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Holidays and Awareness Days of May

National Strawberry MonthThere are many benefits to eating strawberries.  Therefore, I built strawberry recipes into my menu as well as going to U-Pick farms to pick fresh strawberries.  Watch for my blog posts in May to provide fun fascinating facts about STRAWBERRIES.

National Egg Month: created by the National Egg Board because after Easter, egg sales slumped. Therefore, they chose May to help people understand the many benefits of the incredible edible egg with the anticipated goal of increasing egg sales again.

 Task List

 

I always combine tasks with awareness events.  Below is a list of awareness days (as close to the actual date as possible), mixed with some tasks to consider doing in and around your home, and also some fun things to do and in some cases, foods that are commonly served around awareness events:

  1. May Day: the earliest May Day appeared as a festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and was a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  It is celebrated in many countries around the world.  Although May Day is not widely celebrated in the United States, because I had the great opportunity to be in Wales in the United Kingdom to see how they celebrate May Day, and I was very impressed, I make a point of acknowledging May Day in my own life.  May Day celebrations include festivals, folk dancing such as maypole dancing and Morris dancing, and crowning of a May queen.  I LOVED watching the Morris dancers and I tried to find them in the United States with minimal luck.
  2. Review your calendar for doctor appointments, your kids’ concerts, birthdays, tasks that you must get done, etc.  While you are at it, make a point of including some fun things such as planning to attend some summer festivals, outdoor concerts, weekend excursions that you and your family can make together.  Keep in mind that your kids grow up VERY FAST and before you realize it, they will be grown and out on their own and all you will have at that point is memories.  Spend some quality time right now making memories!
  3. Review the items that are best to buy in May and make a note to watch for those sales. Below are some links to get you started:
  4. Make an appointment with yourself for the last week of each month to review your schedule for the following month and schedule time for the items that are of value to you and your family: concerts, birthdays, awareness celebrations, etc.

    Cinco de Mayo

  5. Cinco de Mayo:  This is a Mexican holiday; however, as the Hispanic population increases in the United States, celebrations are frequently held in the USA.  This date, known as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla in Mexico (Day of the Battle of Puebla), was when citizens of Puebla, Mexico surprisingly defeated French forces on May 5, 1862.  The surprise was that the citizens were not trained soldiers and they were far outnumbered by French forces.  Many people think that Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican Independence Day; however, that is incorrect because Mexican Independence Day is September 16th.
    • Food and Recipes: Although Mexican food is already a big part of the American Cuisine, it becomes even more popular on Cinco de Mayo.  Typical Cinco de Mayo foods include tacos, burritos, chalupas, nachos, chimichangas, enchiladas, fajitas, flautas, tamales, taquitos, tostadas, quesadillas, and horchata.
  6. Give everyone in the family a new toothbrush.  It is a fair guess that you receive a free toothbrush at every dental appointment.  Make a point of replacing old toothbrushes today
  7. Clear out your underwear drawer and replace old, ratty underwear with new items
  8. Mighty Minnies tip: pour baking soda & vinegar down your drains to clear all the gunk so water will drain faster.
  9. It’s National Strawberry month! Locate a U-Pick farm and take the family out to pick strawberries and make it a family day of making memories.

