February 26th National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day – February 26th

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Fairy Tales are created from myths or legends. Most think they were created for children but they weren’t. In fact some are rather gruesome in their original form, cutting off toes to fit in shoes, chopping off the heads of frogs and many included gnomes, mermaids and giants.

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The Grimm Brothers, perhaps the most famous fairy tale authors hated children and wanted to scare them by their tales, “Household Tales”.

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How to celebrate – Join the Association of Fairy Tales. Check into Count Margarete von Waldeck, the Legend Snow White was created from. Host a Fairy Tale Murder Mystery party.

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February 25th Winter Olympic Games

In case you decided to take your vacation to Mars this month I am reporting that today is the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. It all started February 9th, and ends today, February 25th.

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This year has had the normal rises and the normal falls, the ups and downs and created new heroes. It has seen the beginnings, maybe, of a better relationship between North and South Korea and openly gay athletes making their declarations.

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We have seen shirtless flag bearers, nothing new, and people from other countries around the world competing in a lot of sports many of us have never heard of, or know how to play. It is maybe the only place on earth where people from different countries get along with each other.

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These were the XXIII games with the next Winter Olympics coming to Beijing, China in 2022.  Whether you take pride in your country, or marvel at the ability of other countries to produce stars, the Olympic Games normally offer the best the world has to offer, something you would think we could learn from.

How to celebrate – Watch the closing ceremonies. Support local athlete’s already starting to train for the next Winter Olympics. Watch the Summer Olympics coming up in 2 years in Tokyo.

February 24th Open That Bottle Night

Tonight is the night to open that bottle of wine or champagne that you have been saving forever but never seem to get around to. What have you been saving it for!?! It’s time to open it up and share it with someone, a lover, friend or even a stranger if that’s all that is available!

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I mean, if you think about it, what have you been waiting for? On top of that, why drink alone. If it’s that good, prove it to someone, if it’s not at least you’ll have someone to share your disgust with. Beverages are meant to be enjoyed, not stared at through a label.

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This holiday was created by “Tasting’s” Dorothy J. Gaither and John Brecher, I assume, to get people to try the bottles of wine, champagne, scotch, bourbon… even sodas and see if it’s been worth waiting for.

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It is nice to have that full wine cellar. It shows class and breeding and that you really aren’t an alcoholic because you haven’t already partaken of all that booze you have! But there is a point of, “what’s the point?”

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Open That Bottle Night always comes on the last Saturday of February, so the date does change from year to year. Don’t miss it or you’ll have to wait another whole year to try that bottle of whatever it is you’ve been waiting for.

How to celebrate – Well… open that bottle up! Have a wine tasting party. Be sure to write down what you like, and forget what you don’t like!

February 23rd International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

This might not be the sort of day that we as human’s appreciate all that much but our dogs sure do. It’s International Dog Biscuit Day, mean it’s not just a day for American dogs, but dogs all over the world!

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There are so many types of biscuits that one could go dizzy just trying to figure out which one is best for their dog. The key here is, take your dog with you to the local pet store and let them pick it out for themselves. That is, unless you have already tasted the biscuits they prefer and know what they want.

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There are biscuits that clean their teeth, help their hips, make their coat shiny, perk them up, calm them down and nearly everything you can think of. The key, however, is that the dog likes the biscuit they have been given. most of us use the biscuit as a reward system and it’s not much of a reward if they do not care for the biscuit in the first place.homemade-dog-treats

Of course you can make your own biscuits if you prefer. It takes time and a lot of effort but when you see the smile on their face it’s worth it, isn’t it!?! Well, no… not really when you consider you can also buy them something they like just as well with very little effort. That said, it is your choice. But keep in mind that is that 50 cent treat ends up costing you 10 dollars you may have made the wrong choice.

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For those of us that love our dogs, there is nothing like rewarding them with their favorite treat after they have gone out of their way to do something good. Mt dog prefers whipped cream. Yes, I know it’s bad for her but she loves it anyway!

How to celebrate  – Take your dog shopping with you for biscuits. Find recipes to make your own biscuits. Take your dog to Starbucks for a puppy latte.

February 22nd National Margarita Day

National Margarita Day – February 22nd

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Jimmy Buffet probably did more than any other person in history to promote the Margarita. This drink can be served on the rocks, frozen or straight up. It may have been first served in 1938 but there is a definite reference to the drink in a 1953 Esquire Magazine.

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It is made with 1 ounce of Tequila, a dash of triple sec and the juice of ½ lemon or lime. And don’t forget the salt! Lime makes the drink a little more sassy, lemon a little softer.

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How to celebrate – Have a Margarita! Make your own Margarita with some different added flavors. Listen to Jimmy Buffet.

February 21st Read A Card Day

It seems a little odd that today is read a card day since there is no real holiday associated with it. However, it still can be a good day to read a card. Particularly to re-read a card that you have already received. Or to send one you meant to sent. I mean, how cool would it be to receive a card for no reason at all!?!

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Or how about leaving one to a co-worker, of course unsigned. They’ll be wondering all day who gave them the card. Although, in the world today maybe that’s not such a good idea. Sad, you can’t really be nice to anyone anymore.

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And Heaven forbid anyone give out Valentine Day Cards anymore. After-all, that means someone may like you… we can’t have that anymore now can we!?!

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I think it’s still safe to read a baseball card. It’s pretty cool, it has all kinds of information on the back of the card. Of course it depends on whether they are a pitcher or a position player. And then you have to read all those years where they were getting started (Normally not so good) but then as they rose through the ranks it gets pretty interesting. I always find it a little interesting that when a player can hit safely 3 times out of 10 they are considered a really good hitter and get paid millions of dollars. I couldn’t, but then I am not earning millions of dollars for doing it either.

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So if baseball isn’t your sport you can always get football cards, or basketball cards, or… well, if anything is popular you can get a card of someone that plays, acts or is a star of some kind. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had cards like those for the everyday worker. The back of the card could be like hobbies, interests and jail records!

How to celebrate – Enjoy getting a card while you still can. Enjoy giving a card while you still can. Make up cards for people where you work, it should get a few laughs!

February 20th Love Your Pet Day

I love animals.  They commit to us humans without expectation, though they do hope a lot! If you are going to have a pet, you need to love it or don’t bother. They have feelings too, they need love just like any other animal including humans.

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There are certain things you should probably not share with your pet. Like taking your fish for a walk (Unless you bring the tank with you) and I definitely suggest not taking your cat swimming.

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Cats are special creatures. That’s probably enough said right there! We have ten cats, yes, I said ten. Each of them has their own personality and have to be treated accordingly. They are very loving though (When they aren’t ripping you apart).

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I have to admit though, I am a dog person. Dogs are, to me, very special. We have only one dog but I absolutely adore her. They are great company, a little easier to predict than a cat, and always want to spend time with you. You can talk to them, it seems like they understand you, and they never repeat what you say.

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And given the chance, animals will get along with each other. My cats adore my dog too. And she has a great deal of fun with them, chasing them and being chased by them. We also have fish but ours are not real cuddly.

How to celebrate – If you have a pet, love it. Get your pet a special treat today to remind them you care. Try and guess what your pet is thinking.