I heard yesterday that we broke records in the PNW this past winter for most rain, and now we’ve broken another record for driest summer. That isn’t a record I care to break! We need rain! The air quality is so bad from the smoke from the fires in Canada that a good, soaking rain would clear things up very nicely. I’m sure it would help out the firefighters too. Come on rain!
One more day until the weekend! We can do this!
Verse of the Day
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
These promises are made to the true worshiper (see Psalm 84.) This worshiper delights to be in the presence of God and yearns to be with God in worship when he cannot be. This worshiper trusts fully in God as his source of strength, hope, victory, and joy. For this worshiper, God has left this incredible set of promises! Very similar to Romans 8, and its hallmark passage in verse 28, God promises to work out things for good and bless those who “love him and are called according to his purpose” “all things in Christ” and withhold nothing that is good (Rom. 8:32). Why? God is for us! He is our sun and shield, he lavishes his grace and glory upon us, and he will not withhold any good thing from us.
Food for Thought
You ever been tired to the core of you? Not just “I need sleep” tired, but tired. Tired to the point you want to close your eyes and not wake up for days. Tired to the point that you feel like crying but the tears are too much effort. I’m tired to the soul. Tired of petty crap. Tired of anger. Tired of grudges. Tired of stress. Tired of a lot of things I don’t have the time, space or energy to dredge up. I’m just tired. I am trying to keep a happy outlook, but sometimes that isn’t easy. I’m tired and I need peace. I need peace around me in the ones I love. I need peace between the ones I love. I need peace at the office. I just need peace.
Lazy Day – Today is Lazy Day! It’s your chance to goof off and, if possible, not work. Comes at a good time, doesn’t it? Hot and muggy weather makes it easy to kick back and do nothing for a day. If your chores aren’t done, well, won’t they wait just another day? Someone said once that “There are no lazy days . . . just lazy people”. I’d have to disagree – yes, there are lazy people, but even the most gung ho amongst us needs to just relax once in awhile. Maybe order in some pizza – if your food plan allows – and watch old re-runs or some movies. And you’re not alone! Check out these quotes by some pretty famous people:
“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.” — Jules Renard “It’s true, hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?” — Ronald Reagan “I’m just a lazy boy. I’d rather sit in my recliner and act.” — John Goodman
National Duran Duran Appreciation Day – If you were in school during the 80s, then you are familiar with the work of the English rock band Duran Duran. They formed the band in 1978 and quickly became one of the hottest bands of the 80s, with multiple top hits in the UK and the US, with over 100 million records sold! With their interest in fashion and their innovative music videos, the band earned its nickname as “the prettiest boys in rock”. The original members included Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy, and even though the members have changed over the years, Duran Duran still tours today with the original members Rhodes and Taylor. Now they have the added members of Simon LeBon and Roger Taylor. Though nobody really knows why this day is celebrated on August 10th, one source has said that it was because on this date in 1985, lead singer Simon LeBon survived a near fatal accident when his yacht capsized during a 608 mile race. The band thanks their fans for all of their support for all of these years, and even acknowledge this appreciation day on their website. Here’s a link to their video “Rio” from You Tube. Takes you back, doesn’t it?
National Shapewear Day – Apparently today we need to celebrate our shapewear, though I can’t find anything to back it up – at least not easily and quickly. So to celebrate this one I guess we should put on our spanx and celebrate that there’s something out there that can tame our muffin tops!
Paul Bunyan Day – I’m not sure why we have 2 Paul Bunyan days each year, but if you REALLY want to read about this one, search for the February 12th post.
