Today we celebrate “Neither Rain nor Snow Day.” Right now, I bet you are thinking, “This special day is about a tranquil weather day with neither rain nor snow.” Wrong. Here is the real scoop on this special day, as told by Holiday Insights: Neither Rain nor Snow Day celebrates the opening of the first post office, in the New York post office building on this day, Sept. 7, 1914.

The following inscription was inscribed on the building: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Next is the second misconception: A lot of people assume the inscription represents the U.S. Postal Service motto. This assumption is incorrect. But this inscription is very close to the old Pony Express rider’s motto, which leads to a third misconception: The Pony Express was not a government-funded predecessor to today’s post office. The Pony Express was a courier and message-delivery service, privately owned and funded.

Whew! Now that we have the history and trivia out of the way, let’s go and enjoy the day. I hope you use Neither Rain nor Snow Day to show your appreciation to your local postal delivery people. With all the technology available to us, it is still exciting to get a card or letter in the mail. And the people that deliver those special invitations, cards and letters need to know we celebrate them.

Maybe prepare them a charcuterie board and on that board be sure to add salami because today is National Salami Day also! The versatile salami is used in many, many ways. It can be eaten by itself as a snack. Or you can cut it into small cubes along with cheese, or just cut off a big chunk and nibble on it. Salami is very popular in sandwiches and subs. And many of us add it to salads to give a little zing. Mixing it in scrambled eggs, spaghetti sauce or a layer of lasagna can add a little spiciness to the recipe.

Did you enjoy your Labor Day weekend? A little warmer than usual – seriously, it was downright hot, and even hotter today! But then again, shouldn’t the last three-day weekend of summer be a little warmer to make a memory as we slide into autumn? It has been a good summer, even if has been a bit too warm with more than 35 days hotter than 100 degrees.

However, it should start cooling a bit, so we will feel the fall-type weather; and we can begin to remove our summer red, white and blue and watermelon decor, and decorate with all the fall colors. Leaves, scarecrows, pumpkins, gourds, yellow and orange lights, etc. are the theme now.

Add a few jack-o’-lanterns, owls, giant spiders, black cats and purple lights at the beginning of October for Halloween and you are set for two months. Then, in November, remove the October additions and replace them with pilgrims, turkeys, cornucopias, etc. for Thanksgiving. There you have my version of Decorating 101 in a nutshell.

Oh, and nuts! Don’t forget to scatter some nuts throughout your decorations for a natural look. After all, with all the walnut and almond orchards in our area, we may become the nut capital of the year. LOL! Enjoy decorating.

This coming Sunday is Patriot Day. Let us remember those who left their homes that fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and didn’t return. They unknowingly became heroes through no choice of their own. Stop and say a prayer for them, their families and our country. Let us not take our lives and our country for granted. Be ever vigilant. It takes all of us being alert to our surroundings. Remember: See something, say something because freedom isn’t free.

This being the first column of the month, for those of you who are super organized, here is the timeline: There are 54 days until Halloween; 60 days until the end of daylight saving time; 65 days until Veterans Day; 78 days until Thanksgiving; 91 days until Pearl Harbor Day; 105 days until the winter solstice, and 109 shopping days until Christmas. That puts the rest of the year in perspective.

Oh, my goodness! I had better quit procrastinating, make a list, and get started with those fall decorations. Christmas will be here before you can say, “Shining star of Bethlehem.”

Flower of the day: Morning Glory

Recipe of the day: Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

Dates to remember:

Sept. 11 — Patriot Day and Grandparents Day

Sept. 22 — Autumnal equinox

Oct. 10 & 11 — Quarter break for the high schools: no school

Oct. 16 — National Boss’s Day

Until Next Week — Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.