Being Lazy On A Summer Saturday . . . Perfect!

Aug 10th

Well, what a weather change we had overnight!  It was beautiful and sunny all day yesterday, quite warm actually.  Around 2:00 a.m. we woke up abruptly with our hearts pounding out of our chests as the LOUDEST thunder clap I have EVER heard in my life boomed overhead.  It was literally – FLASH/BOOM – no space in between.  This was right over head.  After peeling ourselves off of the ceiling we listened as the storm quickly traveled through the area and off into the distance, leaving the quiet patter of rain hitting the leaves outside.  It took awhile to calm down, but sleep was fitful after that.  It wasn’t easy to achieve in the first place, as events of the afternoon had my mind in turmoil, so the fact that I dozed off again at all is somewhat of a miracle.  All I can say right now, is thank God for coffee! Yup, have a giant mug right next to me.

Lazy Day – It’s a good thing that this is Saturday, because today is Lazy Day!  It’s your chance to goof off and, if possible, not work.  Comes at a good time, doesn’t it?  Hot and muggy weather makes it easy to kick back and do nothing for a day.  If your chores aren’t done, well, won’t they wait just another day?  Someone said once that “There’s no lazy days . . . just lazy people”.  I’d have to disagree – yes, there are lazy people, but even the most gung ho amongst us needs to just relax once in awhile.   Maybe order in some pizza – if your food plan allows – and watch old re-runs or some movies.  And you’re not alone! Check out these quotes by some pretty famous people:

“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.” — Jules Renard
“It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?” — Ronald Reagan
“I’m just a lazy boy. I’d rather sit in my recliner and act.” — John Goodman

National Garage Sale Day  –   It’s been years since I’ve been to a garage sale.  I have so much junk already that I can’t imagine needing more.  And when I’ve actually HAD garage sales they’ve ended up being a LOT of work without a big return.  My Grandpa LOVED going from sale to sale, finding treasures.  He was so incredibly handy with re purposing items, creating something new and handy out of what would be garbage to someone else.  I remember when he bought an old exercise bike, and turned it into a cornmeal grinder.  He’d pedal away getting his exercise, all while grinding the corn so Grandma could make him his beloved sweet cornbread.  Or when he took old car shocks and made fishing pole holders out of them!  He even took old bed slats – the metal ones and made berry posts out of them, and scaffolding for the house for repainting it.  Yes, my Grandma definitely benefited from the sales he went to.   Well, today is your day if you love going to garage sales, because it’s National Garage Sale Day – the 2nd Saturday in August each year.   Keep your eyes open if you start in on browsing what’s out there because I’ve read of people finding amazingly valuable things at estate sales – paintings by famous artists, incredible antiques, etc.  The biggest one I’ve read about was the guy who bought a box of glass negatives at a sale for $45, and they turned out to be the lost work of Ansel Adams – valued at an estimated $200 million!  Granted, those finds are extremely rare, but possibly worth the time invested!

This Day in History

1833 – The village of Chicago is incorporated.      
1948 – “Smile, You’re on Candid Camera”. Allen Funt’s wildly popular show debuts.     

Food Celebration of the Day

National S’mores Day – Well, if this isn’t a summer treat, I don’t know what is!  We have the Girl Scouts to thank for the s’more.  They published the first s’more recipe in 1927.  Nobody knows if they actually created the s’more or not, but they are the first ones who brought this treat public.  Sticky and gooey, loaded with sugar and carbs, s’mores are nothing short of delicious.  And there are so many different ways to enjoy them as people have experimented with them.  I’ve tried them with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and also using Chocolate Chip Cookies instead of Graham Crackers, but the old fashioned s’more is the very best.  Head outside for a nice bonfire and some s’mores today

Well, there you have it. . . . being lazy, going to garage sales and enjoying s’mores!  It’s the perfect summer Saturday.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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