Happy No Socks Day! Wiggle Those Piggies and Join Me For Other Fun Celebrations Today!

May 8th

Good Morning!  It’s a slightly overcast, cool Wednesday morning, and that makes me happy.  The heat of the last couple days has just been a bit much for my cold weather loving system.  It’s going to be a wonderful day!  Today my Mom and I are having an early Mother’s Day celebration together, hoping to avoid the crowds in town, which will make it easier for her to maneuver (she’s having some mobility issues right now) any store we may go into.  It’ll be good since I have a wonderful time with my Mom, no matter what we do.  We MIGHT get lucky enough for my daughter to join us for a little while – we’ll see.

Iris Day – I love Iris’s.  Today we celebrate these beautiful late spring bloomers. Iris’s grow with and without beards, and are very popular among homeowners and gardeners. If you are a better gardener than I am, you may even have some growing in your flower beds right now, celebrating these flowers up close and personal.  If you are like me, and don’t have any in your yard, you can celebrate today by stopping by a local flower shop and picking up a few stems to enjoy in your favorite vase.  A little interesting detail I found out with this one . . . Iris flowers have special spiritual importance in Japan.  They are thought to ward off evil spirits.  On Iris Day in Japan, people put Iris leaves in their baths because it is believed that doing so will prevent illness.  They also drink juice from the plant in their Sake to ensure longevity.  Does it?  Hmmm. . . . I guess that depends on your beliefs.  Often if someone believes something like that will work, then it does.  The mind is a powerful thing.        

Receptionists Day – This day is separate and different from Administrative Professionals Day because they perform a completely different, and very important function.  The Receptionist is the first person someone sees or speaks to at most companies.  That means that customers will get their first impression from that person.  This can be a lot of pressure, and it means that people in this position need to be appreciated by their employers.  I have heard people say “I’m ONLY a receptionist.” ONLY? No, only doesn’t cut it.  Some of the most stressful jobs I’ve had have been in the position of receptionist and dealing with frustrated, irritable people on the phone and having to smile and be polite through the process.  Be proud of what you do – it’s a very important job!   Employers – please recognize your receptionists today – maybe give them a special thank you, flowers would be nice, but at least a word of appreciation for all they do.

No Socks Day – Break out the foot spa, and the pedicure tools! Today is No Socks Day!  Let those piggies breathe!  It’s easy to participate on this day, just leave the socks off and wiggle your toes a bit!  You’ll save on a tiny bit of laundry and make your feet happy at the same time. Washing your feet is pretty important to celebrate this one, so you aren’t offending the people around you with any unfortunate aromas, but taking a little extra time to pamper them a bit will make them extra happy, and they’ll be extra pretty in your sandals or flip flops.  Wiggle those toes and have fun with it! 

Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) – What a wonderful day!  Today we commemorate the end of fighting in Europe during World War II.  After years of war, the Third Reich of Nazi Germany was defeated,  millions of people were horrifically murdered during its rule. Adolf Hitler, Germany’s Dictator, had committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin, after which the German Army ceased fighting on May 2nd.  They formally surrendered unconditionally on May 7th. The surrender of all German forces was arranged for May 8 at 11:01. The Allied countries planned to celebrate victory, and the cessation of hostilities.  Can you imagine the joy of that moment, knowing that the horror was finally over?  Interesting fact: The original planned date for the celebration of V-E Day was May 9th, 1945.  However journalists caught wind of the plans, so the U.S. and Britain moved the date up by a day to May 8th. Russia kept to the original planned date for May 9th so they still celebrate V-E Day on May 9th.  Just like the journalists to jump in too soon.

World Red Cross Day –  The Red Cross was begun with the intention of helping people by providing assistance and relief in times of disease, famine, disaster or war.  I struggle with this one, since it has come down to a money raising endeavor with very little to show for their efforts.  Case in point is Hurricane Sandy.  I know people who live in that area who desperately needed help, but were given nothing substantial for all the efforts and publicity.   The Red Cross was there, but necessary help wasn’t.  I’m not saying that it’s a bad organization, I know they were always present locally when my son was on Search and Rescue missions, to provide coffee, hot soup, water and other necessary items – especially when the search was getting long and the weather was harsh.  But on a national level I struggle with their ability to help on a large scale, by comparison with how much much money they bring in.  I am truly sorry if this offends anyone, it’s just my view from my personal observation.  I will refrain from donating to this organization, choosing instead to give at the local level to rescue and assistance organizations.   In the interest of fairness, the Red Cross is putting its focus on their celebration today on programs that keep kids healthy and safe around the globe.  The people who volunteer for the Red Cross do so with open hearts, giving of their time and efforts as they are needed.  I can’t fault them for that.  Any time someone volunteers their time for a good cause it is a reason to celebrate. 

