I will be announcing the winners of my Free Book Giveaway (1 person) on Independence Day, the 4th of July – Happy Birthday, America!!!!! – See Recipe of the day, below – and (2 people) on Cheer Up the Lonely Day, the 11th of July. Flower of the Day: Sunflower.   So, send in those emails to

Never heard of Cheer Up the Lonely Day?  Cheer Up the Lonely Day is an opportunity to make a lonely person happy. Any time you can make someone happy, you’ve done a good thing, and should be proud of yourself.  They may be elderly.

The Origin of Cheer Up the Lonely Day:

According to L.J. Pesek, Cheer Up the Lonely Day was created by her father, Francis Pesek from Detriot, Michigan.  She told us that he “was a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold. He got the idea as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins or in nursing homes with no relatives or friends to look in on them.” Francis Pesek chose this day, because it was his birthday.



Firecracker Punch: 4th of July


4 cups cranberry juice

1 1/2 cup sugar

4 cups pineapple juice

1 Tablespoon almond extract

2 quarts ginger ale


Firecracker Punch Directions:  Combine cranberry juice, sugar and pineapple juice.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Add ginger ale just before serving. 






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