Soak Up Some History Today – Visit a Museum!

May 18th

Good Morning! It’s Thursday and for just a moment there I thought we might be in for some blue sky, but all I’m seeing out there right now is grey. Again. Sad, isn’t it.  I hear that we are supposed to be getting some beautiful weather next week, but seriously, I’ll believe it when I see it.  The weather has been behaving as if it’s October and not May for quite a few days now.  Not that I mind, I truly like autumn, but I’m ready to get some plants in the ground for summer salads and this iffy weather isn’t inspiring me to spend the money. 

Verse of the Day

Thursday – May 18, 2017

 …I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

Philippians 1:19

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Paul is possibly facing death. Yet he knows that his life, his future, is securely in the Lord’s hands. The Holy Spirit will help empower him to be what he needs to be in the face of persecution and hardship. The Spirit will also work for his deliverance; either he will be delivered from prison and death to serve others, or he will be delivered into the presence of the Lord he loves. Either way, he awaits and expects deliverance!

Food for Thought

It’s pretty sad when two famous people pass away and one gets lots of attention, and the media completely ignores the other one.  Roger Ailes, former CEO of Fox News, passed away and not a mention was made on the alphabet news channels.  Chris Cornell dies and it’s everywhere. I don’t get it.  I really don’t.  News is news people – be true journalists and stop blackballing that which you may not agree with. Just because you don’t want to see it, hear about it or speak it, doesn’t mean it’s any less important to your viewers or listeners.



Buy a Musical Instrument Day – It is never too late to learn to play an instrument and today would be a great day to choose one you’ve always wanted to play and buy it.  If this isn’t a budget friendly option for you, many music stores also rent instruments. Taking lessons is the more difficult part of this plan, as it takes time, practice and a lot of effort.  A motivated person though, can do it if they choose.  There are folks who wait until they are senior citizens to pick up music as a hobby, so celebrate this one by fulfilling your dream of playing beautiful music on the instrument of your choice.



I Love Reese’s® Day! –  Well, what a wonderful holiday! This is one that a LOT of people can get behind!  As a matter of fact, I think this should be a multiple day event!  A couple of years ago “nearly 40,000 fans” joined an online campaign on the Reese’s® Facebook page to say that they loved the delicious candy and wanted America’s best known cup of peanut butter and chocolate to have its own day.  And the day was born. Today we celebrate the amazing flavor combination that has changed our taste buds forever.



Mother Whistler Day – I attempted to give you the historical detail of this one, but I was putting myself to sleep with it, so I assume it would do the same for all but the most avid history buffs. I’ve decided to go another route instead.  Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 is a famous painting better known as Whistler’s Mother.  It was painted in 1871, is oil on canvas and was painted by American born painter James McNeill Whistler.  It is 5.81 by 63.94 inches and displayed in a frame that Whistler designed in the Musee d’orsay in Paris, having been bought by the French state in 1891.  It is now one of the most famous works done by an American artist outside of the United States and has been described as an American icon.  I hadn’t heard of this painting until I saw the mind-numbingly brain cell killing movie “Bean”.  I admit that in places I couldn’t help but laugh, as I heard my brain cells crying out in pain.  It’s sad, I know, but sometimes slapstick comedy is just necessary in a world filled with far too much seriousness.  Anyway, in the movie the Grierson Art Gallery is given a donation of $50 million dollars by General Newton with the instruction to buy the painting Whistler’s Mother.  Mr. Bean, while looking at the painting, sneezes on it and when trying to remove what he sneezed onto the painting with a napkin, discovered that he had broken a pen in his pocket and covered Whistler’s Mother’s face with blue ink.  He panics, takes the painting down and tries to clean it, knocking it out of its frame and stepping on it.  Racing to the janitor’s closet he found lacquer thinner and applies it to the face, relieved to see the blue ink disappearing from the painting.  That’s not all it removed though.  He used the wrong type of paint thinner, and in shock, watched the paint bubble up and desperately trying to wipe the bubbles off, also removing mama’s face in the process.  Not knowing what else to do, he draws a cartoonish face over the blank space and returns the painting to its spot in the museum where it was kept before.  The rest of the movie is spent with Bean trying to fix the problem, all while making his silly faces and ridiculous sounds, but again, I admit that I laughed and was introduced to a famous work of art in the process.  If you have a lazy weekend afternoon to waste, watch this movie, and follow it up immediately by something that will rebuild the IQ. Maybe one will cancel out the other!


Mount Saint Helens Blew Her Top 37 Years Ago – I shared this story the last couple of years, and I’ll share it again today.  The events of this date will always be etched clearly in my mind, and I’m sure anyone who was around here during that time and older than elementary school will be able to say the same. 

