National Eat Outside Day is always held on the last day of August. Remember when I wrote the month of September was right around the corner? Well, guess what? Tomorrow is the first day of September! Yikes, I digress.

As Holiday Insights says, summer is almost over, yet you can’t get enough of the great outdoors. The sun is bright and warm, the weather is toasty, but the degrees are on the rise each day. National Eat Outside Day couldn’t come at a better time.

People have been eating outdoors since the days of the caveman. Nowadays, people eat most, if not all, of their meals indoors. Eating outdoors has become more of a special event, rather than a regular occurrence. National Eat Outdoors Day is an opportunity to change that, if only for a day.

Celebrating this special day is very easy. Find a picnic table, a park bench, or an outdoor restaurant. You can also spread a blanket out on the lawn. Use one of these special places to eat all of your meals, snacks, popsicles and ice cream, outside in the sunshine and fresh air. You will be glad you did! And the memories you will make as you make it a habit to eat at least one of your meals at least once a day outside with family and friends will make the effort worthwhile.

And while you are enjoying eating outside, how about adding trail mix to your snack time? Today is also National Trail Mix Day. It features a high-energy, tasty treat for the trail or right now. You can buy packages of trail mix at a store, or make up your own using the ingredients you like best.

When you head out to a campout, a hike or a bike ride, take the trail mix along with you. It provides the extra energy boost to keep you from getting tired and running out of energy along the trail.

My favorite is dried fruit (cherries, pineapple, apricots, almonds and plain M&M’s). Just thinking about it makes me want to prepare some and start munching. Then, I’d step outside and have a sit-down on a bench and enjoy the great outdoors.

Last week I whined and sniveled about the over-100-degree weather we have been having. Now I will really tell you what fries my pie: flies! Ugh! The sticky little pests come with the hot weather, clinging to screen, trying the squeeze through the smallest, tiniest of holes, cracks or crevices to get into the house. And, when they do succeed, the fight is on to swat them before their presence drives you over the edge.

It only takes one to buzz around searching for someplace to land — whether it is on a human body or a plate of food — and then they must send a signal to their buddies because, before you know it, there are a half-dozen buzzing around, divebombing. My saving grace is that Don is excellent with a fly swatter and, in a matter of minutes, all is fly-less in our home.

Flower of the day: Bleeding Hearts

Recipe of the day: Stuffed Potato Supreme

Dates to remember:

Sept. 5 — Labor Day

Sept. 11 — Patriot Day

Sept. 22 — Autumnal equinox

Until next week — Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.