Celebrating Trees . . . Taking a Look at All They Do For Us!

May 16th

It’s late morning, well nearly noon actually, and I’m sitting propped up in bed, feeling like something Mr. Moose left out in the yard. I am grateful that my job is one that allows me to be away without chaos happening.  Some positions have to have someone to step in – like the food industry, retail or specialized services – to fill the void. My in-box fills up a little, but I get it all done when I get back.  If we had an office wide sick-out, yes, it would be craziness, but for one or two of us to be gone at once, it works out.  Moose seems to be happy that I’m here – he’s stretched out within reach on the floor next to me, just in case my hand finds its way to rub his head and ears.


Verse of the Day

May 16, 2017

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.

Proverbs 3:1-2

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Those who are older are not as respected in Western cultures today as they once were and as “the elders” are respected in other cultures. The Bible repeatedly reminds us of our NEED to honor those who are godly and who have gone before us. Whether the father behind this passage is the physical father of the person receiving instruction or he was the teacher of this student seeking wisdom, either way the principle is the same. We have much to learn and much to gain from heeding the voice of those who have served God for many years and have proved themselves wise and faithful.



Food for Thought

Why is it we always want what we cannot have?  Today I am thinking specifically about food and diet issues and the things I crave when I want comfort are NOT things on my approved eating list.  I am down 11 pounds since May 3rd, so of course I don’t want to ruin a good thing, but my goodness I want some delicious no-no food that would make my self-pity feel better. *sigh*  Wouldn’t it be nice if we craved only the things that are healthy and good for us?


Biographer’s Day – Are you a book lover?  Today is a special day in the reading world because it is the day we celebrate the life stories of various people.  Today is Biographer’s Day because one of history’s best known biographers first met his subject on this day.  Samuel Johnson was a writer who developed one of the most useful early dictionaries of the English language.  On May 16, 1763 he was introduced to writer and lawyer James Boswell.  They became friends very quickly.  Boswell wrote The Life of Samuel Johnson based on many of his personal experiences with his friend, and was a great success.  It was actually so famous that Boswell’s name was added to Johnson’s dictionary as a word for someone who records the life story of a close associate.  If you don’t have a friend to be your personal Boswell, you can always write your own story!  After all, you know your story better than anyone else ever could.


Love a Tree Day – Trees are pretty wonderful.  Have you ever paused to think about what trees do for us?  There are the obvious things – shade, comfort and warmth. They give off oxygen – which has to be right up there at the top of the wonderful things trees do.  But think about all of the products we as a society have because of trees.  Years ago I worked at Weyerhauser as a log tag scanner.  At a meeting at the main office I wandered through the museum and was just amazed by how many different ways that wood pulp is used.  Some of the uses were quite surprising.  It’s an extensive list so here we go:   

dye, piano keys, rayon, books, fishing floats, inks, telephone books, varnish, atlases and maps, price tags, ping pong balls, tires, umbrella handles, signs, automobile instrument panels, space craft reentry shields, newspaper, photographic film, newspapers, posters, football helmets, toilet seats, guitars, road building materials, insulation, shatterproof glass, artificial vanilla flavoring, cork, vacuum cleaner bags, movies, stadium seats, adhesives, decorations, turpentine, camphor, waxes, fireworks, crayons, tannin, charcoal, pine oil, pitch, musical instruments, perches for birds of prey, toilet paper, milk cartons, flooring, bark for landscaping, cardboard, grocery bags, furniture, chewing gum, paper towels, oil spill control agents, Christmas trees, hockey sticks, wildlife habitat, cosmetics, roofs, baby foods, cider, vitamins, cooking utensils, lacquer, pallets, rubber gloves, mulch, clean water, golf tees, egg cartons, nail polish, fench posts, toys, toothpaste, eyeglass frames, syrup, antacids, shampoo, rubber gloves, menthol, electrical outlets, medicines, energy for electricity, plates and bowls, sausage casings, torula yeast, rulers, wooden blocks, houses, notebook paper, oars, plywood, paper plates, computer casings, stain remover, coffee filters, toothpicks, movie tickets, carpet and upholstery backsides, imitation bacon, diapers, horse corrals, postcards, tax forms, sponges, shade, particle board, shoe polish, luggage, bowling alley lanes, postage stamps, colognes, animal bedding, irrigation piping, fruit pie filling, golf balls, game boards, suspending agent for drinking soda, pencils, dry wall, baby cribs, baseball bats, lumber, decoys, kites, magazines, ice cream thickener, step ladders, birthday cards, brook sticks, cider, ceiling tiles, crutches, backyard play sets, axe handle, food labels, 2×4’s, candy wrappers, party invitations, disinfectants, cd inserts, gummed tape, fruit, railroad ties, shelter, belts, puzzles, swings, baking cups, buttons, cutting boards, benches, bird houses,  stereo speakers, garen stakes, stairways, beds, tables, barrels, window frames, bulletin boards, linoleum, seesaws, fishing boats, billboards, disposable medical clothing, church pews, totel poles, desks . . . .how many others can you list?

