Happy National Cold Cuts Day!

National Cold Cuts Day is celebrated on March 3. This day celebrates turkey, ham, roast beef, salami and all of the other deli meats that we find in the supermarket. These meats are served cold and (most often) in a sandwich. (Source)

How to write about National Cold Cuts Day:

  • What is your favorite cold cut? Why do you like it?
  • What is your least favorite cold cut? Share the reason that this is on your dislike list.
  • Share a memory of eating cold cuts. I can remember my mom serving cold cuts for lunch, using a bowl filled with small pieces of bologna and cheese. (I think that’s why bologna repulses me.)
  • Do you still eat cold cuts? Is there a special event (like Super Bowl) when cold cuts are part of your celebration?

DIY Failure (Dog-related)

We’ve recently encountered some doggie behavioral issues that – in my usual do-it-yourself manner – I tried to solve on my own. I read about dog behavior problems, scoured YouTube, and even purchased a dog training video series. Despite my investment in time and money, our dog was not getting the message and the issues persisted.

Finally I made an appointment with a dog trainer. Within a few minutes of observing our dog, she identified a problem that wasn’t obvious to me. More to the point, she gave my husband and I clear direction on how to solve our problems. It’s only been a week, but we already have a more confident dog and a happier home life. In hindsight, both the canine and human members of our family would have been better off if I’d sought professional help earlier.

Today, write about a DIY failure. What did you try to do on your own? Why did you decide that you needed professional help?

Reviewed: Making Peace with Your Adult Children

I read many parenting books when my children were young and figured I was done with this genre. Nope. I discovered there are challenges with adult children too, as I redefine my role from the all-powerful mother and they insist on living their own lives!

This book covers many aspects of parenting adults – from mundane problems (such as them not returning phone calls) to more difficult issues (such as substance abuse). The author uses lots of examples. She has a gentle tone and solid, do-able advice. She also describes situations from both the parent and the child’s perspective … so you gain some understanding of the pressures felt by your child. Dr. McCoy also describes how to frame your opinions so that they don’t sound critical.

Not only did this help me think about my relationship with my children, but it also helped to gain a new perspective on my relationship with my parents and in-laws. I think that this is an extremely valuable book for anyone who has adult children or is an adult seeking more understanding about their parents.

Happy National Tile Day

National Tile Day will be observed for the first time on February 23, 2017. The holiday was created by Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America. The purpose of National Tile Day is to recognize the beauty of tile and showcase its benefits in residential and commercial design. (Source)

How to write about National Tile Day:

  • If you are a tile manufacturer, describe the manufacturing process. Highlight some of your most beautiful tiles and explain where they come from.
  • If you are a contractor, explain how to properly install tile. What mistakes do people make?
  • If you are a designer, describe the benefits of tile and where they can be used in a home or office.
  • If you are a historian, showcase some of your favorite historical tiles and where they are located.
  • If you are a home owner, describe your experience choosing tiles. What were you looking for? What motivated you to select a particular material and design?