HAHAHAHAHA I had to share this with you. This is Baby R. He was unhappy because Mama wouldn’t let him chew on an electrical power strip. He has the sad booboo lip down like a pro, doesn’t he? Funny, since this is how I felt when my feet hit the floor this morning and I had to get my day started!
Don’t you just LOVE the crisp air in the mornings? And the way the light looks now that we have this extra hour of daylight in the morning! It glows! There is something just stunning about seeing the trees, bare of their autumn leaves, reaching limbs towards the sky, surrounded by frost tipped grass and shrubbery. For us we get the added beauty of seeing the snow cloaked Olympic Mountains shining with a rose light in the early morning dawn. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty.
Verse of the Day
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
God is working in us to conform our character and will to be like his own. God is a giver. God finds delight in generously blessing us. Now he asks us to do the same. Giving is not some arbitrary task given us to support our churches and ministries; no, giving is part of our character transformation to become more like God. It may be one of the truest ways we have placed our allegiance, dependence, and priorities in the gracious work of God.
Food for Thought
We are in the season where we are focusing on thankfulness, giving, kindness and generosity. Even though we should have our attention on doing and being all of these things year-round, it is more in our minds eye as we head into the holidays. Some people say that they can’t be generous as they don’t have much money. They are so busy at work, they don’t have time to do much. These are excuses that really shouldn’t hold any water with any of us. We are all capable of giving in one way or another. God didn’t just bless us with material goods that we can share with other people. He gave us time and talents too. Spending time with people who don’t have anyone is one way to be generous. Helping out someone with something that they may not be good at but you are – for example a gentleman we used to know would go and help repair things at the homes of the elderly who couldn’t do it themselves. We do not have to have every single day go exactly the way WE would like to schedule it, with only our own thoughts, enjoyment and focus in mind. Giving a tired parent a break from the daily routine with the kids, helping someone load up their groceries at the store if you see them struggling, taking the cart back to the return spot (Usually for me this is for the elderly or handicapped.) There is always something we can do to be giving, loving, thoughtful and kind. Something to think about.
Election Day – Today is Election Day, a day when every single citizen of this nation has the opportunity to stand up tall and proud, a day to exercise the right to take a stand for what we believe in, what is best for us as a nation, both locally and with the country as a whole. This one is more for local matters, which really pay a big part in how we are able to live day to day in each of our towns and communities. Because I don’t live in a town with any elected officials, our issues are on a county level. There were three that really had me irritated and happy to vote on, well, four really. The 1st three were to vote to repeal or maintain three very costly tax plans that our state imposed upon the people without putting them to a vote. Um. No. I am NOT OK with this, at all. My vote was to repeal all three. If this is something we as a community need, we should have the option to vote on it. The 4th that is a hot button issue in our county was for the libraries. Now, know right off the top, I love the library. I have my card and I do use the library fairly regularly. They are asking for a property tax levy to increase their funding, which on the surface doesn’t sound like a terrible thing, until you start looking at it more closely. I know for our local library they just gave it a face lift inside, getting rid of perfectly good, new looking desks, chairs and kiosks for new, modern, rather uncomfortable looking contraptions. They were quickly spending last year’s budget so they could try to get more money this year. Why wasn’t that money spent on new books or computers? Those desks weren’t needed and appeared to be for appearance only. The real reason I said a resounding NO (in my head – on the form of course it’s just filling in the bubble) was that in our county people are allowed to come in and look at hard core porn on the computers in full view of anyone who happens to walk by and the library staff won’t say anything about it. There have been young children exposed to horrible images just because they happened to be walking by from one section to another. This is absolutely unacceptable to me, and it should be unacceptable to every citizen of our county. For this reason, I voted no. Someone else’s freedom of expression, speech, etc. should not infringe upon the right of a parent to help maintain their child’s innocence as long as possible. If they are so concerned with Joe Homeless Guy’s ability to look at porn, maybe they should put that computer in a private corner where nobody can walk behind him. Gross.
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day – We all love our furbabies, don’t we? And the thought of them being sick fills us with such sadness. I did not know this, but Lymphosarcoma (or lymphoma) is the 3rd most common cancer that diagnosed in dogs. It is a cancer of the blood cells (or lymphocytes) and lymphoid tissues. The average age to be diagnosed with lymphoma is 6-9 years old, but dogs of any age can get it. There are certain breeds that seem to be more likely to develop it, such as boxers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Scotties, Westies and Pointers). Be sure to take your pets in for routine check-ups so something so horrible can be diagnosed early and your pup will have a chance at a healthy future.
This Day in History –
1874 – Cartoonist Thomas Nast depicts Republican party as an elephant in a cartoon in Harper’s Weekly.
Food Celebration of the Day –
International Merlot Day – Any time we have the opportunity to celebrate a delicious wine, you can count me in. Merlot became very popular in the late 1980s as a New World monovarietal, which lead to over-cropping and new vineyards being planted in locations that were sub-standard. The quality of the wine took a dive, which took things to a new consumer response not wanting to drink Merlot. These complaints were taken seriously, Merlot quality was improved, and it is once again became a widely accepted wine. Hm . . . this could shape what it is we have for dinner tonight, so we can enjoy a lovely Merlot with our meal.
National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day – Lucky you…lucky me. Chocolate is a vegetable, made from cocoa beans. Almonds are good for you, as they help to improve your cholesterol levels. So, bittersweet chocolate with almonds is good for you, right!? Hey, logic is logic! Why question it? All on its own, chocolate isn’t actually sweet at all, but that’s what sugar and cocoa butter are for, right? I may have to give this recipe for biscotti a shot – I love making biscotti!
- Chocolate-Almond Biscotti
- Chocolate-Almond Ricotta Cake
- Chocolate-Almond Apricot Brittle
- Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake
- Chocolate-Almond Nut Jobs
- Chocolate-Almond Toffee
- Chocolate-Almond Crescent Cookies
Have you ever had red wine and bittersweet chocolate together? If you get the right combination it is REALLY good! Yum!