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June 20, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~Celia Thaxter
★~ Reminder: Today is the last day of Spring. The longest day of the year — the summer solstice — is almost here. On June 21 2014, at 5:51 am CDT, the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth will reach its point of greatest inclination to the Sun. Time to plan those beach or backyard picnics!
★~ Ice Cream Soda Day:
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream (soda)! And what better way to celebrate the last day of Spring than with a cold, creamy ice cream soda. El Morno friend Carol it’s your day! Cheers.
Dating all the way back to 1874, ice cream sodas were first invented by Robert Green, who, as legend has it, ran out of cream for the flavored soda he was making. With nothing left but some vanilla ice cream, Green decided to add it to the drink instead – and voila, the ice cream soda was born!
Sounds delicious, right? My Ice Cream Soda of choice is a rootbeer float (Brown Cow), but you might want to float your boat with one of these fine choices…
★~ Take Your Dog To Work Day
A dog named Roscoe P. Coltrane drinks from one of the dog-friendly drinking fountains at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle.(Photo: Amazon)
Dog owners at some businesses won’t have to leave their furry friends at home Friday, when “Take Your Dog to Work Day” marks its 16th anniversary.
Pet Sitters International (PSI) started the event in 1999 to “celebrate the great companions dogs make and encourage their adoptions.”
Fewer than 300 companies participated in the inaugural event, but involvement has grown each year and more than 300,000 visitors explored the event’s website, , this year, said PSI spokeswoman Beth Stultz.
Companies including Procter & Gamble, Amazon and Google are among a few of the big names to welcome pets into the office not just once a year, but every day.
“Having pets in the office boosts morale,” said Julie Franklin, P&G Communications specialist. “It’s a definite stress-reliever. It makes our employees healthier and calmer, which means they’re much more productive.”
A report released by Wellness Natural Pet Food last week shows that bringing your four-legged friend to the office — cats, too — can actually make you healthier and happier.
The report found that 62% of dog and cat owners say they get more exercise because of their pets, and 81% say pets alleviate their stress. Studies funded by the National Institutes of Health also suggest that having a dog can improve cardiovascular health and increase physical activity.
Although only 12% of dog owners can bring their dogs to the office on a regular workday, 48% say they would if they could, according to the Wellness report.
Dr. Al Townshend, staff veterinarian at Wellness Natural Pet Food, said that being able to bring your pet to work benefits both pet and owner.
“It’s an enhancement of the total benefit that pets bring to our lives,” said Townshend.
Elizabeth Bellanti, who works with marketing and social media at Tito’s Handmade Vodka and helped start the dog-culture there 11 years ago, said that having her dog by her desk is “a huge comfort.”
“It’s in our DNA — we’re meant to be together,” said Bellanti.
Townshend emphasized that preparation is necessary to make a pet-filled workplace productive and recommended that dog owners come with a leash, treats and bowls for food and water.
Pet-friendly accommodations don’t hurt, either.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1950 – Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants for a $6,000 bonus. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ would play most of his career for the Giants — in both New York and San Francisco — becoming a baseball legend
♥~ 1969 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix earned the biggest paycheck ever paid (to that time) for a single concert appearance. Hendrix was paid $125,000 to appear for a single set at the Newport Jazz Festival.
♥~ 1975 – The movie Jaws was released
♥~ 1949 – Lionel Richie musician: tenor sax, songwriter, singer: group: Commodores: ASCAP Nashville Country Songwriter Award: Three Times a Lady ; solo: Truly, All Night Long [All Night], Hello, Say You Say Me
♥~ 1952 – John Goodman actor: Roseanne, The Flintstones, The Babe, King Ralph, Born Yesterday, Matinee, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, Blues Brothers 2000, What Planet Are You From?, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
♥~ 1967 – Nicole (Mary) Kidman Academy Award-winning actress [The Hours (2003)]: Days of Thunder, Far and Away, Malice, Batman Forever, Billy Bathgate, The Portrait of a Lady, Eyes Wide Shut, Practical Magic, Moulin Rouge
★~ Good to Know: Such a clever idea! This Dutch store lets you test toilet paper they sell
Rainy Day in Chicago and COOL. Since I am still working out ac issues the cooler temperatures have been a godsend. I’m going to sneak a walk in with Rascal before it starts a to rain again and work the kinks out.
Rootbeer float for me today and I hope you toast the upcoming Summer Solstice with your favorite ice cream soda too!
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