Ooooohh, Hammock Day . . . Doesn’t A Nice Nap In A Hammock Sound Wonderful?

Jul 22nd

I cannot tell you how FAST yesterday flew by at the office.  It felt like I just blinked and it was time to go home!  Wouldn’t it be nice if all days went so quickly and smoothly?  Unfortunately that’s not always the way it goes, so I’ll appreciate it while it continues.  And on to the celebrations for this beautiful Tuesday!

Hammock Day – Today we celebrate the hammock.  When I was growing up a neighbor had a hammock in their yard.   I would struggle to get into it , then lie there very still so I wouldn’t fall out, and just watch the leaves of the Weeping Willow dance in the breeze, while I swung gently back and forth beneath its gracefully bowing branches.  I’ve always thought it would be wonderful to have a hammock in the yard, but it just wouldn’t be the same without the trees. We just don’t have the sort that work for a hammock.  But this celebration got me to wondering, where did the hammock come from?  Well, I found out that it is thought to be an invention of the Mayan Indians in Central America.  The earliest hammocks were woven from the bark of the Hamak tree, but replaced by the Sisal plant because the fibers could be softened.  The Indian nations of Central and South American had extensive trade routes between them, which permitted the hammock to be adopted in almost every country of Central America, and many in South America.  Each country began making the hammock in their own way, with their own materials, including the cloth or fabric hammock that evolved in Brazil.  Hammocks are mentioned in the logbook of Christopher Columbus’s first travel.  According to, he was introduced to the hammock, or “hamaca” by the Taino Indians from Haiti in 1492.  Now that we know the history behind this wonderful invention, and with summer in full swing, it is time to slow down and relax and there’s no better way to do that than on a hammock!  Enjoy!

Ratcatcher’s Day – Today we commemorate the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the most infamous of all rat catchers.  It is one of the most well known story in German folklore, and according to the story the town of Hamelin, Germany was infested by rats.  The mayor promised to pay the Pied Piper handsomely if could get rid of the rats.  So, the Pied Piper played his flute, and lured by the magical music, all the rats left town and followed him.  He played his music all the way down to the river. Once there, he waded into the river with all of the rats following him, and they drowned.  The mayor refused to pay him though, so one night when the townspeople were all asleep, the Pied Piper played his music again, but this time the children of the town followed him all the way into a cave.  Some versions of the story vary here . . . in one version the Pied Piper kept them there until he was paid by the town for his services, but in most versions the children were never seen again.  I honestly prefer the first version!  That story could give kids nightmares, but I suppose the moral of the story is good – pay your debts.  Nobody really knows why THIS day was chosen to be Rat Catcher’s Day, but it is thought that the Pied Piper rid Germany of the rats around June 26th, 1284, and that several weeks later when he lured the children away was July 22nd.  Interesting, no matter what got it started.

Spooners (Spoonerism) Day – So what is a Spoonerism?  Well, I had to look it up.  Apparently it is a misspoken word or phrase where different sounds are mixed up.  The term started with Reverend William Archibald Spooner, who would swap word sounds and come up with funny things by accident, rather than what he’d intended.  For example a couple of famous examples are when he said “swell foop” instead of fell swoop and “half-warmed fish” instead of half-formed wish. Another very famous example was when George Carlin said in his act “Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things”.  This day is on Spooner’s birth day, July 22, 1844.  Happy Birthday Reverend Spooner – and thanks for the chuckles!

This Day In History

1934 – Bank robber John Dillon was shot dead.      
1975 – An act of Congress restores Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s citizenship.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Grilling MonthAmericans love their grills. Three out of four households own at least one grill — and more than a quarter of those have at least two!  Now there’s some appreciation of grilling!

National Penuche Fudge DayI’ve never heard of this and now I really want to try it!  This sweet treat appeared in the 1929 “The Candy Cook Book” by Alice Bradley.  This fudge tastes like its main ingredients, including brown sugar, vanilla and pecans (or walnuts, depending on the recipe you use).  It is often featured at New England gift shops, candy shops and food fairs.

Interesting day today!  I know we can always get into the grilling celebration – healthy AND delicious! Can’t beat that, right?  Now, if only I could celebrate Hammock Day, I’d be thrilled.  For now I must get to work. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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