It is so hard for me to look at the calendar and reconcile in my head that today is the last day of June! How is it even possible that the month flew by so quickly? This doesn’t bode well for how fast the rest of the summer is going to go past, and honestly we have places to go and things to do! I don’t want the time to fly by! I want to savor every moment of it . . . too bad we can’t just slow down the good times and enjoy them a little bit longer, isn’t it?
Verse of the Day
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Seek! That is the focus word in this verse. This word is a robust word, describing a passionate pursuit of something to make it our own. The Kingdom, and the righteousness of those in this Kingdom, is not our wish, our hope, our dream — it is our passion. We will pursue it at all costs. We will pursue it with passion. This will be our consuming effort until we make it our own, or better yet, find it our home!
Food for Thought
Sometimes being a human dealing with human problems can really suck the joy out of the simple things that life brings our way. Last night I watched Moose as he raced back and forth across the yard chasing the water from the hose, complete joy on his face as he snapped at the stream, running as fast as he could as I moved the water ahead of him. He was enjoying the simplest of moments, and of course he’s a dog so the problems of life don’t really affect him as long as he has something to eat, something to drink, a place to sleep and toys to play with . . . oh, and tummy rubs whenever he wants them. I was envious of him in that moment, as I laughed at his antics. I wished that life were as simple for people as it is for my dog. Is that weird? He doesn’t cry over things that are outside of his control, he doesn’t spend every waking moment of his life worrying about the people he loves. He just lives his life, loving his people, and loving being a dog. What could be better than that?
Leap Second Time Adjustment Day – Every 4 years we have Leap Year. My daughter was 17 hours late for being a Leap Year baby – and as she was growing up I couldn’t help but think that TECHNICALLY she would only have had a true birthday every 4 years – and what a party we would have held. She’d just raise one eyebrow at me, which was all it would take to let me know that she didn’t think a birthday every 4 years was a good idea at all. We’ve all heard of Leap Year though – because we have that extra day every February. We have it because the year is not exactly 365 days. It is 365.24 days long, so if we didn’t have the Leap Year adjustment the date of the first day of the seasons would slowly change over time. By making that adjustment our calendars stay accurate. But what I hadn’t heard of until I started writing this blog, and maybe you haven’t either, is Leap Second! Yep, Leap Second. It’s the same thing as Leap Year, only smaller. We have two Leap Second events every year – one at the end of December and one today, the 30th of June. Sometimes a second is added, sometimes one is taken away. It all depends. Whether we have one added or removed is determined on the Earth’s rotation, which does fluctuate over time. The people that make that decision are the International Earth Rotation Service (IERS), who have been in charge of our clocks since 1972.
National Meteor Watch Day – This is so fun! We are supposed to have clear skies tonight, which is a great thing for meteor watching! Today is Meteor Watch Day, which tells us that it’s time to look to the skies for meteor showers. Have you ever laid out on your deck to watch the shooting stars? Or seen them when you’re out camping? The moment is so fleeting, but exciting. We can see a shooting star, or meteor, any night of the year, but the best chance of actually seeing them with any certainty is during a meteor shower. We are at the end of the June Botid shower right now, so having clear skies tonight is a good time to grab a blanket and pillow and head out to the yard to watch the sky. The fact that it is Friday helps a LOT since most of us don’t have to get up and go to work in the morning, so staying up late isn’t such a bad thing. Though the Botid’s are a relatively weak shower compared to others, you can see 10-40 meteors in the northwest sky throughout the evening. Hopefully you live in an area where there aren’t a lot of street lights to obscure the clarity of the stars. That’s definitely another benefit to living in the country. If you miss them tonight, don’t worry, the best shower happens in August with the Perseid meteor showers. I’ve watched those throughout the years and have lost count of how many I’ve seen. If you like wishing on falling stars and head out during a meteor shower, you’d better have a long list of wishes! With all of the excitement of getting ready to go watch for falling stars, what are they? Meteors are space dust and ice that enter the earth’s atmosphere. They can be as small as specks of dust. As they enter the atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, producing light as they streak across the night sky. Sometimes you can see them streak across the sky and disappear at the horizon. At other times they end suddenly, burning out right before your eyes. Even if you don’t see any meteors tonight, enjoy the beauty of the night sky. It’s always beautiful and awe inspiring.
This Day in History –
1859 – French acrobat Blondin crosses over the Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Turkey Lover’s Month – Turkey Lover’s Month (Day) – Turkey is a staple at our house. Sometimes it is the form of the lovely roasted turkey deli meat that our local market has – they smoke it in house without nitrates/nitrites or any other yucky additives, and their turkeys are guaranteed to be happy, sometimes it’s turkey turkey – just because it’s delicious and shouldn’t be left to just Thanksgiving. Every year turkeys go on sale and every year we get as many as we can and fill the freezer. What it comes down to though, is this lean protein is just too good, and good for us, to have a limited run at the holidays. Make it a part of your summer too! Here are some summer turkey ideas from www.food.com.
- Garden Turkey Sandwich With Lemon Mayo
- Turkey Apple Burgers
- Swedish Turkey Meatballs
- Turkey Club Quesadillas
- Chipotle Turkey Meatloaf
- Hot & Sour Turkey Soup
- Turkey Taco Salad
I heard the weather guessers say it is supposed to be quite a warm day – and since it’s starting out foggy, I believe them. That’s how really warm days often start out here. I was standing on the porch waiting for Moose to do his business, listening to the foghorn from the lighthouse on the point. To some people that sound is mournful, but to me it always sounds like hope. It is warning ships away from the bad stuff so they can sail on to meet the good stuff. I pray we can do that today too – move on to meet the good stuff. God bless you and have a wonderful Friday! I’ll see you tomorrow.