They say you never appreciate something until it gone, and you hearing is one of those things so precious you need to practice saving it. Losing your hearing can be caused by health issues, it could be genetic or caused by environmental issues. Having been a musician, I know when we played at high volumes we not only damaged our own hearing, but the hearing of those listening to us. And those people that play their music so loudly in a car that you can hear it a block away even though their windows are closed are truly hurting themselves. They may enjoy their music better now but later, they may not be able to hear it at all. Protect your hearing because there is nothing that replaces someone saying they love you and your not being able to hear it.
How to celebrate – Protect your hearing. Learn to enjoy silence. Say Happy Birthday to my son!!!
April showers bring May flowers, but if you want them to stick around after May you need to water them! Though the day tells us just to pick out one and water it, it’s better if you water them all. Flowers brighten up our day, they smell good and can be enjoyed by all who happen to pass by them. The sun does a lot to help your flowers grow and if you are lucky enough to get rain to water them you are all set. But just as you would care for a child or a pet you need to tend to your gardens. It doesn’t take long and you can even install a system to take care of the watering for you. Or, you can enjoy your flowers even better by watering them yourself.
How to celebrate – Spend sometime with your flowers. Water your plants. Talk to your plants to help them grow.
Here’s another real exciting day, learn about composting day. There are books upon books, one more exciting than the next about how to make and use compost. Need I say more!?! Actually, composting will help your gardens grow and help it retain moisture so if you are into gardening, this is a good read. Compost also helps keep the weeds away which generally try their best to overtake any garden ever planted. And it helps the environment as well. Compost is made up of vegetables and fruit you might otherwise throw away, along with paper, untreated wood and cardboard.
How to celebrate – Learn what to put into your compost. Make sure you put your compost away from where you live so you don’t have to smell it. Start a garden.
The Hamburger is, without doubt, the most popular American food on the market. Is it truly American? No one really knows, in fact, no one really knows when the hamburger as we know it today actually was first served. I think most of us know what a hamburger is so I’m not going to describe it here but I will add an aside that may family learned. In the Popeye series there is a character known as J. Wellington Wimpy. He is always trying to get someone to buy him a hamburger for which he will repay them tomorrow. Well apparently Elze Crisler Segar, the creator of Popeye, knew an Uncle of mine who was a hamburger panhandler in Illinois and based Wimpy off of him. Wow, a claim to fame! Not sure it’s a good one but what the heck…
How to celebrate – Have a hamburger today. Read Popeye. Have a cook-out.
Well among those things starting to open up first after months of “Stay at home” are the beaches. In our hurry to get back outside we need to remember to bring the sun screen with us. After having been inside for so long our skin needs the sun screen to protect it from the Ultraviolet Rays that can cause us so much damage. The higher the SPF the more protected we are. It is suggested we start with at least an SPF15. Some of us have been going outside every day but for those who haven’t been able to, remember you will burn much easier than before we were forced to stay inside. Enjoy the sun, get that vitamin D, but be safe!
How to celebrate – Get out and enjoy the sun. Protect yourself from the sun. Hit the beaches!
It’s National Towel Day in the UK. Apparently there are a lot of uses for a towel in Douglas Adams’, “The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. For those of you too young to remember it, it was a book and radio series back n 1978 which became one of the most popular series ever. It is, and was, a little strange but people really, really liked it. I remember reading it but I have to be honest, I don’t really remember much of it except the towel was a more important item for the traveler. The first National Towel Day came in 2001, two weeks after Adams passed away.
How to celebrate – Read “The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. Look for recordings of the Guide on You Tube. Wash your towels today.
Eating snails maybe a real treat, I will never know. The idea of eating something that crawls along the ground has never appealed to me. To others though, snails are a delight. I believe the French, who were among the first to see this creature crawling on the ground and said, to themselves, “Yum”. However, leaving them entitled “Snails” may have turned others off so they named them Escargot instead. (That’s probably not true but I don’t really want to find out) If you eat snails remember to extend your little finger so people know you have class cause otherwise they might just think you are weird.
How to celebrate – Have some escargot. Go out and see if your supper is climbing your walls. Visit France.
The penny isn’t what it use to be, but then who of us are? The penny use to have a lot more value than it does today. In fact, governments are eliminating the penny in many economies because they aren’t worth the money the materials cost to make it and even penny candy that use to make children happy is lie 50 cents now! (If you are lucky enough to find it!) There are many theories of what makes a penny lucky, the one most common to me is when you find a penny on the ground. If the penny is on heads, pick it up and it brings you luck. (But you can’t spend it) If it is on tails, just leave it where it lay.
How to celebrate – Go around looking for pennies on the ground. (Have a partner watch that you don’t run into anything.) “A penny saved is worth a penny earned”. “A penny for your thoughts”
May 22nd International Day for Biological Diversity
Wow, that’s a mouthful! Today is used to study and utilize all that is biological, which covers practically everything! This year’s theme is “Our solutions are in nature.” The subject matters will include the ecosystems, water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, among other things. Doesn’t that just about cover it all!?! This day was created by the General Assembly in the UN in 1993. Since it seems to cover everything on the face of the earth I wish them luck with just one day to deal with it all!
How to celebrate – Visit the UN. Learn what biological diversity actually means. Come to an understanding of how everything on the face of the earth must work in unity.
May 22nd National Maritime Day
Most countries economic development originated with the ships, and the men and women who sailed them, to grow. When there were no airplanes the only way to build trade with other countries was by what could be shipped out, and shipped in. With the world connected by merchant ships, there needed to be a strong navy to protect them. In World War 2 the allied countries were held together by their ability to ship war materials, and food, to those countries under siege. 250,000 Merchant Marines served during World War 2 with 6,700 (At least) perishing to get those needed supplies through. Today was created by the US Congress in 1933.
How to celebrate – Learn more about the foundations of our economy. Thank any sailors you see. Learn more about the maritime services.