I’m late! I’m late! I have a really good excuse though , not that any of you are judging, but I feel like I need one. As you know I headed south about 2.5 hours to go hang out with my Grandkids, have dinner with them, then home again. That put me in the door last night around 10:15, and quite honestly, this page and all of you were furthest thing from my mind. What was on my mind was stumbling to bed and sleeping straight through til this morning, and that’s exactly what I did! While I was with the kids yesterday, while E was still in school and Baby B was sleeping during one of her very brief naps, I managed to copy and paste content from LAST YEAR (sorry, just wasn’t in me to be creative when I could hear her already getting restless), but I hadn’t had time to find pictures. That’s something I’ll do while I’m at lunch at the office today . . . so you’ll see this at lunch time! Sometimes life just gets busy, and I know we are all in that same boat, so we just have to flow with it.
Just as a side note, it’s really interesting to see how many people are also on the road at 4:30 in the morning! I figured I’d have it all to myself until at least I got to the highway and that’s just not the case! There was actually someone on my road standing at the end of his driveway, obviously waiting for his ride. He looked as surprised to see me driving past him as I was to see him standing there. It’s a really cool time of the morning to be out and about though. There’s that hush that comes pre-dawn that I usually only get to hear when I’m camping, and a stillness that is hard to describe . . . almost like the earth is holding its breath waiting for the sun to start peaking over the horizon, or at least for the subtle light to start creeping in to announce the sun. I don’t mind greeting the morning like that once in awhile. It’s a nice change of pace.
Curious Events Day – I’m not too sure about this one – seems rather like a broad spectrum we could include in it . . . but I guess that makes it versatile for everyone. . . pick your own meaning! So, why does this day exist? Who created it? What curious events are held today? See? It’s all very curious because there aren’t any answers. I suppose if you have a questioning and curious mind, then this would be your day. Since the topics are broad and seemingly endless, it’s completely up to you to choose what it means. From philosophical subjects to the existence of aliens, this day is limited only as far as your curiosity takes you!
Leif Erikson Day – Around 1002 A.D., Leif Erikson sailed to North America from his home in Greenland. He was searching for a land seen, but not visited, by a Norse sea captain. During his voyage he landed in a number of different places, but he never documented those landings on a map. Historians are able to put together the authenticity of his journey based on records, but it would have been nice if he had made a map! It is believed that he landed along the coast of New Foundland, and possibly as far south as Cape Cod. Erikson and his men spent the winter in North America. They built a large house for lodging, and a shed to shelter the boat over the long winter. He never returned to further explore North American, though a number of explorers, including his brother did travel to North America. his brother was killed by Indians. In 1964, joint resolution of Congress declared October 9th as Leif Erikson Day. It is interesting to note that depending on where you look, his first name has been spelled as Leif, Leifur or Leiv. His last name has been given the variations of Erikson, Ericson, Ericsson or Ericksson. I guess as long as we know who we’re talking about, it’s just a detail. It would be nice to know what his actual correct name was though!
National Pro-Life Cupcake Day – This one is pretty special in my mind. Today people who are pro-life will be participating in a national awareness campaign called “National Pro-Life Cupcake Day”. The event is simply distributing free cupcakes to the general public or on college campuses to celebrate the lives of the unborn. The idea is sort of like giving someone a birthday cake, but the unborn are never given a birthday, so Cupcakes for Life seeks to honor their lives before they are born. Annually, on October 9, pro-lifers across America participate in an awareness campaign called National Pro-Life Cupcake Day.
The event simply involves the distribution of free cupcakes to the general public or school campus to celebrate the lives of the unborn. The idea is similar to giving someone a birthday cake, but because the unborn are often never given a birthday, Cupcakes for Life seeks to honor their lives before they are born. I have copied and pasted the description about National Pro-Life Cupcake Day” from the Cupcakes for Life site.
“Cupcakes are such sweet and fun things to have at events and for people that are cared about, especially for birthdays! With this in mind, we want to help others realize not every child has the chance to have a birthday because of abortion, and that we care about them. We thought these children’s lives should be remembered, so we picked October 9th as a national day to recognize them and raise awareness about the issue of abortion and the impact it is having. By using cupcakes we are able to reach out to the general public in a warm, non-confrontational way and use it as a segue to raise awareness, start conversation, and potentially educate individuals about issues that would ordinarily be suppressed to silence.”
Here are my personal thoughts for people who would argue about the justifications for what I consider to be an unjustifiable thing . . . every life has value. And God doesn’t make mistakes. Anyone who believes in God likely believes that. If they don’t, then their idea of God is greatly skewed. PEOPLE may mistakes, but God can bring blessings from those mistakes. Children are a creation of God, from the moment they are conceived – the Bible tells us this plainly and clearly – as such every single child was conceived for a purpose. Perhaps to bring about peace in a world filled with strife. Maybe they were intended to bless the lives of someone else with their skills in medicine, in conflict resolution, or as a nurturing spirit to those around them. Killing these children through the act of abortion says that God made a mistake, and that the purpose of those children wasn’t important. For everyone who whines that they hope that someone comes up with a cure for cancer, what if that person was created, but their lives were cut short by the selfishness of abortion? People say, but but but, what about people who are raped, or cases of incest, or where the mother’s life is in danger? All horrible things, but God is bigger than the crime of rape, He is greater than the horror of incest, and He is the healer of all. Each life is in His hands, so let it be in His hands that we trust that all will be the way it should, and let these children live. For women who choose not to keep and raise these children? That is a choice you can make for your own life, but there are plenty of people who crave a family and are unable to have one, so allow them the blessing of a child by giving the one you don’t want up for adoption. The blessing of that child will resonate into the future with the great things they will potentially accomplish.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Moldy Cheese Day –Your first thing, or at least mine was, when seeing this one was . . . YUCK! But seriously, let’s take a close look at this one. Do you have any moldy cheese in your refrigerator? Do you actually need to have any to celebrate this one? If you DID have moldy cheese, what would you do with it? This is one of those days that we come across that doesn’t have any obvious rhyme or reason, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate it! Did you know that mold is common in cheese? It is part of what gives some cheeses their particular character and flavor. For example, the blue color in bleu cheese? it’s mold! Delicious mold, but it is still mold. So celebrate this one – seek out any moldy cheese hiding in the fridge and see if you can salvage any of it after you cut off the parts you don’t want. Now, in our house, cheese doesn’t last long enough to GET moldy, but it may not be the same in your house.
- Blue Cheese Dip
- Gnocchi With Gorgonzola Sauce
- Tiny Roquefort Popovers
- Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers
- Roast Pork Stuffed With Stilton
- Caramelized Onion & Gorgonzola Pizza
- Peppered Stilton Steaks With Charred Onions & Chips
Whew! That lunch time went fast! I think I need to pick up some blue cheese to have tonight . . . even if I eat it by itself! I love the stuff, so celebrating it will be fun! God Bless You and I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow!