Getting Organized, Planting Flowers, Baking Scallops and Running Away from Girl Scout Cookies!

Mar 12th

Holy Humor – Joke of the Day


An Illinois man left the snow-filled streets of Chicago for a vacation in Florida. His wife was on a business trip and was planning to meet him there the next day. When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick e-mail. Unable to find the scrap of paper on which he had written her e-mail address, he did his best to type it in from memory. Unfortunately, he missed one letter, and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife, whose husband had passed away only the day before. When the grieving widow checked her e-mail, she let out a piercing scream and fell to the floor in a dead faint. Her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen: “Dearest Wife, Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow. PS. Sure is hot down here!”

Girl Scout Day –  Today we celebrate the creation of the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.  There were 18 girls in that first group.  Today there are millions of girls involved with Girl Scouts. For the cookie monsters out there, this is the time of year when every store entrance has tables piled high with boxes of Girl Scout cookies with little girls standing behind the tables trying to make you feel guilty if you say no.  I have to look away and pretend I don’t seem them and charge on past.  If I don’t, I might give in and buy some and that would be BAD. VERY, VERY BAD!  I’m glad they are able to learn valuable skills, generate income for the scouting activities and that some people get to enjoy their annual treats.  I just can’t go there myself, because once that door is opened, there’s no closing it until the scale starts fighting back.

Plant a Flower Day  – For those of you with a green thumb, or even two, today is a day to get a little dirt under your fingernails and plant a flower today!   Gardening is a great hobby and it is enjoyed by millions of people, young and old alike.  It is a hobby that pretty much anyone can participate in, regardless of their age and health.  Senior citizens love it because they can garden long after they give up other hobbies and sports that become too difficult.  I am one of those people who was not gifted with the talents of my grandparents or my mother.  My Grandfather had the most AMAZING garden and the fruit that man could grow just makes mouth water thinking about it.  My Grandma had the same abilities with herbs and flowers.  My Grandma H – who is 92 this year, still grows beautiful potted flowers now that she can’t get outside to dig in the garden easily.  Mom has houseplants that just keep growing and growing, to the point that they even climb up her walls! Me? Wow, it’s sad.  Sometimes I think I can hear my plants squealing and pulling away when I walk by so I don’t accidentally touch them.  It’s pathetic.  I keep trying.  I have a few plants that persist in putting out a few leaves now and again.  I finally got my rosemary to take hold outside, and I think my blueberries are going to do well.  But it’s been YEARS trying to make this happen.  Perhaps it’s a gift that just takes time to nurture – sort of like the plants.  To celebrate this day plant a flower, or transplant a houseplant in a new pot – it’ll thank you!  In my case, I think I’ll finally remember to water my houseplants . . . is that festive enough?

Organize Your Home Office Day – Wow – does this one hit home for me today.  My office has been a work in progress forever.  You see, my office is also the guest room.  When I get going on organizing for the office portion we tend to get word that we are going to have guests.  That results in me frantically bailing papers into bags and boxes and hiding them in the closet.  Guest room looks great at that point, but I’m back at the beginning for getting the office done. I envision it finished though, and I look forward to the day because I know that when that room is all set up and functional, I’ll feel like I can breathe easier.  Baby steps – one box or bag at a time.

National Baked Scallops Day – Scallops are one of the most popular shellfish in the world. These meaty mollusks are low in fat and are delicious sauteed, deep fried, or baked!  Scallop shells symbolized female fertility in ancient times. Venus, the goddess of love, was often depicted with them, most famously in Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.”

A few different scallop dishes are listed here and they all sound delicious right now!

Baked Scallops
Bacon-Wrapped Rumaki Scallops
Simple Sauteed Scallops
Herbed Scallops
Bay Scallop Ceviche
Bay Scallops Scampi

Give one a try today!

Whether you spend the day munching on delicious scallop dishes, indulging in Girl Scout cookie treats, organizing your home office or planting flowers, you can have a wonderful time and just soak in the spirit of the day.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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