dogs for dinner and prepare for a sugar rush for dessert because you will be eating raspberry cake decorated with cotton candy and jelly beans for dessert tonight.

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