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September 20, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Rosh Hashanah – This is the Jewish New Year. It begins today at sundown and ends at sundown on September 22nd. Happy New Year everyone!

National String Cheese Day - My children, even at their advanced teenaged years, love string cheese. And I get it. It’s a great snack. Packaged for easy transport and full of protein, they are much easier to eat than cutting into a block of cheese. So get your kids some string cheese today. Trust me, there are a lot of things out there that they could be eating that are mostly just vehicles for sugar delivery. Not so for cheese sticks.

National Punch Day – I usually only have punch at parties, but there's no need to wait for one of those to come along. Make some punch to have today and if you make a lot, share with whoever you can find.

National Gibberish Day - This is an odd day that seems to be all about speaking nonsense. I don’t know who created it or why but it is all about making up your own words and you don’t need to worry about whether they make sense or whether anyone understands you.

National School Backpack Awareness Day - Have you lifted or weighed your child’s backpack lately? Sometimes they carry a lot more in those things than they should be carrying for their size, and many times they hang it over one shoulder. Too much of this can create back pain that haunts these kids for the rest of their lives. Make sure your child knows the right way to carry their backpacks and only has in it the things that they really need. We celebrate this on the third Wednesday of September.

September 19, 2017

Today we celebrate:

International Talk Like A Pirate Day – Created by John Baur and Mark Summers in 1995, this is a day to talk like a pirate. Although it started out as a private joke between the two of them, they eventually sent a letter about it to humor columnist, Dave Barry, who liked the idea and spread it around. Dressing like a pirate is optional but encouraged.

National Butterscotch Pudding Day – I love to mix butterscotch pudding with vanilla ice cream. But plain old butterscotch pudding is pretty darn delicious as well.

Take A Loved One To The Doctor Day - This is a day to take care of the ones you love by making sure they are healthy. Take them to the doctor for a checkup so if there are any problems that need to be taken care of, you will know about them. This includes all doctors and all aspects of health, even your teeth which far too many people think far too little about. This day is celebrated on the third Tuesday of September.

National Woman Road Warrior Day – Road Warriors are people who travel for a living. This day is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday in September by some and September 19th by others, and honors the traveling businesswomen. Women road warriors often find it a more difficult way of life than the men do because they suffer from the guilt of leaving behind sick children and other family obligations more than men typically do.

September 18, 2017

Today we celebrate:

International Read an eBook Day - We promote reading in any shape or form you can find it. This is a celebration of a more modern approach. Reading on your electronic devices is just as good as reading a book you hold in your hands. It makes it easy to carry a lot of books with you wherever you go so if you haven’t tried it but have a device it will work on, then read an ebook today. If you don’t have a device, check with your local library, many have Nooks or Kindles that you can borrow along with all the ebooks that are on them.

National Cheeseburger Day – This is a day for lovers of hamburgers and cheese. Have a cheeseburger today to celebrate.

Air Force Birthday – Officially founded on this day in 1947, the Air Force has been around under different names since 1909 when the US Military purchased its first aircraft.

Chiropractic Founders Day – On this day in 1895, D.D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment on Harvey Lillard. Obviously it worked for Mr. Lillard and the practice spread from there. Now there are lots of different chiropractors to choose from so if you are not happy with the results you get from one, you might try another because adjusting the joints in your body can go a long way to relieving your pain without over medicating your body.

Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day – We all depend upon greeting cards to say the things that we didn't even know we wanted to say. We have no idea who they are but these writers can make us laugh or cry or feel like someone is really thinking about us. See if you can find one of those writers today and give them a hug.

National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day – This day was designated by Congress in 2008 to increase awareness of the issues involved with this disorder. It was intended to be a single event and not a yearly event, but some people still recognize it every year.

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day – Celebrated on this day for the last seven years, this is a day to focus on recognizing the challenges faced by the older generation regarding HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment. This is a day for people who are more than 50 years old when they get this devastating diagnosis, as well as the people who are grandparents who become the primary caregivers of their grandchildren after their children have died because of HIV/AIDS.

