Birthdays and Cupcakes! They Go Hand In Hand! Happy Birthday USMC! Happy Birthday Sesame Street!

Nov 10th

Happy Sunday!  Day 2 of the wonderful weekend continues!  I had a great time with hubby yesterday.  We headed out across the water to browse and shop.  I finally got to experience the amazing place that Hobby Lobby is!  It’s everything a crafty person could ever want, and then some!  And I’m not all that crafty!  We came home with some wonderful rustic cowboy crosses to add to our collection, a bunch of beautiful new Christmas ornaments, the supplies to make our Advent Wreath and managed to make a really long mental wish-list for future shopping trips.  After a truly lovely lunch in a new restaurant near home, we came home so I could finally finish making the sugar roses for my son’s wedding.  Today? Today is baking day.  I have a small wedding cake, a whole bunch of wedding cupcakes and a groom’s cake to bake.  It’s going to be a lot of work, but it is a labor of love.  How are you celebrating today?  Well, if you don’t have cakes to bake, perhaps one of the following holidays may ignite your enthusiasm . . .

Forget-Me-Not Day – This is a day to remember family, friends and loved ones.  Many folks use this day to get in touch with people they haven’t seen in awhile, those people you don’t want to forget you, of course!  Though this day is intended to remember the living, many people also use it to memorialize a loved one who is no longer with us.  Some suggestions for celebrating this one would be to maybe send out Forget-Me-Not E-cards to everyone in your address book, send Forget-Me-Not flowers to people (aren’t these out of season right now though?),  give Forget Me Not flower seed packets since they are easy to mail, or just give someone a call you haven’t talked to in a long time.  Honestly, if you are going to mail out anything, perhaps this is one to plan ahead for next year, and just stick with the e-cards and phone calls for today.

USMC Day – Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps!!!  Did you know that the Marine Corps were created during the Revolutionary War?  The Continental Congress of the newly created United States of America authorized the creation of the Continental Marines on November 10th, 1775.  It was later renames the U.S. Marine Corps, and is often abbreviated as USMC.  The Marine Corps  has proudly participated in every war that has involved the United States.  If you see a Marine today, thank them for their contributions to protecting our country. Active or retired, they deserve our thanks and our appreciation.     

Area Code Day –  Because so many people have cell phones, area codes aren’t as important as they used to be.  Area codes USED to be a point of prestige, and those of us who remember as far back as party lines remember the time when someone’s area code told you about where they lived, because they set boundary definitions.  Seems like just yesterday, doesn’t it?

Kristallnacht – I do not feel I can do justice to this one.  The seriousness of the commemoration of this tragic time in the world’s history is one that is best done by pasting the link for you here.  I have chosen a link from The History Channel website.  It is hard to believe that such horrors have transpired in our lifetimes.  We must never forget, never let the loss of their lives be allowed to be hidden away.  Many today believe in revising history to make it what they want .  .  . but that’s just living in an imaginary world.  This is history, it happened, we must open our eyes to the world around us and never allow it to happen again.

International Tongue Twister Day – How many of us grew up reading tongue twister books?  I know there was a famous one by Dr. Seuss, but right now any of the little twisters in the book, or even the name of the book, escapes me.  Well today is a great day for remembering those fun little sayings and giving your enunciation muscles a workout.  “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” “A quick witted cricket critic.” “She sells seashells by the sea shore.”  Throughout history, tongue twisters have fascinated people, and given people quite a giggle as they try to wrap their tongues and brains around some of these sentences.  According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the most difficult tongue twister in the English language is:   “The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick.” To celebrate International Tongue Twister Day (always the 2nd Sunday in November), read a rhyming book or practice some of your favorite tongue twisters with your friends and family! 

Sesame Street Day – Wow – one of the shows we grew up with has a birthday today!  On this day in 1969, “Sesame Street” debuted, turning out to be a TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count.  “Sesame Street” with its catchy and memorable theme song, became the most widely viewed children’s program in the world.  It has aired in more than 120 countries!  The show was created by Joan Ganz Cooney, who was a documentary producer for public television.  The goal was to create programming for preschoolers that was entertaining and educational, and that would help prepare 3-5 year old kids for kindergarten.  “Sesame Street” was set in a fictional New York neighborhood and included ethnically diverse characters and positive social messages.  Since the show began, it is estimated that over 74 million Americans have watched “Sesame Street”.  Today it is guessed that 8 million people tune in to the show each week in the United States alone!  Great, now I have the song stuck in my head.

This Day In History 1775 – The United States Marine Corps was created.       1951 – Direct dial telephone service is first available coast to coast.       1969 – Sesame Street premiered on PBS television      1975The Edmund Fitzgerald and it’s entire crew is lost during a storm on Lake Superior.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Vanilla Cupcake Day – There’s nothing “plain” about vanilla beans: Culled from the vanilla orchid, they’re one of the most expensive spices on the market! 

I’m off to the kitchen to get these cakes started!  Say a few tongue twisters for me, maybe sing a rousing version of the Sesame Street song and have a marvelous day!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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