It’s almost August, what you called “Dog Days,” the sultry days of summer. I remember how you picked squash, tomatoes, onions, green beans and lettuce–and I picked the beets and carrots in my garden–early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it wasn’t so hot. By August your garden was always in over-growth mode, and you shared fresh vegetables with friends, neighbors, employees, and anyone you thought might enjoy some fresh garden goodies.
But we still have wonderful days left July, and you always cautioned us not to wish our lives away. So as we look forward to August, let’s also remind our blog friends of some special days they can still enjoy in July.
Today, July 27, is Take Your Pants For A Walk Day (Seriously; I don’t make these things up.). What this really means is to take your pants for a walk while you’re wearing them. Get off the couch, go for a walk, get moving, breathe deeply. Walk tomorrow, too. Get in shape and work up an appetite for Monday.
Monday, July 29, is National Lasagna Day. But what if it’s too hot to bake your own lasagna? Invite a friend to go out for Italian food, the tomato-y, cheese-y, garlic-y goodness of lasagna. Clink glasses and toast life with wine or iced tea; the thought is more important than the beverage. But don’t order dessert. Wait until tomorrow…
Tuesday, July 30, is National Cheesecake Day. (I’m still not sure how these “special days” receive their designations, but surely there’s a plan in this somewhere). If you’re concerned about your good cholesterol numbers, here’s a healthy tip from Dr. Oz: add fresh blueberries to your cheesecake, and sprinkle on pecans or pistachios to help lower the bad cholesterol levels.
Wednesday, July 31, is Mutts’ Day, though our family doesn’t like to call it that. (See picture above.)
August is just around the corner. Special designations for August include “Admit You’re Happy Month,” “Family Fun Month,” “Romance Awareness Month,” and “National Picnic Month.” Doesn’t sound like Dog Days to me!
To get started, plan now for the first week of August: “National Simplify Your Life Week.” Hmm…if you need energy to plan your simplification process, repeat July’s days for lasagna and cheesecake…and taking your pants for a walk.
Finally, here’s a serious reminder: August is also “What Will Be Your Legacy?” month.
While we don’t want to wish our lives away, we should consider what our lives mean and how we’ll be remembered. According to my mother, that will be our legacy.