To All the Grouches Out There – This Day Is For You!

Oct 15th

Doing the Tuesday dance . . . why?  Well, because it’s no longer Monday of course!  Honestly, it was a good Monday, I don’t usually have BAD days throughout the week, but its always nice to get past that initial back to work feeling after a particularly good weekend.  So, what’s on the plan for today’s celebrations?

White Cane Safety Day – On October 6, 1964, Congress signed a law authorizing the President of the United States to proclaim October 15th each year  as White Cane Safety Day.  The day is intended to raise awareness for the everyday safety challenges that the blind face every day and commend them for the extraordinary way they have met those challenges.  The white cane is such valuable tool for the blind, giving them the freedom of moment that they may not have otherwise.  If you know someone who is blind or visually impaired, celebrate this day with him or her! Here are some interesting facts about blindness:  Worldwide, someone goes blind every five seconds; 80% of all blindness is preventable or curable; By age 65, 33% of all Americans will have some sort of vision-impairing eye disease.  You can celebrate this day by scheduling your next eye exam for yourself and your family members. 

I Love Lucy Day – How many of us have been raised watching, and loving, I Love Lucy?  I can’t even guess how many hours I spent growing up laughing at Lucy and her antics with Ethel.  Well, today is the 62nd anniversary of the much loved “I Love Lucy” TV show.  Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz broke new ground with their show, which first aired on this day in 1951. 

*The show was filmed in front of a live audience in a time when most shows had a “canned” laugh track. 
* The show was filmed with three cameras at once, rather than just one.  This was so the director didn’t have call for multiple retakes of the same scene – which would have been difficult  for a live audience.  Even when the actors messed up their lines they didn’t have a retake – they  just played off the mistake for extra laughs.

*  Desilu (Lucille Ball’s and Desi Arnaz’s production company) pretty much invented the rerun.  When Lucille Ball gave birth to their two children, she needed a little time to recover before going back to work, so they showed episodes that had already been aired for a 2nd time and it turned out that they were very popular!

“I Love Lucy” was the most-watched show of its time, and ended its run at the top of the ratings.  It won five Emmy Awards, and was nominated many more times.  It always appears on “Best TV Shows of All-Time” lists, and is still being rerun all over the world.  It is still watched by forty million people in the United States every single year! 

National Cake Decorating Day – Now here’s a day I can enjoy – on an amateur level of course.  I have been known to be death to cakes – as a matter of fact I did a really horrible job on one this weekend! My gosh, it was awful!  Usually though, I do a lot better than that – especially after taking some classes.  Cupcakes are my cake of choice though – much easier, and honestly more fun to eat. If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot! There are some really great tutorials online, and you can find very reasonably priced classes at your local Michael’s store.


National Grouch Day – Do the smallest glitches in life put you in a bad mood?  Do people often accuse you have having gotten up on the wrong side of the bed?  If your name often included in the phrase  “______the Grouch?”  Does everything just seem to go wrong in your life, leaving you in a sulky, grouchy mood?  Well, today if your lucky day because you can feel free to grouch about whatever you want since today is National Grouch Day!  It is the one day of the year that you can be as grouchy as you want and everyone else just has to deal with it. So grouch on my gloomy friends!


National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day –  Sadly, one in four women experience a miscarriage in their lives, and many experience multiple miscarriages.   How many women do you know who actually talk about it though?  Probably not very many.  Did you know that every single day in the United States, 2,000 women lose a baby to pregnancy/infant loss?  That’s 700,000 each year, a quarter of all females in this country.  The loss of a child is something that has become a “hush-hush” subject in our society, and women often feel forced to suffer in silence. Alone.  Today, breaking the silence could be the first step towards the healing that so many women never get.  I had a miscarriage years ago.  My daughter was two years old when I found out I was going to have another baby.  Like most women, when they find out they are pregnant, they immediately begin to envision that child in their lives.  Plans are made, and the excitement begins.  That’s the way it was with me anyway.  A few months into my pregnancy I went in for my regular appointment, and was looking forward to hearing the heartbeat and possibly getting the first ultrasound.  The moment I saw the doctor’s face, I knew something was wrong.  He kept trying to find the heartbeat, but never did.  We had the ultrasound, but my baby was no longer alive.  There isn’t a way to express the feelings I had, knowing that this little life that I’d been celebrating was gone already, and in heaven.   I didn’t know grief could feel that way.  There are still days, all these years later that I think about my baby and wonder whether it was a girl or a boy, and what would he or she have looked like.  My story isn’t dramatic, or even any different than so many other women, and I know that there are countless grieving mothers who lost many babies through miscarriage, and many who lose their little ones soon after they are born.  Today, know that if you have lost a child, you do not have to feel alone.  All of those people who offered you platitudes until you were ready to scream in their faces, they don’t get it.  They can’t, unless they’ve been through the same loss.  That empty feeling?  That is something that you felt to your very core, and today by breaking the silence and talking to other mother’s who have gone through the same loss, you can heal from the pain, and fill the emptiness with healing.  From one mother to other mothers – God bless you and know that you truly are not alone.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Chicken Cacciatore Day – The term “alla cacciatora” is Italian for “in the manner of hunters.” Real-life translation: a delectable dish of braised chicken with saucy tomatoes, herbs and veggies.

Well, It was a full and busy day today.  I hope that everyone found something they could enjoy – especially the grouches in the crowd! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow! 



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