Ahhhh Saturday. . . that alone just says it all, doesn’t it? After sleeping in and getting breakfast, I am finally ready to get started with celebrating with you! Sorry it is so late. I don’t know if anyone would care or not, but at some point when I can get myself organized better, I am considering doing one BIG blog for Friday’s showing what the celebrations are for Saturday and Sunday, and taking the weekends off from writing. I just seem to be getting around to things later and later on Saturday mornings because it’s nice once in awhile just to have a slow morning. But this morning ISN’T one of those mornings, so let’s see what’s on today’s schedule . . .
National Tell A Joke Day – How many of us struggle with getting the timing just right when we tell a joke? I do! I just can’t seem to get it right, and lose my listeners along the way. A good joke told properly has the right tone, the right speed and the perfect timing to draw people in, then WHAM the punch line comes through and everyone is laughing hysterically. I know it when I hear it, but I can’t do it myself. I’d love to . . . but that’s why I am NOT a comedian. However, I do appreciate a great joke and will find and post a couple to get you started on your day with a smile and maybe even an outright laugh! Ready?
(HAHAHA This one is funny – sort of sad – but funny! I laughed out loud!) There were these two guys out hiking when they came upon an old, abandoned mine shaft. Curious about its depth they threw in a pebble and waited for the sound of it striking the bottom, but they heard nothing. They went and got a bigger rock, threw it in and waited. Still nothing. They searched the area for something larger and came upon a railroad tie. With great difficulty, the two men carried it to the opening and threw it in. While waiting for it to hit bottom, a goat suddenly darted between them and leapt into the hole! The guys were still standing there with astonished looks upon their faces from the actions of the goat when a man walked up to them. He asked them if they had seen a goat anywhere in the area and they said that one had just jumped into the mine shaft in front of them! The man replied, “Oh no. That couldn’t be my goat, mine was tied to a railroad tie.”
Elvis Presley Commemoration Day – On August 16, 1977 the news of Elvis Presley’s death spread around the world. So many people who were raised with his music, and loved everything Elvis represented were in deep grief and shock. Today marks the 36th anniversary of that day, and for anyone who cares to, spend a moment remembering and honoring “the King”. His popularity remains strong today – his Facebook page had more than 6.5 million likes in 1992! The US Postal Service gave him his own stamp. Here’s some little known Elvis trivia to remember him by:
* Elvis was a black belt in karate.
* Elvis’ entourage was known as the “Memphis Mafia.”
* Although Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, he wrote none of them.
* Elvis was a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln’s great-great grandfather and a distant cousin to Jimmy Carter.
National Airborne Day – I couldn’t do justice to this one on my own – so I am going to copy and paste a link I found about it. What a wonderful thing to remember – well, our brave military members are ALWAYS a wonderful thing to remember and honor.
National Guard Bureau
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2001 – Sixty-one years ago, 48 brave volunteer members of the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon pioneered a new method of warfare. Their successful jump led to the creation of a mighty force of more than 100,000 paratroopers. Members of this force were assigned to the legendary 11th, 13th, 17th, 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions and numerous other units that fought in every theater during World War II. The soldiers of the Parachute Test Platoon also forged a unique warrior spirit, a relentless passion for victory, and a reputation that still strikes fear in potential adversaries. Beginning with the first combat jump by the men of the 2d Battalion, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, over North Africa in November 1942, airborne and special operations soldiers have made a total of 93 combat jumps. Since World War II, paratroopers have continually distinguished themselves in battle, earning 69 Congressional Medals of Honor and hundreds of other awards for valor.
Today, as we celebrate the anniversary of the first official Army parachute jump, I join all Americans in recognizing these heroes. We salute our Nation’s sky troopers, both past and present, for their great service and personal sacrifice in the defense of freedom and liberty around the world.
Best wishes to all for a memorable observance.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Amen to that! (I miss George!)
