It’s the Weekend, and I’m so happy since it gave me a chance to recover from my procedure yesterday without having to be nice to anyone at work. It wasn’t so bad yesterday, but today it feels like I’ve been kicked in the face, which I suppose makes logical sense, since I had a hole drilled into my mouth yesterday, and packed full of powdered bone for a graft. At least I know that this surgeon did what needed to be done, rather than the last one who messed up so that it had to be done again. I mourn spending the money at the one who did it incorrectly, but it is to fix a problem for the rest of my life, and ultimately that will be a good thing.
By the way, did everyone remember that this is the last weekend of summer? Next Friday is the official start of autumn, so get out and enjoy it to the fullest!
Verse of the Day
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
What are the greatest riches in life? Well surely they are not silver and gold. Of infinitely greater value is wisdom, which helps us understand what is valuable, what is true, what is worthy of our heart, and what is not.
September 17, 2017
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Death is the ultimate profanity in today’s world. We don’t like to think about it, much less talk about it. However, death is that one reality that will not leave us alone. We lose friends and family members to death. At one point in our lives, we too, will face this inevitability unless Jesus comes before our passing. So what is our assurance as we face the inescapable? Our Sheperd! He will walk us through, guiding and protecting and comforting us in our journey. And as Christians, this promise is only intensified because we know Jesus as our Good Shepherd, and he has taken the walk ahead of us to assure us that our walk through death’s valley doesn’t end in death, but in glory.
Food for Thought
Love is pretty special, and we all are familiar with the butterflies in the tummy sensation we get when we are with the one we love. What makes it special and real is when the one we love sacrifices something of themselves to make their partner happy. Yesterday I was shown such love by my hubby. To say he isn’t fond of crowds and the city would be an understatement. We don’t go places that are crowded that often because of it, and I’m ok with it. We miss a few things now and again that would be fun to do, but I know that I love him enough to not feel bad when we miss out on them. I love The State Fair, but we don’t go and I understand why. This is why his gesture yesterday meant so much to me. He knows I have been wanting to see the Transiberian Orchestra in person for years, but they are so expensive that I wasn’t willing to sacrifice the money when we could watch a DVD we have at home for free. Well, they are coming to the city in November, and my hubby bought us tickets to go see them. I am so excited, and I am humbled. He is stepping outside of his comfort zone for me, and there isn’t much in this world that says “I love you” to someone more than that. Are you willing to step outside of your comfort zone for the one you love?
September 15 –
Felt Hat Day – Well, this one fall on a good day – since it’s Make a Hat Day too, but this isn’t about making your own hats as much as it is wearing Felt Hats. On this day men traditionally wear a felt hat. Back in the early to mid 1900s, hats were very popular and worn by both men and women. It was stylish. At that time, felt was a common material for men’s hats. With cooler fall weather coming the men went to the closet and dusted off their felt hats and began to wear them once more. Celebrating this one is easy – just wear a felt hat. Doesn’t matter what the style is, as long as it is made of felt!
Make a Hat Day – What a wonderful and fun celebration! Today is a day set up to design, make and wear a fun hat! It’s always fun to make a hat so maybe we should get started! This is a popular one with pre-school, kindergarten and grade school teachers AND students. Early in the new school year, teachers look for fun and interesting projects to break up the classroom routine, and let the kids use their creativity in making a hat that suits their mood. Once you make your hat, take a picture of yourself in it! It’ll be fun!
National 8-Track Tape Day – (Some Calendars say April 11) – Eight Track Tape Day is a day to bring back memories of the sixties and seventies. Does anyone still have 8-track tapes and players? If you do, I’d love to hear from you! Years ago I remember my ex-father-in-law still had an 8-track player in his truck, and he played OLD western tapes. Honestly, I think he’s the only person I have ever known who actually used one of them! How many kids today would even KNOW what one of those is? I know kids who don’t even know what cassette players are! Suddenly I feel so much older!
