Peculiar People, Eagles, Houseplants, Energy Efficiency, and Bittersweet Chocolate.

January 10, 2021 at 11:34 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Every day is a holiday. Therefore, there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin.

Good morning oddballs. Today is Sunday, January 10, 2021.  It is the 10th day of the year and 355 days remain.

Peculiar People Day

Peculiar People Day is celebrated every year on January 10th. It celebrates those people who are just a little out of sync with everyone else – you know, anyone who is odd, un-ordinary, extraordinary, unusual, strange, uncommon, intriguing, different, abnormal, a little quirky, or those whose elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.
It has never been normal people who set the world in motion. When change occurs, it is always because of someone who refuses to accept things as they are. They challenge established ideas and overturn the concepts that define a ‘normal life’. Peculiar people challenge the status quo and refuse to accept the concept that doing something out of the ordinary is a bad thing. Whether it is the way they dress, the way they act, or their views on life, peculiar people stand out wherever they go – and they are never boring.
Celebrating Peculiar People Day gives you the opportunity to recognize and appreciate the ‘odd ducks’ in your life – and judging from the people I know, I’m going to be really busy today.

National Save the Eagles Day 

National Save the Eagles Day is celebrated each year on January 10th. This holiday started as a way to save a specific pair of bald eagles and to raise awareness about the species, however, it has now grown to encompass all species of eagles.
Eagles are the largest raptors (birds of prey), with the exception of some species of vultures. There are approximately 60 different species of eagles in the world. Most of the species are found in Eurasia and Africa. North, Central, and South America and Australia only account for about 14 of the 60 species, and Hawaii has no species of eagles at all. Bald and golden eagles are the only two species of eagles that are native to North America, although the Steller’s sea eagles and white-tailed eagles occasionally find their way to North America from Eurasia by following the Aleutian Islands to Alaska, where they sometimes nest.
Throughout history, the majestic eagle has appeared in both mythology and heraldry and has been recognized as a symbol of power, courage, freedom, and immortality for centuries. Sadly, many species of eagles were on the brink of extinction in the latter part of the 20th Century. However, through the Herculean efforts of some eco-scientists and good stewardship of both public and private lands, many of these endangered species are now beginning to thrive once again. The Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States, is a prime example. Through conservation efforts, they have made a resurgence and were removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife as of June 2007. However, we still must remain vigilant. We don’t want them on the brink of extinction again.
To celebrate National Save the Eagles Day, learn more about eagles. If you can visit your local aviary or zoo if they have an eagle exhibit and view them up close.

Houseplant Appreciation Day

Houseplant Appreciation Day is celebrated every year on January 10th. It was established by The Gardener’s Network to remind people of the benefits of houseplants. With the end of the holiday season, sometimes our homes can seem a bit gloomy, and this holiday provides the perfect opportunity to brighten them up again with a little color.
House plants are therapeutic and add a little ambiance to any home, and some houseplants can even be functional. Aloe Vera grows quite well indoors and is perfect for treating minor cuts and bruises, helping to moisturize skin, and healing minor burns. Also, you can grow a small herb garden on your kitchen window sill and have fresh herbs close at hand when preparing your meals. Flowering plants add color and fragrance to your home. In addition, through the process of photosynthesis, house plants remove some of the carbon dioxides in your house and replace them with oxygen, which will make your house seem less ‘stuffy’.
To celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day, take an inventory of the plants in your house. How many are ornamental, and how many are functional? Are any of them withering and in need of replacement? If so, this is the time to replace them.

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day is celebrated each year on January 19th. As the name implies, it urges you to take steps to cut down your energy costs.
Energy is a finite resource, yet it has become essential to almost every aspect of our lives. From our television(s) to our computer(s) to your furnace, to a majority of our kitchen appliances and to that electric blanket that keeps us cozy at night, we rely on energy to make our lives more comfortable and convenient. And, with energy prices soaring, it is more important than ever to try to reduce our energy costs.
Below is a list of the easiest and least expensive ways to reduce energy costs in your home.

  • Turn off the television, radio, and/or computer when not in use.
  • Close the window blinds/curtains when it’s very warm or extremely windy/cold.
  • Wait until the dishwasher or washing machine/dryer is full before you start a new load.
  • Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth.
  • Install low-flow showerheads to help save water.
  • Fix those leaky/dripping faucets and running toilets.
  • Turn down the temperature settings on your fridge and/or water heater.
  • Switch out those old light bulbs and replace them with modern energy-efficient bulbs.
  • Unplug items and appliances that you are not using. They still draw current even when not in use.
  • If you have drafty windows or doors, recaulk or install new weather-stripping.

To celebrate National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, look around your home and try to find ways to cut your energy costs. Are you doing any of the suggestions listed above? Can you think of any other ways to reduce your energy costs? If so, share them in the comments of this post.

Bittersweet Chocolate Day 

Bittersweet Chocolate Day is celebrated annually on January 10th. If you are a regular reader of my posts, you know that there is at least one chocolate-related holiday every month. This holiday is the first one of this year. As you might suspect, it celebrates bittersweet chocolate and urges us to try some today.
Bittersweet chocolate is a slightly-sweetened form of dark chocolate made with cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla. Unlike milk chocolate or white chocolate, it does not contain any milk solids. According to FDA standards, bittersweet chocolate must contain at least 35% chocolate liquor (a non-alcoholic liquid produced from cocoa beans).
Consuming bittersweet chocolate in moderation on a daily basis is actually quite good for you. All variations of dark chocolate contain antioxidants that lower blood pressure and help protect your heart. This link will take you to a website that will tell you everything you need to know about the different types of chocolate.
So, in moderation, you can still include a little bittersweet chocolate in your diet today in celebration of Bittersweet Chocolate Day. I plan on having tonight’s ration of bittersweet chocolate with hot milk – and some of those little marshmallows.

Below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention.

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