There are just some mornings when celebration is needed, and today is one of them. After a weekend completely unplugged from the computer and television, I came home to catch up on some news and it was so sad! Between the fires raging out of control in various places, reports of children being brutally abused by the people who are supposed to be caring for them, and horribly spoiled, overly indulged music princesses flaunting everything in a lewd, crude and completely morally void manner, it’s just one of those days when we need something to take our minds out of the turmoil and into something good. It may be a temporary fix, but even a moment of not focusing on the bad makes it better, even if it is just for that one particular moment.
Just Because Day – Do you ever want to do something Just Because? No reason except that it’s something you WANT to do! Our lives are so scripted, scheduled and regimented that Just Because struggles to find its way into our daily repertoire. We do so many things because we have to, we are expected to and there are always goals to reach and time limits keeping us on the straight and narrow. That just doesn’t apply today! Take today and do something just because – without a reason, without logic. Pick something that will be even better because it is uncommon or unexpected, something you may have had in mind but just didn’t have the time to do. Indulging in a whim may be just thing for you today. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Take an unplanned day of vacation
- Visit someone you haven’t seen in a while
- Pay an unexpected compliment to someone
- Skip, don’t walk
- Buy something you don’t need.
- Jump in a puddle
- Walk backwards
- Buy flowers for yourself, or someone you love, for no other reason than JUST BECAUSE!
The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day – Today we celebrate the life of Irish novelist Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who was published under the pen name “The Duchess” in the United States. It was also the name of her most popular novel, which was published in 1887. Margaret is responsible for the popular phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” in her book Molly Bawn. The Duchess had at least 57 works written under her name, but there could have been many more because much of her early work was published as Anonymous, and later as Mrs. Hungerford, before “The Duchess” became popular in the United States. In addition to all of her books, she wrote many newspaper articles and had a large family – four daughters and two sons. She was born on the 27th of April in 1855 in County Cork, won prizes in school for writing stories, and after the death of her first husband in 1876 , she began writing more seriously to support her three daughters. It was shortly after this that her first book “Phyllis” was written, and a short time later, “Molly Bawn”. She remarried in 1882, had two sons and daughter with her second husband, and sadly, died of typhoid fever in 1897. She is an amazing example of how working hard and being determined can help us reach goals that we set for ourselves, whether by necessity or merely desire.
This Day In History –
1886 – The island volcano of Krakatoa in Indonesia erupts. It was heard over 3,000 miles away and was one of the biggest natural disasters ever recorded.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Banana Lovers Day -Bananas are one of the first fruits we learn to love as babies. Their soft texture, sweet taste and high nutritional value make them perfect for making baby food. One small banana has only 90 calories and zero fat! That same banana will supply you with 15 percent of your daily value of Vitamin C, and 10 percent of your potassium. Here are some interesting facts about bananas:
* Bananas contain potassium-40, which is a radioactive isotope of potassium.
* Almost all commercial banana plants are clones of a single plant originating in Southeast Asia.
* There are more than 1,000 types of bananas in the world, although many are inedible.
* Bananas help produce serotonin, a natural chemical that helps alleviate depression.
- Best Banana Bread Ever
- Easy Banoffee Pie
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Banana Cream Pie
- Banana-Chocolate Waffles
- Banana Crumble
- Banana Cake
Well, now I have to figure out something to do Just Because! I encourage all of you to do the same. Out of everything happening today, THAT one is the one that interests me the most. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!