So, yesterday was the start of the Cohen hearings, and so far as I know, they are going on for today and tomorrow also. I haven’t listened to them but have caught various sources showing video clips and making quotes and I have to admit that this is popcorn munching action! And I’m cracking up. You see, this is all a stupid distraction from the fact that our President is in Vietnam, meeting with Kim Jong Un, working on making our world a safer place, and securing 15 billion in contracts for Boeing. Can you say LOTS OF JOBS? I knew you could! Cohen is rightfully getting his chops busted by various Republicans and even a few Democrats. One incident even brought a far-left Dem to the defense of a far right one! The Dems star witness was convicted for lying to Congress, so now he’s the one they trust? There’s something seriously wrong with this scenario! If his mouth is open, lies are pouring out. But that doesn’t matter to him, you see even if he gets his three years in federal prison, when he gets out, he has a ridiculous book deal for far too much money waiting for him. We know this because he refused to answer a question to that effect. WHY? Why are publishers lining up for the stories of idiots like this guy and that bug-eyed bimbo who pretends to be from the Bronx? This world has become crazy beyond belief, which is another reason to celebrate something silly – to take our minds off of the insanity. On that note, let’s just see what is in store for us today, shall we?
Verse of the Day
February 28, 2019
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
While we may be flawed and imperfect, Paul reminds us of how important, competent, and useful we can be to each other. While our hope is in God, he has given us each other in our walk of faith. Let’s not live as isolated islands of faith but lean on each other and learn from each other as we look to Christ for our salvation and strength.
Food for Thought
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could easily be the love child of Kermit the Frog and Mr. Ed. Anyone too young to know who Mr. Ed is, well . . . you just made me shed a tear and feel really old all at the same time.
Floral Design Day – I love flowers. I love them especially when they are cut flowers. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing more beautiful than a yard that has gorgeous flowers growing in it, but I learned many years ago that I am pretty much the kiss of death to plants and flowers. It’s sad really – the plants I have are only alive by default. Both of my Grandmothers, my Grandfathers AND my Mom are GREAT with growing things. The gift ended before I was born apparently, because I just can’t seem to grow much, but after seeing a very healthy orchid at my daughter’s house, I thought my daughter had inherited at least some of the plant nurturing gene that skipped me. It took me by surprise and made me laugh pretty hard when she told me it wasn’t real. For my plants at home, I created a system . . . I wait for my plants to nearly lay sideways from thirst, then I water them. They perk up, and I wait for them to wilt again, and repeat. If I water them weekly, they die. If I feed them, they die. Cut flowers are AWESOME because there’s no disappointment or guilt. You know that they are going to die, so their beauty can be appreciated without unreasonable expectations of continuation of life. Which brings me to Floral Design Day – this is the perfect day to appreciate and create floral arrangements. Because flowers are loved by most people, it seems only fitting that we have a day set aside to appreciate the creativity and artistic quality of flower arrangements. The perfect activities for today include:
- Create a floral design with real, live, or dried flowers
- Take pictures of floral designs.
- View floral designs.
- Draw pictures of floral designs.
- Have the kids get in on the fun – get out the crayons and let them draw floral designs for an aunt or a grandmother.
