July 3rd

It’s amazing how time can get away from you. One minute your life is moving in a normal routine and then all it takes is one dramatic unexpected event to through everything out of whack. That’s how the month of June went for me. I am just getting back to normal now.

First I want to tell you about my week last week. Two newspaper write ups in the local papers, my first television interview, a wonderful book signing and I sold out of “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White and Blue.” It was an amazing week. More than I could have expected. Maybe now there will be a break for my books and my writing. I sure hope so.

My car is driving me crazy as this car that was suppose to be my last car and my dream car has been nothing but a nightmare since I got it.  I am now having to pay $500.00 deductible for someone smashing it in the parking lot when I went looking for shoes memorial weekend. Yesterday I took it and had the oil changed only to find out I need new tires and there is a knock coming from somewhere. I just think I’m going to move a little bit ahead on the bills and something pushes me backwards.

After having a tooth removed I had that bill to worry about and was able to pay half of that bill yesterday. I guess I need about ten more big book signings before winter.

Now Sunday was a great day as we had a family dinner. Now we are preparing for the Fourth of July like everyone else. However, that always takes extra money too.

I will be posting the Fourth of July Poem under poetry so watch for it.

During June I had a book give away on facebook after 500 clicks and Peggy Lister won “Grandma’s Pantry”.

During July I will be doing “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue,” but it will require 1000 clicks on my facebook fan page. If you want a chance to win click away and have your friends go there and click also. Make sure your name is left so I know who is clicking. I check it daily.

Now I will do July’s National Days first and then I will go back to the days I missed in June.

National Days:

JULY

Section 1 National Days

 July is the seventh month of the year.

 

Month:

  • National Blueberry Month
  • National Anti-Boredom Month
  • National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month

Individual Days:

1 Build A Scarecrow Day – first Sunday in month

Scarecrow’s have been used through out history especially by our farmers. Although no history was located in relation to this day it is celebrated every year. There are many ways to build scarecrows and many activities that you can have around scarecrows. For more information go to: http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/scarecrow.html

1 Canada Dayhttp://www.kidzworld.com/article/989-canada-day

 

If you’re Canadian, on July 1 your mind is probably on BBQs, fireworks, warm weather and having the ‘rents home in the middle of the week. Maybe a few of you are thinking about visiting relatives or have no plans at all. But if you think Canada Day is just about food, sparklers and a great big birthday party – think again. There’s a lot more to it than that.

1 Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages all retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day (third Sunday in July).

The U.S. ice cream industry generates about $20 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. Nearly 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.

Founded in 1900, IICA is the trade association for manufacturers and distributors of ice cream and other frozen dessert products. The association’s activities range from legislative and regulatory advocacy to market research, education and training. Its 80 member companies manufacture and distribute an estimated 85% of the ice cream and frozen dessert products consumed in the United States. IICA, as a constituent organization of the International Dairy Foods Association, can be found online at www.idfa.org.

What is your favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Do you like to mix and match ice creams? Do you prefer cones, sundaes, banana splits, shakes, or have you gone with Ice Cream Cakes.  Myself I grew loving Licorce Ice Cream. I Loved Shakes that included Whipped Marshallow in them. But now I either go with chocolate mint chip or fudge ripple. However, I like them all. What is a better way to cool of in the summer heat then ice cream. Nothing like having an ice cream sandwich in between running around and meals. Celebrate your favorite ice cream through the month of July.

 

2 I Forgot Day

 Gaye Anderson creator of “I Forgot Day”
Gaye Anderson, 62, a college student advisor, created ?I Forgot Day,? a day to make amends for important occasions forgotten during the year.
Courtesy of Gaye Anderson
Jul 01, 2009 04:31 PM

2 World UFO Day

World UFO Day is celebrated on July 2nd of each year.  World UFO Day was established by the World UFO Day Organization (WUFODO). According to worldufoday.com, there are several reasons this day was founded.

On of the first and foremost reasons is to raise awareness about the undoubted existence of UFO’s and with that intelligent beings from outer space.

Also this day is used to encourage governments to unclassify their knowledge about sightings throughout the history. Many governments, the US government for instance, are believed to have gained exclusive information about UFO’s through their military departments. A subject that still raises a lot of curiosity is the Roswell incident in 1947 when a believed UFO crashed in Roswell New Mexico.

Find out more about World UFO Day by visiting their website: www.worldufoday.com

Independence Day Should Have Been July 2 –July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence. John Adams, in his writings, even noted that July 2 would be remembered in the annals of American history and would be marked with fireworks and celebrations. The written Declaration of Independence was dated July 4 but wasn’t actually signed until August 2. Fifty-six delegates eventually signed the document, although all were not present on that day in August.

