There are days that are challenging beyond what is normal. Take a deep breath and don’t despair. These days happen, and we get through them and we survive. There’s a reason behind all of it, no matter what it is or whether we ever KNOW what it is. Find a reason to be happy and celebrate . . . the bad stuff falls away and the focus will be on the good. Here are a few things to get you started!
Gorgeous Grandma Day – I shared my Grandma Jewel’s birthday with you a couple of days ago, and the reasons why she was special. So, she’s had her moment this week. Today I’ll share a little more about my other Grandma. I’ve talked about her before, and I’m sure this won’t be the last time I’ll talk about her. Grandma K was special. She was a beautiful woman with an even more beautiful heart. To be around Grandma was to be blessed. The very air around her was charged with the electricity of her kindness and the spirit of Jesus that radiated out of her. I remember when we would drive to my Grandparents house, the last few miles I would be barely able to sit still in my seat and the repetitions of “are we there yet” would have my parents twitching! We would pull into the driveway, the flowers and gardens surrounding the house, and there would be my Grandma, standing on the porch, drying her hands on her apron and smiling from ear to ear. She gave the best hugs! Every bit of love she felt was wrapped around you as she held you close. It wasn’t a big bear hug, nor a firm hug, because Grandma was delicate and we were always aware that we shouldn’t hug too hard or it could hurt her, but it didn’t matter. It was always just right and warmed you to the heart and soul just like it was, all gentle and sweet. From the kitchen we could always smell the aromas of whatever she’d been busy all day cooking, and the scents always spelled love. Didn’t matter what it was, it was going to be delicious because her hands prepared it. Her laughter was infectious. I can see her laughing when I close my eyes – she would get so tickled that she’d nearly double over, her eyes would crinkle around the edges, tears just starting to escape, she’d cover her mouth with one hand and hold her tummy with the other, and the giggles would just erupt out of her. It never mattered what she was laughing about because just hearing her would get the rest of us to laughing and before you knew it we’d all be wiping our eyes and holding our sides and we never really knew why! At night she’d sit down next to my cot that was set up in the dining room (their house was very small), and she would stroke my hair and hum to me until I fell asleep. Sometimes if I held very still and pretended I was sleeping I would hear her whispering prayers to Jesus to keep me safe and help me have peaceful slumber and only happy dreams. She’d tiptoe back to the kitchen to visit with Mom and I would lay there straining to hear what they were talking and giggling about, and battling sleep I would desperately wish I was old enough to stay up with them. The day I graduated to that inner circle was one of the best times of my life. I was old enough to be with the grown-ups. They never talked about anything special, but being with them, snacking on the honeyed walnuts made from the trees Grandpa tended and sipping tea was enough. We should all try to be like my Grandma, for the way she lived her life was exactly what the Bible speaks of when It says to try to be like Him. She did her very best, every single day, to do just that. When she had those human moments we all have when she fell short of this, she would quietly ask for forgiveness and move on with her day. I know she’s sitting next to Jesus, holding my Grandpa’s hand, and laughing til she holds her sides. I wish for all of my readers someone like my Gorgeous Grandma to be in your lives. Miss You Grandma.
Hot Enough For Ya Day – Every once in awhile someone will ask me if it’s “hot enough for me?”. I’m never sure how to answer that. I don’t like the heat. I like things a little warm – mid 70s maybe – but heat and I just don’t get along at all. I get moody, headachy and just plain grumpy when it gets hot. If I wanted to live in an oven I’d move to Arizona! I know it’s just something that people say in an attempt to be friendly, but yeesh! Some years are hotter than others – for example on July 23, 2011, 14 all-time temperature records were broken and seven were tied in this country. Cameron, PA reached 106 degrees, beating the previous days record by 4 degrees! That’s far too hot. So, is it hot enough for ya today? I hope so.
This Day in History–
1904 – Charles E. Minches of St. Louis, Missouri fills a pastry cone with two scoops of ice cream, and the ice cream cone is invented.
1999 – Air Force Colonel Eileen M. Collins becomes the first woman to command a space shuttle.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Vanilla Ice Cream Day – Vanilla ice cream is amazingly refreshing and is such a wonderful canvas for other flavors and toppings. Chocolate ice cream may be America’s #1 choice, but vanilla is a close second! It’s easy to celebrate this one on a hot summer day – my favorite vanilla ice cream is a soft serve in a cone, you know, with the little curly q on the top? I remember getting them with my Grandpa, and we’d sit there and race each other to get them eaten before the drips escaped down the sides. One or both of us would end up with brain freeze, but oh my goodness it was so worth it. And the best bite? That very last one with the ice cream in the bottom of the cone. For some reason that one always tasted the very best. Here are some interesting treats made with vanilla ice cream from www.food.com. That second one sounds interesting! Hmmm. . .
- Bev’s Classic French Vanilla
- Vanilla Ice Cream With Olive Oil & Sea Salt
- Frozen Kahlua Creme
- Vanilla Latte Ice Cream
- Boston Cooler
- A Little Piece of Heaven on a Plate
Today, if you have a Grandma who is alive, please let her know how special she is to you. Gorgeous Grandma Day isn’t about beauty on the outside, but how lovely they are on the inside and how special are. Maybe, if you live near her, you can go have a vanilla ice cream with her. You have no idea how much being able to do that would mean to me today. No matter what you do though, do it with a happy heart, knowing you are truly blessed. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.