A happy and blessed Sunday to everyone! I’d like to start out today’s post with a prayer request for my friend Heather – the author of The Welcoming House Blog. Heather’s 13 year old daughter has been experiencing some disturbing symptoms for a couple of weeks that is sending them to see a neurosurgeon a couple hours away from where they live. Please keep her family lifted up over the next few days, and may God help the doctor pinpoint the issue, give them answers and relief from what is going on with her. I am not going to give details here, it isn’t my business to share someone else’s personal information. Suffice it to say they are nervous, scared and they need all the prayer they can get. Thank you!!!
Well, last night my husband and I joined a couple of friends for dinner and a concert at the local casino. We don’t go out much because usually the things we’d be interested in seeing are all the way in the city, and very over-priced, but $10 concert tickets to hear a band that many locals grew up listening to from time to time, that was just fine! We had a good time at dinner, enjoyed great conversation and wandering around the casino before the concert. We even really enjoyed the music that was played, but Wow. I know I’m not a kid. I try to behave in a manner that is grown-up. If I have a drink, I recognize my limitations and that I am out in public and I stop at that one, possibly two if we’re going to be out for awhile. I have never seen so many people older than myself, some looking as old as my Grandparents, dressed like they were 20 and so intoxicated they were stumbling around, knocking others over, becoming belligerent and aggressive, and being generally embarrassing nuisances! It was awful! People, you’re OLD!!! You don’t have to FEEL old on the inside, but seriously, you are OLD! Stop it! Dance by your seat without crossing the bubble lines of the people next to you! If you can’t stand upright on your own – STOP drinking! It was actually quite eye opening and it could cause nightmares. Seriously, we left before the bras could come off and be thrown at the stage – it just wasn’t worth the risk.
Missed One ALERT! – The 2nd annual “Tell A Police Officer ‘Thank You’ Day” took place yesterday. I need to find new lists to search! The initiative to start this day was started by The Whole Truth Project, which is an organization with a mission to promote a pro-police message. Police officers risk their lives to protect and serve their communities, yet too often are view negatively by the general public. Yes, there are bad police officers who cross the line, but they are few when compared with the police officers who do their jobs to the best of their abilities and within the parameters of the law. Not just on this celebration day, but every day, citizens are encouraged to take a moment out of their day to show appreciation for their local officers by at least saying “thank you”. Business are urged to donate something to police departments, like breakfast or coffee. My son is a police officer, and as his mother, I know the worry and fear that finds me at least for a moment of every single day. Please, take this one to heart, our men and women out there protecting and serving their communities deserve the thanks, the consideration and the honor.
Autumnal Equinox (Autumn): Today is the 1st day of Autumn, and the time of year that makes me smile. I LOVE all things fall – the change of the temperatures, the leaves turning brilliant shades of orange and red, the warm cozy sweaters, hot cocoa and snuggling up under a cozy blanket while watching a movie with hubby. But does anyone ever wonder WHY a specific date? What, in these warm days at the end of summer, suddenly dictates that this change be made? Well, I’m going to try to make this short and simple, because the long version I read had my head spinning. Today the celestial event that marks this changing of the seasons is called an “equinox”, and this happens twice every year. Once around March 21 and around September 21. So, what is an equinox and why do they happen? The Earth moves in two different ways. First, it spins on its polar axis – or a line through the north and south poles – once every 24 hours, which gives us the alternation of day and night. Second, it moves in its orbit around the sun once every 365.25 days, which gives us the annual changes of the seasons. The equinox happens when these two motions happen at the same time. Because the Earth is so big, its mass has an enormously powerful gyroscopic effect. For this reason, the poles always point in the same direction – though a major earthquake can cause little wobbles on this axis. Most importantly though, the Earth’s motion around the sun has absolutely no effect on the direction the poles are pointing, which is very important for the seasons. Astronomers mark the positions of objects in the sky as they relate to the Earth’s poles of rotation. The most important line is the celestial equator, which divides the sky into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Twice a year the sun crosses the celestial equator, moving from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere – or vice versa. These two crossings are very important to us because they mark the change in the direction the sun’s rays fall on the Earth. Specifically, today the sun will move from the northern to the southern hemisphere. It will pass overhead everywhere along the Earth’s equator, and will rise exactly in the east, and set exactly in the west. Day and night will also be roughly the same length. The word Equinox, by the way, comes from the Latin for “equal night”. After today, the sun will shine more on the southern half of our planet and less on the northern half. Summer is now over for us, and winter is over for the south. The sun will continue on its path south for the next three months, reaching its southernmost point on December 21, which is the day of the “solstice”. In the northern hemisphere, the days will become shorter, the nights longer and the temperatures colder during this three month period. After solstice though, the sun will start coming north again, and spring will be on its way. So there you have it – this is WHY today is the 1st day of autumn. Know what sounds good? A celebratory Pumpkin Spice Latte! Yum!
