It’s June. Already! And we can hear the Jamies singing that oldie but goodie, “It’s summertime, sum-sum-summertime…”
It’s a great month, when school’s out and we start giving serious thought to scheduling time off from work, either for a stay-cation or a go-away vacation, and we make sure our air conditioners are in tip-top order.
Here are just a few oddball things that happened in June:
9th -- Disney’s Donald Duck makes his debut (1934)
14th -- Walt Disney's Bambi is released (1942)
18th -- Sally Ride becomes the first woman in space. (1983)
27th -- The song "Happy Birthday to You" was first sung. (1859)
We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the day when we celebrate dear ol’ dad. Just for fun, we interviewed a few fathers about the gifts they’ve received in years past. Below, a list of some of their least favorite gifts…along with our “instead of” suggestions:
· Ties. How about a shirt and tie combo, instead!
· Things that say WORLD’S BEST DAD (like shirts, mugs, trucker caps, medals). What they’d rather have? DVDS of their favorite TV shows or movies.
· BBQ aprons that bear bright “Kiss the chef”, “King of the grill” or “the Grillfather” imprints. They say, “If it has to be BBQ related, make it a great set of tools, or some unique marinades or sauces!”
· Large bottles of aftershave/cologne. Sorry, we got nuttin’ but eye rolls when we asked that question.
· Offbeat gifts, like “the singing trout.” Dads say they’d much rather have a weekend fishing (or golf) trip.
· Stuffed dice and other things that hang from the rearview mirror. “Get me the car of my dreams!” one dad said. Yeah, replied, RIGHT! Maybe renting the car of his dreams for a day is do-able…
· Personal hygiene tools: nail clippers, nose-hair clippers, mustache trimmers. We never heard more UGHs, ICKs, and ACKs! “How about a helicopter ride over the city, instead!” the dads suggested.
We also asked for some one-of-a-kind words of wisdom; we thought these were the funniest:
> “It's ok that you're short....you're just the last one to know it's raining.”
> “One day, your generation is going to have to explain how you let Snooki happen.”
> “Two heads are better than one, even if one's a cabbage!”
> “Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut."
And what would Father’s Day be without a special recipe!
1 – 9” pie crust, pre-baked
1 quart fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch
¾ cup water
½ cup heavy whipping cream (or Cool Whip!)
1. Wash and slice strawberries
2. Arrange half of the strawberries into the pie shell
Mash remaining berries
Place in medium saucepan
Bring to a boil, stirring frequently
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water.
GRADUALLY add cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture, stirring frequently
Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened (10 minutes +/-)
Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell.
Chill several hours before serving
Top with whipped cream and enjoy!
Last, but certainly not least, we’re gifting a $15 Amazon e-gift card to the person who comments (below) with their own oddball Dad Advice!
Until next month, we’ll leave you with our wish that your summer is off to a super start!
CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. These days, Cerella divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. A Song for Rory, Book #2 in her "A Findlay Roads Story" series, is her fourth Harlequin Heartwarming novel.