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National Water Quality Month - August


National Water Quality Month is an annual designation observed in August.


Make an effort to keep your water sources clean. Using non-toxic house products, not dumping things other than water down storm drains, and not flushing medication down the toilet or sink are just a few things you can do to keep the water in your area clean. Post on social media using #WaterQualityMonth to encourage others to do so as well.


August 2016 is Peach Month

Peach Month

Ronald Reagan, when President of the United States of America, proclaimed August “Peach Month” and called upon the people of the United States to incorporate this nutritious fruit into their diets, and call upon interested groups to celebrate this month with appropriate programs and activities. Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:05 a.m., June 16, 1982.

The peach (Prunus persica) is a species of Prunus native to China that bears an edible juicy fruit also called a peach.

It is a deciduous tree growing to 5–10 m tall, belonging to the subfamily Prunoideae of the family Rosaceae. It is classified with the almond in the subgenus Amygdalus within the genus Prunus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated seed shell.

The leaves are lanceolate, 7–15 cm long and 2–3 cm broad. The flowers are produced in early spring before the leaves; they are solitary or paired, 2.5–3 cm diameter, pink, with five petals. The fruit is a drupe, with a single large seed encased in hard wood (called the “stone” or “pit”), yellow or whitish flesh, a delicate aroma, and a skin that is either velvety (peaches) or smooth (nectarines) in different cultivars. The flesh is very delicate and easily bruised in some cultivars, but is fairly firm in some commercial cultivars, especially when green. The seed is red-brown, oval shaped and 1.5-2 cm long. Peaches, along with cherries, plums, and apricots, are stone fruits (drupes).

August 2016 is Romance Awareness Month

Romance Awareness Month

When people hear the word “romance” they tend to run for the hills. Being romantic can be difficult for some, and for others perhaps they have too much expectations as to what “romance” really means. It doesn’t have to be about extravagant gifts or expensive meals, flowers or chocolate. In fact, the most simple things can foster a healthy relationship. Why not try one of these simple thing habits to get the romance flowing.

1. Go to bed at the same time
2. Cultivate common interests
3. Walk hand in hand or side by side
4. Make trust and forgiveness a default mode
5. Focus more on what your partner does right vs. what they do wrong
6. Hug each other after you see each other after work
7. Say “I love you” or “Have a Good Day” every morning
8. Say “Good Night” every night, regardless how you feel
9. Do a “weather” check during the day (Check in with each other)
10. Be proud to be seen with your partner

But the list doesn’t stop there, what would you do to be romantic to your significant other?



NATIONAL FISHING MONTH July 22nd to 29th August 2016

Father Teaching Son To Fish By Lake

This year, National Fishing Month will begin on the 22nd July, and conclude on the 29th August.

As in previous years, the idea behind National Fishing Month is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. It does not matter what age you are, or what previous experience you have. Nor does it matter which cultural or social background you may be from. Fishing is for everyone!

Fishery owners, organisers and angling coaches give up their valuable time to support National Fishing Month, so please take this opportunity to have a go at this wonderful sport. Click here to find an event near you, to make sure you do not miss out!

If you’re a beginner and would like some tips on good fishing spots and events for National Fishing Month, or just want to join in the conversation, you can get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #NationalFishingMonth

What is it all about

National Fishing Month offers unique opportunities for the protection and promotion of angling. It has the potential to:-

  • Increase the number of people getting involved in the sport.
  • Inform the general public about the economic, social and environmental benefits of angling.
  • Influence decisions about access, environmental policy and wildlife management so that they take the importance of angling into account.
  • Improve diversity amongst anglers to counter any perception that it is exclusively a male, white, able-bodied only pursuit.

National Fishing Month is a celebration of the sport of angling. All over the country qualified coaches give their time to welcome newcomers to this marvellous sport. Fees are waived and tackle is often made available free of charge too. Events are organised around the UK to show people who have never fished before how to do it. If you’d like to try fishing then now is your big chance.

What is actually going to happen?

From 22nd July to 29th August, there will be hundreds of locally organised angling events offering non-anglers the opportunity to be taught how to fish, FREE OF CHARGE, by a qualified licensed Coach and within a controlled environment.

Do you want to organise an event?

National Fishing Month falls apart without the assistance of event organisers. We are therefore searching for volunteers to run National Fishing Month events.

Organisers can be angling clubs, schools, tackle shops, fisheries – in fact anyone with an interest in fishing. Many clubs and societies use National Fishing Month as a way of increasing membership.



World Watercolor Month - July


World Watercolor Month is observed annually in July.