Elephant Appreciation Day – Elephants are fascinating. Whether they are in a zoo, the circus, a wildlife special on TV, or in the actual wild they captivate our attention. Their sheer size, their intelligence and their lumbering beauty fills us with wonder as we watch them go about their business. Today you can show your appreciation for elephants by visiting the local zoo, making a donation towards their support, or contributing to an elephant conservation effort. They are still, sadly and horrifically enough, slaughtered for their ivory and this needs to stop! Did you know that elephants LOVE pumpkin? Of course, that makes sense, since pumpkins are delicious! Here is a video I found at an elephant sanctuary that is pretty cute – a load of pumpkins is dropped off for the elephants. They sure do get a kick out of the special treat!
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day – Today animal advocates are raising awareness about responsible dog ownership, reminding people – especially potential new dog owners – that raising a happy and healthy dog is more than just play time and pampering. Before getting a dog, people need to research the breed they are looking at, and make sure it fits with their lifestyle. You can’t get a dog based only on how it looks, because different dogs need different levels of exercise or grooming, some have specific medical concerns as they age, etc. There are so many people who don’t do the research ahead of time who find that they can’t handle the responsibility, and the poor dog is left at a shelter, which is not fair to the dog. Think ahead to vet care, annual shots, if you’re going to be able to deal with emergencies that comes up, quality food for the dog, etc. Take ALL into consideration, and if at that point you still feel like you want a dog, then please, get one. And if possible, find one at a shelter, maybe even an older dog who needs a second chance. They deserve a forever home. (I know that this picture has NOTHING to do with responsible dog ownership, but it was so cute I had to use it!)
Dear Diary Day – Journaling is very therapeutic. Whether you are writing down your thoughts and feelings, listing your food for diet purposes, keeping track of events in your life, or blogging about vacations you’ve taken, it’s always good to put those memories somewhere so you don’t forget them. You may THINK you’ll never forget, but over time some of the details get lost. If you’ve never kept a diary, maybe today would be a good time to start! Better late than never!
National Centenarian’s Day – Do you know anyone who has reached 100 years old? Anyone getting close? My Grandma is 92, and the stories she has to tell are pretty incredible, very entertaining, and full of information about how life was when she was growing up. People who reach the century mark have seen remarkable achievements throughout their lives, and have seen such change! Some good, some not so good, but still major changes. Though this holiday isn’t as well known as other holidays, it is becoming more recognized. As our population has grown, so has the number of centenarians. In June 2008 the US Census Bureau estimates that there are about 95,000 centenarians, with the number steadily increasing. To put into perspective some of the changes they have seen . . . they were born when Teddy Roosevelt was president, a gallon of milk was 32 cents, bread was a nickel per loaf, and the cost of a postage stamp was 2 cents. Wow.
Wife Appreciation Day – I like this one! The 3rd Sunday in September is an unofficial day that has been set aside for husbands to show their wives how much they appreciate them for all that they do. Guys, even though you may feel appreciation for your wife, she needs to hear it too. Women really crave the words, the romantic touches and the little extras. They don’t need to be expensive extras, just something that shows you listen to what she says, and that all the things she does for you don’t go unnoticed. If you show your wife with these extras, the romantic moments she so richly deserves, she will move heaven and earth to do the same for you.
This Day In History –
1999 – The record for drinking Ketchup belongs to Dustin Phillips (USA). On this day, he drank a 14 oz. bottle of Ketchup through a 1/4″ straw in 33 seconds.
Food Celebrations of the Day –
Ice Cream Cone Day – On September 22, 1903, 110 years ago today, Italo Marchiony of New York filed a patent application for what he called a “molding apparatus for forming ice cream cups”, which were the forerunners to the ice cream cone. Some people credit an ice cream cone vendor at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair with inventing the cone, it was Marchiony who actually filed the first patent. By 1924, Americans were eating 245 million ice cream cones per year, and now? it’s well over a billion cones each year! It’s not just people who love ice cream cones – cats, dogs and zoo animals do too! Yum!
National White Chocolate Day – Some people think that white chocolate isn’t really chocolate, but it IS made from the cocoa plant. it’s just processed differently than milk and dark chocolates. A lot of people don’t really like white chocolate, but it could possibly be that they haven’t really had a GOOD piece of white chocolate from a top chocolatier. Before 2002 the USDA’s standards of identity declared that white chocolate wasn’t even chocolate because it didn’t contain cocoa solids. If it did, then it wouldn’t be white. Well, today white chocolate that contains at least 20% cocoa butter can hold its head high – because it is officially chocolate. It’s just a matter of picking a good one to get you started, and these recipes a great place to start!
- White Chocolate Mousse Tart With Oreo Crust
- White Chocolate Party Mix & Candy Jumble
- Coconut Cupcakes With White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
- Raspberry White Chocolate Fudge Brownies
- Banana White Chocolate Cake With Icing
- White Chocolate Cheesecake
- White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
Well, that’s a LOT of celebrations to process, but maybe there are a couple in there that will appeal to everyone at least a little. However you celebrate today, please do it with a happy heart. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!