The heat may make you a little moody or crazy.
You may be in a cooler location than Ohio and
if in winter months, may have allowed a certain
amount of ‘gloom’ to settle in.
There are all sorts of ‘extreme’ emotional events
coming up, along with increased amount of
discontent falling upon youth, who may be
wishing their summer were lasting longer.
August is one of the worst months in hot
climates for increased domestic violence
Let’s strive for reaching some “zen-like” zone,
where peace will reside in
our minds, hearts and bodies.
Possibly fill your extra moments with quiet and meditation.
Head towards shade and cool, natural places where little
creatures may bring you some joy. . .
If you were in the “Holler” as Cindy Knoke resides in, you
would be blessed with hummingbirds to entertain you and
demonstrate living beauty right before your amazed eyes.
Here is Cindy’s place to check out her hummingbirds and
find some lovely world photographs of trips, far and wide.:
Here is a quotation found on a piece of pretty pressed
paper with the company name, “Papyrus” upon the back:
“Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time,
carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration.
The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life
is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection
has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.”
(Unknown author, contribution by Papyrus stationery)
There are others among us who would rather take advantage
of the warmer weather to continue to engage in their favorite
pastimes and sports.
Water sports: fishing, boating, water skiing and surfing come
Swimming, splashing and jumping are part of the month of August.
Runners are still running, cyclists still cycling and skater boarders
are always at the skate park trying new feats.
Many schools will be ‘gearing up’ to start the third week of August.
There are all six grandchildren being sent off to (2) middle school,
(3) elementary and (1) off to her second year of preschool.
Teachers may groan or give a loud sigh of resignation.
While parents who stay at home or work from their home, give a
happier sound, one full of cheering and saluting fine instructors.
Baby is on his way, whenever or however he means to come,
sooner rather than later, if Mommy, Daddy and kids have any
‘say’ at all.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~* AUGUST *~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Gemstone: Peridot (a light green crystal gem)
1- Colorado Day
Celebrate your status as a state for your celebration!
In 1876, (139 years ago), President Ulysses S. Grant honored Colorado’s
statehood. There are museums who offer free admissions, as well as some
businesses offering special deals and and discounts for products and
services to Colorado citizens.
The first is also the Full Sturgeon Moon, along with the following
designations of tribes and states full moon names:
~ “Moon When All Things Ripen,” the Dakota Sioux celebrate.
~ “Wheat Cut Moon,” chosen by San Ildefonso and San Juan.
~ “Blueberry Moon,” honored by the Ojibway Tribe.
August first is from 3p.m. until Sunrise of August second,
The Brooklyn Mirage Full Moon Festival. Check out a wide variety
of musical artists for this special celebration!
2- National Sisters Day
I doubt my brothers know about this holiday, but both of them in some
way each year acknowledge my contribution to their lives, sometime in a
Valentine or Mother’s Day card for Sister.I know they have been there for
me and our mutual love is strong. Hope you let your sister know how much
you care about her, if you have one. I wished for a sister when I was very
young, then realized how lucky I was to be the ‘only girl.’
3- Civic Holiday (Canada)
We are interested in our ‘civic’ duties but not sure what this day means.
If you have ‘a clue’ please let us know in the comments section.
4- National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!!
I enjoy Nestle’s Tollhouse Cookie Recipe, the one that is on the back of
the chocolate chip bag.
4- Another holiday:
U.S. Coast Guard’s birthday, having been around since 1790.
Here is a quote by the talk show and comedian (on the wry side at times),
but this is apropos of the Coast Guard and other servicemen’s impact on
“If you don’t stick to your values when they are being tested,
They’re not values. They’re hobbies.”
~ Jon Stewart.
6- Last Quarter Moon.
6- World’s Largest Yard Sale:
“This is the ‘kick off day’ of a four day event which covers 690 miles from
Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan.” This covers the SIX STATES
including, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia!
**For details, Please visit,”
7- The “Fantastic Four” movie will be an updated one which means the
Earth needs saving. So, go out on August 7th and see the matinee of
the ‘reboot’ of this classic’ story line the day it is released!
