Celebrating the Last Weekend in August

Aug 25th

This week has absolutely FLOWN by! Every day has been a flurry of activity and adventure. Every day with a 4-year-old holds laughter, some of it side-splitting, hysterical stories, uninhibited joy and wonder at everything that is going on around us. Yesterday we went to Wal-Mart, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Sierra Trading Post, grabbed lunch to take to Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa’s house, then home. Even with a missed nap and all of those stops the fun just kept on happening.  Tomorrow my son and his family will arrive to pick Miss B back up, which makes me sad. I know they have to go home. Big Brother E starts school next week and Miss B starts pre-school the week after, so there is MUCH to do to get ready for that. We are going to make the most of today though – many adventures to be had. I’ll share them with you on Monday.

 

Verse of the Day

August 25, 2018

Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Psalm 119:165

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

As someone who had a very clumsy stage of life, this promise is almost beyond believing — nothing can make me stumble! But when it comes to living life, if I know God’s will, love it, and do it, then nothing can make me stumble. There is great peace knowing that the Father loves me and doesn’t want me to fall.

 August 26, 2018

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Romans 12:4-5

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

One of the key realities of Christianity is belonging. I belong! I belong to God. I belong to Jesus. I belong to Jesus’ body, the Church. I have a place and a purpose in that body. I belong! I am needed! I have a job to do! I belong!!

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Food for Thought

WHY are there so many spiders out so early this year??? For the love of everything holy, WHY? This morning the cat was crying and whining – not unusual since she is a very vocal cat. This was a different sounding cry, but being distracted with making breakfast for Hubby and Miss B, I ignored her.  I went into the laundry room to get something and saw that she had thrown up. Oh great, right in the middle of making breakfast. I turned on the light and saw in the middle of her mess very large spider parts, next to what remained of a very large spider. I am guessing that she was trying to tell me that she had killed the savage beast and gotten a tummy ache from the whole experience. Score one for the cat – I’ll take a mess over spiders taking over any day of the week. Anyone sick of indoor creepy crawlies . . . get a cat!

  

Saturday – August 25

Franchise Appreciation Day – Being a business owner isn’t easy.  Today we honor the Franchise opportunity.  Franchises allow business minded people who wish to run their own business with all of the support and buying power of an established brand.  Customers will most often gravitate to that which they are familiar with, so this is a big boost to the new business owner.  Today celebrate this business model and shop one of your local franchises today.  You are helping a small business owner in your own community when you do.

 

Kiss and Make Up Day – Everyone argues with the people they care about sometimes.   Whether it is a spouse, a parent, a child or a friend – we cannot escape the inevitable fight.  Today was designed to end the fight, no matter how big or how small, and make up.  Just putting the stress behind you can make many things in your life all better.

 

National Park Service Day – Today is the 102nd birthday of the U.S. National Park Service, and in honor of this day it admission to all of its sites are free for today!  There are 408 National Park Service sites across the country, so that gives us a lot of options for fun!  Pick a park that fits your interests, whether it is hiking, history or just wandering around in nature, and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

 

National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day – The sad reality is that in this economy our money doesn’t go as far as it used to, and seriously we all love a bargain, right?  This celebration is for the folks who love to be practical in their shopping choices, and search for bargains that work for them at the second-hand clothing store.  It is incredible how many people buy something and don’t even take the tags off of it before donating it to a thrift shop. What a treasure for someone to find!  There are all sorts of different second-hand clothing stores, from the ones with the high-end fashion sold on consignment, to every day clothes that may need a little bit of freshening up or updating to make them work.  Celebrate this one by either shopping for second-hand clothing or making a donation to a thrift store.  You can clean out your closet while helping someone else.

  

Sunday – August 26

Go Topless Day – This one makes me laugh – seriously, it does. This day always lands on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, since of course nothing says we are happy that women have the right to vote more than trying to push the issue of whether or not women should have the right to go topless.  The common gnashing of teeth rationale goes something like this . . . men have the right to go topless, therefore women should too.  Um . . . people if you can’t see that MOST people these days, be they male or female, should NOT go topless and that public toplessness by anyone should be banned, then you are blind to the level of ugly that goes on out there.  Most folks don’t have perky, happy ta-tas and seriously, no matter how much of a diet aid the sight of so much sloppy/floppy skin would provide, it’s a ridiculous notion to push. 

