One by one I am hearing of family and friends who are getting hit by this flu that is going around. Wash your hands everyone! No, don’t go overdoing the antibacterial hand sanitizers – super bugs are created by overusing that sort of stuff. Wash with hot water and soap – frequently! Keep your hands off of your face if you’ve been touching grocery carts and things in the stores, then wash again when you are done. For the love of everything good in this world, COVER YOUR FACE IF YOU SNEEZE OR COUGH! Seriously, I went to the store yesterday and some form of nastiness blasted a sneeze out that pretty much plastered his germs the length of the store. I turned around and left, went straight home and washed. Now I need to use a natural sanitizer to clean my steering wheel. Seriously, people can be so gross! Have some manners, for crying out loud! Of course, the vaccination crowd is out and about crowing about how people should have gotten their flu shots – hogwash! Half the people I know who have gotten this got their stupid shots and are sicker than dogs anyway. I’ll take my chances with the flu, thank you very much. In the end, keep your sick behind at home! Nobody wants to share in what you have! I know you don’t want to miss work – so sorry – but sometimes crap happens, and you need to keep your feverish, sneezing, coughing, vomiting carcass at home while you heal!
OK, with that done, how is everyone doing on this fine Wednesday? So far, I’m doing great. Tired, but pretty good. My eyes burn. I was working with old, archived files yesterday and I got dust in my eyes while I was mucking around with them. Nothing like dusty, mildew smelling papers to just make your eyes feel awesome!
Verse of the Day
March 27, 2019
while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Some of the most basic and elevated statements about Jesus are made in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. These letters are devoted to help ministers mature churches in difficult places. They are incredibly practical, but also are rooted in the work of Jesus, his divinity, and his faithfulness. We are waiting for the Faithful One! We trust that he will come for us because of what he sacrificed to redeem us. While we wait, we honor his mission by being a people eager to do what is good, showing in our lives that he is our Lord.
Finding Peace in Simple Moments
The world seems upside down so much of the time. Criminals are getting away with their crimes because money changes hands, half of our country is disappointed and angry that our President DIDN’T commit collusion (seriously, what is WRONG with people?), so often I find myself shaking my head and fearing for the future, as more and more it feels that the inmates are running the asylum. Those are times I spent my commute time to and from work, talking to God. It’s a time when I am focused on getting to work, and I can let all of my fears, cares and worries just spill out at Him, and being a loving, caring God, He lets me unload and shoulders those burdens for me. Try it! You may find that morning conversations with the Lord are therapeutic and bring more peace than anything else.
Celebrate Exchange Day – I have learned so much from doing this blog. There are so many things out there that I had NO idea about, and this one is one of them. To me it’s a pretty interesting thing to learn. The National Exchange Club was founded by Charles A. Berkey in Detroit in 1911. The purpose of the group was to exchange ideas and information with other like-minded people about how to better serve their communities. Since that time the organization has grown and been involved in many significant changes in our country. The National Exchange club was one of the driving forces that succeeded in getting the words “Under God” added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. (Bless them!) In 1985 the group amended its constitution to begin allowing women members. Their current national project is working to prevent child abuse. Today is the 108th birthday of the club. You could celebrate by seeing if there are any local chapters in your area!
Little Red Wagon Day – How many of us had a Little Red Wagon when were kids? Radio Flyer has been making kids smile and providing a way for parents to easily haul their kids and the kids’ stuff around. They also make scooters, tricycles, etc. I stunned when I was shopping for the Grandchildren and saw how many fun outdoor toys they have for children! For nearly 100 years they have been making children happy and helping them create amazing memories that they will tell their own children about for the rest of their lives.
Manatee Appreciation Day – I’ve never seen a manatee . . . well, except in pictures. I didn’t even really know what one was until not all that many years ago. Manatees are water mammals known best for their immense size and their jowls. They certainly wouldn’t make a list of cutest animals, but there are apparently enough manatee appreciators to have created a Manatee Appreciation Day! Raising awareness about these quirky critters is the intention, since it is an unfortunate fact that manatees are endangered. Hunting them is usually illegal, but they continue to be poached for their meat and their hide. Also, they are often fatally injured in accidents with boats. The extinction of any animal is a horrible thing, and honestly it tips the scale against the human race and the balance of the all living creatures when one type of animal or another ceases to exist. Events to celebrate the manatee usually take place in places where there is a larger manatee population, like Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. Zoos and marine biology centers may offer a special manatee-related program today as well. You don’t have to go anywhere specific to celebrate this one – all you really have to do is research manatees and donate to a conservation program.
