Monday, July 15, 2013

Get out of the Doghouse Day, Be a Dork Day, more

July 15th, 2013, is National Get out of the Doghouse Day, Marine Day (Japan), Be a Dork Day, I Love Horses Day, Respect Canada Day, National Pet Fire Safety Day, St. Swithin's Day, National Tapioca Pudding Day, and Gummi Worm Day.

National Get out of the Doghouse Day is always observed on the third Monday in July. What will you do to make up for past mistakes?

Marine Day is a newer holiday in Japan, celebrated on the third Monday in July since 2003. It is a day to admire the creatures of the sea and protect them for future generations.

How will you celebrate Be a Dork Day? My husband says you're a dork if you plan to do dorky things, so it's easy to participate.

Here's a day made for young girls with equestrian dreams. July 15th is I Love Horses Day. Try to rent the classic 1944 Elizabeth Taylor movie, National Velvet.

Respect Canada Day is a fine opportunity to learn a bit about Canadian history and famous Canadians.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is the perfect time to survey your home and consider what flammable items might be within reach of your pets. Affix stickers to your windows, alerting the fire department that your house contains pets. Plan an escape route for your pets as well as for your human family.

St. Swithin's Day is a British tradition, akin to Groundhog Day in the United States. Whatever the weather on July 15th, according to the legend, it will continue for the next forty days. The real St. Swithin, actually Swithun, was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. He wished to be buried outdoors, to be trodden on and rained on. When monks tried to move his body to a shrine inside Winchester Cathedral nine years after his death, a heavy rain storm occurred. Thus the legend began:

St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain.
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.

Today is National Tapioca Pudding Day, not to be confused with National Tapioca Day on June 28th. Try some tapioca pudding and you just might discover a new dessert favorite.

Gummi or Gummy? Your choice. Either way, today is Gummi Worm Day. I like mine sour.

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