Weekends – The Blessing At the End of a Long Week

Oct 7th

Saturdays are usually for sleeping in . . . but not really today. With Baby R here, we stayed as still as possible so he would sleep in, but from the moment he wakes up he’s ready to be on the move!  We have him all day today, then will meet up with his Mama and Daddy this afternoon to reluctantly hand him over. *sigh* The fun thing is that we will be meeting them at a pumpkin patch for his first pumpkin hunt!  He was a newborn last year (can you believe he’ll be a year old already in less than 2 weeks?) Anyway, tomorrow will be my relax and sleep in day.  I have a feeling we will be exhausted, but it will be a nice exhausted.


Verse of the Day

October 7, 2017

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

Psalm 34:7

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

I don’t see him, but I know he’s there! The same angel of the Lord who destroyed Israel’s enemies is now fighting to win the spiritual battle that rages around you and me.


October 8, 2017

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:8


Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Some aspects of faith are indescriblable: they can only be experienced and known by doing them. Taste the Lord. Sample his goodness. Lean on his grace. Take refuge in his care. We are blessed to find him near and take our refuge from life’s greatest dangers and death’s greatest fears.

Food for Thought

Is it strange to get bids for a job, then feel bad when you choose one over another, because the guy estimating the job was so nice and personable? We don’t do many things that involve an in-person estimate, but seriously, I feel guilt!  Not a LOT of guilt, since the one bid was far higher than the other, but I still feel it.  I need to toughen up!


October 7

Bald and Free Day – Today we give honor to those among us who either have a beautiful, smooth head . . . or are naturally in the process of getting there.   Many people are sensitive about losing their hair and as a woman from a family of women who tend to get a little thinner on top as they get older, I can understand that completely. I always figured it would happen, but something in theory is very difficult when faced with the reality – thank you Hypothyroidism for the assist with losing quite a bit of hair already. (sarcasm intended) For the men though, there’s something rather sexy about a nicely groomed head that has a receding hairline, or that is completely smooth. As long as they deal with it gracefully without a silly toupee, a ridiculous comb over (seriously, you aren’t fooling anyone with one of those!), or nothing on top and a long, skinny pony tail in the back (it doesn’t make up for the top – trust me), then it is completely fine!  Today, if you are completely bald especially, you can be happy to be free of hair cuts, all those styling products, and be happy with all the time you save each day!


Frugal Fun Day – This is a day to enjoy fun activities that are free (or very inexpensive). If you use your imagination, the ideas are endless. Go on a bike ride or a hike. The fall leaves are on display. Have a picnic in the park, or your back yard. Invite some friends or neighbors over for a garage party and dance. Go fly a kite. Pull out those old board games or puzzles that you have stored in the basement. Play cards with some friends. Personally I like the idea of snuggling up with a mug of tea and watching movies all day!


National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day – On October 16, 2001, President George W. Bush approved Public Law 107-51, which requires that flags fly at half staff on all Federal buildings for the first Sunday of October each year, to memorialize firefighters who have lost their lives in service to their communities. The service is held at the National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  A worthy and solemn memorial to observe.


National Forgiveness Day – This is the 12th annual celebration of unconditional love, during which people take the day to repair, restore, and rebuild damaged relationships. The idea is to use unconditional love and forgiveness to accomplish this.  Sometimes this is easier said than done, but definitely worth the effort.  It’s cleansing for the soul and will lift burdens off of your shoulders that you may not have even been aware you were carrying.  This is one I still struggle with but I’m sure we all do at one point or another.  There really is a time to let things go and move forward with relationships/friendships and stop letting past issues get in the way.


World Card Making Day – I am not a very creative person and am completely comfortable saying so. I can create with words, I can create in the kitchen, but actually being crafty is something I have to work very hard at being. I’m wracking my brains to come up with decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving this year – Christmas we have covered of course. When it come to cards though, I just go buy what strikes me as the prettiest, most magical ones, fill them out and send them on their way. My Mom though, she comes up with some of the cutest cards! She can come up with something out of nearly nothing, and I wish very much that the talent had transferred from her to me, but it just did not. For those of you who ARE crafty, today could just be YOUR special day! Get together with similarly minded friends, throw together your supplies and see what you can come up with!


World Porridge Day – Today we celebrate Scotland’s traditional national dish to help feed needy children in some of the poorest countries around the world.  The small Scottish Highland village of Carrbridge, which is home of the annual World Porridge Making Championship (I didn’t know there WAS one!) has teamed up with Mary’s Meals, a Scottish based charity.  Mary’s Meals, which has its international headquarters out of a tin shed in the Argyll area of the Scottish Highlands, has one simple mission, to provide a daily meal in a place of education so that poor children are attracted to the classroom where they can gain a basic education that can give them a way out of poverty in their futures.  Mary’s Meals works in 16 of the poorest countries in the world, providing daily school meals for over 500,000 hungry children.  In Malawi a daily mug of maize-based “likuni phala” is an incentive for kids to go to school.  This gives them nutrition that they so desperately need, and the chance to get an education. This is a simple and cost effect meal that costs approximately $10 to feed a child in Malawi for an entire year.  You can support this worthy cause by getting together with family, friends or co-workers to host your own World Porridge Day fundraising event.  Just cook up a big pot of hearty porridge, or maybe oatmeal cookies or pancakes, and ask everyone to make a donation – doesn’t matter whether it is big or small, to help support Mary’s Meals.  If you’re interested you can email media@mrysmeals.org for details.


