April 10th – National Farm Animals Day
How often do farm animals get celebrated? Not very often! Colleen Paige, Animal Rescuer, Vegetarian and Pet Lifestyle Expert created today in the hope that we might look at those animals on farms as living creatures rather than supper. Having grown up on a farm I do have a tendency to look at animals differently. I’m not a vegetarian but I could not look an animal in the eye and then slaughter it. I have had goats, horses and cattle as pets. All were a little tough to take for walk but they all served a purpose. They are living, breathing and caring animals if you give them a chance. And just like people they feel, love and think (Though maybe with some limitations.)
How to celebrate – Visit a petting zoo. Spend some time on a farm. Love your pet.
Talk about an invention that you don’t really think about until you need it and then it’s often too late. Walter Hunt invented the safety pin because of a debt he needed to pay off. His patent was given April 10th, 1849, #6,281. Shortly after getting the patent, and selling a few safety pins he sold the patent for $400.00 (A nice sum back then), paid off his $15.00 debt and pocketed $385.00 profit. The general idea of the safety pin is to make a repair that can be completed by pinning something together, the problem is the pin can come out is it’s just straight or worse, you can get stuck with it! The safety pin prevents both, an old invention that is just as valuable today as the day it was invented.
How to celebrate – Make sure you have some safety pins. Think of all the different uses you can apply the safety pin to. Keep a safety pin in your wallet just in case.
April 9th National Unicorn Day
Unicorns are probably the best known of all the mythical beasts of history. They seem to first have appeared in Greek stories though it is thought, even then, that the Unicorn came from India. Children love the idea of Unicorns, and over the years they have been given bright colors and rainbows to enhance them to make them appeal to children even more. In legend, women were the only ones who could tame Unicorns. Unicorn Day was established in 2015.
How to celebrate – Try to remember all the stories you have heard or read that had unicorns in them. Get yourself a stuffed unicorn. Study mythology.
Don’t like the name your parents gave you? (And a lot of us don’t) Then change it! Our parents normally have very good intentions but sometimes they miss the goal by just a smidge. Naming us after relatives, sometimes ones that lived 200 years ago, does not make for great names in society today. Now I have to admit that I do not understand some of the names people use today, If you can’t pronounce them, or it takes you a year or better to figure them out, maybe they aren’t so good. But as long as the person has the name is okay with the name, then what else really matters?
How to celebrate – Test out a new name for a day and see if you like it. Ask why you were given the name you have. Try a nickname out for size.
April 8th Draw A Bird Day
DAB Day has been around since the 1940’s in the UK. Why, well… I guess because it could be since I found no other particular reason for it. Perhaps with the war in Europe raging it gave people something to do, or maybe it gave an air of freedom or maybe it broke the tension of the bombardment. Or maybe it’s not as obvious as we think since a woman in the UK was often called a bird. Which makes us all wonder why, only slightly more than why we celebrate Draw A Bird Day at all.
How to celebrate – Draw a bird. Visit the UK. Join the Audubon Society.
We go through life thinking about, trying to earn and trying to keep what is “mine”. We struggle to keep up with the “Jones” or think we have to have things that make us happier, at least happier than the next person. The funny thing is, we are generally happier when we are allowed to share things, like with family and friends, and then it’s not so much about what “I” have as what “we” share and enjoy. It’s all on how you look at things and whether those things are “mine” or “ours”.
How to celebrate – Learn to share. Stop looking for how you can improve “Me” and look for how you can make things better for “Us”. Watch “This Is Us”.
There is no doubt that walking is good for us. Most of us do not do enough walking, just like most of us do not drink enough water. You can complain about how you feel, how you look or your lack of energy but are you doing the things that will restore all of those things to you? The American Heart Association created today in 2007, suggesting that we walk at least a half hour a day. That’s really not too much to ask and it is a really good idea. That exercise can add years to your life, quality years and it costs you so very little!
How to celebrate – Get a dog and take them for a walk. Start a walk group in your neighborhood. Get out and allow yourself to think about things other than immediate issues by enjoying nature.
California’s “fields of gold” have been cherished by Californians since they first were discovered. Though the flower was admired for hundreds of years it did not become the state flower until March 2, 1903. In 1996 Governor Pete Wilson created California Poppy Week on May 13th-18th and finally in 2010 the California State Senate made April 6th, via bill 37222.12, officially California Poppy Day. I hear the fields are amazing, many plan on visiting California as the Poppy Fields bloom.
How to celebrate – Plan on visiting California when the poppy fields are blooming. Plant your own field of poppy flowers. Figure out exactly what a poppy is?
April 5th National Deep-Dish Pizza Day
It was probably not the Italians that invented the pizza. History shows us it was the Greeks, actually Greek soldiers. Byzantine Greek’s calls pizza, “nita”, meaning “pie. The Romans added Bay Leaves and certainly advanced the world’s knowledge of pizza.
Though it probably was here in America before 1905, the first official pizza was sold that year. Since then (According to 1997 statistics) 2 billion pounds of pizza are made a year.
How to celebrate – Have a pizza. Create your own style of pizza. Re-enact being a Greek soldier.
Reading a road map is a lost art. Maybe a good lost art but none the less lost. Maps were essential at one point if you ever wanted to get where you were going, today we use GPS and it talks to us, so we don’t really have to read anything. In fact I just threw away an Atlas I had forever because I’m like, “I’ll never use that”. But at one point I did. (Yes I am that old) We had maps of every city, state and county we had ever been in. They took up a lot of room and seriously, trying to refold them was a nightmare! But I am mixed, I am sorry to see an era go but I am glad I don’t have read a map anymore.
How to celebrate – Be thankful for your GPS. Frame a map for the sake of history. Imagine you had to make a map.