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Counting the Days Until Spring

DSC00365There are 29 days until the first day of spring and this winter’s cold, gray days have almost broken my spirit.  I hope that sunny days like the past few will stick around, but I don’t trust Old Man Winter 2014.  So I’ve searched for ways to celebrate, hoping these last days of winter days will go by quickly, and I found a website that lists Funny Days, Weird Holidays, and Celebration 2014.   According to http://www.daysoftheyear.com, every day is a special day, most in more ways than one, and I picked a day or two each week to celebrate.

Today is Chocolate Mint Day.  As in Girl Scout Chocolate Mint cookies and York Peppermint Patties.  Can’t this be a weeklong holiday?

Wednesday, February 26th is Oh, for Pete’s Sake Day.  A day to mince words, to substitute an offensive word or phrase with something more acceptable.   When I say ‘For crying out loud!’ which was one of my granny’s expressions, and ‘Oh, for Pete’s sake!’ I wonder who’ll know what I mean.

Friday, February 28th is Flower Design Day.  I’ll celebrate this day in honor of my mother who opened a flower shop in the basement of my family’s home to earn money for my college education.  It’s a day to appreciate floral design as a creative art form, and to show off flowers – real, dried, or fakes – or even draw a picture of flowers.  Wonder if I remember how to make crepe paper roses?

Tuesday, March 4th, is Grammar Day.  On my calendar, every day is Grammar Day.  My dad was a high school English teacher and he always corrected my grammar, even when I taught 6th grade English.  This day is also Pound Cake Day. Did you know pound cakes have been traced back to the 18th century?  And that pound cake got its name because of its ingredients?  One pound of butter, eggs, flour and sugar.

Friday, March 7th is Doodle Day.  A day to celebrate the idle sketches we all make while listening to a speech or during a boring meeting.   On this day we can deliberately doodle all day.

Monday, March 10th, is Dream Day.  It was created in 2012 by a Columbia University instructor to encourage the achievement of dreams and to make the world a better place.  Dream Day, a day to make a plan or help someone achieve a dream.

Friday, March 14th is Potato Chip Day.  I wish I’d know about this day before now.  I’ve often said, “When I open a bag of chips, I’m not happy until the bag is empty.”  On this day, I’ll eat every chip and celebrate.

Wednesday, March 19th is Chocolate Caramel Day.  Any candy worth its calories has chocolate and caramel.  There are so many choices.

And finally, Thursday, March 20th is the first day of spring!  A day to dance and sing!  Hopefully, in the sunshine, but I’ll celebrate a rainy spring day.

Choose your own special days. You might like Fill Our Staplers Day and Inconvenience Yourself Day.  If you’re looking for an excuse to eat, on almost every day the list of Funny Days, Weird Holidays, and Celebration 2014 celebrates a food.  How about Melba Toast Day and Corn Dog Day?

Just 29 more days.

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