Friends . . .We Need Them . . . We Love Them . . . Let’s Celebrate Them!

Aug 3rd

It’s a gorgeous Sunday morning and I actually feel MOSTLY human again!  Nothing like wasting a whole Saturday feeling like I’ve been beaten up inside of my brain.  Now it just feels slightly bruised.  At least I’ll be able to get a few things done today. . . something I desperately need to do.

Friendship Day – Today is the day to nurture relationships, whether they are new or old.  It’s a very easy and fun day to celebrate because it can be as simple as just getting in touch with some old friends.  A simple phone call, email or even an E-Card are great tools to do that.   See if you can make plans to meet for coffee or lunch soon, but make the invitation today so it honors this celebration.  No matter what way you choose to follow the spirit of the day, if you put your whole heart into it, it will be a wonderful day.  Happy Friendship Day to Everyone!    

Global Forgiveness Day is held on  August 27th

International Forgiveness Day– the first Sunday of August

Forgiveness Day is a time to forgive and to be forgiven. Forgiveness is spoken about in the Bible, both the word and the concept combined, 126 times.  Obviously this is something that God feels very strongly about.  There is so much trouble and struggle in the world, that two forgiveness days can only help to make things better.  It’s not easy to forgive someone who has hurt you, and doesn’t care that they’ve hurt you, nor do they even care if they are forgiven.  The giving of forgiveness at that point isn’t for them, it is for you, so the hurts inside of you heal.  This is something I struggle with on a deep emotional level – and those who are reading who know me, know what it is that I mean.  I’m working on it though and I am praying that at some point I can just release it and forgive.  Today is a good day to focus on that a bit, and a wonderful reminder.

Sister’s Day –  If you have a sister today, celebrate her!  Sisters are truly special and unique – I know my brother is awfully lucky to have me!  (hehehe)  Sure, you may argue and fight with your sister, but when it comes right down to it your sister has your best interest at heart and would likely do anything for you.  Celebrate today by spending time with your sister, making is special for both of you.  If you are far away from your sister, give her a call.  I’m sure she will appreciate it.  By the way, Hallmark has August 7th listed as Sister’s Day.  They are only correct once every 7 years.  It is the 1st Sunday in August – so now you know!

This Day In History

1958 – The Nautilus, a nuclear powered submarine is the first submarine to cross the North Pole under water.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Watermelon Day  Now HERE’S a fruit that deserves its own special day!  Sweet and tasty, watermelons are one of summer’s favorite fruits.  It is a must have at picnics and BBQ’s.  Watermelon is over 90% water and it sure does taste wonderful!  Stores carry watermelon all year long, but they are the very best when they are actually in season during the summer.  They have a richer, sweeter flavor. Mark Twain even made this famous quote, “When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.”  Obviously he really loved watermelon!

Apart from their wonderful flavor and thirst-quenching abilities, watermelons are very nutritious.  Almost every part of the watermelon is edible, from its inner flesh, to its seeds being roasted as snacks and its rind being pickled or stir fried in certain regions.  Even the thick outer skin can be used, along with the flesh, while making juice.  I’ve never heard of roasted watermelon seeds until today, but I have heard of pickled watermelon rind.  I think my Grandma used to make that.       Rich in water low in calories, watermelon has considerable amounts of vitamins A and C.  it is rich in carotenoids and is free of fats and cholesterol.  It is thought that watermelons kept at room temperature are more nutritious than those kept in the refrigerator – but for the life of me I can’t figure out how cold watermelon would change much from room temp.  This nutrition table is based on 100 grams of raw fruit:

Vitamin C – 8.1 mg
Calcium – 7 mg
Vitamin A – 569 IU
Potassium – 112 mg
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) – 0.045 mg
Magnesium – 10 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamin) – 0.033 mg
Phosphorous – 11 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.021mg
Iron – 0.24 mg
Folate – 3 mcg
Sodium – 1 mg
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) – 0.221 mg
Fluoride – 1.5 mcg

100 grams of this fruit amounts to 30 calories and contains 91.5 grams water, 0.15 gram fat, 7.55 grams carbohydrates, 0.4 gram dietary fiber, 6.2 grams sugar and 0.61 gram protein. Seeds of watermelon also contain certain nutrients in trace amounts. 50% of watermelon seeds consists of oil and the other half includes 35% protein and 5% dietary fiber.

There’s a LOT more nutrition information about this wonderful fruit – but I didn’t want anyone to fall asleep while reading.
While buying watermelons, select the ones with smooth skin, which is dark green. Go for the ones that are heavy and with a white or yellow patch as a sign of ripening. The seeds should be dark black and the flesh should be dark pink or red. You can hear a hollow sound, while thumping a ripe watermelon. Hubby has a knack for picking out the perfect watermelon every time. Me?  It’s hit and miss.

Lloyd Bright of Arkansas holds the world record for growing the heaviest watermelon in 2005. His melon weighed almost 270 pounds!  That’s a BIG watermelon and at the average .69 per pound, and expensive one!   Here are some delicious ideas from www.food.com for enjoying your watermelon in a variety of ways.  I can honestly say that the watermelon lemonade sounds really refreshing.

 

 

 

 

Well, I don’t have a sister to celebrate – though I do have two friends who have sisters visiting from out of town, so even unintentionally they will be celebrating this one today, and I’m not feeling well enough to go hang out with friends, so doggone it! I am going to celebrate watermelon! THAT I have on hand! Awesome!  Enjoy your Sunday, celebrate it with everything in you.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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