Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art takes on many different forms and whether it’s your cup of tea of not doesn’t matter. Today is your chance to inspire your heart, with art others have created, or you create yourself. Whether it is a painting, sculpture, music, poem, drawing, or even the beauty you find in just looking at the sky, get inspired by it. Think of other things you might be able to do, or other people you might be able to inspire. Today isn’t really about how well you do something, it’s more about the way you see it. Remember those drawings you did as a child, gave to your mother, and she put on the ice box? Well to her that was a great piece of art. She may not have known what it was that you were making but she was inspired by the fact that you made it at all.
How to celebrate – Go to an Art Exhibit. See the art in everything around you. Help someone create what they may not be able to create on their own.
January 29th International Puzzle Day
Today was created back in 1995 but puzzles have been with us, on record, since 1760 when Britain’s John Spilsbury created a map he cut into pieces and then allowed others to put back together again. Puzzles can be fun and helpful on rainy days when children can find nothing else to do (and adults in some cases). Over the years, puzzles have become more complex and some are really difficult to put together. It can either be challenging, or frustrating, but there is a reward when you finish it and all of us are proud of what we have accomplished.
How to celebrate – Spend the evening putting a puzzle together with your family. Using a protective covering, create a floor or wall made out of puzzles. Find that one piece of the puzzle that we all seem to lose.
Even if you have a tin ear you can play a kazoo. Maybe not all that well, but you can still play it. Just the saying the word kazoo brings fun to mind. Of course most people abuse this musical instrument, just blowing, or humming, any tune into it and getting the expected result. But an artist can make it sound like… well, someone humming into a kazoo but in key. You don’t need to read music, you don’t even need to be able to read anything! You do not need to spend years learning the proper use. Just buy it and blow.
How to celebrate – Buy a kazoo. Start a kazoo band. Lead a Kazoo parade!
We seldom give credit where credit is due. If it were not for bubble wrap, imagine how broken our world would be. Legend says that today was created by a radio station in Bloomington, Indiana when they received several new microphones each wrapped in bubble wrap for their protection. The rest of the day was spent in popping the bubble, and I would guess making for a very annoying broadcast late that day. There is something about finding bubble wrap that makes us have to pop those bubbles. The day always falls on the last Monday in January, I assume the day the radio station received their delivery.
How to celebrate – Pop some bubble wrap. Wrap up something just for the fun of it. Create a shrine to your bubble wrap.
We don’t give our spouse’s the attention we should. We often take for granted that they will always be there after the honeymoon is over. Well today is for letting them know that we do love them, think about them more than they might be aware of and want them to get everything they want. It’s easy to accept someone being there after number of years. We begin to think alike, talk alike and even (In some cases) look alike. The truth is, we are very different people and deserve to be a loved for who we truly are. Remember what attracted you to your spouse to begin with and take your relationship back to when it first began. You chose to spend your life with this person so choose to show them how much you enjoy them being there.
How to celebrate – Take your spouse somewhere special. Break out the pictures and travel back in time. Let your spouse know they are special.
If you happen to have a lot of seeds laying around the house that you do not intend to plant, today is your day to trade them for ones you might use. Now I am not sure how many of us have seeds laying around the house that we haven’t used. But if you do, this is the day for you. You can gather up your seeds and go trade them for ones you want! The day was created by Kathy Jentz from the Washington Garden Magazine. It is always the last Saturday of January which began on January 26th, 2006 at the 1st Annual Washington Garden Magazine Seed Exchange. So, if you have been hording seeds that you don’t intend to use, gather them up and go o your local Seed Exchange and have a ball!
How to celebrate – Find someone to trade your extra seeds with. Try and remember why you got those seeds you don’t want in the first place.Plant something, though you might want to wait for warmer weather.
January 24th Global Belly Laugh Day
There is nothing like a good laugh! I don’t mean a little giggle, I mean a laugh that makes your belly shake, even if you are lucky enough to not have a belly like mine! Humor is in the eye of the beholder, just like beauty, but occasionally there are things that make us all laugh and laughing is like yawning, it’s contagious. All that said though, it is actually good for us to laugh that hard. It expands blood flow which set off chemicals in our body that help create relaxation and reduces stress. We just need to find something that the entire world can laugh at.
How to celebrate – Find some way to get a good belly laugh out of friends and family. Watch a funny movie. Invite a clown to dinner.
I love pie. Nothing against cakes or cookies or any other type of dessert you may choose, they are good too, but pie is normally so flavorful! Most of the time pie is made with fresh fruit, it’s juicy and tasty and satisfies so many senses. The day was created by the American Pie Council, I didn’t even know that existed! Who do they council? Either you like pie or you don’t! Anyway, I am sure they are important, at least they created the day which gives us all a reason to celebrate something! Cherry pie is my favorite, apple pie is apparently the most popular, but pie can be made out of any fruit or even chocolate, lemon (Lemon is a fruit, right?) Key Lime. You name it, it can be made into a pie. Home made, store bought… they are both good.
How to celebrate – Have a pie party! Taste test several pies to see which you like best. List as many pies as you can think of.
January 22nd National Polka Dot Day.
I could not find any real history of when the polka-dot came into being. It was probably right after some painter dribbled their paint on their smock! The polka-dot became very popular after Minnie Mouse appeared on the scene in 1928.
Today you find them everywhere! It’s not like you can really miss them! Flamenco dancers did wear polka-dots in 1867, and in 1962 DC made a hero named Polka-dot Man (he never stood a chance).
How to celebrate – Wear something with polka dots. Paint your house in polka dots. Wear them to Disney so no one can see you there.