If you are reading this, then that means that Baby B decided to hold off a bit longer. Mama said that the contractions completely subsided. . . so the waiting game continues. As I type this, getting things ready early so I’m not racing around in the morning, I am feeling a bit more relaxed about the whole thing, and know that ultimately babies make the final decision on when they want to make their grand entrance to the world, and not a moment sooner . . . unless the doctors induce, but that’s a completely different issue. Just breathing and trying not to get anxious. In the meantime, let’s celebrate all of the silly things to distract us from the serious ones! It’s Tuesday, the week got off to a great start!
Celebration of the Senses – Most of us tend to take our senses for granted. Now, before you protest, tell me, how often do you focus on all of your senses? Seriously focus on them? I know we use them all every day, but I also know that we go through our days on auto-pilot, unaware of the details we are taking in through those senses. We are gifted with 5 amazing senses – seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling. Most of us rely heavily on our ability to see to assess what is going on around us in the world. By relying primarily on our senses of sight and hearing, we tend to overlook how important all of the senses are. Our sense of sight – we can take in the beauty of a blue summer sky, dotted with puffy clouds, the intense green of the trees, or the beloved sight of a loved ones face. Our sense of hearing, with which we can appreciate the laughter of a child, the sound of the wind singing in the trees, the drone of a honey bee, and the cacophony that is life swirling around us in all of our hustle and bustle. Our sense of taste – think about it . . . the intricate delicacies of various foods, the taste of smoke on the air from a bonfire, the salty taste from a sea breeze. Our sense of touch – the softness of a kitten’s fur, the cool kiss of a summer rain, the squish of sand between your toes, or the satisfaction of an awesome back scratch, the caress from someone we love, and who loves us back. And the sense of smell – think about how bland life would be without it! The aroma of cinnamon rolls baking, fresh cut grass, a fragrant rose, the acrid scent of vinegar, or even bleach. Our sense of smell can warn us of pending danger of fire, toxic exposure, or enhance our sense of taste to create a memory that is the lovely culmination of a culinary masterpiece. Take time to appreciate and stimulate all of your senses, not just today, but every day. Living life to the fullest is within our grasps, just by appreciating that which we have been blessed with, and should never take for granted. Studies have shown that using all of your senses actually can improve your overall health and mood. There have been a few suggestions for celebrating this holiday . . . go outside and close your eyes. Focus on the wonderful sounds you hear, feel the breeze on your skin, breath in the fresh scents of nature. Turn on music, turn out the lights and relax, fully take it in – pick out individual instruments. Another thing you could do is eat something you have never tried before, closing your eyes as you eat it, appreciating the flavor – savoring it slowly. Use these gifts you have been given and appreciate them fully.
International Fairy Day or Faerie Day – Today is the day that everyone who believes in fairies celebrates them. Because I didn’t know anything about fairies, I figured I’d look them up. Here’s what I found . . . early Fairy History shows that the belief in the existence of fairies was first known and is based on the fae of medieval Western European folklore. The early stories about these Fairies have become know as Fairy Tales. Throughout history these fairy tales have also included other mythological creatures like dragons, mermaids, elves, dwarfs and leprechauns. I found some interesting theories that speculated on the origins of these little creatures too. Very strange, but still quite interesting. I thought I’d share them with you:
1. They are souls that were never baptized.
2. They are souls caught between heaven and Hell. They have not been good enough to get into heaven, but they have not committed a bad enough sin to deserve Hell. They are in limbo.
3. These are fallen angels. It is believed that Angels that were loyal to Lucifer were also thrown out of heaven with him. God stopped them from being cast into Hell in mid-flight. He made them remain exactly where they were at the time. That is why some of these enchanted beings can fly in the air, many make living in the earth their home and others live in rivers, ponds, lakes and the ocean. Irish Folklore and folklore from Scotland, Scandinavia and others all have very similar accounts.
4. They are nature spirits. Somewhat similar to the fallen-angel theory, this theory holds that they are among the many spirits that populate all things and places in the earth.
