Bring On the Coffee and Cocoa – Winter Temperatures Have Arrived! Woohoo!

Cooler temperatures are here! And when I mean cool, I mean the 30s. I LOVE IT!  I admit to experiencing quite a bit of weather envy towards my son. His area got hit with enough snow last night to cause trees to break and take out power in many areas. They didn’t get a LOT, it was just over three inches, but they haven’t had snow like this beyond a dusting since the late 1800s at this time of year. School was closed for the day – that part he wasn’t thrilled about – but how awesome is that? They are going to have a great winter!  I need to get a few more cozy sweaters, since it looks like we will have the weather for it this winter – which THRILLS me! Bring on the cocoa, blankets, slippers and all that goes with it!

I was too sleepy last night to post for Wednesday’s celebrations.  I was ready to go to bed before 9:00, so here they are, combined with Thursday.  It is proving to be difficult to hit any sort of a rhythm with these things.


Verse of the Day

October 9, 2019

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge…

Psalm 91:4


Thoughts on Today’s Verse

Life is filled with many uncertainties. You never know when something unexpected is going to happen. You have no idea when the next disaster will strike. In a world filled with hate and terrorism, none of us has a clue when the next horrible atrocity will take place. So, what do we do when we can’t be sure of our circumstances? We take shelter under the wing of the One who is above all circumstances! We take assurance in our Father who has promised to bring us to himself no matter what may happen today … in our world … and to our bodies. Our lives are hidden with our Father because we’ve been joined to Christ. He is our Refuge! His wings are our shelter!



October 10, 2019

For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:29


Thoughts on Today’s Verse

We should worship God with reverence because he is a consuming fire! Mmm. What does that mean? Is the focus on his holiness? Does this warn of judgment? Is this an expression of his purity? Yes, YES, YES! You see, God is holy and pure and righteous. Our imperfections, flaws, failures, and sins stand out glaringly in comparison to his perfection. Yet rather than destroying us with his holy fire. He can make us new and clean and more than what we once were. So not only can we draw near to him because of Jesus, we can stay near him as we live Jesus’ life in our world (see Hebrews 13). That, dear friend, is reverential worship at its finest!


Wednesday – October 9

Emergency Nurses Day – How many times have you had to go to the emergency room – or had to take a child to the emergency room (this was more often the situation when my son was growing up) and the first people you dealt with were the nurses?  I have had the best experiences with ER nurses throughout the years, and they truly deserve the acknowledgement that this day brings to them.  They are dedicated, committed healing professionals, bringing comfort and compassion to the patients they see each day.  They see it all.  Often, it’s not good, yet they go back to work each day, knowing that they make a difference to sick, injured and sometimes dying people that come through those emergency room doors every single day.  There was a point when my son was in his early teen years that I was beginning to feel like the local hospital needed to give out frequent flyer miles – we were there so often that it almost became funny!  He was on a first name basis with the nurses by the time he was 16 years old, and at one point he even took them candy to thank them for all they did for him.  From cut open knees from bike accidents, to appendicitis, they truly came through for him every time, and eased my mind in the process.  As a worried Mom, heading to the ER is never a good thing, so that was truly a blessing.  Keep these hard-working, compassionate nurses in your prayers each and every day, they deserve all the extra support and love they can get!

Leif Erikson Day – Around 1002 A.D., Leif Erikson sailed to North America from his home in Greenland.  He was searching for a land seen, but not visited, by a Norse sea captain.  During his voyage he landed in a number of different places, but he never documented those landings on a map.  Historians are able to put together the authenticity of his journey based on records, but it would have been nice if he had made a map!  It is believed that he landed along the coast of Newfoundland, and possibly as far south as Cape Cod.  Erikson and his men spent the winter in North America.  They built a large house for lodging, and a shed to shelter the boat over the long winter.  He never returned to further explore North American, though a number of explorers, including his brother did travel to North America.  his brother was killed by Indians.  In 1964, joint resolution of Congress declared October 9th as Leif Erikson Day.  It is interesting to note that depending on where you look, his first name has been spelled as Leif, Leifur or Leiv.  His last name has been given the variations of Erikson, Ericson, Ericsson or Ericksson.  I guess as long as we know who we’re talking about, it’s just Leif Erikson a detail.  It would be nice to know what his actual correct name was though!

