It’s Thursday! Yeah! And I know, it is such a heavy heading today, but it’s important so I wanted to grab your attention. I have put this awareness day as the last one on the list (before the food of course). I put it last because I didn’t want it to get lost in the other stuff. It is my hope and prayer that every single reader today will either begin to donate to a reputable organization that provides food to the hungry, begins donating or helping at a local food bank or shelter, or if doing so already, sees that they are doing good and make up their minds to continue in their efforts. In the meantime . . . let’s see what else we are celebrating today . . .
National Boss’s Day – If you have a boss, that means you are employed. If you are employed, then you are blessed. In this economy I’d hope that none of you take that for granted, and that you appreciate not only your job – which allows you to provide for yourself and your family – but the boss that you work with every day. If you are TRULY blessed, then you can also call your boss your friend. I do. Don’t get me wrong. I am fully aware that she is my boss, and that I answer to her on the job, but at the same time she allows me my voice . . . and I tend to use that voice a LOT. (at this particular moment my boss is nodding, may have laughed out loud just a little bit, and completely agreed with that statement) Usually Boss’s Day is on Wednesdays so I am not always able to say anything to her on the actual day, but this year it happens to be on a Thursday! I can at least wish her a Happy Boss’s Day today! Today, let your boss know that you are grateful for them, and for your job. Even if you don’t get along with them, or if you have issues that you don’t see eye to eye about, let that go. You are employed, you are able to provide for your family, and your boss is a big part of that blessing in your life. Bosses are people too and they deserve to be shown that they are special. If WE as employees wish to be shown appreciation by our bosses – and let’s face it, a lot of bosses don’t bother – then we need to show them appreciation too. Anything else would just be hypocritical.
Dictionary Day – Today we honor Noah Webster, who is considered to be the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758, so it stands to reason we would celebrate him today! The idea of this day is to emphasize the importance of being able to use a dictionary, and to improve your vocabulary. It actually stuns me a little – I learned not long ago that kids don’t know how to use a dictionary any more – at least not many of them! That shocks me! When I was in school I kept a little dictionary with me all the time! I realize that many people use the online dictionary now, but still, the skill of using an actual dictionary in BOOK form is so important! It is such an important resource! Sorry, I got off on a tangent. I can’t help myself sometimes. Webster began writing his dictionary at the age of 43, and it took him 27 years to finish it. It not only had the traditional English vocabulary, it had uniquely American words included in it as well. Today, celebrate this day by dusting off your dictionary and actually USE it! If you have a child in school who doesn’t know how to use one, spend a few minutes explaining it to them. It is a skill they will be able to use to enhance their lives forever.
Department Store Day – We live in a world where retail competition is very fierce. Especially around the holidays. By the time we reach this time of the year the plans and preparations have been in the works for months. National Department Store Day marks the calm before the storm of the holiday season. Large retailers like Macy’s are making tradition-breaking decisions in the face of growing pressure from rival stores that promote holiday shopping earlier and earlier. The question always comes up – how early is TOO early? According to the National Retail Federation, department stores saw nearly 24% of their total revenue during the months of November and December in 2012, making the holiday season the top spending event of their year. Because of the economy shoppers like to start shopping early so they can spread out spending. We started in on ours last weekend! Each year, about 40% of shoppers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween, and another 40% begin in November. Personally I would love to see ONE holiday at a time in the stores. Right now? I want to see Halloween and Harvest themed décor and products. In about 2 weeks I want to see Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving I like to walk into the stores and be blown away by Christmas. Unfortunately that’s not what typically happens. When I was working in Seattle years ago, it was magical. I’d go home from work the last work day before Thanksgiving to normal store windows, and I’d come back to work AFTER Thanksgiving to the most amazing, incredible and breathtaking store window displays. It was literally the start of the Christmas season. Twinkle lights lined the streets and parks, Westlake Center had the traditional Christmas carousel, complete with Christmas music, and the Christmas winter wonderland just took my breath away and filled me with childlike excitement every day when I headed home from work. The sun went down before I left work, and my walk to the ferry was a lovely stroll through the brightly lit trees. The other commuters were happier and lighter hearted too. The entire experience was amazing. In the smaller town where I live, now that I no longer commute to the city, we don’t see that. Everything is just muddled up together and we don’t get the separation of the special holidays. How do YOU like it to be? Do you like it very early, or would you prefer the holiday decorations be separated by actual holiday?