National Respect Day - This is a day to practice being respectful to those around us. It is most important to show respect to your significant other, parents, and other family members you live with because these tend to be the people you show the least respect to simply because you see them every day and take them for granted. So work on that today and you can practice by being respectful to everyone around you.

Rice Krispies Treats Day - This is a very simple day that is all about one thing and one thing only. Make some Rice Krispy treats and then eat them. Enjoy.

World Water Monitoring Day – This is a day to be aware of where our precious water supply comes from and what is going into it. Find the water supply nearest to you and take a water sample. You can either take it to a local water testing facility or mail it to a facility if you don't have one close by. Share your information with the world by joining the World Water Monitoring Challenge.

September 17, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Monte Cristo Day - Today we take the time to enjoy a sandwich. Yes, I am serious. This is a particular sandwich, however. It is a fried ham and cheese sandwich. It is sometimes called a French Sandwich or a Toasted Ham Sandwich or even a French Toasted Cheese Sandwich. And there are variations that could include turkey or different kinds of cheese, or sprinkled with powdered sugar. It could be open faced or grilled or broiled. So anyway you happen to like it, feel free to eat it that way today.

Citizenship Day or Constitution Day – This day is to celebrate the adoption of our United States Constitution and to recognize everyone who has become United States citizens either by birth or by naturalization. It was on this day in 1787 that the Constitution was signed by the Constitutional Convention.

National Apple Dumpling Day – A pastry filled with apples, cinnamon and sometimes raisins and then baked until it fills your home with its' delicious aroma. And after that, you get to eat it! It doesn't get any better than this.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Day – The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was given its’ name on this day in 1914, although the organization itself was begun in 1899. They work hard on behalf of American veterans in far more ways than I could have time to list here. The Ladies Auxiliary was established at that time as well with the mission of serving “the veterans of this country and our communities in honor of the sacrifices and commitment of every man and woman who has served in uniform.”

Wife Appreciation Day – Some say this is celebrated on the third Saturday of September, others say it's on the third Sunday. I'm going with the Sunday people. Show your wife how much you appreciate her today.

Sustainable House Day - This is an Australian day designed to promote environmentally friendly homes. The idea is to help give inspiration to those who want to make their homes and lives more progressive and help the encourage sustainable living. You can register here and go visit a Sustainable House near you….as long as you are near Australia. Perhaps someone in the United States could do something similar here. I would love to see what some of my neighbors are doing with their homes to help the environment, maybe there’s something that I can incorporate into my house. I thought that this was celebrated on the second Sunday of September but I see that this year they moved it to the 3rd Sunday. Clearly more research will be needed before next year.

National Neighborhood Day – Celebrated on the third Sunday in September, this is a day to make your neighborhood a caring community where everyone looks out for everyone else.

National Back To Church Sunday - On this day Churches all over America join together to invite their communities to come back to church. Lots of people stop attending church just because they get too busy with other things. It happens to me on a regular basis and I have to remind myself that church is very important. But life just has a way of throwing up roadblocks whether it’s family get togethers, or work schedules, or children’s activities, or just exhaustion from a week of work. We celebrate this on the third Sunday in September.

National Women’s Friendship Day - Another day to celebrate on the third Sunday in September, this is a day to celebrate the friendships that women share with each other. Get in touch with your friends today, visit and maybe share a meal with them if you can, if not then call them up and tell them how you feel about them.

September 16, 2017

Today we celebrate an incredibly busy day, hope you have some help:

Thank A Police Officer Day - Also known as National Tell A Police Officer “Thank You” Day, this was created in 2012 and is celebrated on the third Saturday in September. Police Officers all over the world risk their lives to protect civilians and remove lawbreakers from the public every day. They find lost people, they rescue people from dangerous situations, they step in and provide a calm voice and calm tensions, and so much more. Make sure you take the time to thank one today.

