It’s Monday! Can’t We Just Let It Go?

Jun 23rd

Good Morning! We are on full baby alert!  I thought I was going to get the call early in the evening after it seemed my daughter-in-law was having fairly regular contractions in the afternoon.  Baby B has different ideas it seems because the contractions backed off a bit as the night progressed.  I am packed and ready to go, so what I’m doing is publishing this Sunday night, just in case I get a call in the middle of the night.  This Grandma is ready to jump up, run a brush through my hair, grab my stuff and go!  Am I excited, you ask? Me? What would make you ask THAT?  🙂

The celebrations for Monday – June 23 – are . . .and if I am welcoming my Granddaughter into the world, you’ll have to all celebrate on my behalf, OK?

Baby Boomer’s Recognition Day – Baby Boomer’s are people who were born between 1946 and 1964, conceived in the time right after World War II.  It was a time of celebration, of families being reunited, and yes, the boom of births following the end of any war is to be expected.  According to a website called www.babyboomers.com, the generation includes about 75 million adults in their most productive years.  Many boomers are looking at ways to make their retirement years meaningful and secure right now – though good luck with that in THIS economy.  The span of birth years for baby boomers is quite large – though I can’t a reason for the length of time allowed for this post-war boom – but apparently to correctly identify a baby boomer, they should be able to:  Name the 4 Beatles, Remember the ’60s (or not), recall TV images from the Vietnam War (or have been IN the Vietnam war), or discuss “blueberry hill”, Popeye and rotary dial telephones.  Hey, I’m not a boomer – not technically – I missed the window by 1 year – but I remember rotary phones!  So how do we celebrate this one?  I have absolutely NO idea.  I guess it’s up to each boomer to celebrate however they wish.

 

Let It Go Day – Have you ever gone through a situation in your life where you dealt with something in a way that you wish had been different?  I know I often deal with something and after the fact think “I should have said THIS!”, or “I should have done THAT!”  The what if’s can eat at you if you let them.  Perhaps someone has hurt you and you feel they haven’t been punished – or not punished enough, or someone gets ahead in life by being dishonest while you plow through life honestly and by the book, yet you struggle.  Today is the day to just let all of that go.  Let it go!  Breathe in, exhale and let it go!  You can’t change what has happened in the past – you can’t fix what someone else does.  You can only do what you do with as much honesty and integrity as possible, knowing that you are going to be judged by YOUR actions, not by someone else’s.  Just release it, and let it go. You’ll gain peace of mind and unload a lot of baggage you are carrying that you don’t need to be lugging around.  Trust me. It’s trueOf course, for anyone reading this today, the first thing that probably entered your head when reading what this day was called, was probably the tune from Frozen’s song “Let It Go”.  Am I right?  I know that it is playing in my head as I type this!

National Columnists Day – Today is supposed to recognize the importance and value of newspaper columnists.  I struggle with this.  I suppose there are columnists out there who may WISH to write unbiased news, that is based on factual information that they have researched carefully without any personal slant, however where are they? I’m not reading anything they are writing.  Everything I’m seeing is leaning so far to the left that they wouldn’t recognize unbiased if it slapped them across the face.  Are their employers putting a gag order on the real news?  Do they bother researching anything? What I usually see these days is knee jerk reactions, accepting blogger’s words as truth – which is ridiculous – since I’m living proof anyone can blog, put words out there and have people read them.  I at least try to look up the holidays I’m reporting about – from more than a single source.  I’m not seeing this with important issues that we deal with in our world each day.  So you honor columnists if you wish, I’ll pass on this one.  If you actually SEE news by someone who doesn’t cater to one side or the other, please pass along their name and the paper they write for so I can look them up, OK?

It’s National Pink Day -Today is a day where everything should be basking in pink splendor! Pink is the color of Breast Cancer awareness, and that’s wonderful, and if that’s what guys need to bring out the pink in them, then ok!  But today isn’t about that – it’s about the gloriously beautiful color pink.  I love pink – and many other women agree with me.  It is the most common color listed as a gal’s favorite – blue is next.  It is easy to enjoy this day – just surround yourself with pink!  Wear pink, show off everything you have that is pink -from clothes to shoes or other possessions.  Be creative!  You can even use pink food coloring to turn your meals pink – ok, that’s a little gross – unless it’s pink frosting on cake or cookies!  Get creative today and think pink!