 

National Dog Day – This one is for everyone who loves our canine companions and know how much they deserve to be celebrated, not just today, but every single day. Dogs are said to be man’s best friend, and this is true! They don’t judge us, no matter how we look, what we say, how much money we have – or don’t have.  They don’t care what our jobs are, how fancy our house is, or whether we are popular. They accept us just as we are, without question or hesitation.  Isn’t that wonderful? Dogs can perform amazing work, helping those in need of physical, emotional or mental assistance.  Dogs are awesome and though there are many days to celebrate these 4-legged gifts from God, there can never be too many in their honor.  Today was created not to just honor the dogs in our lives, but to put some focus and attention on the importance of rescuing dogs from homelessness and abuse.  I cannot imagine what causes a person to be so horrible that they would abuse a precious animal or a child, but there are so many dogs (other animals too of course!) who need someone to get them out of a bad situation and give them a loving, forever home!  The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year.  Please do whatever you can, not just today but every day, to help a dog in need.  These incredible furry friends deserve the best lives they could possibly have.  Take today to give your buddy extra attention and hugs. Treat them to a spa day, a new toy or a special treat.  A play date with friends at the dog park may be a fun idea too!  My Moose will get extra play time in the hose – he loves that so much and it’s going to be a warm day, so his reward will also be his relief.

 

National Toilet Paper Day – This is something that we take for granted. Seriously, how many of us use this product multiple times in a day and only pause to think about how grateful we are for it AFTER the roll is empty and there isn’t one within reach? Right? Did you ever think about how tough it was for folks BEFORE this was invented? The first written record of toilet paper dates back to 6th century China, but a man by the name of Joseph Gayetty actually introduced modern toilet paper to the United States in 1857. It was called Gayetty’s Medicated Paper and sold in flat sheets. Over the past 150+ years it has evolved quite a bit, showing up in different plies, colors, textures, patterns and scents. One thing hasn’t changed over those years though, and that is that we all think of toilet paper as being a necessary item in our lives. The Toilet Paper Encyclopedia (seriously? This is a thing? Apparently, it is!) says that 49% of people choose toilet paper as what they would think is their #1 necessary item to have if they were stranded on a deserted island – even more so than food! This is pretty unreal to me. I think we take for granted that we have such a convenient item to take care of a necessary function in our lives, and possibly should think of what we would do if suddenly we didn’t have toilet paper any more. I thought it was interesting that the world record for the largest roll of toilet paper was manufactured by Charmin, and had over 1,000,000 square feet of paper, measuring more than 9 feet in diameter! That’s a LOT of T.P.! I had to laugh today. Miss B was using the bathroom and getting some toilet paper when she was finished. 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . 4 . . . I’m not supposed to use more than 4. HAHAHA I have to wonder how many times she clogged the toilet before my son and daughter-in-law put a limit on numbers of sheets allowed?

 

Women’s Equality Day – Today we commemorate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.  In 1971 Congress designated August 26th each year as “Women’s Equality Day”, to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920.  This amendment granted women the right to vote and was the culmination of decades of effort that date back to the first women’s rights convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York.

 

 

This Day in History –

August 25, 1932 – Amelia Earhart completes her trans-continental flight.

August 26, 55 BC – Julius Caesar’s Roman army invades Britain.

August 26, 1920 – U.S. Congress passes the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

 

 

Food Celebrations of the Day –

August 25 –

Whiskey Sour Day – Invented in the 18th century to help prevent scurvy in British sailors, sours combine spirits and citrus juices to irresistible effect.  A traditional recipe is to mix whiskey or bourbon, lemon juice and water together, serve over ice, then garnish with half an orange and a maraschino cherry. That sounds pretty tasty, doesn’t it?

 

August 26 –

National Cherry Popsicle Day – In 1905 there was an 11-year old boy, Frank Epperson, who was sitting outside the house on his porch mixing water with a powdered white flavoring to make soda.  He left it outside on the porch when he went into the house with the stick still in it.  Overnight the temperature dropped to a record low and when he got up in the morning his drink had frozen to the stick.  When he grew up he introduced this treat at a fireman’s ball – this was in 1922 – and it was a big success!  The following year he made his treat and sold it at an amusement park in California and it did so well that he applied for a patent in 1924 – calling it an Epsicle Ice Pop – it was later renamed Popsicle.  They are one of the favorite frozen treats for kids of all ages when the weather gets hot, and today we honor one of the most popular flavors.  I make low-carb, delicious cherry-cola popsicles using Zevia soda. They aren’t quite just cherry flavor, but they are pretty yummy!

We had our breakfast, then headed out on a little hike to the beach! I would have posted this earlier, but when life involves a child sometimes schedules don’t go as planned. I’m pretty impressed! Round trip it was about a mile through the woods, over roots, logs and rocks.  Those little legs made the trip without any problem, and the enthusiasm was infectious. After a little nap we will have a tea party combined with dinner (it would have been separate, but it’s getting late.) So much fun in so little time! God bless you and I’ll see you on Monday!

 

 

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