HA, it seems like I never get around to this until noon on Saturday. I love slow starts and today it just feels nice to let the cool breeze blow through the window as I browse articles and recipes online. I do have to get busy though, since I have a long list of things to accomplish. NEXT weekend Big Brother E is coming and we are all heading out on a family camping trip, so I have lots to do to get ready for him to arrive. We get a couple of days of fun together before we join the rest of the family, so I want to be ready to enjoy it, instead of having chores to do while he’s sitting here waiting for me to hang out and have fun. I see Chuckee Cheese in our future!
Verse of the Day
My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Discipline, even when it is not falsely confused with punishment, is considered onerous, irritating, and unnecessary. The lazy and sinful part of us wants no boundaries, even if they are good, and no direction because it might conflict with what we want to do. But the Lord disciplines out of love to bless us. It is a sign of his delight. Why? Because he is not content to leave us unchanged, unmotivated, and disinterested. He wants to move us closer to our goal: Jesus!
August 13, 2017
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Words communicate and explain. We can tell someone we love them. We can explain how precious they are to us. Actions validate and confirm. When we sacrifice our preferences for another, we show our respect and affection. When we sacrifice ourselves, our wishes, and our preferences for a friend we give the greatest of all gifts and prove our love beyond any doubt.
Food for Thought
Middle Child’s Day – I am not a middle child. I grew up the oldest of two, but I middle children deserve some recognition and today is the day. The oldest is the guinea pig kid – parents are learning on this child. Most of the mistakes are made with that one. The baby of the family gets all the perks. By the time baby comes along the newness of parenthood has worn off, and pretty much baby gets whatever he or she wants. The middle child though, from what I hear, has a completely unique perspective on life. It’s called “Middle Child Syndrome. The oldest and youngest children tend to be more outgoing or extroverted, while the middle child is more shy and introverted – even a bit of a loner. Somehow in the rush and bustle to get oldest child to all of their activities and catering to the baby, the middle child just gets a little lost in the shuffle. Not sure how that works in families with an even number of children, or even that “middle child syndrome” is a valid thing, but it’s what “THEY” say. So today, to all middle children, go out and enjoy the limelight today. Just know you are a wonderful person, talented and very special.
National Bowling Day – National Bowling Day is celebrated all across the country as it is recognized as a great American pastime. It is a game enjoyed by 95 million people in more than 90 countries around the world! That’s a lot more than I ever would have thought! I’m really not very good at the game, but I do enjoy it. I used to like taking the kids bowling when they were little because I had a really good excuse to use the bumpers over the gutters! They sort of frown at grown-ups who want the bumpers and honestly, it could be embarrassing to admit to being THAT bad at the game, right? Today find an alley and a few friends and go have some fun! Maybe they’ll let YOU use the bumpers so you end up having a great game! I may see if hubby wants to play Wii bowling tonight. We haven’t played for a long time!
National Garage Sale Day – It’s been years since I’ve been to a garage sale. I have so much junk already that I can’t imagine needing more. And when I’ve actually HAD garage sales they’ve ended up being a LOT of work without a big return. My Grandpa LOVED going from sale to sale finding treasures. He was so incredibly handy with re purposing items, creating something new and handy out of what would be garbage to someone else. I remember when he bought an old exercise bike, and turned it into a cornmeal grinder. He’d pedal away getting his exercise, all while grinding the corn so Grandma could make him his beloved sweet cornbread. Or when he took old car shocks and made fishing pole holders out of them! He even took old bed slats – the metal ones and made berry posts out of them, and scaffolding for the house for repainting it. Yes, my Grandma definitely benefited from the sales he went to. Well, today is your day if you love going to garage sales, because it’s National Garage Sale Day – the 2nd Saturday in August each year. Keep your eyes open if you start in on browsing what’s out there because I’ve read of people finding amazingly valuable things at estate sales – paintings by famous artists, incredible antiques, etc. The biggest one I’ve read about was the guy who bought a box of glass negatives at a sale for $45, and they turned out to be the lost work of Ansel Adams – valued at an estimated $200 million! Granted, those finds are extremely rare, but possibly worth the time invested!
