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  • September was named when the Romans invented the Julian calendar.  At that time, one calendar year was made up of 10 months, beginning with March, thereby making September the 7th month.  Hence the name Septem, which is Latin for Seven or the 7th month.  When the Gregorian calendar replaced the Julian calendar, January and February were added, making the year 12 months long; however, September kept its name.
  • Flower: Aster and Morning Glory: According to Almanac.com: asters are symbols of powerful love and Morning Glories are symbols of affection.
  • Birthstone: Sapphire / Sapphire is actually of the corundum mineral family and can be found in every color of the rainbow; however, the most prized color of Sapphire is a rich, deep blue, which is also widely used by royalty around the world today.
  • Zodiac Signs: Virgo Virgin (Aug 23/Sept 22) / Libra Scales (Sept 23/Oct 22)
  • Northern Hemisphere Full Moon Names: Fruit Moon, Harvest Moon
  • Southern Hemisphere Full Moon Names: Worm Moon, Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Sugar Moon, Chaste Moon, Sap Moon

I always provide a variety of tasks mixed with fun events.  The only “rule” is that you should complete SOME tasks in between the fun awareness days or activities.  By mixing tasks with events, you will be more successful at getting, or staying, more organized.

September Task List – Recapped (extended info follows)

 

  1. Set aside the first day of each quarter to review your DayTimer or whatever planner/calendar that you use for upcoming appointments, school functions, parent/teacher days, concerts, etc. Set up task reminders to ensure that you meet these goals.
  1. Plan on making a day of apple picking, hayride, and picnic this coming weekend. Locate apple orchards where you can go to pick your own apples.  Many offer hayrides from their parking lots to their apple orchards.
  1. This month is National Preparedness Month and was created in 2004. I offer a complete Opportunity 4 You that you can use to get everyone in your family prepared for an emergency.  I broke the preparation steps into 5 different weeks.  Phase One will be published on August 29th and each phase will be posted every Saturday during September.  If you complete all 5 phases, you and your family will be prepared for emergencies.
  1. Go through your spices and herbs and make a list of those that should be replaced when the upcoming holidays bring sales.
  1. Even if you cannot visit the Hatch Valley Chili Festival in Hatch, New Mexico (9/5 – 9/6), why not have some fun with chili peppers at home?
  1. Add flair to salads by adding raisins, apples, tangerine slices.
  1. Labor Day (September 7th) is dedicated in honor of you in respect and appreciation of the work you do inside or outside of our home and to the contributions made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day observance was Tuesday, September 5, 1882.
  1. Conduct an outdoor inspection of your home and property while the weather is still nice outside.
  1. Make a list of fall activities you’d like to participate in this autumn (for suggestions, see below). When you determine what events you want to do, schedule those events and activities into your calendar for the next three months.
  1. Back up the phone numbers that are in your SmartPhone or iPhone or just general basic cell phone.
  1. Service and Remembrance Day: Spend a few minutes remembering everyone who was affected by the horrible terror act of September 11, 2001: those who died, families and friends who lost loved one.
  1. National Mushroom Month: consider that your diet should have all colors of veggies and fruits. Mushrooms are white and also tan colored and great in a wide variety of ways.
  1. National Grandparent’s Day (September 13th) was initiated in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter and is always the 1st Sunday after Labor Day. Spend time with these special people who do not ask for much in return for all the help they provide to you.  They simply want to be recognized and appreciated.
  1. Wipe down all walls, light switches, doorknobs, etc., and spray with a disinfectant.
  1. Review your health, auto, home or renters, and life insurance policies to be sure everything is up to-date. Make sure that all of them have been listed and are safely in my safe
  1. World Ozone Day (September 16): There is a thin layer of ozone gas high above the surface of Earth that is situated in the stratosphere and acts like a shield to protect us from harmful ultraviolet light. You can easily make a difference in the Ozone Layer such as the 3Rs (Recycle, Reduce, Reuse), plant a tree, and buy fresh produce at your local farmers’ markets (avoids exhaust by transportation vehicles).
  1. Begin working on next month’s menu, remembering to buy fruits & veggies that are in season.
  1. If you are a gardener, now is the time to shop for a variety of bulbs for your garden.
  1. Take this opportunity while the weather is still nice outside to clean your car: inside and out and also remember the trunk.
  1. Mighty Minnie: set your timer for 15 minutes and pick up as many different items AND put them in their proper place as possible.
  1. Save all of your bank statements and credit card statements to your computer so you have all of the information ready.
  1. Autumn Equinox (September 23rd): the 1st day of autumn has exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator.
  1. Review your clothing and make note of those items that need mending, replacing, or donating to those who are less fortunate than you.
  1. If you did not wash or dry clean your winter blankets and quilts before putting them away for the summer, make a point of doing this now to prepare for the oncoming winter.
  1. We all know that physical activity is really important. It is a great time to increase you and your family’s physical activity as the hot summer comes to an end.  Choose My Plate provides tips to help increase your physical activity whether you are at home, at school, or at work.
  1. Johnny Appleseed Day (September 26): John Chapman was credited with spreading apple orchards in the late 1700s. There is so much info about apples that I decided to post a blog just about Amazing Apples.  Since October is National Apple Month, keep your eyes peeled for the article.
  1. Conduct a preventive maintenance check that includes things like checking the sensors and contact points of your thermostat; vacuum, wash or replace any filters that will soon need replacing (rather than waiting until your heater gives out in the winter and paying higher prices for an emergency repair).
  1. Bake your own tortilla leaves. Disney provides a template you can use to cut out your “leaves” from corn or flour tortillas. To get different colored “leaves” choose tomato or spinach or corn tortillas.
  1. Wipe televisions, stereo fronts, etc., with a lightly moistened anti-static dryer sheet such as Bounce so the screen will deflect dust that normally is attracted to the screens.
  1. Mighty Minnie: set the timer for 15 minutes and clear off ONE area in the kitchen. If you make the area that you clean an area that you first see when you walk into the room, at the end of the 15 minutes, you have a feeling of euphoria every time you walk into your kitchen.

