It’s the Longest Day of the Year!

Jun 21st

Good Moring and a Happy Wednesday to you! I’ll be heading in to the office for a few hours today, rather than having my day with Baby R.  The office is short-handed, we have a lot going on at the warehouse today, and most of our crew is out on a few big jobs that leaves us very much in need of extra hands on deck at work.  So there I will be, at least until after lunch.  Hopefully things will calm down a bit so I can get out of there early enough to get my shopping done and home in a timely manner.  Let’s get this day started so I can head out to work and so can you!


Verse of the Day

My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

Proverbs 6:20


Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

So often today, we discount the wisdom of those who have come before us and who want to share with us the collective wisdom that was handed down to them by their predecessors. Let’s be especially attentive over the next few weeks of those who are older and have proven themselves faithful. At the same time, let’s remind our children and our grandchildren how important obedience is to God, especially the obedience of children to their parents.



Food for Thought

Do you think you know more than God, or in some way are better than He is, so you know better for your life than He does? No, I’m not being facetious, I’m serious! As you know, I have been thinking a LOT about forgiveness and learning to have grace towards those who have hurt me, and it always brings me back to how difficult it is to release my anger towards those who have hurt me in various ways.  One person I don’t see any more and I am thankful for that, but my anger and inability to forgive some things that this person did to me over the years clogs up my heart and is getting in the way of allowing me to be the best me I can be for God and for my family.  The other person is a family member – one who I, by all intents and purposes, SHOULD be close to – but they did some things that I am truly struggling to get past. My stance has always been that God expects us to ask Him for forgiveness for our sins, so why shouldn’t the people who have hurt me ask me for forgiveness before I forgive them?  The Bible clearly says that we should love others, forgive them, give them grace because that’s what God does for us daily!  He sacrificed His precious Son for us, the ultimate expression of love, forgiveness and grace.  By withholding my forgiveness towards other people, I have been setting myself up as more important than God, as somehow knowing what is best better than He does. That’s a pretty scary place to be . . . so I am praying diligently and consistently for the ability to do this so that I can release the burden of anger I have been carrying around on my shoulders for all of this time.  I may not WANT to forgive them, and I know I won’t forget, but I am praying for my heart to reach this place because I know that is what my Heavenly Father wants for me.  He wants it for you too . . . something to definitely think about.


Ann & Samantha Day (summer and winter Solstices – Also December 21) – Twice each year, on the winter and summer solstices, the lives of two young girls are celebrated.  These two girls made a difference in their worlds.  Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who had to into hiding to escape the Nazis during WWII and is best known for the book “The Diary of Anne Frank”.  Samantha Smith was 10 years old when she wrote a letter to Soviet President Yuri Andropov in December of 1982 to ask if he was going to wage a nuclear war against the United States.  He invited her to tour the USSR the following  July, and as a result became a media celebrity, then a television actress.  Samantha died on a rainy August night in 1985 when the commercial plane she was in crashed, killing all who were on board.  This holiday is promoting the girls as being worthy of appearing on U.S. postage stamps.  I say yes!  There are far less worthy people who have their faces on our stamps – so why not these courageous young ladies? 


Atheists Solidarity Day – I’ll be praying for them.


Cuckoo Warning Day – This one makes me laugh.  According to superstition – which nobody seems to know where it started – if you hear the call of a cuckoo bird on June 21st, there is a wet summer ahead.  In Europe – where cuckoos spend their spring and summer – the call of the cuckoo says that spring is here and summer is coming soon.  Now I live in Western Washington, so regardless of whether we hear a cuckoo or not, it’s never surprising to have a wet summer . . . it’s just where we live!



Go Skate Day – This day was started in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) and is a day for anyone, and everyone – except me – I’m a klutz – to take a break and get together with family and friends and go skateboarding.  Apparently, it doesn’t matter what kind of skateboarding you like best – though I didn’t know there was a choice – whether it’s street, park, freestyle, racing downhill, or just in your driveway – it’s all good today.  As long as you are on a board that has wheels and are having fun, you are celebrating this one the correct way.  Many skateboard shops, clubs and organizations choose this day to have events, competitions and anything else you can think of that has to do with skateboards.  I’ve never personally stepped onto a skateboard – it just isn’t something I choose to risk my neck over, but I remember when my dog Tibbi was about a year old, she was so strong and loved to pull.  She’d pull on the leash, she’d tussle with my son, she had all of this energy all bundled up inside of her, so my son decided to put her harness on her and have her pull him up the road on his skateboard.  She loved it, and so did he.  There was something so cute about watching the two of them go racing down the road at top Rottweiler speed . . . I wish I had a picture of it, but I somehow managed to never take one. 