National Tradesmen Day – How many things can you think of that required the talents of people who work with their hands to create and keep running? Today we honor the men and women who do such work, who helped build America and keep it running strong every day. Tradesmen build our homes, schools and churches. They keep our cars running, keep the lights on and our homes warm. They fix our leaky pipes, and a myriad of other functions that are too numerous to list. America’s professional tradesmen are the backbone of our nation. I’ve often heard snooty people disparaging people who work with their hands, as if they aren’t as good or as important. I challenge any of those people to fix their own cars, plumbing or electrical systems. They’d be stuck in the dark, by the side of the road, or in a flooded kitchen. Seriously, get off your high horse and acknowledge that it’s the blue collar folks that keep the wheels of this nation turning.
POW/MIA Recognition Day – This is an American holiday that I personally believe everyone needs to take very seriously. Today we recognize Prisoners of War (POW), as well as those from the armed services that are Missing In Action (MIA). The very first one was held on July 18, 1979, and has been observed in a few different dates until September 1986, when it was changed to the 3rd Friday every September. This isn’t a government holiday, but it gives everyone the chance to recognize and honor those POWs and MIA. All of us have seen the most powerful symbol of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the flag. The POW/MIA flag was developed by Newt Heisley in 1971 to honor men who went missing or were imprisoned during the Vietnam War. The flag he created was black, with the silhouette of a man’s face and chest in the center of a white circle. In the background, there is barbed wire fencing and a guard tower, made to symbolize the man’s imprisonment. Above the circle reads: POW*MIA, and below it “You Are Not Forgotten”. The flag was very personal to Heisley, but he didn’t know that the design would become the ultimate symbol of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. It also became the official symbol of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and is flown below the American flag every year. I’ve seen many of these flags flown during Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, and others fly it year round. This day is mostly a day of observation, set aside as different than other days that recognize Armed Forces, because it is set up to give honor those who don’t make it home, either dead or alive. Not knowing what has happened to someone you love who is fighting overseas is heartbreaking, made worse because the family isn’t able to give him or her a proper burial, or have any sense of closure. Today there will be ceremonies to honor these soldiers, and memorial services held for those who are still missing in action.
September 16 –
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.
American Legion Day – The American Legion is an organization made up of veterans set up to support and assist veterans who were returning from WWI. Congress granted it a federal charter on this day in 1919. Since that time the American Legion has grown and supported the veterans of all wars, and veterans of peacetime as well. There are currently over 3 million member veterans, at more than 14,000 posts worldwide. They give a social community and help to all members, which is always a valuable thing for our military members who have sacrificed so much.
Anne Dudley Bradstreet Day – So many people have not heard of this woman who is one of the most important figures in the history of American literature. She was born in 1612, and died on this day in 1672. She is considered by many to be the first American poet, and her first collection of poems, “The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in American, By a Gentlewoman of Those Parts” was the first book written by a woman to be published in the United States. Her work also was a documentation of the struggles of a Puritan wife against the hardships of New England colonial life, and in some ways is a testament to the plight of the women of that age. Her life was a constant struggle, from the difficulties adapting to a new land, and with a constant battle with illness. It is clear to see through Anne’s writing that her faith was strong, as was her love for her children and her husband, Governor Simon Bradstreet. She did most of her writing during the long, lonely times when her husband was away on political errands. Anne, who was well educated, spent much time reading to her children, and teaching them as her father had taught her when she was young. Many people view Puritan ideology in a bad light because of its attitude towards women, but its strict moral code, indifference to material wealth, emphasis on humility and spirituality, made Anne Bradstreet a positive and inspirational role model for anyone. Anne’s writing style is deceptively simple, yet speaks of a woman of high intelligence and ideals, who was very much in love, and had unconditional faith. It was very difficult for women to air their views in the 17th century, but she did it with ease, her rich vocabulary and knowledge brought a lyrical, yet logical quality to her work, making it pleasant for anyone to read. Here are a few of her famous quotes:
“If we had no Winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; If we did not sometimes taste the adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
“If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.”
“If what I do prove well, it won’t advance. They’ll say it’s stolen, or else it was by chance. “
“Let Greeks be Greeks, and women what they are.”
