Have A Great June 1st! I Triple Dog Dare Ya!

Jun 1st

Happy June 1st, and a wonderful Saturday to you!  I don’t know what it’s doing where you live, but here the sky is blue, the birds are singing, the sun is shining and as soon as I’m done here we’re heading for the Farmer’s Market!  So let’s get the celebrations started!

Dare Day –  Today is a day to challenge yourself to do something you wouldn’t normally do, or to challenge someone else to do the same.  I did my share of that already this week, but maybe you’ve been walking a safe and quiet path so far this year and need this boost to bring out the daredevil in you!  Dares take all forms and shapes, and the types of dares are nearly limitless.  Whether it is a prank, a challenge to accomplish something or a personal dare (like asking someone you like out on a date), today is the day to take that leap.  Now, on to levels of dares.  We can dare someone to do something (please make sure it is safe and legal!), but what happens if they don’t pick up on the challenge? Well, if you’ve ever watched A Christmas Story, you know that you up the dare level!  You can Double Dog Dare someone, and that ramps up the challenge by two times!  The highest level of dare is the Triple Dog Dare, the pinnacle of dares that only the most meek and mild can refuse. To anyone else, it’s truly a call to action.  So for today I Triple Dog Dare you to do something new, different and completely unexpected! 

Flip a Coin DayYou ever have one of those days when you just can’t make up your mind about what to do about something?  Well, that’s the day to flip a coin to decide!  This tradition goes back to Julius Caesar.  Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice wasn’t clear to him.  The correct answer was “heads”, which of course was his own picture on the coin.  Just for giggles, find something to flip a coin over today. 

Heimlich Maneuver Day –  Today is Heimlich Maneuver Day.  This maneuver was created by American physician Henry Heimlich in 1974, and it has since been made the standard practice for helping choking victims by the American Red Cross.  It isn’t just for choking though, the Maneuver is also used commonly on drowning victims before performing CPR.     I’m sure we’ve all seen educational videos, or taken a first aid class, that showed us how to perform this technique, but if you haven’t learned it, please watch this video and learn.  You could need it to save a life someday.   Here’s also a video for Heimlich for dogs!    Good to know!  

National Go Barefoot Day – Ahhhh, just kick off your shoes and stretch your toes.  It’s been a long week with our feet stuffed into our hot shoes, so embrace the beginning of summer – and the fact that it’s Saturday – by going barefoot today!  This day was first launched by a non-profit organization called Soles4Souls.  The real purpose behind the day was to encourage people to donate new and used (in good condition) shoes to the victims of natural disasters.  Take a moment and do a little spring cleaning to give away the gently worn shoes you rarely wear or no longer need.  You could even organize a shoe drive in your neighborhood or community.   Other ways to celebrate?  Take a barefoot walk on the beach, in freshly cut grass, or go treat yourself to a pedicure! Now there’s a great way to  celebrate.

National Trails Day –    Today is the 21st Annual celebration of National Trails Day, a day devoted to appreciating America’s trails and the people who work so hard to build and maintain them.  In honor of this day, thousands of public events are being hosted nationwide, and tens of thousands of trail enthusiasts will be outside as they hike, peddle, and paddle through some of the most beautiful areas in America.   I think I may see if hubby will hit the trails out behind our house today for a nice walk.  We have a delightful trial network that is maintained year round that offers peace, quiet, relaxation and beauty, all within a few blocks of my backyard.  Yep, sounds like a delightful plan. 

Say Something Nice Day – How many of us have heard from the time we were very small, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”?  Today is Say Something Nice, with the idea being to counteract the near epidemic of bullying and lack of civility and common courtesy among people today.  The thought is that if you can be aware of what you say to people today and only say nice things, then maybe you can stretch that practice into two days, then three, then more, until saying nice things to people becomes second nature.  It used to be something taught to nearly every child in nearly every home, but somewhere along the line this way of raising children has been lost.  Not sure why, since you’d think it would be common decency to do be nice!  As you go about your day, be aware that the others around you may need one nice thing said to them to make their lives better in that moment, and may be the only nice thing they hear that day.   

Turtle Races Day – This celebration is exactly what it sounds like!  Turtle contestants are placed in the center of a circle, and they walk around until one of them crosses out of the circle.  This event was popularized at fairs and picnics, geared toward children.    The turtles have their numbers attached to their shells with a piece of tape and away they go.  Keep in mind though, do not take turtles out of the wild to use them for this practice.  Domesticated pet turtles can be found at pet stores.  I can’t imagine these are fast moving athletes, but you never know. . . One of them may just surprise you!   


Food Celebration of the Day –

National Candy Month – Americans have a serious sweet tooth: On average, each of us eats up to 25 pounds of candy per year! Change things up this month by mixing your favorite candy treats into these fun, decadent desserts.

Well, you have your list of what to celebrate today, and if you aren’t enthused about any of these, just pick a monthly celebration from the list posted earlier and you’re all set!  God Bless You, and I’ll see you tomorrow!  Farmer’s Market- here we come!



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