5. They are tiny human beings. There is evidence that small-structured races populated parts of Europe and the British Isles in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, before the spread of the Celts. In Ireland, they were known as the Thuathe de Danaan. They resided in barrows and in shelters burrowed under hills and mounds. They were hard working but shy, and, as stronger peoples invaded their land and captured their iron weaponry, they retreated to the woodlands to live a secretive life. Being pagan, they continued to worship the pagan deities. They were in union with nature and possessed keen psychic senses. Their skills and trades allowed them to lead somewhat normal lives while raising tiny cattle and horses
It is thought that belief in these mystical creatures exists in nearly every culture throughout history. It is most common in Europe and the British Isles. The belief spread to American during the colonization period and it is still strong in the Appalachians, Ozarks and other remote mountainous regions. Originally the elusive nature of these fairy races was regarded with suspicion by larger people. Belief in them was thought to be superstitious. In spite of that, gradually more people began endowing the little people with magical characteristics. The larger of the fairy races were able to mingle with the normal sized people, and eventually married into their communities and intermingled their bloodlines. Up until the 13th century having fairy blood was admired. Fairies in literature appears often from the Middle Ages on and has come to be known as fairy tales. Fairy tales have been written by the English poet, Edmund Spenser, The Dane, Hans Christian Andersen, the Italians Matteo Boiardo and Ludovico Ariosto, the Frenchman Charles Perrault and many others.
How do I feel about all of this personally? Well, I think that fairy tales are lovely, and that many of them have a wonderful moral to them, but as for believing in mythical creatures? No, I’ll leave the belief in fairies to others and just enjoy the stories.
Swim a Lap Day – Swimming is so good for your health. And it’s fun! I rarely swim, and that is primarily because I suffer from shame over how I look in a bathing suit. It has to get very hot for me to shed that feeling of wanting to hide all of the time. Now that summer has arrived it’s time to enjoy all that summer has to offer, including time at the pool – if you have one available – and I do, so maybe I’d better focus on setting my insecurities aside and just going swimming this summer! My primary problem with swimming in the public pool is that there are often people in it besides myself who choose NOT to remove themselves from the pool before they go to the bathroom, and seriously, how often have we seen some kid – or even an adult – with their nose running past their lip, and they wipe it NOT ON THEIR TOWEL, but into the pool? GROSS! I seriously struggle with swimming – with my face even in the water – through someone else’s body secretions! Disgusting. Yes, I know that there’s chlorine in the water, but it’s still really gross. If you can get past that, then more power to you! Another thing to remember is that is also fun to swim in the rain – and you have a better chance of having the pool to yourself when it rains.
This Day In History –
1509 – Henry VII is crowned the King of England
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Praline Day –
Invented in France, pralines started out as sugared almonds. Settlers in 18th-century Louisiana replaced the almonds with pecans and added cream — voila, the Southern praline was born. Yum! These delicacies from www.food.com may just get your taste buds to dancing! That Praline French Toast Casserole sounds AMAZING!
- Praline Cinnamon Muffins
- Praline Dip
- Praline Spice Cake
- Pecan Praline Morsels
- Baby Brie With Praline Topping
- Cheesecake With Praline Sauce
- Kelly’s Praline French Toast Casserole
Today your lesson is to love yourself. Completely. Accept who you are for what is inside your heart, not what you not like about what you see in the mirror. I suffer from severe mirror issues – I refuse to REALLY look into one except at the body part I am working with – hair, face, etc. It is very uncommon for me to do more than give a cursory glance at what I’ve chosen to wear for the day beyond making sure everything is on right side out and frontwards. Sad, isn’t it? I had gotten to the point where I actually didn’t mind seeing the woman who looked back at me from the mirror, but I let my enjoyment of food and all things culinary, and my unfortunately dim view of exercise, crawl back into the forefront and the pounds started coming back. I am working on it, yet again, and am making some slow progress, but doggone it, it’s so hard to like myself throughout the process. Celebrate life, all parts of life – the good, the bad, the grim, the joyous. Embrace it and love the process. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.