Credit where it’s due

My Sunday comes inching closer to ending the day. The clock says that a portion of the day remains, but the sky outside, dark at 6:30 pm begs to differ. I look around and see reminders of all I wanted to do today, sitting there still not completed. Working retail, I had a weekend of today; one day compared to the four day weekend many had.

There was so much I wanted to accomplish today: work on several various Christmas presents, wrapping soap I made earlier in the week, a little writing on some books that are behind my intended schedule, working on the ‘A Reason to … Celebrate …” for the upcoming week, grocery shopping, and possibly a little cleaning, organizing and sifting of my “piles” in between.

In the sorting and consolidating of three of my “piles”, I discovered something that I’d pulled out several weeks ago to look at. It’s a small paperback booklet called “More Be-good-to-yourself Therapy” by Cherry Hartman. I’ve been carrying it around with me through several moves since around 1993 or 1994.

I opened the booklet up, to a random page. Here’s what it said:

#12  When you have too much to do, don’t drain your energy by worrying about all that’s unfinished. Set priorities and give yourself credit for what you accomplish.”

It’s true. Too often we beat ourselves up for the unfinished projects and tasks, many of them imposed on us by ourselves. We seldom give ourselves credit for the many things we have accomplished.

Some days I find that I am overwhelmed with what I think I need to do. I’m so wiped out from a hectic week at work, that on a day off, instead of running full steam ahead checking things off my “to do” list, I find myself in a lazy mood. But sometimes that is what our bodies and minds need; some relaxation and non-activity. We need to realize that an occasional lazy day is also accomplishing something – it’s taking care of our body, mind and soul.

So for today, instead of worrying about the things that didn’t get completed, I will celebrate the day and celebrate life by saying, “Hooray!  Look at all the things I DID accomplish today!”

A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Nov 18-24, 2011)

Friday, November 18th: Shhhh! Don’t tell my mother and sister (both Scorpios) that I’m promoting this celebration. MARRIED TO A SCORPIO SUPPORT DAY is a holiday for those married to this mysterious zodiac sign. For every one who’s had to dodge the zinging stinger of a Scorpio, or who was dazzled by this signs magnetism, this day’s for you!

Saturday, November 19th: I don’t know if I’d even know what to do with bagpipes. And I KNOW my neighbors wouldn’t appreciate my attempts! To honor NATIONAL BLOW BAGPIPES DAY, I think I’ll pop in a CD of my favorite Celtic band and listen to some awesome bagpipes instead. Celebrate life, celebrate the tantalizing sounds of a bagpipe. (For a treat to celebrate the day with, check out my favorite band, The Killdares, on YouTube)

Sunday, November 20th: It’s a Family Thing! Today marks the beginning of NATIONAL FAMILY WEEK. This is a busy week, as families nationwide prepare for Thanksgiving celebrations. Even though family is usually together this day, don’t let the hubbub and frantic activity of this week end up relegating the immediate family to the backseat. Take some time out to stop and celebrate your family. The Alliance for Children and Families has promoted this annual celebration for over forty years. This year, their activities focus on paying tribute to military families and the organizations that support and strengthen them. How can we celebrate this week by honoring a military family you know?

Monday, November 21st: Hello … hello. Hello, hello … hello! It’s the 39th annual WORLD HELLO DAY today. Greet ten people for peace’ is the message. The day originated in response to the conflict betweenEgypt and Israel in 1973. World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries since then. It’s a great day for a hello!

Tuesday, November 22nd: This day’s been around awhile, since 1939 in fact. It’s START YOUR OWN COUNTRY DAY.  Although started in jest at the World’s Fair in New York,  it may gain popularity, as American’s become more frustrated with governmental inadequacies. Gather around the table tonight and do some planning. What’s your new countries name? Design a flag for it. What currency does your country use? Plan it all out. Then, I’ll head to work on my current countries roads and be thankful.

Wednesday, November 23rd: Plain, salted, sugared; a nut is not always a nut. It’s NATIONAL CASHEW DAY. Celebrate by eating some cashews today. Cashews have a lower fat content than other nuts and are also rich in magnesium. Cashews are not truly nuts but are “seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree.” This may not be a nutty kind of day after all. Nut or not, I like them and will go partake of a few.

Thursday, November 24th: Many will be celebrating Thanksgiving today. Fewer will be honoring a National Day of Mourning. Let’s shake it all up today and celebrate a different day – CELEBRATE YOUR UNIQUE TALENT DAY. We all have at least one extraordinary, unique talent. Embrace yours! Celebrate life, celebrate YOU!

A reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Nov 4 – Nov 10)

Friday, November 4th: This song echoes throughout my head …. “Walk like an Egyptiannnnn.”  It fights with images of Steve Martin singing “King Tut”. It’s KING TUT DAY. This day, fit for a king, commemorates the day in 1922 that Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the intact tomb of King Tutankhamen. Play some Egyptian music tonight and celebrate life, remembering this young, royal man from the past.

