Happy Saturday everyone! I’m sitting here, propped up in bed letting the cold medicine do its work, while trying to focus on SO many celebrations in front of us. Even with all of these, I had to cut out a few that I couldn’t find sufficient background information about! We wouldn’t have had time to do them all if I hadn’t anyway!
Cookbook Launch Day – I love this one! Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE, LOVE LOVE cookbooks. I seriously have an addiction to them, and it is my personal opinion that cookbooks are one of a couple things you just can’t have too many of in your home! Today’s little known celebration – Cookbook Launch Day – is the day designed to do just what it says, launch a new cookbook. Often you see schools, churches, clubs and other organizations ask their members to donate recipes so they can create their own cookbook for a fundraiser. After they collect all of their recipes, and working with a publisher, they put a neat cookbook together filled with cherished recipes from their members, family and friends. is a little known day designed to launch a new cookbook. Schools, churches, clubs and a wide range of organizations ask members to donate a recipe for creating of their own cookbook. Working with a publisher, they put a neat cookbook together filled with cherished recipes, and publish it for members and friends. I have quite a few of these locally produced cookbooks. They are always filled with good, old-fashioned home style recipes, and the money usually goes to fund a good cause.
Old Farmers Day – Today we honor the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. Since the beginning of our nation’s history, our culture was heavily about farming. Early settlers cleared fields and woods to farm the rich land. They brought seeds and farming methods with them from their native countries, and when they got here they found new seeds and learned new methods along the way. Many of the new farming methods they learned were from the Native Americans, who were already farming the land. The most notable concept they learned was that of hilling, or mounding, the soil. The month of October is a great month to celebrate and honor our farmers. At this point the harvest is mostly complete, which means that the farmers can take a break from their hard work to enjoy this celebration in their honor. A farmer’s life is hard – it’s filled with back breaking work, doesn’t make them rich, has good years, and bad ones. They are never guaranteed a good crop, and weather, pests and disease problems often prove to be disastrous for them. Through all of the hardship though, farmers keep up their endless hard work, setting an example for what it means to love what you do, and do it for the good of all. Without our farmers we would be without so many things that we need to nourish our families. As Americans, I ask that we applaud our farmers to day, and give them our gratitude for their contributions to our culture, values, society and our economy. Happy Old Farmers Day!
Moment of Frustration Day – We all deal with frustrations in our lives, and today is the day to take the opportunity to let all of those frustrations out. If you happen to NOT be frustrated by anything – well you’re either very blessed . . . or never leave your house and have someone else taking care of your every need. I know that I am VERY frustrated lately. Our country is in tatters, the economy is nearing collapse, we are more divided as a nation than we have been in a very, very long time and we stand on the precipice of our democracy crumbling completely and falling prey to those who wish to turn us into a socialist nation. People are waking up, but every day I worry that it is too little, too late. So yes, this day absolutely is one I need to indulge in completely. But how would we do that? Well, here are some ideas. . . Go for a walk. If you walk fast and far, it often gets out some of the feelings in physical activity. I know I always feel at least a little better after a walk in the woods, enjoying nature. Go outside and yell! (be aware that your neighbors may call someone to come help you if they don’t know what you are doing) Just expressing those frustrations by screaming them out can leave you feeling refreshed and momentarily free. If you do have close neighbors, may I suggest doing this one into a pillow in a closed room? Just a thought. Sometimes having a good cry releases frustration for me. You don’t have to have a specific reason, just let it all out. Seek out someone you trust and talk over how you feel. Sharing with others really does help. And for me, getting in a nice bubble bath with a good book always helps me leave the negative stuff behind for a little while and allows me to decompress. However you choose to celebrate this one, try to just let some of the “stuff” go. If you can’t fix it, then worrying about it will just cause you harm. This is difficult for me to do, but maybe we all should make a concerted effort to just take a breath and let it go.
Columbus Day – I admit it, I had NO idea how many countries celebrate a version of Columbus Day. I realize that there is some controversy around celebrating this day, and I understand why if you’re part of the Native American community that there would be. On October 12, 1492, Columbus arrived on the shores of the Americas. Here is a list of a few countries that celebrate, and what they call the landing: Columbus Day in the United States: Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America; Discovery Day in the Bahamas; Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain; Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina; Day of the Americas in Belize; and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various areas since the early 20th century. So in all of this, when did it become an official holiday in our country? Well, in 1906 it became an official state holiday in Colorado, and became a federal holiday for the whole country in 1937, though it has been celebrated since the colonial times unofficially. In 1792, New York City and other U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World. Since 1970 though, the holiday has been fixed to the 2nd Monday in October, which gives many people a three day weekend. Banks, the bond market, the U.S. Postal Service, other federal agencies, most state government offices, many businesses and most school districts have it off. For those of you who get a three day weekend- awesome for you! Enjoy.
National Costume Swap Day – Now THIS is an awesome idea! Let’s face it, every year most of us dread the thought of coming up with new costumes for our kids, or even ourselves! It gets expensive and everyone always wants to be unique or different. National Costume Swap Day is celebrated in many cities across the nation, and honestly, I feel like it should be set up in all communities to help parents find an economical way to get gently used costumes without having go claw their way through Good Will. Honestly, this time of year at Good Will is frightening! By parents coming together with their own children’s costumes that they’ve outgrown and trading for a different costume that still have plenty of wear in it, we save money, we recycle costumes that may have ended up in the trash, and we meet other people in our communities! It’s a situation where everyone wins! If you don’t have one of these in your area, maybe next year you may want to set one up and get a new tradition in your community started. If my kids were still little I think I’d go for it!
National Family Bowling Day (or Kids Bowl Free Day) – This day is exactly what it says! National Family Bowling Day – and sometimes kids bowl for free! Different bowling alley’s in different communities around the country are opening up their lanes to families to enjoy fun family time. We all can use more family togetherness, so if you are up for a great day with your kids, head out for a day of bowling and maybe pizza! I haven’t been bowling for years – at least not out in an actual bowling alley. I’m still suffering from this silly cold, but maybe I can interest hubby in a game of Wii bowling tonight. I think I can summon up the energy for that at least and it’ll be in the spirit of the day!
Universal Music Day – Music – it’s the universal language that crosses time, distance, boundaries and boarders. No matter where you live, your region or country has its own music. Doesn’t matter whether you prefer classical, country, jazz, rock, rap, or polka – this day celebrates music of all genres and encourages the people of the world to experience joy through sound, rhythm and melody. Raise the roof, make some music and celebrate!
This Day In History –
1810 – The very first Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Gumbo Day – The birthplace of gumbo is hotly debated, but there’s no doubt that New Orleans is the most famous city for this roux-enhanced stew of meat and shellfish. I don’t know that I’ve ever actually tasted gumbo, but it looks like a good day to give it a try!
- Chicken Gumbo
- Shrimp & Crab Gumbo Over Cheese Grits
- Louisiana Chicken Gumbo
- Cajun Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
- File Gumbo
- Seafood Gumbo
- Slow-Cooker Vegetable Gumbo
Well, I’ve been trying to get this written since 7:30 this morning and here it is about 11:15. I keep getting distracted by things like breakfast, more coffee, updates on the Truckers to DC, chatting with friends, and things I have recorded on the DVR. Focus! I need to Focus! But it’s done now so enjoy! *sniff* I’m going to keep trying to get better. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!