I've been writing this daily blog 'One Day at a Time' now since January 1st and if you've been following me you'll know I set out on this journey really just to encourage me to write more.
I am a writer, that's how I define myself I think, but with full time work I have to admit sometimes I have struggled to get writing properly every day, so committing to a blog was one way of ensuring that I get thinking and put pen to paper, or at least fingers to keyboard.
Sometimes I wake up with an idea of what I want to say, other times I'm out of ideas which is when those 'On This Day' websites have been useful. As a result I've found out so much about so many different people who were born/died on a certain day, or events that happened on a particular day in history.
And then there are those 'landmark' days and weeks and months across the world which have been set aside to mark a particular initiative or campaign. You know the sort of thing I'm talking about ... World Health Day, International Mother Language Day (I featured that on February 21st), Mental Health Awareness Week, which was last week in the UK - May 10th to 16th - and so on and so on.
Actually you don't have to go far on your internet travels to discover that most days and weeks of the year have been given a designation or are associated with a campaign somewhere in the world. And some dates are more popular, and obscure than others.
Take, for instance, today - May 20th.
Did you know that in some parts of the world today is World Bee Day? A few years back, the United Nations designated May 20th as World Bee Day to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development. An important day, even if like me you don't actually like bees. I was stung rather badly several times when I was a child and I have to admit I do have a bit of a phobia when it comes to things that buzz.
So today I'm turning to a subject I'm more comfortable with - Strawberries!
Because today is also - National Pick Strawberries Day!
Yes, it's a new one to me too and to be honest I think it's only in the USA. National Strawberry Day is actually February 27 ... yes I know it's very confusing ... but in my opinion we don't do enough celebrating of soft fruits!
Don't worry, I'm not going to wax lyrical about the little fruit. Just to say, I love them!
In the past I've even grown them but since returning to Jersey some years ago I haven't done that. And I've missed it.
I've missed watching the little fruits appear and ripen on the plants in my terracotta 'strawberry planter' - it's a pot with holes on the side where you can plant lots of strawberry plants which hopefully gives you lots of produce.
This year I found my strawberry planter and I have put in a few plants. And I'm delighted to say the fruits of my labour are already appearing.
So a few days ago I made a little video and I put it on my YouTube channel. Which is also a work in progress.
OK - so it's not Hollywood - but who cares?
I'm not sure I'll be able to PICK my strawberries today, but in a week or so I might have one or two fruits to enjoy. And there's something about growing your own which is empowering.
The strawberry planter is just on my doorstep so I'm watching the little plants grow.
And although, with just six plants, I'll probably only manage to harvest a bowlful of strawberries, I'm going to enjoy every single delicious morsel.