August 8 – Dollar Day
August 8 commemorates the day Congress established the U.S. monetary system in 1786, but it was not until 1862 that the United States printed its first dollar bill.
Here are some interest facts about the dollar bill:
The first face on the dollar bill was not George Washington. It was Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln’s Secretary of Treasury.
The dollar bill in your wallet hasn’t been changed for more than 50 years. While the $5, $10, $20, and $50 have all undergone redesigns in recent years, the single dollar remains unchanged.
The number 13 represents the original 13 colonies and is seen numerous places on the dollar bill. On the back of the bill there is a pyramid with 13 steps; the eagle opposite the pyramid holds 13 arrows in its left talon and a branch with 13 leaves in its right; above the eagle’s head is a cloud containing 13 stars.
Minimum wage in 1961 was raised to $1.00 per hour.
The dollar bill is not made of paper. We may call it “paper money,” but it is actually fabric – 75% cotton and 25% linen.
Check out 20 Facts About the Dollar Bill That Every American Should KnowBest Life (bestlifeonline.com) for some more interesting facts about the one dollar bill.
August 9 – Book Lovers Day
This day is set aside for all who love to read. Find a quiet place, a favorite place, a good reading place. Get a good book, get comfortable and get lost in the story as the author takes you into their world of mystery, sports, adventure, romance, or sci-fi. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, narrative, memoir, fantasy, history, and humor can all be part of your day – it is all up to you and your preferences.
Enjoy a hard copy book where you turn pages and hold the story in your hands; Or grab your ipad/tablet and read an ebook on your digital screen; Or plug in you ear phones and listen to an audiobook.
Read quietly by yourself, or open a book with your children and share the adventure together. Allow them read to you and encourage their skills. This is a great day to visit your public library and be inspired by the many books that want to be adopted. Books stores (new and used) are fabulous places to go if you want to own a book and add it to your collection. Check out Amazon, especially for self-publishers who have some great material for sale.
August 10 – S’mores Day
S’mores consists of a roasted marshmallow with a layer of chocolate bar sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. On August 10th we can all celebrate the most popular of campfire treats.
The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Today, many variations on the original s’more find their way around a campfire.
Spread peanut butter on the graham crackers before adding the other ingredients.
Substitute peanut butter cups in place of the chocolate bar.
Replace the graham crackers with fudge-dipped cookies.
August 11 Son’s and Daughter’s Day
Hopefully August 11th will bring parents and their children together for quality time. On Wednesday of this week, let your children know that you are glad they are part of your life. If your children are still living at home, spend some time with them doing some of the following:
Go for a walk and listen to the events of their day; Find out about their hopes and dreams; Learn what inspires them; Teach them something new; Ask them to teach you something; Share some family stories; Do a puzzle; Read a book; Throw a ball; Play some music and dance with them; Laugh and tell jokes; Pray for them and with them; Play board games; stay up late and look at the stars.
If your children are grown and out of the home, mail a card, make a phone call, compose an email, or send them a text. Remind them how special they are to you.
August 12 – Julienne Fries Day
I have enjoyed this think crispy potato fry before, but I had no idea what they were called. If you are daring, try making some Julienne Fries – fry up skinny sliced potatoes for a delicious and crunchy treat. Cut into thin, uniform strips like matchsticks, then fry them up nice and crisp. They are often called “shoestring fries.” Julienne Fries have been around for a while. The oldest known written reference goes back to a 1722 French cookbook.
If you have never attempted to make Julienne Fries before, join the club. Here are some helpful hints provided by NATIONAL JULIENNE FRIES DAY – August 12 – National Day Calendar
“Once you’ve sliced your potatoes into matchsticks (which can be achieved with a tool with a julienne blade), let the potatoes rest in a bowl of ice water for about 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, pat the potatoes dry with paper towels. You want them dry before placing them in hot oil, or the grease will vigorously splatter.
When you add the potatoes to the hot grease, don’t add too many at a time. They need room to fry on all sides. This tip also prevents your oil from excess splatter and overflowing.
The ideal temperature for frying your potatoes is about 350°F.
Once the potatoes become golden brown, remove them from the oil to a clean paper towel to drain and season immediately.”
August 13 – Left Handers Day
Approximately 10% of the American population are left-handed. Scientists don’t know why a person develops left-handedness, but there may be a genetic factors.
Out of the 47 Presidents of the United States, eight have been left-handed (17%). Two fairly famous artists, Michaelangelo and Leonardo de Vinci, were lefties. A few famous musicians were left handed including Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (50% of the Beatles).
Here are a few other talented/famous left handers:
Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Lady Gaga, and Nicole Kidman.
Hugh Jackman, Robert Redford, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Jimi Hendrix.
Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Mark Twain and Benjamin Rough.
Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, and Nikola Tesla.
August 14 – Garage Sale Day
Have one or visit one. This is a good day to set up the tables and price your things – or – head out around the neighborhood and look for all the great deals. Most Garage Sales in my area run Thursday, Friday, Saturday, but the day highlighted each year is always the second Saturday in August.
“One person’s junk is another person’s treasure” is the philosophy that makes the garage sale work. The Garage Sale is such a first world phenomenon, but if you are savvy, diligent shopper, you can find some fantastic deals to update your décor, fill your closets, entertain your children, and add to your collections. Some entrepreneurs find good deals and then resell the items on eBay or a nice profit.
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