Vinyl Record Day – Well, it isn’t surprising that this day was set in motion by the Vinyl Record Day Company – which is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to recognizing and preserving vinyl music, its culture, art and sound. You can dust off some old vinyl records to celebrate today, and give them a spin on your old turntable – that would be a great way to celebrate! What may surprise you though – because I know it actually surprised me – is that many modern artists are producing music in vinyl format to provide a richer, more complete experience. I didn’t understand this, so I asked my husband, who hears things I don’t hear in music (I think it’s a guy thing – I hear music, the hiss or scratches or whether or not the bass is just right – these things escape me. Guys just hear it if it’s off though, don’t they?), and he explained it to me this way. CDs and other digital formats may be technically perfect and free of imperfections but vinyl gives a warmth and a bigger feeling to the music. He compared it to hearing a piano concert in person – the warmth and depth of the music surrounds you, and you feel it inside and out. On a CD though, you just hear the music and it doesn’t get inside the way it does live. And apparently vinyl has a similar feeling. Interesting! It’s especially interesting that this celebration lands today because just yesterday a friend gave my husband his vinyl record collection – 3 pretty good size totes filled with albums! How wonderful, right? Considering how expensive the albums were in the record store we visited just last weekend, this is an AMAZING gift that will be appreciated for many years to come.
World Elephant Day – I read through what I wrote last year, and I’m pretty happy with it and can’t think of any way I’d like to change it . . . so here’s a re-post from 2013:
I’m sure we’ve all enjoyed watching the elephants at the zoo – though I do find myself feeling sorry for them – all cooped up. The only consolation in my mind is that most of them have been born in captivity and probably wouldn’t do so well in the wild. When I saw what this celebration was I had to look up some more details besides the simple truth that these are amazing animals, and the babies are precious. And here is what I found out! It’s fascinating. The birth of an elephant is a spectacular event. Grandmothers, aunts, sisters and cousins crowd around the new arrival and it’s dazed and tired mama, and they trumpet and stamp their feet and wave their trucks to welcome the floppy baby who has joined their family. (sounds like a lot of human families I know!) After nearly two years in the womb (poor mama!) and a few minutes to stretch its legs, the calf can begin to stumble around. It’s trunk though, an amazing part of the elephant, has up to 150,000 muscles with the dexterity to pick up a pin, and the strength to uproot a tree. This incredible appendage will be quite a mystery to the little guy at first. Over time, and with patience and a lot of guidance, it will find the potential its trunk has. With this amazing trunk he can breathe, smell, drink, caress, thwack, probe, lift, haul, wrap, spray, nudge, collect, bathe, toot, wave and use it for tasks that we would need eyes, nose, hands and strong machines to accomplish. Elephants look pretty amazing, but it is their intelligence and gentle empathy that has fascinated people for centuries. They celebrate birth – like I described in the beginning, and they mourn their dead. According to what I’ve been reading they are the only other creatures that do that. They have been known to bury dead rhinos, lions and humans. Maybe if they’d been uglier, more boring, or a less gracious creature, people may have left them alone to live out their lives in peace and with freedom. However because they are so intriguing, they have become the victims of the fascination of humans which is embodied in the desire for ivory objects. The sad reality is, that because of this quest for ivory, the outlook for elephants is pretty grim. An average of around four are being poached for their ivory every hour. A century ago there were around four million elephants. Today the estimate is that their population is about 500,000 and that number is dropping fast. It will be a much lonelier world when this happens. Ian Minchler puts this into a rather harrowing perspective – which I will quote –
“Central and East Africa are in the midst of a poaching onslaught against their elephants – population counts and poaching records by both government and NGO agencies confirm this. Driven by organized crime syndicates in search of ivory, we also know that that the vast majority of this bounty ends up in the Far East. Amongst other factors, these illegal activities are facilitated by weak governance and corruption in the affected countries. The big question however is how long before the poaching gangs turn their guns and machetes on the elephant herds of southern Africa? The region carries over 50% of the continents elephants, and to date these have not been impacted by the poaching. But given what has happened to rhino and the nature of organized crime, this scenario could very well change sooner rather than later. And for many, this crisis is not only about the death tally – it also embraces the folly of allowing a trade in ivory. Despite what we have learnt from previous one-off sales through CITES, the pro-trade lobby remains strong, a factor that may very well be fueling the poaching.”
In an attempt to raise awareness of the elephants’ plight, August 12 has been declared World Elephant Day and people in many countries will be taking whatever action they can in defense of this great fellow creature. I know that some local zoos have links on their websites where can donate to the cause of saving an endangered species. Please consider finding one and helping in some way today.