    Happy Mother’s Day

  10. Mother’s Day (2nd Sunday in May).  Mothers are almost always your strongest supporters, they will usually stop what they are doing or instantly change their plans when you need something.  They are always there for you when you do not feel well or are just down in the dumps.  Make it a point to do something nice for your Mother today.  Moms never expect much in return other than for your respect and to recognize them once in a while.  Spend the day with your Mother or call her (if you cannot be there in person), take her out to dinner or bring dinner to her home, create your own greeting card for your Mother (rather than buying one that has a canned phrase) and your Mother will appreciate that.  Celebrate our mother on Mother’s Day if only to spend time with her.
  11. Back to Basics: get some small herb pots at the local garden center so that you can have fresh herbs all summer long.  I love fresh basil and grow it in a pot year round.  If you have ever had fresh basil, you know that it is hard to use dried basil anymore.  One basil plant in a supermarket costs about $4, which is about the same price for a basil plant from a garden center.  The plant from the supermarket will last almost a week whereas the plant from a garden center will last the entire year (it grows new leaves and stems as you use the leaves).
  12. Spend some time clearing out your computer backlog.  Purge all SENT and DELETED items
  13. If you have photos sitting on a camera memory card that you haven’t downloaded, get them into the computer, erase the card and put it back into the computer fresh, empty and ready for your upcoming holiday celebrations
  14. Clear out the outside exhaust vent for your clothes dryer to keep it free and clear and avoid a potential fire
  15. Take a quick peek through your fridge and toss anything that’s not fresh
  16. Armed Forces Day: please thank every Veteran that you see who has served in any military branch because they help to protect our freedoms.
    • I love trivia: On February 27, 1950, President Harry Truman issued a Presidential Proclamation and the formation of “Armed Forces Day”, which stemmed from unifying all of the branches of the military under one Department of Defense.  President Truman declared Saturday, May 20, 1950 to be the first combined demonstration, under the National Security Act, toward all United States military branches being ready for any eventuality.  That Saturday was the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.  Each of the military leagues and orders were asked to revise their individual celebrations and awareness and adopt the newly formed Armed Forces Day.  The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day.
      • Air Force Day was last observed on August 1, 1949
      • Army Day was last observed nationally on April 6, 1949
      • Navy Day was last observed on Oct. 27, 1949
  17. Get out your lawn chairs to clean, wipe down your barbecue grill, and get ready for Memorial Day
  18. In preparation for Memorial Day weekend, many communities hold their Memorial Day parade.  Make a point of going to a parade with the family.  This is also a a time of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.  Take a few moments today to remember our military service people, both those who have passed on, and those currently serving.  Although our United States has issues with politics, and Washington DC needs to take a good hard look at how they are acting, our military personnel continue to make this country a better place to live than some countries around the world.  Think about the unrest and injustice that is currently happening in the Middle East and thank our military personnel for protecting us from that type of life.
  19. Locate all items that you will want to use this summer and make sure all of it is working, oiled or greased, and ready for use this summer.  By now you should have a pretty good idea of weekend excursions you will make over the summer or if you will be going to nearby parks for barbecues, or just hanging around in your back yard with friends and family.  Get everything ready now so that when those times come, you can simply Grab and Go!
  20. Check through your pantry to see if any of your staples such as flour, sugar or rice need to be refilled or purchased
  21. Get your summer wardrobe out of storage and put your cold weather into storage
  22. Visit your local farmers market to get fruits and veggies in prep for the upcoming weekend barbecue
  23. Store all the winter clothing and gear that you will use next winter
  24. Donate winter clothing and gear that you did not use this past winter to charity.  Although you did not use it, keep in mind other people who are really struggling to make ends meet and who could use your winter clothing and gear.

    Memorial Day

  25. Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) is dedicated to men and women in the armed forces who gave their lives to protect the freedoms of our country.  The beginning of Memorial Day goes back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War.  Memorial Day is also viewed as the official beginning of summer.
    • In my younger days, the only way that I could afford to go on vacation for Memorial Day was to go on camping trips.  After the one-time purchase of a tent, screen room, and camp stove, and paying for a campsite and wood to burn around the camp fire, the rest was pretty much just taking items that we used at home.  We always went camping on Memorial Day, which is still dubbed as the “unofficial start of summer”.  Some of the best memories that my son and I have are from those camping trips.
    • Even if camping is not your bag, consider ways that you can create memories with your family and spend some quality time with them over this holiday weekend.
  26. Wipe televisions, stereo fronts, etc., with a lightly moistened anti-static dryer sheet such as Bounce to reduce the dust the clings to the monitor/tube, etc.
  27. Pick one surface such as the dining room table, coffee table, desk or kitchen counter that needs to be cleared off and take care of it
  28. 28. The cold winter weather causes things to expand and contract.  Make a visual inspection of the outside of your house and repair cracked caulking and gaps around windows and doors.
  29. Take a look around the sports equipment that you have stored in your garage or shed and make sure everything is in good working condition and ready to use this summer.  If not, now is the time to get it repaired rather than to wait until the day you want to use it.
  30. Is the bathroom looking a bit dark? Consider replacing your shower curtain and bathmat with a nice bright, cheery, summer color
  31. Congratulate yourself on a successful month of May and let everyone celebrate with their own personal “Me Day”.  Let everyone do whatever they want on this day (as long as it is safe, legal, and within the rules of the home).
Updated: September 21, 2015 — 7:26 pm

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