The Gifts of Laughter and Reading. It Truly Doesn’t Get Much Better Than That!

Jul 30th

Good Morning! Can you believe July is nearly over?  The stores are already full of back to school sales, school supply lists will be coming out soon, and there are coats and fall clothes on the racks, with summer time stuff becoming a thing of the past already.  I feel like if I take a moment to blink we’ll be finding Christmas decorations in the aisles.  I’m not quite ready for summer to be over! There are so many more things I wanted to accomplish this year and haven’t even begun yet.  Where does the time go? I say that about a lot of things these days . . . the summer, my children grown, on their own and making HUGE changes in their lives, changes in the world and seeing time progress to a place I wasn’t ready to go in my lifetime.  There are some changes that happen as time passes that aren’t good – I see a lot of that going on lately.  It scares me, it makes me angry and reminds me that though I can vote my conscience and pray with all of my heart for things to heal and be different, it is ultimately out of my control.  Maybe its that lack of control that bothers me most of all.  I think that’s why I started this blog on January 1st.  There are so many bad things going on in the world that I wanted something good to look forward to every day, and I wanted to share that with you.  So here we are, Tuesday again, 2nd to the last day of the month and we have positive and uplifting celebrations to focus on.  Take 5 minutes out of your busy day to tune out the bad news, and focus on something fun with me.

Paperback Book Day – I love to read.  I always have. While other kids were outside playing, I wanted nothing more than to curl up in the corner of the couch, under a tree, IN a tree, or wherever I could grab a little privacy with a good book and get lost in it.  I learned, since I was raised for much of my childhood in a home daycare, to tune out the world and just enter the world before me on the page.  In that book was an entire existence different from mine, where I could explore places and times I would never visit in real life.  I can still tune out the world while lost in a book – much to the annoyance of anyone attempting to get my attention.   I seriously turn off my ears and tune completely in to the characters on the pages.  All the rage now are electronic readers and I fear that books will disappear.  I hope that fear is unfounded.  There’s nothing quite as wonderful as the scent of the printed page, the feel of the paper under my fingers and the adventure within the cover.  I cannot imagine getting that on an I-Pad, Kindle or Nook.  How could it be the same?  For now paperback books are completely “en vogue” as best sellers still sell millions of copies every week.  Please, please, please . . . take this celebration to heart and keep the paperback book as an important part of your home library and may you never lose the love of reading.  It is a gift that we should cherish each and every day. 

Comedy Day – I’ve said it before and today just continues the thought – laughter is healing!  It cleanses us when we have a good, deep, healthy gut seizing laugh. There is scientific evidence that laughing makes us healthier, so why aren’t we laughing all of the time?  Today is Comedy Day so turn the frown upside down (as “they” say) and laugh!  From the staged comedic plays of ancient Greece to the impromptu court jesters of English royalty, people have long turned to comedy as a relief from the everyday seriousness and the stress of our daily lives. Look at the movie industry!  Comedy is the highest grossing movie genre, with a 23.48 percent market share, and comedies gross $25 million on average yearly! WOW!  So laugh the day away – it’s good for you!
 

Father-In-Law Day –  how many nasty and horrible mother-in-law jokes do we hear all the time? Or how many people do you know that say mean things about their mothers-in-law?  But do you hear the same thing about fathers-in-law?  No, not often.  Fathers aren’t the butts of jokes, nor the focus of the griping.  Perhaps yours is loving, funny and cheerful.  Or maybe he’s grumpy and intimidating.  No matter what his personality is like, or the level of his charm, today is all about your spouse’s Dad and he deserves a little recognition.  Give your father-in-law a call today, let him know how much you appreciate him. 

This Day In History

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare bill

Food Celebration of the Day

National Cheesecake Day – Is there any dessert as wonderfully rich and decadent as cheesecake?  I LOVE cheesecake.  I love to make it, I love to eat it, I love to share it with people I love.  The time and effort that go into a delicious cheesecake are well worth it, and the love that went into it shows.  Early versions of cheesecake have been recorded as far back in history as 776 B.C. when it was served to athletes during the first Olympic Games in Greece.  Back then the recipe was very likely for a simple cake that contained cheese.  Luckily as the centuries passed cheesecake evolved into the sweet, rich, moist and amazing treat that it is today.  While I was looking this up I found out what the world’s largest cheesecake was! This is incredible . . . On January 25, 2009 in Mexico City, Mexico, Philadelphia of Kraft Foods Mexico made the largest cheesecake EVER!

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The gigantic cheesecake weighed 4,703 lbs, was 8 feet 2 inches in diameter and was 1 foot, 10 inches tall.  It took 55 Mexican chefs to create it.  This cake had in it: 1,764 lbs of Philadelphia cream cheese, 1,764 lbs of yogurt, 772 lbs of cookies, 551 lbs of sugar, 331 lbs of butter and 220 lbs of strawberries – along with other ingredients.  Isn’t that amazing???  Well, I don’t think any of us are going to undertake something that incredible, but here are a few ideas for some lovely choices from www.food.com.

Well, now that we all want to curl up with a book and a huge slice of cheesecake, we’d better get on with it!  My tummy just growled!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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