Today We Celebrate 10% Of The Population!!! Are You Part Of That 10%?

Aug 13th

Is there anything more beautiful or refreshing than a summer rain?  It has been so hot and stuffy lately, that waking to the sound of the rain was wonderful.  I’m not really sure what time it started, but I woke up at some point after 1 a.m. to the music of the rain on the trees.  It lulled me back to sleep, but was still coming down pretty hard when I got up at 5:15.  We need it so badly, and I can only hope and pray that east of the mountains is getting it too.  The firefighters need a break and the rain can only help with putting out the flames that they have be battling for so many days and weeks.  Thank You God for the rain!

Left Handers Day – I am right handed, completely.  Oh sure, I use my left hand for certain things. . . playing the piano, using a computer keyboard, etc., but for anything that needs fine manipulation skills, I’m right handed all the way.   My Dad is left handed, and I remember watching him write and going off to my room and trying to use my left hand too.  It was horrible chicken scratch, no matter how hard I practiced. Another thing about living with a left hander is the dinner table shuffle.  If we didn’t do the shuffle properly then we ended up bashing elbows with Dad.  The bumping into each other put us at risk of getting food all over our shirts.  It does become a habit after a bit – we just automatically watched for where Dad’s elbows were at meal time.  Even after not living with my parents for 30 years, I STILL watch for where Dad’s left hand is going to be at the dinner table so I set his place accordingly.  hahaha I feel bad for Left Handed people though.  Since most of the population is right handed, the world is set up for them.  When you were in school did you ever see a left-handed desk?  Not likely.  I’m not even sure if they exist.  Many left handed items cost more than those for right handed people.  Novelty coffee mugs are made with the picture or words situated for a right handed pick-up.  Most scissors are for right handed folks, and if you don’t know the difference, then you obviously have never tried to cut left handed with right handed scissors!  Even computer mice are set up for right handed people, so the lefties just adapt and use them backwards! How frustrating!  Did you know that right-handed people operate in the left side of their brain?  Left handed people use the right side – so I’ve even heard left handed people say that they are the only ones in their right minds!  That’s funny!  I have a friend who is left handed, and she has the most beautiful handwriting.  It slants in that special way that only lefties can do, but with this artistic swirl to it.  Very pretty!  Here are some interesting left handed facts and trivia for you today:

Sinistrophobia is the fear of left-handedness or things on the left side.  (funny how fears work, isn’t it?)

While many people are left handed, very few are 100% left handed. For example, many Left handers golf and bat right handed. On the other hand, there is a high percentage of righties who are 100% right-handed. 

Lefties are also called “southpaws”. The term was coined in baseball to describe a left handed pitcher.

Tuesdays are Lefties luck day.

Only about 10% of the population is left handed.

During the 1600’s people, thought left handers were witches and warlocks. 

International Left Hander’s Day was first celebrated on August 13, 1976. It was started by Lefthander’s International.

It is believed that all polar bears are left handed.    
Think about it: Everyone is a Left Hander in Left Hand, West Virginia. Lefthander’s Slogan: “Everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it”. …Brilliant Author unknown

Have a little extra sensitivity to the left handed people in your lives.  They really are living in a world built for the right handed folks, and that cannot be easy all of the time!

This Day In History

1521 – Spanish defeat the Aztecs Indians and conquerors Mexico City.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Filet Mignon Day –  Whenever I watch a cooking or restaurant show, I see Filet Mignon as the end all/be all cut of beef.  Sliced from the short portion of the tenderloin, the filet mignon — meaning petite fillet — is one of the most tender (and priciest) cuts of beef.  Personally I’m not overly fond of it, because everywhere I’ve ever seen it it’s really bloody and quite honestly I see a lot of fat on it.  I’m sure the fat adds flavor and tenderness, but I just don’t care for that bite of fat in my mouth when I’m eating dinner. Maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about – this is a very popular cut of beef for a reason . . . I’ll stick with New York Strips though . . . I’ll leave this food for others to celebrate.

I’m pretty happy to be home today.  I have some chores to do around the house, and things to get ready for a wedding I am performing tomorrow.  It’s a bit of a drive to get to the venue – about 163 miles each way – but my Mom is going with me to keep me company, so we should have an awesome day together!  I just need to get everything ready to walk out the door today so tomorrow is stress free.  Hopefully it will be a beautiful day . . . though they HAVE chosen to get married in a rain forest, so we’ll see how that goes.  I’ll try to have pictures to share with you tomorrow.  For now, I need to get busy!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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