3 Compliment Your Mirror Day

Why not? I’ve always found my mirror to be very polite, and when I compliment it, it compliments me right back. What could be better for a person’s self-esteem? Compliment Your Mirror Day is one day a year we allow ourselves the luxury of looking at ourselves and saying, “Hey! You’re looking pretty good!” And complimenting yourself results in many other benefits as well, from improving your attitude to straightening your posture

We all need to take time to look in the mirror and reflect but also to feel good about our self.  This is a day to look and see what you can do to improve your self-esteem for the week.

3 Stay out of the Sun Day

Along with the stifling heat, July also brings a scorching sun. The Mayo Clinic reports “melanoma rates among young women are eight-times higher than they were 40 years ago.” Stay Out of the Sun Day is a reminder to keep safe by protecting ourselves from the sun’s cancer-causing rays. You should stay out of direct sunlight whenever possible and when it isn’t, be sure to protect yourself with appropriate attire and quality sunscreen.

With the high temperatures that the country is experiencing this year. It is very important to do the best you can to stay out of the sun, keep hydrated and check on senior citizens and family members.

4 Independence Day (U.S.)

America’s National Independence Day Parade takes place annually on July 4th at 11:45 am in Washington, D.C., on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street before a street audience of hundreds of thousands of spectators. The Parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants. The Parade is a major national event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday. It is a patriotic, flag-waving, red white and blue celebration of America’s birthday!

The Parade is co-hosted by the National Park Service and produced by Diversified Events, which is under contract to the National Park Service.

Most cities in the United States will be celebrating with parades, picnics, and fireworks. Having marched in many a 4th of July parade in Butte, Montana I know the importance of being prepared. It is important to have enough sleep the night before, be hydrated and in good health. With the high temperatures this year it is important to have water stops along the way.  IF you have a family member marching in the parades try to see that they are taken care of and met at the end of the parade with fluids.

Through out the day make sure that there is plenty of time spent out of the sun.   Don’t forget at family gatherings that senior citizens don’t handle heat. Make sure they aren’t left unattended for long periods of time.

Also make sure your animals are treated with cold water and shade.

Fire season is bad this year and it is very important that fireworks are supervised and kept in appropriate areas. For most it would be wise to just enjoy the communities displays and not risk another fire.

Whatever you do on the fourth of July stays safe.

 

4 National Country Music Day

As America celebrates the 4th of July it’s also National Country Musicday and it seems this is a natural to have both on the same day. If you’re looking for a “soundtrack” for patriotic songs this is the genre of music to pay tribute to our country.. Here’s 10 songs to start with for the celebration.

  1. God Bless the USA – An anthem from Lee Greenwood it’s been a song that has stood for years. Many consider it the second national anthem of sorts.
  2. It’s America – Rodney Atkins has had a smash with this upbeat song that pays tribute to all American things from Chevrolet cars to Bruce Springsteen.
  3. Only In America – Brooks & Dunn shot some of this video from the air looking over the country and others with images from lines of the song of New York City and the faces of our future. The concert scenes echo “everybody gets to dance.”
  4. Have You Forgotten – Darryl Worley is often seen as a political song but as Darryl says he’s patriotic, not political. Sometimes this gets mixed together but this is another song that doesn’t get old.
  5. Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash paid tribute to our flag in the way small towns and old flags can.
  6. What This Country’s Coming To – Buddy Jewell recorded this on his Country Man cd and although not a single it expresses what many feel about the state of our country.
  7. Where The Stars & Stripes & the Eagle Fly – Aaron Tippin has been out several years but is just as well received today as it was when it was on the radio charts. Hearing an entire hillside of people singing along with it at the 2009 CMA Fest Riverfront stage shows clearly it we don’t forget.
  8. God Bless America – Martina McBride performed this before the Rose Bowl Parade in 2002 and although many do it well as a country performer who has seen America coast to coast it is incredible to hear her voice backed with the overhead military flyby.
  9. Star Spangled Banner – Darryl Worley has a version done after recital of the pledge and Amazing Grace played on bagpipes, Taps and a tribute before the 2008 Coca-Cola 600 – on Memorial Day weekend this was an all around.
  10. When a Hero Falls – Stephen Cochran sings a real life and personal tribute to a soldier who gave his life in the line of duty.

There are many songs that pay tribute to our country – this is a mix of common and less common songs. May we never take for granted our freedom and may country music continue to remind us when we do.

for more info go to : http://voices.yahoo.com/patriotic-songs-july-4th-country-music-day-3733096.html?cat=2

 

I will gradually back track and catch up June’s. Thank you to all of my friends and followers for your patience so until next time 🙂

2 Responses

  1. Wowwww–you’re on a roll with selling books–good for you especially in this terrible economy. The rest of your post sounds like my days–and Murphy’s Law, “whatever can go wrong will go wrong”

    all the nest,

    Micki

    • Thanks Micki I’ve been working very hard at it and I’ve decided not to let anything stop me. I’m like a run away train. Murphy’s Law always gets in my way so I’m somewhat use to that but it does get annoying at times, especially when you are trying to accomplish something. Best of luck to you on your writings.

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