Happy . . . Happy . . . Happy!

Mar 3rd

Ah Monday – why are you here so soon?  Of course, that’s what I say every week, and every week I mean it more and more.  Monday just comes so soon, and the weekend goes by so fast.  I got next to nothing productive done this weekend, but I suppose that is alright. There’s more to life than chores and I felt pretty great about date night on Friday, dinner with family on Saturday, and hanging out doing little things around the house on Sunday.  It just would have been nice if it lasted a little bit longer!

“I Want You to be Happy Day” –  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone just wanted for everyone else to be happy, and worked towards that every day?  The world would be a much more peaceful place, and there wouldn’t be so many bad things going on!  Today is a day all about wishing everyone were happy, a completely unselfish day in every way.   I Want You To Be Happy Day is all about making other people happy.  It can be as simple as giving everyone a smile, giving someone a compliment, or making a special treat.  If it puts a smile on their face, then it has gone a long way towards making someone happy. 

If Pets Had Thumbs Day – Do you have pets?  Are any of them mischievous?  Well, today is a silly celebration that requires we use our imaginations to wonder what would happen if our pets had opposable thumbs?  Oh my goodness, the trouble they could get into, and the trouble we would come back home to at the end of the day?  I’m sure if you think about your furbabies you can come up with the worst case scenario!  My cats spend their day in the laundry room, since they have a tendency to claw the furniture, and get on stuff they shouldn’t.  If they had opposable thumbs they would be able to get out and mess up things quite a bit just because they could!  Tibbi would be fine, since she’s old enough not to have the energy to make a mess, but when she was a pup, well, that may not have been the case. 

Star Spangled Banner Day – Today is the anniversary of the day that The Star-Spangled Banner became the national anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key. Today we celebrate this song, the rich history behind its creation, and the day it became our anthem in 1931.  Today we are all encouraged to proudly fly our flag (something I firmly believe we should do EVERY day) and to listen to – and sing – our anthem.  Many people think that the Star Spangled Banner was written during the Revolutionary War, but it was actually written during the war of 1812 (1812-1814).  In August of 1814, the British army detained Dr. Williams Beanes as a prisoner of war.  Dr. Beanes was a friend of Francis Scott Key, and on September 13, 1914 he and a U.S. negotiator boarded the British vessel where he was being held.  he negotiated the release of Dr. Beanes, but Key and the negotiator were detained and held until after the attack on Fort McHenry, which guarded the harbor and city of Baltimore.   Key watched the bombardment of the fort from the ship, and the next morning was ecstatic to see that the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry.  This historic event inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner” the following day – September 14, 1814.   Because of the day that the song was written, many people assume that that is National Anthem Day, but that is incorrect.  It is today because it is the day that Congress made it our anthem.

This Day In History

1931 – The Star Spangled Banner becomes the National Anthem.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Mulled Wine Day – Mulled spirits (that is, wines and liquors that are heated and spiced) have long been a go-to balm against winter colds. Whether it heals or not, a cupful can’t hurt.

Bavarian Mulled Wine
Mulled Tea
Mulled Apple Cider
Easy Mulled Wine
Mulled Red Wine

Well, that gives us a few fun things to enjoy today .  .  . all worthwhile to celebrate and spread happiness everywhere!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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