Time For A Pillow Fight!

Apr 5th

It is still morning, at least on my side of the country, so I’m not too horribly late.  I started the post last night, got caught up in a program with hubby and didn’t finish writing it.  This morning I got up and started working on it, but growling tummies prevailed and I left the computer to make us some breakfast.  Now that the hungries are quieted it’s time to get busy again!  So how is everyone? Ready to celebrate Saturday with me?  There aren’t a LOT of celebrations today, but the ones we have are good ones.

Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day – Church Bloopers

1)  Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
2)  The outreach committee has enlisted 25 visitors to make calls on people who are not afflicted with any church. 

3Evening massage – 6 p.m.
4)  The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.
5The audience is asked to remain seated until the end of the recession.
6Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please use the back door.
7Ushers will eat latecomers.
8)  The third verse of Blessed Assurance will be sung without musical accomplishment.
9For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
10) The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.
11) The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy.”
12) During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J.F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit.
13) Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on “It’s a Terrible Experience.”
14) Due to the Rector’s illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further notice.

Go For Broke Day – Are you someone who takes chances and just sort of flies through life by the seat of your pants?  Or are you one of those people who likes to plan every step before you take it, have maps at the ready, an itinerary in place?  You always know where you are going, when you are getting there and what you will do once you arrive.  Or are you somewhere in the middle of that where you like being impulsive . . . to a point?  Anything beyond a spontaneous outing, or perhaps an unexpected shortcut gives you the hives and you start to twitch a bit because you aren’t quite sure what will be happening when you get to where you are going? Today is the day for you to leap out of your standard careful way of doing things and “Go For Broke”.  Throw everything out there and live on impulse.  It can be heading for the casino and going for something BIGGER than the penny slots (that’s the only thing I do at the casino), or if you’re a weekend homebody you can decide to just jump in the car and go for a ride without knowing where are going! You’ll know when you get there!  You might take on a big project you’ve been putting off, or do something you have always been afraid to do .  .  . something BIG like sky diving!  Doesn’t much matter what it is, if it’s outside of your normal routine and comfort zone, GO FOR BROKE!  And let me know how it went, will you?

Every Day is Tag Day – Do you have pets?  If you do, then I know you’d be so sad at the thought of them being lost and alone in a big, scary world.  We never think anything will happen to our furbabies, after all, they are safe and sound at home with us, right?  But sometimes things happen, and they may get out unexpectedly and in their fear and disorientation get lost.  They may wander off, even if they never have before, and be gone all of a sudden.  Tibbi did that not all that long ago.  She’s 15 years old, hard of hearing and never wanders off, so I let her out into the back yard to do her business and in the 5 minutes she was out there, which is usually as long as she wants to be out, she disappeared.  I couldn’t find her anywhere! I was frantic.  I went out and called and called, but she couldn’t hear me.  A neighbor told me she saw her wander down the road, so I took off down the road too.  She’d headed down towards my parents house down the block.  She saw me coming, tucked  her tail and ducked her head and hot footed it back to the house.  She knew she was in the proverbial dog house for leaving the yard.  But what would I have done if I didn’t find her? I would have been so sad, and I know she would have been scared.  It can happen to anyone, and the sad statistic is that of the millions of dogs and cats that are taken to animal shelters each year, only about 15% of the dogs and cats that are taken in as strays each year without an ID tag or a microchip find their owners again.  Today is a celebration started by the American Humane Association – Every Day Is Tag Day, to encourage pet owners to tag and chip their furry friends.  Are your “babies” all set if the unthinkable happens and they wander off?

International Pillow Fight Day – When I first read about this one last year, it made me smile.  How fun is this?  All around the world, in various cities in different countries, there are huge pillow fights set up!  From Amsterdam to Budapest, from Budapest to New York and a LOT of other places groups are getting together with their pillows, and a set of rules for safety, and hitting each other with their pillows! The very first one happened spontaneously (or so it seemed – I’m sure there was planning involved) in Macy’s, New York in 2003.  It wasn’t meant to be serious, just fun and lots of laughter.  From there it just grew to the event, or events, that it is today.  You can find where the pillow fights are in your area, or IF there will be one in your area, through the International Pillow Fight Day website.  I found out there are two in our area – no, I won’t be going – and one really surprised me!  One was in Seattle – no big shock there, but the other is in the little town of Sedro Woolley and that really surprised me. I would think the ones in the little towns would be more fun!  There are rules too.  Good rules! Don’t swing too hard, make sure the pillows are soft, it’s more fun with feather pillows, don’t swing at anyone without a pillow or who is holding a camera (that’s a good one), take off your glasses before you start, and best of all, EVERYONE stays and helps clean up to leave no trace.  Nice! Very Nice!  If you are adventurous and live in a city that is listed on their website, maybe you’ll want to head out with your pillow and have some fun this afternoon.

