Big, Small, Fun, Serious and Delicious! Two Days Worth of Celebrations to Enjoy!

Jun 6th

So sorry I wasn’t here yesterday with the celebrations, but you get two times the fun today! 

Hot Air Balloon Day –  The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology.  On November 21, 1783 the first untethered manned flight was taken in Annonay, France.   A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that can contain heated air.   Hanging below is a gondola, or wicker basket, which carries passengers and a source of heat, which in most cases is an open flame.  The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope.  Beginning during the mid-1970s, balloon envelopes have been made in all kinds of shapes, such as rocket ships and the shapes of various commercial products, though the traditional shape remains popular for most non-commercial, and many commercial, uses.  Someday I would really love to take a balloon ride.  I hear it’s highly romantic and incredibly exhilarating. 

National Moonshine Day – Moonshine, white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, or Tennessee white whiskey is a high-proof distilled spirit, generally produced illegally. The word “Moonshine” is believed to come from the term “moonrakers”, a word used for early English smugglers and the secretive (i.e., by the light of the moon) nature of the operations of illegal Appalachian distillers who produced and distributed whiskey.  The history and story of Moonshine is filled with characters and legends that have all helped shape this unique and colorful part of American history.  

National Running Day – National Running Day is held annually on the first Wednesday in June, and is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever they are and whomever they’re with, they run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect day for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a new exercise that may very well turn into a passionate pastime.

National Tailors Day Have you ever taken something to a tailor to have altered and it took a nice outfit to the next level to make it more flattering for your body?  Years ago I had a black suit that I absolutely loved, but like most women’s suits, the skirt was blocky and too long and just made the suit – and me by default – look blobby.  I took it to a tailor, had it shortened to just above the knee, and had the shape changed from straight up and down to tapered towards my knees and viola! The perfect skirt to what turned out to be the perfect suit for me.  I’m hoping to someday fit in that suit again . . . no, I WILL someday fit into that suit again.  Sometimes all you really need is a tuck here, a hem there to make something wonderful out of something almost wonderful. 

Gardening Exercise Day – “They” say that gardening is therapeutic.  “They” also say it’s good for the mind, body and soul.  Well, I’ll have to take “their” word for it.  Though I love the end result of working in the garden, I’m not personally a fan of the what it takes to get there.  However, for those who love it, Gardening Exercise Day is a good opportunity to go out and burn off calories and have some wonderful, beautiful results while doing it.  Gardening uses all of the muscle groups, and strenuous gardening activities like raking, hoeing and digging are both aerobic and muscle strengthening.  Sounds like great incentive to go out and work in your plants!

Yo-Yo Day – Yeah! A great day to play with a yo-yo!  I was always only able to do the simple up and down with the yo-yo’s I’ve had, but I was always so impressed when I watched people who were really good at it performing lots of tricks with them.  It’s pretty impressive!  If I were to try some of those moves I’d bonk myself over the head.  Did you know that three U.S. Presidents were proficient yo-yo-ers? Yep, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) were all handy with a yo-yo.  The origin of yo-yo’s is hard to prove with any degree of accuracy, but many believe that it originated in China as early as 500-1000 B.C.  However, there is some evidence that it was first used in Greece even before that time. The Yo-Yo was made very popular in American by businessman Donald F. Duncan, Sr.  He manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900’s.  Celebrate today by reliving childhood memories and giving it a try!  

D-Day – June 6, 1944 D-Day, World War II, the allied invasion of Normandy. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history.  The invasion’s code name was Operation Overlord.  General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the operation and plans were made to land in Normandy, west of where the German troops and artillery were built up.  The “D” stands for Day.  D-Day and H-Hour stand for the secret time/day an operation is scheduled to begin.  Code names for the five beaches were the Allies landed:  Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.  The date of June 5, 1944 was originally chosen for the invasion, but bad weather forced the Allies to postpone the Day.  On June 5, 1944, between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., 13,000 allied paratroopers and gliders carrying heavy equipment leave England to begin the invasion of France by air.  In a broadcast message to the troops, Eisenhower said, “The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory . . . We will accept nothing less than full victory!”  Overnight, a military armada and more than 156,000 troops crossed the English Channel.  Minesweepers went ahead to clear the waters in preparation for the more than 2,300 landing crafts that carried men, vehicles and supplies.  Between midnight and 8 a.m. on June 6, 1944, Allied forces of more than 11,000 aircraft, flew 14,674 sorties.  By 6:30 a.m. troops began coming ashore on a 60 mile front.  In a broadcast to the people of occupied Europe, Eisenhower said:  “Although the initial assault may not have been in your own country, the hour of your liberation is approaching.” 

 

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Drive-in Movie Day – On June 6, 1933, The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, with the slogan, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.”   The outdoor theater closed after three years, but it inspired an industry that peaked at around 4,000 drive-ins during the late 1950s and early 1960s.  At their height some drive-ins attracted guests with petting zoos, special guests, and music acts, and hosted religious services on Sunday mornings.  Rising real estate costs, difficulty operating during bad weather conditions, the adoption of daylight savings time, and the advancement of home entertainment systems led many drive-in theaters to go “dark”.  Today drive-ins are rare to find.  We have one left near us, and I remember going there as a teen, but it’s been many, many years since I have.  I think a drive-in movie sounds like fun!  Maybe one of these weekends I can talk hubby into going – ours always has a double feature!   

Food Celebrations of the Day

 

National Gingerbread Day – Is there anything more wonderful to smell than the aroma of gingerbread baking?  It just fills me with a sense of anticipation of something yummy to come when I smell it.  In 2006, the world’s largest gingerbread house was constructed inside the Mall of America. The 1,496-square-foot house was more than 67 feet tall and took nine days to build.

National Applesauce Cake Day – I had bad information the other day and said National Applesauce Cake Day was then, but it’s apparently today!  Because applesauce cake is amazing, I figured that it would be worth a second look.  These moist cakes are reason enough to bake with applesauce, even if you aren’t trying to avoid butter.  Enjoy!

There you have it! Two days worth of fun and information.  Thanks for your patience.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

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