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Carver Day is an annual celebration that takes place in Diamond, Missouri at the George Washington Carver National Monument. The monument, obviously, honors the agricultural chemist, inventor and botanist, George Washington Carver. I did a little research on Mr. Carver and was amazed at what an incredible life he led. He sounds like he was a very interesting fellow and was very passionate about his inventions and interests. As some of you are probably aware, GWC is often credited with inventing peanut butter. He actually discovered over 300 uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans and sweet potatoes. Interesting, indeed! One of my favorite things I found out about him was that he wore a flower every single day on his lapel. Also, he developed the following 8 cardinal virtues and encouraged his students to strive for them:

  • Be clean both inside and out.
  • Neither look up to the rich nor down on the poor.
  • Lose, if need be, without squealing.
  • Win without bragging.
  • Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.
  • Be too brave to lie.
  • Be too generous to cheat.
  • Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.

I think all of these values are what makes up a good person. GWC sounded like a guy who lived a fulfilling life and it was really cool to find out about him in honor of today’s holiday. I also celebrated by wearing a flower on my shirt and chowing down on some peanut butter!

Yes, BOTH creamy and crunchy, we are adventurous in this household. As well as thrifty, hence the Kroger brand. I also gave Roman some sweet potato puffs in honor of GWC……he has a minor addiction to these bad boys:

Total Cost to Celebrate: $0


I still don’t really understand what Hop A Park means exactly but from what I gathered, today is a day to go to a local park. Well, where better to go today than Downtown Plymouth for Art in the Park! It was hot and crowded as usual, but it was nice to go down and spend some time outside. I saw a few old friends and Roman had a great time eating grass…..again. We met up with our buddies Sara and Andrew and hit up the shade for a few Kodak moments:

Total Cost to Celebrate: $10 – $5 for parking and $5 for a super sized lemonade.

Song of the Day: 

Peanut Butter Jelly Time! Possibly one of the most annoying songs of all time, but still mildly amusing and it fits today’s holiday. Enjoy getting this song stuck in your head!

P.S. – What does peanut butter and jelly have to do with a baseball bat? Can anyone explain this to me?