Welcome to Wednesday – can you imagine that it is already mid week? These short work weeks are pretty awesome, as I’m sure we can all agree. Well, let the celebrations begin!
Learn About Composting Day – Today is a wonderful chance to learn about composting, and all of the benefits there are to your family and to the environment by composting. What is surprising is how much you can compost from home. Most people know that you can compost garden and yard vegetation, as well as kitchen vegetable scraps, but you can also compost paper, untreated wood, cardboard, paper towel and toilet paper holders, egg shells, etc. You can use compost around your plants. It feeds them, and it keeps the weeds down, and it helps to retain soil moisture. If you don’t have a vegetable garden, you can use the compost on flower beds too. There is actually a lot to learn about composting, but just know that today is a great day to learn about it, right as our gardens are getting started. I have to admit, I started a pile, but haven’t tended to it properly so it never quite became what I’d have liked it to for my garden. Maybe this year I’ll do better.
National Senior Health & Fitness Day – Today more than 100,000 older adults will participate in local health and wellness events at 1,000+ locations across the country as part of the 20th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. This is an event that is always held the last Wednesday in May as a part of Older Americans Month, and the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month activities. The goal is to promote the importance of regular physical activity, and to encourage local groups to do more to help improve the health of older adults in their communities. Groups hosting 2013 Senior Day events include senior centers, retirement communities, Y’s and health clubs, health plans, hospitals and health systems, park and recreation districts, and local aging organizations. Activities at the evens include health fairs, exercise demonstrations, health screenings, tips on nutrition, health presentations and much more. I know that the inclination of many seniors is to slow down and be more sedentary, but that’s opposite to what is best for health. Aches and pains are more common, and part of daily life, but as horrible as it may feel to get up and moving, it’s the best thing to help those aches and pains reduce in severity. I am trying, the closer I get to 50 (ugh, I can’t believe I’m staring 50 down soon!), to be moving more and try to keep my body mobile and able to do all the things I have always wanted to do, but haven’t yet. There’s too much on my bucket list that I haven’t crossed off!
Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day – I admit it. I looked at this one and I scratched my head as I wondered what in the world this was about? Seriously? I just figured I’d find that it was a silly one (rather like the slugs yesterday) that someone made up just for fun. However, I found that this is celebrated both in Europe and in the United States and it supposedly brings good luck and wealth to the household. It’s not clear where the tradition originated, but it is known that before the 1930’s, cloth was put in larders to bring prosperity and good luck to the household. The first refrigerator to see widespread use was the General Electric “Monitor-Top” refrigerator which was introduced in 1927. Since then fridges have replaced larders worldwide, but the tradition didn’t die with the larder. Since then it is now celebrated by putting a pillow on, or inside the refrigerator. If this national holiday is something you celebrate every year, or if you’ve only just found out about it, why not join in – if you believe in luck that is – and see if it helps! I can honestly say, for myself, my fridge is far too stuffed to put a pillow inside, and I have too much stored on top too, so I will skip this one. Let me know if you decide to celebrate though! I’d be interested to hear if anything good comes from it!
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Salsa Month – Going out for Mexican food, the chips and salsa at the beginning of the meal is my favorite part – always has been. There’s something about that deliciously spicy, vege filled sauce that just tantalizes the taste buds. We are pretty self-limiting as to what salsa is though – at least most of us are. There are plenty of different types of salsa we can make and enjoy as more than just a dip. The folks at www.food.com have provided a few ideas for you. That all sound quite yummy!
- Pico de Gallo
- Cucumber, Wasabi & Fresh Ginger Salsa
- Salsa Verde
- Black Bean-Mango Salsa
- Lychee Salsa
- Chilean Cilantro Salsa
- Roasted Corn Salsa
As I head out and about to wrestle two cats and a dog to the vet for their check-ups, I hope to find some time to celebrate today. I hope you are able to as well. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow! May the pet wrangling begin!