It is easy to take our body and its ability to move for granted, and I know I am guilty of it. It has been two weeks since I fell and hurt my knee, and I cannot tell you how badly I want to bend it right now! The bruising is getting so much better, but if I am active for more than a few minutes at a time, the knee swells and throbs all over again. I am sitting here, leg elevated when suddenly gravity and the slippery surface of the ottoman conspired against me and started to slide towards the floor. My leg slipped and the pain that followed ripped through my knee, making me let out a yelp that woke up the dog and made the cat run. Seriously, for anyone who deals with a life long affliction that restricts your mobility, I feel for you and I respect you for dealing with this every day. You are an inspiration.
Verse of the Day
May 23, 2018
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Being deeply disappointed and dissatisfied with life can be caused by a myriad of things. But for many of us, these are symptoms that we have focused too much on ourselves and are angry with life. We have forgotten to count our blessings, neglected giving thanks to God, become silent in our praise to our Father, and have quit helping those around us. Thinking of others is how Christ lived. When we follow his example, our actions make a difference in the lives of those we bless and we also find ourselves immensely blessed as well. Let’s get our focus off ourselves and look to bless our neighbors!
Food for Thought
OK, today’s Food for Thought is more of a Rant for Thought. Not enough people really think these days, at least not their own thoughts, or thoughts against what mainstream, liberal, thought police say we should think. One of the thought police types of people I am talking about is that idiot fraud who calls himself a scientist, Bill Nye “the Science Guy”. Um, yeah. Bill Nye started out his career as a mechanical engineer for Boeing. Now, I’ll grant you, this is a great thing to be, and by all accounts he was very successful at it. Somewhere along the way he started writing and performing comedy skits on the local to the PNW TV show, Almost Live. I loved that show, many in our area did! It was sort of like Saturday Night Live, but it was about local things and it was actually funny, something that SNL lost along the way down their path to liberal stupidity. From there Nye decided that he is an expert on all things global warming – which we are finding out (for those of us who weren’t already aware of it on our own) that global warming, or climate change as it’s now being called, isn’t really a “thing”. Climate changes, it always has, and it’s pretty much outside of our control, just like it was outside of anyone’s control since the creation of the planet. Bill has decided, along with other global alarmists, that one way to control the devastation that is “climate change” is to tax cow farts. No, I’m being serious – this is not a joke – though it sounds like one. Alarmists are really concerned about the methane caused by a cow’s gas and the subsequent carbon dioxide, so by taxing it, and all meat products, those of us who are carnivores can really feel the impact from eating meat and change our ways. Really!? Here’s a clue for all of the low-information voters out there. . . Carbon Dioxide is a good thing and necessary for our survival. Why? Were you NOT listening in school? Plants take in the carbon dioxide – they require it for their survival – and the result of breathing in their life giving carbon dioxide is to breathe out (so to speak) oxygen. All living creatures need oxygen to breathe, so we can continue to live. When we breathe in the oxygen, we in turn exhale carbon dioxide, which feeds the plants, and the cycle continues. Now one thing that I think is funny about Nye, and others like him wanting to tax cow farts is that cows don’t actually fart methane. If the cows “fart” inside, there are mechanisms which are able to capture the methane, which prevents it from entering the atmosphere at all. Cows “farts” are not the main cause of methane. The methane is caused by the regurgitation and “burping” when they chew the cud. If you’re going to try to tax an animal’s bodily functions, at least get the functions correct in the first place. Duh. Just the typical reaction of the left based on flawed logic and misinformation. Oh, and for those of us “old folks” who are denying the legitimacy of the climate change crisis, Nye just thinks things will be hunky dory and solved completely when we all die off. Does he realize that he is one of the old ones that will be dying off? Heck, he’s 10 years older than I am, so for all intents and purposes he already has 1 foot in the grave. Geez. I need to read something intelligent right now to help strengthen up the brain cells I’ve lost by reading what this moron thinks about the state of the world, cows and climate change.
Lucky Penny Day – I remember my Grandma always called single pieces of candy “penny candy”. I always wondered why since candy never cost a penny at any point in my memory, but I remember she always called it that. Apparently before I was born my Mom could take a penny down to the “5 and Dime” and get penny candy for a treat. I sometimes wish I had been alive during that time, especially since there’s so much about that time period that agrees with my life views besides their candy prices. Lucky Penny Day is the day to find a penny – heads up of course – for good luck. An upside-down penny won’t bring you luck, it just gives you a penny. Due to inflation they say the penny may be on the production line chopping block, but it still is worth something in my mind. They still add up to $1.00 if you get 100 of them, and they work really well for scratching off lottery tickets. As far as I’m concerned, pick up any penny you find, hang onto it, put it with all the other pennies you find and eventually you’ll have a bunch of lucky money to spend on something fun. Here are some other uses for pennies:
- A penny for your thoughts.
