Summer is in full swing in Saint Lucia. It is so hot, that when I step outside, I feel like I’m walking in a warm oven. I recently travelled to Europe, where they were experiencing some of the hottest temperatures on record. The heat there, was totally different from the Caribbean. In Europe, I felt like the sun was torching my skin. When I stepped outside, I felt like I was being burnt. Different sides of the world, same sun, one atmosphere thick with humidity and the other feeling devoid of atmosphere all together. In both instances, I was ‘Feeling Hot. Hot, Hot, Hot!!!
I hope that wherever you are, you can beat the heat and at least get to do some of the wonderful activities available in August.
Beginning with August 1st, National Mountain Climbing Day.
We have two of the most majestic mountains in Saint Lucia, National Landmarks and World Heritage site, Gros and Petit Piton. If you are on island, Gros Piton is safe to climb and can usually be conquered within about four hours. I do not advise this if you are not in excellent physical health or have a regular run or walk schedule.
August 2nd is Find a Four-Leaf Clover Day.
If you are at Cap Maison, walk around the property and see if you can spot a four-leaf clover or any leaf that that looks as close to a four-leaf clover. If you are at home, take a walk (it is a lot more fun with young kids) and see if you can find one.
August 3rd is Grab Some Nuts, day.
If you are in Saint Lucia, go in search of locally roasted cashews. They will be the tastiest cashews you will ever eat.
August 4th is International Beer day and National Water Balloon Day.
This is your excuse to try as many beer varieties as you wish, while smashing water balloons with your family. If you want to relive high school or the early days of college, you can also fill one or two balloons with beer. Did I just type that? I must be thinking of the movies…
August 5th is Campfire Day
(First Saturday in August). I know it’s hot, but who doesn’t love a campfire! Find a spot, gather wood from somewhere and get it lit! If you get to do this in the evening time, it may be cool enough to tell jokes or stories, or just reminisce about old times.
August 5th is also Sand Castle Day.
If you are at Cap Maison, head down to the beach and create a sand castle. You are never too old! Create a competition, if you can find willing participants.
August 9th Book Lovers Day
is my fourth favorite day of the year. (Yes, fourth. First is my birthday, followed by Christmas day, then my daughter’s birthday – because I get to shower her with gifts, and then August 9th – Book Lover’s Day. An excuse to feed my addiction. Feel free to purchase as many books as you want because this is the most healthy addiction ever! If you are at Cap Maison and have been neglecting your holiday read. Pick it up. There is also a free library on property. If you want a good read and don’t know where to start, check out my book recommendations here.
August 10th is Lazy Day.
Need I say more. If you are on property, you can laze around the pool, on the grass, on the beach, in your balcony or in bed. Remember, you, are, on, holiday!
August 11th is Children’s Day.
Fun Fact. This was a big celebration in Saint Lucia when I was growing up. My aunt led the ‘Children’s Day Parade’ in my community and we always went all out – marching outfits, marches, songs, talent shows and a fair. It was something we looked forward to and planned all year long. This tradition died as I moved into my teens. Perhaps, I should look into bringing it back…
August 13th is Left Hander’s Day
Fun Fact. I always found left handers really sexy. If a guy held a pen with his left hand in high school, I would melt. I know this sounds totally ridiculous and fickle but it is the shameful truth. Go in search of a left hander today. Try not to melt.
August 19th is National Honey Bee Awareness Day and National Potato Day.
If you do not already know of the plight of honey bees being an endangered species, please read up on it, and try to find some local organic honey in your community. With today also being National Potato Day, let your imagination run wild and get into the kitchen!
August 20th is World Mosquito Day
Yes. But, let’s get this straight. We are NOT celebrating mosquitos! The goal of this day is to raise awareness for mosquito borne illnesses. On this day in 1897, a British Doctor discovered the link between the mosquito and commonly transmitted diseases like Malaria.
If you are on property at Cap Maison, be sure to use insect repellant, especially at night. Mosquitos are most common in summer because of the heat and the stagnant water sources left behind after rainfall.
August 21st is Senior Citizen’s Day.
If you are 62 or older, the world considers you a senior citizen. Take advantage of every promotional opportunity and any free offers available to seniors. You deserve so much more. If you are under 62, take some time today to honor the Senior Citizens in your life for their contributions over the years. Your turn will come someday…
August 26th is National Toilet Paper Day.
I am not sure what to do with this one. But use your imagination! August 26th is also National Dog Day, so time to celebrate the pooch in your life, just as you would celebrate your loved one.
August 26th is also Women’s Equality Day.
On August 26th 1920, the 19th amendment was certified, giving women the right to vote. We have come a long way since then with female Prime Ministers and vice Presidents. If there is any woman whom you believe should receive special recognition, reach out to her today!
August 28th is Stuffed Green Peppers Day.
One of my favorite dishes. Try it. So versatile because you can create whatever filling you want!
August 29th is More Herbs, Less Salt Day.
What a day to be at Cap Maison. Herbs and spices make everything better! And in the Caribbean, we do not shy away from seasoning!
August 31st is Eat Outside Day.
If you are at Cap Maison, challenge yourself to have all your meals outside. If you are at home, have breakfast on the balcony, lunch at a café outdoors and dinner in the garden. Summer is winding down. Make the most of it!