Wow, it’s dark out this morning. I don’t know why, but every autumn I am stunned by how dark it is when I am up and getting ready to go. And what makes it worse is knowing that the changing of the clock will be coming soon, so it will be darker earlier in the afternoons too! I don’t mind it at night, but it sure would be nice if it was light earlier in the mornings to make getting out of bed easier. There is just something inherently wrong about getting out of bed when it’s dark out, don’t you think? *yawn* OK, fine, I’m up. Where’s my coffee? Oh, there it is . . . alright, let’s get this day started!
Verse of the Day
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
God reminds us that our words and the way we use our speech greatly impact the quality of life we enjoy. Nothing cuts short a vibrant life like evil speech and lies we tell. They set loose a force of deception and damage that we cannot control. This unleashed power not only damages those about whom and to whom we speak, but they eventually boomerang and come back and bring their deadly payload back into our own lives. Let’s be people who speak what is right, good, wholesome, holy, true, and a blessing. (cf. Ephesians 4:20-5:12)
Food for Thought
Strife in our relationships – how we deal with it can have such an impact on the outcome. I was reading a post in a women’s prayer group that I am a part of this morning that was heart-breaking. A young lady who is relatively new to marriage to her high school sweetheart found out something about him that has left her feeling devastated. Fortunately, he was willing to, after some reluctance, admit to what he had been doing, and to seek assistance, taking the steps necessary to erase the negative behavior from his life and attend counseling from his pastor. The road to their marital recovery could be a long one, but this young woman responded to a bad situation in a proactive manner. I know she was hurt and disillusioned about what she found out about this man who she thought she knew, but it proves a sad truth, that in this life we are faced with temptations that sometimes we do not turn our faces away from, instead running towards disaster with the enthusiasm of children with a bag filled with candy – it tastes good right now but will leave them with a tummy ache later. It’s how we each deal with these situations that makes the big difference in how we recover from them, and how we move forward to our futures. I have to say that I am impressed with this girl, as she is showing strength of spirit that is missing in so many people today who just want to give up when faced with horrible situations. Something to think about the next time that we have to deal with a difficult time in a relationship, be it marital, parental or just friendship. How we handle it will decide if it’s over, or if it will move forward stronger and better than before.
Cookbook Launch Day – How fun is this? There isn’t much known about this holiday or who started it. You know those little cookbooks you can find from various organizations to raise funds, for schools, churches, clubs and other such organizations? They ask for local people to donate recipes, and put together a cookbook. They put it together with a publisher, and tada! They have a lovely little cookbook filled with well-loved recipes that they then use as a fund raiser. I have quite a few of these, and there are some recipes in them than I make over and over. How exciting would it be to launch your own cookbook? (provided you like to cook of course) There are always new recipes to discover, and it would encourage us to try new foods out on family and friends. I am one of those people who thinks that you can never have too many cookbooks – and if you could take a peek at my cookbook room (yes, I have a room for my cookbooks) you’d see that I take that to heart. If you’ve ever thought about launching your own cookbook, today would be a good day to get started on it. If not, you can celebrate this one by buying a new cookbook and getting one for a friend! It’s all for a good cause . . . right?
Drink Local Wine Day – This is a good one and I can’t believe I haven’t seen it until this year! This is the 3rd annual celebration of a week-long event that is aimed at encouraging people to learn something about, and appreciate their local wines. It’s a great opportunity for bloggers and wine columnists to write something about their local wines, increasing awareness of them to the public, and in so doing, helping the local wineries with their sales. People focus on wines from certain regions, but truthfully, there is wine being produced all across our country that we pretty much ignore, which is sad. I know that I prefer drinking local wines, and have for years. They carry the flavors and aromas of our own landscape, which resonates with our palates, right down to the center of who we are. Becoming familiar with a variety of wines, running across a hidden gem from places where you would least expect them, this is an adventure that is so much fun! Hubby and I found this out last February when we went on our annual birthday/anniversary trip. We found some delicious wines where we would least expect them to be and had a thoroughly good time exploring the flavors and “textures”, bringing home more than one bottle! Get out, explore, find that special wine that you can not only enjoy drinking, but enjoy the memory of discovering. What a fun adventure!
Moment of Frustration Day – GRRRRRRRR have you ever had one of those truly frustrating days? I know we all have! A lot of the time though, we don’t let those frustrations out, feeling like we just need to buck up and deal with it. It’s healthy to release them sometimes though, so today, take the opportunity to just let them out! If you are not frustrated, count your blessings! So many of us face frustrations daily that it would be nice to wake up without any! Here are some ideas for how to release those frustrations: • Go for a walk When faced with a frustrating situation, walk away from it. Time and distance, will often help to eliminate the frustration. The walk allows you to think about how to resolve it. • Take it outside and yell. Go out the back door, and do a little yelling. We suggest you do it away from others. Afterwards, you will feel much better. Of course, if you live in a crowded neighborhood that could lead to a whole new set of problems, so perhaps yell into a pillow instead. Just a thought. • Let your feelings out… If you need to cry, then cry. • Think…. consider what will ease or eliminate those frustrations. How can you resolve the problem? • Talk… let your feelings out to someone you can confide in. If it’s a frustration about a person, talk with them. Let them know how you feel. • Seek help. Use a friend, a family member, or a professional to help you. Letting those frustrations out in a healthy manner is the key today – don’t release them in anger, and of course turning to drinking or drugs is never the way to solve anything. Here’s wishing you a very Happy Moment of Frustration Day. As an old song goes, Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
Old Farmers Day – Today we celebrate and honor the hard work of farmers throughout American history. Early American culture was heavily a farming culture, the early settlers clearing fields and woods to farm the rich land. They brought with them to these shores seeds and farming methods used in their mother countries. When they got here they found new seeds, and learned new methods, many of them from the Native Americans who were already farming the land. One of the most notable things they learned about here was the concept of hilling, or mounding, the soil. October is a very appropriate month to celebrate and honor farmers, since during this time the harvest is complete, for the most part. The hard labor is over, and the planning for the new planting season can begin. It also means maybe they can take a bit of time to enjoy this celebration in their honor! Thank you to all the farmers in our nation, to your contributions to our culture, and the delicious, healthy food you bring to our tables. Happy Old Farmer’s Day!
This Day in History –
1810 – The very first Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
Food Celebration of the Day
National Gumbo Day – The birthplace of gumbo is hotly debated, but there’s no doubt that New Orleans is the most famous city for this roux-enhanced stew of meat and shellfish.
- Chicken Gumbo
- Shrimp & Crab Gumbo Over Cheese Grits
- Louisiana Chicken Gumbo
- Cajun Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
- File Gumbo
- Seafood Gumbo
- Slow-Cooker Vegetable Gumbo