I’m betting as I post this, most of you are still in bed sleeping. I’m up and trying to be quiet as I set about getting my day started, so I don’t wake hubby up. It’s 3:30 a.m. and I need to leave the house in about 45 minutes to begin my trip down to hang out with my Grandchildren while their parents are working. I’m so happy to be able to do this once in a while, though I admit that I’d like if it were just a little bit later. It’s a 3 hour trip though, so early is something I need to do to get there in time. I haven’t seen the kids since mid October, which feels so long ago! Baby B is growing so quickly that it boggles the mind and I’m sure she has gotten much bigger since the last time I cuddled with her. The hush of the morning, with the stars still out, and the diamond like sparkle of frost on everything, just makes this time of day so incredibly magical. There isn’t any traffic at this time of the morning, though it will begin getting busy on the road in about an hour. The first part of the trip will be smooth and effortless. Watching the sun come up, and seeing the world give a stretch and wake up is always pretty incredible. It’s the getting up and out of the house that is difficult, not the trip itself. Coming home may be another matter.
Have a Bad Day Day – This one confuses me. It really does! When I saw the title, I expected that it was going to be a day to acknowledge that every once in a while we all have a bad day. Some of us have more bad days than others, but it’s quite normal to have one mixed in here and there. Sadly, as I kept reading about it, I found that this is a day when we are encouraged to wish people to have a bad day! How awful is that? The intent was to have sales people stop saying “Have A Good Day” to their customers and replace it with “Have A Bad Day”. Makes me wonder who sneezed in the creator’s Cheerios the day they set this one up. Seriously! Who would come up with something that negative! Well, I’m just reporting the day, not endorsing it. So, on this day I will be contrary to the name of the celebration and tell you to HAVE A GOOD DAY!!!
Rocky and Bullwinkle Day – Happy 55th Birthday Rocky and Bullwinkle! How many hours did many of us spend as kids watching this funny duo on Saturday mornings? On this day in 1959, Rocky and Bullwinkle played the heroes and saved the world for the very first time – the first time of many! The show was funny, witty, and though it had terrible animation, it ran for six years and had all sorts of spin-offs. We all l loved Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris and Natasha, Dudley Do-Right (I admit – Dudley actually annoyed me a bit), and even Snively Whiplash. This was one of the great shows where the good guys always win, it doesn’t pay to break the law, and all’s well with the world until the next episode. Ahhhh, those were the days . . . when cartoons were actually entertaining and not mind numbingly stupid propaganda intended to dumb down our kids, and shove them into a hive mentality world. Bring back the good old days, and show them cartoons with true entertainment value!
World Toilet Day – We are so fortunate to live in a country where we likely have never had to face a situation without a flushing toilet, vault toilet, porta potty or some other form of facility to accommodate our sanitation needs. The only time most of us will have had to do our business outdoors is if we are hiking the back country somewhere, and have brought our own shovels and biodegradable toilet paper! Today brings to light a very serious global problem – one that we may take for granted, but many see as a luxury. Around one billion people in the world face indignity every day by having to go to the bathroom out in open spaces, and the diarrheal diseases that are associated with this practice kill more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. We are so fortunate to have grown up in a country where proper sanitation is standard, and where we learn the basics of hygiene from a very young age and our facilities are modern and clean. Global Vision International (GVI) is a global volunteer organization that runs sanitation projects in countries like Nepal, Kenya, India and South Africa. Their statistics say that in South Africa alone, approximately 75,000 children die before they are 5, in many cases due to a lack of education in general healthcare practices. The problem goes beyond the need for proper toilets, with education being a key factor in putting a stop to the health problems in these countries. The lack of clean and safe toilets isn’t just a health issue, but it has had an impact on education also. A large number of girls drop out of school when they reach puberty because they don’t have adequate facilities. GVI goes into these countries and helps renovate toilet facilities in schools and communities, improving conditions, educating the communities and giving these people better lives. Today please appreciate how fortunate we are, and perhaps reach out to a group such as GVI, World Vision, etc. and help these communities with the problems associated with lack of clean facilities and water.
This Day In History –
1863 – Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day -Whether you like cola, coffee or tea with a shot of bubbles, check out these lively ways to kick up your next caffeine fix. Mmmmm . . . . Zevia Cola with Lime! (Zevia is sweetened with stevia and erythritol – zero calories, but no chemicals! Win win!)
- Green Tea-Passion Fruit Spritzer
- Brown Cow Milkshake
- Old-Fashioned Coffee Soda
- Spiked Vanilla Coke
- Dr. Pepper Bulldog
- Smith & Wesson Cocktail
- Iced Louisiana Apricot Tea
I hope your day is half as wonderful as mine will be today! I get BABY TIME! If you concentrate really, really hard you may be able to see the big grin on my face as I head out the door. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.