What a day yesterday was . . . I’m glad it’s over. And when it was all said and done, I got home to make dinner, just put the beef onto the stove to brown for tacos, and the power went out. Someone hit a power pole a few miles away. We decided to head to the casino for dinner, and played a few games while we were there. Got home to a house with power . . . and filled with smoke. I’d forgotten to turn the burner off under the empty pan – well, empty except for what beef drippings were in there. Thank You God for not letting the house catch on fire. I got a little shaky there for a few moments afterward thinking about it. Having the house standing and undamaged is plenty to celebrate, but I’m sure there is more . . . so let’s find out what!
Different Colored Eyes Day – Years ago my Mom had a dog – solid black dog with ice blue eyes – who had a litter of pups that were so different! Most of them had one brown eye and one blue eye – very striking, beautiful pups. It was such an unexpected thing to see those puppies bouncing up and down with those incredible eyes. Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone in the world had the same color eyes? Anyway, having two different colored eyes is called Heterochromia. A few famous people who have heterochromia are David Bowie, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken. Maybe the way to celebrate this day would be to pay very close attention to the eyes of people who walk by you today. You may see someone who has Heterochromia!
Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day – What a fun one! I really wish we had a Chick-fil-A around here! Today is the day, in the 1,700 + Chick-fil-A restaurants, that if you show up in black and white spots, cow bells and furry ears – or other cow related costumes, you get a free meal! If you wear a partial costume you get a free entrée. How cute is THAT?
Simplicity Day – Have you ever wanted to really simplify your life? Just ditch all the city stuff and just head for the hills? Yeah. . . I sympathize. This is something I think to myself every single morning of my life. Well, Henry David Thoreau (born July 12, 1817) took this thought seriously. Just before his 28th birthday, he moved to a small cabin near Walden Pond in order to live a simple, quiet life. He explained:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
In honor of his birthday, and how he drastically changed his life, this day is known as Simplicity Day. His writings are often encouraging for people who wish to simplify their lives, cutting out physical and mental clutter. Thoreau is quite a controversial figure, but he does have a lot of good quotes that have been memorialized on walls, jewelry and even on coffee mugs!
This Day In History –
1878 – Fever epidemic in New Orleans begin, it will kill 4,500
1909 – 16th Amendment approved (power to tax incomes) – **This is one we shed tears over every pay day!**
For more events that happened this day – check it out!
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Pecan Pie Day – If you like nuts, and you like pie, and you like sweets, then today is your day. Sweet and crunchy, Pecan Pie is a regular on the menu of many restaurants. And, for good reason. Celebrate National Pecan Pie Day by baking and eating pecan pie. Make an extra pie, and give it to a friend. Or, bring a pecan pie to work to share with co-workers. If you don’t have time to bake today, go to the store or a restaurant.