Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day? Why not? Our Dogs Deserve Treats and I’m Sure They Appreciate Them!

Feb 23rd

Ah Sunday.  I love Sundays, don’t you?  It is a foggy, grey morning here, and if you listen carefully, the foghorn at the lighthouse on the point is sounding its mournful cry into the mist, warning boats of the rocky shores.  That sound is so beautiful, yet hauntingly sad.  I’m not sure why I feel that way, but I always have, ever since the first time I heard a foghorn as a little girl.  Today will be a quiet day, since I’m STILL trying to get over this nagging cough.  The down time is good, but at the same time very annoying. There were things I needed to do yesterday, and didn’t, which means they are still waiting for me to do today . . . and I can’t put them off any more!  Maybe a little celebrating will make the chores go faster!  Let’s see what is on the calendar for today . . .

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day – another day for our dogs!  Well, they deserve it after all of the happiness they give us each and every day.  I have no idea why this is an international day, except possibly that people all over the world love their dogs!  I know when Tibbi gets her treats, she gets this nearly glazed over expression because she’s so excited, and I admit it.  She is spoiled rotten.  Just about every excuse is used to give her a cookie, and quite honestly, she knows exactly how to work the system.  They say kids can be manipulative, but kids have nothing on the soulful look my Tibbi girl can give me when she wants a treat.    One fun way to celebrate this one is to make your own homemade treats for your dog today.  They are tasty (if Tibbi’s reaction is anything to go by), and much healthier than store bought treats.  Give it a try! The grateful expression on your dog’s face will make it worth the extra effort. 

Play Tennis Day – I am not a fan of tennis.  I won’t lie.  I am not a sporty gal anyway, and was always the girl in school who was dodging whatever ball was coming my direction, which includes tennis balls.  Uncoordinated doesn’t even begin to describe the choppy/flappy motions I’d make when I’d be attempting to swing at that ball – without any success at all.  However millions of Americans DO enjoy playing tennis, and it is really good exercise.  Not everyone is the klutz I am when it comes to sports, so it stands to reason that it’s a popular game.  If the weather in your area allows it, or if you have an indoor court near you, maybe you can spend some time with friends or family on the court today! 

Curling is Cool Day – This is NOT an easy one to write about!  I’ve read through the description several times, and watched a video, so here I go, hopefully I won’t confuse you.  Curling was introduced to the world by people of Scotland.  There have been curling stones (I’ll explain that in a bit) with the year 1511 carved into them, so it has been around for a really long time.  The Scots introduced curling to North America, and over time it has taken hold.  The sport was officially accepted into the Winter Olympic Games in 1924, but wasn’t actually played competitively in the Olympics until 1998.  I must wonder what took so long?  I can’t find a reason for the delay.  Anyway, the basics of the game is that it is played on a sheet of ice, with granite stones being slid over it.  It sort of feels like a combination of bowling, hockey and shuffleboard.  Points are scored when the stones reach a particular point on the ice sheet, and the team that gets the most number of stones where they need to be wins the game.  Confused? Yes, I was too.  Rather than go into a long explanation, I’ll post this video for you to watch.  It’s short, so please take a moment and you’ll see, that this really is a pretty cool sport – no pun intended – and though it is still confusing, it’s intriguing at the same time.  That one shows the basics, but this one shows the U.S. Men’s team in the qualifier match with the Czech Republic team.  Interesting!  I’m still confused, but I find it to be intriguing at the same time . . . to watch, not to play.  Remember, I’m not a sports girl!

Birthday of the Tootsie Roll – Tootsie Rolls . . . just the thought brings up so many childhood memories.  Even now as a grown-up I find them to be curiously addictive and can’t bring a bag into the house or I won’t be able to stop eating until it is empty.  For candy that isn’t quite taffy, but not the expected texture of chocolate, they just sort of hit a spot that satisfies the sweet tooth, don’t they?  You could close your eyes and have someone put a bit of a Tootsie Roll into your mouth and most people would know instantly what it was, without even being told.  The smoothness and cocoa flavoring are unique and unmistakable.  According to Tootsie Roll Industries, Leo Hirshfield, an Austrian immigrant, opened a small candy shop in New York City, producing the first individually wrapped penny candy from a recipe he brought with him from Europe, on February 23, 1896.  He named the sweet treats after his five-year old daughter, Clara.  Her nickname was Tootsie.  How sweet! 

This Day In History

1874 – Walter Wingfield of Pimlico, England, patented the game of lawn tennis.           
1896 – The Tootsie Roll rolls into stores in America.        1945 – U.S. marines raise the America flag in Iwo Jima 

Food Celebration of the Day

National Banana Bread Day – In the 1960s, you could pick up banana puree at the market. These days, we know to use up those bananas that have begun to look all dark and squishy for homemade quick bread.   Prevents waste and a really ripe banana makes for great flavor.

Banana Bread
Chocolaty-Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Maple Walnut Banana Bread
Banana-Blueberry Bread
Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread
Cake Mix Banana Bread
Banana Bread Oatmeal

I took so long trying to figure out the game of curling, that this is very late!  I kept reading over and over it, and honestly, I’m only slightly more informed now than I was before.  I hope the videos helped.  They did me . . . at least a little.   Now I have things to do, including laundry, getting things ready for tomorrow (baking lunch stuff for example), and there’s a dog sitting here staring at me wanting a treat.  How can I turn her down? She’s so cute!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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