International Geocaching Day – Last year at this time was the first time I really heard of geocaching. I’d heard the word on movies or TV shows, but it never really was enough of an interest to me to find out what it was. When this celebration popped up and I looked into it, I have to admit that it sounded like fun! I wouldn’t mind trying it some day. Now for those of you who are hearing of this for the first time, let me enlighten you as to this modern day scavenger hunt, and what it is all about. For those of us who love maps – you know, the old fashioned papers folded into impossible to re-fold packets that show all of the streets, rivers, streams and mountains in intricate and colorful detail – the transition to GPS may in some ways feel that maneuvering the world has been dumbed down. I will never give up on maps entirely, I love them too much, but I have to admit that having the GPS has been a good thing for me, considering how directionally challenged I am. No, seriously, I can get lost in no time flat. Now it’s not just for getting directions on a road trip, but you can use it for fun with the family! One such activity is geocaching, and it is popular worldwide. Geocaching is sort of like a scavenger or treasure hunt, using GPS systems. People who participate are actually playing an enhanced version of “hide and seek”, where some people hide “caches” or hidden containers with something inside, and others try to find them. The caches are sturdy containers that usually contain a small logbook, along with the date and time that they were placed there, and for the finder to leave their name to say when they found it. The cache is then returned to its hiding spot. Some are small and hard to find – like maybe a 35 mm film canister, while others are quite large. The larger ones often have toys or trinkets inside, traded out for new ones for the next person to find. The caches are usually logged on a variety of websites where geocachers can post the approximate GPS coordinates for the caches they leave, or find coordinates of other people’s caches. Though the GPS coordinates are enough to get close to the location of a cache, they don’t show the exact location, and that’s where the seeking comes in. Exposing the hidden location of a cache is considered to be quite rude, because it ruins the fun of other seekers. The sport is so popular because of the challenge, so taking that away just messes it up. Caches can be located in any part of the world, but places like parks are very popular. If something is going to be hidden in a high traffic area, then extra evasive hiding tactics must be used. Some popular locations for high traffic areas would be theme parks, stores or shopping malls, colleges , etc. And though the contents of a cache are generally cheap little trinkets, it’s the finding of the treasure, not the treasure itself, that is the goal
International Homeless Animals Day – Days like this one sort of bum me out. On the one hand it’s important to get the word out about homeless animals, on the other it makes me so sad to think of all the furbabies out there that don’t have anyone to love them. You see, I love my pets. I take my responsibilities as a pet owner very seriously, for these furry little critters are part of our family. I make sure they get regular vet care, I cuddle and love them, take care of their needs and they repay me with unwavering love, devotion, loyalty and sweetness. Knowing that every single day animals are abandoned or placed into kennels, dependent on charities and the goodwill of other people for their very lives. These organizations are strained beyond their ability to cope, and they are desperate to raise awareness to the plight of homeless and abandoned animals. Homeless Animals Day aims to educate people about pet abandonment, feral animals and the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets. Many people think that it would be fun to have a dog, cat, bunny, etc. but when the reality of it hits – the daily feeding, cleaning up, vet care, needing a babysitter when they need to leave town, etc. – they decide it is too much trouble and just drop it off at a shelter. Or they decide to move for whatever reason, the pet is no longer convenient, and they just get rid of it. This animal is NOT garbage. It has feelings, emotions, fears, sadness, etc. When it comes to depend on, and love, its human, then is suddenly just dropped off in a scary place, or worse left to die on its own, it is so confused and scared! This pet will watch for its human for a very long time and it will always be sad. Dogs especially show these emotions – cats may feel them but they hide it better. Don’t do it. If you get a pet, make sure its part of your family. You wouldn’t just take your child to a shelter because moving into a smaller house would just make things too crowded. If you need to move, make arrangements to take your pet with you! If you can’t promise to love and nurture this loving creature for the duration of its lifetime, just don’t do it in the first place. Obviously emergencies happen. People get sick, they die, etc. Make arrangements for such an occurrence, just like you would for a child. And for goodness sake – GET THEM FIXED! Stupid, irresponsible people are the reason there are so many homeless animals today. These animals deserve a forever home that truly means to be forever. . . they aren’t furniture to be traded in or disposed of when you decide to redecorate.