Trail of Tears Commemoration Day - The Trail of Tears was the forcible relocation of the Cherokee Nation from their lands to the reservations that the government set aside for them in Oklahoma. Thousands of Cherokee died during that time between 1836 and 1839 which is where the tears come in although being forced to move is devastating enough for that word to be in the title.

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina - This day was created by a Presidential Proclamation made by President George W. Bush. It acknowledges that Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in America’s history with devastation the likes of which most of us cannot even comprehend. It asks that we work to support those who have been injured, displaced, or still trying to rebuild their lives. It further asks that we pray for the victims and remember the ones who lost their lives.

National Guacamole Day - This is a day for making and eating guacamole. There was a time that I would not eat this green mush because I could not stand avocados. But my husband eventually got me to try it and now I can’t get enough.

National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day – One of my favorite kinds of bread. You can bet I'll be making some of this today if I can just fit it into my busy schedule.

National Collect Rocks Day – This is a day for rock collectors everywhere to get out into the world and look for some unusual rocky specimens to add to your collections. If you don't have a collection yet, there is no time like today to get one started.

Step Family Day – Founded in 1997 by Christy Borgeld, this is a day to recognize that step families are a part of life for something like 50 percent of Americans. We can't choose our parents or our siblings, whether we are born to them or they are added later on. Sometimes we are blessed with wonderful step families, and other times they are a challenge. Whatever your situation, do your best to bond with them and give them a chance to bond with you. You just might end up loving them if you let yourself.

Mayflower Day – On this day in 1620, the Mayflower departed from England on it's way to the New World and an adventure that they probably really didn't know they were getting themselves into.

National Play-Doh Day – This is a day to celebrate that multi-colored modeling “clay” that kids LOVE to play with. I love to play with it too. Make some wonderful play-doh creations today. You don’t even need to buy it, if you look online you can find a recipe using ingredients you probably have on hand.

Working Parents Day – It is not easy for working parents to do everything kids require parents to do, from picking them up from school when they are sick, to attending parent-teacher conferences, to driving them all over creation in the evenings for their extra curricular activities. Sometimes dinner time is whenever you can get ten minutes to throw some food at the kids and hurry them out the door for something. After a full day of work, that is not easy. So kudos to the working parents out there who are doing the best they can do with the time they are given.

Anne Bradstreet Day – Quite possibly the first published American poet. She was born sometime around 1612 in England and married when she was 16 years old. After emigrating with her family to America at the age of 18 she had eight kids and still found time to write poetry. She died on this day in 1672.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – Created in 1994 by the United Nations General Assembly, this is a day to honor the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. The goal being to stop the depletion of the ozone layer which is a serious protection for us from the sun. Without it, it will be much more difficult to live on this planet and I would need to buy stock in sunscreen companies.

Stay Away From Seattle Day – Well, this is different. This is a day for tourists to avoid Seattle. Apparently they get a lot of tourists there all year long and they need a day to themselves. I can understand that, I guess. Everyone needs a break now and then. So if you're traveling today, avoid Seattle. Take the long way around if you have to, just don't go there.

Mexican Independence Day - “Viva Mexico” and “Viva la independencia!” are words that Father Miguel Hidalgo spoke to the Mexican people the evening before their fight for independence from Spain on this day in 1810. Those words became the Mexican’s battle cry. Every Mexican fought regardless of age, sex, race or social position. They fought with whatever they could get their hands on. They fought for eleven hard years before they finally won. This day is celebrated with parades, bullfights, performances, rodeos and feasting.

Wrinkled Raincoat Day - On this day in 1927, Peter Falk was born. Mr. Falk was an amazing actor (my opinion, I confess) who played a detective named Columbo in a series of television shows. He is known for wearing a wrinkled raincoat on the show and for being an extraordinarily intelligent detective, while giving the impression of being an idiot.

Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride - There is a commemorative motorcycle ride that began yesterday with a kick off rally. But today the ride starts at 8am CDT in Bridgeport, Alabama and ends at 3pm in Waterloo, Alabama where the after party with food and music which will encompass the rest of the day so feel free to join in.

Boys' and Girls' Club Day for Kids – Boys and Girls Clubs all over America are celebrating this Day for Kids in a variety of ways. Check with your local club today to see what they have planned. This day is celebrated on the third Saturday in September.

Big Whopper Liar Day – Also celebrated on the third Saturday in September, this is a day to lie and lie big. Little fibs will just not do today, you need to come up with some big whoppers. Just be careful where and how and to whom you lie. If you have an encounter with police or the court system today, I would advise abstaining from celebrating this day until you are home.

International Eat An Apple Day – On the third Saturday in September, we take this day to celebrate the beginning of fall by eating an apple, the most popular fruit of the season.

International Coastal Cleanup Day – This is a day that is also celebrated on the third Saturday in September. We honor the day by reducing the amount of trash we throw out and by cleaning up the trash lining our coasts. We need to keep our oceans clean.

Puppy Mill Awareness Day - Yet another day that is celebrated on the third Saturday in September, this is a day to be aware of the problems associated with puppy mills, also known as puppy farms. These are commercial dog breeders who are more concerned with making money than with the well being of the dongs. They keep them in cages in deplorable condition. The mothers are sometimes kept pregnant almost constantly and the dogs are frequently sold with severe health problems. This does not imply that all dog breeders do this. I’m sure there are tons of good, reputable, dog loving people who take very good care of the dogs that they breed. Make sure you find one of them if you are looking to purchase a dog.

Responsible Dog Ownership Day - This day was created by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and promotes responsible dog ownership. It isn’t easy to take care of a creature that is dependent on you for so much but if you are going to own a dog, you must be responsible for it. Believe me, the love you get back makes it totally worth it. This is another third Saturday in September celebration.

Software Freedom Day - This is a very busy day with another day that is celebrated on the third Saturday. Today we also want to increase awareness of the many different kinds of software that are free. You have to pay for almost everything in this world, but if you look, you can still find a few things that are free and this is one. This was originally celebrated on August 28th when it was established in 2004, but in 2006 it was moved to the third Saturday in September.

National Seat Check Saturday - Car seats for children go a long way to keeping kids safe in the event of a car accident, but only if they are installed properly in the car.  It isn’t easy to do, trust me on this, I’ve had three kids and we’ve used many different kinds of car seats.  So you should go to a professional to check and make sure you have installed yours correctly.  This appears to be celebrated on the third Saturday in September.

National Gymnastics Day - This is a day to celebrate the sport of gymnastics whether you are a spectator, coach, gymnast or supportive family member. The USA Gymnastics Association asks you to celebrate by taking creative photos of yourself showing off your gymnastic skills and sharing them on social media with a tag of #NGD2017 and @usagym in order to enter a contest. The most creative pictures will win tickets to a USA Gymnastics Premier event among other things. This is celebrated on the third Saturday in September.

September 15, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Linguine Day - A long, flat and narrow pasta, it’s not my favorite but maybe that has more to do with the sauce it’s in because this is the pasta that is used most of the time for fettuccine alfredo and I prefer a good old homemade spaghetti sauce.

Someday - You know when you think of something that needs to be done and you think that you’ll get to it “someday”? Well, today is Someday, and it’s time to follow through. Stop procrastinating, people!

National Thank You Day - This is a day to show appreciation to everyone who has made any kind of positive impact in your life. Show the people who love you that you are thankful for everything they do for you in the best way possible….tell them.

National Caregivers Day - This is a day to give support to someone who is a caregiver for someone else.  Call them up to see what they need. Maybe you can take over their responsibilities for a while so they can have a break, or maybe you can fix them a meal so they can have a more relaxing evening. Everyone’s needs are different so see what you can do to help.