Watercolor (watercolour, aquarelle) is a beautiful medium that has captivated people around the globe for centuries. Today, artists are producing amazing paintings each day, and sketchers have popularized the medium as a wonderful way to add life and color to drawings of the world around them.

World Watercolor Month is a celebration to inspire people to paint with watercolor while raising awareness for the importance of art and creativity in the world. And anyone can join the celebration from master watercolorists to people just starting out! Simply tag your watercolor art with #WorldWatercolorMonth and share it for the world to see! The first year of this celebration is also a benefit for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation! You can also join us in celebrating by donating watercolor supplies to support underprivileged young artists worldwide! With your help, we can provide much needed support for kids in need. to learn more!


Commit to making a watercolor painting or sketch each day during the month (or whenever you can join), and share your work with #WorldWatercolorMonth when posting your art! (and use the hashtag to view the work of other watercolor artists around the world!)

  • Haven’t tried watercolor before? Give it try for the first time this month!
  • It’s even more fun to paint with friends, so plan a picnic or sketch walk in your local city and paint outside together.
  • Have your kids try watercolor painting (and paint with them, of course!)
  • Support a watercolor artist you enjoy by purchasing one of their beautiful pieces or products for your home.
  • Share the watercolor work of other artists you love.



World Watercolor Month July 2016 Primary LogoCharlie O’Shields, the creator of Doodlewash®, is the founder of World Watercolor Month. His own love of the medium led to the creation of a blog and social artist movement dedicated to promoting and connecting the vast community of watercolor artists all over the world. The blog has featured hundreds of artists sketching and painting with watercolor on all seven continents. According to Charlie, “There’s something magical about watercolor, and it’s my passion to bring all types of watercolor artists together to celebrate each other’s work and the medium we all love!”

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There are lots of ways you can get involved to raise awareness and support the sarcoma community.

However you choose to get involved, you will be helping people affected by sarcoma throughout the UK – thank you.

We have some exciting things planned for Sarcoma Awareness Week 2016, so keep your eyes peeled for more information!

You can also join the conversation and help to spread the word about Sarcoma awareness on Twitter, using the hashtag #SarcomaAwarenessWeek .


Sarcoma Awareness Week 2016

Screen shot of film

Sarcoma Awareness Week 2016

Monday 4 July – Sunday 10 July

The more sarcoma aware we are as a nation, the more we can empower people to get any lump checked out with their GP, and promptly.  A poll of the general public we ran in 2015 informed us that 53% of people have not heard of sarcoma and only 26% knew it was a cancer.

We need to amplify sarcoma awareness and we need your help. The ask is simple:

Like and share our film “What is sarcoma?

  • Tell ten friends that sarcoma is a cancer of the bone and soft tissue. Email them, stop them in the corridor, tag them in a tweet #SarcomaAware – just spread the word to ten contacts and you can help people to receive an early diagnosis and ultimately save lives.
  • View our very special Sarcoma and Youonline photo exhibition (launching 4 July), which will challenge perceptions about  sarcoma and body image. You can preview the stunning portrait series by Alison Romanczuk on Instagram right now.
  • There are many other ways you can get involved: organise a fundraiser, become a Sarcoma Voice or visit your GP with our ‘On the Ball’ pack.


About ‘On The Ball’

Sarcoma UK Golf Ball

The first sign of sarcoma cancer is a lump on the leg, an arm or somewhere on the body.

If a GP correctly identifies the lump when it is smaller than a golf ball (5cm), it’s likely that the cancer can be treated successfully . However, most people are diagnosed with sarcoma when it is the size of a baked bean tin (10cm).

You may wonder why a visible lump that grows beyond the size of a golf ball might not be diagnosed accurately by professionals.

There are two reasons

  1. We are not very aware of sarcoma. We found that 53% of the general public have not heard of sarcoma.
  2. GPs are not familiar with the red flag signs of sarcoma – a visible lump that is getting bigger. A third of people with sarcoma visit their GP at least three times over a period of eighteen months before seeing a specialist.

We launched On the Ball to educate GPs and the public about sarcoma, so that it could be diagnosed earlier and that far more of the 4,000 people diagnosed each year could live longer, better lives.

Survival rates have not improved in the last twenty years, but that can change.

People can survive sarcoma if their cancer is diagnosed early, when treatments can be effective and before the sarcoma has spread to other parts of the body.

On the Ball will help more people to survive sarcoma by educating GPs to identify sarcoma earlier.

Over 1,600 On the Ball packs have been distributed to GPs throughout the UK. With your help, we can reach many more GPs all over the UK.  Click here to order your On the Ball pack

Sarcoma UK is the only charity in the UK focusing on all types of sarcoma cancer.



