Monday . . . Let’s Make It a Good One and Go for a Saunter!

Jun 19th

Monday. That word brings up so many feelings, doesn’t it?  For some it’s dread, for others resignation.  Unless you have the day off of course, and in that case it’s a good day!  At the start of a weekend it feels like we have SO much time – two whole days off!!!  Come Monday I always feel like there just wasn’t enough time and the time we did have went far too quickly.  This is going to be a VERY busy week at the office, and we are short-handed, so it should be interesting to see how things go.  I can’t change the day, so I’m going to make up my mind to make the best of it, put a smile on my face and try VERY hard not to slap the stupid people who get in my way.  Don’t shake your head at me. You know good and well that stupid people bring out those instincts and if you can’t say that they do, then you are either a saint, or one of the people who deserve to be slapped.  Where’s my coffee? I clearly haven’t had enough.

Verse of the Day

How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.

Psalm 31:19

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Out of this psalm which begins in desperation, we find a crescendo of faith. While things may seem bleak, God will not abandon his children. Those who reverence God will not be forgotten. Far from ignoring his children, God has stored up his goodness which he will generously pour out on them to show that they are his. Those who take refuge in him will be protected and blessed. For those on this side of Jesus’ resurrection, this promise of blessing and vindication take on added depth and meaning as well as deeper assurance!

 

Food for Thought

This weekend we lost 7 sailors in a horrible collision between a US Navy ship and a cargo ship. The news has been relatively quiet about it, which shocks me to pieces.  Looking at the wreckage it is CLEAR that the cargo ship hit our ship, and the latest report I read said they didn’t have running lights and their transponder was turned off.  What ISN’T clear is why our look-outs didn’t see the ship, and why the advanced technology our ships carry didn’t pick up on the fact that there was a huge ship getting close to ours.  I don’t know that we will ever have an answer to those questions – perhaps it will be classified, or perhaps the media won’t get that information to us.  What ticks me off about all of it is that it has every appearance of being a deliberate attack, and that the media reports so far are trying to paint it as being the fault of our ship. Um – THEY hit US. Clearly we did not hit them. Let’s just keep those facts straight.

 

Garfield the Cat Day – Can you believe it’s been 39 years since Garfield made his debut?  He is still the cynical, fat, lazy cat that has captured the hearts of generations.  We love him because he is funny, which pairs nicely with his general uselessness.  He originated as a comic strip and continues to appear daily in newspapers around the world, but he has become so much more than that.  There are Garfield games, memorabilia, posters, movies and even a TV series showing that he is the most famous cat in the world.  I remember a friend even had a Garfield telephone!  Today, be a little like Garfield . . . sit back, be lazy, eat lasagna to celebrate the cat that gets to do that every day.

 

Juneteeth – Today celebrates a truly historic event . . . one which I am rather shocked I never heard of before a couple of years ago, and it seems like something I should have learned about when I was in school!  I liked history, so I’m betting I would have remembered this if we’d covered it.  On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended.  The south had lost the war, and the slaves were now free.  President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier, but it wasn’t until 1865 that Texas had enough federal troops to enforce the end of slavery.  Due to this historic event, June 19th was called Juneteenth and is celebrated throughout the United States each year with rodeos, barbecues, parades and prayer services.  It is a day of reflection, giving thanks and looking forward to the future for all Americans.

 

 

 

Ride to Work Day (Motorcycle) – The 3rd Monday in June is celebrated as International Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day.  It is intended to demonstrate that motorcycles are fun and affordable, easy to get maneuver in traffic and to park, and very fuel efficient.  Motorcyclists understand that there are practical benefits to riding, but they also feel true joy when they are riding.  This day lets people who love motorcycles share their enthusiasm and love of riding with their co-workers and friends.  As the wife and mother of two men who love their motorcycles, I ask everyone to be socially conscious of the bikes on the road – not just today but every day.  I hear so many people complain about motorcyclists, but please keep in your minds that these people are on TWO wheels, while you are on four!  Keep your eyes open, stay back and do not tailgate them, and for goodness sakes pay attention! 

 

World Sauntering Day – Did you ever wonder what sauntering actually is?  We have all heard the word forever, or read it in books, and likely didn’t stop to think about it.  This celebration does beg the question though, so let’s find out.  Sauntering is not a walk, jog, trot or run.  It is a form of strolling.   It is a very casual, yet stylish, form of movement to get from point A to point B.  The definition for sauntering in the dictionary is “walking along slowly, happily and aimlessly”.  Doesn’t this sound like a lovely way to get around, at least once in awhile?  Try it!  Anyone can spend their lives walking, jogging or even being dragged along, but perhaps we’ll find it more enjoyable to saunter through it.  It’s even better if you saunter with a friend or a loved one.  I think I’ll try a little saunter somewhere today . . . maybe around the neighborhood with Moose. Of course a saunter with Moose sort ends up being a drag around the neighborhood, but I can give it a shot.

 

 

This Day in History

1964 – After a 83 day filibuster, the Civil Rights act of 1964 is approved.

 

Food Celebration of the Day

National Martini Day – Throughout my life I’ve watched a lot of movies, and in many of them the sophisticated folks (James Bond anyone?) have graced the screen holding a dry martini garnished with olives.  It always looked very posh.  Now that I’m a grown up I know that there are many types of martinis with a lot of different flavor profiles, but I didn’t know that until recently.  I thought they had to have gin and honestly, I hate gin.  Tastes a little bit like I imagine chewing on a pine cone would, you know?  In the old days martini drinkers had only a few simple choices: gin or vodka, rocks or neat, olive or twist.  Now?  There are appletinis, chocotinis, and even cavitinis (made with caviar).  The possibilities are endless.  I’ve had lemon drops (delicious!) and oh my goodness, the chocotini.  That’s decadence in a glass right there.  Here are a few recipes from www.food.com to give you a decent sampling – just know – you are limited only by your imagination when it comes to martinis.  Enjoy!

 

Enjoy celebrating at least one silly thing today – it may be the one fun thing this Monday brings to you.  I’m voting for sauntering WHILE having a martini . . . after work of course. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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