Happy Sweetest Day – Do You Know How This Holiday Started? It’s Quite Sweet!

Oct 19th

Good Morning and a Happy Saturday to everyone.  Looks like the sky is still grey this morning, but I think I remember hearing the weather guessers on the news say it was supposed to be nice later today – a good thing since I need to drag myself out to mow the lawn.  Every time I mow it I think, “this is it . . . the last mow of the year”, which is followed by days of sunshine and more lawn growth.  Maybe today will be IT – the last mow of the year!  I also need to start baking this year’s sugar pie pumpkins so I can get them into the freezer for the next year of delicious treats.  A fresh batch of pumpkin apple pecan streusel bread has been requested by hubby, so once I get the pumpkins baked and cool enough to handle, that will be on the plans too.  Between those things, a cupcake order to fill, normal weekend chores and the procrastinated sugar flowers to make for my son’s wedding cake, it’ll be a busy weekend!  (I wish I thought creatively enough to decorate a pumpkin like this picture – isn’t that cute?)

Evaluate Your Life Day – This one sounds serious, doesn’t it?  But sometimes serious is important.  There are many people who would rather hide their heads in the sand instead of evaluating their lives because they are afraid that they may not like what they find out.  This is a good time to make positive changes by pausing and reflecting on our lives, where they are and where they are going.  Be honest about it too.  Are things going well?  Is something bothering you?  What is you need or want to change?  Take a look at your appearance and health?  Are you gaining too much weight and it’s negatively affecting your health? I think many of us suffer from THAT problem!  A self evaluation can give you the push to make big changes to improve the quality of your life.  If things are actually going quite well, then maybe making little adjustments can make it even better!  Evaluate Your Life Day could very well be the beginning of a healthier and happier you.     

Bridge Day – Today is the 34th anniversary of the Bridge Day Festival at the 876′ tall New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County, WV.  It is the largest extreme sports event in the world and is always held on the 3rd Saturday in October.  Hundreds of BASE jumpers and nearly 80,000 spectators are expected to attend this years event. 

The bridge serves as the launch point for six hours (9am-3pm EST) of safe, legal BASE jumps.  Traffic is shut down and spectators can safely and legally walk across the world’s second largest single arch bridge for this day only.  There are hundreds of vendor booths to browse, many delicious choices for foods and treats, and if you’re feeling brave you can jump off a perfectly good bridge, or go rappelling! This is one that my husband, son, son-in-law and very likely my daughter would really enjoy – since all of them have no problems leaping off of perfectly good bridges!  Me? I’d rather stand back, do a lot of praying and take pictures.

Sweetest Day – Aw, this is wonderful!  Until today I never knew what the original intent of this day way, and I LOVE it now that I know!  I’m betting you will too.  Herbert Birch Kingston was a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist and candy company employee.  He started Sweetest Day with the intention of bringing happiness to orphans, shut-ins and the under-privileged.  He wanted to show these people that they were not forgotten, so in 1922 he started this holiday by giving candy and small gifts to these people, using movie stars many times to distribute the gifts.  The popularity of the holiday spread, but today it is mostly celebrated with loved ones and friends and opportunity to recognize that sweet and special someone in your life is – doesn’t matter WHO they are, or what their relation to you is, they just have to be sweet to get a little recognition.  Honestly, as nice as it is to give candy and gifts to those in your life who are sweet, I really love the original intent of this day.  If you choose to celebrate it, find ways to give small gifts to those in your community who are in need.  It’ll be sweet for everyone involved.

This Day In History

1983 – The Senate passed a bill making Martin Luther King’s Birthday a national holiday.     
1781 – The Revolutionary War ended.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Seafood Bisque Day – Bisques are well-known in French cuisine, but experts think they may originate from the Bay of Biscay, Spain, where the thick soup usually contained game meats, not seafood.

Well, there are our celebrations of the day.  I may take a loaf of pumpkin bread to the elderly lady next door.  She lives alone and I’ve allowed my life to get so busy that I haven’t been over to visit her in awhile.  What better day than Sweetest Day to break that cycle?  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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