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JUNE 8, 2020 | BEST FRIENDS DAY | NATIONAL UPSY DAISY DAY | NATIONAL NAME YOUR POISON DAY

BEST FRIENDS DAY – June 8

BEST FRIENDS DAY

On June 8th, honor your closest and dearest friend on Best Friends Day.  

The relationship between best friends is often fierce and can withstand distance, storms and silence. Whether we’ve known them all our lives or they are more recently acquired, best friends make tough times bearable, fun times memorable, and memorable times priceless.  

When it comes to best friends, they run the gamut. They may be exactly like us or our complete opposite. According to a Pew Research poll, 98% of teens have one or more close friends. And 78% of them say they have one to five close friends. (Pew 2018) However, as we move into adulthood, our friendship-making ability changes, along with our priorities.

Whether our best friends are from childhood or later in life varies. But one thing is sure: best friends smooth over the rough edges in life and make the rest of it quite interesting.

No matter how many best friends surround you, get together and celebrate the day!

HOW TO OBSERVE #BestFriendsDay

Celebrate the day by letting your best friends know how much they mean to you! Far or near, send a note or invite them for a chat or dinner. Share a memory or two. Use #BestFriendsDay to post on social media.

BEST FRIENDS DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this friendship holiday. In the meantime, explore these other friendly holidays:

  • Friends Of Libraries Week
  • International Day Of Friendship
  • World Hello Day
  • Better Conversations WeekNATIONAL UPSY DAISY DAY – June 8

    NATIONAL UPSY DAISY DAY

    Each year on June 8th, National Upsy Daisy Day is set aside to encourage you to face the day positively and to get up ‘gloriously, gratefully and gleefully’ each morning.

    Every day is a gift and if we remember that as we rise each morning, it will help us carry a good attitude throughout the day, whatever the day may bring us. Life is full of challenges and bumps in the road, and it is our attitude that helps us over the bumps and through the challenges to move onward with a smile.

    Give it a try. Be grateful and thankful for what you do have such as a bed to sleep in, food to eat, friends, and family. Try a smile and see how it feels. It may surprise you that it feels good on the inside also and how other people will smile back. You may just brighten up their day!  Upsy Daisy!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #UpsyDaisyDay

    There are several ways to celebrate this fun holiday.

    • Leave an anonymous note encouraging someone to have a great day.
    • Make a donation to a food pantry or your favorite charity. It doesn’t matter if it’s large or small. Every little bit helps.
    • Give to yourself! Start a savings account or jar for a rainy day.
    • Call a friend you’ve not spoken to in a while. Let them know you’ve been thinking about them. Take time to catch up with them.

    Use #UpsyDaisyDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL UPSY DAISY DAY HISTORY

    Stephanie West Allen created National Upsy Daisy Day in 2003. Her desire in creating the celebration was to make humor, laughter, and a positive attitude part of the Upsy Daisy Day way.

    NATIONAL NAME YOUR POISON DAY – June 8

    NATIONAL NAME YOUR POISON DAY

    National Name Your Poison Day on June 8th each year recognizes the important decisions we make. Over the years, bartenders have been known to use the phrase, “name your poison,” when asking patrons what they would like to drink. This observance celebrates that phrase and is also a way to commemorate any big decisions or choices we make. 

    Decisions come in all shapes and forms. Whether they are difficult or easy ones, we make them all the time. Even the most inconsequential choices may cause us to scratch our heads. From the clothes we choose to wear in the morning or an item to order from a menu to those bigger decisions like who to vote for at election time, we make decisions big and small. 

    And while most of them don’t seem to be very poisonous, sometimes all our options leave a bad taste in our mouth. While the origin of the phrase “name your poison” is unknown, many believe its first use referred to making choices from a poor collection of options. It suggests no matter whichever selection was made would be a bad one. Hence, the word “poison” in the phrase.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NameYourPoisonDay

    Have you ever had a choice to make where no option seemed to point to a good outcome? Which poison did you pick? Decisions, decisions. We all have to make them. Share your decision-making skills by using #NameYourPoisonDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL NAME YOUR POISON DAY HISTORY

    Our research was unable to locate the creator and the origin of National Name Your Poison Day.

On Deck for June 9, 2020

Recipe of the Day

DIPPING SAUCE (6 varieties)

Sweet Sriracha Dipping 

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Spicy Tomato Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon sriracha

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

BBQ Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Cheesy Dip

  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 1/2 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1/4 quarter cup milk and flour over medium heat. Stir in remaining milk and salt. Bring to a boil and stir frequently. Reducing heat to low, simmer for 2 minutes, allowing rue to thicken. Stir constantly. Remove from heat and add cheese and pepper. Stir until cheese is smooth and creamy. Best if served warm. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Avocado Dipping Sauce

  • 2 large avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 small jalapeño, chopped.
      • NOTE: For a spicier dip, include seeds and pith in recipe. For a milder dip, remove seeds and pith in recipe.
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Scoop the avocado meat into a food processor or blender. Add remaining ingredients. Process until sauce is creamy, scraping sides as needed. Place in a serving dish and enjoy. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

A MOSQUITO SPEAKS OUT

By Charlene James-Duguid

“It’s always my fault.
If they didn’t scratch, the itch
Would subside quickly.
You see I really don’t have
Much power, the irritation
Goes away.”

With that,
Mosquito found another victim,
Juicy four year old
Out to capture fireflies.

“Yum, yum yum, can’t wait.
When they call you
Sweetness, Be assured they really
Mean it.”

He approaches in fighter-bomber mode
Nears, prepares, and BAM,
A hidden barrier knocks
Him off target.

“Drat, I thought those home remedies
We’re out of style.
Look what that stuff
Did to my stinger,
Damaged for life.”

“I’m not a menace, let’s make peace.
Why am I the culprit when you know
How good they taste, naming them Sweetness,
Candi, and Honey. Splendid names.”

“Truce, truc, tru, tr, t. ………”

With that Mosquito met his Maker.

Charlene James-Duguid
Amissville, Virginia
July 18, 2028

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