Seasons

Did you know…

that July is National Ice Cream Month?

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” This is one celebration that you don’t have to convince me to commemorate!  In observance of this fun month-long event, I pulled out my cute stamp made by Eat Cake Graphics, that I think is so appropriate for this special summer declaration.

I stamped & embossed the image, then used my Copic markers to color. I’m not sure if this will become a card or a tag, but it sure was fun to make. I hope you are all having a great summer and are beating the heat by eating some of your favorite ice cream. A Dairy Queen® peanut butter cup blizzard has been calling my name lately…

For my fellow ice cream lovers, here are a few fun facts to get the party started:

  • Ice cream is an $11 billion retail industry
  • It takes 12 pounds of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream
  • About 9% of all the milk produced in the United States is used to produce ice cream
  •  It usually takes 50 licks to polish off a single scoop of ice cream
  • The biggest ice cream sundae ever made was made in Alberta, Canada in 1988 and it weighed 24 tons
  •  Of all the days in the week, the most ice cream is bought on Sunday
  •  5% of ice cream eaters share their ice cream with their pets
  •  The first ice cream parlor in America was founded in 1776 (The same year our declaration was made)
  •  Vanilla is the top-selling flavor
  •  In ancient Rome, they ate snow and flavored it with fruit and honey as their ice cream

 

 

Seasons

Spring has sprung!

Besides Daylight Savings Time giving our evenings more daylight and our mornings less, I’m not sure what purpose it holds in today’s world. For me, it triggers that it’s time for a new season to start. I usually measure the change to springtime by when my plants bloom. Some of my all time favorite flowers and plants are irises, orchids, marigolds, daffodils, and daisies. The picture of the pretty purple orchid in this post was a gift from my friend Brenda that I got a few years ago. The other picture of daffodils was taken in the spring at my Cousin Linda’s house. It’s so great to live in the Sunshine State where I can go outside on my patio comfortably in March and tend to all of my pretty potted plants. I remember one time when I was a kid in Illinois, I saw a yellow daffodil pop its head up through the white snow. It was fascinating to me, since the ground had not yet thawed out. I hope for my Northern friends that your long, cold winter will come to an end soon, and that springtime is right around the corner!

I hope you all enjoy the warmth and renewal of spring.