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What’s on Your Calendar?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 3, 2014

“What’s on Your Calendar?” by Linda Martin Andersen

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On the first day of the month (yes, I’m late), I post about special calendar dates you may want to celebrate. This summer, I didn’t get to take a vacation; so I decided to take one  in my mind–a trip down Memory Lane to recall earlier vacations.  I thought I’d share a few things I have posted on my calendar for this month and ask you about special celebrations you have planned.  Here’s my list:

Special Things I’ll Do This Month:

  • Visit the Duke Chapel in Durham, NC (date to be determined)
  • Eat fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Be a daily caregiver
  • Prepare a query to send two agents for a picture book manuscript
  • Recall memories of  favorite vacations I’ve taken–a road trip across the US as a child and later as an adult.  I’ve also been to the mountains, to the beach, to Disney World, amusement parks, and to Canada.  I will recall who was on the trip, my favorites memories including funny ones, disappointing ones, and others that stand out.  Maybe I’ll visit a different place each day.  Sounds like fun.  Maybe you’d like to try it too.

Special Days on My Calendar in August

  • August 4–Daughter-in-law’s birthday
  • August 17–older son’s birthday
  • Any day a friend calls, emails, or comes to visit
  • August 26–the day our grandsons return to school
  • Attend doctor appointments with my husband

What’s on Your Calendar for August?  I hope you’ll share about it here.  Special days you may want to consider celebrating: 

Special Weeks–
International Tree Climbing Days: 1-5 (I bet this brings back memories)
National Farmers’ Market Week: 3-9 (Have you ever grown a garden?  Tell about it.  Try something new.  Consider a fruit or vegetable you’ve never tasted.)

Special Days–

Smithsonian Day:  10 (Have you been?  What was a favorite display?)

Tug-of-War Day:  27 (When was the last time you played?  Do you remember a movie or television show showing a tug-of-war scene?)

National Toasted Marshmallow Day:  30 (Where did you have your last toasted marshmallow?)


  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month (Do you know a child entering kindergarten?  What do you remember from kindergarten?)

What if your teacher asks you about what you did this summer and you want to tell about a vacation trip, but you didn’t get to take one.  Consider telling about a vacation trip you recall from an earlier year. 


Thanks for visiting.  Please share the ways you will celebrate August.  For other special days this month, visit http://www.brownielocks.com/august.html


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17 Responses to “What’s on Your Calendar?”

  1. On August 16th my husband and I will celebrate 28 years together. Probably by eating barbecue with our grandkids! I appreciate how your month is full of your love for your husband. So evident.

  2. Kathleen said

    I love watching for the first firefly to come out. I haven’t done too much of that this summer. So one night I would like to do that with my daughter and husband. Thank you for getting us thinking on how to enjoy our August!

  3. Love your calendar entries each month, Linda. Scotty is feeling stronger each day, I hope.

    • Hi Sarah,
      I’m so glad you enjoy the monthly calendar entries. Thanks for letting me know. Scotty is doing well. A little set-back; so new meds are now at work. He’ll move forward again. Thanks for checking on us. Thanks for visiting and for commenting. Always good to hear from you.

  4. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Thank you for giving us many fun things to do during August. Remembering past vacations is a great way to put pleasant pictures in your mind.

    I am proud that you are submitting a manuscript this month. Hip Hip Hooray.


    • Hi Joan,
      Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed the suggestion to recall past vacations this month. I also appreciate your encouragement to submit a manuscript soon. You are a good friend and fellow writer.

  5. Hi Linda, your list August sounds wonderful. I needed a reminder to eat better. I’m back to tutoring, and missing my time off. 😦
    Enjoy the birthdays in your family. You visited Canada, eh? (Eh, is what we Canadians say all the time. And where did you visit?

  6. Janis said

    We had a short trip to Asheville and stayed at the Grove Park Inn for the very first time. It was a good way to celebrate my birthday and a big anniversary. So, we started the trip July 30 and stayed through the 1st of August.

    We also attended the Mountain Music and Dance Festival. This was a great summerr get away.

    • Janis,
      I’ve never stayed at Grove Park Inn, but I have been to a conference there. The stone walls on the grounds called me to rest and enjoy the distant views. What a grand place. I’m so glad you got to experience it for your birthday and anniversary celebration. Mountain music and dance sounds like a terrific way to spend time away from home. So happy for you. Thanks for sharing your summer outings.

  7. I love Toast Marshmallow Day! The last one I had was when my, then 2 year old, grandson almost hit me in the face with a flaming marshmallow, so I ate it. At which point he exclaimed, “Hey, Gampa ate my mossmellow!” It was the best roasted marshmallow ever!

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