Wiggle Your Toes Day, Fresh Breath Day, Root Beer Float Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno ♥~★~★~♥ ~
August 6, 2013


 ★~ Today’s Quote: “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” ~ Lucille Ball

★~Wiggle Your Toes Day:


I wiggle my toes every day, and here’s the reason why: I could be in a coma right now and not even know it! If I am in a coma, my quality of life is pretty good, and I want to give the people who are caring for me a reason not to pull the plug, so I wiggle my toes. Odd, I know, but really, a toe-wiggle is such a little thing.

★~ Fresh Breath Day: 

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Holy Halitosis! Grab some breath mints and celebrate fresh breath day!

The origins of the breath mint can be traced back to the Egyptians.  It seems their teeth suffered badly from the sand and grit resulting from stone-grinding their flour, and since dentists were not yet an option, decayed, odorous mouths were common. Breath mints were made by boiling together frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon and honey. The solids were then fashioned into pellets and voila fresh breath!

If your pantry is low on frankincense, and myrrh, Mento’s  are an excellent breath mint option!

★~ Root Beer Float Day:

While Oysters should only be celebrated once a year, I think  it’s perfectly fine to celebrate different  ice cream floats all summer.

After all, What’s better than an ice-cold root beer on a summer day? Nothing. Smooth vanilla ice cream, coppery root beer, and frothy foam have made the root beer float an all-American classic. Root beer has been manufactured, bottled, and sold since 1880, and the story they’re sticking to is that the root beer float (sometimes referred to as “a black cow”) was invented 13 years later. Looking out the window late one night in Cripple Creek, Colorado, Frank Wisner caught a glimpse the snow atop nearby Cow Mountain, illuminated by the light of the full moon.  The view inspired him to float a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of his glass of root beer. The tasty treat was tremendously popular with the town’s children, who then called it a “black cow.”

A&W is offering free root beer floats to customers for a donation to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.  Click  to find an A&W location close to you

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1926 – Nineteen-year-old Gertrude Ederle from New York became the first woman to swim the English Channel and she picked this day to do it. She accomplished the feat in 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking the men’s record by 2 hours.

♥~ 1980 –  On General Hospital Luke and Laura spent a romantic evening locked inside Wyndham’s department store.

♥~ 1992 –  Harold Russell, going against the wishes of the Motion Picture Academy, sold his Oscar statuette for $60,500 to pay for his wife’s eye surgery. He had won the award in 1947 for The Best Years of Our Lives. It was the first Oscar to be sold.

★~ Born Today:

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♥~ 1809 – Alfred Tennyson England’s Poet Laureate [1850]: The Charge of the Light Brigade, In Memoriam, The Lady of Shalott, The Lotuseaters, The Idylls of the King, Maud, Enoch Arden, Locksley Hall Sixty Years After; died Oct 6, 1892

♥~ 1911 – Lucille Ball Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: I Love Lucy [1952, 1953], The Lucy Show [1966-67, 1967-68], 12th Annual Atlas Governor’s Award [1988-89]; The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour, Yours, Mine and Ours, Mame; died April 26, 1989

♥~ 1917 – Robert Mitchum actor: The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Cape Fear, A Family for Joe, African Skies, Night of the Hunter, The Story of G.I. Joe; commercials: “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.”; died July 1, 1997

♥~ 1928 – Andy Warhol (Warhola) filmmaker, pop artist: Campbell Soup; “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”;died Feb 22, 1987

★~ Good to Know: Tip Tuesday


♥~ DVD Scratches: If the disk is skipping, rub a banana over it to seal the scratches and keep the DVD playing. Remember to wipe it off before you stick it back in.

♥~  Wood Scratches:  Rub a walnut on scratches in your favorite wood furniture pieces to make those blemishes less noticeable.

♥~  Save Ink: Whenever possible, print in Times New Roman. You’ll get more pages out of a cartridge than you will printing in heavier fonts like Arial or Verdana.

♥~ Concierge quest:  Lost or bored in a new city? Call up the concierge at a local upscale hotel. They’ll give you insider tips and answers to questions that only locals can answer.

♥~ Motion Sickness Pop a couple of olives in your mouth if you start to feel the effects of motion sickness. They have tannins that dry up the saliva that makes you feel like you’re going to throw-up. It worked for me.

♥~  Grilled Cheese: Put bread and cheese in the toaster sideways. It makes a DIY toaster oven that makes great, crunchy grilled cheese sandwiches.

♥~ Popsicles:  Place a muffin tin liner on the bottom of your popsicle. It will catch the drips and keep your fingers from getting sticky.

