What Day is It, Anyway?

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Did you know that as of July 17th in the United States we’ve already missed National Stay Out of the Sun Day (July 3rd), National Strawberry Sundae Day (July 7th), and National Give Something Away Day (July 15th)? Did you know the whole world celebrated International Kissing Day on July 6th?

If you’ve been as negligent as I have in observing these crucial holidays, it’s time to set things straight.

In the spirit of trying to help you squeeze as much fun out of July as possible, I’m going to list the holidays that take place for the entire month and for the rest of the month, according to nationaltoday.com and nationaldaycalendar.com.

And if these holidays aren’t celebrated where you live?

Who cares?? Celebrate anyway!

July is:

World Watercolor Month, National Anti-Boredom Month, National Baked Bean Month, National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, National Culinary Arts Month, National Grilling Month, National Horseradish Month, National Hotdog Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Independent Retailer Month, National July Belongs to Blueberries Month, and National Picnic Month.

Here’s a breakdown of the rest of the month by day (and, if necessary, by country/region that celebrates), so mark your calendars!!

July 17th:

World Emoji Day

National Yellow Pig Day (had to look this up–it’s specifically for mathemeticians)

National Peach Ice Cream Day

National Tattoo Day

July 18th:

National Sour Candy Day

National Caviar Day

Nelson Mandela International Day

World Listening Day

July 19th:

National Daiquiri Day

Get to Know Your Customers Day

National Hotdog Day (changes annually)

July 20th:

National Lollipop Day

National Moon Day

National Pennsylvania Day

July 21st:

National Junk Food Day (woo hoo!)

National Be Someone Day

National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day

Toss Away the ‘Could Haves’ and ‘Should Haves’ Day

July 22nd:

National Hammock Day

National Parents’ Day

National Penuche Fudge Day

National Rat Catchers’ Day

July 23rd:

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

National Gorgeous Grandma Day

July 24th:

National Cousins Day

National Drive-Thru Day

National Tequila Day

National Amelia Earhart Day

National Thermal Engineer Day

July 25th:

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

National Wine and Cheese Day

National Hire a Veteran Day

National Merry-Go-Round Day

National Threading the Needle Day

July 26th:

National Aunt and Uncle Day

National Chili Dog Day

National Coffee Milkshake Day

National Intern Day

National Bagelfest Day

All or Nothing Day

National Refreshment Day

July 27th:

Asalha Puja (Buddhists)

Guru Purnima (Hindus and Buddhists, Nepal and India)

National Creme Brulee Day (France, US)

National Scotch Day

National New Jersey Day

National Get Gnarly Day

National Talk in an Elevator Day

National System Administrator Appreciation Day

July 28th:

National Milk Chocolate Day

World Hepatitis Day

National Waterpark Day

National Buffalo Soldiers Day

National Day of the Cowboy

July 29th: 

National Chicken Wing Day

National Lipstick Day

National Lasagna Day

July 30th:

International Day of Friendship

National Cheesecake Day

National Father-in-Law Day

National Whistleblower Day

July 31st:

National Avocado Day

National Mutt Day

National Raspberry Cake Day

 

So do you have a favorite??

Until next time,

Amy

 

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We Are the World Blogfest #WATWB

It’s the last Friday of the month–time again for some good news to take you into July with a smile.

The story I’ve chosen for this month is another in a continuing string of environmental/conservation stories that I’ve been sharing for months. Fishermen in India have been retrieving plastic from the ocean instead of tossing it back. The plastic is being used to shore up road construction.

Click here to read the story.

Here’s how #WATWB works: On the last Friday of each month a number of bloggers participate in a blog hop in which each blogger highlights a story that spreads good news, happiness, and hope.

These are the cohosts for this month: Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Mary J. Giese, Don Antion, and Damyanti Biswas.

Want to join? Click this link to sign up and help spread some happiness!

Getting Help

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The post I originally wrote for today was about my summer reading wish list, but that will have to wait until next week.

Today my heart is broken for a family I’ve never met.

Yesterday a student at the high school two of my children attend took his own life. I found out about it this morning through my church’s prayer chain. I have no words for the sorrow I feel for this boy’s family.

This is not the first time this has happened at the school. In fact, it’s at least the fourth time in as many years. There is something really, really wrong when a child feels there is no hope and no help.

Please, please, if you know anyone who is thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline via chat at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

Whether you contact them by phone or online, someone is there to help 24/7 all across the United States. And because I know people from all over the world read this blog, click here for a list of suicide hotlines by country. Please note that Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England are listed under United Kingdom. If you know any information on that list to be incorrect, please let me know and I’ll post the correct information below in the comments.

If you know someone who is struggling emotionally or mentally, you could be the catalyst for getting that person the help he or she desperately needs. Please visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-someone-else/ to find out what you can do to help. There’s also great information about things you shouldn’t do.

Please keep struggling families in your prayers, and please remember to be kind–you never know what someone else is going through.

Until next time,

Amy

 

The New and Improved Reade and Write!

