It’s a Wonderful Day for a Teddy Bear Picnic!

Jul 10th

Good Morning!  It’s Wednesday, and for me it is the busiest day of the week.  This is the day that I make my list of chores I need to do, set my timer and GO GO GO!  I know it sounds a little odd, but I literally time each thing on my list and see if I can beat my estimate for how long I thought it would take.  I start at one end of the house and move towards the other end until it’s done.  If I get distracted on the computer or the phone then I lose my momentum.  It works for me, and on days when I’ve scheduled my time wisely, I end up with ME time at the end of it.  So I’d better get busy!  In the meantime, here’s what we are celebrating today . . .

It’s Teddy Bear Picnic Day – When my daughter was little she had an entire herd of teddy bears and other stuffed animals.  (is it technically a herd with bears?) She’d line them up and have tea parties.  A Teddy Bear Picnic isn’t much different – actually I think we had a few of those too.  Children get teddy bears as gifts from the moment they enter this world.  Teddy bears are comforting.  They are there for children to hug, to catch their tears, to play with, and be a part of the world of imagination.  Most people keep their bears through adulthood.  I did have mine – but they burned in a fire about 23 years ago.  If you know where your bears are, maybe today would be a good day to step back into childhood for an hour or so, and have a picnic with your Teddy Bear in the shade.  Walking down memory lane with our best childhood buddy can sometimes be very relaxing.

Do you know the origin of the Teddy Bear?  I thought this was really interesting.  During the early 1900s, President Theodore Roosevelt was the President of the United States.  He was a hunter.  While he was hunting in Mississippi in 1902, he refused to shoot a small bear.  The Washington Post picked up on the story and made a cartoon out of it.  Morris and Rose Michtom, toy store owners, wrote to President Roosevelt for permission to call the stuffed animals they created “Teddy Bears”.  The little stuffed bears became wildly popular – beyond anyone’s expectation.  Their toy company grew to become the Ideal Toy Company – one of the largest toy companies in the world.  Talk about being in the right place at the right time! 

Clerihew Day– Today we celebrate the birthday of poet, journalist and author Edmund Clerihew Bentley.  He created one of the most respected forms of poetry in the English Language – The Clerihew.  The Clerihew is a four-line verse where the end of the first line, or more often the full first line, is the subject’s name.  Clerihews have an AABB rhyme scheme and meter is of secondary, or no, importance. Here are a few examples I found:

Even Steven
Will be leavin’
To get mugged in Chicago
After watching Dr. Zhivago
– the author, age 11

According do the Encyclopedia of British Humorists, Steven Gale, Clerihew composed the first poem of this type as a 16 year old student in science class, in honor of a British chemist: 

Sir Humphry Davy
Was not fond of gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.

Apparently the poem was a huge hit with the other students, because he never stopped writing them.  He published his first collection in his 1905 book, Biography for Beginners.  Here is another example: 

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls,
Say I am designing St Paul’s.
And this one from the Boston Globe’s Clerihew contest:
Edmund C. Bentley
Wrote intently,
But would now be anonymous
Were it not for the verse form for which his middle name is eponymous.

Maybe your celebration of this one, if you are feeling creative, would be to write your own Clerihew!  Could be a challenge.

 

Don’t Step On A Bee Day – Disturbingly, bees have had dramatic declines in their population in recent years.  This impacts our lives in a very profound way, as the loss of our bees affects how our plants are pollinated.  The production of honey is also put at extreme risk with the loss of bees.  So, it seems right that bees should have a special day all their own.  Today you can celebrate this one by planting flowers that bees love to drink from, like bee balm and clover.  Did you know that there are more than 140,000 beekeepers in the United States?  Or that North Dakota is the top honey-producing state in the nation?  How about that pollination by the honeybee is valued at more than $14 billion to U.S. agriculture alone?  I didn’t either!  Let’s show some respect to our bees, be aware EVERY day not to do harm to them.  We need them, more than we probably knew thought we did.

   

This Day in History

1040 Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes
1778 – American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1850 – Millard Fillmore sworn-in as president of US (replacing Taylor)
1861 – Lincoln writes to Kentucky’s militia & says Union troops will not enter that state
1890 – Wyoming becomes 44th state of US (1st with female suffrage)
1913 – Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C), which is the highest temperature recorded in the United States.

1933 – 1st police radio system operated, Eastchester Township, NY
1936 – 109°F (43°C) Cumberland & Frederick, Maryland (state record)
1936 – 110°F (43°C) at Runyon, New Jersey (state record
1936 – 111°F (44°C) Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (state record)
1936 – 112°F (44°C) at Martinsburg, West Virginia (state record
1940 – Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air (114 days)
1940 – German planes attack British ships in the Canal
1985 – Coca-Cola Co announces it will resume selling old formula Coke

I included the ones with the high temperatures to demonstrate that we’ve always had high temp days, and we always will.  The global warming – sky is falling – hysterics really need to get a grip.  As for other interesting things that happened today in history, check out this site!

Food Celebrations of the Day

Hot Dog Night – We already had hot dog night when we celebrate the Hot Dog Month – but I guess it never hurts to celebrate it again!  I think we’ll have corn dogs for dinner – we get ours from Trader Joe’s.  I’ve made my own, but without deep frying them they just didn’t work out.   The ones I get from Trader Joe’s are turkey, and only 4 grams of fat each.  That’s a FAR FAR FAR healthier choice than other brands, OR homemade.  Mmmmmm sounds, good doesn’t it?  Crunchy, sweet corn dogs dipped in mustard.  Yum!

Piña Colada Day – When people think of Piña Colada’s it is often in the context of tropical vacations.  Today though, you can enjoy one of these delicious, cold concoctions even if you’re going to be at home.  If you don’t drink alcohol, that’s OK!  Non-alcoholic yummy drinks and desserts are easy to make as well.  Just as refreshing and festive, without any possible side effects. The Piña Colada was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and means “strained pineapple” in Spanish. Here are some ideas from www.food.com to get you started! Have fun!

Well, we have lots to have fun with today!  I’m hoping to have some time in my day to celebrate at least one or two of these.  If I don’t get to my chore list I won’t though, so I’ll let you all get started and I’ll get busy. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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