National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day – What a fun day!  And it’s one that doesn’t cost you anything to celebrate!  National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School day is celebrated each year on the 2nd Wednesday in October.  It’s a really fun way to improve morale and have fun at work or school.  (kids, remember to ask permission at school first – some schools won’t appreciate toys at school.)  According to the “History of the Teddy Bear” by Marianne Clay, the Teddy Bear didn’t become a public icon until 1903.  About that time the people of the United States began to get what she refers to as “teddy bear fever”.  I know that most of us cannot imagine a time in our lives without at least one teddy bear.  They are such a popular toy – warm fuzzy bearers of love and security.  Today honor one of your oldest buddies and take him with you to work.

National Chess Day – On this day in 1976, former President Gerald Ford proclaimed this day to be National Chess Day. There had been a series of requests from various groups regarding this, and since roughly 30 million Americans played chess at the time, it was decided that it would be recognized and honored as a great game. It has faded away in popularity over the past few years, but enough people do play that they should all get together and celebrate this one today! Maybe they can get a renewed interest going on!

National Pro-Life Cupcake Day – This one is pretty special in my mind.  Today people who are pro-life will be participating in a national awareness campaign called “National Pro-Life Cupcake Day”.  The event is simply distributing free cupcakes to the general public or on college campuses to celebrate the lives of the unborn.  The idea is sort of like giving someone a birthday cake, but the unborn are never given a birthday, so Cupcakes for Life seeks to honor their lives before they are born. Annually, on October 9, pro-lifers across America participate in an awareness campaign called National Pro-Life Cupcake Day. The event simply involves the distribution of free cupcakes to the general public or school campus to celebrate the lives of the unborn. The idea is similar to giving someone a birthday cake, but because the unborn are often never given a birthday, Cupcakes for Life seeks to honor their lives before they are born.  I have copied and pasted the description about National Pro-Life Cupcake Day” from the Cupcakes for Life site. “Cupcakes are such sweet and fun things to have at events and for people that are cared about, especially for birthdays! With this in mind, we want to help others realize not every child has the chance to have a birthday because of abortion, and that we care about them. We thought these children’s lives should be remembered, so we picked October 9th as a national day to recognize them and raise awareness about the issue of abortion and the impact it is having. By using cupcakes, we are able to reach out to the general public in a warm, non-confrontational way and use it as a segue to raise awareness, start conversation, and potentially educate individuals about issues that would ordinarily be suppressed to silence.”

Here are my personal thoughts for people who would argue about the justifications for what I consider to be an unjustifiable thing . . . every life has value.  And God doesn’t make mistakes.  Anyone who believes in God likely believes that.  If they don’t, then their idea of God is greatly skewed.  PEOPLE may mistakes but God can bring blessings from those mistakes.  Children are a creation of God from the moment they are conceived – the Bible tells us this plainly and clearly – as such every single child was conceived for a purpose.  Perhaps to bring about peace in a world filled with strife.  Maybe they were intended to bless the lives of someone else with their skills in medicine, in conflict resolution, or as a nurturing spirit to those around them.  Killing these children through the act of abortion says that God made a mistake, and that the purpose of those children wasn’t important.  For everyone who whines that they hope that someone comes up with a cure for cancer, what if that person was created, but their lives were cut short by the selfishness of abortion?  People say, but but but, what about people who are raped, or cases of incest, or where the mother’s life is in danger?  All horrible things, but God is bigger than the crime of rape, He is greater than the horror of incest, and He is the healer of all.  Each life is in His hands, so let it be in His hands that we trust that all will be the way it should, and let these children live.  For women who choose not to keep and raise these children? That is a choice you can make for your own life, but there are plenty of people who crave a family and are unable to have one, so allow them the blessing of a child by giving the one you don’t want up for adoption.  The blessing of that child will resonate into the future with the great things they will potentially accomplish.



