It’s A Wonderful Day For a Saunter . . . and Oreo Cookies!

Jun 19th

We have some fun ones today!  What a way to celebrate a Wednesday!  Let’s have some fun!

World Sauntering Day –  What is sauntering?  It’s funny, I’ve heard the word forever, but never really stopped to think about what it really is, and now I know.  And you will too!  Sauntering is not a walk, jog, trot or a run.  It is a form of strolling.  It is a very casual, yet stylish, form of movement to get from point A to point B.  The definition for sauntering in the dictionary is “walking along slowly, happily and aimlessly”.  Doesn’t this sound like a lovely way to get around, at least once in awhile?  Try it!  Anyone can spend their lives walking, jogging or even being dragged through life, but perhaps we’ll find it more enjoyable to saunter through it.  It’s even better if you saunter with a friend or a loved one.  I think I’ll try a little saunter somewhere today. . . maybe into the vet’s office when I take Tibbi for her shots and check-up!  Now, if I could only get the dog to saunter too, it’ll top the day off perfectly!

Garfield the Cat Day Can you believe it’s been 35 years since Garfield made his debut?  He is still the cynical, fat, lazy cat that has captured the hearts of generations.  We love him because he is funny, which pairs nicely with his general uselessness.  He originated as a comic strip and continues to appear daily in newspapers around the world, but he has become so much more than that.  There are Garfield games, memorabilia, posters, movies and even a TV series showing that he is the most famous cat in the world.  I remember a friend even had a Garfield telephone!  Today, be a little like Garfield . . . sit back, be lazy, eat lasagna to celebrate the cat that gets to do that every day. 
 

Juneteenth – Today celebrates a truly historic event . . . one which I am rather shocked I never heard of before and it seems like something I should have learned about when I was in school!  I liked history, so I’m betting I would have remembered this if we’d covered it.  On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended.  The south had lost the war, and the slaves were now free.  President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier, but it wasn’t until  1865 that Texas had enough federal troops to enforce the end of slavery.  Due to this historic event, June 19th was called Juneteenth and is celebrated throughout the United States each year with rodeos, barbecues, parades and prayer services.  It is a day of reflection, giving thanks and looking forward to the future for all Americans.
 


Food Celebration of the Day –

 

National Martini Day – Throughout my life I’ve watched a lot of movies, and in many of them the sophisticated folks (James Bond anyone?) have graced the screen holding a dry martini garnished with olives.  It always looked very posh.  Now that I’m a grown up I know that there are many types of martinis with a lot of different flavor profiles, but I didn’t know that until recently.  I thought they had to have gin and honestly, I hate gin.  Tastes a little bit like I imagine chewing on a pine cone would, you know?  In the old days martini drinkers had only a few simple choices: gin or vodka, rocks or neat, olive or twist.  Now?  there are appletinis, chocotinis, and even cavitinis (made with caviar).  The possibilities are endless.  I’ve had lemon drops (delicious!) and oh my goodness, the chocotini.  That’s decadence in a glass right there.  Here are a few recipes from www.food.com to give you a decent sampling – just know – you are limited only by your imagination when it comes to martinis.  Enjoy!

Eat an Oreo Day – Oreo cookies are the top selling cookie in the world.  I didn’t know!  I can’t figure out WHY they are, but they are!  (They always leave my mouth feeling like its coated in grease) They can now be purchased in over 100 countries around the world.  It’s interesting that after the United States, China is Oreo’s biggest market.  50% of all Oreo eaters pull them apart before eating them.  Oreo’s Facebook community has more than 23 million members.  If you’re an Oreo fan, grab a bag and celebrate them!  It may take you right back to childhood for a few moments, and we can all use that from time to time.

I’m not even a fan of Oreo cookies, but this picture looks so yummy that I’m ALMOST tempted.  Almost  . . .   Have a wonderful time today and enjoy every moment.  The rest of life is so serious and full of heavy duty topics that taking a few minutes to celebrate the little things can really lift some stress.  Try it, you’ll see!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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