Good Morning and Happy Thursday! It is so beautiful and cool outside right now. The sky is a clear blue, the air is so refreshing, and though I know it’s going to be a hot day, right now it’s absolutely lovely. It’s been a busy, but really good week so far, and honestly, it’s hard to believe that it’s already nearly the weekend. What’s even harder to believe is that this time tomorrow we’ll be going over what’s going on for the month of August! Time flies doesn’t it?
It’s Mutt’s Day – I loved this one last year . . . actually I love it every day, because I have what is considered to be a Mutt. As I’ve mentioned before, I LOVE my dog. Here’s her story again – since maybe some of you are new to reading our celebrations . . To me, my dog is the queen of all dogs, the BEST dog ever! When Tibbi was about 9 weeks old she was found, abandoned, in the K-Mart parking lot and taken to the humane society. The timing was perfect, as we were looking for a puppy about that time, more specifically one that was at least mostly Rottweiler. As a pup she had the perfect Rottie markings, and to this day our vet contends that he feels she may be an American Rottweiler. We’ll never know for sure, but that’s what we feel too. From moment one she fit right in with the family, and was so incredibly smart! She instinctively had a sense of responsibility and protectiveness for the children and myself. If a stranger came near she would position herself between us and them and just stare at the stranger until they left. May not have been intimidating when she was about 20 lbs, but by the time she got to 100 lbs it was! I remember the joy on my son’s face when he hooked her up to her harness and she pulled him up and down the street on his skateboard, tail (which we let her keep) wagging as hard as it would wag. This wonderful “mutt” patiently let me hug her and cry into her fur – she was quite soggy at times! – when I was going through my divorce. She gave me her puppy kisses to console my grief. She not only accepted my new husband, she immediately recognized him as alpha in our home and loves him completely and with all of her canine enthusiasm. I think sometimes she loves him more than she loves me! Now, my baby girl has lost a little weight and is down to about 85 lbs. Her vision isn’t what it used to be, her hearing not as sharp. Her hips hurt and she walks with a little bit of a limp. At 15.5 years old my sweet girl still gets this puppy expression on her face, as she forgets that it hurts to frolic and bounces around with her toys. I refuse right now to think of the inevitable I choose to celebrate this wonderful gift that I have been blessed to have in my life. Today we celebrate all of the Mutts in the world, these furry family members who mean so much to us. They deserve their day in the spotlight, just as much – if not more – as the pure breeds. If you don’t have a pet, please consider visiting your humane society and finding a “mutt” – be it a cat or a dog – that fits in with your family and give them a chance to bless your life as much as mine have blessed mine. I cannot imagine the last 15+ years without her. (here she is enjoying a mist from the hose on a hot, hot summer day)
Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day – I started playing the piano when I was 9 years old. I had some potential to do good things with it, but gave it up when I was ready to graduate high school. I regret it. My hubby encourages me to play, and he is so supportive of me. The will is there, but after a hand injury it hurts to play for very long, and my frustration level over being unable to read music the way I used to, just makes me want to give up after about half an hour or so. It’s like knowing a foreign language, but never using it, the ability to speak or read it just fades away. The piano is a “normal” instrument. Just about everyone who has ever played music started out on something common – whether it was a piano, a guitar, one of the “normal” horns, etc. But have you ever given a thought to the plethora of UNCOMMON instruments out there? Today is a day to learn about them. They are fascinating to read about. Many instruments play a very important role in the history and culture of the regions in which they are played. Have you ever heard of a wakrapuku, a Javanese bonang or a kaval? These are all types of musical instruments used around the world that, although rare here in America. I found a website that showed a list of unusual instruments and where they are played. If you have a few minutes, take a look. For anyone who is interested in music, you may find this as fascinating as I do. Check out this list of uncommon instruments! The picture above is a Ukrainian Bandura!. Interesting!
World Ranger Day – This one is so important to celebrate! All around the world are park rangers who are out there working to protect our natural heritage. Today we have a chance to support their important work, which ranges from educating the public, protecting the people enjoying our parks, and protecting the parks themselves. It is also important to pay tribute to the rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. There are approximately 100,000 reserves, parks and protected areas around the world, with the oldest national park being Yellowstone in the U.S. These are important people who are often forgotten, and honestly shouldn’t be. Give recognition where it is due. . . Happy World Ranger Day!
This Day In History –
1969 – Mariner 6 flies past Mars.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Raspberry Cake Day – Did you know that a single raspberry is actually 50 to 150 tiny little fruits that grow together? I didn’t, but how fun! Just imagine how many there would be in a single slice of raspberry cake! Now, cake is a wonderful food. I love cake. I love all sorts of cake. Not all that fond of most frosting, but I love the cake part. And I love raspberries. Combine the two and what could be more delicious that that? Besides chocolate, but that’s a whole different level of food. Here are some ideas for raspberry cake from www.food.com. That last one, the one that combines both chocolate AND raspberries? Well, it sounds incredible . . . maybe the perfect combination . . .
- Raspberry Buttermilk Cake
- Whole Wheat Raspberry Cake
- Simple Raspberry Cake
- Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
- Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake
- Downeast Raspberry Cake
National Chili Dog Day – Last week we celebrated National Hot Dog Day. Today we can take that up a notch by celebrating two of America’s favorite foods . . . at the same time! Take your favorite brand of hot dogs and buns, put your favorite chili on top . . . maybe sprinkle it with onions and cheese and VOILA! You have a drippy, messy, decadently delicious meal that is SO not good for you when done correctly, but couldn’t get more delicious if you tried! Go ahead! Put together your two favorite flavors today and enjoy!
Fun stuff today! Celebrate with a smile on your face and joy in your heart! Hug your mutt, if nothing else, OK? They deserve it for all the love they give us. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!