National “Joe” Day – I don’t really understand this one I guess, since we’ve already celebrated a day for changing our name this year – but apparently this is ANOTHER day for this – must be a lot of folks out there who don’t like their names! So here we go – today is a chance to change your name, if only for today. Many people do not like the name their parents gave them – and I admit I completely understand that for some people. They wish they could change it. On National Joe Day, it is perfectly okay to have everyone call you “Joe”. Why Joe, and not Bob or Mike or Radcliffe? Simply, because apparently some poll says that everyone likes the name Joe. If you are called Joe today, we know that you’re “Joe cool”! This works well for the men out there. What about the ladies? Well, one suggestion is that you choose Josephine or Jody.
National Scribble Day – As a parent and grandparent I have had my share of kid scribbles on the fridge over the years. There are a couple there now from my granddaughter, and I’m sure some from my youngest grandson will be coming soon. Each one is special because I can see the development of skills and personality as the years go by. Watching the art work go from just a few little lines and squiggles, to circles with arms and legs coming out of them, complete with a smile and eyes on the front, to actual, recognizable figures, trees and flowers brings me such joy! I date each one on the back, so I know when it was done, and I cherish it forever. Someday I will pull them out and share with the kids, showing them their art from when they were little. Gather up your crayons and colored pencils and share some scribble time with the kids – it’s fun!
Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day – I really enjoy country music. I didn’t always, but I’ve come to appreciate that, for the most part, the artists and the music are pro-God, pro-family and pro-country. What’s not to like about that? One thing thought that always makes me giggle are some of the song titles. They are quirky – which is what this celebration is all about. So, no matter how you may feel about the music, perhaps some of these titles can bring a smile to your face today. I learned that many country music songs are written with a comedic purpose in mind. If you have a few minutes and aren’t familiar with country music, perhaps look up a few of these titles on You Tube and see what I’m talking about: Tim McGraw’s – “Do You Want Fries with That?” Brad Paisley’s – “I’m Gonna Miss Her” I am actually going to have to look up the one by Tim McGraw myself, it’s not ringing any bells by the title, but the I have the one by Brad Paisley running through my head now! Geesh! Anyway, I don’t know who all of these following songs are by, but the titles I ran across are pretty doggone funny and shows the humor of these artists –
“My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don’t Love You” “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better” ” I Ain’t Never Gone to Bed with an Ugly Woman, but I Sure Woke Up with a Few” “I’m So Miserable without You; It’s Like Having You Here” “If My Nose Was Running Money” performed by Aaron Wilburn.
Have some fun listening to a few of these songs today to celebrate such a fun holiday. There is too much yuck going on in the world not to take a few minutes to smile.
Food Celebration of the Day
National Spanish Paella Day – I have often heard of people making Paella. I didn’t have ANY idea what it was so the first time I celebrated this one I decided to give it a try, and it was DELICIOUS! If today wasn’t Easter and we didn’t have our traditional Easter dinner planned, I’d make it again. The history of this dish is actually quite fascinating! According to the information I found on Wikipedia, this dish has a history dating back before to the 15th century. The people of Moorish Spain often ate casseroles of rice, fish and vegetables for family and religious feasts. It became customary for cooks to combine rice, vegetables, beans and dry cod – cooked over an open fire – to make an acceptable Lenten meal. Pretty much any combination of rice, veges, meats and spices could be called paella – and is commonly a dish made to use up leftovers. Basically, a fancy name for Leftover Surprise! By whatever name, this is a beautiful meal to the eyes to the taste buds.
Today I am going to work armed with eye drops and my make-up bag, since yesterday the tears from the dust washed everything away. I have maybe another full week of going through files, so this could get to be a regular occurrence! I am also armed with coffee, lunch and comfortable shoes. I’m anticipating that one of these days I may wolf down my lunch and get myself outside for a little walk! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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