Did You Ever Play With a Yo-Yo? I Did. Not Very Well, But I Did.

Yesterday was an interesting day!  I had lunch with a friend, and during our meal we looked around the restaurant and realized that the clientele was mostly retirement age people. While there is nothing wrong with that, we were clearly two of the youngest customers, even though we are firmly in mid-life.  My friend got a dismayed look on her face, pointed out that we weren’t ALL that much younger than the rest of the diners (I bed to differ – there was a good 20 year spread in most instances) and that now WE are the ladies who do lunch! Yikes! Are we truly there already?  Afterward I went to see watch Baby R play at this indoor play place, which is really a great facility, but that didn’t end so well. They have this bouncy slide, with steps leading up to it.  I was watching R climb. His daddy was watching him climb. His mommy was watching him. She glanced my way to say good-bye, and his dad hadn’t taken his eyes off of him for a second – when he took off and up the ladder on his own.  My daughter turned to grab him, but as she did, 3 other children ranging from 3-5 years old, pushed through, climbed OVER R, or attempted to, stepping on his face, bloodying his lip, leaving red marks on his head where the kids stepped on him and leaving a very sad 18 month old crying his eyes out.  And THAT is when a very impressive Mama tiger came out of my daughter. I think there is a distinct possibility that if there hadn’t been children present things between the mothers could have come to blows.  The woman blamed an 18 month old for HER daughter stomping on his face. Um . . . Ok. Right!  Bottom line is that many parents really are severely lacking at being decent parents – and they will raise children who are severely lacking as human beings with compassion and the ability to think about something other than themselves. Seriously, people need to stop pointing their fingers everywhere but at themselves for blame. People need to stop being jerks! They won’t though. That’s something I learned this week for sure. Well, that’s a stretch. I already knew that.


Verse of the Day

June 6, 2018

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:17-19

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Love that surpasses knowledge. That’s very difficult to explain, but when you have loved your spouse for decades and he or she is as close to you as any bodily organ, you experience what this means. When you love a child and do what you never dreamed you could do for another human being, you understand this phrase. And when you stand before God, adopted as a full heir of all his great riches, a full sibling to Jesus Christ the Lord, and know you are seen as holy, without reproach, and blameless, you begin to understand this phrase.



Food for Thought

I was sitting watching the Isle of Man TT races with hubby last night. In my opinion these people on their motorcycles are a special sort of crazy.


Atheists Pride Day – Proud of what? Dooming their souls? Nah, I’m not celebrating this one.


D-Day – June 6, 1944 D-Day, World War II, the allied invasion of Normandy. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history.  The invasion’s code name was Operation Overlord.  General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the operation and plans were made to land in Normandy, west of where the German troops and artillery were built up.  The “D” stands for Day.  D-Day and H-Hour stand for the secret time/day an operation is scheduled to begin.  Code names for the five beaches were the Allies landed:  Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.  The date of June 5, 1944 was originally chosen for the invasion, but bad weather forced the Allies to postpone the Day.  On June 5, 1944, between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., 13,000 allied paratroopers and gliders carrying heavy equipment leave England to begin the invasion of France by air.  In a broadcast message to the troops, Eisenhower said, “The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory . . . We will accept nothing less than full victory!”  Overnight, a military armada and more than 156,000 troops crossed the English Channel.  Minesweepers went ahead to clear the waters in preparation for the more than 2,300 landing crafts that carried men, vehicles and supplies.  Between midnight and 8 a.m. on June 6, 1944, Allied forces of more than 11,000 aircraft, flew 14,674 sorties.  By 6:30 a.m. troops began coming ashore on a 60 mile front.  In a broadcast to the people of occupied Europe, Eisenhower said:  “Although the initial assault may not have been in your own country, the hour of your liberation is approaching.” 


