Did everyone have a good Wednesday, and are you ready to start today off with a smile? Well, I’m not smiling yet, since it’s early and I don’t typically take my first sip of coffee until I get into the car. Yesterday was pretty fun though! I picked up my parents and met my daughter, her guy and Baby R for lunch, then we all went to a petting zoo and saw some of the most amazing animals! The picture below is of me snuggling a tiny fox. His name is Albert (Albie is what they call him) and he snuggled up to my shoulder like he belonged there. He was so incredibly soft! I got to play with goats, sheep, pigs, bunnies, an alpaca, a llama and got to pet a snuggly red kangaroo snoozing in a pouch. They had ducks too, but they were in a pen where they couldn’t be touched, a snake I wouldn’t want to touch, and a cage with a mongoose! I had no idea that the mongoose makes these adorable little chattery noises! Oh – they also had a Patagonian Mara – sort of a large rodent. She was so cute! She liked to suck on people’s fingers, which did not hurt at all, but the funny thing was that she never hurt the fingers, but she took bites out of people’s clothing! Several folks left with holes in their shirts or pant legs. All in all it as pretty fun and I’m sure the grown-ups enjoyed it more than the baby since we knew what we were looking at and could appreciate how sweet they were.
Verse of the Day
Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
While I like to have choices, and I like to be responsible for my own decisions, I am truly thankful that God allows me to submit my life to his will and place my trust in him. The Father is at work in me to do his will (Phil. 2:13) and to work for my best good (Rom. 8:28). I gladly acknowledge that my plans are subject to his will. I am appreciative that my goals and successes are in his hands. I gladly proclaim that what lies ahead for me can be summarized by one phrase: “If the Lord wills!”
Food for Thought
What is WRONG with people? OK, that’s a really broad question, since we all know that there is something wrong with all of us in the form of our sinful natures. What I am talking about is what is WRONG with people today that they seem to have lost their humanity? There was an awful shooting in Alexandria yesterday, with the targeted victims being members of the Republican Congress. They were targeted by a far left wing loony tune who specifically went after them because of their political party. Let that sink in. What is shocking to me is how many HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE people have come out and said that those people DESERVED to be shot at because they were conservatives. Excuse me – I couldn’t STAND Obama, his wife, their entire party, Hillary or any of the slimy, rock slithering scum dwellers that they associated with – but I have NEVER, EVER, EVER thought that they deserved to be gunned down because of their party. That’s just insane.
Career Nurse Assistant’s Day – People who choose a career as a Nurse Assistant have chosen a difficult and often thankless job that requires knowledge, commitment and compassion. Today we recognize these people who have dedicated themselves to the well-being of others and taken on that thankless job. It is often the nursing assistant who cares for our elderly and disabled in hospitals and long term care facilities. This dedication deserves this day of recognition and thanks.
Dump the Pump Day – I sure do wish I could celebrate this one! The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country, will celebrate the 11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day. Let’s face it – times are tough economically – gas prices are high and going up again. Everyone is looking for a way to save money! Today people are encouraged to ride public transportation instead of driving, and to save money. It’s economical and quite honestly, I find riding the bus to be far less stressful than driving in heavy traffic. When I commuted to Seattle I took the bus both in my own county, and in the city. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report says that a two person household that downsizes to using one vehicle can save – on average – more than $10,174 each year. Honestly, I WISH that we had busses out where we live . . . however we are about 15 minutes from the nearest bus stop, and even then the route doesn’t go anywhere near my work. Oh well.
Magna Carta Day – The words Magna Carta are Latin for “Great Charter”. This is one of the most important documents written in political history. It was drawn up in Britain and was signed on June 15, 1215, and outlines the rights of the common people and limits the powers of the monarchy. From that time forward it has been used as the basis for civil liberties around the world, promoting liberty, parliamentarianism and constitutionalism. Pretty big stuff!
