Today’s a good one, a couple of interesting little celebrations, and a great food to enjoy! Nothing too serious, nothing to flip and all easy to participate in with your family, friends or on your own!
Wiggle Your Toes Day – It feels so good to take off the shoes at the end of the day and just give the toes a good wiggle, doesn’t it. Stretch them out as far as they’ll go and let them feel the freedom from the constriction that shoes give them – especially if you have to wear high heels all day! Today you are encouraged to give your digits a bit of exercise because they are just crying out for a little bit of freedom! There are some places that are more fun to wiggle your toes than others – in the sand at the beach, in the fresh grass, in a pool of cool water, or just in the fresh air. If you can’t be barefoot completely today, maybe you can go to work in sandals or flip flops. Let those toes have a full day of happy celebrating! (aren’t those little baby toes CUTE?)
National Fresh Breath (Halitosis) Day – Oh my goodness, where to I begin with this one? There’s nothing worse than talking up close and personal with someone with rancid breath. I’ve had my share of cavities over the years, so I am fully aware of how important brushing, mouthwash, gum and mints are to keeping things friendly! I know people who either don’t bother to go to the dentist, or haven’t made it a priority financially, and I am here to tell you that it isn’t pleasant sometimes to be near them. And don’t get me started on people who smoke or chew tobacco. I’ve actually banished people from my office who reek of cigarettes or chew. It’s nasty! Positively nasty! For anyone who doesn’t go to the dentist because it is expensive, well, yes it is, but it has to be a priority in your life. There are so many worse things than just bad breath – gum disease for starters. The physical ailments that can happen from not taking care of your teeth are numerous and some of them horrible. Please, find a dental college, a program that charges on a sliding scale, or a dentist who will take payments (they are rare, but they truly are out there). And for goodness sake, stop smoking and chewing. It’s horrible for your health, for the health of those around you and honestly it’s disgusting! Keep the gum and mints handy in the meantime. Sometimes it’s very difficult for someone who loves you to tell you the terrible news that you smell like death. I’m here to tell you, if you are talking to someone and they suddenly start holding their hand near their noses – attempting of course to be subtle while they do it – it’s very likely that you are releasing toxic fumes and its time to do something about it. As a little tidbit of trivia – did you know that the earliest breath mints can be traced back to the early Egyptians? It seems their teeth suffered badly from the sand and grit resulting from stone-grinding their flour, and since dentists were not yet an option, decayed, odorous mouths were common.
Breath mints were made by boiling together frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon and honey. The solids were then fashioned into pellets and voila! Aren’t we glad we aren’t chewing on frankincense and myrrh mints any more? Geesh! Give me good old peppermint any day of the week.
This Day in History –
1890 – Murderer John Hart is the first person to be executed in an electric chair.
1890 – Baseball pitching legend Cy Young pitches his first his first game, a win. 1945 – The Atom bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan by the U.S.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Root Beer Float Day – When I was little we had an A&W between where we lived and my pediatrician’s office. Every time I had to go in for a shot, or an appointment for something else, Mom would take me there to get one of their delicious, iced cold root beer floats. They always served them in a frosty mug, and the sweet ice cream yumminess mixed with the root beer just made the ouch fade away. Originally they weren’t called the “black cow”. Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, CO made the first black cow in 1893 to give children something to enjoy while their parents sipped on sodas. My dad makes the root beer at the brewery my brother owns with his partners. It’s wonderful root beer and I bet it would be incredible in a float! Hmmm. . . . I’ll have to give that some thought. You can make your own to celebrate today, or head somewhere to have one while enjoying a moment of nostalgia. Here are some delicious recipes using root beer from www.food.com. It’s not just for floats ya know!
- Root Beer Float
- Root Beer Pot Roast
- Grown-Up Root Beer Float
- Root Beer Float Cookies
- Root Beer Sloppy Joes
- Bacardi Root Beer Float
- A&W Root Beer Copycat
See? What did I tell you??? Good ones, right? So take off those shoes and socks, wiggle your toes, have a breath mint and fix a root beer float! (give it some time between those last two – I’m thinking the mints and the floats won’t be all that great too close together). I think I’ll get to wiggling my toes! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!