Drive-in-Movie Day – June 6, 1933, The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, with the slogan, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.”   The outdoor theater closed after three years, but it inspired an industry that peaked at around 4,000 drive-ins during the late 1950s and early 1960s.  At their height some drive-ins attracted guests with petting zoos, special guests, and music acts, and hosted religious services on Sunday mornings.  Rising real estate costs, difficulty operating during bad weather conditions, the adoption of daylight savings time, and the advancement of home entertainment systems led many drive-in theaters to go “dark”.  Today drive-ins are rare to find.  We have one left near us, and I remember going there as a teen, but it’s been many, many years since I have.  I think a drive-in movie sounds like fun!  Maybe one of these weekends I can talk hubby into going – ours always has a double feature!


Global Running Day – For the runners here, today we have a worldwide celebration of running! I personally don’t run. I tried for awhile, ended up with an ouchie foot. I walk . . . but no running. A lot of people do, some that are really important to me, so it is for them that I post this.  The distance you run doesn’t matter – at least not for this celebration – and the speed at which you run doesn’t matter. What matters is to participate, whether it is a close run around the block or something bigger and more organized. Being active is what is important here.


National Eyewear Day – Do you wear glasses? Many of us do . . . some all the time, some for driving or distance vision only, some for reading and the list goes on. I was really surprised to see that the first wearable eyeglasses were invented on September 16, 1284 by Salvino d’Armati. I thought it was fascinating to hear that the lenses were made of metal – though I struggle to see how those could be seen through?! Maybe they meant the frames? I don’t know, and didn’t take the time to research it further – I will another day though. I’d like to find out the truth behind that. Anyway, wear your glasses proudly today, and maybe celebrate by making an appointment – if you are due for one – for an eye exam to upgrade your prescription.


National Gardening Exercise Day – “They” say that gardening is therapeutic.  “They” also say it’s good for the mind, body and soul.  Well, I’ll have to take “their” word for it.  Though I love the end result of working in the garden, I’m not personally a fan of what it takes to get there.  However, for those who love it, Gardening Exercise Day is a good opportunity to go out and burn off calories and have some wonderful, beautiful results while doing it.  Gardening uses all of the muscle groups, and strenuous gardening activities like raking, hoeing and digging are both aerobic and muscle strengthening.  Sounds like great incentive to go out and work in your plants!


Yo-Yo Day – is here…hooray! ! A great day to play with a yo-yo!  I was always only able to do the simple up and down with the yo-yo’s I’ve had, but I was always so impressed when I watched people who were really good at it performing lots of tricks with them.  It’s pretty impressive!  If I were to try some of those moves I’d bonk myself over the head.  Did you know that three U.S. Presidents were proficient yo-yo-ers? Yep, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) were all handy with a yo-yo.  The origin of yo-yo’s is hard to prove with any degree of accuracy, but many believe that it originated in China as early as 500-1000 B.C.  However, there is some evidence that it was first used in Greece even before that time. The Yo-Yo was made very popular in American by businessman Donald F. Duncan, Sr.  He manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900’s.  Celebrate today by reliving childhood memories and giving it a try!


This Day in History

 1925 – Chrysler Corporation is founded.

1933 – The first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Applesauce Cake Day – I wrote about this one yesterday because my sources said it was yesterday. Today I’m looking at the list and it says it again. Well, look back to yesterday to discuss applesauce cake!


National Gingerbread Day – Is there anything more wonderful to smell than the aroma of gingerbread baking?  It seems a little strange to celebrate this one in June, but I guess there’s NO bad time to enjoy something as delicious and aromatic as gingerbread.  It just fills me with a sense of anticipation of something yummy to come when I smell it.  In 2006, the world’s largest gingerbread house was constructed inside the Mall of America. The 1,496-square-foot house was more than 67 feet tall and took nine days to build

I have to head back to the dentist this morning. What a joyful thought, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.  I have to go if I’m going to be on time though. God  bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!


Celebration lists and information are sourced from the following websites: 

www.brownielocks.com; www.holidayinsights.com; www.thenibble.com; www.foodimentary.com and www.verseoftheday.com

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