September 30th National Mud Pack Day

For years the craze was to get mud packs to cleanse your skin of all the oils that create blemishes and there are those that still believe it helps. Of course, it needs to be clean mud which is a bit redundant! It does, however, work well on bee and wasp stings until you can get somewhere to properly treat the sting. It is also fun for wrestling and making something already difficult to do, more difficult to do. But we can celebrate today for all it is worth and wonder just how much money was actually made selling clean mud packs!

How to celebrate – Try a mud pack. Go play in the mud. Create your own clean mud puddle.

July 5th National Bikini Day

The first bikini was introduced on July 5th, 1946 but it was not accepted very well. People thought women showed too much skin and in many places it was banned. The idea of the Bikini came to life in the 1960’s when morals lightened up a little. The idea of calling it a bikini came from a popular term at time calling a good looking woman a “Bombshell” and of course the nuclear testing being done on Bikini Island. Today the bikini is just a common thing with less and less material being used with prices going up and up. (Haven’t figured that one out yet) Guess it’s the days of “Less is more”.

How to celebrate – Go to the beach. Make sure you wear sun tan lotion! Visit the Bikini Island but make sure to wear a Hazmat uniform.

June 26th National Canoe Day

The Carib Indians, in the Caribbean Ocean, are credited with inventing the first canoe as they traveled from island to island or used them for fishing. The original canoes were probably just tree trunks that were hollowed out but as time passed ways were found to make them lighter and able to accommodate more people. The Carib Indians called them “Kenu” which obviously has been modified over the years to canoe. Today we use them for sport and relaxation but they were tools for survival in the early days. Just like the first canoe, we don’t know the exact origin of this holiday other than apparently it was started in 2007.

How to celebrate – Go canoeing. Get your own canoe. Build your own canoe by hollowing out a tree yourself. (Make it a summer project)

June 21st National Sea Shell Day

Today is the first day of summer, officially! And with summer comes trips to the beach where you can swim, ski and sun tan… but if you get bored with all that you can also look for and collect sea shells. In fact many people collect sea shells with a variety of shapes sizes and colors. You can spend the whole day roaming the beach looking for shells and shark teeth and other things that wash up from the sea. Today was created by “The Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel (Island)” in 2016.

How to celebrate – Start a sea shell collection. Listen to the sounds of the ocean in a horned sea shell. Go to the beach.

June 16th International Waterfall Day

Waterfalls are spectacular. They are beautiful to watch, often dangerous to hang out in, and are awesome to feel the power of. The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls, in Venezuela, which drops some 3,212 feet. The widest is Khone Falls, at 35,376 feet wide in Africa. By comparison Niagara Falls drops 167 feet and is 2,200 feet wide. It’s volume of water is 150,000 gallons a second. You have to wonder where all that water comes from? (but that’s another story) Today was created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY in 2020.

How to celebrate – Go see a waterfall. Build your own waterfall in your backyard. Go take a shower.

May 30th Water A Flower Day

Hopefully April brought you those showers that brought your May flowers but now it’s up to you to make sure your flowers get watered! Everything in nature requires water to live, your flowers are no exception. (Even a cactus needs some water) You can set up a sprinkler to come on every day by timer or you can go out with a watering can and water them yourself, which may be good for you and better for your flowers! Watering your plants actually allows you time to spend with them and, at least in some cases, your flowers to spend time with you. It’s a good mix.

How to celebrate – Water your plants. If you don’t have any flowers, water your neighbors plants. Talk to your flowers as you water them, for some unknown reason it seems to help them.

May 10 Mother Ocean Day

Today was created in order to try and save our oceans before they become too polluted to function as they were intended. It’s called the 30/30 plan as organizations all over the world try to save just 30% of the oceans across the face of the earth. Conservation groups tend to focus on areas close to their heart, whether that is erosion, saving sea life, sustaining the environment and so on. They need your donations and attention to save these precious resources. It’s like any other resource, abuse it and lose it.

How to celebrate – See how many oceans you can name without looking. (There are 7 of them) Go to beach. Get involved in an organization trying to preserve our oceans.

January 11th Step In A Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day

This is a day that if you aren’t careful you may lose a few more friends than you gain. When we all were kids we probably didn’t mind getting splashed by our friends, we may have even looked forward to it, and returning it. But as we get older, not so much. Weddings, funerals and high society affairs are not places to splash a friend. In fact, I can’t think of a good place to splash a friend except maybe at the beach and even then, you’d better take care.

How to celebrate – Think of all the people you could splash but then, don’t do it. Go to the beach. Look for more friends.

August 4th U. S. Coastguard Day

Often the forgotten branch of our military, the Coast Guard was formed on August 4th, 1790 with 10 Cutters. They are charged with protecting our shores and waterways here in the United States. In later history they have become the life saving system for those on the water and the force policing the drug traffic being brought in via our ports and beaches. These brave men and women risk their lives nearly daily to keep the rest of us safe in so many ways. Originally called the Revenue Cutter Service, it was changed in 1915 to the U.S. Coast Guard.

How to celebrate – Thank a Coast Guard service person. Visit a Coast Guard base. Learn all the Coast Guard is responsible for.

August 3rd National Watermelon Day

The summer fruit. It’s 90% water, for which I think it gets it’s name and makes it the summer fruit. It’s like drinking a glass of water while eating a sweet fruit. It’s fun to eat as well, just ask any kid! It has become a regular part of our summer day, just like the heat and bright sunny skies. I remember planting some watermelon and not realizing it grew on a vine. Well the vines started over taking my yard and as the melons grew my 300 pound Mastiff dog became more and more frightened of these invaders from another planet. He would bark and bark at the melons, so much so, that we had to get rid of them.

How to celebrate – Enjoy some watermelon. Plant some watermelon but give it room to grow! Try some with salt to bring out even more flavor.