Happiness . . . It’s a Wonderful Thing!

Aug 8th

It is so disappointing to be dreaming that it is Saturday, only to have the alarm clock tell you something different – quite rudely! – at 5:00 in the morning. It’s time to drag myself to work, but I don’t want to do that before I say good morning to you and get things started here!  This may be a two coffee day.


Verse of the Day

August 8, 2017

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Proverbs 10:8

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

When you hear a command from Scripture, do you wince? How about rationalize? How about transferring the responsibility to someone else? Or, do you obey to honor the Father? A wise heart accepts the commands of God as a blessing and a safeguard. A fool finds a way around the personal application of the command. Let’s ask ourselves honesty, “Which of the two am I?”



Food for Thought

Today’s verse of the day really made me think. Sometimes the thought of the day really pinpoints some deep feelings. The devotion book Hubby and I have been reading nightly has talked a lot about grace, forgiveness, kindness, love, etc. and it’s easy for me to see where other people need to do these things, but there is always an excuse why the person I need doesn’t deserve forgiveness. They hurt me! They don’t deserve it. The truth is, I don’t deserve it either, yet Christ died so I could be forgiven. That’s a lot to live up to.  Let the issues you have with others go. You don’t have to like the behavior to forgive what has hurt you.  You will never forget the hurt, but can move forward in love.  If God can give His son as a sacrifice that none of us deserve, then the least we can do is follow His instructions to forgive, to love, to give grace for our failings. We all have them and judging someone else for theirs when we are guilty of sin also, well, that’s just hypocritical.




Happiness Happens Day – What a wonderful thought!  Happiness Happens.  Do you know who “owns” this motto?  Get this – I had to chuckle – It’s the 17th birthday of the “Secret Society of Happy People”.  Secret? Are there so few of them that they have to be secret?  And I’m giggling again . . . it’s just funny!  Why would happiness need to be secret?  No matter the reason, this is a great one to celebrate and be happy about . . . get it? Happy?  hahahaha sorry – it’s just funny.




Odie Day – We are all familiar with Garfield. He’s widely celebrated and known everywhere. But what about his happy little sidekick Odie?  Odie deserves his own day for putting up with Garfield for all of these years!  Most people call Odie unintelligent and highly gullible, but that he is lovable little pooch.  And we all know that no matter how much Garfield torments Odie, he does love his little buddy.  So break out the party hats, confetti, horns, streamers and ice cream cake for this long tongued, cute yellow dog.  Some sites say he’s a beagle, but he never struck me as that!  He may not be able to talk, but I’m sure he is thanking us in his thoughts.






This Day in History –

 1890 – The Daughters of the American Revolution organization is created.

1945 – The USSR finally declares war against Japan.



Food Celebration of the Day –

National Frozen Custard Day – What is frozen custard exactly?  Well, it is sometimes called French ice cream and it does resemble ice cream.  Due to the higher concentration of egg yolks and butterfat, frozen custard is richer, creamer and softer than ice cream.  It resembles Crème Anglaise or Spanish flan, and is traditionally baked into a crust.  In the United States frozen custard can be traced to Coney Island, NY and was introduced to the Midwest at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago.  Frozen custard is typically made fresh throughout the day.  I did see an interesting comparison to the fat content between different frozen treats:  frozen yogurt – as low as 0 percent; Gelato – 2 to 8 percent; soft-serve ice cream – 4 to 6 percent; hard scoop ice cream – 14 to 18 percent; frozen custard – at least 10 percent butterfat.  Soooo let me get this straight – frozen custard is richer than ice cream, but less fat?  Alrighty then! 



Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day – Many people do not know that zucchini is a fruit and not a vegetable.  Seriously! It is!  I have tried and tried for the last few years to get zucchini to grow in my garden. I know, that’s not a problem many people have.  In the house we used to live in, I had so much zucchini it was literally overwhelming and until last year I hadn’t had much luck here. This year I didn’t get a garden in, but really miss the zucchini!   A single plant can produce what seems like an endless supply and a small row – well you’ll never be done with it, which is what brings about this day. By the time August arrives most gardeners are reaping more zucchini than they can possible use.  After using it daily in everything from soups and stews to breads and dips, they get desperate to get rid of it and start giving it away.  Eventually everyone starts to avoid them, so they sneak it onto their neighbors’ porches and run away!  Why hasn’t anyone snuck some onto MY porch! I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE some!    Here are a few ideas to help you use up your overflow this year.  Enjoy!         

Oven-Baked Zucchini Sticks

 Zucchini Bites

My Best Zucchini Bread

Marinated Zucchini Salad

Zucchini Nut Muffins

Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini Chocolate-Orange Cake


Hm, I may have to pick up some zucchini since all that I have is frozen. I’m sure I can do something like zucchini fritters tonight to go with dinner.  We haven’t had those for awhile and it sounds pretty good. Of course frozen custard sounds good too.  This could take a trip to the grocery store, but I think I can make it happen.  Have a wonderful day! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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