National Love Our Children Day – Today is special.  It is National Love Our Children Day, which is celebrated annually across the country on the 1st Saturday in every April.  It is set up to honor children, strengthen families and to raise awareness for efforts to protect children.  This is especially poignant to me today as I read an article the other night that just turned my stomach, made me so angry I was in tears and hurt my heart to the point that it ached.  It was the story of a father and step-mother who had several children in varying ages, but one of the children was the target for their cruelty.  This little five year old boy was severely beaten regularly, not fed meals, just given a cup of milk and a bowl of something – I forget what – nothing nutritious- once a day.  He was made to stay in a closet under the stairs, left in a diaper, and drugged to keep him quiet so nobody knew he was there.  He was discovered by his 16 year old brother when he came to visit, which resulted in the authorities being called and this child being rescued.  The pictures were horrible.  His little body was covered in marks, and he was so unbearably thin that his bones stuck out.  I cannot fathom the mentality of the monsters in this world who would do this to a child.  It would kick me in the gut no matter the age, but having just spent last weekend with my 5 year old grandson, it was especially difficult to read and see.  This day was created to acknowledge the value of children, ALL CHILDREN, and to educate parents on the importance of giving them love, protection and respect – something this little guy was stripped of for God only knows how long.   These elements are necessary for children to grow up to become strong and successful adults.  By promoting healthy and happy kids, and strengthening families, we can keep kids safe and hopefully break the cycle of violence.  I know that it feels like every day is for the kids, but today, take some special time to honor your children, for the blessings that they are.  Children touch our hearts, and regardless of whether someone has children of their own, we all have children who touch our hearts and lives in some way.  It may be a relatives kids, the kids of a friend or neighbor, it doesn’t matter.  We all are necessary for teaching kids respect for each other by example.  Children are our treasures on this earth, blessings from God in every way.  Honor God’s gifts by showing love, respect, gentleness and kindness to the children who touch your life.  I suddenly really want to hug my kids and grandson. *sniff*

This Day In History

1964 – General Douglas MacArthur died in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84.

Food Celebrations of the Day

National Deep Dish Pizza Day – If we hadn’t had Chicken Cordon Bleu pizza last night for dinner, I may have considered making a deep dish pizza today.  I just can’t do that two nights in a row, primarily because it would involve actually going grocery shopping again and quite honestly, I just don’t want to.  I have food in the house for us to eat this weekend so I’m truly not interested in heading out and dealing with the crowds in the stores today.  This picture is the one I took of the deep dish pizza I made LAST year for National Deep Dish Pizza Day – and I can tell you, it was delicious.  I had to giggle when I found the picture again though – I didn’t realize Tibbi was in the left side of it.  She could smell food and was paying very close attention, just in case something happened to fall on the floor – ready for clean up duty always.  She tends to forget that we don’t give her people food.   A tip for perfect crust, whether for deep dish or regular pizza?  Cast iron.  Seriously! Cast iron pizza pans and pie pans are AWESOME for making pizza.  I use my cast iron pizza pan for lots of stuff actually.  Anything I’d normally do on a baking sheet I do on the cast iron. It makes a lovely crispy crust on everything that needs it and if it is properly seasoned cast iron, nothing sticks to it.  Here’s a recipe I found on www.food.com for deep dish pizza.  You honestly don’t need one though.  All you need is pizza dough and your favorite topping and you’re all set.

National Caramel Day – Make your own caramel sauce by mixing cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, water and butter, then bring it to a slow boil. The ooey-gooey sauce is worth the wait.  Quite honestly, I’ve done the Easy Caramel Sauce – it’s basically a can of sweetened condensed milk boiled IN THE CAN for a period of time – and it is utterly delicious, easier than you can imagine and ready to go with barely above zero fuss. Give it a try!

Caramel Squares
Stir-Fried Chicken With Chili-Caramel Sauce
1-2-3-4 Cake With Caramel Frosting
Easy Caramel Sauce
Banana Caramel Cake
The Best Caramel Brownies

So, I have to wonder how many of you are heading for the kitchen to toss a can of sweetened condensed milk into a pan or simmering water?  hahahaha truly, do! Give it a try! It’s delicious!  Super duper sweet, but delicious.  Hug your children, love them a little extra today, make some delicious gooey pizza, have your own pillow fight in your living room and make sure your dogs and cats are protected in case they get lost.  It’ll be a ridiculously successful day of celebrating if you can get all of that in.  I think I’ll show my dog extra love by shoving her into the bathtub.  She may not enjoy it, but it is a necessary part of life. And the rest of us will appreciate her even more when she smells better.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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