 

September Task List: with examples, history, and references

  1. Set aside the first day of each quarter to review your DayTimer or whatever planner/calendar that you use for upcoming appointments, school functions, parent/teacher days, concerts, etc.  Remember to build “Me Days” and personal retreats into your schedule.  Actually set up appointments with yourself and write them in your calendar so you keep your appointments with yourself.  Set up task reminders to ensure that you meet these goals.
  2. Plan on making a day of apple picking, hayride, and picnic this coming weekend.  Locate apple orchards where you can go to pick your own apples.  Many offer hayrides from their parking lots to their apple orchards.  In fact to get you started, use this link to find apple orchards in your area and also some apple picking tips.  If you are participating in the Million Minute Family Challenge, remember to add this time to your family minutes.
  3. This month is National Preparedness Month and was created in 2004.  I offer a complete Opportunity 4 You that you can use to get everyone in your family prepared for an emergency.  I broke the preparation steps into 5 different weeks.  Do consider setting up your wireless phone to accept Wireless Emergency Alerts. Also bookmark the government weather website for up-to-date weather information no matter where you live in the United States.  Make a note of where your regional office is located.  Phase One will be published on August 29th and each phase will be posted every Saturday during September.  If you complete all 5 phases, you and your family will be prepared for emergencies.
  4. In preparation of Grandparents’ Day (9/13), make a leaf “splatter screen “painting” to give to your kids’ grandparents. You need: newspaper or some other table protective covering, an old toothbrush, a piece of screen, some paint, a piece of plain paper (can be colored), and leaves.
    • Lay the leaf or leaves on the piece of paper
    • Dip the toothbrush into some paint and shake off excess paint
    • Hold the screen over the leaf/paper and rub the paintbrush on the screen
    • The paint splatters onto the paper and leaf/leaves
    • When the paint dries, carefully remove the leaves and their silhouette will be left
  5. Even if you cannot visit the Hatch Valley Chili Festival in Hatch, New Mexico (9/5 – 9/6), why not have some fun with chili peppers at home?