Skyscraper Day – I admit, I enjoy going to the city to visit, but I am NOT a city girl by any means. I can appreciate the architectural beauty of a building reaching far into the sky, but it’s a rare occurrence for me to visit one, and that’s OK by me. So why are we appreciating skyscrapers today? Well, today is the birthday of the famous architect William Can Alen, who is behind the construction of the Chrysler Building – one of New York City’s more iconic landmarks. This day was started by Dr. Tom Stevens, who started it so the general public could admire the structural and architectural brilliance of skyscrapers. I get it – when you have a city that is a limited number of miles in width, you have to build UP to accommodate everyone. I’m not a huge fan of up, which is why I live in the country! I don’t have to do UP where I live since the tallest building in our town is 4 stories tall. I remember when we had the 6.8 earthquake in 2001, I worked in Seattle. Though I worked in a small building that was only 2 levels, I had friends who worked in a couple of skyscrapers downtown, and they reported that on the upper floors where they worked, because of the way the buildings were built – to protect them in the event of an earthquake, that the entire building swayed back and forth several feet! How scary! Of course, that beats having the whole thing crumble, but still rather disconcerting! No, I’ll stick with small buildings happily and leave the skyscraper appreciation to the folks who don’t mind all of those stairs and elevators.
Smithsonian Day – I’m running late, so here is a copy and paste from History.com. Very interesting! “After a decade of debate about how best to spend a bequest left to America from an obscure English scientist, President James K. Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act into law.
In 1829, James Smithson died in Italy, leaving behind a will with a peculiar footnote. In the event that his only nephew died without any heirs, Smithson decreed that the whole of his estate would go to “the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Smithson’s curious bequest to a country that he had never visited aroused significant attention on both sides of the Atlantic.
Smithson had been a fellow of the venerable Royal Society of London from the age of 22, publishing numerous scientific papers on mineral composition, geology, and chemistry. In 1802, he overturned popular scientific opinion by proving that zinc carbonates were true carbonate minerals, and one type of zinc carbonate was later named smithsonite in his honor.
Six years after his death, his nephew, Henry James Hungerford, indeed died without children, and on July 1, 1836, the U.S. Congress authorized acceptance of Smithson’s gift. President Andrew Jackson sent diplomat Richard Rush to England to negotiate for transfer of the funds, and two years later Rush set sail for home with 11 boxes containing a total of 104,960 gold sovereigns, 8 shillings, and 7 pence, as well as Smithson’s mineral collection, library, scientific notes, and personal effects. After the gold was melted down, it amounted to a fortune worth well over $500,000. After considering a series of recommendations, including the creation of a national university, a public library, or an astronomical observatory, Congress agreed that the bequest would support the creation of a museum, a library, and a program of research, publication, and collection in the sciences, arts, and history. On August 10, 1846, the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution was signed into law by President James K. Polk.
Today, the Smithsonian is composed of 19 museums and galleries including the recently announced National Museum of African American History and Culture, nine research facilities throughout the United States and the world, and the national zoo. Besides the original Smithsonian Institution Building, popularly known as the “Castle,” visitors to Washington, D.C., tour the National Museum of Natural History, which houses the natural science collections, the National Zoological Park, and the National Portrait Gallery. The National Museum of American History houses the original Star-Spangled Banner and other artifacts of U.S. history. The National Air and Space Museum has the distinction of being the most visited museum in the world, exhibiting such marvels of aviation and space history as the Wright brothers’ plane and Freedom 7, the space capsule that took the first American into space. John Smithson, the Smithsonian Institution’s great benefactor, is interred in a tomb in the Smithsonian Building.”
There you go! The history behind the Smithsonian!
This Day in History –
1833 – The village of Chicago is incorporated.
1948 – “Smile, You’re on Candid Camera”. Allen Funt’s wildly popular show debuts.
Food Celebration of the Day
National S’mores Day – Well, if this isn’t a summer treat, I don’t know what is! We have the Girl Scouts to thank for the s’more. They published the first s’more recipe in 1927. Nobody knows if they actually created the s’more or not, but they are the first ones who brought this treat public. Sticky and gooey, loaded with sugar and carbs, s’mores are nothing short of delicious. And there are so many different ways to enjoy them as people have experimented with them. I’ve tried them with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and also using Chocolate Chip Cookies instead of Graham Crackers, but the old fashioned s’more is the very best. Head outside for a nice bonfire and some s’mores today