For those of you that are keeping track of this sort of thing...Lammas Day is coming up on August 1.
And what, you may ask, is Lammas Day? Well, my friends, I'm glad you asked!
Lammas Day marks the beginning of the harvest. In old England, loaves of bread were baked from the first-ripened grain, consecrated in churches, and eaten.
From the Old English hlaf, “loaf,” and maesse, “mass” or “feast,” Lammas is very old indeed.
It derives from the ancient English festival called the Gule of August, which marked the beginning of the harvest, traditionally August 1. The early English church kept this pagan dedication of the first fruit but converted it to Christian usage.
Through the centuries, “loaf-mass” became corrupted in spelling and pronunciation to Lammas.
After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day.
As much as I'd like to claim all the credit, you undoubtedly know that I really gleaned this information from the pages of The Farmer's Almanac!
See, credit given where credit is due!
Oh, and by the way...more importantly, August 1 is also Air Force Day! Take time to find a member of our armed forces and tell them "THANK YOU!" If you can't find a member of your armed forces, then at least say a prayer for the countless number of our troops that serve each and every day to protect the home front!
If by some odd chance of fate you can't find a serviceman or woman, or if you don't believe in prayer...then at the very least, stand in front of your flag for a moment with your hand over your heart and give a very loud and meaningful "THANK YOU" for what it represents and for where you are! if you don't have a flag, then, for goodness sake...GO GET ONE! I mean, now more than ever before...it's time to show some pride and solidarity, don't you think?
Now, my friends, let's get some coffee and sit outside for a bit! We can watch MY flag fluttering in the breeze!