♥~  Grocery Bags: Don’t let those plastic handles dig into your fingers. Thread a small, hard item through the handles and hold that instead.

♥~  White Boards: Accidentally wrote on the white board with permanent marker? Scribble over it with dry erase marker and it will erase right off.

♥~ White Boards: Hang one near the door and write your “Do not forget,” on it.

♥~ Plane Tickets: Buy your plane tickets in the middle of the week to save on air fare.. Ticket vendors jack up the prices on the weekend to trap vacationers who make impulse ticket purchases.

♥~  Alarm Clocks: Does your son’s phone alarm drive you crazy? The one they don’t hear or rise and shine too? Call them. It will turn the alarm off and might keep you from killing them.


I Love Lucy’s birthday would not be complete without a clip from one of my favorite episodes:


Wishing everyone a terrific Tuesday! Don’t forget to wiggle your toes!

Odd Loves Company!

18 thoughts on “Wiggle Your Toes Day, Fresh Breath Day, Root Beer Float Day

  1. Morno,
    I’ve always been a tic tac guy, but I’ll give mentos a try. We don’t have an AW around here but a root beer float sounds tasty. I had a Guinness beer float at a b-q a few weeks ago and it was surprisingly good.
    Happy to wiggle my toes. Your reason for doing it is compelling.
    Lucy was a funny lady.
    Have a good one.

    • I had a taste of Guinness beer float and it was actually pretty good.
      Trust me, you can’t wiggle your toes to often. Really.
      Hope you had a terrific day!

  2. Wiggling my toes like crazy —i am not in a coma!! Yippee!!! Love root beer floats and have great memories of my daddy making them as a treat for us as kids. Now that is a great memory today!!! Thanks!!! Have a fabulous day!

  3. My kids will be e-mailing you thank you cards today! We always celebrate float day and there is an A&W a couple miles from us. Perfect place to head after an early dinner.
    Wiggled my toes and noticed I’m badly in need of a pedi. Love mentos and the commercials are great.
    My kids watch Lucy in reruns and giggle and laugh like crazy. She was an original funny lady.
    Cheers to a terrific day!

    • Hope you had a wonderful rootbeer float day! Now, schedule a pedi and I will too! I noticed the same thing.
      Glad Lucy still makes the kids laugh.

  4. I like Altoids, but Mentos would be my 2nd choice. Nothing worse than having bad breath.
    A round of A&W floats sounds like a great idea. The kids always want ice cream after camp, and I usually say it’s too close to dinner but tonight I am going to be the FUN Mom.
    Thanks for the tips. Especially the white board tip.
    Have a great day.

    • The FUN Mom! Yes! Go for it. That white board tip has saved many a white board in my house but it does depend somewhat on the markers. It doesn’t always come completely clean. Always worth a shot, tho!

  5. Miss me?? I’ve been AWOL for a few days and despite being extremely busy playing catch up with work, here I am, visiting your blog!

    Haven’t had a root beer float in ages — must remedy that!

    Love the ‘Lucy’ in the chocolate factory segment — what wit!

    • YES! I was going to e-mail today! Glad you are back. Wit! A perfect way to describe Lucy.
      Glad you were back in the neighborhood!

    • I’m drinking a float as I type. I spent an hour on You Tube watching old I Love Lucy clips, laughing the whole time. So silly and so funny!

  6. not sure how i missed this one….especially on root beer float day! sometime this week.
    altoids spearmint is my go to mint.
    part of the achilles surgery included a tendon transfer from my big toe (i know, tmi). am still able to wiggle the toe along with the other toes!
    classic lucy episode! she was crazy…..

    • Actually, rather interesting in a good to know sort of way. I am very glad that you can still wiggle it tho!
      Altoids do the job.
      Cheers to your root beer float whenever you enjoy it!

  7. I always wiggle my toes.. Now get this….last Monday went with my dancers to McDonalds after class to have a chat fest and a drink. I asked for a Rootbeer float,and they told me they didn’t make them… I gasped and said “You don’t make them”?. No, she said. I said, “And why not?”. She couldn’t answer that question. So I asked her if they had ice cream, she said yes, and Do you have rootbeer. Yes again. I said, “Give me a glass of Rootbeer and a dish of ice cream and I’ll make my own, which I did. Now I will never go to Mac’s again!! Pretty sad when you have to make your own RB float, wouldn’t you say??

    • OMG how ridiculous is that? So sad that employees are instructed to follow a script and not to think or problem solve. Surely she knew how to make a float even if it wasn’t on the menu board. Sheesh. If only she was encouraged to use her brain to satisfy a customer she could have made you happy, and your group would have come back again. We should write a letter!

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