Felt Hat Day – There was a time when anyone who was anyone had a felt hat. They are not so easy to find these days so if you find one, wear it today.

Make A Hat Day – This is a day to make your own hat of your own special design. The only catch is...after you make it, you have to wear it.

National Creme de Menthe Day – A sweet, minty alcoholic beverage. I’m not fond of it myself, but there are a lot of people who are so all of them should definitely enjoy one today. Day – On this day in 1997, Google registered it's domain name. And the rest is history.

Greenpeace Day – Founded on this day in 1971, Greenpeace has become the largest, independent environmental organization in the world. It was begun in Vancouver but has spread to 2.9 million members in over 41 countries.

International Day of Democracy – Created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, today we work to uphold the principles of democracy and to spread awareness of the benefits of a government and culture based on the will of the people. There are a lot of countries in the world with millions of people who have no say in who runs the government and they are at the mercy of those who rule over them. I’m not saying that democracies are perfect. Heaven knows we have plenty of problems, but at least if the problems get too bad, we have a chance of banding together and voting the people responsible out of office.

International Dot DayThis is a day to connect the dots. The dots are people and we need to connect people all over the world to involve each of us in creative and celebratory activities designed to make the world a better place.

Hug Your Boss DayThis is a day to increase motivation and morale by loosening up a little and giving your boss a hug. Unless you think that it would not be welcome, in which case, don't do anything to jeopardize your job. This day was created by TipTopJob.

National Tradesmen Day – Celebrated on the third Friday in September, this is a day to be more aware of professional tradesmen and women. We depend upon them for building things and fixing things from houses to cars to lights and running water. There are many different kinds of tradesmen so you should have no trouble finding one today.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day – Established by Congress in 1998 to be celebrated on the third Friday in September, this is a day to honor those brave soldiers who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.

September 14, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Eat A Hoagie Day - Back on May 5th, we had National Hoagie Day. But today is even better because today you can actually eat one of these delectable submarine sandwiches filled with your favorite meats, cheeses, sauces, vegetables and spices.

National Coloring Day - This was a day created by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway for the purpose of relaxing with what some consider to be a child’s activity. Add some color to your life and relax along with it. There are actually some very complex coloring books available for adults if they want to give it a try but find children’s books too easy. There have been several similar coloring oriented days in the year so far so if you have been tempted, but haven’t had time, you have another chance today.

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Sometimes called Holy Cross Day or Feast of the Glorious Cross, this day marks the date of the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 335. Although the actual dedication was on September 13th, it was a two day event and on the 14th, a piece of the Holy Cross that Jesus Christ was crucified on, was brought out for all to see.

Star-Spangled Music Day - This day was created in 2014 by the Star Spangled Music Foundation along with the American Choral Directors Association, among others, for the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the United States National Anthem. The creators of the day would like Americans in general and school children in particular to sing the Star-Spangled Banner, along with other patriotic songs, and learn about the history and importance of the National Anthem. They encourage you all to post videos of your singing on various social media venues and mark them with the hashtag #AnthemBDay.

National Anthem Day - On this day in 1814, the Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key after he watched the British bombard Fort McHenry during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.

National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day – This is my favorite kind of doughnut and since I drive by Dunkin' Donuts every day, I guess today I'll have to stop in and get some for the family.

R U OK?Day - Celebrated on the second Thursday in September, this is a day to prevent suicide from happening by asking your friends, “R U OK?”, listening to the answer, encouraging that person to seek help and following up with them to monitor whether there is any improvement in their situation.  

September 13, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Programmer’s Day - Celebrated on the 256th day of the year (during leap years, this is celebrated on September 12th), this is a day to recognize the programmers who have created the computer programs that we use every day. Without programmers, computers would just be a desk ornament. The number 256 was chosen for two reasons, both of them are meaningful to the math/computer geeks out there but not so much to the artsy/language geeks. The first reason is that 256 is the highest power of two that is less than 365, which is the number of days in a typical year. The second reason is that 256 is the number of different values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte. If you don’t know what that means, you are not a computer geek.