“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.”
Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day for Kids – How many of us have seen a group of kids hanging around together on a public corner, in a store parking lot, at the mall, doing nothing. Why? Because there’s nothing for them to do. Kids need something to keep them occupied. If they aren’t heavily into sports or other school related activities, if they don’t have a job or aren’t old enough to have one, and if their parents don’t have them busy doing something at home or with family time, these kids are at loose ends looking for something to keep them busy. Today we celebrate the invaluable Boy’s Clubs and Girl’s Clubs around the country. There are clubs all over America providing safe recreational activities for our youth. They teach values and citizenship and help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street. These clubs and community groups are so important – more so today than ever before. With more parents working and so many families broken, or heading in different directions, these children need something to give them that sense of community that they used to get in the home, or in their churches. There are several ways to celebrate this day: Learn about your local Boy’s and Girl’s clubs, encourage your children to join them, volunteer your time, make a donation, or if there isn’t one in your area, see what you can do to start one. The kids are our future, and right now, with some of the kids I see . . . that’s a really frightening thought.
Collect Rocks Day – Ah, collecting rocks. I think all kids at one point or another collect rocks. Sometimes it is because they are pretty, or a certain shape. I remember when I was growing up my Grandma K LOVED sparkly rocks. You know the ones I’m talking about probably – at first they look like an ordinary grey rock, but as you look closer, or the sun shines a certain way, they sparkle like there are flecks of gold or silver through them. She put any and all sparkly rocks we brought to her in her garden along her paths. She often even labeled the rocks so she knew who brought it and in which part of the country they picked it up. I remember the times my family would go to the ocean – there was one stretch of coast line that had round, smooth rocks – some of them quite large. We’d collect a few each time we went, and over the years, my Grandma lined her garden path with them, sort of like stepping stones. These memories lead to another one of my daughter when she was about 5 years old. My kids were raised that when we were at Grandma K’s there were certain things that we just DID NOT do, and one of those things was to mess up the rocks in Grandma’s garden, and the other was to throw berries on the path. Grandma worked so hard and didn’t need berries to be tracked into the house on shoes. A cousin was visiting at the same time we were, and her daughter was about the same age as mine. Apparently my cousin hadn’t raised her kids with the same rules because we heard a melee going on in the yard and raced out to see my precious little girl, all filled with righteous indignation, straddling a struggling cousin, rocks around them all askew, berries smooshed everywhere, especially on the shoes of the trapped girl. K was holding C down by the shoulders and screaming into her face, cheeks red, tears streaming from her blue eyes, “WE DON’T MESS UP MEMEMA’S GARDEN! WE DON’T SMOOSH BERRIES WITH OUR SHOES! I TOLD YOU TO STOP AND YOU WOULDN’T!” At that moment we stepped in, since I figured the next thing that would happen was that fists would start flying and to be honest, my money was on my own kid! (hahahaha!) Funny, we never saw that particular set of cousins again. Ah memories. Anyway, I still find myself finding sparkly or flat stones and thinking of my Grandma. If you find a rock that is special for whatever reason, go ahead and give in to the rock collecting moment. A nice thing to do for kids is to get books on rock collecting that have pictures in them. It can turn into quite a fun and educational hobby!
Mayflower Day – On September 16, 1620, 102 men, women and children set sail from Plymouth England. Their destination was the New World, where they could have religious freedom and continue to use their native language, culture and customs. These first immigrants paved the way for millions to follow, also in search of freedom and the dreams and promise of a New World. The sacrifices those people made, and the dream they followed was what the basis of our country was founded on – our forefathers took those dreams and created our Constitution. I realize that is a very simplistic way to look at it, and skips over a lot of important steps, but truth is, without one we wouldn’t have the other. Today it is being systematically dismantled by those who hate the very freedoms for the masses that we have learned to depend on and, sadly enough, take for granted. Standing up for those freedoms and not letting the efforts of the pilgrims be wasted, should be one of our highest priorities. Here are a few interesting key facts about the Mayflower:
* The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth England on September 16, 1620.
