Celebration is in the air, and it smells like coffee! This Friday, September 29 is National Coffee Day, and Sunday, October 1 is International Coffee Day.
Across the nation, coffeehouse chain establishments are offering specials in observance of either or both Coffee Days. But if you really want to celebrate, consider supporting one of your local community coffee shops:
Fall officially arrives this Saturday, September 23rd, as we observe the Fall Equinox (when the sun is directly over the equator, and folks all over the world experience exactly the same number of hours of daylight and night).
So, how do we celebrate the arrival of Autumn? Let us count the ways: football, festivals, “leaf peeping” (yes, it’s a thing, but peak color in the North Georgia Mountains is still about 5-6 weeks away), apple-picking, and pumpkin spice, to name a few.
Fall is in the air… or maybe it’s just the aroma of pumpkin-spice everything, because summer temperatures sure don’t want to loosen their grip. In fact, there’s an internet meme that says, “It’s almost Fall in Georgia. Do you know what that means?… Absolutely nothing! It’s still 90 degrees!”
Georgia has just entered its “fourth month of Summer,” so don’t put the shorts and flip-flops away quite yet. According to both meteorologists and travel experts, the earliest Autumn begins in Georgia is late September, but the Fall season here in the South is observed (by trees and wildlife, at least) in October and November.
Thankfully, the extreme heat of the past two weeks seems to be diminishing just in time for National Eat Outdoors Day (Today, August 31) and National Tailgating Day (first Saturday in September). While not “official” observances, both tailgating and eating outdoors are great reasons to celebrate.
Today, August 31, make plans to observe National Eat Outdoors Day by sharing a meal with friends at a restaurant that has outdoor dining space; enjoy coffee and a muffin on a park bench; pack a sack lunch and eat at a picnic table with friends or family; or prepare a home-cooked meal and eat in your own courtyard or on the front porch.
In a busy world, even the kindest person can sometimes lose patience (or their temper). Be Kind to Humankind Week (August 25 – 31) is a global observance that offers an opportunity to consciously sprinkle some kindness into the world.
Following are some simple ways to add an extra dose of kindness throughout the coming week:
Windsong was founded 20 years ago with the idea that purchasing a new home to address life changes (empty nest, retirement, desire to travel instead of take care of the yard…) should not affect the quality and luxury features that these home buyers had enjoyed while working and raising a family.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity, with more than 30,000 EVs registered in the state of Georgia, where more than 1,600 electric vehicle charging stations are now available in public places including city centers, live-work-play communities, even parking spaces at retail outlets.
And as more people choose to live in communities where amenities are within walking distance, another type of electric vehicle is rapidly gaining popularity: street legal golf carts/low-speed vehicles (LSVs). In fact, many cities and towns that feature central gathering spaces, such as parks and concert venues, now include designated parking spaces for LSVs.
August is National Eye Exam Month, which was founded in 1989 to encourage eye exams for children so they’d perform well in school.
Of course, regular eye exams are essential for people of all ages, especially since we spend so much of our waking hours straining our eyes as we stare at screens.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends every adult have a baseline eye exam at age 40, to identify what is normal for your eyes, and to ensure vision changes are identified quickly at annual or biennial eye exams.
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This time, last year, the temperatures were soaring into the 100s, taxing our air conditioners, affecting our moods, and putting a serious (sweaty) damper on outdoor activities.
Now, a year later, we’re experiencing an unseasonably cool June, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. And since we’re smack-dab in the middle of Hiking Season (March through September), it’s time to get out and explore some of the amazing trails close to home