August 17th Neighbor Night

Today, or tonight, was created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, New York during the pandemic in 2020 (Not officially recognized until 2021) It’s a great idea, a way to stay in contact with, or even meet, your neighbors. During the pandemic you could still communicate with your neighbors over the fence or that imaginary line in the backyard that separates one yard from another. These are people you have to live beside so you might as well learn to like them even if you don’t at first. Good neighbors are important in so many ways you need to keep them friendly, happy and safe.

How to celebrate – Throw a backyard party for you and the neighbors. Get out and meet your neighbors is you haven’t already. To get a good neighbor you must first be a good neighbor.

August 16th National Tell A Joke Day

All of us like to laugh, most of us like to tell jokes, probably very few of us are ready to be stand up comics. But the idea of passing on a good joke you have heard is both pleasing and rewarding if someone actually laughs! So do your best, tell a joke (But only if you can remember the punch line) and try to get a laugh. It is in the presentation, more than the actual words spoken. “What’s the best thing about Switzerland?”… “I don’t know, but the flag is a big plus.”

How to celebrate – Read a joke book, Learn how to deliver your joke. Be polite if someone tells you a joke, at least snicker.

August 15th Relaxation Day

Today is your day to relax and unwind. Actually it’s everybody’s day to relax and unwind. That’s the problem with days like Relaxation Day, there is nobody left to wait hand and foot on you because… well… they are relaxing too! So maybe your shouldn’t celebrate relaxation day on relaxation day because you really can’t get pampered! Or maybe you could just relax a little…

How to celebrate – Find a place to relax. Help other to relax so long as you are able to relax yourself. Start doing Yoga, or in my case… yogurt.

August 14th V-J Day

Germany had already surrender during World War 2 but Japan did not concede until a few months later after the allies brought the full weight of their power to the venture. Japan actually surrendered on August 14th, 1945 but it was not released to the press until August 15th so many people celebrate August 15th as V-J Day. The formal surrender was received on the the USS Missouri on September 2nd, 1945 closing out the end of one of the darkness times of humanities history.

How to celebrate – Remember those who gave their lives for freedom. Read about the war with Japan. See if you had any family members who fought against Japan.

August 13th National Garage Sale Day

There are some 100,000 to 165,000 garage sales across the United States every week, most falling on weekends. It’s a great way to make a little extra cash from those things you have in the house that you don;t want or so seldom use that you don’t even remember you have. Remember, one mans trash is another man’s treasure! It’s also a nice way to meet neighbors and enjoy a day outdoors. And keep in mind, people go to garage sales to dicker over the pricing so don’t get upset with them because it is the nature of the beast!

How to celebrate – Throw a garage sale. Go to a garage sale. Form a neighborhood garage sale.

August 12th World Elephant Day

For being a 13,000-pound animal, Elephants are pretty graceful. They general eat some 16 hours day to keep their weight mass up. They are called nature’s gardeners as they only eat plants. Its only real enemy is man and we have done a lot of damage in the name of getting ivory. Over half of the world’s population of elephants, both in Africa and Asia have been slaughtered by man. Elephants do have a great memory as well and can live up to 86 years, There have been over some 300 different species Elephants over time some of which have been completely hunted down.

How to celebrate – Go on Safari so you can see the animal’s natural habitat. Get an Elephant for a pet, but you probably need to house break them. Care about your world and the animals in it

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.