Today We Honor The Men and Women Who Serve In The U.S. Coast Guard! Thank You For Your Service!

Aug 4th

I’d like to start off this morning by bragging about my hubby.  He made us a delicious dinner last night, so delicious that I am taking my leftovers to work today! For his birthday last week I gave him a meat smoker.  We’ve been wanting to get one for awhile, so his birthday was the best reason for something fun like this, right?  Oh my goodness!  He brined a chicken, then smoked it.  The aromas wafting in from the back deck all day had us both salivating.  Actually Tibbi too – she yammered to go out earlier, but it wasn’t to potty like usual.  No, she managed to get within licking reach of the meat tongs.  Good thing we have LOTS of tongs! Geesh!  I can’t say that I blame her though – this chicken was AMAZING!  And it was only his first crack at it!  Future meals are just going to get better and better!  Thank you Honey for such a wonderful meal last night, and such a wonderful chicken sandwich today!  Moist, flavorful, delicious chicken! YUM!

U.S. Coast Guard Day – The US Coast Guard honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines, and today we celebrate all Coast Guard personnel and their families.  When my son joined the USCG when he was 17, leaving for basic training 3 days after his 18th birthday, I was under the mistaken impression that he would be performing his duties on our own shores.  Apparently I was wrong.  That day was one of the most difficult days I’ve ever experienced.  Watching my boy walk away, knowing that in my heart that he was leaving a boy and would never be the same.  The man I saw at basic training graduation had grown up, thinned out and matured.  My heart swelled with pride but it ached for the child I’d lost.  Many people don’t realize this but the Coast Guard is part of Homeland Security, and wherever we have Navy ships, we also have Coast Guard.  In the first 4 years my son was performing his service he was sent to Cuba,, Haiti and Kuwait.  So much for having him close to home, right?    So, when was the US Coast Guard formed?  On August 4, 1790, the Revenue Cutter Service was created by the U.S. Congress.  Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters, which were built to enforce U.S. tariff laws.  The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard.  The name “Coast Guard” was first used in 1915. It always bothers me when people make fun of the US Coast Guard, or in any way indicate that they aren’t as important as other branches of the military.  They ARE a very valuable part of our armed forces and I ask that everyone give them the respect they are due.  Thank them when you see them, for they put their lives on the line just as surely as any other military member does. Thank them, not just today, but every day, for the service they perform for our country.   



Assistance Dog Day – The very first ever National Assistance Dog Day was celebrated on August 9, 2007.  The 2nd Thursday in August was registered to honor these amazing dogs by Marcie Davis, a paraplegic and president of Working Like Dogs.  For the last 41 years Ms. Davis has been confined to a wheel chair due to a spinal cord infection she contracted when she was 6 years old.  Twenty-two years ago she received her first service dog, a Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever mix.  She said that this amazing dog changed her life, giving her a sense of independence and confidence she hadn’t had before.  When the help of her wonderful canine companion she was able to do things she was afraid of doing on her own before.  Now she works to raise awareness through Working Like Dogs, which raises awareness and honors assistance dogs.  Most people are aware that the blind and paraplegics like Ms. Davis often have service dogs to help them maneuver through life, but some people don’t know that there are other groups who benefit from these highly trained animals as well.  My son-in-law’s service dog can tell when he is going to have a seizure, alerting him that he needs to get down on the floor where he won’t hurt himself as badly if he does have one.  Military heroes – such as my son-in-law – often suffer from severe PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, or other such issues – and service dogs have proven to be invaluable to them.   Please, if you have the chance to donate to an agency  that provides funding for these incredible dogs for people who desperately need them but cannot afford them,  do.  You could be saving a life, or making a life easier to live. 

I admit that I’m slightly disappointed.  I cross reference different sites for celebrations and one of them said today was Chocolate Chip Day.  It’s NOT!  I may have to celebrate it anyway, just for fun. I’m pretty hungry for chocolate right about now!

This Day In History

1693 – Champagne is invented by Dom Perignon. I’ll drink to that!

Food Celebrations of the Day

National Catfish Month –  I’ve only had catfish one way, breaded and fried.  It was absolutely delicious.  Some of these attached recipes are ones that I can actually adapt to my diet plan!  Mmmmmm . . .  This is an interesting little thing I found . . .according to an ancient Japanese myth, a giant catfish was to blame for earthquakes. Named Namazu, he’d swish his fins and rattle the entire globe.  That’s one BIG catfish!  Enjoy these recipes provided by www.food.com.

 

 

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to work we go!  The weekend went quickly, but I can honestly say it was restful and nice to have a weekend at home after a month of running.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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