Good morning and a blessed Sunday to everyone! Whether you are at home, at church, or out and about in nature enjoying the beauty of creation, may your day be filled with wonder and happiness. My day? Well, it’s blessed in that I have the time and ability to get my cookbook/appliance room reorganized. Yesterday was spent taking most of the clutter and books OUT of there, “helping” hubby put together the new, commercial, AMAZING shelving, and starting the process of organizing the books into some semblance or order. The rest of the “stuff: that was crammed onto shelves is now sitting in my dining/living areas of the house and that sort of mess makes me a little twitchy, so as soon as I hit post and my breakfast settles, I’m back to work, getting all of that sorted out and organized. It’s going to look so nice when I’m done!
Pardon Day – Today is Pardon Day. There are various ideas out there on what it was intended to be, and how it started, but the best I can figure is that it was set up after President Ford gave an unconditional pardon to President Nixon of all crimes connected to Watergate. (If only we JUST had something like Watergate to deal these days!) For everyone else, today could be an opportunity to seek forgiveness where needed. It is also a day to remember to say “Pardon Me” and “Excuse Me” when appropriate. It’s sad to say that there has been a definite decline in today’s society much to do with etiquette. Please, Thank You and Excuse me seem to be foreign words to many of the generation growing up today. I don’t understand why! Nobody likes it when someone is rude to them, and the way to best put an end to that is if we practice good manners towards others ourselves.
National Pet Memorial Day – We love our pets. If we are decent, NORMAL people, we treat our pets as family. There are those individuals masquerading as human who treat pets badly, but for the most part I’d like to say that people treat their pets well, and love them. We grow attached to our pets and we dread the day we have to say good-bye to them. Even though we know when we get a new pet that someday we will have to let them go, since they have a much shorter lifespan, it still comes as a shock and fills us with sadness when get to that time. I know that when my Tibbi Dog has to go it is going to fill me with such sadness. I tear up just thinking about it. Reality is that she is a 14 year old big dog and we have been truly blessed by her long life and good health. Her face is grey, her step is slower, she has old lady aches and pains. Every day I pray before I go to work that she is still with us when we get home, because I see the puppy still living inside of her . . . she still plays with her toys, just for not as long at time. She still frolics, before she realizes that that kinda hurts! And she still puts her face into a semblance of a doggy smile when she’s getting attention. But that day is coming and though I’ve been through it before, I dread going through it again. I think we all probably feel the same. It isn’t just dogs that we love and miss when they are gone. Obviously there are cats too, but there are also rabbits, fish, turtles, ferrets, crabs, snakes, hamsters, gerbils, birds and a huge assortment of other animals. All have different life spans, and as their people we will have to deal with their losses as they reach their time to go. Today was intended to spend time cherishing the memory of our lost pets, and moving on. We gave them a happy, safe and comfortable life and should take peace from that. There are various ways to celebrate this one. Spend a few minutes thinking over good memories of your pet while looking at pictures of them; if your pet is buried somewhere, go visit their burial site; contribute to an animal protection group; volunteer at an animal shelter; create a small memorial in a flower garden in your yard; or plant a tree or shrub as a living memorial. No matter how you celebrate, or how much you miss them, know that their lives were blessed because you loved them, just as yours were blessed because they loved you.
National Grandparent’s Day – Today we honor our Grandparents, for their influential role in our families, for the love that they showed to us growing up. I would LOVE to be able to see my Grandma today, but she lives a long drive away, and I’m watching my parent’s cats and house while they are over there seeing her this weekend anyway. As for my Grandparents who have already passed, I can’t even imagine how much I would be willing to give to spend another day with them, and have my hubby meet them. I miss them so much. I’ve written much about my Grandparents, and all of the rich memories they created for me as a child, and young adult. There is rarely a day when I don’t think of something my Grandma told me that pertains to something I am going through. The aromas in the kitchen at their house, the sounds of Grandpa puttering upstairs with his fishing stuff, Grandma’s laugh, the soothing sweetness of her voice . . . Gosh I miss them. So, when did this special day start? It was an initiative of Marian McQuade, a homemaker in Fayette County, WV. She started a campaign in 1973 to dedicate a special day for Grandparents, so people would spend time honoring them and promoting an intergenerational appreciation for them. Because of her efforts, in 1978 President Jimmy Carter proclaimed September 8 to be Grandparents day. Definitely a worthwhile day to celebrate! If you are fortunate enough to have Grandparents, give them some love today – after all, they’ve given their love to you all of your life.
National Hug Your Hound Day – Well, for those of us who were affected by the thought of losing our dogs, we have probably already celebrated this one, but just in case you needed another excuse to hug your dog, this is it. The 2nd Sunday in September is National Hug Your Hound Day. This day serves as a reminder – as if the GOOD pet owners needed one – to keep our four-legged friends happy, healthy and safe. Another focus of this one is for the dogs who live in urban areas. Wide open spaces and outdoors areas aren’t always available for city-dwelling dogs, but if you live in the city you can still enjoy parks, lakes and other areas where dogs are allowed, whether on or off leash. Get them out into the fresh air and enjoying as much of nature as is available to you. They deserve it, and so do you.
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day – I cannot imagine a job more heart wrenching that that of a doctor or nurse that works with sick children. Today we honor the wonderful, caring people, who each day care for many of our most precious patients: children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders. These special nurses dedicate their lives to providing the highest standard of care to their patients and families. This often extends beyond caring for the physical health, and extends to include emotional support and long term follow-up treatment as they grow into adults. These amazing nurses see and feel so much trauma and pain as they battle this horrible disease alongside the patients. They definitely deserve the honor of their own day.
This Day In History –
1966 – Star Trek premiered on television.
1974 – President Ford gives unconditional pardon to Richard Nixon for any crimes related to Watergate.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Date Nut Bread Day – Mmmmm . . . It IS September, fall is definitely on the way, and a tasty, sweet, nutty bread is a wonderful precursor to the holidays. This bread is a perfect bread for the season, it isn’t heavy on the sugar, since dates are naturally sweet. and a couple of loaves would very likely be appreciated by the family! Here are a few variations of date nut bread from www.food.com. Enjoy!
Well, go about your day with happiness and purpose. My purpose is to find my dining room again . . . after I give my dog a great big hug. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!