- To put your “two cents” in.
- A necessity for penny pinchers
- A handy screwdriver when nothing else is available.
World Crohn’s and Colitis Day – Inflammatory Bowel Disease, consisting of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease, are two severe chronic digestive diseases that are said to affect millions of people across the globe. They cause the intestinal tissue and digestive system to form sores, can easily bleed and become inflamed. There is no cure so far, nor even a known cause, and there is little public understanding of the pain and suffering of the people coping with them. During this day it is hoped that the challenges and needs of IBD patients can become better known, and as there is more help and support, the burden of these people who suffer can be lightened.
World Orienteering Day – What is orienteering? I had no idea, well, I had an idea, but I didn’t KNOW what it was. It’s a sport that is a combination of physical and mental elements during which a participant proceeds from the start of a course to the end by visiting listed control points in order with the help of a map and compass. To me it sounds a bit like a very organized scavenger hunt. In order to choose the best way to go orienteers look at the terrain and at the end the winner is decided by who completed the course in the fastest time. This was a sport first used by the military, but now there are a variety of ways to do it, ranging from traditional, long distance races in the forest to quick sprints in the city. GPS tracking is used now, which I must assume makes things easier. The very first World Orienteering Day was in 2016 and was a huge success, with more than 250,000 people participating in events all over the world. The 2nd one in 2017 was even bigger with 288,000 people in nearly 2300 locations in 79 countries. From what I am reading this is a sport that can be done by all ages and skill levels, pretty much anyway . . . just like the scavenger hunt I compared it to, except you aren’t getting anything except to your destination.
World Turtle Day – Turtles and tortoises are the world’s oldest creatures. They are reptiles, characterized by a special bony shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing due to habitat destruction, the cruel pet trade, and the exotic food industry. You can do a few things to help save turtles and tortoises for the next generation. Never buy them from a pet shop, since it increases the demand from the wild. Never take them from the wild unless they are sick or injured. If one is crossing a busy street (if you happen to live somewhere that one is likely to do that), pick it up, move it across the street and let it continue on its way, in the same direction it was already going. Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal shelter. I haven’t spent much time around turtles, but I know someone who has one as a pet. What surprised me about it was how FAST that little guy can get across the room! Maybe turtles are slow by comparison to us, but they are no means as slow as they are made out to be.
This Day in History –
1934 – Legendary bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde Barrow are shot to death in a police ambush in Louisiana.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Taffy Day – One thing I have always loved when going to the ocean is going into those waterfront stores and getting a big variety of different flavors of saltwater taffy. I love the stuff! I can eat it until I nearly make myself sick on it, and still want more. So, who created saltwater taffy? Regrettably, that fact is unknown, but the sale of saltwater taffy has been recorded, specifically in Atlantic City business districts as early as 1889. Joseph Fralinger is widely considered to be the first salesman of salt water taffy, selling his delicious candy at fairs and along the Jersey Shore. Another mystery is the origins of the name “salt water taffy.” In fact, there is no salt water in the recipe (though there is a slight amount of salt). According to stories, the Atlantic City boardwalk was damaged during a storm in the summer of 1883, which included David Bradley’s store. The next day, children asked him for taffy, but he changed the name to “salt water taffy” because his confection had been soaked by sea water, and the name stuck! The popularity of salt water taffy peaked in the 1920s, when more than 450 manufacturers were making it. Although several people have tried to claim salt water taffy as their own, the U.S. Supreme Court determined in 1923 that the product has no legal attachment to one company or individual. I just spent the last hour searching for a recipe for low-carb / keto taffy and they aren’t to be easily found, however I DID find a recipe for something called Vinegar Taffy on All Recipes that might just work if I substituted erythritol for the sugar in the recipe. It might be good! Never know! The recipe itself got great reviews, so if the erythritol acts like sugar in the candy, it could turn out to be a truly delicious treat.
Sorry, super late. I keep getting distracted by things and losing track as I chase rabbit trails and websites looking things up. Here it is finally! God bless you, have a great rest of your Wednesday and I’ll see you tomorrow.