It is a quiet morning around the house. There are some low hanging clouds, and an almost chill breeze coming in the windows as I sit here talking to you. My cup of coffee is by my side and I am wrapped up in a soft blanket. Though I’m a little cold, I don’t want to close the windows and block out the fresh air and the sounds of the birds singing in the trees. My day off from work stretches out in front of me and I have yet to actually plan anything. That’s unusual all on its own, but sometimes, when there is a lot to do, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where to start. We have plans for pretty much each room of the house to reorganize, and as with any reorganizing project, things tend to get messier before they can get put together. Being in that place, it’s hard for me to actually KNOW where to start with clean-up and regular chores! It’s a little overwhelming, but in a good way. Hubby and I decided that our beige walls needed a pick-me-up, so he’s spent the last two evenings painting a couple of walls and it makes the living room come alive! We are going to be so happy with this space when it’s all done . . . it’s worth the messy chaos in the transition time. Feels pretty doggone good!
Applesauce Cake Day – I don’t think I have actually had applesauce cake. I am betting that it is delicious though, since pretty much anything made with apples IS delicious! When I was growing up, my Grandparents had an apple tree that produced the most amazing apples. I have NO idea what kind they were, but the skin was a nearly translucent green, very pale – and the apples were a sweet tart that nearly made my jaws hurt, but were so delicious that I always wanted more. Grandma would freeze apple slices, and she’d dehydrate some. One of the things she made fairly often were applesauce cookies, which I am betting would taste somewhat like applesauce cake. They were a sweet, cinnamon filled treat that spoke of home and happiness. If you find yourself with some extra apples and some time, maybe you can bring some of that rich and happy apple goodness into your day with applesauce cake!
Hug Your Cat Day – For those of us who love our cats, this is a good day. Our kitties are cozy, huggy, snuggle babies who just want to be loved. My two little girls are so special to me, and put smiles on my face every day. Some cats allow you a little bit of petting time, then nonchalantly wander off – as if they are doing us a favor. Other cats are true huggers and just want to settle into a lap for a long nap. Go ahead and give your cat a big, furry hug. It makes me sad when people say they don’t like cats because I just can’t comprehend what there is NOT to like? Yes, they are independent and not easy to train, or even understand, as dogs, but they are such loving creatures that are the perfect pet for keeping indoors. For the dog lovers – hugging our dogs is good too, they deserve it, but today its about the cats!
National Tailors Day – Have you ever taken something to a tailor to have altered and it took a nice outfit to the next level to make it more flattering for your body? Years ago I had a black suit that I absolutely loved, but like most women’s suits, the skirt was blocky and too long and just made the suit – and me by default – look blobby. I took it to a tailor, had it shortened to just above the knee, and had the shape changed from straight up and down to tapered towards my knees and voila! The perfect skirt to what turned out to be the perfect suit for me. I’m hoping to someday fit in that suit again . . . no, I WILL someday fit into that suit again. Sometimes all you really need is a tuck here, a hem there to make something wonderful out of something almost wonderful, so don’t discount a quality garment just because the fit isn’t perfect. The right fabric, the right basic style, and definitely the right price and you are set for a perfect outfit with the proper alterations. Yeah for tailors!
Old Maids Day – In 1946 – or about then anyway – WWII was over, and millions of soldiers were coming home. There was a huge increase in marriages. At some point during this time someone commented that there were plenty of Maidens waiting for the returning GIs. These ladies weren’t getting any younger while they waited. The long war had disrupted many relationships, and many of the GI’s didn’t return home. Dances and other social events were held to bring together the returning soldiers and the many unmarried ladies. It is from this that Old Maid’s Day came about. I think that is SO interesting! I often wonder where things like this come from, and this makes so much more sense with the explanation than it did before! Nice! For the women out there looking for your Mr. Right, don’t give up. It’s never too late to find love
This Day In History –
780 BC – China becomes the first to record a solar eclipse.
1987 – After winning 122 straight races, hurdler Edwin Moses’ winning streak is broken.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cheese Day – As if you needed another reason to eat it, experts say having cheese at the end of the meal is good for preventing tooth decay! I’ve never heard that before today, to be honest, but heck, if it’s good for our teeth we should indulge! Here are some recipes from www.food.com for you to try!
- Cheesy Macaroni & Cheese
- Parsnips With Gorgonzola
- Caramelized Onion & Camembert Quiche
- Cauliflower-Cheddar Soup
- Mozzarella & Tomato Stacks With Rosemary
- White Cheddar Pimiento Cheese
- Chevre-Stuffed Mushrooms
Well, now that I’m hungry for cheese! Doesn’t all of that cheese sound good? I’m never sure what I love more, sweets, or cheese! Mmmmm! Well, I need to get this day started, whatever that may bring my way. May your day be whatever you make of it, and remember that we are all God’s children, and precious in His sight. God bless you, I’ll see you tomorrow.