June 30th National Meteor Day

If you like watching the sky today you have added reasons to watch, it’s National Meteor Day! In many areas it’s actually called Meteor Watch Day but who cares, it’s the same difference. The idea is to watch for meteors, remember the “Catch a falling a star and put it in your pocket”? Well, you might not want to really do that. On June 30th, 1908 a meteor hit Siberia and wiped out tress for forty miles! Try and put that one in your pocket! The most visible seems to be the Perseid Meteor Shower, which won’t reach it’s maximum activity until August so you may want to set up a cot cause you might be there for a while. Remember to wish on whatever you see falling unless that happens to be an airplane… then it’s time to pray.

How to celebrate – Watch the night sky for meteors. Make a list of what you would wish for in case you see more than one! Get out of the way if you see a meteor coming in your direction.

June 29th International Mud Day

Today was originally designed to give 58 orphaned children in Nepal a day of fun. They were allowed to go out and play in the mud, no questions asked. Over the years the day has grown and Gillian McAuliffe officially created the day in 2009 for the World Forum Foundation. It’s sort of funny that something so simple and being allowed to play in the mud can make so many happy. Really, most adults as well as children love the idea of playing in the mud. It’s simple, requiring only dirt and water and the results can all be washed away. So let you kids have a few minutes of fun, maybe you can join in the fun (The kids would love that).

How to celebrate – Find, or make, a mud puddle. Give to the World Forum Foundation. Do a rain dance!

June 28th National Paul Bunyan Day

Most of us have heard the story of Paul Bunyan and his ox, Blue. Did you know they were created by Canadians sitting around campfires normally in logging areas? The stories cannot be attributed to one source, since the story was handed down over the years and obviously altered by those telling the story. According to legend, the Great Lakes were created by Paul for drinking holes for Babe. That he cleared the land in North and South Dakota so that farmers had fields to plant it. He trained Carpenter Ants to help haul the timber for the logging industry. and that Babe created the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota as it’s footsteps. Now none of it is true, but it’s fun to think of things that way.

How to celebrate – Visit some of the many Paul Bunyan sites in the northern mid-west. Visit the Great Lakes. Start you own legends by sitting around a campfire with your family.

June 27th National Sunglasses Day

Are you a movie star? An international spy? A jet-setter? A motorcycle police officer? Well these are all people who make sunglasses a fashion statement. So, by wearing sunglasses you are putting yourself in their world! Oh, and you are protecting your eyes as well. James Ayscough is given credit with creating the first tinted lens for glasses, it was in 1752. They didn’t protect ones eyes but they did help people see things that the sun normally blocked out. The lens was generally blue as it helped filter out the UV rays. There are stories of sharpshooters during the American Civil War wearing sunglasses so they could see their targets better. Now if you have nothing better to do with your money you could buy the Cartier CT00690 sunglasses for $6,595.00. They are made out of metal which I would think would get really hot to wear with the sun beating down on you… but if you have that kind of money, who cares!

How to celebrate – Wear sunglasses! Pretend you are a movie star. Pretend you are an International Spy.

June 26th National Canoe Day

Today requires a little manpower, or woman power, to accomplish. It’s National Canoe Day and it’s really hard to just be a passenger in a canoe, unless you get the middle seat. It is believe that the Carib Indians, living in the Caribbean, invented the canoe. At least the first reference comes from the “kenu” in their native language meaning boat. (Or something like that anyway) While I would not suggest canoeing on the ocean as the Carib did they are useful in lakes and on rivers. You can get great exercise and enjoy nature in a more moderate means of travel. Of course that may speed up a bit if you hit some rapids. Here in Florida we do a lot of canoeing around alligators. I am not sure how wise that is but you do get up close and personal with the reptiles.

How to celebrate – Go canoeing. Visit the Caribbean. Put your canoe up on blocks in your backyard and practice canoeing.

June 25th National Log Cabin Day

If it was good enough for our forefathers it should be good enough for us! At least Virginia Handy and the Bad Axe Historical Society think so having created today on June 25th, 1986. In the old days living in a log cabin was, well, about the only choice you had if you were traveling west. Wood was plentiful and probably the easiest way to build. But as we progressed and learned to use different materials and to cut the wood into sheets, we began to get further and further away from log cabins. But as with most things, what’s old is new again, and log cabins have started to become popular again. With all the cranes and bulldozers today the process is really easy but think of the effort required by the settlers. It all had to be done by hand, cutting down the tree, shaping it and putting it in place. Now there is something to admire.

How to celebrate – Visit some log cabins. Buy a log cabin. Dress like Abraham Lincoln for the day.

June 24th National Swim A Lap Day

Ah summer. It’s warm, or hot, outside and nearly everything you do causes you to sweat. If you keep your exercise regimen then you can plan on sweating a lot! Or… you can start swimming laps! It’s great exercise and you stay cool! And even better, since it’s a National Day you are being patriotic as well! There are really only two things you need to watch out for. The first is, make sure there is water in your pool! Diving in to swim laps when there is no water can be a bit hazardous. The second is, you really should always swim with partner, it’s safer and more fun.

How to celebrate – Swim a lap! Throw a pool party. enjoy the good weather.