* The Pilgrims were headed to the settlement in Virginia. They had an agreement to settle there.
* The voyage took 66 days. They landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1621.
* 102 passengers were on board. This included three pregnant women. One of these women gave birth just before landing.
* On November 21, 1620, the passengers signed the Mayflower Compact, which set forth the rules of governance of the fledgling colony.
National Play Doh Day -Memories! Oh my goodness, what memories. Mainly, how HORRIBLE this stuff tastes. For anyone who has ever played with play-doh, you know what I mean. Kids tend to lick their fingers, so they play with the play-doh, then lick their fingers and there was always a distinctive flavor. I didn’t like it, though I knew kids who actually ate the stuff with enthusiasm. And don’t get it in your hair, or the carpet. Other that that, what a wonderful childhood play toy. Play-doh was invented in the mid 1950s, and has entertained millions of children and allowed them to express their creativity at home and in the classroom. The invention was a simple one. A school teacher wanted a safe modeling clay for her pre-school students. She asked her brother-in-law – Joseph McVicker – who worked at a chemical company, to come up with something. His results were so simple! Flour, water and food coloring! This is another easy one to celebrate – simply take out some play-doh and play! There are other brands of play clay on the market but I haven’t used any that was better than Play-Doh brand. Happy National Play-Doh Day!
Step-Family Day –Being a step parent is difficult. For anyone marrying into a family where there children, it’s a challenge! My hubby came into my life after my daughter was grown and on her own, and when my son was nearly 16 years old. He was faced with attitudes, mistrust, acting out and a really difficult adapting period. But adapt the kids did, and now they love him very much – and he them! My son is finding out on his own now some of the challenges as he is married to a wonderful woman who has an 8 year old son. We love him as if he were our own, but it is never easy to blend the families, with the different parenting styles, and all the difficulties (and rewards) that come with it. It is worth the effort for both sides to adapt. I know for us it wasn’t a simple road, but it could have been far more difficult, and the rewards are endless. Step-parents – today is for you.
Working Parents Day – In this day and age, most parents work. Today gives recognition to parents who work hard to provide for their families. Every day dads and moms head off to earn a living so they can afford the extras that kids want and need. And every year this just gets more and more expensive – every little thing the schools do costs extra, they need more and more school supplies, and there are always things like school trips, proms, sports, music, dance classes and much more. Today is a great day for kids to show their parents a little appreciation. Maybe they could do an extra chore around the house, offer to help make dinner, and if they are old enough, actually make the meal! And for those stay at home moms or dads? You may work harder than ANY of the other parents, so you deserve to get in on this celebration as well.
Citizenship Day –Today we celebrate being a citizen of the United States of America. No matter what issues we face, no matter who is plotting and working hard to destroy her, this is still the greatest country the world has ever seen. Our great country is something every single American should be proud of. This country stands for freedom, a beacon of hope, promise and success! Today is a special day for all citizens, whether native born or citizens by choice, to be proud to be an American, and to appreciate being a citizen of this country and all of the rights and freedoms that it brings. Never take these rights, freedoms and privileges for granted, for the moment we do, is when they could be snatched out from under us. For the hoards of people illegally crossing our borders, to you I cannot help but hope now that we have a real leader who loves our country, he will send you packing back to the countries from whence you came. If you can’t come across our border legally, then you have no right to be here at all. To each and every American citizen, Happy Citizenship Day!
