Happy October 1st! Celebrate CD Players, The Birthday of the Model T and MORE!

Oct 1st

We’re in the last quarter of the year and I sit here in amazement that we’re just a short hop away from Christmas.  Where did the time go? It feels like we just put all of the decorations away not that long ago!  October has a LOT for us to celebrate – so check out the list of Monthly and Weekly celebrations that I posted last night.  For now, here is our list of things to have fun with today:

CD Player Day –  Oh my, do you remember when CD players first came out?  It was unfathomable that there would come a day when we no longer listened to music on cassette tapes.  Here, just a few decades later we are seeing a time in the not so distant future when CD’s too will be a thing of the past.  As we see more digital downloads, MP3s and integrated media devices in our lives, the humble CD player will become a thing of the past at some point.  Celebrate today by listening to music on an actual CD player – that was ONLY intended to listen to music CD’s, maybe it will be a hand held CD player, or even a boom box!  Do you remember the date they first hit the market?  On October 1st, 1982, the world’s first CD player went on sale.  It was developed jointly by Sony, Philips and Polygram and according to the source I found, cost the equivalent of $2,200.00 in today’s currency.  Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Fire Pup Day –  Today we recognize and honor our canine firefighters.  Not all fire stations have a fire dog any more, but even so, there are plenty of ways to celebrate.  You can check out the Fire Pup Program.  The National Fire Safety Council is a non-profit organization that works with paid and volunteer fire departments to provide fire safety educational materials to public and private schools.  It’s a great way to expose pre-K through 6th grade students to the importance of fire safety.  Today would also be a good day to check and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.  The National Fire Prevention Association says people with operating smoke detectors are 50% less likely to die in a reported fire.  Also, check the expiration date on any fire extinguishers you have in your home.  If you have elderly neighbors it would be nice to help them check their detectors too.  They may not be able to reach them to change the batteries.  However celebrate this one – the most important thing is keeping fire safety in mind.


Model T Day – Happy Birthday Ford Model T!  On October 1st, 1908, the Model T was introduced to the public.  Henry Ford called the Model T the “car for the great multitude” and made cars available for the average person, revolutionizing the automobile industry.  Henry Ford tried twice, without success, to establish an auto manufacturing company, but followed those up with starting the Ford Motor Company in 1903.  The company, like other car manufacturers of the time, built each car individually, which as an inefficient process that  produced complicated and expensive cars.  Ford had a vision to create a car that was simple, affordable and versatile, and in 1906 he made a breakthrough which eventually brought us to the production of the Model T in 1908.  The Model T was nicknamed the “Tin Lizzie” and the “Flivver”.  It was sturdy, lightweight and easy to use, but its price was still out of reach for the average American.  Over the next five years Ford perfected the assembly line, which allowed the Ford Company to build cars more quickly and cheaply, which meant that the Model T’s were within the means of the average person.  Ford produced more than 15 million Model T cars between 1908 and 1927.  See what having a dream and vision can do?

This Day In History

1959 – The Television series “The Twilight Zone” premiered      
1971 – Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida

Food Celebration of the Day

World Vegetarian Day – I must start out to say, I am NOT a vegetarian.  As a matter of fact, I only actually know ONE person who doesn’t eat meat of any kind.  And there is a difference between someone who is a vegetarian and someone who is vegan.  A vegetarian will still eat dairy and eggs.  Some vegetarians will eat fish too.  A vegan won’t eat anything that came from an animal at all.  I have tasted some wonderful vegetarian dishes, and don’t mind having meals now and again that don’t have any meat.  I can’t see myself ever making a complete switch, but I do acknowledge that there are benefits to including more vegetarian dishes in our every day menu.  As a matter of fact I made a lovely quinoa casserole to go alone with our pork chops tonight. (see picture tot he left) It was pretty doggone good!  Here are some nice recipes from www.food.com to get you started.  I may have to look into that baked cashew loaf!


Well, that’s a well-rounded start to the new month.  Thank you for celebrating the new month with me!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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