Our mission is to amplify sarcoma awareness, inspire involvement, and fund ground-breaking research to transform the lives of everyone affected by sarcoma.

We work with patients, carers, supporters, health professionals and researchers to drive awareness of sarcoma, promote early diagnosis and improve patient experience.

We pledge to invest over £3million into sarcoma researchby 2020 with the aim of finding effective treatment for the disease within the next 10 years.

We are the only UK charity providing personal support and expert information on sarcoma. In February 2016, we launched our national Support Line.

We aim to increase survival rates by at least 10% by 2020.  Early diagnosis saves lives.

We provide education and training for GPs to help them recognise the symptoms of sarcoma.

We are a young charity that supports one strong, caring and mutually-supportive community. We are seen as a lifeline by some.

We are staffed by a small team managed by a board of trustees (many with personal experience of sarcoma), and supported by experts in the sarcoma field.

Sarcoma UK was founded by Roger Wilson CBE, a sarcoma patient. Read Roger’s insight into the Quality Standard and how it will help make things better for patients.

We receive no government funding and rely solely ongenerous voluntary donations and the energy and imagination of our tireless fundraisers.

We keep our administration and running costs to a minimum which means that more of your money goes directly to funding vital research.

You are very welcome to join us.


National Hot Dog Month - July


Hot Diggity Dog!  Or should I say dogs!  Now that weather has warmed up and gotten nice outside, grilling season is upon us yet again.  Time to fire up those grills and buy some nice juicy hamburgers, sausages…. and hot dogs, of course!  July is National Hot Dog Month according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage council. Grab your dogs and toppings, because here are some interesting bits on an American classic!
The exact origins of hot dogs are unknown, but likely their predecessor was brought over by immigrants.  What we do know, however, is how they are made (what they are made of).  Hot dogs are usually pork or beef, but they can be made from poultry as well.  The meat is put into a machine to be finely ground until it resembles a paste or batter (don’t look it up….trust us).  Spices and/or flavorings are added for flavor and some brands add sugar or corn syrup for sweetness. Some brands also add preservatives to extend the shelf life of the product.  After the meat has been finely ground, it is sent to a machine that pumps the meat into the casings.  A number of brands use cellulose casings, but some still use traditional natural casing.  After being pumped with meat, the casings go through another machine to link the casings into strands of hot dogs.  Afterwards, the strands of hot dogs are sent to an oven to cook. During this stage, smoke may be used to add extra flavor.  After cooking, the dogs are showered in water to let them cool before being sent to packaging. If cellulose casing was used, the hot dogs are sent to another machine to remove the casing.  Then they are cut into individual dogs, packaged and sealed ready to be sent to a store near you.

Some Fun Facts :

  • Joey Chestnut currently holds the world record in hot dog eating by eating 69 hot dogs (and buns) in 10 minutes
  • The Tokyo Dog food truck located in Seattle, WA has the record for the most expensive hot dog , costing $169
  • The longest hot dog on record, made by Novex SA of Paraguay in 2011, is 668 ft. and 7.62 in. (203.80m.)


Sausage Glossary
From the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

A Guide to Sausage Varieties

Sausage, whether fresh, cooked or cured, remains a staple of the diet around the world. Regions and cultures use various seasonings to make their sausages uniquely their own

The sausages and meats are listed alphabetically. The group to which each sausage belongs is indicated next to the name of the sausage.

