I've been holed up this weekend. Trying to stay indoors and as far from the suns surface out my door, where it was over 110F.
When did I move to Phoenix? Or Las Vegas?!
These hot temps were absolute madness.
So instead or enjoying the outdoors and being active (which is something I tend to enjoy and at most times prefer) I've stayed indoors and made bookings, shopped and stuff like that! LOL
My most recent outdoor adventure was along the Beautiful and Rugged Coast of Oregon. Consider this a little sampling, as we will be sharing with you as one of our mini road-trip Friday features.
For now please enjoy some of the sights from the Gorgeous Oregon Coast:
AND now for SOME IDEAS on how to celebrate
National Teddy Bear Day on Wednesday, September 9th.
1) Share some of your favorite Teddy Bear characters from a time gone by. Are they recent interpretations of the lovable creature? Or do you have an affinity for the classic Teddy Bear? 2) Other ways to celebrate include:
3) Giving a Teddy Bear to someone you love.
4) Donate Teddy Bears to a local organization for children.
5) Host a Teddy Bear tea party with your children.
6) Go to a Teddy Bear Museum.
There are Teddy Bear museums located all over the world. And one happens to be one right here in SoCal, up in Santa Barbara.
The Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum & Library - where you will find the largest collection of dolls & teddy bears in 150 display cases and the largest research library of related books in the world.
Sounds like a cool road trip stop to me!!
Anyhow, my stomach is growling and I must go find a bite.
I'll catch you back here on Wednesday,
Happy Labor Day! What a super beautiful weekend we are having here on Long Island!
So, remember I told you that I wanted to get back in my groove of walking 3-5 miles each day? Well, this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, I managed to walk 3 miles each day. While I would have liked to do more, I'm just pleased with my consistency!
Today, I'll try to bump it up to 4 miles and get a bit higher each day.
My "to do" list just keeps growing for this week! I managed to do everything on my list by noon today - -
* Ace Hardware - for disposable masks.
(boy these things are expensive!!! - but the kids needs them for school)
* The French Workshop in Garden City - for a few fresh and delicious large baguettes
(I wont lie - me and Kelsey tore off a piece of one while driviing home.)
* Paint a few miscellaneous furniture items
I brought two pieces with me to the new house that I decided would work in my new office, provided I painted them each a different color. One is a small end table with three drawers, formerly dark brown which will now be a soft blueish-green. The other is a wooden in box, which I painted beige.
(I'll follow up on this during the next few weeks with a photo of my finished Den. We are still in the process of assembling our new desk, awaiting our area rug and hanging some lovely travel water colors on the wall. When it is completely decorated, I'll share some photos with you!!)
* Sent in Kelsey's Physical Exam Form to her new High School
Whew!! Now I can move on to the topics of the day.
Celebrating Labor Day
When we think of Labor Day, it is typically associated with the last official day of summer and the kids and teachers heading back to school.
But, do you know how this holiday actually began?
1. Dedicated to the American Worker
Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
2. Celebrated in September
This holiday is always celebrated on the first Monday in September.
3. First Celebrated American Labor Day
The First Labor Day celebration was on Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City.
4. Events of the First Labor Day
More of a demonstration rather than a celebration, the first Labor Day had more than 10,000 citizens marching down the streets of Manhattan for labor rights.
5. The Evolution of the Eight-Hour Work Day
It was not until September 3, 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act that established our modern day eight-hour work day. Prior to this time, the average American worked 12 hours a day, six days a week.
6. A Machinist is credited with Proposing a Holiday to Celebrate the American Worker
It is still widely disputed as to who should be credited with proposing a special holiday for the American worker. Recent research indicates that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.
7. Oregon is the First State to Make Labor Day an Official Holiday
In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make Labor Day an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.
Did you know that this week - Wednesday, September 9th to be exact - is National Teddy Bear Day!!
In fact, what it really celebrates is the history of the Teddy Bear.
Here is the official history of the Teddy Bear, according to NationalDayCalendar.com, "In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi. The incident made national news. Clifford Berryman published a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902, and the caricature became an instant classic."
What came next set the trend for creating one of the most popular children's toys of all time.
The Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a brand new toy, for which he wrote to President Roosevelt to ask permission to name his new toy inspiration, "Teddy Bear."
Pretty cool stuff!!
Tanya and I wanted to give you some inspiration on HOW to celebrate National Teddy Bear this Wednesday. Check out her side for a full list.
As for me, I would strongly suggest planning a visit to the Long Island home of former President Roosevelt, Sagamore Hill, which is now part of the National Parks Service. It is also a National Historic Site and designated on the U.S. Register of Historical Places.
Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, lived in the beautiful Victorian house from 1885 until his death in 1919. During Roosevelt's time in office, his "Summer White House" was the focus of international attention and a wonderful piece of American history.
Like so many places these days, Sagamore Hill Historic Site, which includes both The Theodore Roosevelt Home and Old Orchard Museum on the grounds is currently closed. However, the official Sagamore Hill website is quite a resource for reading about this Long Island destination and has a number a wonderful virtual tour available for viewing, which makes for a great activity for National Teddy Bear Day!!
Have an amazing Labor Day!!