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National Cheer up the Lonely Day

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Today is the kind of hopeful, lovey day we need more of- it’s National Cheer Up the Lonely Day. This day was founded by Francis Pesek of Michigan.  His family says he had a heart of gold and was always looking out for the folks in his neighborhood and just about anyone he came into contact with.   Today was his… Read more »

International Panic Day

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How many times have I stated that a holiday is just perfect for me?  Quite a few times, but it’s certainly true again today.  Today is International Panic Day. I am certainly prone to fits of panic.   For the first 20 odd years of my life “I’m having a crisis” was a pretty common thing for me to be thinking… Read more »

Put a Pillow On/In Your Fridge Day

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You are probably wondering what on Earth this one is all about!  I did too, but yes, it’s true, today is Put a Pillow in/on your Fridge Day. This unusual day started in the 1920s. Throughout the United States in Europe it was considered good luck to put cloth/ bedding in the larder once a year for good luck.  Of… Read more »

Maritime Day

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Duluth MN Joseph Block

Today is Maritime Day! Today is all about the history of the maritime industry and the men and women who have, and will continue to shape it. At first glance this might seem like an odd “holiday” for me to be excited about as Iowa is, as you should very well know, land locked.  However, as most of you also… Read more »

I’m Still a Woman

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Last week marked a milestone of sorts for me- the 10 year anniversary of my hysterectomy. I had very large uterine fibroids that were growing rapidly and causing a variety of very unpleasant symptoms that would have only continued to worsen had I not had the surgery.  And, I won’t lie- not having to deal with monthly periods anymore has… Read more »

I Don’t Know and I Don’t Care

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Like most middle-aged folks I gripe a lot about getting older.   And at first glance it isn’t much to be excited about.   I have to get up in the middle of the night to pee just about every night.  I can hurt all day if I “sleep wrong”.   If my feet get cold I’m miserable.  Most current hit music sounds… Read more »

National Potato Chip Day

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Yes, today is indeed a wonderful day! Who doesn’t love potato chips?  They are the perfect accompaniment to sandwiches, essential for getting tasty dips into your mouth, and come in almost every flavor you can imagine.  Dill pickle?  Sure!  BBQ?  You bet!  Cheese?  All different kinds!  Chicken and biscuits?  Weirdly enough, yes! It really is true that “no one can… Read more »