We made it through Monday! I have to tell you though, there were moments on my way home from work when I thought I was going to have to pull over and close my eyes. I could feel my brain working very hard at shutting down and going to sleep, even though I was driving. I opened my window and had the cool air blasting in at me; I was making lots of weird noises; slapping my face; drinking my coffee and singing along with the radio at top volume. Nothing seemed to be working. Usually I am on the phone with someone, which helps me a lot, but Mom was going to be fixing dinner, and I’d arranged to call a friend, but she didn’t answer when I called. I pulled into the drive way and it was all I could do to force myself to get out of the car and not just take a nap right there in the driver’s seat. Most days I feel like I’m on the right track with my thyroid issues and others like yesterday, my body just feels like it’s not even under my own control. I did make it into the house, made dinner and flopped myself down. Of course, I went to bed and couldn’t go to sleep right away. It figures.
Verse of the Day
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Wisdom is that elusive quality we respect in others and find so difficult to develop in ourselves. Yet God promises it to those who really ask. But remember the secret of ASKing — asking, seeking, and knocking. Or better yet, check out Proverbs 2. Wisdom is ours only if we seek it above all other possessions and value it above all other diversions. God longs to impart it, but there is something about spiritual wisdom that demands we value it before we can receive it.
Food for Thought
I have been so sad the last few days. I know I am going to have to make a difficult decision about my cat Pepsi, but I can’t bring myself to do it. Not quite yet. I came home from work after dinner, brewed a cup of tea, then just sat here snuggling with her for the rest of the evening. Hug your babies, whether they are people babies or furry ones, because we never know what tomorrow brings and we don’t want any regrets.
Measure Your Feet Day – This is a day set aside to, for whatever reason, measure your feet! Question marks are sort of floating around in my head, but it’s probably best not to delve too closely into this one. The only way to celebrate this day is to measure your feet! Both of them, length, then width. Maybe for fun have any little kids trace around their feet on paper, then color them! Aw, those cute little foot prints are so precious. Do it now before they grow too big – and that happens far too quickly. The size of our feet may not seem like a big deal in our country – but for women in China it was, and still is a symbol of status and refinement to have really tiny feet. Food binding was a common practice as recently as a few decades ago. It is rare to find a woman over the age of 60 in China with feet that are longer than 4 inches. I think this is awfully sad- how deformed and painful their poor feet must be. Makes me wonder at the horrible people who decided this was beautiful and wonder why they thought that at all? I’ll take my size 9’s and be happy about them! At least they can support me wherever I go.
Did you know???
* One human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and 250,000 sweat glands.
* In America, the most common shoe size for women is 8 1/2 and for men it is 10 1/2. These are both up one full size from 30 years ago!
* Stinky feet aren’t caused by sweat. They are the result of odor-causing bacteria that get trapped by socks and shoes. The bacteria then thrive in the moist, warm environment and begin to stink.
* Foot fetishes are relatively common. Several celebrities have admitted to being attracted to feet. Among them are director Quentin Tarantino, rapper/actor Ludacris, and rocker Tommy Lee. (ewwww!)
It’s probably a good thing that congress didn’t take the time to declare this a “national” day . . . but with the way things are going with Congress, I suppose it could happen. Stranger things definitely have in recent months and years.
National Handwriting Day – this is an opportunity to reintroduce yourself to a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. The art of handwriting is becoming a lost art in this age of computers, tablets and phones – more “written” communication is done in cyber form than in actual handwritten form, and this is a sad thing! I remember endless hours of handwriting practice when I was in school, and I learned to love the written word as a result. Seeing those words, my words, appear on the page in front of me was magical in a way. I admit that I also use the computer for many things, but I do keep my day planner in written form, I make a LOT of lists by hand that I carry with me in my purse, and I keep a daily journal for activities I am participating in. A great way to celebrate this day would be to write a note or letter to a friend or a relative – make their day when they get it in the mail! National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977. Their motive is obvious…to promote the consumption of pens, pencils, and writing paper. January 23rd was chosen because this is the birthday of John Hancock, and of course, John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.
What does your handwriting say about you? Check out these interesting handwriting interpretations:
* If you round your “s’s” you like to please people, would make a great politician and are good with relationships. (have to disagree with politicians liking to please people – the ones I’ve seen are slimy, lying, pieces of dirt who only care about their own ambitions – just saying)
* If your “s’s” are pointy you are curious and like to explore. These are the first people who get killed off in horror movies.
* If you make large loops on your “y’s,” “g’s,” and “j’s” you have a vivid imagination and are prone to exaggeration. You are rarely bored.
Regardless of whether you can tell someone’s personality traits by their handwriting, it’s an interesting concept and makes me wonder what a handwriting analysis would say about me? Not sure I truly want to know.
Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day – Now THIS is an interesting, and somewhat destructive holiday. Not one I would hope anyone would truly celebrate in earnest – but more tongue in cheek over something happening accidentally. This day was created by the good people at Wellcat Holidays, and gives all the snowplow drivers the chance to have some fun competing to see who can knock down the most mailboxes. I’d hope they’d complete the game by replacing them later, but that’s just a mailbox owner talking. 🙂
This Day in History –
1556 – The deadliest earthquake in history strikes Shansi, China, killing 830,000 people.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Pie Day / Rhubarb Pie Day – Oh my goodness, how I do love pie. Pie can be SO many different things – it can be fruity, custardy, nutty, cold, warm, pizza pie, meat and potatoey pie (is that a word? It is now!) . . . And of course I’m eating low carb these days to I’ll have to come up with one that works for that. I found a recipe, but didn’t have time to make it, but I’m going to try tonight for dessert. The American Pie Council created this day simply to celebrate the pie! (well, duh, they are the pie council – if they created a special day for any other food it would be a little odd). This is a day that is set aside to bake and cook all of your favorite pies (though I admit I always thought that was Thanksgiving) and try a few new recipes. Most important though – it’s a day to EAT pie! A wonderful way to celebrate is to bake some pies and give them away to friends, relatives and neighbors. It could be the start of a great new pie giving tradition in your family! The American Pie Council sponsors National Pie Championships. Some of the best pie makers in the world enter their pies. It might be fun to enter to try to win the “American Pie Council’s Best Pie in America” award! Hmmmm. This is the one I intend to make! You can look forward to that because I know I am.
It’s raining, the dog decides this is the time that is best for sniffing forever to find a place to do his business and now I feel as wet as I did after my shower. OK that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Grabbing my coffee and hitting the road. I’m just hoping that there isn’t that ONE slow person on front of me holding things up today. Nothing like getting to work damp, cranky AND filled with road rage. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.