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July 11, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Arctic Sea Ice Day - This is a day to call attention to the fact that the Arctic Sea Ice is fast disappearing. There are many who dispute the idea that global warming is occurring. I’m not here to take sides in that debate. But it is a fact that the ice on Western Hudson Bay used to break up mid July back in the 1980’s - hence the date chosen for this event - but now it breaks up by mid to late June. So today is a day to bring awareness to that issue and to try to find solutions that will help preserve the polar bears that depend upon Arctic Ice for their survival.

National Swimming Pool Day - If you own or have access to a swimming pool, this is a day for you. Hang out at the pool all day, go swimming, wear sunscreen, eat snacks and just relax. You deserve it. Invite some friends over if that will help you relax, if not then just keep it to yourself.

National Mojito Day - A Mojito is a cold, summer appropriate beverage consisting of mint, tonic  or seltzer, lime, rum and sugar. I’m sure there are other variations as well. It is served over ice and is said to be very refreshing.

All-American Pet Photo Day - This is a day to take some creative and fun pictures of your pet. It doesn’t matter what kind of animal your pet is, although I do recommend you don’t take swimming photos with your bird (unless it’s a duck) or rock climbing photos with your fish. Make it appropriate to your pet’s species, we don’t want anyone dying to celebrate this day. If your pet will tolerate the indignity of it, you could even dress it up in a cute outfit.

Bowdler's Day – Thomas Bowdler was born on this day in 1754. He was an English physician and a philanthropist who published The Family Shakespeare for modern women and children (of the time). It was supposed to be more understandable than the original versions of Shakespeare’s plays although if today’s children read his version, they would probably not find it any easier to understand.  

Cheer Up The Lonely Day – This is a day to seek out those who are lonely and do your best to cheer them up in any way you can. Be creative, be compassionate, and most important of all, be cheerful.

Day Of The Five Billion or World Population Day – On this day in 1987, the world had reached a population of five billion people according to the United Nations Population Fund. We have now surpassed 7 billion people.

Slurpee Day or 7-Eleven Day – On this day every year, 7-Eleven gives out free slurpees. Make sure you get yours today.

National Rainier Cherries Day – Rainier cherries are a cross between Bing and Van cherries.  They are named after Mount Rainier because they were first developed in the state of Washington. I don't know much about cherries since I'm not a big fan of them. If you are, check out your local top restaurants because there is bound to be at least one that will have a delicious cherry dessert to celebrate today.

National Blueberry Muffin Day – Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. I love to go blueberry picking every year and make muffins with the fresh berries. Since yesterday was Pick Blueberries Day, you are sure to have a bunch at home now so you can make this with fresh blueberries. Although it’s really good with frozen berries as well.

Chick-Fil-A's Cow Appreciation Day – On this day, all over the country, Chick-fil-A restaurants are honoring the cow by giving a free meal to any customer who shows up to their restaurants in a cow costume. What you are not allowed to do, is ask me why a chicken restaurant is celebrating cows. This day used to be celebrated on a Friday, but they have moved it to a less busy Tuesday in order “to provide a better dining experience for those participating in our Cow Appreciation Day event…”

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