July 31st Mutt’s Day

The best dog, for friends and family, is a dog that loves you instead of thinking so highly of themselves. Of course we are the ones that teach them to be uppity and vain. That’s what I love about mutts. They are just here because they are a dog and want nothing more, or less, than being a dog. I suspect even show dogs would rather be a mutt if they had a choice. Yes, show dogs are beautiful and it’s sort of fun to watch them prance around but there is nothing like a dog dog that plays and has fun with it’s family.

How to celebrate – Take your dog mutt out for a walk. (You can’t do that with a show dog because they might get dirty) Let your dog roll around in the back yard. Just love your dog not expecting anything more than getting love back from them.

July 30th Paperback Book Day

When it became fashionable to teach people to read it didn’t mean that they had anything to read. The problem was that the cost of books was so high the average person couldn’t afford. The Penguin Publishing Company finally came out with a successful paperback book making books cheaper for the people and reading became something popular and educational, in 1835! Today has been celebrated since 2012, probably created by a publishing company as well.

How to celebrate – Find a paperback book to read. Hard cover books come out first, wait for the cheaper paperback to come out. Check out the price difference in a hard cover and a paper cover.

July 29th National Lipstick Day

Lipstick has been around for more than 5,000 years. It has been used to adorn both men’s and women’s faces, those for the last 1,000 years or so it has been more for the women and needless to say, red is the most attractive color. Attractive to a point where women wearing red lipstick are generally looked at for an average of 7.3 seconds whereas any other color it’s 2.2 seconds. (Not that anyone should be looking at a woman these days.) The most expensive lipstick in the world is Guerlain’s KissKiss gold and diamond at $62,000.00 a tube. (It actually has diamonds and gold in it) Today was created by Huda Hattan a make up artist and beauty blogger back in 2016.

How to celebrate – Wear some lipstick. Check out which color looks best on you. Learn what lipstick is actually made out of.

July 27th Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day

So since you’ve got nothing else to do today, take your houseplant for a walk today. You might tell them a story along the way to help entertain them, stop at bigger plants and encourage them to grow and make sure they get plenty of sunlight! Actually if you can arrange to have the sun out and a light sprinkle at the same time, like we get here in Florida all the time, all the better, they are getting sun and water at the same time. If you own a larger houseplant you can put then in you little red wagon and pull them along behind you! Today was created by Wellcat.com.

How to celebrate – Take your houseplants for a walk. If you are too busy hire a professional plant walker. Make sure to record yourself on a phone so when your plant complains later you never do anything with them you’ll have proof that you did.

July 28th National Water Park Day

It’s the middle of summer and the days are getting hotter and hotter. You’ve used your pool every day and it’s getting a little boring so… get the family in the car and drive to your closest water park and enjoy the waves, rides and people! That is unless you are like me and end up in the hospital because of the chemicals used to keep the water sanitary because of all those people and the deceases they can spread. I went to a water park once and ended up with the worst case of hives I have ever had, I ended up having to have an IV and topical medicine to get rid of them. So, enjoy, won’t see you there but as I am frequently told this sort of thing never ever has happened to anybody else! The day was created in 2017 by Kalahari Resorts and and Conventions.

How to celebrate – Go to a water park. If you have choices, compare what they have to offer. Float away the day on a lazy river.

July 26th All Or Nothing Day

Go for it today! It’s all or nothing. If you do anything in life it should be done with your best effort or the results will be less than you hoped for. It also show less commitment on your part meaning it will be nearly impossible to get someone else’s undivided attention. If you truly want to do something put your all into it! I am reminded of an old joke I heard years ago when I worked in a hardware store as clerk. My fellow employee said he wasn’t slow at what he did but he admitted he wasn’t fast at it either. He was sort of half-fast at everything he did. Think about it, maybe even say it out loud.

How to celebrate – Give a project your all. Make sure you treat all projects the same no matter how big, or small, they are. Do what you want to do because it will always end with a better result.

July 25th Thread The Needle Day

Threading the needle has several different meanings. There is, of course, the obvious, threading the eye of the needle with thread so you can sew. But it can also mean walking the fine line between what is right and wrong, honest or dishonest and being a friend verses an enemy. One simple move can change everyone’s image of you and maybe even change your own image of yourself. We all thread the needle with friends and loved ones when we disagree, or we step over he line and become an enemy of all those around us.

How to celebrate – Take care which battles you fight, you might win the battle but lose the war. There is a reason why getting that thread in the needle eye is difficult. Never put yourself in the middle of something you can’t get yourself out of.

July 24th Amelia Earhart Day

The world’s most celebrated female pilot disappeared on July 2nd, 1937 while on a flight around the world. She was in the Pacific, surrounded by clouds, looking for an island when last heard from. Born on July 24th, 1897 Earhart met every challenge in her life head on and did her best to conquer it , sometimes being a lady (As imagined in those days) but normally not as the world would have approved of. But one does not become a legend by doing what society asks of them. After a 250,000 mile search for her plane the hunt was given up and to this day it is not known exactly what happened or where she crashed.

How to celebrate – Read more about Amelia Earhart. Try to determine if she was a spy or adventurer. (Or both) Learn about other famous female pilots.

July 23rd National Day of the Cowboy

Cowboys made up a lot of what settled the west and expanded the United States to California. The day was created by the NDOC in 2005 and made a resolution by the Senate #138, so it is official! Cowboys were sometimes good, other times bad but they were supposed to live by a “Code of Conduct”, or a “Code of Ethics”. Among those codes are to be honest and courageous, take pride in their work, stay curious at all times, do and finish what they started, be tough but fair, keep their promises, be of clean thought, word, deed and dress, to fight for what’s right and be stewards of the land and animals.

How to celebrate – Can you meet the Cowboy’s “Code of Ethics”? (And did many of them keep to the code?) Go to a dude ranch and be a cowboy for a day. Visit Dodge City.

July 22nd Hammock Day

Created by Bob Matthews on Holiday Insights back in 2008 today falls smack dab in the middle of the Dog Days of Summer, July 3rd – August 11th. It is a great day to spend relaxing in your hammock in the backyard, by your pool or on your private island. (It’s okay on a regular island too.) For me, and maybe you, I do not find a hammock all that relaxing though. I have to fight to get in it then to stay in it and finally to get out of it! I know I am not very agile so maybe this is my problem only.

How to celebrate – Spend the day in your hammock. (If it’s me I have to because I can’t get out of it!) If you don’t have a hammock, buy one. Spend your day relaxing.