Leaving Love Notes For That Special Someone . . .

Sep 26th

Let’s do a little dance!  The Friday dance! WOOHOO!  It’s been a good week, but for some reason it’s felt really, really long.  Not sure why!  The work days have gone very quickly, so it doesn’t make sense.  This week my beautiful daughter-in-law had a birthday.  I completely intended to do a special  little post about her yesterday, but I hadn’t asked her for permission – which I try to do when I’m talking about specific individuals – so I didn’t.  Sorry D! Love you!  I went to my first high school girls volleyball game – first time in my old high school gym in 31 years!  Sure seems smaller than I remembered, but all the same gym smells were there.  Ewwww, right?  🙂  And I’ve had a few fun food celebrations with hubby.  Tomorrow we get to go have lunch with our daughter, and all is right with my world!  The icing on my beautiful Friday cake is that we get to celebrate some fun stuff together, so let’s get started!

Johnny Appleseed Day – Today we honor one of America’s great legends.  Johnny Appleseed was a real person.  John Chapman was among the American settlers who whose imagination was captivated by the westward moment across the continent.  As he travelled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers.  With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.  Here are some interesting little tidbits I found about him:

*  John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774.
He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania.
*  During the life of John Chapman, the “West” was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
*  John Chapman was a deeply religious person He was known to preach during his travels.
According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received.
*  It is believed that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the “winter plague”. The actual date of his death has been disputed. 
*  Johnny wore a pot upside down on his head – but it wasn’t intended to be a hat, it was just the most practical way to carry the pot.
*  The apples that grew from his trees were almost all used to make hard cider.  After the Women’s Christian Temperance Union successfully campaigned against the evils of alcohol, apples became a popular food in America.
*  Johnny didn’t wear shoes, even in the winter.  He was presumed to be crazy by many of the people he met in his travels because of this.

Celebrate today with a menu rich in apples – include them for snacks and throughout your meals.  Can’t go wrong with that!

Native American Day – The last Friday in September is a day set aside to learn more about the Native Americans who walked this land long before any immigrants made their way here.   The rich and proud history of the Native Americans isn’t just something we should read about in history books.  It is something we should experience for ourselves!  All across the country tribes still celebrate their heritage by holding large pow wows.  At these pow wows you can try authentic Native American foods, watch demonstrations of traditional crafts, such as basket-weaving and pottery-making, and be entertained by cultural dancers in traditional dress, accompanied by authentic percussion and other musical instruments.  We actually have a great place about an hour from me called Tillicum Village where there are pow wows nearly  every weekend, along with salmon feasts, dancing and all held in a long house.  I haven’t been there since I was a little kid.  I’ve been meaning to get over there for a number of years.  Now I think I’ll wait til our Granddaughter is old enough to at least understand a little bit of what is going on.  It’s better if everyone going has a good time.

Hug A Vegetarian Day- Well, today is hug a vegetarian day, so if you know one . . . hug one! I only know one vegetarian. . . . and she knows who she is . . . so I’m giving you a hug today!  HAHAHAHA (that’s an evil laugh – she hates hugs – too bad!)  If you DON’T know a vegetarian, I honestly can’t suggest you chase anyone down in the produce department trying to find one.  It’s simply not that urgent! Really!  Here are a few interesting vegetarian facts to help you celebrate:

* Vegetarianism is thought to have originated in ancient India. Today, Indians make up more than 70 percent of the world’s vegetarians.
* One reason people follow a vegetarian diet is to protect our natural resources. Approximately half of the fresh water supply in the United States and 80 percent of agricultural land is used for raising livestock.
 * Some people have an objection to eating animals, so they eat vegetarian instead.

Though I am not a vegetarian, I have tasted some pretty amazing vegetarian dishes, so if you can’t find a vegetarian to hug, or if they run from you when they see you coming at them to give them one, try eating an amazing vegetarian dish instead!

Love Note Day – I honestly don’t know of any woman who doesn’t enjoy getting a love note from the man in their life.  And . . .well . . . truth be told . . . most of us don’t get nearly enough of them.   I’ll take it even further and say that the majority of us NEVER get a love note.  Guys, it’s not that hard!  We’d be thrilled if you put a post it note with a heart on it, with “I Love You” written inside, and hidden in our pocket to find when we get to work.  Seriously!  A love note doesn’t have to cost any money at all . . . just a piece of paper with a little note, one sentence!  That’s it!  And ladies, guys like getting love notes too.  They may not say much about it, but they really are pleased when we think to do that for them.  If you happen to already leave love notes for each other, maybe do something to make it a little different . . . leave one in the fridge, put one on the seat of their car, maybe inside the bathroom door . . . Do something unexpected and sweet for the one you love today. . . leave them a little note.  I guarantee it will put a smile on their face, and set a happy tone to their whole day.

This Day In History

1789 – The U.S. Postal Service was founded.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Pancake Day – Mmmmmm fluffy, golden pancakes.  There is something completely comforting about getting up to a breakfast of pancakes and bacon – they just go together!  You can cook them on a griddle, on the stove, even over an open fire.  They can be adapted to an endless number of environments, which could be one reason they have been so popular for so many centuries.  Besides that, they are delicious and filling!  Pancakes even have stories in folklore.  Here’s an old wives’ tale I hadn’t heard before, but I thought was interesting. The tale says that if a young girl feeds pancakes to a rooster and he eats them without calling the hens, she will remain single. If the rooster calls the hens, she will marry.  Thank goodness we don’t have to believe in all of that stuff to enjoy pancakes.   Fun fact: William Shakespeare was a flapjack fan. He mentions pancakes in two of his plays: All’s Well That Ends Well and As You Like It.

I admit it.  We aren’t celebrating National Pancake Day today.  That’s just too much work on a work day.  A quick, toss everything into the blender, smoothie is more my work day breakfast planning.  Tomorrow though, we’ll celebrate this one for sure tomorrow.  And I’m off to work to get this Friday going!  You do the same and we’ll meet here again in the morning!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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