Mmmmmmmmmm . . . Peanut Clusters

Mar 8th

Holy Humor – Joke of the Day

A young lad was visiting a church for the first time, checking all the announcements and posters along the walls.

When he came to a group of pictures of men in uniform, he asked a nearby usher, “Who are all those men in the pictures?”

The usher replied, “Why, those are our boys who died in the service”.

Dumbfounded, the youngster asked, “Was that the morning service or the evening service?”

American Crossword Puzzle Weekend – Did you know (and I really, really didn’t!) that there is an annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament every year?  This year is the 36th annual tournament! This is the description I copied and pasted from the tournament website – “Directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz, this is the nation’s oldest and largest crossword competition. Solvers tackle eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed. Prizes are awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize. Evening games, guest speakers, and a wine and cheese reception allow solvers to meet each other in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.”  Now, I personally like the simple crossword puzzles that are in Woman’s World magazine, First for Women magazine, etc. but the New York Times crossword puzzles always gave me a headache within moments.  I truly admire people who can look at them and know the answers.  If you are one of those brainy folks who loves the hard puzzles, then I raise my teacup to you in a salute!

It’s Be Nasty Day!  – There’s naughty days, and nice days, and all sorts of days where we are oh-so-good. Because of that, it stands to reason that there will be a few negative types of days. This is one of them.   You are of course not encouraged to be celebrate this day, and I truly hope it doesn’t catch on and become popular.  What would make us feel like we want to be nasty today?  Well, there are lots of things that can put us in a bad mood.  I know for me it’s as simple as turning on the news and seeing the faces of a couple of people who make me absolutely nuts!  Or having people push in front of me in line at the store, being treated rudely, or dealing with someone who is already feeling in a nasty mood.  It’s easy to respond in an equally nasty way to people who make us feel that way.  If you do choose to be a bit on the nasty side today, please recognize the difference between being nasty and being cruel.  Snipping at someone that they cut in front of you is FAR different from calling them a mean name, or embarrassing them in public.  Honking your horn in an angry way at someone who cuts you off is understandable, displaying road rage in a destructive manner isn’t.  So if you are feeling nasty, keep your head about you at the same time.  I am truly hoping that everyone reading this today is happy and smiling, and not feeling nasty at all!

Middle Name Pride Day –  How many of us know someone who never tells their middle name, and only goes by an initial?  I never understood that. Of course, I like my middle name.  I’m sure it would be different if my parents had come up with something ridiculously awful.  Today is the day for everyone – whether you like your middle name or not – to shout it out and share it with others.  Your parents took time and trouble to come up with that name – and it may have special meaning to them.  My middle name is Dawn – and I was named after my father . . . Don! Simple enough.  Interesting trivia – the most common first letter of middle names in the United States is “D”, which is funny, since my middle name, my husbands and my mother’s all start with D!   One thing I read that I thought was interesting was that it’s all about rhythm and because of the syllabic flow, many middle names are single syllable to go with two syllable first names.  That explains why so many women get the middle names Ann or Lynn.  Same goes for single syllable first names usually get two syllable middle names!  And it’s true – I did the same with both of my kids without even realizing it.  One thing that is very true pretty much across the board – parents (mother’s especially) have a tendency to shout the first, middle AND last names of a child when they are in BIG trouble.  My gosh – is THAT true!


National Peanut Cluster Day – Old-fashioned peanut clusters were simple: a handful of peanuts covered in chocolate. These days, the chocolaty cluster idea works with so many goodys, salty and sweet.  You can put all sorts of yummy ingredients together, douse them with chocolate to make a cluster out of it, and have a little bit of delicious, yummy, decadence.  I remember when I was little, once in awhile my parents would pop a bunch of popcorn, pack up some peanut clusters, red vines and a few other candies, and some sodas, gather up blankets and pillows, and we’d load into the car and head for the drive-in theater.  Didn’t matter what the cartoon playing was, it meant buttery popcorn and peanut clusters , or sometimes just chocolate covered peanuts.  Ahhh memories. Fun times!

Today’s a little bit mixed up isn’t it?  Between peanut clusters, shouting our middle names, wallowing in nasty feelings, completing a difficult crossword or chuckling at Holy Humor – it’s a day to celebrate!  God bless you and choose to be happy, not nasty!

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