    Scoville Heat Scale

    • Fun Facts
    • Relatives of tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants. They all belong to the nightshade family
    • One fresh medium sized green chile pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges
    • The color extracted from VERY red chile pepper pods is called oleoresin. It is used in everything from lipsticks to processed meats
    • There are 26 known species of chile peppers, five of which are domesticated.
    • Capsaicin can increase metabolism and might give you an extra edge when it comes to weight loss
    • Capsaicin is being studied as an effective treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders, including pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy.
    • Resources: WebMD, Chili Pepper Institute, SixWise, and World’s Healthiest Foods
  6. Add flair to salads by adding raisins, apples, tangerine slices.
  7. Labor Day (September 7th) is dedicated in honor of you in respect and appreciation of the work you do inside or outside of our home and to the contributions made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  The first Labor Day observance was Tuesday, September 5, 1882.
  8. Conduct an outdoor inspection of your home and property while the weather is still nice outside:
    • Check driveways for cracks or areas that will need attention soon
    • Around window sills to look for gaps or weather stripping and exterior calking for potential areas that will need to be replaced or the gaps filled in
    • Clean out gutters and drain spots so that the upcoming rainy season will be nothing more than “liquid sunshine” rather than water backing up and into your basement or around the base of your house, etc.
    • Sliding glass doors and garage doors to ensure they open/close along their rollers and tracks smoothly and hit them with a shot of WD-40 and also tighten screws that might be loose
    • Clean and put away the garden tools
    • Make sure rakes and other leaf removal equipment is in good working order
    • If you are in an area where it snows, NOW is the time to buy snow shovels and/or snow blowers rather than right before a storm when home repair shops like Home Depot or Lowes raises their prices to capitalize on upcoming storm snow storms
    • Trim trees and bushes to ensure that limbs and branches are away from the roof of your house
  9. Make a list of fall activities you’d like to participate in this autumn such as:
    • Pick apples at a U-Pick or Pick Your Own apple orchard
    • Take your apples to a cider mill and make apple cider. If you cannot find a working cider mill near your home, make your own! And here is another website to show you how to make apple cider.
    • Watch a high school football game and have a tailgate party before the game
    • Go to a pumpkin patch and pick out THE best pumpkins. Make pumpkin puree and freeze for when you want to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin pies, pumpkin scones, pumpkin oatmeal, etc.
    • Have a chili bake-off event with your family and friends.  Freeze leftover chili for school or work lunches
    • Get corn stalks from your local farmer and make a scarecrow
    • Go fly a kite!
    • When you determine what events you want to do, schedule those events and activities into your calendar for the next three months.
  10. Back up the phone numbers that are in your SmartPhone or iPhone or just general basic cell phone.  Do this on a quarterly basis because you never know when your phone will fizzle out.  Rather, be proactive and have the information on hand so you do not need to scramble as you try to find the phone numbers that were in your mobile phone.
  11. Service and Remembrance Day: Spend a few minutes remembering everyone who was affected by the horrible terror act of September 11, 2001: those who died, families and friends who lost loved one.
  12. National Mushroom Month: what better day to list National Mushroom Month than on September 12th because that is when the Mushroom Capital of the World hosts their annual Mushroom Festival (always the weekend after Labor Day). The mushroom soup that is sold in Kennett Square is one of the very best recipes that I have ever tasted, as it should be since Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World.

    Cream of Mushroom Soup

    However, there is one other recipe that I think equals the taste and quality of Kennett Square’s mushroom soup.  Another recipe for Cream of Mushroom soup that was another of the best recipes I have also had was during a vacation I had in Mortenhamstead, Devon, in the United Kingdom.  I stayed at Cookeshayes Bed & Breakfast and I asked the proprietors (at the time), Doug & Topsy Harding, if they would share their recipe.

  13. National Grandparent’s Day (September 13th) was initiated in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter and is always the 1st Sunday after Labor Day.  Spend time with these special people who do not ask for much in return for all the help they provide to you.  They simply want to be recognized and appreciated.
  14. Wipe down all walls, light switches, doorknobs, etc., and spray with a disinfectant.
  15. Review your health, auto, home or renters, and life insurance policies to be sure everything is up to-date.  Make sure that all of them have been listed and are safely in my safe
  16. World Ozone Day (September 16): There is a thin layer of ozone gas high above the surface of Earth that is situated in the stratosphere and acts like a shield to protect us from harmful ultraviolet light. The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty that was adopted on September 16, 1987 with the intention of regulating the production and use of chemicals that contribute to the depletion of the Ozone layer.  In 1987 it was signed by 46 countries.  Today, the treaty has nearly 200 signatures. You can easily make a difference in the Ozone Layer such as the 3Rs (Recycle, Reduce, Reuse), plant a tree, and buy fresh produce at your local farmers’ markets (avoids exhaust by transportation vehicles). The CDC explains how the ozone layer affects your health. The EPA details how the ozone affects the environment around us and also additional health-related effects. View the ozone layer from NASA’s Earth Observatory from 1979 to 2011 and also the changes each year from 1979 to 2013.
  17. Begin working on next month’s menu, remembering to buy fruits & veggies that are in season.  Not only does it provide more diversity in your menu, but also, keep in mind that the world’s healthiest foods are seasonal.  Modern food processing and distribution makes it so supermarket produce sections look the same in September as they do in March or June.  However, processing also involves chemicals and higher sodium content.  It is much healthier to increase the flavor of your food items naturally than with chemicals. Consider adding broccoli to macaroni & cheese to increase your daily quota of fruits & veggies; or add frozen peas to casseroles or berries to ice cream and so on.  Focus on veggies that are common in autumn harvest such as: carrot, garlic, onions, pumpkin, sweet potato, and tomatoes. And, fruits such as: apples, kiwifruit, pears, persimmons, or pomegranates.
  18. If you are a gardener, now is the time to shop for a variety of bulbs for your garden.  I prefer to order online because I LOVE getting cash back; however, whether you do the same or physically go to your local garden store, isn’t the key point.  Getting the bulbs and getting them into the ground before the ground freezes over is what is important (that is for those living in cold-weather areas).
  19. Take this opportunity while the weather is still nice outside to clean your car: wash the inside of the windows, paying particular attention to the front windshield because that always seems to get cloudy, check under the seats of your car for those items that always seem to gravitate under there, vacuum the floors, clean out your trunk and put things back in so you know where they are rather than rummaging trying to find the item when you need it.  Hint: use a cardboard box or plastic container to corral smaller items (umbrellas, oil for the car, jackets, small blankets, etc.