9- National Book Lovers Day.
We all need to ‘call in sick’ or take the day to revel in the luxury of a
treasured book. Possibly on a hammock, if not in a lawn chair, or a
swing. . . reading under a tree or inside with a light blanket while the
air-conditioning keeps your mind crisp, cool and serene.
14- “Underdogs,” a special animated movie aimed at older children and
teens, with the main characters voices being from Singer Ariana Grande
and “Glee’s” Michael Morrison.
14- Also, a New Moon this evening.
15- VJ Day (1945)
Flags raised, respect given to all service and military personnel, especially
those who fought in Japanese arena of the WW!! era.
Helene Gayle’s quote is one which supports our volunteering and being
“Social change is better achieved by being ‘for’ something than ‘against’
16- Elvis Week begins so:
Head to Memphis, Tennessee.
GPS to Graceland Estate.
Seven days of pure “retro”- activities honoring and celebrating Elvis Presley’s
life. There was a huge cake cut last year first thing in the morning, I remember
the photograph. . . Tribute performances, festivities and costumed Elvis look-
alikes and all in honor of the “King” of Rock n’ Roll.
Also, August 16th- Bennington Battle Day in Vermont.
17- Discovery Day (Y. T.)
This is in honor of the Gold Rush in the Yukon.
I would like to try my hand in pan-handling for “gold.”
What about you? How will you celebrate Discovery Day?
19- National Aviation Day (U.S.)
22- First Quarter Moon.
Women’s Equality Day (U.S.)
Celebrate our ability to be equal citizens in most areas of our lives,
To all those women out there, keep on pursuing dreams and “raising
The U. S. Open Begins. You may wish to DVR this classic that is coming from
Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, New York City, NY.
I know of one “casa” who will be watching this tennis tournament avidly. Red’s
family will be all over this Last Grand Slam tennis competition!
Go check out Red’s posts (Welsh Terrier) at:
When I was mentioning finding pretty places or creatures to focus on,
to help find peaceful moments in the heat, I suggested checking out
the hummingbirds on Cindy;s blog. I also would like to inform you about
Many of you have butterfly bushes, also have attended conservatory
or greenhouse butterfly events. Here is a special scientific set of facts
to possibly scintillate your evening conversation with. . .
“The Secret of the Butterfly’s Wings”
Researchers at Ohio State University studied the gorgeous azure blue
colored, “Giant Blue Morpho” butterfly (‘Morpho didius’). They found this
beautiful insect’s wings surface is covered with multiple, overlapping scales
that resemble tiles on a roof.
Even tinier parallel grooves on the surface of these scales cause dirt or
drops of water to roll off with ease.
Engineers are hoping to copy the wings’ texture; their goal is to create high
tech coatings for industry and medical equipment which will be resistant to
dirt and water. This is just one of many fascinating scientific studies at OSU.
It emphasizes how Science tries to imitate Natural Wonders.
One of OSU researchers, Bharat Bhushan shares this thought:
“Nature is full of engineering marvels, from the micro to the macro
scale, that have inspired mankind for centuries.”
Enjoy a month of fun activities:
~animated youth/children’s film, “Underdogs,”
~action, heroes revisited movie, “Fantastic Four”
~**~ sisters, sports, *chocolate chip cookies*
~six states having a huge yard sale 🙂
~quirky memories mixed with music and Elvis
~Full Moon celebrations of Many Names
~Full Moon Fest with the following partial list of musicians:
~Yelle, Tensnake, Soul Clap, Wolf and Lamas, Oliver Nelson,
~Rufus du Soul, Mothxr, and the Kite String of Tangles.
Check out online location of ways to “win tickets to this event.”
(New York, New York)
~nature’s wonders, including hummingbirds
Honor the Somber, serious observed days:
**** VJ Day
* Civic Holiday (Canada)
**** Coast Guard Day
* Women’s Equality Day (U.S.)
Please add any meaningful festivals, activities or events
celebrated or honored in your part of the world. Thanks!