Left Hander’s Day – Are you a leftie? My Dad is. We’ve had the dinner table shuffle all of my life. If you don’t do the shuffle properly then you end up bashing elbows with Dad while eating and he, and whoever he’s sitting next to, end up with food all over their shirts. It becomes habit after a bit – you just automatically watch for where Dad’s elbows are at meal time. hahaha I feel bad for Left Handed people though. Since most of the population is right handed, the world is set up for them. When you were in school did you ever see a left-handed desk? Not likely. I’m not even sure if they exist. Many left handed items cost more than those for right handed people. Novelty coffee mugs are made with the picture or words situated for a right handed pick-up. Most scissors are for right handed folks, and if you don’t know the difference, then you obviously have never tried to cut left handed with right handed scissors! Even computer mice are set up for right handed people, so the lefties just adapt and use them backwards! How frustrating! Did you know that right-handed people operate in the left side of their brain? Left handed people use the right side – so I’ve even heard left handed people say that they are the only ones in their right minds! hahahaha that’s funny! I have a dear friend who is left handed, and she has the most beautiful handwriting. It slants in that special way that only lefties can do, but with this artistic swirl to it. Very pretty! Here are some interesting left handed facts and trivia for you today: Sinistrophobia is the fear of left-handedness or things on the left side.
While many people are left handed, very few are 100% left handed. For example, many Left handers golf and bat right handed. On the other hand, there is a high percentage of righties who are 100% right-handed.
Lefties are also called “southpaws”. The term was coined in baseball to describe a left handed pitcher.
Tuesdays are Lefties luck day.
Only about 10% of the population is left handed.
During the 1600’s people thought left handers were witches and warlocks.
International Left Hander’s Day was first celebrated on August 13, 1976. It was started by Lefthander’s International.
It is believed that all polar bears are left handed. Think about it: Everyone is a Left Hander in Left Hand, West Virginia.
Lefthander’s Slogan: “Everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it”. …Brilliant Author unknown
This Day in History –
August 12, 1898 – US annexes Hawaii.
August 13, 1521 – Spanish defeat the Aztecs Indians and conquerors Mexico City.
Food Celebration of the Day –
August 12 –
Family Meals Month– When I was growing up we didn’t really eat at the table. Dad worked at night, and Mom was so tired from the home daycare she had, that we usually ate at the coffee table in the living room while we watched TV. Sadly, I ended up usually doing this with my kids too. Towards their Jr. High and High School years I was commuting 5 hours round trip a day and I was lucky not to fall asleep in my dinner plate, much less be home in time to sit around the table. We did for holidays, and those times were always special. When we went to Grandma’s we would have breakfast around the table. If you have young children, or even older ones, please consider the time you are losing with them by letting them scatter to the four winds to eat dinner. If I had it to do over again I would make sure that at least on weekends when I wasn’t working, that we would have our family time around the table, slow life down and gather to talk and share. We just got a new tables and chairs for our dinette area, and our dining room and have been trying to eat at the table more nights than not. Last night was a “not” since we were both tired, but I admit to really enjoying our time at the table together. Maybe for the rest of this month we could all try to take some time and cues from classic Sunday suppers, whip up something comforting and fuss-free and sit down around the table together. Making memories with the kids is always worth the extra time and trouble, or in my case with the kids when they visit.
- Sunday Gravy
- Linda’s Mexican Meatloaf
- One-Pan Roasted Chicken & Veggies
- Slow-Cooker Sunday Pot Roast
- 30-Minute Pork Tenderloin
- Maryland Crab Cakes
- Best Beef Stroganoff
August 13 –
Filet Mignon Day – Sliced from the short portion of the tenderloin, the filet mignon — meaning petite fillet — is one of the most tender (and priciest) cuts of beef. Personally I’m not overly fond of it because everywhere I’ve ever seen it it’s really bloody. I don’t mind my beef slightly pink, but I’d like it to at least not be making mooing noises! Now the New York . . . but that’s a different celebration. Enjoy!
- Filet Mignon With Flavored Butter
- Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon With Horseradish Sauce
- Filet Mignon With Blue Cheese
- Filet Mignon With Lemon Parsley Butter
- Filet Mignon With Tarragon
- Filet Mignon With Port & Mustard Sauce
- Mock Filet Mignon
This is so late today. I’m sorry. I’ve spent the better part of the day messing around with our new phones, getting things moved over from the old phones, trying to figure out a completely different operating system, etc. It’s exhausting for a brain that barely got the old phone after having it for nearly 4 years. *sigh* I’ll get it. Hopefully before we need to upgrade again. God bless you and I’ll see you on Monday.