May Today Be A Perfect Day . . .

Mar 16th

                                                  Holy Humor – Joke of the Day

A little nine year old girl was in church with her mother when she started feeling ill.

“Mommy” she said “Can we leave now?”

“No” her mother replied.

“Well, I think I have to throw up!”

“Then go out the front door and around to the back of the church and throw up behind a bush.”

In about two minutes the little girl returned to her seat.

“Did you throw up?” her mother asked.

“Yes” the little girl replied.

“Well, how could you have gone all the way to the back of the church and return so quickly?”

“I didn’t have to go out of the church, Mommy” the little girl replied, “They have a box next to the front door that says ‘for the sick’.”

Everything You Do is Right Day –  Do you ever wake up and just KNOW that the day is going to be perfect?  You can almost feel it in the air around you, that sense of anticipation that just increases as the day goes on.  We’ve all had at least one that stand out in our minds as PERFECT.  I’ve been very blessed to have a few in my lifetime, and have a hard time picking out which one would get top billing.  I have perfect days from my childhood, perfect days with each of my kids, and perfect days with my hubby.  I anticipate many more perfect days with the people I love in the years to come  Today just may be YOUR perfect day.  Considering that yesterday was “Everything You Think is Wrong Day” , it would be great if perfection hit today to counterbalance it.  It’s a given – life will hand us good and bad days, up and down days. . . they are what we make them to be . . . so make today a PERFECT day!

National Quilting Day – I’ve always thought it would be nice to learn to how to make a quilt.  My Grandma Jewel made the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen.  She would cut out each little piece – and in the later years she didn’t use squares, she used these tiny little octagon shapes, then hand stitch them altogether, all the love she had difficulty expressing in words going into the stitches she so carefully placed.  Not one machine stitch went into her quilts, no matter the size.  My very favorite quilt she ever made though was an old-fashioned patchwork quilt made from squares of different old clothes and fabric bits that she’d saved.  Each square held a memory – my Grandpa’s work shirt, an apron that Grandma wore to make breakfast, that pretty pillowcase that I’d slept on every time I went to her house, etc.  It had a red and grey flannel backing on it, and a thick middle layer.  It was cuddly, thick and warm.  That quilt was with me as I grew up, it went with me to every sleepover, every car trip, every overnight field trip and all of my many youth group trips over the years.  It wasn’t unusual to find 5 or 6 of my friends all cuddled up under this quilt on a mountain snow retreat singing church songs and doing our Bible studies, or a couple of us snuggled up under it on the bus on the way to the mountains when the bus broke down . . AGAIN . . . and we were stuck by the side of the road without heat until help could come.  The day that quilt disintegrated was very sad . . . that is literally what it did . . . all the years of washing and use just wore the fabric away til it was like the fibers were held together by air.  The hobby of quilting isn’t just something to keep the hands busy. To me, the end results creates a lifetime of memories for the person who gets to keep that quilt, and hopefully love it throughout its useful life.  Today’s celebration honors the people who have the skills, the imagination and the love to create such beauty, and the blessings that result from each of their creations.  If you aren’t a quilt maker, wrap yourself up in a quilt and enjoy the warmth and the skills that went into creating it.  To my Grandma Jewel, thank you for the memories and all of the love.  

Curlew DayI had to look this one up, as I had NO idea what on earth a curlew was!  Turns out it is North America’s largest shorebird and breeds in the grasslands of the Great Plains and Great Basin.  Since lately my hubby and I have started taking pictures of birds and putting bird feeders in the back yard to attract them, this is a great day to observe.  Here are some interesting things I found out about the Long-billed Curlew (copied and pasted from www.allaboutbirds.org

  • Both the male and female Long-billed Curlew incubate the eggs, and both are aggressive in defense of nests and young. The female typically abandons the brood two to three weeks after hatching and leaves brood care to her mate. Despite this abandonment the same male and female often pair with each other again the next year.
  • Although the Long-billed Curlew’s diet includes many species of invertebrates and some vertebrates, its bill is best adapted for capturing shrimp and crabs living in deep burrows on tidal mudflats (its wintering grounds) or burrowing earthworms in pastures.
  • The female Long-billed Curlew’s bill is longer than the males, and is a different shape. Hers is flatter on top with a more pronounced curve at the tip. His is gently curved throughout its length. The juveniles bill is distinctly shorter than the adults’ during its first few months, but it may be equal to the males length some time in its first year.

 
There is a lot more information on that website, and if you’re at all interested in birds, they have bird cams where you can watch birds feeding and interacting with each other.

