Ugh – it’s hot! Not as hot as in other parts of the country, but it’s still hot! And I’m not a fan . . . I am one of those “silly” people who loves cold, snow, ice, even rain. . . anything but hot. Warm is OK, I like warm. I love the blue sky and filtered sunlight through the green trees, but I HATE hot! It makes me feel queasy, gives me a headache and makes me feel incredibly lethargic. Today was hot . . . tomorrow is supposed to be hotter . . .the weekend is supposed to be a scorcher! Yikes!
Cheer Up the Lonely Day – What a wonderful thing, having a day set aside to cheer up the lonely. I’m sure we all know someone who could use a little visit and a smile. The elderly, people who are shut ins, or perhaps someone who is really shy. If you take some time to cheer them up and give them a little company for a little while, then you’ve done a good thing! I used to work in a retirement apartment community. It was shocking to me how many people lived there and their children never came to visit them. I’d see them once when they moved their parents in, then no more until a holiday. It was so sad! That may be a good place to start – maybe drop in and visit at a nursing home or retirement complex – and give some time face to face with other people who could use a friendly smile and someone who is willing to just spend some time. This special celebration was created by Francis Pesek from Detroit, Michigan. His daughter said that he “was a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold. He got the idea as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins, or in nursing homes with no relatives or friends to look in on them.” He chose this day to celebrate because it was his birthday. What a wonderful way to show your caring for others.
Bowdler’s Day – Could this be one of the original censors? I think so! Today is a day for those who wish to cleanse, or bowdlerize, things that they find to be offensive in works of art. Thomas Bowdler said, “Many words and expressions occur which are of so indecent a nature as to render it highly desirable that they should be erased.” Sort of sounds like many in our government lately, doesn’t it? They want to tell us what to eat, how to look, how big a drink we can get (glad THAT one was voted down finally in New York City), whether or not we can pray in public, etc. Sorry . . . I digress. Thomas Bowlder was born on July 11, 1754, and was a doctor before he began “extracting disease from text”. One of his main targets was Shakespeare, which he “cleansed” by removing what he decided was indecent. This resulted in 10 volumes of “The Family Shakespeare”. He even changed one of the most recognized lines from “Macbeth” from “Out, damned spot! Out I say!” to “Out, crimson spot!” (loses a lot of impact with that change, doesn’t it?) If you could removed words from our everyday language, would you? And what would they be? I know that I believe in freedom of speech. I don’t have to like the speech, but if I don’t like it, then I don’t have to listen. I can turn around and leave. With that said though, I would remove anything taking God’s name lightly, or as the Bible puts it, “in vain”. There’s absolutely no valid reason to bring shame on God’s name by using it in a negative and damning manner. He thought so, or He wouldn’t have included it with the 10 Commandments. You know, those 10 life rules that certain censors of free speech are working so diligently at removing from our courthouses, public squares, etc.
Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day [2nd Friday] Dress Like a cow and get free sandwich! – What a fun one! I really wish we had a Chick-fil-A around here! Today is the day, in the 1,700 + Chick-fil-A restaurants, that if you show up in black and white spots, cow bells and furry ears – or other cow related costumes, you get a free meal! If you wear a partial costume you get a free entrée. How cute is THAT? I would dress up like a cow in a heartbeat to participate in this one!
National Rainier Cherries Day – Rainier cherries are delicious. They are known as the “white cherry” because they have white, creamy flesh, and their skin is yellowish-red once they are ripe. They are one of the sweetest and tastiest of all cherries and can be a dessert all by themselves. A good Rainier cherry will be large and firm, and it will have the ripe yellow and red blush color. They usually have a little bit of discoloration, a little scuffing or some brown spotting on their skin, which often means that they have high sugar content. I never knew that! Avoid the ones that are soft, have wrinkled skin, are leaking and sticky or have visible decay. This delicious fruit is harvested late-June to early-August, but their peak is in June. Washington State (yeah!) is the largest supplier, but they are also grown in Oregon, California and some are imported from Canada and Chile. Here’s something pretty amazing! In Japan, Rainier cherries often sell for a dollar each! Makes the $5.98 per lb not seem QUITE so bad.
Slurpee Day or 7-11’s Birthday – This one is quick and simple – today is 7-11’s birthday! To celebrate they are giving away free Slurpee’s in some of their locations – I can’t promise all of them, since they may not all be participating. There’s something really delicious about an ice cold Slurpee on a really hot day. Mmmm. . . I especially like the Coca Cola flavored ones. I haven’t had one in so long! Makes me wish that the 7-11 was a lot closer than it is. Not that I need all that sugar – but it does sound refreshing on a hot, hot, hot day.
This Day In History –
1804 – Former Vice President Aaron Burr kills Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
1979 – Skylab space station re-enters the earth’s atmosphere. Pieces land in the Indian Ocean and in Australia.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Blueberry Muffin Day – Coffee may claim to be the best part of waking up, but we imagine many muffin lovers out there might argue that honor belongs to blueberry muffins instead. www.food.com has some lovely recipes to try. I think I’m hungry for some of those Lemon Blueberry Muffins! I wish I had all the ingredients, but I used the last of the blueberries this morning.
- Old-Fashioned Blueberry Muffins
- Blueberry Ginger Corn Muffins
- Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
- Banana Blueberry Muffins
- Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins
- Cream Cheese Blueberry Muffins
- Lemon Blueberry Muffins
Now that I am craving a blueberry muffin, I suppose I’d better finish my breakfast smoothie and get myself to the office. Actually I don’t know what it is I crave more! Muffins, cherries, a chicken sandwich or a Slurpee! The choices, the choices! Well, smoothie is what I have, so I’ll stick with it. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!