WOOHOO and Happy Dance! It’s Friday already! I cannot believe how fast the week flew by! It feels like we just got back from our camping trip yesterday! Not complaining though – I know we all love Friday, whether it sneaks up on us, or races towards us. No alarm clocks tomorrow, and it’s a three day weekend. It just doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
Frankenstein Day – It feels a little odd to celebrate this one today, but there’s a good reason for it! Today we honor the author Mary Wollenstone Shelley who was born on August 30, 1797. She wrote “Frankenstein” in 1818. What a forward thinking woman, and how incredible that her work was so popular that we still read books and watch movies featuring this famous imaginary creature! I must admit, that my favorite movie with Frankenstein as the theme would be “Young Frankenstein”. One of the funniest movies ever made, and I never get tired of giggling at it.
International Whale Shark Day – On this day in 2008, representatives from over 40 countries met on Isla Holbox to share their research about the whale shark, and during that conference it was decided that this day would be known as International Whale Shark Day to celebrate these huge fish, promoting their conservation and educating the public about them. I will take this opportunity to share with you some of the details I learned! The whale shark is the world’s largest fish, and can reach up to 60 feet in length. Its back is gray or dark blue with light colored markings, and its belly is white. It has a wide, flat head, with small eyes on the sides, and a big mouth that extends the entire width of its body! It moves slowly along the water’s surface, filtering large amounts of water and consuming plankton, crustaceans and small fish as it goes along. Whale sharks migrate to the Caribbean off the NE coast of the Yucatan Peninsula every year between May and September. There are several Yucatan Peninsula tour companies that offer whale shark tours that give tourists the chance to swim with these giants of the sea. How fun would that be?
National College Colors Day – Today there is an annual celebration that is dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience by encouraging fans across America to wear the colors and logos of their favorite college or university on Friday – with this years being today, August 30. Show your team spirit!
National Holistic Pet Day – This is a one I can get behind 100%. Pet owners need to start looking at their pet’s diet, lifestyle and environment and make it as natural and healthy as possible! There is so much junk in commercial pet food, in the poisons put into their skin to kill fleas, in the cleaning products we use in our homes (unless we make our own natural products!) that they lick, walk on and sleep on. We all know that people shouldn’t be exposed to unhealthy toxins, but how many of us think of that when it comes to our little furry family members? You can celebrate this day by buying your dog or cat some natural treats or supplements, exercise with your pet, or give them a little massage! Minimize the chemical use in your home to reduce not only their exposure, but yours too.
This Day In History –
1993 – The Late Show with David Letterman premieres on CBS.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Toasted Marshmallow Day – Marshmallows are an abundant and cheap summer treat, but that was not always the case. They were “once so rare that that only pharaohs could eat them” according to Campfire Marshmallows. Ancient Egyptians mixed the sap of the marshmallow plant that was mixed with honey to create a sweet treat in 2000 B.C. Today’s marshmallows are made from corn syrup, sugar, water, dextrose and air.
“The marshmallow plant is native to salt marshes and shorelines in Asia and Europe and is now grown in the eastern United States. The plant, specifically the skin of the Althaea officinalis plant, can be used to treat irritated skin.
- Toasted Coconut Marshmallows
- Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake
- Chocolate Marshmallow Bars
- Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Pumpkin Ginger Pie with Golden Marshmallows
- S’more Bars
Oh my goodness, doesn’t that Pumpkin Ginger Pie sound yummy? Thanksgiving idea!!!
Well, it’s time to get on with our Friday so that we can greet the weekend. Anyone have big plans? I have house stuff to do, I call it puttering. I am happiest when I’m either with family, or just getting my own things done, at my own pace. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!