Do You Work Like A Dog . . . Or Do You Have A Dog’s Life? Good Question!

Aug 5th

How many of you have noticed lately that the price of food is going through the roof?  If you’re like me, and your paycheck doesn’t increase from payday to payday, and isn’t likely to in the near, or even distant future, the awareness that the cost of food, utilities, fuel, etc. are going up, up, up can give you a bleak and frightened feeling in the pit of your stomach every time you walk into a store and try to get the items that are on your shopping list.  If you add to that the wish to eat healthy, organic, non-processed foods, well . . . that bleak feeling just increases and gets worse from week to week.  Last night I had to stop at the store.  My list had 5 things on it. I walked out with a LOT of food.  I followed the advice I’ve been hearing for some time and shopped the perimeter of the store where the fresh food is, avoided the middle aisles where all the canned and packaged foods were, and focused on sales. Not one item in my cart wasn’t on sale . . . no that’s not true.  I got a spaghetti squash, an onion and a head of cauliflower that were not on sale.  I found meats on 50% and 75% off because they were due to reach their pull date in a few days.  I have a big freezer that’s been a bit on the empty side lately, so I stocked up!  I managed to get whole fryer chickens for $2.50 each, turkey sausage for $1.00 a package and lots of other wonderful finds!  Keep your eyes open for sales and those prices meant to move the meat so they don’t have to throw it away.  It’s good meat, absolutely nothing wrong with it, and if you are going to freeze it or use it right away then you stand to save a good deal of money.  Besides, it seriously feels good to see that freezer fill up.  Oh, and as an extra bonus on the shopping trip I pulled up the fuel pump and because of the shopping I’d done in the store for the past two trips, I got .20 off at the pump! YES!  That felt really great!  Plan your shopping trips carefully, try to take a few extra dollars to allow you to take advantage of the sales, and enjoy seeing the savings add up!  I saved $54 in the store alone! I had a smile on my face all the way home.  No, it really doesn’t take all that much to make me happy.

Work Like a Dog Day – Have you ever thought about what this really means? I don’t know what kind of life  YOUR dog lives, but mine sleeps a LOT! When she isn’t sleeping she’s either watching us closely – just in case we drop a treat in her direction – or she’s rolling over on her back in an oh-so-nonchalant way, attempting to create in us a deep desire to stop what we are doing and rub her belly.  She has us pegged, for the most part, because seriously, I can’t resist that vaguely pleading expression on her precious face.  Working like a dog, or any other species, isn’t what comes to mind when I contemplate my dog’s life!  I guess that’s why the English language is so confusing to some people.  This idiom, and “It’s A Dog’s Life” are in direct opposition to each other with what they may mean. “It’s A Dog’s Life” seems to refer to the sort of life  MY dog lives – lazing around, sleeping all day, with nothing more to worry about than her next meal or belly rub.  “Work Like A Dog” means just the opposite, working to your maximum ability for an extended length of time, much like a true working dog, such as a sheep dog or sled dog.  They are bred to work hard, and they seem to like their lives, even though they aren’t leisurely. What sort of life are YOU living?  I’d like to think that mine is a balanced combination of both, which is probably a good thing, don’t you think?

National Night Out – I have to say, this one is pretty doggone awesome.  The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups and individual citizens develop and promote crime prevention programs in their neighborhoods.  They work with these different groups to help keep volunteers informed, interested, involved and motivated.  They started out, with their first event “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 to encourage people to get involved and to send a message to criminals that the neighborhoods were organized and they were fighting back against crime.  The very first National Night Out saw 2.5 million Americans taking part in 400 communities, across 23 states.  Now it involves over 37.8 million people, in 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. The traditional “lights on” campaign and the symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across the country with different events and activities that include, but certainly are not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, all to heighten awareness and to make better community relationships.  The more eyes that are out and about in the neighborhoods, the less chance that crime will go unnoticed and unreported.  Do you have a neighborhood watch program?


National Underwear Day –  Did your mom ever tell you to always wear clean underwear just in case you were in an accident?  I never understood that.  I would think that if you were in an accident and it was bad enough clean underwear would be the least of your worries, and if it wasn’t a bad accident, then nobody had any reason to know if you were wearing clean underwear or not!  Geesh! But that’s not what this day is about.  No, on August 5, 2003 Freshpair founded National Underwear Day.  The idea was to invite everyone to participate in setting a new Guinness World Record by wearing their underwear to Times Square on this day.  This year they are reaching out to cancer survivors to regain their lives and men and women suffering with poor body image. I did find a website about the actual event, and they do have some pretty strict rules about the types of underwear that can be worn – including none that are too revealing.  Well, this isn’t one I’d ever actively celebrate, but it is an interesting concept.

This Day In History –  
1924 – Little Orphan Annie comic strip debuts.
Food Celebration of the Day
National Oyster Day –  I’m not an oyster fan.  Not because I don’t like the way they taste, because I’ve honestly never tasted one.  No, it’s all stuff that is in my head.  I don’t like the way they look, I don’t like the way they feel, and I don’t like that it’s a filtration organ in and of itself and you can’t clean out the yuck that you would usually clean out of something you’d eat.  The mere thought puts a little bile in my throat. Of course, I say that, but I do eat clams, and I’m guessing that the same holds true for them.  They aren’t slimy though, so that MUST count for something, right?   A lot of people do like oysters though – most of the people I know have at least given them a chance.  So, when I was looking this up today I found out that there are over 100 different species of oysters and that they are typically named after the body of water in which they are grown, because they take on the characteristics of the water they live in.  Here are some other interesting facts:   
* The largest oyster-producing body of water in the world is located in Chesapeake Bay on the east coast of the U.S.
* Almost two billion pounds of oysters are eaten each year.
* In the U.S., east coast oysters tend to be smaller, milder and saltier. West coast oysters are creamy and sweet.
* Only one out of every 10,000 oysters will produce a pearl.
Here are some ways to prepare them from  If you try some, let me know how they turned out! 
*After some brief and only half-hearted thought – I have concluded that POSSIBLY, some day, if I’m REALLY hungry and likely desperate for something to eat, that a cornmeal fried oyster dunked in lots of goopy sauce MAY find its way to my plate.  MAYBE. Don’t hold your breath, and neither will I.

As you go about your day, find something to smile about . . . something that will give you joy.  Yesterday’s shopping trip and saving all that money on groceries made my whole day happy. I am going to hurry and get out of the house a little early this morning so I can stop back by the store and see if they have any of those chickens left.  That’s just too good a deal not to grab a few more if I can. My freezer still has lots of room in it!  This alone will put a smile on my face. . . . hope you can find something in your day that will do the same.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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