So, did everyone have a great Saturday? We did basically . . . well . . . nothing! We relaxed, watched movies, ate the Vegetable Beef Soup that we made and got some well deserved down time. I doubt today will be that calm, but yesterday was very needed. Today we will do all the things we should have done yesterday! That’s OK though – the sun is shining, or will be when this fog layer burns off, it feels more like spring than winter (sorry, don’t mean to rub it in for everyone in a deep freeze) and it’ll be nice to get out in the fresh air.
Spouse’s Day – All of my friends know, and many of my readers, that I was married for 22 years to a guy I met in high school. We had two beautiful children, who have grown up to be amazing adults. Those two kids were the only good thing to come out of that marriage. I won’t go into details, but that 22 years was filled with various forms of abuse and when the marriage ended 9 years ago, as of January 8th, I was a baggage carrying mess, trying to sort out my life, figure out who I was as an individual, with zero self-esteem or confidence. Then God brought me a man who was everything, and more, that my ex was not. My husband is an amazing human being – not to say that he doesn’t have faults, as do we all – but he is incredible. He treats me with respect, with kindness, generosity, and best of all, I know he truly loves me – even with all of my baggage. He’s helped me unpack some of those bags and put them away. The rest of it is slowly being taken care of, day by day, week by week and month by month. He loves my kids, and I’m grateful that they love him too. There aren’t enough ways for me to express how much I love and appreciate him, but I do my best in every way I can. It is so easy to begin to take your spouse for granted after being together for a long time, so today please shake that off, take a good look at how special they are to you, and let them know. This isn’t a day for giving gifts and flowers, and falling into the Hallmark version of a holiday. This is day for appreciating that your spouse is always there for you, doing the things that they do to make your life better. Thank you Honey, I am blessed simply because you are part of my life.
Lotus 1-2-3 Day – If you remember Lotus 1-2-3, well you are aging yourself. Today’s generation would get a big question mark over their heads. I remember it though. I remember taking a class so I would understand and be able to use it at work . . . just to have them get rid of it not too long afterwards and I had to learn something new. Nice thing though, many of the principles of Lotus are also used in Excel. Oh, they are changing and growing it to be better, faster and easier, but it definitely made using Excel easier for me BECAUSE I knew Lotus 1-2-3 a little bit. Ah memories.
This Day In History –
1875 – The Dental Drill was patented. (My question is, when they invent the numbing stuff?)
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Peanut Brittle Day – According to Southern myth, West Virginian lumberjack Tony Beaver invented peanut brittle by pouring surplus peanuts and molasses into a flooding river. Fun story, but in all seriousness, take a look at that second recipe! Thanks Food.com! You have given me something to look forward to when I have a cheat on my diet day! Yum!
Well, I’m off to the store, then back home to run the lawn mower around the yard to mulch all of the leaves. It’s been far too wet to do it before now. The fresh air will do us good, and it will definitely make the yard look better. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!