Have Extra Zucchini? Do I Have A Celebration For You!

Aug 9th

Thank you for your patience yesterday – there are just some days my brain is too tired to stay up late enough to come up with something coherent! Thursday night was one of those nights.  Today we’ll make up for it and celebrate 2-in-1 day! How does that sound?  Besides – it’s Saturday . . . the sun is out, the sky is blue and it’s going to be a WONDERFUL day!

This is what we missed from yesterday:

International Cat Day – I love cats.  I’m sure most of you know that by now, right?  I’ve had pet cats my whole life, and quite honestly, I can’t imagine a life without a kitty being a part of it!  Both of mine are sprawled out on the floor, one of them about a foot away from the dog’s nose – always trying (unsuccessfully) to get the dog to pay attention to her. It’s really pretty cute.  What many of the cat fans out there may not know is that cats are very important on a worldwide scale because they are worshipped in many religions.  Their remains have even been found in the ancient tombs of Egypt.  (Not that I can imagine worshipping a cat – though they do behave as though they expect their people to do just that!)  Cats are such good companions to people, so they really do deserve a special day.  This day is not ONLY about spoiling are feline friends though – it’s about recognizing that some people are evil and they abuse, harass and neglect cats, and that making this known and bringing out that it is wrong and needs to stop.  This day is to encourage people to get their cats spayed or neutered, getting them checked out by a veterinarian, and making sure that they are healthy and well.  It is also a day to encourage anyone with a heart for loving these wonderful creatures to adopt a furbaby today and be a kitty’s forever person.  (Tough life my girls lead, right?  They LOVE finding the sunlight from the skylights and basking in it.)



Happiness Happens Day -What a wonderful thought!  Happiness Happens.  And on a Saturday!  Couldn’t get much happier than that, right?  Do you know who’s motto this is?  Get this – I had to chuckle – It’s the 14th birthday of the “Secret Society of Happy People”.  Secret? Are there so few of them that they have to be secret?  And I’m giggling again. . . it’s just funny!  Why would happiness need to be secret?  No matter the reason, this is a great one to celebrate and be happy about . . . get it? Happy?  hahahaha sorry – it’s just funny.

Odie Dayare all familiar with Garfield. He’s widely celebrated and known everywhere. But what about his happy little sidekick Odie?  Odie deserves his own day for putting up with Garfield for all of these years!  Most people call Odie unintelligent and highly gullible, but that he is lovable little pooch.  And we all know that no matter how much Garfield torments Odie, he does love his little buddy.  So break out the party hats, confetti, horns, streamers and ice cream cake for this long tongued, cute yellow dog.  Some sites say he’s a beagle, but he never struck me as that!  He may not be able to talk, but I’m sure he is thanking us in his thoughts.

Worldwide Art Day – This is a fun one, held each year on the 2nd Friday in August.  It is the perfect time to celebrate your creativity and bring joy with it to other people.  Everyone has a talent of one sort or another.  For some people it’s drawing or painting.  For others it could be composing or singing a song, writing poetry or stories, making lovely jewelry, designing intriguing clothing, designing beautiful buildings or even making lovely floral arrangements.  The list of possibilities is endless and unique, just as each of us was created to be wonderfully unique.  Today the goal is to bring a smile to the faces of others, and help create a more beautiful world to live in – one talented contribution at a time.

And here’s what we celebrate today:

Book Lovers Day – It is so funny that today is Book Lovers Day because an acquaintance on an online  human resources forum I read daily posed a question out of boredom and in the interest of getting a conversation going.  She asked if you had to choose between a book and an e-reader, which would you choose?  It was pretty equal, which honestly surprised me.  I love  books so much that it makes me worry that actual books will stop being very important to people and be replaced by all those e-readers.  There are some circumstances that I think the things like Kindles and Nooks are nice . . . my son LOVED his when he was deployed to Kuwait.  He didn’t have room to pack a lot of books, so the Nook was a wonderful thing to have with him.  Today though, if on no other day, put aside the e-reader and pick up an actual book! The touch, feel and smell of an actual book – there’s nothing like it.  The history of books began with papyrus rolls, which date back to 2,900 BC.  From there written word progressed to stone tablets.  Did you know that the first known dictionary was a cuneiform tablet from around 2,300 BC. I had no idea!  A great way to celebrate today would be to grab an interesting book, find a quiet corner on the deck, under a shady tree, poolside or in a cozy hammock and let yourself get lost in the world in the pages.  It’s one of my favorite things to do!

National Bowling DayNational Bowling Day is an celebrated all across the country as it is recognized as a great American pastime.  It is a game enjoyed by 95 million people in more than 90 countries around the world! That’s a lot more than I ever would have thought!  I’m really not very good at the game, but I do enjoy it.  I used to like taking the kids bowling when they were little because I had a really good excuse to use the bumpers over the gutters! They sort of frown at grown-ups who want the bumpers and honestly, it could be embarrassing to admit to being THAT bad at the game, right? Today find an alley and a few friends and go have some fun!  Maybe they’ll let YOU use the bumpers so you end up having a great game!

National Garage Sale Day –  It’s been years since I’ve been to a garage sale, though today we are heading to a community rummage sale . . . in about an hour or so actually.  I typically stay away from them because I have so much junk already that I can’t imagine needing more.  And when I’ve actually HAD garage sales they’ve ended up being a LOT of work without a big return.  My Grandpa LOVED going from sale to sale, finding treasures.  He was so incredibly handy with re purposing items, creating something new and handy out of what would be garbage to someone else.  I remember when he bought an old exercise bike, and turned it into a cornmeal grinder.  He’d pedal away getting his exercise, all while grinding the corn so Grandma could make him his beloved sweet cornbread.  Or when he took old car shocks and made fishing pole holders out of them!  He even took old bed slats – the metal ones and made berry posts out of them, and scaffolding for the house for repainting it.  Yes, my Grandma definitely benefited from the sales he went to.   Well, today is your day if you love going to garage sales, because it’s National Garage Sale Day – the 2nd Saturday in August each year.   Keep your eyes open if you start in on browsing what’s out there because I’ve read of people finding amazingly valuable things at estate sales – paintings by famous artists, incredible antiques, etc.  The biggest one I’ve read about was the guy who bought a box of glass negatives at a sale for $45, and they turned out to be the lost work of Ansel Adams – valued at an estimated $200 million!  Granted, those finds are extremely rare, but possibly worth the time invested!
This Day In History
1890 – The Daughters of the American Revolution organization is created.            
1945 – The USSR finally declares war against Japan.       1930 – Animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes premieres, with new star Betty Boop!            1974 – President Richard M. Nixon becomes the first and only president to resign while in office.
Food Celebrations of the Day
8th – Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch – I did not know until last year – the first time I wrote about this one – that zucchini is a fruit and not a vegetable.  Seriously! It is!  I have tried and tried for the last few years to get zucchini to grow in my garden. I know, that’s not a problem many people have.  In the house we used to live in, I had so much zucchini it was literally overwhelming, but so far here, that’s not the case.  I would LOVE to have that problem!  For most people zucchini is one of the most prolific plants in all the gardening world.  A single plant can produce what seems like an endless supply, and a small row – well you’ll never be done with it, which is what brings about this day. By the time August arrives most gardeners are reaping more zucchini than they can possibly use.  After using it daily in everything from soups and stews to breads and dips, they get desperate to get rid of it and start giving it away.  Eventually everyone starts to avoid them, so they sneak it onto their neighbors porches and run away!  Why hasn’t anyone snuck some onto MY porch! I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE some!    Here are a few ideas to help you use up your overflow this year.  Enjoy!




9th – National Rice Pudding Day There is something comforting about a bowl of basic rice pudding.  I like mine with cinnamon, sugar and raisins – extra milky.  It’s warm and sweet, and so very basic and simple that it just speaks to the child inside – the part that never quite grows up.  There are a lot of different cuisines that have their own take on it.  Maybe try a couple, out and see what you think!  That Pumpkin Rice Pudding sounds delicious!

My morning coffee is gone, I need to get a couple things done (like breakfast) so we can get out the door.  I just noticed that the neighbors are celebrating Garage Sale Day! Their yard is FULL of stuff!  Well, maybe we’ll find some major treasures at this rummage sale.  Wish us luck!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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