Happy Mole Day . . .

Oct 23rd

We made it! It’s Wednesday! The week is half over.  Actually the week is flying by so quickly that it seems weird that it IS already Wednesday.  Right now I’m bundled up on my couch, with a blanket wrapped around my legs, sipping my Pumpkin Spice Coffee (yes, I am definitely on a pumpkin kick lately) There is a mist swirling in the yard, and I can hear the foghorn at the lighthouse is calling out its warning to boats passing the rocky point.  There is just something about these quiet mornings at home that fills my heart with a contented feeling.  In awhile I will turn on the news and hear what will likely end up irritating me, or making me angry, but for right now all of that can wait while I just absorb the moment and prepare myself for a busy day puttering around the house.  There are pumpkins to cook, a house to clean, a dog to bathe and any number of other chores that I need to accomplish.  This moment though, this is mine and I am savoring it.

National Mole Day – Every October 23rd, from 6:02w a.m. to 6:02 p.m. National Mole Day is celebrated.  Now, when MOST of us think of moles, we think of little furry creatures who dig up our yards and really irritate us with the piles of dirt they leave behind.  That’s not what this is about though.  No, today chemistry majors, teachers and enthusiasts are celebrating this one by commemorating “Avogadro’s Number  (6.02 x 10^23)” .  Now I must be honest, I didn’t have a clue what that was, so I will share with you what I learned  a “mole” is in chemistry.  A “mole” is a basic measuring unit that equals the atomic mass of a single molecule.  It is measured in grams.  This was discovered by Italian Amadeo Avogadro.  Chemistry teachers celebrate this day by getting kids more interested in chemistry, creating special lessons and lab experiments around the theme of chemical measurements.  And since the chemical formula for a mole starts with the number 6.02 – this day is celebrated from 6:02 to 6:02, in that numbers honor. 

TV Talk Show Host Day – Though this day celebrates ALL TV Talk Show hosts, it was set up on the birth date of legendary night time talk show host Johnny Carson. Carson, considered to be the “King of late night television” hosted The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992, his reign lasting a record 29 years, 7 months and 21 days.  There were 1,859 episodes.  Though this day is celebrate on Johnny Carson’s birthday, it is intended to show appreciation to all TV talk show hosts, both daytime and nighttime.  Now, honestly I can say that there aren’t any TV talk show hosts that I feel deserve the time to view.  Dr. Oz would likely be up there on my list since he isn’t smarmy, he isn’t hosting screaming, swearing society rejects while they argue about whether or not their baby daddy is REALLY their baby daddy, etc.  There was a day when I may have enjoyed a few talk shows, but not so much any more.  There’s no soul or depth to any of them, and everything is so sensationalized that it turns the stomach. Here are a few trivia facts about a few talk show hosts that you may be interested in seeing though:

* Sally Jesse Raphael flips houses as a hobby.
* Howie Mandel admits to being germaphobic.
* Montel Williams once served in the Navy.
* Jerry Springer was once a mayor!
I just wish we still have shows with the quality and as entertaining as Johnny Carson. Those really were the days.

Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day – In March we celebrate the Swallow’s arriving in San Juan Capistrano . . . and today we celebrate their departure for the winter!  Each year at this time they head south for Goya, Argentina to enjoy the warmer weather.  I thought these were interesting details about the swallows and hope you do too: 

* It is approximately 6,000 miles from San Juan Capistrano to the swallows’ wintering site in Goya, Argentina.

* The Mission of San Juan Capistrano where the swallows take refuge is the oldest building in California, built from 1776-1806.

* In San Juan Capistrano, it is against the law to destroy a swallow’s nest.

I won’t bore you with all of the details – those are listed at length in March . . . just enjoy them in reverse if you’d like to go back and see them!

This Day In History

1915 – 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Boston Cream Pie Day – Classic Boston cream pie is more of a cake than a pie. But these treats prove its cream-and-chocolate flavors come together irresistibly in all sorts of desserts.  When I was younger I remember once in awhile Mom would bring Dad a Boston Cream Pie – it was one of his favorite treats. 

Well, my coffee is gone and it’s time to get my day going.  Do you ever think dog’s have some sort of built in mental radar about bath time?  Tibbi just stood up, gave me a look that was slightly mournful and stressed, tucked her tail and made her way down the hall to her bed.  How do they KNOW?  I haven’t budged from my cocoon on the couch, but she just seemed to sense that it’s bath day! Weird!  Well, I don’t want to disappoint her so here I go!  Have a wonderful day.  God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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