Saturday, November 5th. Mmmmm … This is an easy day to celebrate. It’s BANANA PUDDING LOVERS MONTH! This tasty dessert is easy to find everywhere. Finding a GREAT banana pudding is a little harder. Last June, I discovered that the fastest way to get on my sister’s bad side is to hide her banana pudding. But it was so much fun, and the look on her face was priceless. To celebrate today, I’ll work my way through some ofTexas’ best banana puddings. It’s a rough job, but someone’s got to do it. Sue, this day’s for you!

Sunday, November 6th: Who needs to wait for a special day to enjoy nachos? Today celebrates the cheesy delectable concoction; it’s NATIONAL NACHO DAY!  Back in 1943, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya assembled a spur of the moment appetizer, now a favorite to many. My dilemma is pairing this up with National Guacamole Day on November 16th. I’ll just have to have my nachos – with guacamole – BOTH days!

Monday, November 7th:  A whole new week begins today, a special week. PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS WEEK is sponsored by The International Society of Friendship and Good Will.  Most American’s recognize the phrase “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, from our Declaration of Independence. What creates authentic happiness in your life? Celebrate today; celebrate all week looking at what creates happiness in your life.

Tuesday, November 8th: Right on the heels of ‘Pursuit of Happiness Week’ this week, is WORLD KINDNESS WEEK. Happiness and kindness are so closely related, it can’t be an accident. Celebrate life and celebrate the week by sharing some kindness. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has great ideas on sharing kindness with others. Check out their page and pick one or two that resonates with you. http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/Kindness-Ideas/Browse/

Wednesday, November 9th: You think the soon-to-arrive holidays are crazy? Disorder, frantic activity and chaos seem to be the norm anymore. CHAOS NEVER DIES DAY recognizes the turmoil in our everyday life. Recognize, acknowledge and celebrate the chaos. Then … maybe plan a peace and serenity break. The chaos may never die, but it can be abated. Celebrate the chaos and all cycles of life!

Thursday, November 10th: “I will always live in your heart, As long as you Forget Me Not”. Today is NATIONAL FORGET ME NOT DAY. Celebrate life; celebrate your loved ones by telling them that you love them today! Send them a note, give them a call, bring them some flowers, or send an e-card. (And since it’s my mom’s birthday today also, I’ll be saying “I love you” AND “Happy Birthday Iona Mae!)

A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Oct 28 – Nov 3)

Friday, October 28th: They’re soft, cuddly, and plush … and sometimes a mite bedraggled and raggedy, held together with patches and love. Who hasn’t felt better after a hug and snuggle with a stuffed teddy bear? It’s Plush Animal Lovers Day!

My favorite was ‘Sleepy Puppy’ with jingle bells in his ears. Did you have a beloved stuffed animal? What happy memories do you have? Invite one to dinner tonight. Make it a ‘Stuffie’ kind of night. Celebrate life today with an armload of stuffed joy!

Saturday, October 29th: “Live so that when the final summons comes you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone or an obituary in a newspaper.” — Billy Sunday

October 29th is the first annual “Visit a Cemetery Day”, sponsored by www.mysendoff.com. It isn’t just a day to commemorate the dead, but rather to embrace the celebration of life. Visit a local cemetery today. Take some flowers to honor a deceased loved one. Or, just wander and pay tribute to those gone before us. It’s a visit that puts everything in perspective. Celebrate life and the important things in it – your family, loved ones and friends.  (Photo from Chinn’sChapel Cemetery,Texas)

Sunday, October 30th: What’s orange and yellow and white and eaten all over? Candy corn! It’s National Candy Corn Day! One of the most popular Halloween candies, this sugary kernel has been around since the 1880’s. Brach’s, a top producer of this yummy treat, annually sells enough to circle the earth 4.25 times. Celebrate Candy Corn Day with some of the delightful concoctions featured at: http://www.kaitlinandkylies.com/2011/10/national-candy-corn-day.html

Monday, October 31st: Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive Halloween! It’s not only Halloween today; it’s Knock-Knock Jokes Day! What a perfect nonsensical holiday to pair up with Halloween. Put on your costume and spread some Halloween laughter (and groans) by sharing your favorite knock-knock jokes.  To close with … Knock, knock. Who’s there? Juan. Juan who?  … Juan, two three….BOO!

Tuesday, November 1st:  A word here, a word there; celebrate them all. It’s National Author’s Day! First observed in 1929 by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, now thousands of writers celebrate all month long by participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). We’ve come a long way. From handwritten tomes, to Mark Twain submitting the first typewritten manuscript, computers now process our written jewels. Celebrate the day – celebrate the month, by writing.  Or, surprise your favorite author with a special note, letting them know how they’ve brightened your life.

Wednesday, November 2nd: Some days, it seems all I do is run around in circles. Today, that’s a good thing, because it’s “Look for Circles Day”. How many circles can you “spot” today? Make a game of it. See who can find the most circles today. Who can find the most unusual circle? Betcha’ by the end of the day you’ll be seeing more circles and spots than you ever imagined possible.