I’ve spent some time in the past week working on the blog to make it easier to read and easier for readers to find my books. I’ve updated the “About Me” page and I’ve added a page listing my books with links to my website and/or Amazon. I’ve also changed the font and, more importantly, the font size, to make the title of the blog and the different pages more user-friendly.

One of my goals is to use the blog more effectively to invite people to sign up for my newsletter. If you haven’t already signed up, click the tab that says “Website and Newsletter” at the top of the blog’s home page and you’ll be redirected to my sign-up form. I’m always trying to grow the newsletter, so I invite you to join us!

One of these days I intend to include some short stories on the blog (and duplicated on the website) that readers can peruse, too.

I hope you like the new look! Let me know what you think and if there’s anything else I could do to make visiting Reade and Write a pleasant experience!

Until  next time,

Amy

P.S. Don’t forget next week’s book club discussion! We’re reading The Life She was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman.

Tuesday Laughs

I thought we could all use a few laughs today, so I am sharing some of my favorite writing memes with you. Before you go, please note that the book club selection for May’s Last Tuesday Book Club is THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN by Ellen Marie Wiseman. It is NOT What She Left Behind, as I stated incorrectly last week. Thank you to Sharon Aguanno for catching my mistake! If you’ve already started What She Left Behind, email me at amymreadeauthor@gmail[dot]com and I’ll schedule it for another time.

 

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Have a great day!

Until next time,

Amy

First Tuesday Recipes for May

It’s the first Tuesday of the month again–that means it’s time to share a few recipes that readers have sent me. I’ve got a few of my own, too.

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The first recipe this week comes from my friend Sharon, who shares the recipe she uses for blueberry sauce. Sharon loves the sauce on pancakes, waffles, and ice cream, but her favorite way to have it is over lemon cake. She found the recipe on allrecipes.com. And when I read the recipe, I had to try it. It’s every bit as good as Sharon says.

Blueberry Sauce

2 c. fresh or frozen blueberries

1/4 c. water (room temperature)

1 c. orange juice (I used the kind without pulp)

3/4 c. sugar

1/4 cup ice water

3 T. cornstarch

1/2 t. almond extract

1/8 t. cinnamon

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine blueberries, 1/4 c. room-temperature water, orange juice, and sugar. Stir gently and bring to a boil.

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/4 c. ice water. Gently stir mixture into blueberry mixture. Simmer until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir almond extract and cinnamon into sauce.

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My friend Maggie King, author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries, featured a recipe on her blog that she invited me to share with you. I haven’t had a chance to try this one, but I’m going to.

Pumpkin Brownies/Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

2 c. flour

2 c. sugar

1/2 t. cinnamon

1 c. vegetable oil

2 t. baking powder

2 t. baking soda

1 c. chocolate chips

1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

1/2 t. salt

2 c. solid-packed pumpkin

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix (using a spoon, not an electric mixer). Pour batter into 13×9″ baking dish or 10″ tube pan.

Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, then run a table knife through the batter to marble. Continue baking, uncovered, for another hour, or until cake tests done.

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I got this one from an old friend. It’s a breeze to make and my family loves it.

Sherry Chicken

4 chicken breast halves, boneless, skinless

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup, undiluted

1 t. grated onion

1 pint sour cream

1 c. dry sherry

generous dash paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken in 13×9″ glass baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients, except for paprika. Pour mixture over chicken, sprinkle with paprika, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting often.

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I hope you enjoy these! There’s also one coming out today in my newsletter (Rhubarb Cake, anyone?) and I posted three recipes recently in my blog on Novel Spaces. You can find it hereIf you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, you can do so very easily by visiting my website at www.amymreade.com and clicking on the “Newsletter” tab.

If you try any of these recipes, let us know! And if you have a recipe you’d like to share, email me at amymreadeauthor@gmail.com and I’ll put your recipe in the next First Tuesday recipes. Thanks to those who contributed this month!

Until next time,

Amy

 

 

 

 

Laura Ingalls wilder’s Little House in Missouri

I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books–still do–and my kids loved them, too. This is a lovely post about the farm where she and Almanzo lived for many years.

All The Shoes I Wear

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Via the website: http://lauraingallswilderhome.com//?page_id=322

As visitors make their trek to the historic Rocky Ridge Farm, the first sight they’ll see is Laura’s and Almanzo’s beloved farmhouse. It remains as it was in 1957 and stands as an official project of the Save America’s Treasures National Trust for Historical Preservation.

As the story goes, Laura, Almanzo and Rose moved to Mansfield, Missouri in 1894. They had saved $100 to buy land just outside of town. The two worked side-by-side for nearly twenty years in seeing the rocky land transform into a sprawling 200 acres of farmland, which included an apple orchard and space for Almanzo’s Morgan horses. During this time, they lived in the town of Mansfield while Alamanzo commuted to and from the farm. Eventually the family moved into a one room log cabin on the farm until 1913, when the farmhouse was finally complete.

The home was always a central theme to…

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