And with a big sigh of relief, I can say without reservation, that I am grateful that we have reached Friday. Sleep has been elusive this past few days – some from a storm the other night, some from a weird sleep pattern that I seem to have going on right now. Regardless, the thought of not getting up before daylight tomorrow fills me with a sense of happiness that defies logic. It’s such a simple thing to create such joy, right? The thought of sleep can do that I suppose.
Verse of the Day
In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the prophets.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
The Golden Rule — golden because it’s genuine, lasting, and valuable. Imagine how different our world would be if we practiced this principle — not just in our “church life” but in our daily life: with our family, with our coworkers and employer, with the people we manage, with the folks on the freeway and in the neighborhoods where we drive, and toward the waiters and waitresses and others who serve us. What a wonderfully different world it would be if the Golden Rule were to be practiced. I think I’ll start changing my world with it today! How about you?
Food for Thought
Robert E. Lee Day – This controversial figure was an American and Confederate soldier who was best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army. He commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War from 1862 until he surrendered in 1865. Regardless of your personal and political beliefs, this man was an integral part of our history, and history, no matter how hard you try to change it, just IS HISTORY! You can’t! You can try to wipe it out from people’s memories, you can stop teaching it to children, but it doesn’t change it. Recently a whole bunch of cry baby idiots have been tearing down Robert E Lee’s statues and complaining about the Confederate flag, which represents southern pride to so many people. By destroying these symbols, they believe they are changing things, but all they are doing is being destructive and illiterate. It doesn’t change a thing. Today study up a bit on Robert E. Lee. You don’t have to like him, what he stood for or what he fought for, but he is still an important person in American History and that will never change no matter how many statues or flags are destroyed.
Tin Can Day – On January 19, 1825, Ezra Daggett and his nephew Thomas Kensett received the first U.S. patent for storing food in tin cans. More specifically they got the patent to “preserve animal substances in tin”. According to “Today In Science” they had been canning seafood, including salmon and oysters, since 1819. Aluminum, which is a more abundant metal than tin, has replaced tin in industrial applications for cans. So, what canned food do we routinely buy? What DON’T we get in cans? I can’t think of anything! I remember my Grandpa K. saved his tin coffee cans. He stored everything in those things! Nuts and bolts, fishing stuff, seeds, you name it. I remember all of those cans lining the shelves of his shed, cellar and attic. Did you have those toys as kids that were two plastic upside-down bucket looking things with strings attached – you stood on the buckets while holding the strings tight, and walked around making stomping noises. I forget what they are called. I remember Mom taking tuna cans, cleaning them out, having Dad punch holes in the sides, attaching strings and making homemade whatever-they-weres. Cans come in handy! Ah, memories.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Popcorn Day – I love popcorn. It represents fun and relaxation to me, probably since it’s been a treat to have when we are sitting around as a family watching movies. Oddly, National Popcorn Month is in October, but today is National Popcorn Day. Whoever set it up must have decided that October was just too long to wait to celebrate . . . and I agree. How do you like your popcorn? Of course, the tastiest way is loaded down with butter and salt, but there are other ways to enjoy it too. I love it sprinkled with parmesan cheese after the butter is on it. YUM! Moose loves popcorn too and as soon as he hears me getting the popcorn popper ready he immediately begins to drool, which is gross, but it’s sort of funny too. Now, popcorn is very high carb, so we aren’t doing much snacking on it. I was looking for an alternative and did find something interesting. I found microwavable pork rinds to be used as a substitute, so I tried some. They are ok. They make a crackling sound after they are hot, and they are crunchy and even tasty, but let’s be honest, they aren’t really a substitute for popcorn, they are just an alternative crunchy snack, and sometimes that’s all we can really ask for, right?
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