It’s Saturday . . . WOOHOO! I know, we get one each week, but they are always nice, right? It’s crisp and cold here, I just wish we had snow on the ground! I hope for it every year, and I’m usually disappointed. Who knows? Maybe God will take pity on me and give me a white Christmas! I’m starting the weekend very disappointed, but I suppose life is full of disappointments. This isn’t the first I’ve had, and it won’t be the last. My son and his family were planning on coming up to go out into the forest to go Christmas tree hunting Sunday – it would have been our first tree hunt with our new Grandson. Due to circumstances that came up, they can’t make it up, and it doesn’t look like it will work out for us to head down his direction to try closer to where he lives. I know it wouldn’t have been practical to head all that way to help them find a tree – especially since we already have ours up – and with the weather being worse down there than here, it’s probably safer to stay home – but since when is a mother’s heart practical? I know mine isn’t when it comes to my kids and now my grandson. Obviously I’ll survive, as will they, and I know they’ll have fun without me, but I can’t help it. I’m feeling a little blue about it. Maybe I’ll make some Christmas cookies to take my mind off of it.
I want to take a few moments and share something with you that is on my mind right now. Night before last hubby and I were settling down to sleep after getting to bed very late. At 11:55 p.m. we felt a BAM against the bed. I thought he’d raised his arm and hit the headboard by accident, and he though the same of me. Neither of us could figure out what in the world we’d felt! I read in the paper last night that at 11:55 p.m. on Thursday we’d had an earthquake with an epicenter not many miles away, and not very deep. Weird that we felt that one THUMP and it was over. Apparently we had another one at 12:33 a.m. and 4:57 a.m. yesterday morning. Please, no matter where you live, and no matter what your geological, environmental or weather challenges, put together an emergency kit. Please have food, water, medical supplies, alternate sources of heat available in case of lost power, etc. ready all the time. You never know when disaster may strike – and EVERY region has its own version of disaster – so please, don’t be one of those foolish people who gets hurt or killed, or sits with their family starving and injured because you weren’t ready for an emergency. No matter WHAT the news tells you, the government is NOT going to be ready to leap in and help you, and you likely have to fend for yourself for at least a moderate period of time. By having survival food and water on hand, a way to stay warm and treat injuries, you may be one of the more fortunate people and make it through whatever comes your way. If you haven’t gotten a start on food storage, and yes, this is a shameless plug, you can start by getting some long term storage food on hand from Thrive Shelf-Reliant foods. Go to www.karinar.thrivelife.com to find food, beverages and emergency supplies in one convenient place. I am just starting to try out the products, but I can tell you for sure that the Instant Milk is awesome and I’ve gone through nearly an entire pantry size can in a week.
Ok, on to our celebrations!
Pearl Harbor Day – As the dawn began to creep over the horizon on the morning of December 7, 1941, our world changed. What our citizens couldn’t believe would ever, or could ever, happen . . . did. We were attacked on U.S. soil by the Japanese, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack crippled the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and caused the United States to enter World War II. During the attack, over 2,400 American servicemen and 68 civilians were killed. Five of the eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, and virtually all ships were damaged. We thought we were untouchable . . . we were proven wrong. Never be complacent, never assume we are always OK . . . our enemies are always out there looking for a way to get to us . . . no matter who the enemy of the moment is. Complacency is probably the biggest enemy of all for it makes us blind, deaf and stupid, unable to defend ourselves and unable to discern even those among us who would do us harm. In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the day we were attacked was “. . . a day that will live in infamy”. Don’t ever forget that what happened before, can, and likely will happen again if we remain unaware and continue to be complacent. Today as you see flags at half staff in memory of that day, please pause for your own personal moment of silence in honor of those who were lost, in honor of the day we were shaken awake and made aware of our own vulnerability.
Letter Writing Day – When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone? Or sent a card that had more than your signature on it? Today is the day to take a few minutes and write someone a letter. Letter writing is nearly a lost skill, as most letters and notes these days are in emails or instant messages. Celebrate this day by making someone you care about happy, because honestly, there are few things that make someone smile quite as quickly as opening the mailbox and finding a letter that someone took the time to write.
National Cotton Candy Day – Since cotton candy is typically enjoyed at fairs and other types of outdoor festivals in the country, I have to wonder why we celebrate this one in the middle of December?! That’s a good question, and I couldn’t find the answer. I did find out that the Cotton Candy machine was patented in 1899 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, and that they brought it to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. It was very popular! Did you know it was originally called Fairy Floss because it was made from Floss (or Flossine) sugar! I admit I do love cotton candy, no matter what time of year it is, so a big happy Cotton Candy Day to you!
This Day In History –
1837 – Martin Van Buren becomes the eighth President of the United States, and the first president to be born in this country.
1877 – Thomas Edison exhibited the phonograph
1941 – Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise Japanese attack. It marked the U.S. entry into WWII.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cookie Cutter Week – It’s time to start making Christmas cookies, and I know that a variety of cookie cutters is really important this month! Trees, gingerbread men and stars might be the most familiar, but don’t be shy about using creative cookie cutters. Nowadays, you can find just about any shape, from boots to cows.
- No-Fail Sugar Cookies
- Jell-O Jigglers
- Lucky Bear Cookies
- Cream Cheese Cut-Out Cookies
- Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies
- Gingerbread Men
Well, hubby and I are off to run errands today – wish us luck! I’m betting town is going to be BUSY! It’s not only the countdown to Christmas shopping, it’s payday for a lot of people! Yikes! Merry Christmas, God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!