Constitution Day – On September 17th, 1787 the Constitutional Congress held its final meeting to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. This document was painstakingly labored over to create the most perfect document in the history of our nation. After the meeting there was still so much to do! The individual states had to meet and vote on it. Considering how limited communication was in those days, it is understandable that the U.S. Constitution did not go into effect until two years later on March 4, 1789. Our forefathers are very likely rolling over in their graves these days. They worked so hard to draft a document that would protect the people from big government, putting a plan in place to check would-be dictators from taking over, or taking advantage of the people. And yet look what is going on right now, and those who don’t follow the basic principles on which our country is based are getting away with it. We must stop them! We must stand up, now that we have had our voices heard by voting in a new President and keep anybody who is destroying our country today from doing it more harm. As for the sheeple who are just going along so they can get something for free . . . at least some of you are starting to see that free doesn’t last forever. Things are changing, and from the temper tantrums going on almost a year after our new President was sworn into office, the Left can’t adapt and overcome. We the People are sick and tired of having our beliefs bashed, our religion torn to shreds and our rights stomped upon. Too many have fought and died for the freedoms we have in this country to throw it all away to a generation of lazy, good-for-nothing freeloaders who just want to eat from the hand of wannabe dictators and their minions. We have stood up and said enough and now must be strong in our convictions. God knows our hearts, so remaining on the solid foundation of His teachings will get us through anything.
VFW Appreciation Day – Established in 1899, today is VFW Day. The members of this great organization celebrate this birthday with pride. They have many things that they should be proud of, and to list all of their accomplishments would fill several pages, which I cannot possibly do in the space of this blog. To put it plain and simple though, their motto is “Honor the dead by helping the living.” The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Warms) objectives are: * to ensure the national security through maximum military strength * to assist the widows and orphans of deceased veterans, and the dependents of disabled and needed veterans * to promote Americanism through education in patriotism and constructive service to the communities in which they live.
The VFW is a great organization. If you are eligible, please join. I’m betting you’ll be glad you did. God bless the VFW and all of our veterans.
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. I was shown appreciation yesterday with the concert tickets I’ve wanted for so long, and I can tell you that the feeling has my heart overflowing with appreciation in return.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Guacamole Day –Traditional guacamole contains onion, chile peppers, cilantro, tomato and avocado, but why stop there? There are so many wonderful variations of this delicious condiment that you can go a little crazy and try it all sorts of ways. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Easy Guacamole
- Creamy Guacamole With Bacon Dip
- Guacamole Salad
- Guacamole Deviled Eggs
- Cajun Guacamole
- Eva’s Chunky Guacamole
- Cilantro Guacamole
National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day – This is one of the most requested breads all across the country, and it makes sense! The spicy sweet bread brings back such happy memories. Once in awhile Mom would bring home a loaf and toast it for us for breakfast. The aroma and flavor of this delicious bread still makes my mouth water and my tummy grown in anticipation.
National Apple Dumpling Day –Mix together one part nostalgia, one part pastry dough and one part apple, and you have a sweet treat that will bring you back to the olden days. You too can become a member of the Apple Dumpling Gang and celebrate this tasty fall treat today! Do you remember that old movie “The Apple Dumpling Gang” with Tim Conway and Don Knotts? Such a funny movie!!! Ah memories.
- Caramel Apple Puff Dumplings
- Egg Roll Apple Dumplings
- Apple Dumplings With Cinnamon Syrup
- Apple Dumpling Bake
- Apple Dumpling Cake
- Apple Dumpling Cobbler
- Light Apple Dumplings
National Monte Cristo Day – I have never had one of these, and now that I’m eating low carb, I’m not sure when I ever will, but it sounds delicious! This takes the Club Sandwich and combines it with French Toast, creating something that must be amazing. From what I’ve read, on a particularly foggy day in the Bay are of Southern California, there was a cook who decided to find a way to bring some happiness to people who were crowded inside during the fog. After some pondering he came from the kitchen, bearing a plate of deliciousness that was steaming hot, golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar and maple syrup. Behold, the Monte Cristo Sandwich. So what is it exactly? Well, it’s a club sandwich dipped in French toast batter, and fried, then topped with powdered sugar and syrup. It sounds rich and delicious, right? Mmmm . . . Someday I will have to try one of these, just to say I have, if for no other reason.
The Advil is finally started to do its job, and I’m nearly done with my 2nd cup of coffee, so it’s time to get dressed and start in on this long list of things I need to do today! I’m grateful that my mother-in-law isn’t pretentious or judgmental since the house will definitely not be perfect when she gets here next Friday. She’s here for us, and I am so appreciative of that. Well, I’d better get to it. God bless you and I’ll see you Monday.