National Daylight Appreciation Day – today, and every June 21st, is a day devoted to the sun and the benefits of “daylighting”.  What is daylighting?  This term refers to the use of natural light to brighten an indoor space, instead of only using electric lighting.  Not only will it reduce your energy bills, but studies show that daylighting can enhance mental and physical well-being, as well as boosting concentration and energy levels.  I know that when we’ve had power outages I’ve sometimes wished that our skylight was closer to the kitchen, instead of over the living room.  I tend to be busier in kitchen even without electricity, so the extra lighting would be nice. 



National Seashell Day – When I was a kid I had a seashell collection. It wasn’t a collection of shells I found on the beach myself, or most of them weren’t, because we don’t have truly gorgeous shells on our beaches.  We can find clam, mussel, scallops and oyster shells.  Oh, and sand dollars too! But as far as the really pretty ones with all the vibrant shapes and colors, we don’t have many of those.  I loved going into the shops when we were at the beach and picking out pretty shells as a souvenir. I still looked for shells on the beach, because that was just fun!  You can find shells all over the world, no matter what beach your visiting, with new ones washing up daily. A fun thing to do before hitting the beach is to either get a book, or visit a seashell museum (we have one here locally in Port Gamble, WA) to learn about seashells, where they come from, different types and sizes, etc. One thing I did not know until today is that the best time of year to find seashells is the winter because that is when the winds are strongest and the waves bring in more shells from the open sea. Huh! That’s good to know!



National Selfie Day – Today is the 2nd annual National Selfie Day.  I suppose it was bound to happen considering all the frivolous celebration days that there are.  Since selfies are pretty much a phenomenon that has taken over the internet, it was just a matter of time.  This day is the brainchild of a DJ by the name of Rick McNeely of the Fishbowl Radio Network in Arlington, Texas.  People are encouraged to take and post creative selfies.  Well, heck, they are likely doing it anyway, why not?  Depending on who you speak with people feel that selfies are an art form, an addiction, not worthy of mentioning, a way to get attention, or just harmless fun.  Be aware, that they have also proven to be deadly! Be aware of where you are when you take a selfie or you might just back yourself over a cliff! It’s happened multiple times while someone was trying to get a great shot . . . what they got was death! What do YOU think about the craze?


Summer Solstice – Today is the longest day of the year, and the official start of summer.  The amount of daylight time we have for the next six months will decrease daily.  We don’t have to think about that part of it right now though.  There’s too much to do for the summer to think ahead to it being over!  It’s time to enjoy vacations, beautiful weather, playing at the beach, hiking in the mountains, camping . . . so many things to do, not enough summer months!  We need to get busy!   Did you know that the sun does not set at the North Pole today?  There will be 24 hours of sunlight there.  Not sure that makes up for that cold day in December when the sun does not rise above the horizon, but right now the thought of that is very far away.


Tall Girl Appreciation Day (longest day of the year) – At last!  I have no idea who started this, but from what I can tell this is the 3rd year for this celebration.  If it isn’t, I can’t find anything to say when it did start.  There are plenty of days to celebrate short girls, but not for tall ones until now! Yippee!  As a tall girl, I can tell you that we have our own set of challenges in life.  Pants are always too short, unless you shop at a store that tends to lean towards the expensive side.  Sleeves are also too short.  Not only that, shirts do not come down far enough to keep from raising up indecently to expose unnecessary middle.  Of course, there is also the issue of feeling like a giant next to some people, looking down at the tops of heads, and when we want to dress up in cute heels and a skirt, we are far taller than most others in the room.  When I wear my highest heels I’m at least 6’1”!  All in all though, I have to say that I’m glad I’m tall.  Some women slouch when they are tall, but I never felt the need.  I was always proud to be tall.  So, tall girls, don’t slouch! Stand up tall, wear high heels, put your shoulders back and know that you command attention by your stature.  Wear it with pride.


World Handshake Day – Now, don’t mix this up with National Handshake Day – that’s on June 28th.  We’ll talk about that one then.  No, this WORLD Handshake Day and is the brain child of Ivan Zupa, who heard the following words from an old man:  “My son, place your hand here in the sea and you are united with the whole world.”  Zupa came up with the idea that we should all take the time to put our hands into the sea and shake hands with the rest of the world, and as such, feel united.  If you don’t live close to the sea, you could put your hand into any body of water that runs to the sea to still be a part of it.  If you don’t live near one of those either, well, there must be a dry land option as well, but I have no idea what that would be at the moment.  Interesting concept though, don’t you think? 



This Day in History

1834 – Cyrus McCormick patents the reaping machine.


Food Celebration of the Day

National Peaches and Cream Day – China is the world’s largest producer of peaches, followed by Italy. But we’re no slouches in the U.S. — peaches are grown in at least 38 states.

People in the PNW, they SAY that the hot weather is moving in this weekend. I wouldn’t know it by looking out the window this morning – it’s cloudy and sort of chilly – but perhaps this is the relief before the misery. Are you ready to stay cool in the heat?  I hope so!  Well, I have to run. Lots to do. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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