    Mighty Minnie

  20. Mighty Minnie: set your timer for 15 minutes and pick up as many different items AND put them in their proper place as possible.
  21. Save all of your bank statements and credit card statements to your computer so you have all of the information ready.
  22. Autumn Equinox (September 23rd): the 1st day of autumn has exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator.  From this point forward, daylight hours will dwindle and continue to get less each day until we reach Winter Solstice.  Consider activities you and your family would enjoy such as: fall festivals, fly a kite, scheduling a trip to enjoy fall foliage as it changes color.
  23. Review your clothing and make note of those items that need a button replaced or tightened or buttonholes that need to be tightened or hems that need to be reinforced or seams that need to be sewn, shoes that need to be repaired (it is cheaper to have a shoe repair shop repair them than to purchase new shoes or boots), worn out clothing items that need to be replaced, etc.
  24. If you did not wash or dry clean your winter blankets and quilts before putting them away for the summer, make a point of doing this now to prepare for the oncoming winter.
  25. We all know that physical activity is really important.  It is a great time to increase you and your family’s physical activity as the hot summer comes to an end.  Choose My Plate provides tips to help increase your physical activity whether you are at home, at school, or at work.
  26. Johnny Appleseed Day (September 26). If you think about the fact that an apple was the culprit of Adam and Eve getting kicked out of Heaven; Alexander the Great found dwarfed apples in 328 BCE; Sir Isaac Newton used an apple to prove his “Law of Gravity”, colonists brought apples to the newly found North America; and John Chapman (better known to many as Johnny Appleseed) was credited with spreading apple orchards in the late 1700s.  There is so much info about apples that I decided to post a blog just about apples.
  27. Conduct a preventive maintenance check that includes things like checking the sensors and contact points of your thermostat; vacuum, wash or replace any filters that will soon need replacing (rather than waiting until your heater gives out in the winter and paying higher prices for an emergency repair).  Check windows and doors to make sure locks work properly and that they are in good condition.  Clean tracks and lubricate hinges.  Repair or replace any cracked windows. Drain your hot water heater, flush, and refill.
  28. Bake your own tortilla leaves.  Disney provides a template you can use to cut out your “leaves” from corn or flour tortillas. To get different colored “leaves” choose tomato or spinach or corn tortillas.
  29. Wipe televisions, stereo fronts, etc., with a lightly moistened anti-static dryer sheet such as Bounce so the screen will deflect dust that normally is attracted to the screens.

    Mighty Minnie

  30. Mighty Minnie: set the timer for 15 minutes and clear off ONE area in the kitchen.  If you make the area that you clean an area that you first see when you walk into the room, at the end of the 15 minutes, you have a feeling of euphoria every time you walk into your kitchen.

 

September Fun Facts

 

  • No other month ends on the same day of the week as September in any year.
  • The New York Times was founded and continually published since September 18, 1951.  It has won 117 Pulitzer Prizes.

    National Anthem

  • Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the Star Spangled Banner on September 14, 1814, the day after Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland was attacked and mostly destroyed, which happened on September 13, 1814.  What inspired him was that the American Flag was still flying, above all of the destruction.
  • Los Angeles was founded in September 1781 although it was first named: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula.
  • California was the only one of all 50 states that obtained statehood in the month of September.

 

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