I’m sitting here with a hot cup of pumpkin spice tea, warming my hands with it in between moments of thinking over the day and planning for Tuesday. (yes, this is Monday night that I am writing this) Each day as I get ready for bed, after watching or reading the news, I’ve been finding myself feeling more and more exhausted, each day whipping by at breakneck speed, hurtling us forward . . . to what? An uncertain future, an administration that wishes to strip us of our Constitutional rights one by one, piece by piece destroying the very foundation on which this country was founded. In spite of that, I cannot help but feel a sense of peace combined with the uncertainty, a calm in spite of the storm. These times were prophesied and anyone who has bothered to read God’s Word would know this. Is it frightening to see our lives changing, and our plans for the future in a state of flux? Of course! We had warning though, and we should be taking this time to prepare ourselves, mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually. I should have put spiritually first though. We don’t know what our economy is going to be doing from day to day, nor do we know what disaster might strike – either driven by nature, or by man, so please, put aside emergency stores of food and water. Heather at The Welcoming House Blog is doing a great series of practical week by week, month by month plans showing people how to get started. I highly recommend you stop on by to see what she has to say – it’s good stuff! Prepare yourself with prayer, and with information. Knowledge is free these days! Mostly, do not give up, do not give in to fear and uncertainty. We live in very exciting times. Appreciate this time with your family, prepare yourself for whatever may come, and last, but not least know that God is with us, He is in control and He will not forsake His children. In the meantime, take your minds off of the seriousness of it all for just a few moments, and learn that in the midst of all of this, Celebrate Every Day.
Caps Locks Day – I am sure that all of us have received emails, or seen posts on social networking sites, that are all in caps. And I’m sure that most of us are pretty aggravated by it because we have come to equate all caps as the written version of yelling. Right? I know that when I accidently hit the Cap Lock on the keyboard and have to go back to change it, it annoys me – after all, I wouldn’t want anyone to think I was yelling! Antoinette LaFarge – a professor at the University of California-Irvine, says about writing in all caps: it makes your writing less effective, it’s interpreted as shouting, and more than a couple words in caps loses the reader’s attention. Keep in mind though that not everyone is proficient on the keyboard and for some reason they are unable to quickly and effectively utilize the shift key (I don’t personally get why that would be difficult, but apparently it’s true!), so don’t be too hard on someone if they use all caps. If you happen to know they aren’t yelling and that’s just the way they communicate, then you can cut them a little slack.
National Color Day – Can you imagine living in a world without color, where everything around you existed only in shades of gray? It would definitely make the world a less interesting place. Color has a significant impact on our lives and can play an important role in everything from safety to advertising. Today we celebrate the importance of color in our world. It can be used to influence our mood, productivity and behavior. Here are a few basic color facts: Red is strong and hot. It evokes passion and energy. It is a symbol of strength and pride. Yellow (yellow) is the brightest color to the human eye. It represents fun and happiness. Green represents loyalty and wisdom. It is relaxing and has healing powers. Blue represents loyalty and wisdom. It has a calming effect and suppresses the appetite. (that’s it – I need to surround myself with blue all the time!) Beyond that, all of the wonderful and miraculous colors that we are surrounded by enhance our lives in a very real and profound way.
International Stuttering Awareness Day – Since 1998, this day has been celebrated for people who stutter, as well as for the organizations that offer them support. They are encouraged to get together and bring the problem of stuttering out into the public eye. People who stutter suffer embarrassment and stress when speaking in front of others. Bringing this out into the open and educating people about it could ease the stress and bullying that result and make it better for people who stutter. Did you know that many sports stars and celebrities are stutterers? Here are just a few:
* James Earl Jones
* Nicole Kidman
* Shaquille O’Neal
* Tiger Woods
Bottom line – be kind to everyone and do not tease anyone for something that may be different from you. It’s not nice for one thing, and you wouldn’t want others to tease you.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Nut Day – Fun facts: Pistachios are one of the biggest nut crops in the U.S. California is home to almost 99 percent of the country’s production, with Arizona and New Mexico supplying the rest. Peanuts are not really nuts. They are Legumes, a member of the “Pea” family. The center of seeds, like pumpkins and squash, is called a “nut”.
- Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chicken Pistachio Sandwich
- Walnut Chews
- Raspberry Almond Shortbread With Almond Glaze
- Sweet & Spicy Cashew Chicken
- Pine Nut Rice Pilaf
- Spinach Apple Pecan Salad
Well, by the time I have gotten to this point it is morning, I am ready to post for the day and get myself on the road to work. It’s so dark out still! I always call this the time of year we live like moles – we go to work in the dark and we come home in the dark. Well, we’ll be coming home in the dark before too many more days. Enjoy all of the lovely colors around you today, soak in the beauty that is surrounding us – all of the gorgeous leaves in the trees. (and on the ground of course) Be kind to each other. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow. *yawn* It’s time for me to venture out in the dark.