Scrabble Anyone?

Jul 19th

Sometimes it just shocks me how fast the weeks fly by.  Before we know it summer will be over and we’ll be wondering where the time went and why on earth we didn’t get anything done that we wanted to!  I know that’s how I’m feeling already.  Here we are, already Friday with the weekend before us.  Hope you have some wonderful plans to make those summer memories that will last you for the winter.

National Scrabble Week – Did you know that there is a National Scrabble Championship?  I had no idea either!  Apparently Scrabble isn’t just a board game to play at home.  This year’s starts today and goes through the 24th at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  I just read through the registration requirements and I’m cracking up!  Not that I don’t take playing Scrabble seriously when I play it – my Mom is difficult to beat so I have to concentrate – she’s a master at really high scoring words – but this is serious business here!  They are allowing 500 contestants who are in the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) ( seriously?) and have competed in an officially sanctioned SCRABBLE tournament to earn an official tournament rating.  It costs $150 to enter, and get this . . . prizes vary from $25.00 all the way up to $10,000!  I had NO clue that Scrabble was this big!  Amazing.  Maybe all of the Words With Friends players should brush up on their skills and enter next year!

Everybody Deserves A Massage Week- I nearly missed this one because I hadn’t looked at the weeklies for a bit.  Since the daily celebrations have been a bit on the low side, and I have few extra minutes, I thought I’d browse through and this one caught my eye.  Massages are wonderful.  If you’ve never had one, I highly encourage you to give it a try.  There are many different types, so it is not only important to research for reputable massage therapists (a good starting point is at your chiropractor’s office), but to ask them about the different types of therapy so you can pick the best one for you.  Some are very deep tissue that can make you a bit sore, but get through to all the knots and ouchie spots, some are lighter and very relaxing, there is hot stone massage where the therapist heats up smooth flat stones and lays those on your back (feels wonderful), and one I’ve had once called Lomi Lomi – it uses long, slow motions with LOTS of oil – so this one is wonderful and relaxing but be prepared to go straight home and shower.  I made the mistake of having one of these during lunch once and my clothes stuck to me for the rest of the day.  No matter what kind of massage you get, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be hooked.  I just wish I could do it more often. 

This Day in History

64 – Circus Maximus in Rome catches fire
1879 – Doc Holliday kills for the first time after a man shoots up his New Mexico saloon.
1912 – A meteorite with an estimated mass of 190 kg explodes over the town of Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town.
1945 – USS Cod saves 51 sailors from Dutch sub in only sub-to-sub rescue
1994 – 1st game ever cancelled at Seattle Kingdome (falling tiles)

Food Celebrations of the Day

National Daiquiri Day – Ernest Hemingway made this drink popular, but it was actually invented in 1898 by American mining engineer Jennings Cox in the small mining town of Daiquiri.  The original version he created was made with white rum, lime juice and sugar, but today there are dozens of different flavors and varieties.  Here are a few ideas from to get you started.  Yum!


National Raspberry Cake Day –  I love raspberries.  I think they are my very favorite berry.  The scent of ripe raspberries on the vine takes me back to Grandma and Grandpa’s garden.  Grandpa grew all sorts of berries, but when the raspberries were ripe was the best part of it.  Grandpa let me pick – and eat – as many as I wanted, as long as I promised not to mash them into the path because Grandma didn’t like them tracked into the house. They are delicious any time, but warm from the sun, with the juice just bursting as I bit into them. . . I miss those days and I miss my Grandparents.  I’m so grateful my kids got to experience the same joy in their garden that I did.  This food celebration dresses up the raspberries by putting them into a cake!  I’m absolutely positive that makes the cake healthy, right? Here’s a page with all sorts of ideas for you to try – I haven’t looked at them all, so I hope there’s something absolutely delicious there! Let me know if you find a good one.

Well, I hope you found TODAY’S celebrations better than yesterdays.  I know I do!  Have a wonderful Friday!  Yeah for the start of the weekend!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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