Remember Dreaming Over The Christmas Catalogs?

Aug 18th

It is Monday again and I am SO not ready for it!  The weekend was wonderful, we got a lot of our projects started by getting all of the supplies we needed, but no time at home to get anything done here.  It is what it is, and Monday arrived right on schedule. *sigh*  I NEED MORE COFFEE!  I hope you are all more ready to greet the new week than I am!  Today I’m going to make this short and sweet so we can get on with the business of going to work, and of course, celebrating.

Mail Order Catalog Day –  On August 18, 1872, Aaron Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog, which ushered in a booming business trend for consumers who were looking for convenience.  The Sears catalog followed about 16 years later.  Now it feels like, especially the closer we get to Christmas – that the catalogs just inundate our mailboxes earlier and earlier each year!   I suppose with the economy being what it is, planning ahead is pretty important.   I don’t mind getting the catalogs though, I love them.  I always have.  I remember as a kid looking forward to the Sears and JC Penney’s catalogs.  I’d look at every single page, even if it wasn’t anything I was interested in.  By the time I was in high school I would make lists of everything I wanted and write down the price.  I needed to be filthy rich to get everything I wanted.  I never just liked a dress.  I wanted that dress in every color.  Same with shoes.  When I was newly married and expecting my first child I’d sit with the catalog and dream of the furniture I’d love to some day have, and the nursery being set up the way I wanted it to be.  And again, I would have had to be really wealthy to do it all. These days I don’t go overboard with the wishing, but I do enjoy thumbing through the catalogs to see all the neat stuff, the cheap stuff and the ridiculous stuff between those glossy pages.  Once a dreamer, always a dreamer I guess, and the annual wish books (which is what my Grandma called them) always trigger the dreams.  Happy shopping!

Serendipity Day – What IS serendipity?  It means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; a fortunate mistake, but very specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. This word was voted one of the 10 English words hardest to translate by a British translation company, but because of its sociological use, the word has been exported into many other languages.  So how would you celebrate this one?  Well . . . Dare to Dream, Expect the Best, Celebrate Life, and to live expecting miracles.  Sounds good to me!

This Day In History

1938 – The 1,000 Islands bridge, connecting the US and Canada is dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Food Celebration of the Day –

National Ice Cream Pie Day – It’s hard to top the joy of a bowl of cold, creamy ice cream, but with a little imagination (and lots of delicious toppings), a pie makes it possible!  One thing I used to do when the kids were younger and bringing home friends often – and I found myself running out of snacks – I’d make ahead ice cream pies and have them in the freezer.  There was always something ready for kids.  Due to my own personal weight loss issues and the ongoing effort to achieve better health, I stopped doing that, but it might be a good idea to be prepared and have a couple on hand for special occasions.  I’ll have to give it some thought!

Mmmmm, ice cream pie sounds delicious, doesn’t it?  No pie for me today, but I can dream about it, right?  Maybe you can have some for me.  Right now I’m grabbing my coffee, and some extra for good measure and running out the door! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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