June 16th Father’s Day

Today we honor all father’s. They may, or may not, be our actual father, they may be a step father or a person who treated us like one of their own children, it’s to honor the idea of being a father. Someone who cares, helps whenever they can and is always there for us… oh, and generally is full of bad jokes. The first Father’s Day was in Spokane, Washington on May 18th, 1910. It caught on and spread really fast since nearly everyone wants to honor their father by making a special day for them. In reality, just like Mother’s Day, it should be 365 days a year instead of just the third Sunday of June. However, since that would be hard to do, we pick, this year, June 16th. So go out of your way to make it a special day for them… after all, they’ve done what they could to make every day of your life a special day for you.

Howto celebrate – Honor your father (Whether they are actually related of not) Take your father to lunch (They’ll probably want to go someplace cheap anyway) Let your father know you love them.

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June 15th National Smile Power Day

A smile is a wonderful thing. It can actually give you a longer life, make yourself, and those around you happier. It can change a mood from bad to good, it improves your relationships with others and it offers the idea of great customer service. Smiles need to be genuine though as fake smiles are often seen through and can cause greater issues than if no smile was offered in the first place. If you actually care about someone it’s difficult not to smile as just seeing them makes you happier and a smile is a natural way to express it. So use your smile for the right, and real, reasons. Let people you know, know that you care by offering them a smile. It will make you, and them, feel better.

How to celebrate – Smile! Watch old reruns of Candid Camera. Offer a smile to a stranger, who knows, maybe you’ll make a friend.

June 14th Flag Day

Today is Flag Day in the United States. It is used to remember what our nation stands for by the symbol it proudly waves. Of course it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Created, we think, by Betsy Ross in June of 1776 and celebrated by Francis Scott Key as it flew over Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 it has become the red, white and blue of our hearts and minds. Many have given their all to keep that flag flying.

How to celebrate – Put your flag up today. Be proud of your country. Learn the proper treatment of the flag.

June 13th National Sewing Machine Day

Just think what life would be like without the invention of the sewing machine. Before the 1830’s sewing was done by hand, requiring a great deal of effort and time. The credit often falls to Elias Howe who patented his invention in the Untied States in 1846, he began sales in 1851. However, the first sewing machine was actually invented by Walter Hunt in 1832 in Europe. Either way, breaking that sewing machine out of you attic or closet and start sewing again, it will save you a lot of money and you might even have fun using it.

How to celebrate – See how machine sewing machine manufacturers you can name. Count up all those items in your home that could use mending. Start a sewing club .

June 12th National Red Rose Day

June 12th – National Red Rose Day

The red rose is America’s favorite flower. It is supposed to represent love and romance. It is a beautiful flower and I have to admit, red is my favorite color so the combination works well. “Roses are red, violets are blue. Some people are allergic and it makes them achoo!” Roses signify many emotions, among the many colors are pink – admiration, yellow – friendship, white – innocence, orange – excitement, lavender – wanting a relationship to grow and peach – thank you. No matter what color rose you get, cherish it, but remember… red is the best.

How to celebrate – Send someone roses today. Plant some roses in your garden. Learn what all the colors of roses mean so you can send the best one for the emotion they represent.

June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

Now here’s a day we can all sink our teeth into, Corn on the Cob Day! Some of us wait all year long for this time of year when the corn finally gets ripe enough to pick and boil, steam or grill. Add a little butter and salt and it’s a party! Sweet corn was first grow for consumption in Mexico, 9000 B.C. (Or at least we think). It was as good a gold back then, and it helped that it was the same color! Anyway, it is a fun food to eat and it’s good for you as well. Don’t forget those little things you stick in the end of the cob to keep from burning your fingers!

How to celebrate – Have some corn of the cob today! Try grilling the corn instead of boiling it! Have a corn party!

June 10th National Iced Tea Day

To think that they only drank tea hot in the old days is amazing, considering it is one of the world’s most favorite cold drinks now. This soothing and relaxing drink wasn’t invented until the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904 by Richard Blechyhen. Apparently the World’s Fair was hotter than anyone could remember and no one wanted Richard’s hot tea drink. So, he found some ice and cooled it down making it more appealing, boy did that work out! Too bad he couldn’t patent it! So all those images one has of the southern belle serving up iced to to their men on the porch prior to the Civil War are just that, images and nothing more. (I always wondered hot they got the ice anyway!)

How to celebrate – Have a glass of iced tea. Brew up your own tea at home. Visit the World’s Fair.