August 11th Son and Daughter Day

Most parents want to have a boy and a girl if they have two children, naturally they settle for (And love) whatever they get. And in a perfect world, we would probably like to get to experience having one of each, or more. Today we celebrate those families that have at least one son and one daughter. We should probably just call this children’s day because we don’t want to leave out those who have two girls or two boys or just one child. Of course you have all the non-binary associations today as well that even though you may have had a son and daughter born to you they may actually be neither!

How to celebrate – Let your children know you love them no matter who they are. Be proud of your children, most are doing their best. Celebrate your children everyday.

August 10th World Lion Day

So you like cats? How about really, really big cats!?! Like the size that plays with you instead of you playing with it! Yes, we are talking about the “King of the Jungle”, the lion. They can run up to 50 miles an hour, weigh as much as 420 lbs and live from 15-16 years in the wild. That is if man lets them live that long. Today was created by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, of “Big Cat Rescue”, in 2013.

How to celebrate – Help save the lions in the wild before they are gone. Go on a picture taking Safari, not a gun hunting Safari. (Though you might want to take a gun along just in case) Live and let live.

August 9th Book Lover’s Day

I look forward to this day every year, it is a day to enjoy the books you read. Hopefully you read more than one book a year but if you don’t, that’s cool too. Books educate us, entertain us and take us places we might not otherwise be able to go. Even if you just look at the pictures there is a lot to be for every kind of book out there! One I think you should read is a short story called, “Why the Evergreens Stay Green”. Check it out! https://www.amazon.com/Evergreens-Stay-Green-John-Olbert-ebook/dp/B01NCI7RAZ

How to celebrate – Read a book! Keep a list of your favorite authors books, see how many you have not read already. Explore new authors, or at least give them a try to decide whether their style is something you enjoy or not.

August 8th International Cat Day

So today we celebrate the household cat, all 500 million of them worldwide. Here in the US there are 95 million alone, I sort of would have expected more. We have 10, well nine that stay with us and one that wanders. Every day they find some reason to hate each other but eventually, around suppertime, find a way to get along. The oldest cat known to have lived was Creme Puff who lived to be 38 years and 3 days old. That’s a long time for any animal with a few exceptions. Today was created by in International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002.

How to celebrate – Check to see how many cats live at your house, you might be surprised. Cats were originally a working animal used to keep the rodent population down. There are 40 different species of cats, yes that includes tigers, leopards, see how many you can name.

August 7th National Lighthouse Day

Lighthouses were vital to shipping back in the days of the sail, and even in early powers ships. Navigational tools were not what they are today and ships often went aground or sailed into rocks where no lighthouses existed. The first lighthouse in the world is believed to be one built in 300-200 BC in Egypt. The first lighthouse in America was in Boston , 1716. It was privately owned which eventually became a problem so the Federal Government took over the operations of most lighthouses in the United States on August 7th, 1789. Today was created by the U.S. Congress in 1989.

How to celebrate – Though most lighthouses are no longer operative you can still find ones to climb and view out of. Read about the exploits of lighthouse keepers over the years. See how many lighthouses there are in your state, you might be surprised.

August 6th National Mustard Day

August 6th National Mustard Day

The first Saturday in August brings out the mustard enthusiast in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. They paint the town yellow to honor the mustard industry and the National Mustard Museum created by Barry Levenson since 1991. In recent years, weather allowing, the festival has turned into a street party where all seventeen brands of mustard made for the American market can be ample on hotdogs, pretzels, ham sandwiches, and anything your heart desires. Mustard adds a tangy flavor to everything that is used in combination with it, sometimes it even gets spicy hot! Make sure to sample just a taste of the mustard you are choosing so you know what you are getting yourself into.

How to celebrate – See how many of the National Mustard brands you can name that celebrate National Mustard Day. Try mustard on something new. Learn the different in yellow mustard and brown mustard.

August 6th Campfire Day

I don’t believe there is anything as relaxing as sitting around a campfire. It just seems to melt the day and your worries away, unless you are concerned about starting a forest fire of course. You don’t even have to have a conversation with those sharing the fire with you for the most part. But if you do, its a great time to cook hotdogs, roast marshmallows or make smores. They say it is best to start your fire before dark so that it at it’s peak when it actually does get dark, which is why Bob Matthews of Holiday Insights. com set this day in August because the sun begins to set a little earlier. He created today in 2017 but I think most of us have been celebrating it long before that.

How to celebrate – Start a campfire. (Make sure to follow all safety precautions) Invite friends to come you your campfire. Go camping.

August 5th Work Like A Dog Day

Today is for all you work-a-holics out there, those people who work like a dog not because you have to, but because that’s what you enjoy doing! Yes, boss’ can be demanding and ask more of you than what you want to give. Normally this is because a project falls behind time or something similar but that’s not truly one who works like a dog. The one who works like a dog is either trying very hard to get recognized, get ahead or just because that’s what they chose to do. So if you are such a person, today is your day to celebrate. I doubt you’ll slow down because of it but you can still celebrate in your own way.

How to celebrate – Work like a dog today. You have to watch a dog to actually come to an understanding of what work like a dog means. Get ‘er done!

August 4th U.S. Coast Guard Day

When we think of the military branches we often leave out the Coast Guard. We think of them more as life saving and water safety, which they do, but the are also charged with protecting our shores during times of war and from drug runners, terrorism and any other threat from the water. They are a part of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard started out as the Revenue Cutter Service, charged with collecting duties from incoming merchant ships. They were formed August 4th, 1790. They became the U.S. Coast Guard service in 1915, during World War 2 they kept our shores safe from submarines while most of the landing craft vehicles were pilots by Coast Guard sailors.

How to celebrate – Thank a Coast Guard Service person when you see them for their service. Learn about the U.S Coast Guard. Visit a Coast Guard base when they are open to the public.

August 3rd Grab Some Nuts Day

Okay, so when you get done laughing about something today has nothing to do with, you will need to learn what a nut is, and what it isn’t. Of course, we all know that peanuts are legumes, not nuts but did you know that almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts are not really nuts either! A botanical nut is a fruit such as Hazelnuts, Brazil Nuts and Chestnuts with generally extremely hard-shell casings. I am sure there are better explanations of what a nut is beyond that, but for me, that will do. Naturally, I am still going to call cashews, almonds, pistachios and walnuts Nuts… it just easier.

How to celebrate – Go nuts today. Learn what are nuts and what aren’t nuts. Snack on nuts, they are so much better for you than most other treats.