On Elephant-Relaxation Monday

Welcome back to the beginning of a new week. Did you have a productive weekend? Did you get a chance to do anything fun?

Our weekend was full – an evening of ballroom, 18 holes of golf in my league’s annual outing, a quick trip to the casino to spend free money and register for a drawing, a walk in a park, visiting a new Menard’s store (a Home Depot on steroids), and ending with a community orchestra concert. Whew!

Get your planner ready to record these celebratory events for the upcoming week. Weird Contest Week and Elvis Week can be saluted each and every day. Here are your daily events: (Mon) World Elephant Day, Sewing Machine Day, and Vinyl Record Day: (Tues) International Lefthanders’ Day (come on lefties, identify yourself); (Wed) V-J Day and National Navajo Code-Talkers Day (a fascinating story), and (Thurs) Best Friends Day and National Relaxation Day.

This leads us to this week’s edition of Monday Morning Entertainment. The observant readers in the crowd noticed the title of this post tapped into two celebrations. With that thought, enjoy these elephants relaxing to Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata. Have a great week!

On an Open Weekend

Another weekend has gone and past, so how was yours? Did you celebrate National Ice Cream Day? Surprisingly, we went to Graeter’s! There still may be time to celebrate – after all – it may still be Sunday somewhere.

We had a low-key weekend, but stayed busy in the evenings with a night of ballroom and our church wine tasting group event.  Otherwise, I took time away from watching golf to take several long walks around our neighborhood.

For me, The Open Championship (British) is one of my favorite tournaments to watch. This year’s battle for the Claret Jug was on one of the old Scottish courses that tests players skills as balls uncontrollably bounce and roll across the twists and turns of Muirfield’s seaside setting. Congratulations to Phil Mickelson for his first-ever win at this great tournament.

The week ahead provides time to celebrate National Zookeeper Week; (Mon) Rat-Catchers Day, Penuche Fudge Day, Casual Pi Day, and Spooner’s Day; (Tues) Gorgeous Grandma Day and Hot Enough for Ya Day; (Wed) Cousins Day, National Drive-Thru Day, National Tequila Day, and Tell an Old Joke Day.

Phil Mickelson is talented golfer and a good guy. He may have just won the British Open, but his best prize for his effort may be being featured on this blog. For your Monday Morning Entertainment, enjoy this short clip from this bag of tricks … and a shot that I’m sure Bulldog has perfected. Have a good week!

On Senses for Monday

Not only did the first day of summer bring a full moon, it also delivered some heat and humidity … YUK! To combat the yukky weather, we stayed cool during the day, but that didn’t stop as evenings included time on the ballroom floor and a lawn seat at the Cincinnati Pops concert featuring Broadway songs. Sunday afternoon we sat in a cool theater for Now You See Me, which is an entertaining movie.

How was your weekend? Come on now, give us the scoop.

Just so you know, the approaching week is Fish are Friends Not Food Week. Plus, here are some celebrations for the week.

  • Monday: Celebration of the Senses Day
  • Tuesday: Global Beatles Day
  • Wednesday: National Canoe Day
  • Thursday: National Handshake Day
  • Friday: The second day of Watermelon Seed Spitting Days (through Sunday)

So let’s start the week with something that smells good to most people. Have a good week!

On a Backwards Monday

As storms belted the central US, humid air with scattered rain enveloped Cincinnati this weekend. How was your weather?

We had a full weekend involving a ballroom night, a church wine group gathering, and hosting my in-laws to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 85th birthday.  How was your weekend?

Chocolate and Wine was the theme at the wine event. The host had this interesting activity. They purchased 12 high-quality chocolates (most were flavored), and then broken them into bite-size bits. The samples were numbered 1-12, plus each participant received a “checklist” that included 12 short descriptions as “Sea salt and almonds, 45% cacao, Belgium” – thus everyone’s task was to match the descriptions to the samples.

On to the current task at hand. As humid air remains, temps are expected to reach 88 F (31 C). Hot, muggy weather is not my favorite. Because I hope that temperatures go in the other direction, enjoy this creative clip from Dancing with the Stars. Watch carefully – and have a good week!

On a Hand for Monday

It was definitely a big weekend in our region. Two hours away, Louisville was rockin’ with the annual “most exciting two minutes in sports” – the Kentucky Derby. If you watched it or saw pics or video, you noticed that the track received rain. Meanwhile, our Saturday was as dry as a bone, but a light rain finally arrived Sunday afternoon.

Sunday was big in Cincinnati as the city hosted the Flying Pig Marathon. Given the recent event in Boston, many eyes were on this event. The 19,000+ runners came from all 50 states plus 16 countries, and had a great running weather.

Our weekend went as expected: one night dancing, the final handbell choir rehearsal before the concert, and the concert itself – which was our first time doing an event like this, and it went well.

Enough about here … how was your weekend?

For your Monday Morning Entertainment, enjoy this short film on hands … well, actually a commercial from the past.