Sausage Glossary
Andouille | France
In France the traditional andouille is composed primarily of the intestines and stomach. In the US the sausage is most often associated with Cajun cooking, where it is a coarse-grained smoked sausage made using pork, garlic, pepper, onions, wine, and seasonings. Traditional Andouille is heavily spiced and used as an ingredient where a smoked sausage version is more commonly available and consumed as is or on a bun.
Cooked, smoked sausage
Bangers | United Kingdom
Sausage-like product prepared with meat and varying amounts of rusk or other cereals.
Fresh or pre-cooked sausage.
Berliner-Style | Germany
Made of cured, coarsely ground pork and some mildly cured, finely chopped beef; contains no seasoning other than sugar and salt; available in rolls or packaged slices.
Cooked, smoked sausage
Blood and Tongue Sausage| Unknown Origin
Cooked pork, beef or lamb and tongues are added to blood sausage mixtures. Pork snouts are also sometimes added.
Cooked sausage.
Blood Sausage | Unknown Origin
Diced, cooked fat pork, finely ground cooked meat, and gelatin-producing materials mixed with beef blood and spices.
Cooked sausage.
Bologna | Italy
Made of cured beef and pork, finely ground, with seasonings similar to frankfurters; available in rings, rolls or slices of varying diameters; fully cooked and ready to serve.
Cooked, smoked sausage.
Boterhamworst | Netherlands
Dutch-style sausage made of veal and pork, finely chopped and blended with coarsely chopped pork fat and seasonings.
Cooked, smoked sausage.
Bratwurst| Germany
Pork or a pork and veal mixture; highly seasoned; made in links and available both fresh and fully cooked. Unique flavor is commonly derived from pepper, sage, and nutmeg.
Fresh or cooked, smoked sausage.
Braunschweiger | Germany
Liver sausage which must contain at least 30% pork, beef or veal livers. Can be smoked after cooking or include smoked meat as ingredients.
Cooked sausage.
Cervelat | Switzerland
General classification for mildly seasoned smoked, semi-dry sausages. Popularly termed “Summer Sausage”.
Semi-dry sausage.
Chorizo | Spain
Sausage from Spanish origin made from meat coarsely cut; smoked; highly spiced and has a size similar to large frankfurters, one-inch links also made for sausage balls. Also is a term to denote any type of Spanish style sausage.
Fresh, cooked or dry/semi-dry sausage.
Frankfurters | Germany
Combination of beef and pork or all beef which is cured, smoked and cooked; seasonings may include coriander, garlic, ground mustard, nutmeg, salt, sugar and white pepper; fully cooked but usually served hot; terms “frankfurter,” “wiener” and “hot dog” often used interchangeably; sizes range from big dinner frankfurters to small cocktail size; may be skinless or with natural casings.
Cooked, smoked sausage.
Frizzes | Italy
Cured lean pork, chopped coarsely and a small quantity of cured lean beef; highly spiced. Some varieties made with hot spices, some with sweet spices.
Dry sausage.
Goetta | Germany
A breakfast sausage primarily composed of ground meat (pork, or pork and beef), steel-cut oats and spices.
Partially cooked or pre-cooked sausage.
Kielbasa | Poland
Coarsely ground lean pork with beef added; highly seasoned with garlic. Also known as a Polish sausage.
Cooked, smoked sausage.
Knackwurst | Germany
Similar in ingredients to franks and bologna with additional garlic added for stronger flavor; made in large natural casings or in skinless styles; fully cooked, but usually served hot; also known as Knoblouch or Garlic Sausage.
Cooked, smoked sausage.
Linguica | Portugal
Portuguese sausage made from coarsely ground pork, seasoned with garlic, paprika, cumin seeds and sometimes cinnamon; brined with vinegar pickling liquid before stuffing; smoked; also called Longanzia.
Uncooked sausage.
Liver Cheese or Liver Loaf Germany
Ingredients and processing similar to liver sausage but with slight alteration to achieve a firmer texture more body for slicing. Wrapped with a thin layer of pork back fat. Molded in sandwich-size brick shape.
Cooked sausage.
Liver Sausage | Germany
Liverwurst comes in many flavors that vary by region; sliceable or spreadable. Liverwurst must contain at least 30% pig, beef or veal livers. Other ingredients are pork, beef or veal trimmings, fat, and spices including allspice, thyme, ground mustard seed, or nutmeg.
Cooked sausage.
Lebanon Bologna | USA
Semi-dry sausage that originated in Lebanon, Pennsylvania; made of coarsely chopped beef; heavily smoked; has a tart, tangy taste; dark surface appearance.
Semi-dry sausage.
Lola or Lolita | Italy
Made of mildly seasoned pork; contains garlic.
Dry sausage.
Mettwurst | Germany
Cured beef and pork, ground and lightly spiced with allspice, ginger, mustard and coriander; smooth, spreadable consistency; normally heavily smoked and sometimes must be cooked before serving.
Cooked or uncooked, smoked sausage
Mortadella | Italy
Italian-style sausage composed of very finely chopped, cured pork and beef with added cubes of white fat; delicately spiced with garlic, nutmeg and coriander; stuffed into larger diameter casing and sliced.
Cooked, smoked sausage.
Pepperoni | Italy
Pepperoni is a dry sausage that is characteristically firm, spicy, and bright red in color. Thinly sliced pepperoni is a popular pizza topping in American-style pizzerias. It is a variety of salami, usually made from cured pork and beef.
Dry sausage.
Pork Sausage | Various
Made from fresh pork cuts and/or trimmings; seasoned with salt, black pepper, nutmeg, and rubbed sage, or other spices; sold in links, pre-formed patties or bulk.
Fresh sausage.
Salami | Italy
General classification for dry sausage, sometimes highly seasoned, with characteristic fermented flavor. Usually made of beef and pork; seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper and sugar. Some are dried to achieve 30-40% moisture loss. Some are smoked and cooked.
Dry sausage.
Dry sausage.
Refers to a style of pork sausage noted for being seasoned with fennel and/or anise as the primary seasoning. In Italy, however, there are a wide variety of sausages, many of which are quite different from the product commonly known as ‘Italian sausage’ in the United States. The two most common varieties marketed in US grocery stores as “Italian Sausage” are hot and sweet (or, depending on what region of the US, mild). The main difference between hot and sweet mild is the addition of hot red pepper flakes in the spice mix of
the former.
Fresh, cooked or dry sausage.
Thuringer-Style Sausage Germany
Sausages that would be made with spices and herbs found locally in the Thuringia region of Germany. Made principally of ground pork; may also include beef and veal; seasoning could included marjoram (stemless) and other herbs and spices; may be smoked or unsmoked.
Fresh or cooked sausage.
Vienna Sausage | Austria
A similar version of a frankfurter or hot dog that is smaller in diameter and usually softer in texture. Ingredients similar to frankfurters. Term most often applied to small, open end sausages packed in cans of water. These are made into 80-foot lengths and cut into two-inch portions for canning. The name, vienna-style sausage, may also be used interchangeably with wiener or frankfurter.
Cooked or smoked sausage.
Weisswurst | Germany
Means “white sausage;” made of veal
and pork; mildly spiced; links are about four inches long and plump; very perishable; sometimes cooked.
Fresh or cooked sausage.
Wiener | Austria
Both wieners and Vienna-style sausages take their names from the city of Vienna, Austria. Wiener-style, as originated, is sausage braided in groups of links. Vienna-style frankfurters are twisted into a chain of links. Terms are frequently used interchangeably with “frankfurter” or “hot dog” and formula may be the same.
Cooked, smoked or dried sausage.


