Praying for Our Law Enforcement Officers . . . Enjoying Nature . . . and Eating Lobster . . . Happy Saturday!
Welcome to Saturday. As usual on the weekends, I’m a little later than I’d like to be. To be honest, I fell asleep on the couch last night and didn’t even get a tiny start on it. Hopefully you still have time to plan how you’d like to celebrate today.
National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers – My son is a police officer, and every single day that he is out there doing his job, I worry. I wake up in the night and I wonder if he’s ok, then have to convince myself that I would have gotten a call if something happened. Every call he answers, every car he pulls over, every attempted burglary or prowl report he responds to, I worry. His life, and the lives of every single police officer across our nation, are always on the line. They go into the career knowing this, and willingly taking the risk to protect and serve the communities they care about. This doesn’t reduce the impact on them, and on their families, of knowing daily that they are in danger. Today please take some time and pray for the law enforcement officers across our nation, the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to do their jobs every single day.
National Hollerin’ Contest Day – Have you ever felt like just letting loose and screaming at the top of your lungs? Today’s your day then! Today is the day of the National Hollerin’ Contest. Spivey’s Corner, NC, which has a population of about 50 people, hosts the annual contest today, which brings the population to between 5,000 and 10,000 people for the day. Not sure what all of it was about though, I had to dig a little deeper. This is actually quite interesting! Hollerin’ is considered, by some at least, to be the earliest form of communication between humans. In rural areas it was the way to convey long-distance messages, since this was back before modern telecommunication. Evidence of hollerin’ in one form or another, can be found worldwide, among many early people, in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States. Each culture used, or even still uses, hollers differently, though almost all of them have specific hollers meant for warning or distress. It’s also used for greeting, general information, fun, work, etc. The hollers for the National Hollerin’ Contest fall into one of four categories: Distress, Functional, Communicative and Pleasure.
I did find this link from news coverage from 2011 competition – sounds like it would be a noisy spot to be, and not somewhere to go if you have a headache! My goodness – watch the video here!
Smile Power Day – Have you heard that smiles are infectious? It’s true! When you see someone smiling, it just makes you want to smile too. Well, today is smile power day, so feel that power! Give everyone you see a big, friendly smile. You never know . . . your smile may be the only one they get today, and change a bad day around for someone.
A smile is so powerful, that it can:
- Add years to your life
- Make you a happier person
- Make someone else a happier person
- It’s a mood change for the giver and the receiver
- Improves relationships
- In business, it sends a great customer service message
Did you know? It’s easier to smile than to frown. A smile uses fewer muscles.
World Juggler’s Day – Great news for jugglers! You get TWO days a year! International Juggler’s Day is always on April 18th, but today you get World Juggler’s Day – the Saturday closest to June 17th . . . which is today! Today the skill of juggling, and the talented people who can juggle many objects at a time, are celebrated. Common objects to juggle include: balls, clubs, swords, plates, rings, and flaming sticks. The best jugglers can juggle up to ten balls at a time. Considering that I can’t do TWO at a time, that’s impressive! Juggling is a skill and form of entertainment that has been around for thousands of years. Some of the earliest recorded history shows that juggling was around during the early days of civilized man, and was used primarily for entertainment. It is well documented in Medieval times in Europe. Most often today we see jugglers when the circus comes to town. I have to submit, as someone who works in an office, that multi-tasking can also be described as juggling. Ok, maybe I’m stretching here since I can’t REALLY juggle, but hey! I celebrate them as I can! I found an incredible video from Cirque du Soleil. My jaw was hanging open the whole time. Enjoy!
Nature Photography Day – Today we observe on a national scale, Nature Photography Day. Any picture you take today qualifies, as long as it’s something in nature! To celebrate the event the North American Natural Photography Association has hosted a Facebook page for people to post pictures that they’ve taken today. There’s no contest, no prizes, just beautiful pictures to be shared with everyone. The picture posted here is one my husband took of one of the 25 different species of birds that visits our feeders on our back deck. Actually this is one he took this morning! We are constantly amazed by the wonderful creatures who pay us a visit.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Lobster Day – We’ve all seen the prices of lobster on restaurant menus and in stores. Even a small frozen lobster tail is about $6.99 each, on sale! I decided to look up the history of lobster to find out if its always been that way, and this is what I found. This is a copy and paste from a site I found. I’ve linked it here so you can take a look at the whole article if you’d like. Fascinating stuff! “Centuries ago in North America, lobsters were so plentiful that Native Americans used them to fertilize their fields and to bait their hooks for fishing. In colonial times, lobsters were considered “food for the poor.” They were harvested from tidal pools and served to children, to prisoners, and to indentured servants, who exchanged their passage to America for seven years of service to their sponsors. In Massachusetts, some of the servants became so tired of eating lobster that they had it put into their contracts they would not be forced to eat lobster more than three times a week.” Can you imagine? Here are some recipes from www.food.com to try out. I may have to thaw out the tails I have in my freezer!
- Grilled Garlic-Tarragon Lobster Tails
- Lobster Curry
- Lobster Salad Cocktail
- Warm Lobster Roll
- Cajun Lobster Pasta
- Lobster Potato Salad
- Lobster Roll Sandwich
Well, there you have it. The day’s celebrations. Please enjoy them, but most important – please pray for our law enforcement. Not just today, but every day. Enjoy this beautiful summer weekend! God Bless You. I’ll see you tomorrow.