 

International Sports Car Racing Day –  It’s what’s on TV right now!  I admit to not much knowledge about sports car racing, or many of its various forms.  Hubby really enjoys Formula One racing, I have friends who are fans of NASCAR, so today’s task was to find out what’s different about Sports Car racing from those.  Turns out there’s a big difference!  Sports Car racing is a form of circuit auto racing with cars that have two seats and enclosed wheels.  They may be built for the purpose of racing, or related to road-going sports cars.  This style of racing is a sort of hybrid between open-wheelers and touring car racing.   It is often associated with the annual Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race, which was first run in 1923 and is one of the oldest motor races still in existence.  Other classic but no longer in existence races include the Italian classics – the Targa Florio (1906-1977) and Mille Miglia (1927-1957), and the Mexican Carrera Panamericana.  Most top class sports car races focus on endurance (typically 2.5 – 24 hours in length), reliability and strategy over pure speed.  The longer races usually involve complex pit strategy and changing drivers regularly, being seen more as a team sport than an individual sport.  Some team managers have become almost as famous as many of their drivers!  The prestige of certain makes of cars, like Audi, Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Lotus, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Aston Martin comes in part from successes in sports car racing and the World Sportscar Championship.  The road cars sold by these manufacturers have, in many cases, been similar to the cars that were raced, both in styling and engineering.  The 12 Hours of Sebring (which is on right now), 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans were at one time to be considered the trifecta of sports car racing. 

 

Lips Appreciation Day – How often do we actually take a moment to appreciate lips?  Oh sure, we notice them when we brush our teeth, put on lipstick, etc. but do we truly appreciate them?  We should! Think about it! There are thin ones, fat ones, pouty ones and wet ones.  There are red lips, pink lips, glossy lips and natural lips.  No matter which lips you were born with, or prefer, today is about celebrating them.  Think about how unappealing it would be if we didn’t have them?  Our teeth would be exposed all the time, our mouths would dry out, it would be awfully uncomfortable using straws, drinking out of cups or kissing someone. Think about the difficulties of whistling! Heck, our food would fall out of our mouths when we ate! Yuck!  Lips are one of the first features we notice on another persons face, probably after the eyes, so its important to keep them looking healthy.  They are very vulnerable to drying out, and research suggests that you can lose up to 10 times more moisture through your lips than anywhere else!  It’s a good idea to keep lip balm around to help them – especially in the dry and cold winter months.  There are lots of recipes for homemade lip balms out there – I make my own sometimes even! It’s wonderful a wonderful treat.  Keeping your lips healthy and kissable is pretty important!  Appreciate your lips today and every day.

St. Urho’s Day – The legend of St. Urho originated in Northern Minnesota in the 1950s.  There are different opinions about who actually began the tales, but the legend has grown among North Americans of Finnish descent to the point where St. Urgo is known and celebrated across the United States, Canada and even in Finland.  (must be why I had never heard of him, I’m not Finnish!)  St. Urho is celebrated on March 16th, the day before the better known feast of  “some minor saint from Ireland who is alleged to have driven the snakes from that island”.  The legend of St. Urho says that he chased the grasshoppers out of ancient Finland, saving the grape crop and the jobs of Finnish vineyard workers.  He did this by saying the phrase “Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen” – which, roughly translated means “Grasshopper, grasshopper, go to hell”.  The feast honoring him is celebrated by wearing the colors royal purple and Nile green.  St. Urho is nearly always represented with grapes and grasshoppers as part of the picture.  He has been recognized with proclamations in all 50 states.  The Minnesota Governor – Wendell Anderson – issued a proclamation in 1975, declaring Minnesota to be the unofficial home of St. Urho.  If you decide to celebrate this mythical Finnish-American hero, please let me know how you decide to do it.  I’d be truly interested to know!
 

National Artichoke Hearts Day – Artichoke hearts are delicious.  I love them in salads, on pizza and MMMMMMM covered with a delicious garlic breading, and fried, then dipped in a rich dip.  There’s a place in Seattle near where I used to work that has DELICIOUS ones.  I did not know this but artichokes were illegal for one week in New York City in the 1920s.  Officials declared the law to try to curb mafia-driven price gouging.  Seems New York City has a history of banning certain foods . . . hmmmm . . .

There are many wonderful recipes to to use artichoke hearts- and here are a few suggestions I found when going a quick search:

*  Spinach and Artichoke Mac n’ Cheese
*  Artichoke Pesto Spinach Lasagna
*  Hot Artichoke Dip
*  Cream of Artichoke & Mushroom Soup
*  Spinach-Artichoke Mashed Potatoes
*  Artichoke Linguine
*  Chicken Artichoke Garlic Pizza

Well, now I truly am hungry!

Have a truly blessed and wonderful Saturday – may it end up being your perfect day, no matter how you celebrate it.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

 

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