May 21st National Memo Day

Need to remind others there is something important coming up? Need to remind yourself? Well that’s why they made memo pads so that you could remind yourself, and others, of what they are supposed to be doing. The problem with most memo pads is that they are so small it is easy to lose the memo and I think that is why they make the pads out of neon colors these days. Of course, if you lose the memo pad you are just out of luck because then you’ll have no way of letting anyone know what is going on!

How to celebrate – Make sure you have plenty of memo pads. Write yourself a memo about getting more memo pads. Create a space to put your memo so that you will see constantly see it.

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May 20th Armed Forces Day

While the idea that we could live in peace without armed forces to protect us is probably a perfect setting, it is an unrealistic one as well. There will always be those that want to harm us, force us to live as they want us to live and do the things they want us to do. Armed Forces allow us to keep our freedom, and often help others to keep their freedoms as well. We celebrate the Army here in the United States, formed in 1775, The Air Force formed in 1947. The Navy formed in 1775 as well as the Marines, the Coast Guard launched in 1790 and our most recent military force, Space Force created in 2019. We celebrate today every third Saturday in may, originally created by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson on August 31st, 1949 and by Presidential Proclamation under Harry Truman on May 20th, 1950.

How to celebrate – Thank a soldier for all they do. Read about the formation of all the different branches of military service. Become aware of the different armed forces functions.

May 19th World Plant A Vegetable Garden Day

There is nothing like the joy of gathering in your first vegetable you planted and serving it for dinner, or as a snack. The idea that you grew it, raised it and helped it grow into something useful for you and your family is something extremely rewarding. Now multiply that by growing an entire garden filled with every type of vegetable you like, and maybe even a few you don’t care for. The reward is high. Today was created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY in 2019.

How to celebrate – Plant your own vegetable garden. Learn when you harvest your vegetables. Start a vegetable growing garden club.

May 18th International Museum Day

You may wonder why museums are often houses of artwork. History is more than artwork though the art does depict the era it comes from well. The fact is that most piece of history are often though useless or of little importance so it is discarded along the way. Those paintings, sculptures and other works of art are perceived as having some value so they are kept around because of value, not usefulness. So when you go to a museum and see nothing but art, look at the items in the paintings and such and see the true history of an era since so many of the real items have just been thrown away.

How to celebrate – Save things you know to be historic. Support a museum. Visit the Louvre in Paris built in 1792.

May 17th Pack Rat Day

If you love to hoard stuff, somethings you might need, something you think you might need, and somethings you know you will never need but just think you should keep you are a pack rat. A pack rat never likes to get rid of anything and I admit, I am a pack rat. The things I keep I think are useful. or may become useful at some point. Fact is that as soon as I get rid of it I find I could ave used that something useless for something important, at least to me. There is a point when you have to say enough is enough, like hen you can find anything because there is so much junk on top of it!

How to celebrate – Have a throw out party! Have a yard sale! Determine what is really important and what you can live without.

May 16th Love A Tree Day

You got to love trees. You won’t live long if you don’t since they supply the oxy6gen we need to breath. They also provide shade and hold the ground together with their roots, they serve as landmarks and protect from erosion. Some supply fruit, some nuts and nearly all tree provide homes for animals. They supply wood to build our homes with and to make furniture from, they enable us to have paper to write on, read from and express our own forms of art on… all while being a work of art unto themselves.

How to celebrate – Learn the different types of trees. Plant a tree when you have your first baby and watch them both grow. Help save the forests.

May 15th Police Officer’s Memorial Day

There are good accountants, and there are bad accountants… there are bad Presidents and there are worse Presidents, and there are good police officers and there are those that struggle to be good but try to depend on anyone else to help you if you are in need of help. Today we celebrate those officers that have passed in the line of duty protecting us. None of the rest of us have gone as far as they do and never will. To make them out to be the enemy is only stupidity. Congress voted to make today Police Memorial Day for those who have fallen.

How to celebrate – Thank the police for what they do. Stop trying to prove them wrong, they are right 99.9% of the time. Remember police are humans too, we tend to forget that a lot.

May 14th Lilac Sunday

Even though lilacs are not native to the US, the come from Southern Europe and Asia, one of the world’s largest festivals is held for ten days in Rochester, NY celebrating the purple, perfumed lilac since 1905. Lilacs were brought to the United States sometime during the 1750’s and they flourished here, spread across the country to brighten our days and fill our senses with a wonderful scent. We celebrate the lilac on the 2nd Sunday of May (As well as Mother’s Day).

How to celebrate – Plant some lilacs. Get Lilac scents air fresheners. Visit the festival in Rochester, NY.

May 13th Leprechaun Day

If you are looking to celebrate all the Irish Elves in your life, today is the day… it’s Leprechaun Day! You know, those magical figures that appear in Irish folklore who have a pot of gold at the end of their rainbow and lucky stars in their cereal. Some swear that Leprechauns are real, others now they aren’t… I don;t think it matters much, it’s fun to make believe and throw a little hope into the day that something magical might happen to you!

How to celebrate – Pretend to be a Leprechaun. Look for the end of the rainbow, Visit Ireland.

May 12th Limerick Day

Limericks were created by William Edward Lear who lived from 1812 to 1888 in his Book of Nonsense written in 1846. A limerick is a humorous verse, or poem, that is 5 lines long with the first, second and fifth lines in ryhme, and the 3rd and 4th in ryhme. The limerick is named after Limerick, Ireland.

There once was an old man with a beard. Who said, “It is just as I feared. Two owls and a hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard”

How to celebrate – Make up your own limericks. Visit Limerick, Ireland. Read the “Book of Nonsense”