One. August First. National Girlfriend Day. I’m sure this one was designated for the romantic sort, but I’m opening up for gals to celebrate their girl friends, too. Take some time today to celebrate the ladies in your life! Spend some time with one! Snap a cute photo and share it!
Two. August Second. National Coloring Book Day. Put some color in the world! Grab a box of crayons and get to coloring, then put that color in the mail to brighten someone’s day.
Three. August Third. National Watermelon Day. Beat the heat with some sweets!
Four. August Fourth. National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Bake a batch from scratch.
Five. August Fifth. The film From Here to Eternity, based on James Jones’ book, is released in ‘fifty-three. I’ve not seen the movie nor read the book and will endeavor to do either, if not both. If you watch the film, Harry Bellaver plays Mazzioli — what’s the fifth line he speaks? If you read the book, what’s the fifth word on the eighth line of the fifty-third page?
Six. August Sixth. National Root Beer Float Day. NOT a fan of root beer? Neither am I. Can’t remember the last time I had one of these, but I’ll give it a go. Dare you to do so, too.
Bodie Lighthouse — Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
Seven. August Seventh. National Lighthouse Day. Have you, in your travels, snapped a shot of a lighthouse? Show me! If not, and you’re feeling crafty, draw or paint one or find a coloring page and get to decorating. Or… set about finding the real thing, if you can. OR… if there’s a book you love that features a lighthouse in the story… tell me about that.
Eight. August Eighth. National Bowling Day. Yeah… there’s that whole pandemic thing… so maybe bowling is out, but if you can do it, do it. If not, share a photo from an earlier time.
Nine. August Ninth. National Book Lovers Day. What are the ten best books you’ve ever read? Make a photo collage, share some favorite snippets… GUSH about the things because God knows we need some GOOD stories right about now.
Ten. August Tenth. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his chamber piece Eine Kleine Nachtmusic (A Little Serenade) in the year seventeen eighty-seven. Take some time to really listen to it. Put on some headphones, close your eyes, and listen.
Eleven. August Fifteenth. National Relaxation Day. This one’s TOO easy for me… but I’m a spoke on a wheel, so to speak. I don’t have a significant other or children to support. I EXCEL at doing nothing. When’s the last time YOU allowed yourself to do NOTHING? MAKE the time, folks. Recharge those batteries. FIND some solitude and unwind.
Twelve. August Eighteenth. National Fajita Day. Lupe’s Tortillas! BEST fajitas EVER… at least, I think so. Who makes the best in your neck of the woods? Or are YOU the best in the business? Make some… or make your way to that restaurant.
Thirteen. August Twenty-Third. Jeff Buckley releases the album Grace, featuring a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, in ‘ninety-four. Listen to the album in its entirety with headphones on and eyes closed. Also… Buckley’s cover of that song is my favorite version. What’s yours?
Fourteen. August Twenty-Seventh. The film Roman Holiday is released, also in ‘fifty-three. Another film I’ve not seen. What’s the twenty-seventh word Eddie Albert says?
Fifteen. August Thirtieth. National Beach Day. If you can get to a beach, get to it. If not, share some beachy-keen photos from days past.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. Reminder, should you choose to play along, the things do NOT have to be done on their associated dates… any time in the month of August is fine by me.