You Matter to Me Day – How many of us go through life wondering if we actually matter to someone.  Those four words – You Matter To Me – can make a profound difference to everyone who hears it, and who shares it with someone else.  Think about how it would feel to lose someone you care about, through an accident, a disaster of some sort, or an act of violence.  Would they know that they mattered to you?  Would there have been any doubt in their mind?  Don’t leave it up to chance, or assume that they know.  Please say those words to the people in your life, right now – today.  You Matter To Me.  Those four words, sent around the world, one person at a time, can change it for the better.  Don’t let another moment pass without saying that to the ones you love.


October 8

Alvin C York Day – Today we honor a true American hero.  Corporal Alvin C. York, on October 8, 1918, mostly unassisted, captured 132 Germans (three of them were officers), took out about 35 machine guns, and killed no less than 25 of the enemy.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant shortly after, and became one of the most highly decorated soldiers of WWI.  Today we commemorate his bravery for, and dedication to, his country.  In 1941 a film was released called “Sergeant York”, starring Gary Cooper.  Check it out and learn all about this amazing and wonderful hero.  He exemplified patriotism to the core.


American Touch Tag Day – I remember when I was a kid, one of the games I truly loved to play was touch tag.  I am not an athletically inclined person, but even I could play tag, not get hurt, and have fun doing it!  Are kids still allowed to play tag in school, or is it another one of the activities that is considered to be too “dangerous” to play by today’s nanny state, wimpy standards?  I’m sorry, but our kids really have been reduced to a bunch of whining babies who are afraid to play normal, outdoor kid games for fear of getting hurt.  I especially remember 4th grade – the only year I went to a private school – we went outside every day that it wasn’t raining and we played tag, kick the can or hide and go seek.  We had a HUGE area to play, lots of woods and space to run.  Recess was always an adventure, even for this sports challenged kid. Well, today is the day to relive those memories – if you can find some family or friends who are willing to give it a try – and go outside and play an old-fashioned game of Touch Tag.   The name “American” Touch Tag is a bit of a curiosity, since this game has been known by several names such as Tag, Touch, Touch Tag, It, Chasing and Catching.  It has been played for thousands of years, going back as far as Ancient Egypt.  No matter what it is called, or where it started, it gives me a smile thinking back to my days in elementary school.


Clergy/Pastor/Ministry Appreciation Day – We have days to celebrate the leaders and special people in our lives.  We celebrate Presidents, Bosses, Mothers and Fathers, Grandparents and Teachers.  All of these people are those who make decisions that affect our lives.  The positions they hold are often stressful, because of the duties they fulfill, the difficulties they deal with, and often, the expectations that other people put on them. Well, our clergymen are also leaders in our lives and they truly do have HUGE expectations put on them by the people they serve.  The work of the pastor is to be the voice and hands helping God to lead, direct, teach and counsel us on the path of salvation.  Pastors are only human though, and they deserve to be shown that they are appreciated, to be bolstered up.  People demand so much of their pastors – they expect them to be above being human.  Pastors get tired, emotionally, mentally and physically of ALWAYS being up for everyone.  They are there when people are happy, sad, grieving, dealing with stress in their marriages, struggling with health and financial issues.  Everyone turns to the pastor for strength, but who does he turn to?  Well, obviously God, but we should all be doing that.  I mean, who does the pastor talk to when he is struggling?  Today, for Clergy Appreciation Day, remember the Golden Rule.  How do you like to be treated?  Well, that’s what pastors would like too.  Give your pastor some encouragement today, they deserve and need it just like we do.


Oktoberfest Ends – Quick! If you haven’t had a chance to celebrate Oktoberfest, grab a delicious German beer and lift a glass to the last day of this year’s celebration!


Food Celebration of the Day

National Frappe Day – So, just in case anyone doesn’t know, what IS a frappe?  Well, it’s a drink made of many different things.  The actual dictionary definition of Frappe is that it is an ice cream beverage drink.  But that leads to a lot of confusion.  Some frappes are made with the same ingredients as milkshakes.  Others don’t have ice cream at all, but use whipped cream instead.  Still others use yogurt instead of ice cream, and even others have alcohol in them.  Probably the most popular versions are the ones you find in coffee shops and cafes, the coffee and mocha frappes.  So, why is this celebration in October?  Not sure, but it’s nice that it is so we can enjoy pumpkin frappes!  Delicious! 


National Fluffernutter Day – Tell your usual PB&J that today, you’ve got a different lunch planned. The magical combo of marshmallow + peanut butter makes for a great sandwich and beyond. I tried one of these a couple of years ago – it was interesting. I don’t know that I enjoyed it enough to go to the effort of making low carb bread and low carb marshmallow fluff for it though. If you’ve never tried it, do. It’s something fun to do at least once.


 National Pierogi Day – Mmmmmm . . . Pierogis – little Polish dumplings that originated sometime during the 13th century.  They were a common peasant food – but peasant or not, they are delicious!  Basically, they are a dumpling made of dough and filled with things like potatoes, cheese, sauerkraut, mushrooms and sometimes fruit.  You can find them in the frozen food section of many grocery stores – but honestly none taste quite as good fresh.  There was this little Russian deli I went to occasionally in Seattle that had Peirogi’s – delicious!  You may not have a place near you who makes them, so if you’ve never tried one – give the frozen variety a shot.   I really enjoy them cooked in butter and garlic until crispy. 

I have a little guy to hang out with today – between both of the grown-ups in the house, we should be able to keep him at least somewhat entertained! God bless you and I’ll see you on Monday! 

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