National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

This holiday is always observed on June 9. It’s National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day, time to enjoy a slice of a pie you many never have tried before. While Strawberry Rhubarb Pie has a long history, dating back to the 1800’s, not too many people have ever tried it. Some people, especially the younger crowd, do not even know what rhubarb is. The rhubarb plant has a long, thick, edible stem with good flavor, but a tart taste. Rhubarb recipes use sugar to sweeten it. The leaves are not eaten, as they are poisonous. Through the years, debate has raged as to whether Rhubarb is a vegetable, or a fruit. It is commonly thought of as a fruit, as this is the way it is used. In actuality, Rhubarb is actually a vegetable. Are you ready to be adventuresome?  Dig into a piece of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. You will not be disappointed.  Today’s Chuckle: “I want my children to have all of the things I couldn’t afford. Then, I want to move in with them.” – – Phyllis Diller.


Flip a Coin Day

FLIP A COIN ANY COIN!!!! This holiday is always held on June 1. Flip a Coin Day is day when making decisions is as easy as flipping a coin. This tradition dates back to Julius Caesar. Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice was unclear. The correct answer was “heads”, which of course carried his image on the coin.

Do you have any idea how to celebrate this day? You guessed it…Flip a coin.  Use this method of decision making for all decisions, and for everything you do today.

#FlipACoin #AnyCoin #Decision#Elephant#TieBreaker

National Wine Day

This holiday is always held on May 25. Tap the keg. Crack open a bottle. Today is National Wine Day. People have been drinking wine since the early days of man (and woman). There are plenty of references to wine in the Bible. Wine has thankfully been around for thousands of years. There are many varieties of grapes, giving us the opportunity to make and enjoy, hundreds of different varieties of wines. Made from fermented grapes, wine is easy to make. As a result, there are many home vintners among us. While you don’t have to drink wine today to celebrate this day, it certainly would not be as much fun.. It is so easy to celebrate National Wine Day. Here are a few ideas:

  • Have a glass or two of wine.
  • Go on a winery tour.
  • Make some  home made wine.
  • Have a wine variety that you have never tried before.

Important: Remember, if you do drink, don’t drive. Always have a designated driver. Today’s Quote: ” Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” – – Benjamin Franklin


Lucky Penny Day

This holiday is always held on May 23. It’s Lucky Penny Day. Perhaps a Lucky Penny will be lucky for you today. Taken at face value, a penny doesn’t buy you much, if anything. It used to. During your parents and grandparents days, a penny bought a lot of things. Most notably, “Penny Candy” got its name because a piece of candy cost a penny. Inflation year after year after year, eroded the penny’s value. There has even been some discussion as to whether to discontinue the penny….Heaven forbid! The penny still serves a very useful purpose…  at least some of them are lucky pennies.  Lucky pennies are found on the ground. Not all of the pennies you find will be lucky. But, it will only take one lucky penny used to scratch off the mega winner on a scratch-off ticket. Are you superstitious? Superstition has it that you should only pick up a penny that is lying face up. Here are some other uses for pennies:

  • A penny for your thoughts.
  • To put your “two cents” in.
  • A necessity for penny pinchers
  • A handy screwdriver when nothing else is available.

Deep Thought for Today: Money isn’t everything. But, it sure keeps the kids in touch.


National Bike to Work Day

Always the third Friday in May. National Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity to get some exercise, and to save gas. Here is what National Bike to Work Day is all about. This information is straight from the League of American Bicyclists……….. National Bike Month was started by the League in 1956. The event was timed to coincide with the arrival of warmer weather. It has inspired countless bike rides, safety inspections, commuter challenges, ribbon-cuttings, “share the road” promotions, and other varied celebrations of bicycling in communities across the nation. One of the most popular activities in Bike Month, is encouraging people to bicycle to work and forsake their motor vehicles for just one day. Bike to Work Week is the third week in May, and the third Friday in May is designated as National Bike to Work Day. The League was founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880. Bicyclists, known then as “wheelmen”, were challenged by rutted roads of gravel and dirt, and faced antagonism from horsemen, wagon drivers, and pedestrians.

My Friend Mike Harmon LOVES to ride his bike………….this post is dedicated to his dedication to bike riding.