Where were you on May 18th, 1980 at 8:32 a.m.? There aren’t many dates in peoples’ history that they know right where they were at a specific given moment. We remember the personal big things, the moment we got married, when our children are born, and when huge disasters happen. On May 18th, 1980 Mount Saint Helens changed the face of Washington State forever, and the moment is forever etched in our memories. Do you remember where you were? I was 15 years old, and for the first time in my life, my parents were taking my brother and going down to Castle Rock to see my Grandparents without me. I’d been invited to a friend’s birthday party and really didn’t want to miss it. We were all getting ready to go our separate ways – me to church to meet up with my friends, and my parents to their visit. We all stopped and looked at each other as a distant rumble that we couldn’t identify sounded in the far distance, then went about our business. Hours later, after finding out what had happened and not having been able to reach my parents (remember this was before cell phones), or my Grandparents, I was in a panic. My friend cut her birthday party a little short, and went home with me to wait . . . and wait . . . and wait. I have always regretted the choice not to go with my folks. The roads were covered in mud and ash; the rivers were rising and flowing with logs, homes, cars and other debris. My Grandparents, with the help of my parents, were moving their belongings to the upper levels of the house, just in case the river wasn’t contained by the barriers. Everyone was wearing masks to protect them from the ash, and it looked like a different world than the one we woke up to. My parents finally made it home the next day, worried about me, of course, but more worried about my family down in the volcano zone. The authorities were evacuating certain areas and my Grandpa was refusing to leave. Looters were already being watched for, and Grandpa wasn’t willing to let his home be one vulnerable to them. Turns out he was right, as the river never overflowed its banks, and the house was safe – shrouded in a thick blanket of ash, living in a grey world, breathing through masks, life resumed to a semblance of order. A few days after the blast, we went down to help in whatever way we could. My Uncle A was on the National Geological Survey team, and he was able to take me on a tour of the “red” zones where the general public wasn’t allowed to go. My perception of life did a drastic change that day, as I observed things that most 15 year old kids do not get to see. One particular area really impacted me. We pulled up to what was someone’s home. There was mud and ash burying the home up the roof line, just the peak and the chimney on top of the ground. The air was thick and silent, as if the world was holding its breath in mourning. There wasn’t a whisper of a breeze, not a bird anywhere to be seen or heard . . . no bugs . . . no forest creatures. Nothing. I don’t know that there are words to adequately describe the desolation, the sadness that had moved in when the family who lived here moved out. As I quietly moved about the area, finding myself tiptoeing silently, trying not to disturb the grieving going on by nature itself, I found a little girls doll, mostly buried in the muck. The sobs that I’d been holding back just couldn’t stay inside, and it all just came flowing out. I could imagine the child who loved this doll, being rushed into the car with her parents, taking their most important belongings with them, and getting out with their family before it was too late. This toy was left behind in the rush, and in my mind I could see her crying for her baby, wanting that bit of her life that was familiar to hold on to. I took some water we had in the car, and washed her off the best I could, and propped her up next to the roof line of the house. I was sure at some point the family would come back when they were allowed back in beyond the barriers, to see what they could salvage of their lives, and that she would find her toy and know that someone out there cared. I wonder sometimes if she ever found her baby. We all have those moments in our lives that mean so much to us, that change our perceptions. That day I knew that life can change in a flash. One big boom and everything is different. Don’t take it for granted, appreciate the beauty around you, the security and comfort of your lives, the friends and family you share each day with and never, ever forget that it’s all transient.

National Museum Day – There are few places in this world that are more educational than museums.  Where else can we see so many pieces of actual history that tell so many stories about our ancestors?  We can see everything from prehistoric tools, to artifacts taken from the Egyptian tombs, medieval suits of armor and Greek sculptures.  We can see the first radio, planes that were flown during WWI, and even fashion as it has changed throughout the centuries . . . museums have so much!  I have never been to a town, large or small, that didn’t have some sort of a museum – and yet millions of people have never visited one!  Maybe they think old things are boring, or just haven’t developed an interest in learning about the people who walked this world before us.  Whatever the reasons, today is a great day to visit a museum and give something a chance – you may find you LOVE everything about it.  I know that I do love museums and soaking up all of the history, slowly moving from room to room and learning all that I can.  I wish I had a chance to go to one today, but maybe on a weekend one day this summer!


No Dirty Dishes Day – Woohoo! Now THIS is a holiday we can all get into!  No Dirty Dishes Day is our reprieve from the daily pile of dishes that we wash and dry.  Day after day, we perform this chore, take them back out again to prepare and eat our meals, then start over.  It’s pretty repetitious and honestly we can all use a break.  Today is that break! Now, the objective of this day isn’t to let the dishes pile up, but to avoid having them at all.  Using disposable dishes and utensils is one way.  Or go out to eat for all the meals that day.  It’s a wonderful concept and I say we give it a great try.  You see, anyone who has ever cooked with me knows that I go a little berserk and have a slight – sometimes not so slight – meltdown when there are dirty dishes piled up in the sink.  I know that they are a byproduct of cooking, but I can’t stand it!  I have to wash up as I go and have at least one of the sinks empty or I can’t think.  I suppose if I have to have something to be obsessive about, there are worse things to pick than dishes.  So the idea of going an entire day without dirtying dishes is awesome.  Not realistic, but pretty awesome!  Give it a shot!


Visit Your Relatives Day – Somehow it would have been more appropriate for this one to be yesterday but if you are close enough to your relatives to see them on a work night then please celebrate this one with enthusiasm. It is always a good thing to stay in touch with our loved ones, don’t you think? We celebrated this one over the weekend, which is plenty for at least a few days!


This Day in History –

1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte became Emperor of France.



Food Celebration of the Day

National Cheese Souffle – Though much has been made of the flat souffle, consider this: If you put a souffle back in the oven after it falls, it will puff right back up again. I keep saying, year after year, that I am going to try to make a soufflé, but I admit that I am intimidated.


I’m hungry for a treat.  I know I don’t NEED a treat, I know it’s not on my food plan, I know that I’m doing well without treats, but doggone it, I want a treat.  I hope this feeling passes.  This is about my usual point in any healthy eating transition when I want to go bonkers and have a major cheat day.  TALK ME OFF THE LEDGE! hehe  Have a great Thursday. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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