Have You Ever Earned A Medal? Today Is Your Chance To Help A Good Cause And Earn A Medal!

Apr 16th

Happy Wednesday! It’s going to be a good day.  I’m up and getting my exercise done first thing, running around to straighten a few things up around here, then heading into town with my Mom.  We try to get together to do a few things once in awhile, but often life just gets in the way.  Today we are just putting aside the housework that is ALWAYS waiting and heading into town to watch the movie “Heaven Is For Real”.  We both read the book, were inspired by it, and now want to see the movie.  I hope they stayed true to the book and didn’t try to add any Hollywood “flair” to it.  The story is based on true events so it really bothers me to see things twisted around in a way to either glamorize them, or try to make real events seem silly.

Before I get started on the day’s celebrations I would like to share a really fun and exciting thing that a friend of mine is doing, and invite anyone and everyone to participate with me!  Kim, my friend, started out running by doing the Couch To 5K program (C25K), the same thing I am doing.  She now runs and walks for great causes ALL THE TIME! I can’t even count how many races she’s run, or how many medals she has from all of them.  Kim is preparing to do the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer and has come up with a great way that many of us can participate in our own way, contribute to the cause AND earn our own medal!  She has created the “Do The Virtual 2 – 5K”.  Basically the idea is this . . . you log onto her page, which is connected to the 2-day walk, and donate $20 or more, and you’re in!  By the day of the start of the 2-day walk you have pledged to walk or run, at your fitness level, a 5K.  It’s on the honor system, so be honorable!  Send her a message to let her know you’ve done it, and your mailing information, and she will send you a medal – just like in a real race.  It’s as simple, and fun as that!  You contribute to a great cause, and you earn your own medal.  I’m in! How about you???  Click the link above and let’s get started!

Holy Humor Month – Joke Of The Day

Church Gossip – Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed arbiter of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose in the other members’ private lives. Church members were unappreciative of her activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence. She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his pickup truck parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon.  She commented to George and others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.  George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just walked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny; he said nothing.  Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred’s house… and left it there all night!

     

National Stress Awareness Day – My gosh –  how many of us go through every day feeling stress?  It’s not healthy!  Work and school, bills and errands, cleaning and cooking, raising kids and watching the news! All contribute to huge amounts of stress on your nerves!  From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to bed, and sometimes as we think about our day AFTER we are in bed, we are under horrible amounts of stress.  RELAX!!!  Today is National Stress Awareness Day for a reason!  It gives us the opportunity to recognize where the stress is on our lives (as if we didn’t already know) and do something about it before it makes us sick, or worse!  I doubt that it is an accident that this day was set up the day after the deadline for filing taxes.  ***If you are feeling like you need a good way to unjangle those jangled nerves, send me a message – there’s an essential oil that can help with that!***

National Bookmobile Day –  Did you ever have the Bookmobile visit your neighborhood?  What wonderful memories!  Ours came around in the summer time when kids didn’t have access to the school library.  I was in love with books even when I was quite young, voraciously reading anything I could get my hands on, so this was a treat.  Stepping into that van that carried the perfume of brittle pages of books that had been enjoyed by many, was like stepping into a world of endless possibilities for me.  Mom always tried to caution me to not get more than I could read in a week, but I don’t think I ever had trouble reading everything I took.  There wasn’t a limit, as long as they always came back undamaged the following week, and I took very good care of my books so I wouldn’t ever have the privilege revoked.   I miss those days.  The original Bookmobiles date back as early as the late 1850s.  Horse drawn carriages carrying collections of books to small communities, bringing the literary world to people who did not have easy access to books without these traveling libraries.  Bookmobiles haven’t been around for several decades, and truly, I feel that this generation of children has missed out on something wonderful.

National Health Care Decisions Day – It is never easy to discuss death – ours or a loved ones – but it is a discussion that needs to be had.  Today isn’t about discussing death, but about discussing choices, which is a good thing!  It gives us control over our end-of-life decisions.  According to the Pew Research Center’s study in 2006, 71% of Americans have given some thought to their end-of-life treatment decisions, and 95% of Americans have heard of a living will.  Even with all of that awareness, only 29% of Americans actually HAVE a living will.  Sad fact is that most Americans haven’t set one up because it is a scary thing to do!  We don’t like thinking about what happens when we are dead, or near death.  It’s a fact of life though . . . and how we get through it is up to us.  Or it should be. We all need a written document in which we express our wishes for our treatment, or lack of treatment, if we end up in a medical condition or are permanently unconscious.  By having this in writing, you are giving someone else the directions to make the decisions that you would make if you were able to make them.  It is important to talk to your family about these decisions, so everyone is on the same page.  Having a living will, along with a Healthcare Power of Attorney is a gift you can give to your loved ones by taking away the burden from their shoulders.  You can make them your advocates, instead of your decision makers.

National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day – How many mornings have you wanted to just roll out of bed and head into work in your cozy, warm pajamas? Today you can!  This day is exactly what is sounds like – a day dedicated to wearing your pajamas to work.  It always falls on the weekday after taxes are due because a very casual day is the perfect way to recover from the trauma of tax day!  Might be a good idea to check your schedule to make sure you don’t have any important meetings planned – that could get a little embarrassing if you showed up in  your pajamas.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Egg Benedict Day – Mmmmm. . . Eggs Benedict . . . if you’ve never enjoyed this delicious breakfast treat, you really should give it a try. The combination of poached eggs, Canadian Bacon, English Muffins and a lovely, buttery hollandaise sauce is nearly irresistible!  I admit though – most people eat theirs with their eggs soft poached, but I can’t stand the taste or thought of gooey egg yolk, so I poach mine hard.  It is still wonderful, but it’s not as goopy. If you have never tried it, and want to, get recommendations for a restaurant that does a really good job so your first experience is a good one!  Early recipes for eggs Benedict call for a truffle garnish — a custom that has sadly fallen out of style!

Perfect Eggs Benedict
Deviled Eggs Benedict Burger
Eggs Benedict Cups
Southern Eggs Benedict
California-Style Eggs Benedict
Sort-of Eggs Benedict for Two

Take stress awareness day seriously and reduce your stress from day to day life with celebrating the little things. . . . top it off with a little Eggs Benedict and you’ve got the recipe for an awesome day! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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