Celebrating The People Who Help Keep Us Beautiful . . .

Jun 26th

Wednesday once again passed in a whirlwind and suddenly I find myself at the beginning of Thursday already!  There I sat at 9:30,finally eating my dinner.  The vet couldn’t fit my dog in for her follow-up appointment until 6 p.m., which meant that they didn’t actually come into SEE us until nearly 7 p.m., and we didn’t get on the road to get home until after 8 p.m.  Nice, right?  Honestly, it’s not so bad THIS visit since we got to see her regular “pediatrician” (she’s a furbaby, isn’t she?).  She has been seeing this doctor since she was 9 weeks old, and in the 15.5 years of her life he’s been wonderful.  I wish I could say the same for the various associates he has had in the clinic over those years, but he promised me he wouldn’t retire while she is alive – she’s one of his longest living patients and he gives her such loving care.  The rest of the day until we had to leave for town was spent doing laundry, mowing the lawn, and other household related chores.  I do hate yard work, but I am always happy to stand back and look at how nice it is when I’m all done. 

Beautician’s Day – Getting a hair stylist that you like isn’t always easy!  I’ve had my share of doozies over the years, and I’m sure we can all say the same thing.  After having a few that I’d like to leave the shop either crying, or vowing vengeance, it’s nice to find one that does EXACTLY what I want, or tells me why what I want might not be the best idea, before just going on do to what SHE wants without even asking.  My worst horror story was when from when I was about 14 years old.  My hair was really long, so long that I sat on it.  I had straight across bangs that my Mom had always cut, but I needed a serious trim, and because feathered bangs were in at that time, I wanted the stylist to do that, JUST to my bangs though.  I figured a few layers wouldn’t hurt either while we were at it.  Mom made an appointment for me with a friend of hers that went to our church, and had just opened up her own salon.  It’s extra hard to tell your Mom’s friend what you what you think of her when she’s decided to hack off all of the hair not far below the ear line!!! It was AWFUL! I refused to pay, and I ran out of the shop crying my eyes out waiting for my Mom to pick me up to go home.  Ultimately Mom made me go back and pay, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why!  When I asked the lady WHY she’d cut my hair off, you know what her answer was?  “Well, I am the stylist, and I know better than you what will look good and what will be stylish and what you wanted wasn’t it.”  Um – those were the WORST school pictures EVER!  Awful, awful, awful!  If you have a stylist who follows your instructions, rain praise and appreciation down up on his/her head and let the know how wonderful they are.  Same goes for the people who do your nails too. Show them a little love today and take them a little card, maybe a flower, or at least let them know how much you hope they never retire.   

Forgiveness Day – Today is a time to forgive and to be forgiven.  This concept is so difficult for humans.  I know it is for me.  When I’ve been hurt, and the person who has hurt me hasn’t asked to be forgiven, then I tend to dig in my heels and justify withholding my forgiveness.  I know that there is one person who I still haven’t been able to forgive after years of bitterness and hurt – and ultimately I am hurting myself with that lack of ability.  It seems every time I get close to the edge of being able to let things go and forgive, releasing all of that negativity – that person does something particularly heinous directed at me, and starts all of the anger to brewing all over again.  The longer I am angry and the hurt festers, the harder it gets to consider forgiveness.  I am so grateful that God doesn’t do that to me!  I, like every human, mess up every single day.  It could be gossip, a snarky attitude, complaining about someone or something, a bad word . . .it could be any number of things that I need to be forgiven for, and God gives me grace and grants forgiveness and love in return for my bad behavior.  Today, and every day, we should take the opportunity to do as the Bible says, try to be more like Jesus.  Learning to exercise the muscles of forgiveness is a great place to start.   Easier said than done, but it’s something to work towards. 

