September 1st

Yes, it is actually September. Who remembers what happened to June, July, and August. They zipped by so quickly. Where did they go?

 Well let’s move on to the National Days


National Days:

 September is the ninth month of the year.



Classical Music Month

Hispanic Heritage Month – Mexico’s Independence Day Sept 16th

Fall Hat Month

International Square Dancing Month

National Blueberry Popsicle Month

National Courtesy Month

National Piano Month

Chicken Month

Baby Safety Month

Little League Month

Honey Month

Self Improvement Month

Better Breakfast Month


1 Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator

Emma M. Nutt Day is celebrated on September 1st of each year in celebration of Emma Mills Nutt (1860-1915) who became the world’s first female telephone operator on 1 September 1878 when she started working for the Edwin Holmes Telephone Dispatch Company (or the Boston Telephone Dispatch company) in Boston, Massachusetts.

In January 1878 the Boston Telephone Dispatch company had started hiring boys as telephone operators, starting with George Willard Croy. Boys (including reportedly Emma’s husband) had been very successful as telegraphy operators, but their attitude (lack of patience) and behaviour (pranks and cursing) was unacceptable for live phone contact, so the company began hiring women operators instead. Thus, on September 1, 1878, Emma was hired, starting a career that lasted 33 or 37 years, retiring in 1911 or 1915. A few hours after Emma started work her sister Stella Nutt became the world’s second female telephone operator, making Stella Nutt and Emma Nutt the first two sisters in world history being telephone operators. although, unlike Emma, she stayed for only a few years.

The customer response to her soothing, cultured voice and patience was overwhelmingly positive, so boys were soon replaced by women. In 1879 these included Bessie Snow Balance, Emma Landon, Carrie Boldt, and Minnie Schumann, the first female operators in Michigan.

Emma was hired by Alexander Graham Bell who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone; apparently she changed jobs from a local telegraph office. She was paid a salary of $10 per month for a 54 hour week. She, reportedly, could remember every number in the telephone directory of the New England Telephone Company.

To be an operator, a woman had to be unmarried and between the ages of seventeen and twenty-six. She had to look prim and proper, and have arms long enough to reach the top of the tall telephone switchboard. Much like many other American businesses at the turn of the century, telephone companies discriminated against people from certain ethnic groups and races. African-American and Jewish women were not allowed to become operators.

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September Poem

September brings a change of seasons,

Back to school with school bells ringing.

Friends all glad to gather round,

Happy when a familiar face is found.


Parents rushing everywhere,

Wanting  prices to compare.

Parents  hustling to and fro,

Joyful but not wanting to show.


Early mornings, lunches, and buses,

Families having to go through rushes.

Teachers dreading end of vacation time,

Yet ready for a routine so everything is fine.


Pencils, paper, books and glue,

Backpacks and technology too.

Time to see what fashions are new,

Hoping major changes are few.


New teachers, classes, and new friends,

Chattering all day like it’s the end.

Soccer, football, choir and bands .

Organizations ready to give a hand.


Parent nights, and games to see,

Family activities keep everyone busy.

Homework that parents don’t know,

Technology to help fill the hole.


Rest is needed all around,

So no flu bugs will be found.

Weather changing holidays ahead.

Time for everyone to get ready for bed.

@copyright Janice N. Richards 2012

September 1, 2012 is

National Cherry Popover Day

It’s National Cherry Popover Day! A popover is a doughy type of muffin made from egg batter. As it bakes, the dough rises to “pop over” the edge of the muffin tin and form a hollow shell. You can then fill the center with butter and jam, gravy, or a delicious cherry sauce.

Cherry popovers have several health benefits. Cherries are a good source of melatonin, which can stimulate your brain and help you sleep better at night. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!

Today, make or buy a batch of popovers and smother them with a homemade cherry sauce to celebrate National Cherry Popover Day!:)


National Waffle Week is the week of September 2-8. Were you conscious of this little known week long salute? Waffles lovers throughout the world unite! Stand up and be counted!

Ways to observe National Waffle Week #1

Eat waffles. Eat them every day for breakfast. One aspect I love about waffles is that they are sold in the frozen foods aisle of your local supermarket. Place them in the toaster rather than Pop tarts. Not only are they healthier, but they are more filling. Your child will have a stronger capacity to retain knowledge with a waffle-filled stomach than a Pop tart filled one.  What a way to start going back to school

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Well it looks like it’s going to be a warm one today so I think I will go to the refrigerator and fill my glass with ice and have a nice cold drink. So until next time be safe and enjoy labor day weekend 🙂


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