Mmmmmm . . . Paella. . .

Mar 27th

Do you ever have one of those days when you have all of these plans . . . and you get some of those plans done, but you just don’t get to all of them?  Yep, I had one of those days yesterday.  Honestly in the grand scheme of the day I didn’t get nearly half of them done.  I did get up and get my exercise done before I left the house – so that was one of the most important things I wanted to do.  I did get my hair trimmed.  Another biggie because my hair sort of resembled that of the wicked witch in every children’s story ever told.  Sad, I know.  I straightened the guest bed area for my grandson, did laundry, made some ice cream (maybe the 3rd try will be better?), vacuumed the house, made dinner, pinned the pins for the Pinterest Party today, worked with my blog designer and went to bed.  I know.  Not much in the grand scheme, but it’s what fit into the hours without turning myself inside out with stress.  I’m trying to learn NOT to get to that point, or I start getting these weird heart flutters.  The doctor says, after putting me on a monitor for a month, that it’s just how I react to stress.  I guess I’m always stressed.  Geesh!  What’s funny is that I can juggle a lot of things, so it’s not until I’m completely overloaded that I realize that I’m trying to do too much.  I’m learning though.  Or trying to anyway.  Today will be all about work, and afterward going to the store to get everything needed for our Grandson’s visit this weekend.  I don’t have a lot of kid friendly food in the house and that would be nice to have on hand.

National Joe Day – Did you ever want to change your name?  I didn’t – I always liked my name . . . I didn’t like it when kids made fun of it in elementary school, but I blamed the kids, not my name.  Today is your chance to change your name, if only for a day.  It turns out many people do not like the name they were given as a baby, and they wish they could change it.  Sometimes people do!  Not sure why today is called National Joe Day except that whoever set up the day picked it!  Take it for what it is and enjoy it!  

National Exchange Day – In Detroit, in 1911, Charles A. Berkey founded the first National Exchange club.  The purpose was to “exchange” ideas and information with other folks about how to better serve their communities – sort of like people do on the Internet now . . . only slower!   Since 1911 the organization has grown and been involved in many big changes in the country – they were one of the driving forces behind getting the words “Under God” added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 – for which I will always be grateful to them!   In 1985 the group amended its constitution to allow women members – I’m rather surprised it took them that long!  Their current project is working to prevent child abuse – a worthy effort for now and for always.


Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day – I haven’t always liked country music. . . and even now I’m pretty picky about it.  The old stuff – the whining, twanging stuff . . . I’m not a real enthusiast of that style, but no matter whether you like it or not, some of the song titles have to at least put a smile on your face, if not make you actually laugh out loud.  Truth is that many country music songs are written with a comedic purpose.  A couple good ones that are currently on air are Tim McGraw’s “Do You Want Fries with That?” and Brad Paisley’s “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”  Here are some other ones that are pretty funny.

* “My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don’t Love You”

* “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better”

*” I Ain’t Never Gone to Bed with an Ugly Woman, but I Sure Woke Up with a Few”

* “I’m So Miserable without You; It’s Like Having You Here”

Celebrate this one by listening to a few funny titled songs and enjoy!

This Day In History

1964 – The biggest earthquake ever recorded strikes Anchorage, Alaska.  It measured 8.3 on the Richter scale.

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Spanish Paella Day – I have often heard of people making Paella.  I didn’t have ANY idea what it was.  Today is the perfect opportunity to find out what exactly it is. The history of this dish is actually quite fascinating! According to the information I found on Wikipedia, this dish has a history dating back before to the 15th century.  The people of Moorish Spain often ate casseroles of rice, fish and vegetables for family and religious feasts.  It became customary for cooks to combine rice, vegetables, beans and dry cod – cooked over an open fire – to make an acceptable Lenten meal.  Pretty much any combination of rice, veges, meats and spices could be called paella – and is commonly a dish made to use up leftovers.  Basically a fancy name for Leftover Surprise!  By whatever name, this is a beautiful meal to the eyes and I’m sure, to the taste buds.  I had to include this picture above because it’s so HUGE! Where would one store a pan that size? It’s not necessary for the home cook to have that big a pan, or to even cook over a fire (though I do personally love cooking over an open fire)

Portuguese Paella
Paella, Swedish-Style
Authentic Spanish Paella
Vegetable Paella
New Orleans-Style Paella
Cheater’s Paella
Paella Marinara

What a fun, lighthearted day of celebration.  So many sad things going on in the world sometimes need to be balanced out by the silly stuff.  Today is one of those days.  Enjoy the goofy songs and the big pan of paella and have a lovely Thursday!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!


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