National Canoe Day – Have you ever gone out on a canoe?  It’s so much fun!  It has been many years since I have been on one, but when I was in my teens I worked at a Christian camp that was on a small lake with an island in it.  During our breaks the staff was allowed to use the canoes.   We’d go out and paddle around the island, laughing and splashing each other.   Since that time I’ve gone kayaking – which is another story – but not out on a canoe.  I never gave much thought to where these easily maneuvered craft originated, but this holiday inspired me to look it up.  Not surprisingly, canoes were originated by the native people of North America. Early versions were made from large, hollowed-out tree trunks. In fact, the word “canoe” actually comes from an indigenous word – kenu – which means dugout. Over time the design of the canoe changed until it became “a frame of wooden ribs covered with the lightweight bark of birch trees.” This basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. I know that just northwest of where I live, one of the tribes celebrates their rich history by hunting for whales (they have special permits) in canoes as their ancestors did.  I do have major issues with the fact that they do this using modern equipment to find the whales and modern weaponry to kill them, because I figure if they are going to celebrate their history they should do it as their ancestors did – but that is yet another post at some point – probably on my other blog where I post my feelings and rants.  For most of us though, canoes represent summertime recreation.  Sometimes that is a solitary paddle on a quiet lake at dawn, or maybe a family trip down a scenic river.  Honestly, for me the best way to celebrate this day would be if 1) it were on a weekend and 2) I’ve always wanted to paddle Ross Lake, in the mountains, out to an isolated camping spot that is only accessible by canoe or boat.  It’s been on my bucket list for years, so perhaps some day I’ll actually do it!  My hubby is the perfect companion for those types of excursions because he is always so supportive of anything new that I try – whether or not I’m experienced at it.  But, since this is mid week, and not everyone has easy access to a canoe or place to use it, a good way to celebrate might be by watching the 2004 comedy “Without A Paddle” starring Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard.  Pretty funny movie and definitely an easier celebration than finding a canoe and a lake on a work day.

National Hand Shake Day – Not To Be Confused with World Handshake Day) – Today, we celebrate one of the most common greetings between two people.  The practice of handshaking has been practiced since at least the 2nd century B.C..  Many researchers believe that the handshake originated in the Western world.  It was a gesture of peace, showing that the hands were not holding weapons.  Today the handshake is offered up on meeting or parting.  It is an expression of goodwill, gratitude and congratulations.  Many people judge someone’s character by the way they shake hands.  A firm handshake reflects a confident personality, while a limp handshake reveals a shy one.  In today’s world though, we need to really decide how important is shaking hands as a greeting?  With the prevalence of germs that are resistant to antibiotics, and illness that are so easily spread from one person to the next, should we be touching hands with strangers who possibly may not have washed recently?  I know this is slightly paranoid, but it’s actually quite disgusting if you really think about it.  How many people have you followed out of the restroom that didn’t bother washing, then they grabbed the shopping cart handle?  Hm?  What about those doorknobs?  I’m serious! Gross!  I’m thinking a nice wave is a great idea.   Is there perhaps another greeting we can use?  If you DO decide to take the risk and shake hands, remember, a firm handshake is a good thing, but squeezing too tight isn’t.  You just don’t know what sort of pain issues the person you are shaking with may have – too tight a squeeze on someone with arthritis could really do some harm! 

This Day In History

1959 – The Saint Lawrence Seaway is opened.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Chocolate Pudding Day Pudding is one of those foods that takes on a different meaning depending on where you are when you order it. In the United Kingdom, for instance, pudding is steamed and thickened with eggs. This gives it a cake-like texture not at all like the creamy custard we know as pudding in the U.S. The British also use the word “pudding” as a generic term for desserts of all kinds. Sounds a little confusing to me!  I’m sure though that anyone who chooses to celebrate this one will do it American style, so it would be nice to know a little more about it!  Well, in 1934 Jell-O introduced a chocolate pudding mix that was called Walter Baker’s Dessert.  It was renamed Jell-O Chocolate Pudding in 1936 and is one of their more popular products today.  Chocolate pudding, all decadently creamy, is a wonderful dessert all on its own, but you can make some pretty amazing treats with it.  Here are a few ideas from www.food.com to get you started.  YUMMY! I’m craving chocolate pudding all of a sudden.

 

Dad’s Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Amaretto Chocolate Pudding

After the busy-ness of the day Wednesday, it sure would be nice to have a peaceful paddle in a canoe on a quiet lake, wouldn’t it?  Not happening for me today, since I am running off to work here in a bit . . . but I am hoping to either get out canoeing or kayaking at least once this summer. No matter how you celebrate it though – please have some fun and try to relax at least a little.  Having the high stress, go-go-go every day is just too much for the system to handle!  Celebrate a little! It’s healthy!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

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