Thursday, November 3rd: Don’t get your knickers in a twist. A little bird told me that today is ‘Cliché Day’. Yes, it let the cat out of the bag. Cliches as far as the eye can see, with no rhyme or reason. Don’t rain on my parade, celebrate Cliché Day with me. Leave no stone unturned.

Drawing a blank? No need to reinvent the wheel. Check out www.clichesite.com for a list of over 2,100 common clichés and euphemisms. Don’t thank me; it’s all in a day’s work. Let’s get to it. After all, we shouldn’t put off until tomorrow what we can do today. What’s your favorite cliché?

A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Oct 21-27)

Friday, October 21st:  Button, button, who’s got the button? And how many do you have? It’s Count your Buttons Day! Although I haven’t been able to trace the origin of this celebration, I’m celebrating this whacky and obscure day. Why? Because today is also the one year anniversary of the day my heart stopped beating. Sudden Cardiac Arrest was certainly unplanned – and unexpected – on October 21st last year. Luckily, being on an airplane, I was next to my spouse and had three doctors in the vicinity, one immediately behind me. Their CPR efforts got my heart going again. So, I have a “new birthday” to celebrate every year. I celebrate my new birthday, and every day by celebrating life, in the important things, like telling loved ones how much I love them, and in whimsical way, like ‘counting my buttons’.

Saturday, October 22nd: Paint a wall. Clean up trash. Copy records or answer phones. Get certified for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Celebrate life; volunteer, to improve the lives of others. It’s Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Search for current projects by zip code or start your own project. What can you do to help a neighbor?

(http://daytabank.handsonnetwork.org/about-make-difference-day)

Sunday, October 23rd: There’s only twelve hours to celebrate today. From 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., it’s National Mole Day. This day isn’t for the furtive creature destroying my garden. Oh no, it’s a unit of measurement used in chemistry. But now my head is spinning from trying to figure out a mole. It’s been far too long since I’ve had any chemistry classes. A mole is 6.02 times 10 to the 23rd power, used to count very small things like atoms and molecules. To learn more, check out www.moleday.org, where you’ll find more information (than you probably ever wanted to know about moles), of the scientific kind. In the meantime, I’ll be in the garden protecting my zinnias. Happy Mole Day!

Monday, October 24th:  Happy Birthday Anna Edison Taylor! Who on earth is Anna Taylor, you ask? Anna is the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She accomplished this feat in 1901, on the day of her 63rd birthday to boot! A woman with an adventurous spirit, Anna encourages us to “go for it” and live life with gusto. You’ve been gone ninety years Anna (10/23/1838 – 4/29.1921), yet we raise our glasses to you … Happy Birthday feisty Anna!

Tuesday, October 25th. ¯¯¯ On top of spaghetti … all covered with cheese … ¯¯¯ Today is World Pasta Day, the 17th one since its inception. I don’t think this childhood song is what International Pasta Organization had in mind. They intended to commemorate the delicious, nutritious and versatile role pasta plays in a healthy lifestyle. Today is also my sister’s birthday, a milestone birthday to boot. Seeing it is World Pasta Day, it brought back childhood memories of singing this song with my brother and sister (and I’m sure driving our parents totally batty).

Celebrate the day by cooking up a batch of pasta, one of the 600 varieties available and sing this whimsical song as the pasta boils. After dinner, use dried pasta shapes to create … necklaces, jewelry, pictures or more.

Wednesday, October 26th: Happy National Mule Day! Mule Day celebrates the date in 1785 when farmer George Washington received “Royal Gift”, an Andalusian jack from King Charles III ofSpain. Mules are the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey.

My Uncle Scott Radabaugh (4/8/1895-6/6/1971) farmed with mules in Blue Mount Twp., Missouri his entire life. He loved his mules and used Welsh commands to direct them. Mule farming isn’t too popular anymore, but last week inDenton,Texas, our drive home almost came to an abrupt halt, seeing a man ride his mule down the road. For all the mule lovers out there, Happy Mule Day!

Thursday, October 27th:  It’s Navy Day! Let’s hear it for those serving our country in the United States Navy. The Navy League of theUnited States organized the first Navy Day in 1922. They chose this date because it was the birthday of the navy-obsessed President Theodore Roosevelt. 

In 1949, the newly created Department of Defense, directed that the U.S. Navy’s participation occur on Armed Forces Day in May. (1949 was also the last observed Air Force Day, formerly observed on August 1st. My Air Force son may not be as happy that the Air Force doesn’t have its own day anymore.) The Navy League of theUnited States, though, is a civilian organization and not affected by the 1949 directive. Navy Day is still largely recognized on October 27th.

Let’s celebrate Navy Day (and our other military branches) by sending some cards or letters to our servicemen. Here’s a link for information: http://amillionthanks.org/send-letter-guidelines-get-started.php

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