Nature Photography Day – The world is such a beautiful place, and every single day we are presented with the opportunity to take pictures of something amazing in nature. We don’t always take advantage of that opportunity, but we always have that option. I can’t even count the number of times that I kick myself for not having a camera with me when I see something incredible in nature that I can’t capture because I wasn’t prepared. Sometimes it’s a beautiful place, some flowers, creatures visiting the backyard, or even animals in the zoo, clouds in the sky . . . anything! My husband has an eye for capturing some pretty amazing stuff on camera, an eye that I don’t have most of the time. I know when something is pretty, but catching it with the right lighting and composition isn’t my strong suit. Heck, I can’t get pictures of my cats and dog without having them look like they have demon eyes! I didn’t find much in the way of information about when and how this day started, but it does give me a chance to share one of my hubby’s incredible pictures with you.
National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers – Over the last few years I have been disgusted, saddened, angered and filled with outrage over the all out disrespect and disregard for the lives of police officers that is sweeping this nation. You would have to have been living under a rock to have missed it, and if you don’t get filled with those same emotions then you are likely part of the problem. My son is a law enforcement office, 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 law enforcement 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.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today we come together as a family of believers, and lift up to you the men and women in law enforcement. We ask for your protection upon them against those who would do them harm. Keep their eyes and ears open, keep their minds alert, and sharpen their instincts so they are ever aware of what is going on around them. Keep them safe so they return to their families each day after their shifts are over, and always protect them from their enemies.
In Jesus Precious Name we ask this, Amen.
Recess at Work Day – Do you remember when recess was the best part of school? Children watched the clock with anticipation then raced outside to the playground with such excitement. Well, as grown-ups we deserve to anticipate something wonderful too! We deserve to get recess . . . doesn’t that sound far more exciting than a coffee break? If you could have recess as an adult . . . what would you do? It’s not like most work places have playgrounds. After looking into what a few workplaces do, I found that some have organized games of Frisbee, Simon Says or hacky-sack. Some held Tai Chi or yoga classes, and others organized team building events. Fun! Honestly, I think I’ll stick with visiting with a co-worker, reading a good book, or checking my personal email. How about you?
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 Elder Abuse Awareness Day – I am sure we have all heard of an elderly person, either in the news, or we may know one ourselves, that have been taken advantage of financially – whether through scams or family who is stealing their money, using them for their inheritance, etc. There is also a global problem of the elderly being physically and emotionally abused. This happens sometimes from family, sometimes from caregivers, and quite honestly it is repulsive to me that anyone would harm some of the most vulnerable among us – but it doesn’t surprise me. Some people are horrible – the same ones who would harm a child or an animal would obviously have no compunction about harming anyone else, including the elderly. The world is undergoing a significant demographic change, and estimates are that by 2050, the global population of people over the age of 60 will outnumber younger people. These changes have led to recognition worldwide of the problems and challenges that do face the elderly. Research shows that elder abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation is one of the biggest issues facing senior citizens around the world. The World Health Organization’s data suggests that 4-6% of the elderly suffer from some form of abuse, a large percentage of which goes unreported. Today’s awareness day was started to encourage communities to recognize the problem of this abuse and to help foster respect for elders and give them the tools to continue to be productive citizens.
This Day in History –
1775 – George Washington is appointed the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army.
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, though I did see a special the other day for $4.99 each. I decided to look up the history of lobster to find out if it has always been that way, and this is what I found. This is what I found in brief, but the full research is interesting if you care to look it up. “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
- Grilled Garlic-Tarragon Lobster Tails
- Lobster Curry
- Lobster Salad Cocktail
- Warm Lobster Roll
- Cajun Lobster Pasta
- Lobster Potato Salad
- Lobster Roll Sandwich
I’m off to have a busy day with our accountant and doing payroll. Two things that are favorites for me – I really enjoy our accountant and his positive attitude, and who doesn’t love getting paid??? Let’s all have a wonderful day and let the countdown to the weekend begin! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.