Good Morning and welcome to Tuesday – rain or shine, it’s going to be a wonderful day! Why? Well, because we have decided that it is going to be! And why not? We always have something to celebrate!
Log Cabin Day – I love log cabins. My dream is to someday have a cabin in the mountains, set amongst the trees, with a river flowing nearby. I can see it in my head – it has a lovely wrap around deck, with a wooden rocking chair set where I can rock gently while watching nature go by. A couple of hundred years ago log cabins were everywhere, and many of them still stand today as they were built to last, were solid and served the families who built them well. Life was rustic and simple. Heat was provided by an open fireplace, where meals were also cooked. If they needed air conditioning in the summer they opened a window. There wasn’t electricity, so no TV, stereos blasting or computers. Plumbing was around back at the outhouse, just follow the well worn path. Today we celebrate Log Cabin Day and all the lifestyle that accompanies it. We appreciate the historical significance of log cabins. I will never stop dreaming and hoping that somewhere in my future there is a cabin waiting for us, and until then, I will always appreciate the rich history that log cabins have played in our cultural development. As an interesting side note, this day was started by The Log Cabin Society, founded by Virginia Handy and the Bad Axe Historical Society, on June 25th, 1986, with the objective of promoting the preservation of Log Cabins, and awareness and education of life during the era in American when log cabins were common.
It’s National Catfish Day – I’ve only tried catfish once or twice, but it was certainly tasty! The only thing I know about this day is that on June 25, 1987, President Ronald Reagan began a presidential proclamation with the words ” More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy – farm-raised catfish.” No doubt the way to celebrate this day would be to enjoy a plateful of catfish, cooked any way you want. Chances are, you will eat farm raised catfish, which supplies the vast majority of catfish to the U.S. Market. I’m sure many would find that it would be more fun to catch their own, but that’s not always possible, so to the market most people will go.
Color TV Day – On June 25, 1951 CBS introduced the first color television broadcast. and was an hour-long program. However, since most television sets were unable to broadcast in color, only a few people were able to view the event, mostly in CBS television studios. Color broadcasting was halted for a time by the Korean War, and the first coast-to-coast color broadcast was the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 1954. What an incredible day for so many people! I remember when I was little there would be episodes of Bewitched coming on TV, and at the starting credits they always said “In Color”. I didn’t understand what that meant, since for the longest time I could only see it in black and white. I can’t remember how old I was when we got our first color TV, but I know my Dad was really excited about it.
Please Take My Children To Work Day – Jen Singer, a New Jersey Mom, started this holiday 11 years ago when she was at a seminar about disciplining children. One mother said her husband viewed her attendance at the seminar as a “night off”. Jen realized that something needed to be done to raise awareness about all of the time that work-at-home mom’s spend on the job – more than 100 hours each week. Not only that, they are ALWAYS on call! She founded this holiday as a bit of a tongue-in-cheek way to point out the issues. What is unfortunate is that some mothers who work outside the home took offense at the holiday’s premise, thinking that it was poking fun at them. Singer assured them that this wasn’t the case and that if someone comes up with a holiday for working moms, she would promote it through her blog, mommasaid.net. This day mom’s of children at home should take the whole day off – or at least part of the day – by getting a relative, neighbor or friend to watch the kids. Now the time is NOT to be spent running errands, catching up on chores or doing any work related activity. Spend it taking a long hot bath, watching a movie or shopping. Have lunch with a friend. The only rule is that no animated or Disney movies are allowed. This is the day to have uninterrupted grown-up conversation with actual grown-ups! It’s all about the Mom’s – so PLEASE someone, take the children to work today – and give Mom a little break.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Strawberry Parfait Day – The ancients considered strawberries to be a symbol of perfection and, coincidentally, the French word for “perfect” is parfait. Dig into a little bit of perfection today!
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Parfait
- Strawberry Parfait With a Key Lime Twist
- Strawberry Brunch Parfait
- Instant Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait
- Strawberry Tapioca Parfait
- Applesauce & Yogurt Parfait
Enjoy every moment – feel blessed to have your family and friends around you. Tell someone you love how special they are, and be happy! There’s ALWAYS a reason to celebrate.