We made it! It’s Friday! Oh happy day, right? It’s been a pretty good week actually, when it’s all said and done, but truly there’s nothing quite like the anticipation that Friday brings. Hubby and I are having date day tomorrow! I hope all of you have something wonderful to look forward to as well. In the meantime we have some celebrating to do! And there’s a quite a bit of ground to cover, so here we go!
Summer Solstice – Today is the longest day of the year, and the official start of summer. The amount of daylight time we have for the next six months will decrease daily. We don’t have to think about that part of it right now though. There’s too much to do for the summer to think ahead to it being over! It’s time to enjoy vacations, beautiful weather, playing at the beach, hiking in the mountains, camping . . . so many things to do, not enough summer months! We need to get busy! Did you know that the sun does not set at the North Pole today? There will be 24 hours of sunlight there. Not sure that makes up for that cold day in December when the sun does not rise above the horizon, but right now the thought of that is very far away.
National Daylight Appreciation Day – today, and every June 21st, is a day devoted to the sun and the benefits of “daylighting”. What is daylighting? This term refers to the use of natural light to brighten an indoor space, instead of only using electric lighting. Not only will it reduce your energy bills, but studies show that daylighting can enhance mental and physical well-being, as well as boosting concentration and energy levels. I know that when we’ve had power outages I’ve sometimes wished that our skylight was closer to the kitchen, instead of over the living room. I tend to be busier in kitchen even without electricity, so the extra lighting would be nice.
World Handshake Day – Now, don’t mix this up with National Handshake Day – that’s on June 28th. We’ll talk about that one then. No, this WORLD Handshake Day and is the brain child of Ivan Zupa, who heard the following words from an old man: “My son, place your hand here in the sea and you are united with the whole world.” Zupa came up with the idea that we should all take the time to put our hands into the sea and shake hands with the rest of the world, and as such, feel united. If you don’t live close to the sea, you could put your hand into any body of water that runs to the sea to still be a part of it. If you don’t live near one of those either, well, there must be a dry land option as well, but I have no idea what that would be at the moment. Interesting concept though, don’t you think?
Take Your Dog To Work Day – Some workplaces are dog-friendly, where good dogs are always welcome. Not so good dogs aren’t as welcome because they disrupt the office. I love the days when I can take Tibbi to work with me. It doesn’t happen often, and usually is only on days when I need to take her in for her doggy-spa-day and I need to pick her up before I’m quite finished with the day. Because she’s a big girl, she takes up a lot of space, and though she doesn’t do anything to cause trouble, I do worry that she may accidentally trip someone. As far as behavior though, she is always the epitome of good manners and sweetness. She always has been. We often have customers come in with their dogs too – and they are always welcome to come and explore the smells, the different rooms, and get lots of pets from everyone who works there. I honestly feel sorry for offices that are so stuffy that furbabies aren’t welcome if they are well behaved. It’s so relaxing to have dogs around sometimes! Be thoughtful of your co-workers though. If you do plan on taking your dog to work with you today, to celebrate this wonderful holiday, be sure there aren’t any people there with allergies who could actually end up feeling ill from your pooch’s presence. And if your boss allows Take Your Dog To Work Day, please be sure to thank her or him, because it really is a sweet and wonderful gesture to let us bring our furry family members to work.
Ugliest Dog Day – Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder, but let’s just be honest here. Sometimes what we are actually beholding is just plain ugly! And for this special celebration, that’s a good thing! Ugliest Dog Day is the day that all dogs, even the world’s ugliest, get to be treated like the prettiest pooch at the ball! This contest has been held every summer for the past 25 years, and it takes place during the Dog Lover’s Festival in Petaluma, CA. The winner of the contest earns prestige, $1,500, a trophy, a professional photo session and a catered dinner for both the winner and the owner at a luxury hotel! Between 25 and 30 dogs usually compete, and include combinations of Chihuaua, Chinese crested, boxer, terrier, poodle and Peruvian. What started out as a homegrown sort of contest has grown beyond anyone’s wildest thoughts. While this whole contest is done a little tongue in cheek, the truth of the matter is that we as people, and especially it appears, as Americans, love an underdog. When you go into a shelter and see a dog that probably won’t be adopted because of how it looks, your heart just reaches out to it. This contest is a humorous relief that makes the world a little lighter, put smiles on faces, and tails to wagging. Last years winner was a Chinese Crested named Mugly, who blew the judges away with his truly ugly combination of permanently bedraggled whiskers, beady eyes and dark, crinkled skin. The 8 year old rescue dog comes from Britain, where he had previously been named England’s ugliest dog. Truth is that the Chinese Cresteds have taken home most of the Ugliest Dog titles over the past 10 years. Truth is, my dog couldn’t ever compete in this competition because she’s absolutely beautiful (yes, I’m slightly biased), but I find myself torn between horror, laughter and sympathy for these sad little dogs! Honestly, do a bing search for them. Some of these pictures I couldn’t bring myself to post. They look horribly similar to demons in horror movies in some of the cases. Yeesh!
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Peaches and Cream Day – China is the world’s largest producer of peaches, followed by Italy. But we’re no slouches in the U.S. — peaches are grown in at least 38 states.
- Peaches & Cream Pie
- Peaches & Cream Dream Muffins
- Peaches & Cream With Gingersnap Topping
- Peach Almond Ice Cream
- Peaches & Cream Icebox Pie
- Peaches & Cream Cocktail
- Peaches & Cream Cake
Well, between pets, peaches, shaking hand with the world and appreciating daylight, we have had a big day. May the fun continue throughout your evening and into your weekend. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!