September 20th Wife Appreciation Day

Remember that lady in white that was once your girlfriend and is now your life partner? Ya, your wife. Well you should appreciate her every day but in case you don’t, today is a day set aside to just do that. It always falls on the third Sunday in September so you have no real excuse for forgetting it. I hope I remember when the day comes around. (Yes, I do these in advance of the actual date so I never really know what day it is… ever) Anyway, if you do have a wife today is the day to show you appreciate all she does and to maybe give her a break having to do it. You know she makes you a better person, whether you want to be or not!

How to celebrate – Take your wife to lunch. Give your wife the entire day off from normal duties. Gifts are nice but nor required.

September 19th International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Aye, it be that day yet again! “R” ye ready, matey? It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Shiver me timbers, t’was just a league ago t’was the day but a year ago! T’were Captains Baur and Summers what created the day back in 1995 when Captain Summer set his sails on September 19th, his Wench’s birthday. So blow the man down t’is the day to annoy ye mess mates and fish fodders with ye best rendition of being a pirate!

How to celebrate – Talk like a pirate today. Go sailing. Be the Captain of your own ship.

September 18th National Cheeseburger Day

If the national food of the United States is the hamburger then the cheeseburger is the better national food of the United States! Cheese enhances what is already good. The flavor you add can be your choice and each bring a little something different to the burger. Cheddar (sharp or mild), Swiss, Gouda, American, Feta, Parmesan, Camembert, or any of the other 1833 types of cheese known to man. If it melts it can go on your burger. With all that cheese in play, you may need to pick a wine to go with your cheeseburger!

How to celebrate – Have a cheeseburger. Sample different kinds of cheese on your burger. Watch old episodes of Saturday Night Live!

September 16th Collect Rocks Day

If you take a trip anywhere and want to have a reminder of your visit there is no better way to do so than to collect rocks, and it’s cheap too! Okay, well maybe taking pictures is a better reminder but rocks can work too. Nearly every place you go will have some form of a rock that you can take home with you and add to your collection. The only thing is, you might want to find a way to mark your rock so you can remember where it came from. In the case of visiting several locations it might be hard to remember where your rock came from since most rocks kinda look alike. And from personal experience, you might want to think pebbles instead of boulders.

Caveat – make sure where you are taking a rock from is not illegal to do so, many national parks around the world do have laws against it – so in that case make today #Takeapictureofarockday instead 🙂 It’s still collecting!!!

How to celebrate – Start your rock collection. Remember that gold and silver are generally thought of as rocks as well. Find a way to mark your rocks so you know where they came from.

September 15th Make A Hat Day

Hats can be fun, but they can also be expensive! So, to keep your budget within reason maybe it’s time to learn how to make your own hat. Hats can be made out of practically any material. Some may be more practical than others though. It use to be that hat makers could only work for so long because the use of mercury was so heavily relied on that the Mad Hatter Syndrome was a real problem. (Go ask Alice) Anyway, it easy to make your own hat out of paper if you choose. It might not work well in the rain but is it all about the making or the wearing? You decide.

How to celebrate – Decide what kind of hat you want to make. Decide what you want to make your hat out of. Wear your hat proudly!

September 14th National Cream Filled Doughnut Day

Okay, so it’s not like the doughnut isn’t already pretty unhealthy so why not make it even worse by adding some more sugar via that sweet, creamy filling! Well if you have already decided to go for it, today is the day to celebrate it! Actually I have to admit I prefer a cream filled doughnut, they are my favorite, though they are a little messy to eat and you do get a little bit of a sugar rush after finishing it. (Okay, so it’s a big sugar rush but at my age that rush is kind of welcome) And there are numerous different kinds of cream it can be filled with so choose wisely.

How to celebrate – Have a cream filled doughnut. See how many different types of doughnuts you can name. Support your favorite doughnut shop.

September 13th Uncle Sam Day

There are several theories of where the idea of Uncle Sam came from but probably the most believable came out of the War of 1812. A gentleman out of Troy, NY regularly served the American army with meat and other sundries and his service was always greeted with enthusiasm by the troops. According to legend, he wore a tall top hat and sported a white beard and hair. He may even have worn the red, white and blue colors to honor the American troops he served. Whether this legend is true or not we do know that someone got the idea of Uncle Same started around 1813. His image was first used in 1961 and the official day came in 1989.

How to celebrate – Dress up like Uncle Sam. Read about the War of 1812. Research the different variations of Uncle Sam.

September 12th National Video Games Day

So how many hours out of your day do you play a video game? The older you are, probably the less you play but with all the choices today it may not matter. If you allow yourself to get started, it can easily be hours before you stop, hours that seem like minutes. . Atari, Nintendo, Xbox… well in reality, these are just systems, there are hundreds of companies that create the games separately. I have to give a shout out to Rockstar who created Red Dead, what is now an older game but really made well. Over the years, the games have gotten better and better, they have come a long way since the original pong game Atari put out.

How to celebrate – Play your favorite video game. Look at all the choices you have of games. Plan your playing time and stick to it!

September 10th Sewing Machine Day

The first sewing machine appeared in France during the 1830’s. Before that, all clothes were sewn by hand requiring hours and hours of work for just a single garment. If you can imagine those days of the elaborate military uniforms for hundreds of thousands of soldiers all having to be made by hand it is amazing. All those elaborate ball gowns we commonly think of during the 1700’s in Europe and the Americas had to be made by hand. We as society also use to have at least one sewing machine per household for repairing clothing, today we tend to just throw clothes away and the sewing machine disappears from our every day lives.

How to celebrate – See if you have a working sewing machine at home. Try making some of your own clothes. Visit a sewing machine museum.

September 9th Teddy Bear Day

The Ideal Toy Company was formed by Morris and Rose Michton when they read about a story in the Washington Post in 1902 when Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a small bear in Mississippi while on a hunting trip. This simple act started a revolution in the toy industry that continues today as nearly every household with children has at least one teddy bear. (And many without children as well) Recently, with the Covide Virus threat the teddy bear took another supportive step as they became a part of a nationwide scavenger hunt among those who walked neighborhoods to get exercise. We all were encouraged to put a teddy bear on our porch or in the front yard so they were a challenge to find but still bringing a smile to our faces.

How to celebrate – Get a teddy bear. (If you don’t already have one) Try to remember your first teddy bear. Give a teddy bear to a loved one.