Thursday, July 23, 2020

Small Ways To Celebrate the Ordinary Days of August

Aside from working almost non-stop on either the van or getting our apartment packed up and ready to a.) move into storage (90%), because we can't do this van thing forever, I don't think, and b.) move into the van (10%), in the evenings I've been making cute little decorative things for the van.  If you follow me on Instagram (and if you 'gram, you should!), I've been posting a lot of what I've been working on there. But this pic is a little conglomeration of a few things I've made up over the past several months. My biggest project is a sampler, which I still haven't finished off, I think out of fear that I'm going to mess it up after all-those-hours I spent stitching it, but since I did make it for the van it needs to happen soon. Maybe I'll make that my goal for tonight and try working on it.

That being said, this summer is flying by! It's hard to believe that next week is the last week of July and then it will be August. By then we will be full time in the van, tweaking some last minute details before we decide on our first destination and heading out. But even while living in the van, it's important to me to continue with the traditions that have long been a part of our lives. As the whole idea is to take home on the rode, then the elements that make up home and home life will transition with us. It might look a little different, and with no children in the home anymore, some, even perhaps most of these little celebrations I will likely observe for myself, and that is fine by me. Often the recognition is nothing more than an acknowledgement, but if it lends itself to a special meal, that makes it easier and becomes something my husband and I can both enjoy. And so, here are some small ways to celebrate the ordinary days of August.

SMALL WAYS TO CELEBRATE 
THE ORDINARY DAYS OF AUGUST

Whilst August yet wears her golden crown, Ripening fields lush- bright with promise; Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn." 

- MICHELLE L. THIEME

 MONTH LONG CELEBRATIONS
- Family Fun Month
- National Picnic Month
- Peach Month

 WEEK LONG CELEBRATIONS
Week 1 - National Simplify Your Life Week / International Clown Week
Week 2 - National Smile Week
Week 3 - Friendship Week
Week 4 - Be Kind to Humankind Week

 DAILY CELEBRATIONS
August 1
Campfire Day - First Saturday in August
National Mountain Climbing Day
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

August 2
Friendship Day - First Sunday in August
International Forgiveness Day - First Sunday in August
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Sisters Day - First Sunday in August

August 3
Grab Some Nuts Day
National Watermelon Day

August 4
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
U.S. Coast Guard Day

August 5
National Oyster Day
Work Like a Dog Day

August 6
Wiggle Your Toes Day

August 7
National Lighthouse Day

August 8
National Clown Day - Saturday during International Clown Week

August 9
Book Lover's Day

August 10
Lazy Day
National S'mores Day

August 11 - 13
Annual Perseid Meteor Shower - peak date varies slightly

August 11
Son and Daughter Day

August 12
Middle Child's Day

August 13
Left Hander's Day

August 14
National Creamsicle Day

August 15
National Honey Bee Awareness Day - Third Saturday
Relaxation Day - now this one's for me!

August 16
National Tell a Joke Day

August 17
National Thriftshop Day

August 18
Bad Poetry Day
World Daffodil Day

August 19
Aviation Day
National Potato Day

August 20
National Radio Day

August 21
National Spumoni Day
Senior Citizen's Day

August 22
Be an Angel Day
National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or February 28

August 23 
Ride the Wind Day

August 24
Vesuvius Day

August 25 
Kiss and Make Up Day
National Banana Split Day

August 26
National Dog Day
Women's Equality Day

August 27
Global Forgiveness Day
Just Because Day

August 28
Stuffed Green Bell Peppers Day

August 29
International Bacon Day - Saturday before Labor Day
More Herbs, Less Salt Day

August 30
Frankenstein Day
Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31
National Eat Outside Day
National Trail Mix Day

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