 

Pink Flamingo Day (Lawn Ornaments)So tacky, yet so cool. The pink lawn flamingo is one of those things that people either love or hate.  Some think of them as works of art, and others think they are visual pollution.  There are even those who say that this one object stands for everything that is either good or bad in our society.  I think that’s carrying it a little far, but I suppose it gets the depth of feeling about these pink plastic critters out there.  Lawn ornaments are nothing new.  From marble statues created centuries ago, to the Granny Fannies of the 1980s, lawn decorations have been around for an eternity.  The history of the pink flamingo can be traced back to 1946 when a company called Union Products started manufacturing “Plastics for the Lawn”.  Their collection included dogs, ducks, frogs and even – yep – you guessed it, a pink flamingo.  Their products had a problem though – they were two-dimensional.  In 1956 the company decided to hire a young designer named Don Featherstone.  Even though Don was a serious sculptor and classical art student, his first project was to redesign their popular duck into three dimensions.  He used a live duck as his model and after five months of work, the duck was retired to a local park.  His next project would prove to be his most famous.   He couldn’t get his own real flamingo, so he used photographs from National Geographic instead.  He sculpted the original out of clay, which was then used to make a plaster cast.  The plaster cast was used to form the molds for the plastic.  The original design called for wooden legs, but they were too expensive and replaced by the metal legs that we still see on plastic flamingos now.  The exact date was never actually recorded but the first pink flamingo was born sometime during 1957.  This proved to be the perfect time for the flamingo to make its debut.  America was moving to the suburbs.  Industry was convincing America that a natural lawn was one that was mowed and treated with chemicals.  And every well manicured lawn needed a lawn ornament.  Empty lawns weren’t the only things in the flamingos favor.  The country was more mobile and more people were traveling to hotels, motels and lounges that were named after the flamingo.  The 1950s was also a time for bright, bold colors.  Common colors had been around for many years, but plastic now allowed for vivid colors like bright green, ruby and or course hot, flamingo pink.  Pink refrigerators, washing machines, and even Cadillacs were highly sought after.  The 1960s weren’t as friendly to the pink flamingo.  There was a mass rebellion against everything man made.  It was time to go back to nature and the plastic flamingo quickly became the prototype of bad taste and anti-nature.  By the 1970s, even Sears had removed the pink flamingo from its catalog.  At that point it looked like the days of this flamboyant bird were numbered, but time was on its side.  Some people just love to do things that are annoying to other people.  If pink flamingos were the ultimate in bad taste, then people were sure to put them on their lawns to bug their neighbors – and they did so – in GREAT numbers.  1984 the TV shoe Miami Vice kicked the sales of pink flamingos full speed ahead.  For the first time ever Union Plastics sold more flamingos than they did ducks.  Today they are sold for just about every purpose.  As wedding decorations, housewarming gifts, and even to use instead of reindeer at Christmas (ok that one goes a little TOO far!).  Some folks travel with their pink flamingos.  They go camping, hiking, skiing and even mountain biking.  There are entire web sites devoted to the travel of these artificial critters.  They are the targets of people pulling pranks.  They are stolen off of lawns every year, even stolen and held for ransom.  One pair was reported to have been kidnapped and their ransom paid in play money.  What it comes down to is that what is art to one person is seen as garbage to someone else.  I see most modern art the same way!  Bans have even been placed on pink flamingos all over the country.  I had to laugh when I read that Union Plastics responded to that rule by introducing a blue flamingo to the market.  That made those snooty communities respond by banning ALL plastic flamingos.  I think I’d get rebellious at that point and feel inclined to paint the entire house in pink flamingos.  Of course I’d never live in a neighborhood filled with that sort of pretentious snobbery, but if I did, oh yeah, the pink flamingo house would make its debut!  Anyway, in 2007 Pink Flamingo day was declared by the mayor of Leominster Massachusetts, the home of Union Plastics, to honor the work of Don Featherstone – the creator of the iconic plastic lawn flamingo.  I think the lawn flamingo may actually be making a come back! I saw a big box of them at Walmart the other day! Fun!
 

This Day In History

1860 – US Secret Service is created.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Pink Day is even being celebrated in the food world!  Today is the day to celebrate pink food wherever you can find it.  Here are a few recipes from www.food.com to get you started.  Actually pink lemonade is sounding really delicious right about now!  Not sure about the rest of some of these, but adventures in food can be fun if you let them!

No call yet – so I’m heading to bed and hoping that at this point Baby Girl will hold off until daylight!  I’ll keep you posted!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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