Thursday – October 10

National Handbag Day –
 For those of you who are handbag obsessed, today is YOUR day! It is the first, official National Handbag day started by Purseblog founder Megs Mahoney. She has all sorts of details on her blog about fancy purses that nobody in my income bracket could possibly afford, and even if I could, wouldn’t want to. There are folks who walk among us who DO get that excited about purses though, so to you, I give you this day! As long as I have something presentable, that doesn’t clash completely with what I’m wearing, and can carry all the stuff I cart around with me every day, I’m good.  Most of my bags aren’t made for beauty, but for practicality. That’s me! Always practical. I do have one totally impractical purse that I love, and most people would probably look at it and wonder “why?” It’s pretty awesome. It’s red, western style, with sparkles and turquoise bits all over it and goes PERFECTLY with my red cowboy boots. Some of the turquoise stones are coming off of it so I need to figure out how to repair those, but it’s still an awesome purse. Alright, maybe I have a little bit of the impractical purse love in me after all.

Naval Academy Day – The United States Naval Academy was established this day in 1845, with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors.  The curriculum included mathematics, navigation, gunnery, steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy and French.  This new curriculum required midshipmen to study at the academy for four years, and to train aboard ships each summer.  This basic format remains at the academy to this day!  Happy Birthday U.S. Naval Academy!


Food Celebration of the Day –

October 9

Moldy Cheese Day (we presume they mean blue cheese mold) – Your first thing, or at least mine was, when seeing this one was . . . YUCK!  But seriously, let’s take a close look at this one.  Do you have any moldy cheese in your refrigerator?  Do you actually need to have any to celebrate this one?  If you DID have moldy cheese, what would you do with it?  This is one of those days that we come across that doesn’t have any obvious rhyme or reason, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate it!  Did you know that mold is common in cheese?  It is part of what gives some cheeses their particular character and flavor.  For example, the blue color in bleu cheese?  It’s mold!  Delicious mold, but it is still mold.  So, celebrate this one – seek out any moldy cheese hiding in the fridge and see if you can salvage any of it after you cut off the parts you don’t want.  Now, in our house, cheese doesn’t last long enough to GET moldy, but it may not be the same in your house.



National Pizza and Beer – Is there any better, or more delicious, combination than beer and pizza? Yum!  Well today is the day to put those two together and celebrate with enthusiasm!  Honestly, this one is going to be celebrated a celebrated on Friday, since that is always when we have pizza.  Beer is one of the oldest beverages that people have ever produced, showing up in written history that dates back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia in 5th millennium BC.  Pizza, or what would have passed for pizza is pretty ancient as well, showing up in documentation back in 997 A.D. in various parts of Italy.  Pizza was more like focaccia bread with toppings, but essentially it was pizza!  Delicious goodies are timeless, aren’t they?




October 10

National Angel Food Cake Day – Angel food cake is a sponge cake that you can keep simple or make fancy for a great treat.  It’s easy to celebrate this one – just buy or make an angel food cake, top it with fruit or pudding and whipped cream, and enjoy!  Angel food cake is typically vanilla-flavored. But why stop there? It’s equally delicious with chocolate, lemon, cranberry and even blackberry flavoring.  I considered celebrating this one but didn’t feel like actually making a cake.  I looked at the grocery store and there wasn’t one single angel food cake there!  Wrong time of year!  Which makes me wonder . . . why is this one celebrated in the fall instead of in the summer when we can cover it with fresh strawberries and whipped cream?


I need to remember to grab my gloves in the morning when I take Moose on his walk before work!  Yesterday I got halfway around our route and my fingers were nearly numb they were so cold. Of course, I didn’t grab a coat either, so there weren’t any pockets either. Here’s to being winter ready! Woohoo! Have a wonderful Thursday! God bless you!

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