No Dirty Dishes Day

No Dirty Dishes Day is a reprieve from the daily pile of dishes to wash and dry. Day after day, we do the daily chore of washing and drying dishes, then put them away in various cabinets and drawers. We perform this task after each and every meal, and often after snacks. Even putting them in and out of the dishwasher and running it, can be a chore. You deserve a break from this routine. And, today is that day. The objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. It is not intended to pile them up until tomorrow. We can think of two ways to avoid dirty dishes today:

  • Use disposable plates, cups and silverware for all meals and snacks.
  • Take the family out to eat all three meals. Then for snack, go out for ice cream!

We strongly recommend that you do not pile up the dishes to do tomorrow.  This defeats the purpose of this very special day. Deep Thought for Today: You can fool some of the people all of the time…. and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.


National Slider Day

This day is dedicated to my friend Denda……………….who can never come to town without me taking her straight to White Castle’s for her hamburger fix as soon as she lands in Chicago. Today is National Sliders Day a special holiday event created by White Castle restaurant. Funny, but this holiday coincides with your lucky day! Why you ask? It’s because every year, White Castle’s 400 (or so) restaurants give away free sliders. If there isn’t a White Castle restaurant near you, you just might find another restaurant getting in on the fun, offering either free sliders or specials. So, slide on over to your local White Castle restaurant and chow down on a few sliders.  The original slider was a square, two inch hamburger on a small bun. It was created by White Castle restaurant in 1921. Back then, White Castle sold them for a nickel each. They were sold in sacks. Time Magazine once called the slider “the most influential burger”. By definition, a slider is any sandwich on a small hamburger bun. The original hamburger variety remains the most popular. Many restaurants have “hijacked” the name slider, and now make them out of all sorts of meats. After hamburger, chicken and barbequed pulled pork are the favorites. Don’t be surprised, if you chance across some very unique sliders. Sliders are popular on menus as appetizers. They also make a great late night snack. But, can you eat just one? We think not.

Did You Know? In 2014, Time Magazine proclaimed the White Castle Slider “the most influential burger of all time”.

#Denda #WhiteCastle#ChildhoodMemory#Elephant#LoveThemOrLeaveThem

International Hummus Day

Let’s give three cheers to the tasty little legume with a long history, enjoys world wide popularity, and is packed with protein, fiber and vitamins. Today is International Hummus Day! This holiday was created to “celebrate the love of hummus”. According to this holiday’s creator,  International Hummus Day is about “connecting people all over the world around hummus. It’s a special opportunity”. To have a conversation about Hummus, one must talk about the main ingredient, which is chickpeas, also called “garbanzo beans”. Chickpeas are a legume, a vegetable related to garden sweet peas. They are neither dairy nor a nut, so there are only a few people who may be allergic to them. Chickpeas have been around for thousands of years, dating back to an estimated 6,700 B.C. At that time, they were found in the wild, as man had not yet begin to cultivate crops. The first historical written record goes back to 1,200 B.C. Chickpeas are native to the Middle East. Egypt, Israel and Lebanon each claim to be where they originated. There is definitely a lot to love about Chickpeas. They taste good and are eaten by both humans and animals. Chickpeas are healthy and nutritious. They are high in protein and fiber, Vitamin C, B6, foliates and potassium.  In addition to it’s nutritional value, garbanzo beans have health benefits, including reducing hunger pangs, lowers cholesterol levels, and reduces the risk of cancer. Making hummus is simple. There are many recipes. Hummus goes well with a wide variety of foods, and are good on crackers. Try hummus as a dip, with a stick of celery or carrots. In addition to Chickpeas as the main ingredient, other items that may be included are: olive oil, sesame paste (called “tahini”), garlic, and a variety of vegetables. In recent years, manufacturers have become creative, with al sorts of flavors, including avocado, lemon artichoke, red pepper, smoky bacon and taco to name a few. Make this a day to celebrate hummus and the garbanzo bean. We certainly will!!!


International Workers’ Day

May Day, also called Workers‘ Day or International Workers‘ Dayday commemorating the historic struggles and gains made by workers and the labor movement, observed in many countries on May 1. In the United States and Canada a similar observance, known as Labor Day, occurs on the first Monday of September.

#Workers’Day #MayDay #Elephant#Workers