No Dirty Dishes Day is always celebrated on May 18. It is a reprieve from the daily grind of handling a pile of dishes to wash and dry.

Day after day, we do the daily chore of washing and drying dishes, then put them away in various cabinets and drawers. We perform this mundane task after each and every meal, and often after snacks. Even moving the dishes in and out of the electric dishwasher and running it can be a chore.

You deserve a break from this routine. And today is that day. The objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. You are not intended to pile them up until tomorrow. That would defeat the purpose of this very special day; plus, it is twice the work for tomorrow.

I can think of two ways to avoid dirty dishes today: Use disposable plates, cups and silverware for all meals and snacks, or eat all three meals out where someone actually gets paid to wash dishes. And for a snack, have an ice cream cone.

Of course, using disposable ware isn’t really good for the environment, and eating out could be expensive, but are we not worth it?

I am not quite sure who thought of this day to celebrate. But I would suspect a teenager dreamed it up to get out of his or her dishwashing duties. Nevertheless, I think it is a fun day and we should celebrate it.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday of May. The date was chosen because it is in the middle of Military Appreciation Month. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, it was created on Aug. 31, 1949, by then-Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force days.

The event stemmed from the Armed Forces’ unification under one Department of Defense by President Harry S. Truman when he signed the National Security Act into law on July 26, 1947.

The day also includes celebration of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard.

The day is designed to expand public understanding of the job the military performs and the role it plays in civilian life. It honors all who currently serve and all who have served, both active and former, in the reserves, National Guard and active duty. To all who have served: Thank you.

Are you celebrating your classified employees? As I wrote last week, this is the week to let your employees know how much you appreciate them. Being thankful goes a long way.

In Herald, it is Joe Grubba Day on May 21. Joe was a longtime resident and fireman of Herald. It is said the Joe carried the keys of Herald. If you needed something — information, directions, best place to fish, where to get firewood, etc. — Joe was the man to ask. He turned the lights of Herald on in the morning and turned them off at night. He was a caring man who would go the extra mile for his community.

Did you see the super blood moon last Sunday evening? The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, blocking the sunlight usually reflected by the moon. It is a super blood moon because it is closest to the Earth this month. If you missed it there will be another one in November.

My apologies; I incorrectly wrote the date of Liberty Ranch’s graduation as June 3 in past columns. It is June 1.

Flower of the day: Mixed Dwarf Impatiens

Recipe of the Day: Zucchini Patties

Dates to remember:

May 30 — Memorial Day

June 1 — Liberty Ranch High School graduation

June 2 — School is out for the summer for Galt High, Estrellita High and Liberty Ranch High.

June 4 — Galt High School graduation

June 13 — Summer school begins at Galt and Liberty Ranch high schools.

June 14 — Flag Day

June 19 — Father’s Day

June 21 — Summer solstice, the longest day of the year

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