I’m still shaking my head at myself over a silly mistake I made yesterday. My lovely mother-in-law noticed it – as I’m sure many of you did. I was thinking it was Thursday when I was writing up the post! I was pretty tired when I was writing, but I wasn’t paying attention. Today I KNOW that it’s Wednesday, and no, we haven’t lost a day. I’m in for a bunch of fun today, so I need to get this posted quickly and get myself on the road. I get to drive to my son’s house and babysit my beautiful granddaughter today, then I get to pick up my grandson from kindergarten and spend the afternoon with both kids together! I’m pretty excited, but it’s an early morning . . . leaving around 4:30, so I am there by the time my daughter-in-law goes to work. A Grandma’s love will take her out and about WELL before daylight every time.
American Touch Tag Day – I remember when I was a kid, one of the games I truly loved to play was touch tag. I am not an athletically inclined person, but even I could play tag, not get hurt, and have fun doing it! Are kids still allowed to play tag in school, or is it another one of the activities that is considered to be too “dangerous” to play by today’s nanny state, wimpy standards? I’m sorry, but our kids really have been reduced to a bunch of whining babies who are afraid to play normal, outdoor kid games for fear of getting hurt. I especially remember 4th grade – the only year I went to a private school – we went outside every day that it wasn’t raining and we played tag, kick the can or hide and go seek. We had a HUGE area to play, lots of woods and space to run. Recess was always an adventure, even for this sports challenged kid. Well, today is the day to relive those memories – if you can find some family or friends who are willing to give it a try – and go outside and play an old-fashioned game of Touch Tag. The name “American” Touch Tag is a bit of a curiosity, since this game has been known by several names such as Tag, Touch, Touch Tag, It, Chasey and Catching. It has been played for thousands of years, going back as far as Ancient Egypt. No matter what its called, or where it started, it gives me a smile thinking back to my days in elementary school. (I’m thinking this dog needs to look out when it is the cat’s turn to tag him! Yikes!)
Alvin C. York Day – Today we honor a true American hero. Corporal Alvin C. York, on October 8, 1918, mostly unassisted, captured 132 Germans (three of them were officers), took out about 35 machine guns, and killed no less than 25 of the enemy. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant shortly after, and became one of the most highly decorated soldiers of WWI. Today we commemorate his bravery for, and dedication to, his country. In 1941 a film was released called “Sergeant York”, starring Gary Cooper. Check it out and learn all about this amazing and wonderful hero. He exemplified patriotism to the core.
Emergency Nurses Day – How many times have you had to go to the emergency room – or had to take a child to the emergency room (this was more often the situation when my son was growing up) and the first people you dealt with were the nurses? I have had the best experiences with ER nurses throughout the years, and they truly deserve the acknowledgement that this day brings to them. They are dedicated, committed healing professionals, bringing comfort and compassion to the patients they see each day. They see it all. Often it’s not good, yet they go back to work each day, knowing that they make a difference to sick, injured and sometimes dying people that come through those emergency room doors every single day. There was a point when my son was in his early teen years that I was beginning to feel like the local hospital needed to give out frequent flyer miles – we were there so often that it almost became funny! He was on a first name basis with the nurses by the time he was 16 years old, and at one point he even took them candy to thank them for all they did for him. From cut open knees from bike accidents, to appendicitis, they truly came through for him every time, and eased my mind in the process. As a worried Mom, heading to the ER is never a good thing, so that was truly a blessing. Lately, with scary diseases coming through our borders in droves, I know that the nurses who work in the emergency rooms are being exposed – or potentially will be, if they haven’t yet – to some pretty scary stuff. Keep them in your prayers – they deserve it every day, but say a few extra for them for awhile.
International Top Spinning Day (2nd Wednesday) – Today, October 8th, is International Top-Spinning Day! I’m sure most of us had a top when we were kids – whether it was one of the little wooden or plastic ones that you spin yourself and let them go whirling across the table or floor, or the kind that have the little lever on top that you push up and down to get it spinning, we’ve all probably played with one. They are actually fascinating toys, for young and old alike. In the city of Burlington, WI, there is an entire museum devoted to tops of all shapes and sizes, along with other spinning toys like yo-yos. If you just aren’t intrigued enough to travel to a museum devoted to tops, celebrate in a small way by finding something to spin right where you are. It’s quite stress relieving. As a side note – technically the earth counts as a great big spinning top . . . something to think about.
National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day – What a fun day! And it’s one that doesn’t cost you anything to celebrate! National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School day is celebrated each year on the 2nd Wednesday in October. It’s a really fun way to improve morale and have fun at work or school. (kids, remember to ask permission at school first – some schools won’t appreciate toys at school) According to the “History of the Teddy Bear” by Marianne Clay, the Teddy Bear didn’t become a public icon until 1903. About that time the people of the United States began to get what she refers to as “teddy bear fever”. I know that most of us cannot imagine a time in our lives without at least one teddy bear. They are such a popular toy – warm fuzzy bearers of love and security. Today honor one of your oldest buddies and take him with you to work.
Food Celebrations of the Day
National Pierogi Day – Mmmmmm . . . Pierogis – little Polish dumplings that originated sometime during the 13th century. They were a common peasant food – but peasant or not, they are delicious! Basically they are a dumpling made of dough and filled with things like potatoes, cheese, sauerkraut, mushrooms and sometimes fruit. You can find them in the frozen food section of many grocery stores – but honestly none taste quite as good fresh. There was this little Russian deli I went to occasionally in Seattle that had Peirogi’s – delicious! You probably don’t have a place near you who makes them, so if you’ve never tried one – give the frozen variety a shot. I really enjoy them cooked in butter and garlic until crispy. To reduce the fat they can be baked too.
National Fluffer Nutter Day – I have to admit something. Until last year, I’d never even heard of a fluffer nutter sandwich . . . well not that I’d taken seriously anyway. My co-worker had mentioned the combination of marshmallow fluff and peanut butter, and frankly I was slightly repulsed by the idea. When this one rolled around again this year, I thought I’d give her the benefit of the doubt, picked up the supplies and took them to work with me yesterday and we feasted on Fluffer Nutter Panini’s, fruit and some chips I’d picked up for a little salty to counteract the sweet. As difficult as this is for me to admit, it was pretty good! Granted, it won’t be something I eat often . . . likely not more often than once a year, if that. After all, from what I’ve heard, Marshmallow Fluff is one single ingredient away from being Styrofoam. I haven’t checked that out for myself, but after feeling the consistency, it makes a bit of sense. If you DO decide to eat chemicals for lunch though, this is a tasty way to go.
- Fluffer Nutter Sandwich
- Chocolate Fluffer Nutter Candy
- Fluffer Nutter French Toast
- Coconut Fluffer Nutter Cookies
- Fluffer Nutter Squares
- Chocolate Fluffer Nutter Bars
- Salted Peanut-Marshmallow Chew Bars