Festival of Popular Delusions . . . Sounds Fitting For A LOT Of People These Days, Doesn’t It?

Jun 5th

Good Morning and welcome to Thursday!  We are so close to the weekend we can just about FEEL it!!!  At least I can.  Yesterday was a nice day off, with time spent with my Mom shopping together, but today I need to get back to reality, and to work.  Days off always go by so quickly!

Festival of Popular Delusions Day –  Tomorrow we commemorate D-Day, the day  Allied forces landed in Normandy.  Today though, is the anniversary of the day the Germans wrongly believed no invasion would occur due to poor weather conditions. This was the first Festival of Popular Delusions Day, “celebrating the anniversary of the last time before D-Day the Germans thought they had a good shot at taking over the world,” according to News Times.  We aren’t intended to take this holiday all that seriously, and can choose to celebrate it by lining up our own beliefs with facts and reality.  Some delusions are simple and funny, and some can be serious and evidence of a mental disorder.  Be aware of that and get help if needed!

Hot Air Balloon Day –  As odd as this sounds, since I am truly afraid of heights, I have always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride.  Weird, huh?  It just looks so amazingly romantic and whimsical!  Did you know that 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.  The how’s of it all sort of take away from the romance, but when you look at a balloon floating across the sky, hanging on a breeze, it just makes me sigh and wish I could be there too.

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.  I’ve tried moonshine once.  A friend’s family knows people who make it back east somewhere.  They put pineapple in it!  Oh my gosh, that was some STRONG pineapple, but really quite delicious.  I made a pineapple upside down cake for them with the leftover fruit . . . not for children, or for anyone who has to drive, for sure!

National Running Day – I have a dear friend who runs all the time – I am so in awe of her dedication to it!  I’ll have to be sure to let her know about this celebration, since it’s the sort of day that is geared directly towards her interests and I know she’ll be celebrating it, whether or not she realizes it’s an actual holiday!   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 – like my friend – 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.   Kim, my friend.  . . THIS ones for YOU! 

This Day In History

1968 – Bobby Kennedy is assassinated.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Gingerbread Day – Is there anything more wonderful to smell than the aroma of gingerbread baking?  It seems a little strange to celebrate this one in June, but I guess there’s NO bad time to enjoy something as delicious and aromatic as gingerbread.  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.

As we head out to start our day, I’d like to remind everyone to pray for our nation, for our military, and for each other.  Heaven knows we need the extra help these days.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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