Donate A Day’s Wages To Charity (Second Wednesday) – The organization One Days Wages (ODW) came up with a really neat concept.  The idea is for people to pledge one single days wages to the cause of their choice.  Think about it.  How much to you make in one day?  For some of us it is a little, some it’s a little more, but when it comes down to it, in the grand scheme of things, that one single days wages can make a world of difference in someones life who is in need.  The following is a copy and paste from the website www.onedayswages.org .  I wanted you to see their actual pledge for yourself.


This is Our Pledge

100% of your donations (minus credit card fees) go directly to fund efficient and transparent organizations around the world that are both nominated by ODW members and respective boards and go through our thorough grant process. When you donate, you can choose which organization/cause to support or give to a general fund to be allocated to grants and projects by the Board of Directors.  All donations received that exceed 100% of a partnership’s campaign goal will be redirected to our general giving fund to be allocated to grants and projects around the world at One Day’s Wages’ discretion.  Because we grant out 100% of your donations, we raise money for our administrative budget separately. If you would like to help support the mission of ODW by supporting our administrative budget, you can donate here.  

One Day’s Wages is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible, as allowed by the law.

It’s a really wonderful concept, you can choose where to have your donated money go, and its one of those places that actually uses the donated money for the charities and not for their own pocket lining “fees”. 

 



National Night/Third Shift Workers Day – Today we take some time to remember and appreciate the people who are work hard through night while we are snuggled down in our beds sleeping.  I grew up with my Dad usually working nights.  We had to be pretty quiet during the day so he could sleep – which made summers a little muted in the house.  We really only saw Dad on the weekends.  Working nights really takes a tolls on the sleep patterns, which can actually be very dangerous for the worker.  They keep to a sleep during the day, work all night schedule during the week, then on the weekends they try to adapt their bodies to being awake during the day for the family.  It’s exhausting! My son is a police officer who usually works the night shift.  He does the same thing.  He is awake through the night to work, then tries to adapt to accommodate other people on his days off.  I worry!  He can’t afford to be too tired.  We need our night workers though – there are just some jobs that need to be covered 24 hours a day.  So, night workers! This day is for you!

 


Occupational Safety & Health Day – Today we recognize the efforts and commitment of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment. Occupational safety and health professionals make sure that millions of workers who go to work each day return home safely. They help identify and reduce workplace hazards while reducing employer costs and maximizing the contributions of all workers. Safety professionals set guidelines for safety to include engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health, physics and management.  These guidelines, when followed, can reduce injuries on the job, reducing accidents and even deaths to workers.  I know that sometimes I read lists of rules that come across my desk, and I have to almost laugh.  Some of the things that are listed as unsafe should be common knowledge to EVERYONE because they are so simple – don’t put caustic substances in your eye, for example.  DUH!  But I have to remember that for every seemingly oddball rule, someone, somewhere has hurt themselves by that very thing.  So, to the people who have to investigate these incidences and make up the rules, thank you for working hard to keep the workplace safe.  


 

Food Celebration of the Day –

 

National Coconut Cream Pie Day – (Hubby is going to be THRILLED!)

They may have looked like coconut cream, but those in-your-face pies in classic comedies typically starred shaving cream. No one who made a pie this delicious would throw it!  Here are a few ideas from the fine folks at www.food.com for ways to celebrate this culinary delight!  Because I’ll be a little on the busy side today, I may have to stop at the market to get a slice for my guy.  That way we aren’t eating a whole pie, and theirs really is quite good.

We have had a nice combination of serious and silly today, with the day topped off with a delicious slice of pie.  May your day be filled with fun, happiness and many reasons to celebrate.  God Bless You.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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