Take A Walk With Dad Today . . . And Eat All The Chocolate You Can!

Jul 7th

I am sitting here on my back deck listening to the birds in the trees  – so many different species that I can’t even count them all, the sky a beautiful blue overhead, and the varying shades of green all around me.  In this place, in this moment, I am almost able to forget all the scary and horrible things going on in the world, to our nation, and to us as the citizens of this nation.  Almost.  Nothing quite makes that go away.  I have faith that God has a plan, but knowing that does not preclude the fear of the unknown.  I guess that is why I have taken on this project this year – this little piece of celebration in the midst of uncertainty.  If I tell myself, and all of you, each day that there is something to be happy about, something to have a mini-party over, then hopefully for a brief space of time the terrors of the world can recede just a little bit.  Taking joy in the blessings we are given is something that we all need to take the time to do.  And today the 1st one is a good one.  I think I may have to just make sure I include this one in my day.  I hope that all of you can find something to make your cares go away for a few moments in the celebrations of this day. 

Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day –  I am blessed.  My parents live down the road.  We are there for each other when there is a need, but in the hurry scurry of our lives – well at least my life – I don’t spend as much quality time with either of them.  I do get more time with Mom though.  Just last week we went shopping, lunch and a movie together. I loved every moment of it, and I think she did too.  With Dad though, since he is still working, our schedules don’t always work together to spend time.  Oh, we make sure to go out for the things like Father’s Day and Birthday lunches, but we don’t do a lot of the every day visiting.  We have a lovely trail network behind our neighborhood that we both like to take walks in- but neither of us wants to head out alone.  Cell service is sketchy in there and if something happened it could take awhile for someone to find us.  Together though, we can explore the quiet of the woods and have a nice talk.  If you live near your father, consider heading out with him on a walk around the neighborhood, at the mall, in a park, around the track at the high school.  The only rule is that you have to focus on talking and bonding, so put away the cell phone, IPod, etc.  This is about celebrating time with Dad.  For those of you who live too far away from Dad for a walk, maybe give him a call to let him know you are thinking of him. 

Tell the Truth Day – How many of us, throughout various days of the week, find ourselves compelled to tell a little white lie?  You know the ones.  When someone asks us if we like their outfit and it’s honestly quite hideous, or makes them look less attractive than what they really are? What is our first inclination? We say yes, we like it.  I generally try not to lie – but I will say something like – Oh, those colors are interesting/beautiful, etc.  Or when someone shows you their new baby.  You don’t want to recoil at the little monkey face staring out of the blanket at you, so you either lie and say he/she is cute, or you comment on “all that hair!”  See?  We don’t want to hurt feelings so we lie.  I’m not talking about the whopper lies – the ones that are huge!  Those we shouldn’t do anyway.  The most common lie is the little make ourselves or someone else feel better lie.  Lying about our weight.  Lying about exactly how many pieces of candy we ate when we KNOW we are on a diet.  Today we have the challenge of telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  No exceptions.  None.  Don’t hurt feelings, but tell the truth.  It won’t be difficult for me today – I’m home all day with hubby and possibly taking a walk with Dad.  How about for those of you who are out and about with other people?  Just tell the truth!  Are you up for this challenge?

Lincoln Assassination Conspirators Hanging Anniversary – I missed an interesting one yesterday that I thought I’d share it today.  On July 6, 1865 there were two very significant events to put into our history memory banks.  It was the day that Lewis Payne, George Atzerodt, David E. Harold and Mary E. Surrat were hanged for their complicity with John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  It was also significant because Surrat was the first woman executed in this country for a crime.  Her inclusion with the other conspirators is controversial because her only known connection to Booth was that she owned the boardinghouse where he planned his crime.  I have to wonder, if this were to go to trial today, if there would be a different outcome?  Other than years and years of appeals that took up taxpayer dollars, a media circus and everyone leaning on the side of the “poor, unfortunate” criminal of course. 
 

Today in History

The United States annexes Hawaii. (1898)

Food Celebrations of the Day

National Strawberry Sundae Day – Oh my goodness, is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than a lovely scoop of ice cream?  It’s even better if you over it in fresh strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream. Yum!  Today we celebrate this delicious dessert – and I know a lot of folks will do so with enthusiasm. An interesting little bit of trivia, the ice cream sundae was once known as “sondhis” and “sundis”, and is named after Sunday.  The odd spelling was done to avoid offending Christians who might not like to have a dessert named for the holiest day of the week.  Of course if they were to name this treat today, nobody would care about offending Christians – and would likely go out of their way TO offend us.  That’s the way its going lately.  What better day to enjoy a sundae than on Sunday though, right?  Here are some ideas to doctor one up in truly amazing and decadent ways.  Enjoy!

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Chocolate Day – Do we seriously need a special day to enjoy chocolate?  I know as a woman I can come up with many reasons daily to justify eating chocolate.  This celebration takes all of that away though because after all, we are just getting into the celebration, right?  Chocolate is America’s favorite flavor.  It’s the flavor of choice in candy, ice cream, cake, breakfast cereal, toppings and a plethora of desserts.  It is without equal in popularity and because of that there is this day, in its honor.  Here’s something you may not have known – chocolate is a vegetable! It comes from the Cacao tree found in rain forests – though in my mind that makes it a fruit – but I won’t argue with the information I found.  Either way, fruits and vegetables are good for use, ergo, chocolate must be good for us! Yeah! There’s another justification for eating chocolate!      I actually found a menu listed for celebration this day – and no, I didn’t come up with it myself – but I had to laugh so I’ll share it with you.  Honestly, I’d have the worst stomach ache if I did THIS much chocolate celebration, but perhaps some folks with tummies made of steel may be able to go this far . . .
           
Breakfast: Your favorite chocolate cereal along with two or three chocolate cream-filled donuts. Wash it down with a little hot chocolate.    (Ugh, I’m hurting already and I think I just gained a couple of cavities while I typed)

Mid-morning snack: A chocolate candy bar (with or without nuts) to hold you over and give you a boost until lunch.   (starting to feel slightly nauseous)

Lunch: A big tall glass of chocolate milk is a must along with your meal. Try a piece of chocolate pie or pudding for dessert.  (Dizziness from too much sugar is setting in)     

Mid-Afternoon: Eat healthy(???) with some chocolate covered raisins. This contains both vegetable and fruit.  (unless you feel like I do that because cacao beans grow on trees that they are both fruit)

Dinner: If you are an adult, sip a chocolate liqueur before dinner. Chocolate flavored coffee is a must with dinner. Dessert is none other than chocolate cake.

Nighttime snack: Chocolate ice cream, of course!

Now that we are all in a diabetic coma and need to have our stomach’s pumped, I hope you enjoyed your chocolate.  This menu could just be the cure for anyone ever wanting chocolate again!

Well, I hoped you enjoyed today’s activity list.  I have to share a belly laugh I just had.  I am sitting on the deck, quietly typing away, and I hear a little skitter on the steps.  As I look up a chipmunk popped his head over the top step and caught sight of me.  I wish I could have had a picture of his little expression to show you.  It was abject horror, fear and EEEEK all rolled into one.  He turned tail and ran so fast I thought he was going to fall down the steps.  I just got the giggles so hard I couldn’t talk for a few moments.  So cute! I didn’t mean to scare the little guy, but laughter is good for the soul, so I guess I needed that today.  Thanks Chippy!  God Bless You this Sunday, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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