Zoom! And with that, the weekend is over. Seriously, it’s shocking how quickly it went by. I felt like we barely got to the campground and it was time to pack up and come home. No matter how fast the weekends are, we really enjoy our couple of nights away from home and projects. Sometimes I think it is the only way we truly can relax. The next couple of weeks are going to be REALLY busy, so resting up for them was necessary. I have a dear friend coming into town for a week, my daughter’s wedding to prepare for, and all of the associated details for both to take my focus, in addition to the usual work and house stuff. After all of that is over, we need another relaxing weekend away to get ready for some relatives from out of town, and as difficult as it is to believe, Baby R will no longer be a baby next month! He’s turning two! The time truly does fly.
Verse of the Day
September 17, 2018
You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Before and after — that’s the story of grace. “I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” If we could only fully grasp what we so easily sing, then life would be filled with more grace and our churches with more confident servants of God.
Food for Thought
The eyes of the country have been on the east coast the last few days because of Hurricane Florence, and some of the stories I’ve heard have been awful! My heart and prayers are with the people who have lost so much to this devastating storm. These are the times though, when the victims become doubly victimized, by the supposed rescue agencies, such as Red Cross, who take the money from well-meaning and generous donors and put it into their own coffers, rather than give it to the people who need it. Only 10% of the donations made to Red Cross go to the cause, the rest goes to salaries and administrative costs. Find other, local agencies that will make the money go further. In addition to these organizations people are also victims of the looters. As if leaving their homes in an evacuation isn’t bad enough, self-entitled losers take the opportunity and break into homes and steal whatever they can get their mitts on. If this doesn’t tick you off, then there is something seriously wrong with you – get help.
Citizenship Day – Today we celebrate being a citizen of the United States of America. No matter what issues we face, no matter who is plotting and working hard to destroy her, this is still the greatest country the world has ever seen. Our great country is something every single American should be proud of. This country stands for freedom, a beacon of hope, promise and success! Today is a special day for all citizens, whether native born or citizens by choice, to be proud to be an American, and to appreciate being a citizen of this country and all of the rights and freedoms that it brings. Never take these rights, freedoms and privileges for granted, for the moment we do, is when they could be snatched out from under us. To each and every American citizen, Happy Citizenship Day!
Constitution Day – On September 17th, 1787 the Constitutional Congress held its final meeting to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. This document was painstakingly labored over to create the most perfect document in the history of our nation. After the meeting there was still so much to do! The individual states had to meet and vote on it. Considering how limited communication was in those days, it is understandable that the U.S. Constitution did not go into effect until two years later on March 4, 1789. Our forefathers are very likely rolling over in their graves these days. They worked so hard to draft a document that would protect the people from big government, putting a plan in place to check would-be dictators from taking over, or taking advantage of the people. The previous administration did so much to hurt our nation and made major inroads into destroying as much of the safeguards that our forefathers put into place as possible. They left in their wake a generation of idiot liberals who are so focused on getting free stuff that they don’t care that the price we will pay is ultimately our freedom, our way of life, our liberty and our voices. Anyone who loves our country needs to get out and vote in November. Vote for our rights, vote for our future.
International Country Music Day – I really enjoy country music . . . the newer stuff, not the old whining, twangy stuff (fans of the old, twangy stuff please don’t throw anything at your computer screen). I didn’t used to like it at all, so many would say I’m making progress! Country music is actually one of the most popular types of music in the world, and this particular genre originated in the United States. This special celebration day was established in the 1950s and is held each year on September 17th. Around the world there will be country music festivals where people who enjoy country music will gather to listen to live music, drink and dance. Line dancing is popular during this celebration and there are often competitions to for best dancers! These are events that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you are going to one of these festivals, be sure to dress the part! If you have them, wear cowboy boots and hat with your jeans and denim shirt! You’ll fit right in!
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Apple Dumpling Day – Mix together one-part nostalgia, one-part pastry dough and one-part apple, and you have a sweet treat that will bring you back to the olden days. You too can become a member of the Apple Dumpling Gang and celebrate this tasty fall treat today! Do you remember that old movie “The Apple Dumpling Gang” with Tim Conway and Don Knotts? Such a funny movie!!! Ah memories.
National Monte Cristo Day – This sandwich sounds intriguing to me. It takes the Club Sandwich and combines it with French Toast, creating something that must be amazing. From what I’ve read, on a particularly foggy day in the Bay area of Southern California, there was a cook who decided to find a way to bring some happiness to people who were crowded inside during the fog. After some pondering he came from the kitchen, bearing a plate of deliciousness that was steaming hot, golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar and maple syrup. Behold, the Monte Cristo Sandwich. So, what is it exactly? Well, it’s a club sandwich dipped in French toast batter, and fried, then topped with powdered sugar and syrup. It sounds rich and delicious, right? Mmmm . . . Someday I will have to try one of these, just to say I have, if for no other reason.
As difficult as it is to wake up with it getting darker outside, I admit that I’m pretty happy about the coming autumn. I’m pretty much over the heat, the dry weather and the forest fires that have plagued our area. Bring on the rainy season! The rain was a very welcome sound on the roof of the motor home this weekend. Here’s to cooler days, comfy sweaters, hot cocoa and all things fall! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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