Why did the frankfurter sweethearts tell the sauerkraut to get lost?

Because two’s company and three’s a kraut!


How Hot Dogs are Made: The Real Story

There are many tall tales about the way in which hot dogs are made, but the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is eager to tell the real story.

First, specially selected meat trimmings of beef and/or pork – just like the meat you buy in your grocer’s case – are cut or ground into small pieces and placed in a mixer. When poultry hot dogs are made, poultry trimmings are used.

Watch the how hot dogs are made video.

First, specially selected meat trimmings of beef and/or pork – just like the meat you buy in your grocer’s case – are cut or ground into small pieces and placed in a mixer. When poultry hot dogs are made, poultry trimmings are used.

High speed, stainless steel choppers blend the meat, spices, ice chips and curing ingredients into an emulsion or batter. The mixture is continuously weighed to assure a proper balance of all ingredients. The mixture is then pumped into an automatic stuffer/linker machine, where it flows into casings. The most popular brands of hot dogs use cellulose casings, which are later removed. Some wieners use natural casings, which remain on the wiener when it is eaten. These wieners are considered more “traditional,” are frequently made by smaller manufacturers and tend to cost a little more.Once the casings are filled, they are linked into long strands of hot dogs and moved to the smokehouse, there they are fully cooked under controlled temperature and humidity conditions. They may be hardwood smoked for added color and flavor.

After passing through the smoke and cook cycle, the hot dogs are showered in cool water. If the hot dogs were made with cellulose casings, they are sent to an automatic peeler, where the cellulose “skin” is stripped away. The individual links are then conveyed to the packaging equipment. When cellulose casings are used, the hot dogs are of exact size and weight. They are vacuum sealed in plastic films to protect the freshness and flavor of the hot dog. Because the casings on natural casings wieners are made from cleaned and processed animal intestines, they are of similar, but not exact, size.

Each package of hot dogs contains an ingredient statement, which lists everything that goes into the product. These days, it is less common to use variety meats such as hearts in hot dogs. When they are added, the package will clearly state “with variety meats.” The particular variety meat used also will be listed in the ingredient statement. Nutrition labels also are included on hot dog packages, showing calories and nutrients per serving.The entire process, from meat and poultry trimmings to being boxed and placed on the truck for delivery toretailers, can be measured in a matter of hours. The process also is carefully regulated and inspected forwholesomeness by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Hot Dog and Sausage Council


Did You Know July is a very UNLUCKY MONTH FOR WEDDINGS

Unlucky Month for Weddings - July (1)

Unlucky Month for Weddings is an annual designation observed in July

Advice on which month to marry in is given by the following rhyme:
Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true.
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden and for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see
Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last


