I miss my Baby R! Usually I’d be going to see him today, but my daughter’s schedule changed and I’m not needed regularly on Wednesdays any longer. Not to say I won’t ever be spending time with him on a Wednesday, but it won’t be a regular set thing. Now, next week I am going to pick up my other grandson, Big Brother E, to come spend some time with us, and if possible I may arrange to swing by my daughter’s house to give my Baby R a few big smooches and snuggles. He’s growing so fast! Today I will spend working on mowing the dandelions (the grass isn’t doing much since it’s brown, but the weeds don’t seem to care if they are thirsty, they just keep growing!), wielding the weed eater and trying to get things together outside. I’ll run an errand for hubby, maybe stop in at the grocery store, etc. It will be a good day if I can get even 1/3 of everything to do all done.
Verse of the Day
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
God is holy, righteous, and just. But, as important as these qualities are, he reveals them within his compassion, graciousness, patience, and overflowing mercy and love. We can not only obey, worship, and reverently respect God, we can also love, appreciate, and adore him! Maybe the greatest challenge, however, is to reflect the character of God in our own lives!
Food for Thought
How many times is enough to reach out to try to repair damage in a relationship? Is three enough? Is more needed? It does not compute in my brain to hold tightly to childish tactics rather than work towards a solution to an issue, especially an issue that is in reality a non-issue. I guess this is when maturity has its benefits. I don’t necessarily think equating age with maturity is accurate most of the time since I was a mother of 2 by the time I was 23 and supported a family of 4 nearly by myself for many years. Responsibility and getting along was necessary for survival, allowing my feelings to rule my life and relationships would have been ridiculous and non-productive. It certainly wouldn’t have allowed me to become a grown-up who could get through difficult things without melting down. Maybe that’s the problem. Too many people expect to NEVER get their feelings hurt and can’t handle it when they do. To them I say, it’s time to be an adult. It’s past time really. Shed a few tears, call the tantrum off and move on with life. As for me? I don’t need friends so badly that I should have to work this hard at it. I’ll stick with the folks who actually WANT to know me and don’t just want me to blow compliments and sunshine their way. Life isn’t all sunshine and happiness. Expecting that it will be is why there are so many snowflakes melting in safe spaces these days. And I realize that the person I am frustrated with doesn’t read this, so to my knowledge they won’t see it – don’t care if they do – but it is my hope that this may help someone else who is dealing with this, on either side of the situation. Figure a way out of it without destroying a friendship, and realize that life isn’t always about you. Truly. It isn’t. You can survive having your feelings hurt by a friend, because SOMETIMES that friend may actually have insight that can HELP you in some way.
Book Lover’s Day – If you had to choose between a book and an e-reader, which would you choose? I love books so much that it makes me worry that actual books will stop being very important to people and be replaced by all those e-readers. There are some circumstances that I think the things like Kindles and Nooks are nice . . . my son LOVED his when he was deployed to Kuwait. He didn’t have room to pack a lot of books, so the Nook was a wonderful thing to have with him. Even a couple of years ago I balked at the thought of even having an e-reader myself. Now I have somewhat compromised my views on it. There are many e-books that are not very expensive, some are even free, so I downloaded the Kindle app to my tablet and I do read e-books when I am not in the middle of a physical book. Today though, if on no other day, put aside the e-reader and pick up an actual book! The touch, feel and smell of an actual book – there’s nothing like it. The history of books began with papyrus rolls, which date back to 2,900 BC. From there written word progressed to stone tablets. Did you know that the first known dictionary was a cuneiform tablet from around 2,300 BC. I had no idea! A great way to celebrate today would be to grab an interesting book, find a quiet corner on the deck, under a shady tree, poolside or in a cozy hammock and let yourself get lost in the world in the pages. It’s one of my favorite things to do!
Perseid Meteor Showers (9th – 13th) – Every July we can look out into the night sky (at least when it isn’t hazy with wildfire smoke) and watch the Perseid meteor showers. I remember lying out on the lawn with the kids when they were younger and counting how many we could see before we fell asleep. This week we have the Perseid’s going on, with the maximum showers expected on the 12th, which can reach a rate of more than 60 seen per hour! That’s a LOT of shooting stars to wish upon, isn’t it? The best time for viewing is in the pre-dawn hours, since the side of the Earth closest to turning into the sun scoops up more meteors as the Earth moves through space. This week pick a clear night and go gaze at the sky. It’s worth a few extra yawns, trust me on this one.
This Day in History –
1930 – Animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes premieres, with new star Betty Boop!
1974 – President Richard M. Nixon becomes the first and only president to resign while in office.
Food Celebration of the Day
National Rice Pudding Day – There is something comforting about a bowl of basic rice pudding. I like mine with cinnamon, sugar and raisins – extra milky. It’s warm and sweet, and so very basic and simple that it just speaks to the child inside – the part that never quite grows up. There are a lot of different cuisines that have their own take on it. Maybe try a couple, out and see what you think! That Pumpkin Rice Pudding sounds delicious! For me, since we are eating low-carb these days, I’ll have to come up with a low-carb version. I found a recipe that uses riced cauliflower that I may try. It means a trip to the grocery store though – so I’ll be heading out soon.
- Creamy Rice Pudding
- Rice Pudding Muffins
- Slow-Cooker Rice Pudding
- Healthy Cinnamon Rice Pudding
- Orange Rice Pudding
- Brown Rice Pudding
- Baked Pumpkin Rice Pudding
It’s time to get out of the house and get things done before it’s too hot to do them. As it is, I’ll probably have to take on the yard in stages so I can hydrate and cool off. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll try to do the same. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.