Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — August 2019 — Free to Download

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Formerly named Sextilis, it was originally the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar. It became the eighth month around 700 BC, when King Numa Pompilius added January and February to the beginning of the calendar year; he also made the month 29 days long. Julius Caesar later added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC, giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed to August to honor the great triumphs of the Roman Emperor Augustus.
Flower: Poppy
Birthstone: Sardonyx

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Lughnasa (Pagan/Wiccan)
5 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
11 – Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
12 – Eid al-Adha (Islamic)
15 – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)

Free August 2019 wall paper

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Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.


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Artist Spotlight — Terry Runyan: Dogs and Cats Galore

Feline 2020 Wall Calendar

Image from our Feline 2020 wall calendar featuring artwork by Terry Runyan. Click for more info.

We’re delighted to introduce a collection of wonderfully whimsical wall and mini calendars by a new member of our family of contributing artists. Terry Runyan combines cheerful colors, quirky shapes, and lively patterns to create her playful designs. These joyful illustrations and expressive animal portraits are a blend of retro and contemporary styles, elegance, and humor.

Terry Runyan is a visual artist and creativity coach who lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She loves all animals, and her artwork always includes a gathering of furry, feathery, and fishy friends. She works in a variety of media, including paint, collage, drawing, digital, and video.

After a long career as an in-house illustrator for Hallmark, Runyan now runs her own business, creating art and videos, presenting webinars, and leading classes to help others explore their creativity. She sees art as a way of connecting and communicating with others. Inspired by everything she sees, particularly her cats, Runyan follows that inspiration and finds that both her art and her life are always full of surprises.

She enjoys sharing her journey and insights on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. Learn more on her website. See Terry’s full line of stationery products on our website.

Calendars by Terry Runyan


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Lughnasa — Celebrating the Harvest

Image from our Celtic Blessings 2020 wall calendar featuring artwork by Michael J. Green. Click for more info.

Lughnasa or Lughnasadh is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. In Modern Irish it is called Lúnasa, in Scottish Gaelic: Lùnastal, and in Manx: Luanistyn. Traditionally it is celebrated on August 1, or about halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Lughnasa is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Samhain, Imbolc, and Beltane. It corresponds to other European harvest festivals such as the Welsh Gŵyl Awst and the English Lammas.

Lughnasadh is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and has pagan origins. The festival itself is named after the god Lugh. It involved great gatherings that included religious ceremonies, ritual athletic contests, feasting, matchmaking, and trading. One of the most prominent gods in Irish mythology, Lugh is portrayed as a warrior, a king, a master craftsman and a savior. He is associated with skill and mastery in multiple disciplines, including the arts. He is also associated with oaths, truth, and the law.


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July is National Ice Cream Month

Super Foods 2020 wall calendar

Photo by Lynn Karlin featured in our Super Foods 2020 wall calendar. Click for more info.

Mmmm. Ice cream. There are endless ways to enjoy this frozen treat — in a bowl with berries, on a cone with sprinkles, with exotic ingredients like blue cheese and olive oil, or simply with a spoon straight from the tub  — just let your imagination roam. Ice cream has a magical appeal during the summer months, so on July 9, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed into law two resolutions — one declaring July as National Ice Cream Month and the other declaring the 3rd Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day.

The National Day Calendar website has some fun facts about this beloved treat:

  • Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and eat it as a treat. They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in cool underground chambers known as “yakhchal,” or taken from the snowfall that remained at the top of the nearby mountains.
  • It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.
  • Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson all enjoyed ice cream.
  • 1813 – First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.
  • 1832 – African American confectioner Augustus Jackson created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
  • 1843 – Philadelphian Nancy Johnson received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
  • 1920 – Harry Burt put the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream is believed to be the oldest recipe for ice cream in the USA. Below is that recipe provided by the Library of Congress. The transcript is word for word for ease of following along.

Ice Cream RecipeIce cream
2 bottles of good cream.
6 yolks of eggs.
1/2 lb. sugar
mix the yolks & sugar
put the cream on a fire in a casserole, first putting in a stick of Vanilla.
when near boiling take it off & pour it gently into the mixture of eggs & sugar.
stir it well. put it on the fire again stirring
it thoroughly with a spoon to
prevent it’s sticking to the casserole.
when near boiling take it off and
strain it thro’ a towel.
put it in the Sabottiere
then set it in ice an hour before
it is to be served. put into the
ice a handful of salt.
put ice all around the Sabottiere
i.e. a layer of ice a layer of salt
for three layers.
put salt on the coverlid of the
Sabotiere & cover the whole with ice.
leave it still half a quarter of an hour.
then turn the Sabottiere in the
ice 10 minutes
open it to loosen with a spatula
the ice from the inner sides of
the Sabotiere.
shut it & replace it in the ice.
open it from time to time to detach the ice from the sides.
when well taken (prise) stir it
well with the Spatula.
put it in moulds, justling it
well down on the knee.
then put the mould into the same bucket of ice.
leave it there to the moment of serving it.
to withdraw it, immerse the
mould in warm water,
turning it well till it
will come out & turn it
into a plate.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — July 2019 — Free to Download

July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Originally called Quintilis (for the fifth month of the 10-month Roman calendar), July was renamed by the Roman Senate in honor of Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth.
Flower: Larkspur
Birthstone: Ruby

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Canada Day (Canada)
4 – Independence Day
6 – Dalai Lama’s Birthday
14 – Bastille Day (France)
16 – Guru Purnima (Hindu)

July 2029 Desktop Wallpaper

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Dog Days of Summer

Adventure Dogs 2020 wall calendar

Images from our Adventure Dogs 2020 wall calendar: Hiking, Camping, and Traveling with Courageous Canines. Click for more info.

The long, hot days of summer are rising before us and bring many opportunities for adventures with our courageous canine companions. But why do some call this period the dog days of summer? Well, as with many things, we have the Greeks to thank. But let’s look at the timing of the days first.

Various computations of the dog days in the northern hemisphere have placed their start anywhere from July 3 to August 15 and lasting for anywhere from 30 to 61 days depending upon latitude.

To understand more about the origins of the name, here’s an excerpt from a wonderful post by Becky Little from National Geographic:

The “dog days,” I always thought, were those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around panting.

Many people today use the phrase to mean something like that—but originally, the phrase actually had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens.

To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year.

So, did the Greeks get it right? Are the dog days, around when Sirius rises, really the hottest days of the year? Continue reading

World Environment Day 2019

TREES planting

World Environment Day (June 5) is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”. You can read more on their website. Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — June 2019 — Free to Download

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. June was named either for Juniores, the lower branch of the Roman Senate, or for Juno, wife of the Roman god Jupiter.
Flower: Rose
Birthstone: Pearl

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
5 – Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)
5 – World Environment Day
6 – Ascension (Orthodox Christian)
9 – Pentecost (Christian)
9 – Shavuot (Jewish)
12 – Loving Day
14 – Flag Day
16 – Father’s Day
16 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
17 – Saka Dawa (Tibetan Buddhist)
19 – Juneteenth
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – Litha (Pagan/Wiccan)
21 – Summer Solstice
24 – St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

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