My Heart Is Filled With Happiness . . . Join Me In Celebrating This Wonderful July Day!

Jul 2nd

It is 4:00 in the morning.  The windows are open to let in the cool, pre-dawn air – it’s so quiet out there.  I stepped out onto the deck to just soak it all in for a moment – let the peace just fill me.  The birds are still sleeping, along with most people that I know.  Today is a good day to be born – don’t you think?  I am up at this ridiculous hour because as soon as I post this, I am getting everything together and heading out the door to meet my son and daughter-in-law at the hospital, where we will be getting ready to meet the little girl who has been keeping us all waiting for the last five days!  They have to be at the hospital to begin inducing labor at 5:30, I’ll be at the hospital right around 8:00 or so, impatient to greet this beautiful new life that is going to blessing the world soon.  I’m excited, but I’m also a little somber.  Birth is wonderful, but it is serious business – so I would appreciate your prayers for the safe arrival of Baby B, and that Mommy comes through without any issues. 

Today I am going to give you mostly a recycled post from last year, with a few minor updates, since I need to get going.  I know you’ll all understand.  At least I hope you will.

World UFO Day – Wouldn’t it be nice if world leaders would just admit that UFO’s really exist?  Of course, that would mean they’d have to stop hiding facts from the public and honestly I’m not sure they are capable of such a thing.  When it comes to UFO’s though, I believe.  Not to seems a little egotistical.  Think about it.  God created an entire universe made up of many, many galaxies – too many to count.  Why would He limit Himself – being God – to only one teeny, tiny planet of inhabitants?  Just because not many people have seen them . . . or have they? . . . doesn’t mean they aren’t out there.  Today’s date was chosen for this celebration because it is the date of the Roswell Incident, an historical even leading to wide speculation and belief that aliens have visited us.  Do you know much about that?  Most of us have heard it at least mentioned in movies.  On July 2, 1947 Mac Brazel, a rancher NW of Roswell, New Mexico found wreckage of a metallic object on his ranch.  The wreckage and the metal it was made of was strange.  He contacted military authorities who investigated and removed the object.  The first military reports referred to a mysterious Unidentified Flying Object.  These reports were later rescinded, leading to widespread speculation and claims of a massive government cover-up of the discovery of UFOs from outer space.  It also sparked fear of a UFO invasion and rumors of other incidents.  That speculation is alive and well today.  The secrecy from the government agencies just fuels all of the stories and makes them grow and evolve into ever bigger stories.  Have you seen anything in the night sky?

Made In The USA Day – Look around you.  Do you see the decline in our economy?  Have you felt it in your own home?  Maybe you are one of the many who has lost their job, or like me, have had their hours reduced.  One of the many reasons that our economy is doing so badly, besides pathetic leadership and too many people with their hands out for something free while the rest of us work our backsides off trying to take up their slack, is the fact that so many of our jobs have been shipped overseas to countries with a more affordable labor force and fewer horrendous restrictions placed on them by an overzealous administration.  The import of foreign goods, cheaply made by those other countries, then sent back to our country to sell to us is disgusting.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to buy foreign products because quite honestly the budget just doesn’t go as far as it used to.  Think about it though.  If all of us replaced even half of our monthly purchases with only products made in our own country by our own citizens, that would begin sending a message that we believe in the United States and the principals of free enterprise.  Our nation was built from the hard work and sweat of dedicated people who knew that by their very efforts a great country was being built.  I believe in this country.  I believe in our workers.  I hereby make the pledge to start being more careful about checking the labels of the products I am buying and to replace foreign goods in our home with those made by our own citizens.  Look for the Made In The USA label on your products and help rebuild our country to her former glory.  Perhaps by 2016, if we all pitch in, we’ll still have a country to save.  This company has pages of items made right here, within our own borders, by our own people.  What a concept! 

This Day In History

1881 – Pres. Garfield is shot. His struggle to survive lasted 80 days until his death on Sept 19th.      
1955 – The Lawrence Welk show premieres on television.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Hot Dog Month – The history of hot dogs are as American as apple pie.  There is no certain etiology of the term hot dog, but there are two theories that are the most common.  The popularity of the term hot dog is generally given to sports cartoonist T. A. “Tad” Dorgan, who caricatured German figures as dachshund dogs just after the turn of the 19th century. His talking sausage cartoons generally criticized the cheap wieners sold at Coney Island,  suggesting they contained dog meat. It was such bad publicity that the Chamber of Commerce actually banned the use of the term “hot dog” from signs in 1913.  The term first appeared in print in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1900.  The 2nd theory was also from German origins.  German Americans brought us weinerwurst, German for Vienna sausage, and the name was eventually shortened to weiner.  Other German immigrants referred to smoked sausages as bundewurst – which is German for dog sausage.  By the late 1920s “weinie roasts” became all the rage.  Guests would bring their own hot dogs to roast over an open fire.  Harry Magely gets credit for putting hot dogs onto warm buns and topping them with a variety of condiments.  He was catering director of New York City’s Polo Grounds, who was said to have instructed his vendors to call out “Red hots! Get your red hots!”   The credit for actually warming the bun goes to Charles Feltman, of Feltman’s Gardens in Coney Island amusement park.   So, though Americans didn’t actually invent hog dogs, we sure did integrate them into our culture.  What ballgame, summer cookout, or boardwalk would be complete without hot dogs?  Here are some fun hot dog ideas from  Not too late to add some to your 4th of July festivities!

Well, it is MORE than time to get on the road so I can get past where the worst of the traffic areas for commute mornings.  I really don’t want to get stuck on the freeway when I really just want to be at the hospital.  Thank you for your prayers – and please, celebrate for me today – I will be celebrating the arrival of a new angel.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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