The well-known expression, “Tie the Knot”; meaning to get married or engaged, originates from the ancient Celtic custom of Hand-fasting, in which the newly-wedded couple had their hands tied together with an Endless Knot, (or Eternity Knot) in a symbolic ritual.
Filipinos still adhere to numerous widely-held folk beliefs that have no scientific or logical basis but maybe backed-up by some past experiences (yet can be dismissed as mere coincidence). Below are just a few that concerns weddings. Some are still practiced to this day primarily because of ‘there’s nothing to lose if we comply’ attitude while the others are totally ignored for it seemed downright ridiculous. In early Filipino custom, the groom-to-be threw his spear at the front steps of his intended’s home, a sign that she has been spoken for. These days, a ring suffices as the symbol of engagement and Unity for both parties. Read on…




1. The groom must arrive first before the bride at the church, to avoid bad luck.
2. Heavy downpour on wedding day means good luck
3. EGG offerings to Santa Clara
4. Giving an arinola (CHAMBERPOT) as wedding gift is believed to bring good luck to newlyweds.
5. Broken glass and plates (by accident) during the reception brings good luck to the newlyweds.
6. The bride should step on the groom’s foot while walking towards the altar if she wants him to agree to her every whim (I will surely won’t forget this! ahahaha).
7. During the ceremony, bride must stand first just so they won’t be dominated by the groom.
8. Couple should put COIN inside their shoe for a prosperous married life. A Silver Sixpence in her Shoe is to wish the bride wealt.
9. If you marry during the Full Moon, you will have good luck and good fortune.
10. Monthly period during the wedding day is lucky, couple will have many children.
11. If it rains during the wedding, it means prosperity and happiness for the newlyweds.
12. Throwing rice confetti at the newlyweds will bring them prosperity all their life.
13. An unmarried woman who follows the footsteps (literally) of the newlyweds will marry soon.
14. On The Way to The Ceremony, It is good luck for the bride to encounter a lamb on her way to the church to get married.
15. It is good luck for the bride to encounter a Dove on her way to the church to get married; because Doves mate for live. A DOVE symbolizes love, peace, fidelity, prosperity and good luck. If a Dove is seen on your wedding day, a happy home is assured.
16. It is good luck for the bride to encounter a Frog on her way to the church to get married.
17. It is good luck for the bride to cross paths with a Black Cat on her way to the church to get married.
18. It is good fortune for the bride to see a policeman, clergyman, doctor or blind man on her way to the church.
19. If the bride sees a Rainbow on her way to the ceremony, it is a sign of good luck for the couple.
20. Sunshine on the way to the church is good luck.
21. Your marriage will be filled with good fortune if the groom happens upon a Pigeon, Wolf or Goat, on his way to the ceremony.
22. The groom should give a Coin to the first person he sees on his way to the church for good luck.
23. It is the best of luck omen for the bride to find a Spider in her gown on her wedding day.
24. A tear from the bride & goom or a child during the wedding service is considered lucky.
25 Snow on your wedding day is a sign of fertility and prosperity and a very successful Marriage
26. An Open Umbrella (in Chinese culture, the umbrella is red) over the bride will protect her from evil.
27. Finding a tear in the Wedding Veil is a Omen of Good luck!
28. Bridal Wear – Remember the old saying… “Something old something new, something borrowed something Blue.
29. Wearing a White Wedding Gown Symbolizes virginity and purity.
30. The groom is not supposed to see the bride in all her glory until she walks down the aisle on the day of their wedding.
31. At the Front Door, In order to insure Good luck, the Bride must exit with her right foot first across the threshold.
32. Finding a Spider on the Wedding Dress is a Omen of Good luck!
33. Cutting the wedding cake is now part of the celebrations at the reception. The couple make the first cut together to symbolize their shared future.
34. Blue is the Symbol of Spirituality and Faithfulness. The Bride should wear or carry something Blue to increase her luck in Marriage.
35. Sun with Showers is said to be a good luck.
36. January – A lucky Month for Marriage.
37. June – A very lucky month for Marriage.
38. If a bride cries on her wedding day, those shall be the last tears she ever sheds over her marriage.
39. As for the wedding GARTER, The groom would throw the garter to the men at the wedding and whoever caught it could expect good luck. The garter to be thrown is placed on the brides right leg, just above the knee. Often the bride chooses to wear both a garter to throw as well as a garter that she would keep.
40. For the BOUQUET, It was considered a symbol of happiness. The single woman who catches the bouquet is believed to be the next to marry.
41. Using CONFETTI was to bestow prosperity and fertility on the couple. Before the use of paper confetti, the married couple was showered with flowers, petals, rice, grains, raisins, nuts, or sweets as the couple emerged from the church.
42. It is said that the first partner who buys a new item after the wedding will be the dominant one in the relationship.
43. Superstition has it that if there is a full moon 1-2 days before the wedding, then your married life will be filled with luck and good fortune.
44. Rumor has it that couples should marry when the second-hand of the clock is going up instead of going down. For example, 2:30 pm. or 10:45 am.