Bald is Beautiful Day - For all of you toupee wearing men out there or even worse, all of you comb over guys. Please, please just shave it off. I’m begging you. Bald is indeed beautiful and today is a day to be revel in that fact.

Defy Superstition Day – This is a day that is celebrated on the 13th on purpose. You are to overcome superstition with reason today. Discard all of your old black cat or broken mirror superstitions and any others that you are a victim of and realize that they are all hogwash.

Fortune Cookie Day – This is a day to go to a Chinese restaurant and have a fortune cookie. Many excellent pieces of wisdom have been imparted through those little cookies and many of the fortunes have come true. I can't say how many because I don't know, but many are so ambiguous that they just have to come true.

National Peanut Day – Peanuts are a great protein filled snack to tide you over until dinner time. As long as you are not allergic, have a handful today. George Washington Carver was a big fan of peanuts and found over 300 different ways to use them in flours, shampoo, fuel and many, many more.

International Positive Thinking Day – Any negative thoughts that come into your head today should be promptly cast out. This is a day for positive thinking ONLY! Positive thinking has more power than you realize. Positive thoughts draw positive energy your way and then you will find positive things happening in your life. This day was created by Dr. Kirsten Harrell who has made a connection between positive thinking and the ability to live with chronic pain.

Uncle Sam Day – Proclaimed by President George Bush in 1989, this is a day to honor Samuel Wilson, who was born on this day in 1766. I never knew that Uncle Sam was a real person. He was a hard working, self sufficient, honest as the day is long, hero of our country. He worked hard to feed the American Army during the war of 1812. He became known as Uncle Sam by the soldiers during that war because of his name and the U.S. stamped on the boxes of meat that his company prepared for the men.

Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day – This day is a challenge for the children in your household. Today the kitchen is all theirs. Their job is to plan the meals, cook the meals, and clean up after the meals. This could be my new favorite day! Well, maybe I should withhold judgement until after I eat the food and after I see how much blood is shed while the kitchen is being cleaned up. All three of them in the kitchen at the same time is a dangerous thing.

National Celiac Awareness Day – I know some people with celiac (which is an inability to eat gluten) and it is a miserable disease if you don't know that you have it, because you're sick all the time with a variety of uncomfortable to downright nauseating symptoms. Then, once you are diagnosed you go through a period of time wondering what on earth you are going to be able to eat. After a while, you get used to it and it isn't so bad until you go out to eat at a restaurant or someone's house and there is gluten hidden in some dish or your food has been contaminated with a trace of gluten somehow while it is being cooked. Then you are thrown right back into being sick for days. Be aware of all allergy issues because some, like this one, can make your guests or customers very sick.

Roald Dahl Day – This is the birthday of Roald Dahl, who you have probably heard of if you have children. He is the author of a number of wonderful and mischievous children's books. Celebrate today with some mischief of your own. If you need some ideas, read a few of his books.

International Chocolate Day - There are several chocolate celebrations over the year which is no surprise considering how delicious chocolate is. This day was created by the National Confectioners Association. According to the NCA, the only way to celebrate this day is to eat chocolate. They do want to remind us to not give chocolate to our dogs because it is very bad for them. Thankfully, it is not a problem for us to eat, I don’t mind not sharing with the dog.

Snack A Pickle Time - This day comes in the middle of canning season and one of the most popular things to can are cucumbers that are pickled and therefore referred to as “pickles.” You can pickle lots of things like onions, peppers, and beets but in my opinion, cucumbers are the best. My husband and I started making his grandmother’s pickles last year and after a couple of batches, I think we got it down perfectly. He just made a batch this year and I’m anxious to see how they turned out.