As you can see, we have many reasons to appreciate trees!  Now, on Love A Tree Day some people say to hug your trees, I will have to draw the line at that. Too many potential splinters. 



National Sea Monkey Day – I remember as a kid I would happily get a new comic book about once a week or so – of course I’m dating myself horribly when I admit that they were about .25 each at the time – and always in the back 2 pages were all of those teeny tiny ads.  They were selling all sorts of cheap nonsense that either would break the moment it was opened, or was a scam.  But oh the imaginations swirled contemplating all of the wonders on those pages!  Sea Monkey’s were usually on the back cover, in a full page, full color ad.  I’d read every word of the fine print, see those happy smiling faces of the sea monkeys in the pictures and ask over and over if I could have a set.  Mom always told me it was a waste of money then would go about whatever it was she was doing.  One day I scraped together some birthday money and I sent in the order form, and the wait began.  Six weeks of excruciating waiting and running the mail box after school, hoping that they would be there.  Finally the day arrived and the package was in the box.  I can completely identify with the scene in A Christmas Story when Ralphie got his decoder ring from Little Orphan Annie’s show.  I opened the box, followed the directions, and within minutes there were microscopic . . . um . . . specks.  Eventually they grew, into microscopic brine shrimp.  No smiling faces, no little family, just a few floating brine shrimp that eventually died.  Mom was right – they were a waste of money.  I was so disappointed.  Do you know that you can still find these rip-off kits in toy stores and online?  If you’ve ever had sea monkey’s that turned out to be a fascinating pet as advertised, I’d love to know about it. 


Wear Purple for Peace Day – At a glance you’d think this day was about peace from war or conflict, or to bring awareness to some specific incident.  Well, that’s where you have to dig a little deeper.  This celebration could be called a “stellar” event.  It seems that some people fear that aliens from outer space consider earthlings to be hostile (well, who wouldn’t be, especially after all of the movies we’ve seen about them?), and that’s why they haven’t made open contact with us.  Someone, somewhere decided to promote this world peace as a sign to the aliens that we aren’t hostile, and set up today to Wear Purple for Peace.  So, if you have some sort of desire to meet aliens, today is your day to wear purple!  



This Day in History –

1866 – Charles Hires invents Root Beer.


Food Celebration of the Day –

Mimosa Day – I think I may have had just one or two mimosas throughout my adult life.  They just aren’t something I think of when I consider brunch, but they truly are a classic brunch cocktail that many people love.  The drink dates back to the 1920’s, with its name very likely coming from a yellow flower that is native to Australia.  This versatile drink is easy to celebrate, no matter what time of day or what day of the week.  Hm . . . maybe on the weekend!  I’m not feeling up to being able to enjoy something like this today.

National Asparagus Month – Under perfect conditions, a spear of asparagus can grow up to 10 inches in a single day. Talk about a super food!


I was intending to close my eyes for a little bit of a nap right after I published this, but as I was hitting the last button our power went out.  It was fairly widespread because a friend who works about 20 minutes from here lost power at work.  Fortunately it came back on a little bit later, but not before I was wide awake and it was time to have some lunch.  Oh well, maybe I can have a nap after I eat something. Have a great Tuesday!  God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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