1. A bride who wears PEARLS on her wedding will be an unhappy wife experiencing many heartaches and tears.
2. On the Wedding day, It is bad luck for the Bride and Groom to see each other before the Ceremony.
3. It is Bad Luck to have visible mirrors in the Ceremony area. It is Bad luck for the Bride to see herself in the mirror fully dressed before the wedding… she should leave off one item of clothing such as a shoe or something.
4. Brides shouldn’t try on her wedding dress before the wedding day or the wedding will not push through.
5. The groom who sits ahead of his bride during the wedding ceremony will be a henpecked husband.
6. Knives and other sharp and pointed objects are said to be a bad choice for wedding gifts for this will lead to a broken marriage.
7. Dropping the wedding ring, the veil or the arrhae during the ceremony spells unhappiness for the couple.
8. Don’t use peep toed shoes for the brides, it should be close shoes and the like.
9. A flame extinguished on one of the WEDDING CANDLES means the one whose candle was extinguished will die ahead of the other. To avoid this, we should use “candelabra” with deep vase for the unity candle.
10. Altar-bound couples are accident-prone and therefore must avoid long drives or traveling before their wedding day for safety.
11. Don’t try the wedding dress before the wedding
12. Don’t use flowers with thorns.
13. Don’t go to any burial ceremony before the wedding day. Also it is said a Bad Omen for the Bride or Groom to pass a funeral on the way to the Wedding.
14. SUKOB – It is considered bad luck for two siblings to marry on the same year.
15. It is bad luck for the bride to meet up with a Lizard, Funeral Procession or a Pig on her way to the church.
16. Unmarried partners should not be paired as secondary sponsors, else they will separate.
17. Single person who sits in the “KABISERA” will never marry (kaya pala bihira or wala aqng nakikitang nakaupo sa may kabisera).
18. It is bad luck for a man to encounter a Blind Person, Pregnant Woman, a Monk, or a Nun on his way to propose.
19. May – This is an unlucky Month for Marriage… this coming from Ancient Rome when May was the month for making offerings to the dead.
20. For the BRIDE to overcome Bad Omens… she should carry salt in her pocket.
21. For the GROOM to overcome Bad Omens… Carry a miniature horseshoe in your pocket.
22. A wedding conducted after sunset is believed to be irretrievably doomed, according to superstition, for not only will the couple’s life together be miserable, but they will lose their children and both go to an early grave.

Engagement Day
If it is on a Monday, for instance, they can look forward to a busy, exciting life; on Tuesday a peaceful and contented existence. Wednesday indicates a good-tempered relationship, while Thursday will able you to achieve all you wish from life. Friday is a day which will demand much hard work, but there will be rewards in time, while Saturday is a day which will give much pleasure.

Engagement Ring
It is said to be unlucky if the one which is chosen has to be altered for any reason. And should the ring wear badly or become loose before the wedding ceremony, this is an omen that the match is not going to be a happy one. It is very unlucky to lose or break an engagement ring.

Bridesmaids, of course, always hope to catch the bride’s bouquet when she throws it among them and thus ensure a wedding for themselves. It is very unlucky for a bridesmaid to stumble on her way to the altar for this is said to be a sign that she is destined to become an old maid.

Best Man
It is the best man’s duty to protect the groom from bad luck. He must ensure that once the groom has began his journey to the church he does not return for any reason. He must also arrange for the groom to carry a small mascot or charm in his pocket on the wedding day.

Bridal Shower
The roots of the customary bridal shower originated in Holland. If a Dutch bride was unfortunate enough to have her father not approve of her choice in husbands, he would not offer a dowry. Her friends would then “shower” her with gifts so she could still be married to her groom, without the help of her father. The first gift the bride opens should be the first gift she uses.

Make sure you hold on to the bows and ribbons that you untie at your bridal/wedding shower. Thread the ribbons through a paper plate (any color) and decorate the plate with all the bows to make “flowers.” On the day or night of your rehearsal, utilize your “bow”-quet in place of your real floral bouquet for good luck.

I’m on the left and you’re on the right
The bride is on the left side of the groom in Christian marriages so that the groom could have easy access to his sword to defend his bride from rival suitors.

Crossing the threshold
After the wedding the bride must enter the new marital home through the main entrance. It is traditional for the groom to carry the bride over the threshold when they enter for the first time. The reason for this is uncertain. One explanation is that the bride will be visited by bad luck if she falls when entering. An alternative is that the bride will be unlucky if she steps into the new home with the left foot first. The bride can avoid both mishaps by being carried. A third explanation is that it symbolizes the old Anglo-Saxon custom of the groom stealing his bride and carrying her off.