National Feral Cat Day – In 2001 “Alley Cat Allies” started this annual event to raise awareness of the plight of feral cats and build support for humane solutions to dealing with them. Veterinarians agree that the best place for a cat is indoors with a loving family. That is not always possible for a cat that isn’t used to living with people. There are groups though that are doing something wonderful! Volunteers and community organizations are coming together to trap, spay or neuter, and place feral cats where they can live out their lives as working cats. There is a program called “Barn Cats R Us” where these cats are rehomed to barns and garages, and local businesses, where they work as rodent hunters. In those positions, outdoor cats provide totally natural, organic mouse and rat control. Barn cats tend to hide from humans, and except for the occasional dead rodent they leave behind, you’ll rarely see any evidence of them. Barn Cats R Us isn’t just rehoming these cats to barns and garages, they have also found them “work” at golf courses, a winery, plant nurseries and a water treatment plant. The cats are placed in small colonies, usually groups of three or four, all of them spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped for identification and tested for feline diseases. What a wonderful program! If you have feral cats you aren’t sure what to do with in your neighborhood, call your local humane society to see if there is a program like this one in your area. The lives you save could benefit not just the cats, but the businesses and farms where they get to live and work.
World Food Day – 165 million children in the world under the age of five are so malnourished they will never reach their full physical and cognitive potential. These numbers come from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. About 2 billion people in the world lack vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health, and around the world 1.4 billion people are overweight, about 1/3 of them obese. Children born to parents who suffer from these forms of malnutrition start out with a higher risk of impairment at birth, and illness later on in life. Making a difference in your community, and around the world, isn’t that difficult. If you have a few spare dollars, when you are shopping pick up a couple extra items to donate to your local food bank. In today’s economy more and more people are depending on the food banks to put meals on the table for their families. Perhaps begin donating through an organization such as World Vision. By sponsoring a child you can make a HUGE difference in their lives, and the lives of their family. The funds donated to these children translates into helping provide them with food and water in their villages. One thing I learned when researching this one, that I didn’t know, was that about 2.6-4.4 TRILLION pounds of all food produced on the planet is lost before reaching the human stomach. There are lot of reasons for this, including large portions of edible crops that are rejected because they are not physically attractive enough, problems in the supply chain and inefficient harvesting. If you have the ability to grow a garden and donate the extras, even the extras that aren’t PERFECT in appearance, please do. It is still nutritious food, and can be cut up and utilized in many different ways. Waste on those levels is absolutely intolerable!
This Day In History –
1793 – Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.
1962 – Cuban Missile crisis begins.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Liqueur Day – Liqueur, liquor, what’s the big difference? Both are alcohol that you can infuse with various flavors, but liqueurs are distinctly sweet and syrupy. Liqueurs are really delicious in frostings too! YUM!
- Amaretto Almond Liqueur
- Skittles Vodka
- Cranberry Liqueur
- Real Irish Cream Liqueur
- Jerez Cherry Liqueur
- Fruit Punch Liqueur
Well, it’s time to head out into the dark, wet morning and head to work. I know fall is really here . . . I can tell by all the leaves that need to be raked, the wet grass that needs to be mowed, but it’s constantly wet now, and by way I am yawning all the way to work since the sun doesn’t officially come up until I’m already on the road. Before long it will be completely dark when I head out! Other than that . . . I love fall! Well, I’ve procrastinated long enough. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!