National Tooth Fairy Day – (also on August 22) – One of childhoods favorite visitors, The Tooth Fairy, is an American tradition with European and superstitious roots. Centuries ago, in Europe, when a child’s tooth fell out it was common practice to bury the tooth somewhere in the garden or land near where they lived. One reason they did this was so a new tooth could grow in its place, but another reason for this ritual or superstition was to prevent a witch from getting the tooth – sort of like getting someone’s hair or fingernail clippings – and placing a curse on the child. By burying the teeth, the witch couldn’t find it, and the curse could be avoided. As immigrants began coming to this country, many moved to the cities and land wasn’t something all of them had, so they started burying the tooth in a flower pot or window box. Over time the tradition changed, and they began putting the tooth under the child’s pillow and the tale of the Tooth Fairy was born to explain what happened to the tooth when it was removed from under the pillow and a gift was left in its place. Today’s tradition is similar but with different reasoning. Losing baby teeth can be a traumatic experience for children, but the friendly, smiling and soothing Tooth Fairy makes that easier for them. As a child’s first baby tooth becomes loose, the child often fears losing it. The promise of a visit from the tooth fairy and getting a gift turns it from something to be afraid of into something to look forward to. When the tooth finally falls out, Mom cleans it off and it is often put into a tooth box, or in a tooth pillow, and that is placed under the child’s pillow at bedtime. The tooth fairy comes after the child falls asleep. She takes the tooth and leaves a small gift – usually money. The tooth fairy leaves a gift every time the child loses another tooth. Children are sometimes afraid that if they lose the tooth – as in misplace where they put it after it falls out, the Tooth Fairy won’t come. They needn’t worry. The Tooth Fairy always knows and will leave a gift anyway. She (or he) magically knows each time a baby tooth falls out and will arrive later in the night, even if the child is away at Grandma’s or on vacation. There has been some debate as to whether the Tooth Fairy is a man or a woman, especially after that movie with The Rock, which has him as the Tooth Fairy. Popular opinion is that the Tooth Fairy is most definitely a girl. Now when I was a child, we had a different tradition – my mother wanted to save our teeth – I know, that’s a little gross, but I did the same thing with my kid’s baby teeth for the first few – so she had a different rule. The Tooth Fairy knew when we wanted to keep our teeth by the fact that the tooth was placed in a glass of water and the glass was set on the kitchen window sill or counter. If she didn’t find the tooth under our pillow, she’d know to look in the kitchen. This took care of a couple of issues at the same time . . . it wouldn’t wake us up if she went to find a tooth under our pillow . . . the tooth in the glass was a reminder to Mom to do her Tooth Fairy duties, and it did double duty cleaning the tooth for when she put it away. The older my brother and I got, the more money was left in the glass (always change). I remember when I had four molars pulled to get my braces when I was nine years old. My goodness, the Tooth Fairy is EXCEPTIONALLY generous when the teeth have roots still attached. As a side note: Have you seen the movie The Tooth Fairy with Dwayne Johnson? It’s so funny! I highly recommend it.
Public Sleeping Day – ah, public sleeping. I’ve done many hours of napping in public, have you? It takes either a really relaxed person, or an incredibly exhausted one, to sleep in public and I submit that it may not always be a safe thing to do. There are many public places you could catch a nap, such as a bus, a park bench, a blanket on a beach (sort of chilly for that this time of year), or on a ferry, like I have! It is a struggle for me to stay awake on a ferry, no matter whether I am staying in the car on the car deck, or upstairs in a booth. The impulse to put my head back and fall asleep is nearly overwhelming. This stems from commuting into Seattle for seven years. That seven years was sleep deprivation in action since I was up at 4:00 to get ready for work, left the house at 5:00, and traveled until 7:30 when I finally got to the office, then turned around and did it in reverse from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. every night. By the time I got home and had dinner, got things together for the next day and got to sleep it was nearly midnight and the entire cycle started over again at 4:00 the next morning. Survival meant sleeping on the bus and the ferry. I was fortunate though – everyone I traveled with was in the same sleep situation, and our buses had reclining seats, without any stops for 45 minutes. We’d troop onto the bus, take our seat, secure our purse or briefcase between our leg and the wall, or snug it up next to us if we were on the aisle, put our seat back and when the driver turned off the lights, we’d all go to sleep. Instantaneously. The driver would wake us up as we approached the ferry, we’d sleep walk onto the boat, find our seats (usually everyone sat in the same seats day after day), secure our bags again, and go right back to sleep. That was about an hour or so of solid nap time I got on the way to work, and we’d do the same thing on the way home. So yes, sleeping in public is something I do quite well. In a car, in a plane, on a boat . . . I’ve never been on a train, but I’m betting I could sleep there too.
This Day in History –
1692 – The Salem Witch Hunts begin.
1983 – The final episode of M.A.S.H. is aired.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Chocolate Soufflé Day – Don’t let all the sitcom souffle hijinks you’ve seen put you off making one. They aren’t difficult (or so I hear) and always make for a special dessert.
- Individual Chocolate Souffles
- Toblerone Souffle
- Strawberry Souffle
- Grand Marnier Souffle
- Chocolate-Espresso Mini Souffles
- Banana Souffles
It’s the last day of February! Let’s make the most of it and prepare for a brand new month in the morning! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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