Wedding Night
It should always be the husband who locks the front door before going to bed, not the wife, or there will be a quarrel during the night; and superstition adds that whoever falls asleep first on this night will be the first to die.

The Honeymoon
The term “honeymoon” is thought to originate from the times when a man captured his bride. The couple would hide from the bride’s parents before marrying. The couple would remain in hiding for a further cycle of the moon after the wedding. During this period they drank honey wine.

It was thought unlucky for a woman to marry a man whose surname began with the same letter as hers. The bride should not practice writing her new name before the wedding. This was thought to bring bad luck by tempting fate.

The sentiment was summarized in the following rhyme:
To change the name and not the letter,
Is to change for the worst and not the better!

Choosing the Month and Day
Although it is unlucky to be married on your birthday, it is particularly lucky if you and your wife share the same birthday – although you must be a year or two apart. Although most weddings now take place on a Saturday it was considered unlucky in the past. Fridays were also considered unlucky particularly Friday the 13th.

The famous old rhyme advises a wedding in the first half of the week:
Monday for wealth,
Tuesday for health,
Wednesday the best day of all.
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday for no luck at all.

I’m Glad July 2016 is Ice Cream Month

Ice Cream Month

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! Butternut Crunch and Rocky Road, Napoleon and Caramel Swirl, there are hundreds of flavors of Ice Cream to sample and flavor, and the hot months of the year are perfect for indulging in this fantastic dairy delight. Since childhood this treat has defined most of our lives, with the sound of the Ice Cream man driving down the street marking some of the best moments of our lives as we ran screaming down the sidewalk, money in hand, to catch him before they got away.

History of Ice Cream Month
Ice Cream Month was established by the American Dairy association in conjunction with President Ronald Reagan and Walter Dee Huddleston, a Senator from Kentucky. On the backs of this incredibly official declaration, the Ice Cream companies began publicizing the day, encouraging people to go out and enjoy this cold delight as often as possible during the month of July. Ice Cream was first said to be created in Ancient Greece, before the idea of a refrigerator ever came to pass. The so-called “Ice Cream” was incredibly rudimentary, being a mixture of snow honey and fruit, but it was still the beginnings of a great tradition.
The first true Ice Cream was said to be introduced by Catherine de’ Medici in the 16th century. So impressed was Charles I of England (one hundred years after this introduction) that he paid to keep the formula secret, making ice cream a royal prerogative, utterly unobtainable by the common man. The first recorded recipes didn’t exist until the 18th century. Truly Ice Cream was a treat meant for the most notable of humans, and now we can all enjoy it any day of the year! Ice Cream Month encourages us to be particularly indulgent during the month of July!

How to Celebrate Ice Cream Month
Ice Cream Month has only one appropriate celebration, gorge yourself on Ice Cream at every opportunity! Ok, ok, moderation is necessary even during Ice Cream Month, but there are a bunch of different ways you can enjoy this delicious treat. It goes great with a warm apple pie, and nothing compliments a brownie better than vanilla ice cream. Maybe you prefer a nice scoop of strawberry doused in caramel topping, or that most amazing of all ice cream treats, the Ice Cream Taco! You can even take the time to make your own ice cream during Ice Cream Month and enjoy the fruits of your labour on a hot summer evening!

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2015, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 19.

About 10.3 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.

Founded in 1900, IICA is the trade association for manufacturers and distributors of ice cream and other frozen dessert products. The association’s activities range from legislative and regulatory advocacy to market research, education and training. Its 60 member companies manufacture and distribute an estimated 85 percent of the ice cream and frozen dessert products consumed in the United States. IICA is a constituent organization of IDFA.



Excuse Me but July 2016 is Cell Phone Courtesy Month

Cell Phone Courtesy Month

We all know the situation: being subjected to someone else’s conversation while in a public space. Speaking on a cell phone makes some of us forget our manners!

Celebrate Cell Phone Courtesy Month

by following these tips for cell phone etiquette.

When you are in a meeting, don’t check your phone constantly for texts and emails. Concentrate on the people you are with.

Set your cell phone to silent or vibrate when in a courtroom, theatre, or place of worship.

Don’t embarrass yourself; if you need to make a call which you know is going to get intense and emotional, save it for when you are somewhere private. The rest of the world doesn’t need to know about your relationship issues!

Finally, check your personal volume control. It’s all too easy to start yelling into your cellphone. Everyone in your vicinity will appreciate your good manners in avoiding “cell yell”!

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