World Honey Bee Day – This one used to be known as Honey Bee Awareness Day, and was put together by the beekeepers in the USA. They petitioned the USDA in 2009 for an official day to honor honey bees and beekeeping. A few years later, people across the world are holding a date of observation every year – and such an observation is much deserved and very important. This day isn’t so much to honor bees in general but to promote sustainable farming and preserving the honey bees that are so important in our lives! WE NEED BEES! They pollinate our gardens, which in turn gives us the food we need to survive. Click the link here for a very eye opening article that was done in 2008 as to the damage done to our honey bee population by GMO crops (Genetically Modified Organisms) Celebrate this day, and the entire future of our local honey bees, by planting lavender, borage and marjoram in your gardens – they are pollinator lures! Bake some wonderful goodies with honey today and celebrate all the hard work of the bees with the fruits of their labors. Most important, be aware of what you are using on your gardens, that the pesticides are natural and not detrimental to bees. We need them for survival, so put your awareness on high alert so we can save as many as we can.
National Thrift Shop Day – A long time ago, when the term “Thrift Shops” started out, it was used for stores that sold deeply discounted merchandise. It isn’t always the highest quality, but the price is always right. Today they are usually called Dollar Stores. That’s the definition I found today for this term, but honestly that’s not what most of us think of when we think of a Thrift Store. For me, I think of a 2nd hand store, either an independent or stores like Good Will, Value Village, St. Vincent de Paul, etc. I’d never spent much time in such stores – unless we were looking for a cheap Halloween costume – as a child, but my ex-mother-in-law was the “junk store” queen. She decorated in all things junk, purchased gifts for birthdays and Christmas from these places, and after we’d suffered the loss of everything we owned in a fire, she put her energies to replacing it all with . . . you guessed it . . . junk from these stores. It took YEARS to purge myself of a nasty, baby poo green chair that she found for a couple of bucks. Hideous, hideous, hideous. Sadly enough though it was comfortable, and rather than just cover it with something, it sat in all of its ugliness in our living room for many years. She’d go from store to store bringing home a variety of stuff that most people would just toss out in the garbage, and of course she was ALWAYS trying to unload a lot of it on me. Seriously, I didn’t need a hand mixer without beaters. WHY? WHY would you buy a hand mixer without beaters, and that was so old you couldn’t find beaters for it anywhere? Made no sense. When she passed away there were more than 20 different old coffee makers in her basement. JUST IN CASE someone needed one. I’ve come to the conclusion she was a junk store hoarder! I admit though, sometimes the stuff you get for junk store prices can be the best. . . when I’d just gotten divorced I moved on with just a loveseat and a beautiful antique trunk that I got from a friend. We needed more furniture, my son and I, but I couldn’t afford it. My Mom had a neighbor that was selling a perfectly good, incredibly comfortable pink, overstuffed rocking chair. It’s truly unattractive, but now, 10 years later, as I sit and type this, I am sitting in that ugly pink chair and glad I have it. At least for now. I’ll be shopping around for a new chair before too long, but I can tell you that this $10 investment has really been a good one. If you love a good bargain, you can find real treasure in these sorts of shops, both the modern version and the junk version, but pick wisely and don’t just gather stuff for the sake of gathering it. Someone, someday is going to have to clean out your house after you’ve moved on from this life, and to be honest, they don’t want to have to dispose of a bunch of stuff that is better suited to the dump.
This Day In History –
1896 – Gold is discovered in the Klondike.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Rum Day – Our national love affair with rum began in the colonial days. By the 1770s, an estimated 4 million gallons of the stuff were imported from the Caribbean each year. I’m no expert in anything related to rum, but I DO know that rum cake is yummy, and I’m not opposed to those fruity tropical drinks with the little umbrellas. I have also made some delicious buttercream frostings with various rums that are wonderful! Create something rummy today!
- Rum Punch
- Banana Rum Pancakes
- Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce
- Spiced Rum Breakfast Coffee
- Rum Balls
- Rum Raisin Cookies
- Golden Bacardi Rum Cake
Well, it’s way past lunch time already, but I keep getting distracted and doing other things in between research. This is why I normally do the post the night before so I can tweak it a bit in the morning and be done. Geesh! Have a wonderful day, filled with many adventures! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!