Hot Pumpkin Mocha, Falling Leaves and Blue Sky – The Perfect Autumn Morning

Oct 10th

I truly do love autumn, but one thing I struggle with is how early it gets dark, and that it is still dark when we wake up in the morning. The time is soon coming when it will be dark as I drive to work. Getting up in the morning when it still looks like night outside, and I’m snuggled up in the warm covers, is such a challenge! I find myself doing a bit of a whine inside my head. I get sleepy earlier in the evening too, which is my excuse for not posting anything yesterday. I got everything started but was yawning my head off and couldn’t hold my eyes open long enough to get it all done. Today you get a double day.  As I prepare to share this I am smelling the beautiful and intoxicating aroma of my pumpkin mocha, and looking forward to a gorgeous autumn day.

  

Verse of the Day

October 9, 2018

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

Deuteronomy 13:4

 Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

So many people want us to follow their lead and obey their voice. Only God alone has proved himself faithful and loving through the ages. In his might he is to be revered. But rather than seeing reverence as a “church thing,” we are reminded by Moses it is a “life thing.” We are to obey and keep his commandments, we are to serve him and depend upon him in our daily lives. Rather than silence in the assembly, reverence is action to his glory!

October 10, 2018

Listen to advice and accept instruction and in the end, you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:20-21

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

“Man proposes, heaven disposes.” Most of us rush to give advice and make grandiose plans. The Wiseman reminds us that wisdom comes from submitting to instruction for a significant period of time and then, only at the end of long listening does it come. If you are like me, you would do much better to let your plans ripen a bit more in the light of the Lord before you launch into them. I am comforted that James, the wisdom writer of the New Testament, reminds us that God will give that wisdom if we seek it and not doubt. But while we pray for wisdom, let’s pray also for patience to listen to the Lord’s truth in Scripture so we may recognize wisdom when it comes!

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Food for Thought

After I shook off the sleepy-eyed feeling yesterday morning and was on my way to work, I had a smile on my face because of a couple of things I saw as I left the house. The first was a tired dad who must have walked his child to the bus. We are used to seeing moms do this, but it’s not often that there is a dad, in plaid PJs, baseball cap on backwards, a coffee mug in his hand (not a travel mug – an actual coffee mug) walking back to his house from the bus stop. I’m not sure why it made me feel so happy. Maybe it was seeing a dad helping out.  Maybe it was seeing a dad taking such good care of his child. And maybe it was the memories of taking my kids to the bus that seeing him brought up. Either way, good job to that dad, and thanks for the smiles.  The 2nd thing was that it was raining . . . leaves, not water. There is something so amazing about the swirling, twirling leaves as they dance on the wind to the ground. The sight fills my heart with a sense of wonder. Honestly, it’s a bit sad that the leaves end up off the trees with none left to fall in a short period of time. I guess I need to enjoy the sight while I can see it.  And to prove that leaves make people of all ages happy, here is a picture of Baby R running in the leaves, happily waving a couple around. There’s a LOT of happy going on there!

 

October 9 –

Ada Lovelace Day – Ada Lovelace Day was created to celebrate one of the first computer programmers. As the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, Augusta Ada Byron, was brought up by her mother, Annabella, after he passed. Her mother feared that she would inherit her father’s poetic temperament, and gave Ada a strict upbringing of logic, science and mathematics. Ada became fascinated with mechanisms and designed steam flying machines, poring over the scientific magazines of the time and embracing the British Industrial revolution.  In 1833, Ada Lovelace was introduced to Charles Babbage whom she helped to develop a device called The Analytical Engine; an early predecessor of the modern computer. Lovelace and Babbage worked together closely for many years in order to refine the Engine. Ada found relative fame in 1842 when she expanded on an article by an Italian mathematician, in which she elaborated on the use of machines through the manipulation of symbols. Although Babbage had sketched out programs before, Lovelace’s were the most elaborate and complete, and the first to be published; so, she is often referred to as “the first computer programmer”. Ada Lovelace died of cancer at the age of 36 a few short years after the publication of “Sketch of the Analytical Engine, with Notes from the Translator”. The Analytical Engine remained a vision for many but until Ada’s notes inspired Alan Turing to work on the first modern computers in the 1940’s. Her passion and vision for technology have made her a powerful symbol for women in the modern world of technology.

 

Curious Events Day – I’m not too sure about this one – seems rather like a broad spectrum we could include in it . . . but I guess that makes it versatile for everyone. . . pick your own meaning!  So, why does this day exist?  Who created it?  What curious events are held today?  See?  It’s all very curious because there aren’t any answers.  I suppose if you have a questioning and curious mind, then this would be your day.   Since the topics are broad and seemingly endless, it’s completely up to you to choose what it means.  From philosophical subjects to the existence of aliens, this day is limited only as far as your curiosity takes you!

 

Fire Prevention Day – Sometimes it amazes me how something simple and seemingly not a big deal can cause so much trouble! According to legend, on October 18, 1871, Mrs. O’Leary was in her barn milking her cow. The cow did what cows do, and moved around some, kicking over a lamp, and that simple thing started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871! The fire burned for over 27 hours and by the time it was done, more than 300 people died, 100,000 were left homeless and over 17,000 buildings were destroyed. That fire – called the Great Chicago Fire – started many major efforts. Forty years later the Fire Marshall’s Association of North America held the very first Fire Prevention Day.

 

Leif Erikson Day – Around 1002 A.D., Leif Erikson sailed to North America from his home in Greenland.  He was searching for a land seen, but not visited, by a Norse sea captain.  During his voyage he landed in a number of different places, but he never documented those landings on a map.  Historians are able to put together the authenticity of his journey based on records, but it would have been nice if he had made a map!  It is believed that he landed along the coast of New Foundland, and possibly as far south as Cape Cod.  Erikson and his men spent the winter in North America.  They built a large house for lodging, and a shed to shelter the boat over the long winter.  He never returned to further explore North American, though a number of explorers, including his brother did travel to North America.  his brother was killed by Indians.  In 1964, joint resolution of Congress declared October 9th as Leif Erikson Day.  It is interesting to note that depending on where you look, his first name has been spelled as Leif, Leifur or Leiv.  His last name has been given the variations of Erikson, Ericson, Ericsson or Ericksson.  I guess as long as we know who we’re talking about, it’s just Leif Erikson a detail.  It would be nice to know what his actual correct name was though!

 

National Chess Day – On this day in 1976, former President Gerald Ford proclaimed this day to be National Chess Day. There had been a series of requests from various groups regarding this, and since roughly 30 million Americans played chess at the time, it was decided that it would be recognized and honored as a great game. It has faded away in popularity over the past few years, but enough people do play that they should all get together and celebrate this one today! Maybe they can get a renewed interest going on!

 

 

National Face Your Fears Day – We all have fears.  It’s something we all have to deal with – sometimes we are afraid of leaving an old situation for a new one.  It could be a fear of public speaking, flying or of death.  These days many of us are afraid of viruses, what is happening in the economy – losing our homes, not having the money to retire, or to have on hand for an emergency if it arises – these are things we sometimes lay awake at night worrying about.  Me?  I’m afraid of the wind knocking a tree into my house . . . again.   I’m afraid of heights, and snakes . . . and maybe this isn’t a fear, but it’s something that totally flips me out . . . running face first into a spider web on my way to the car in the morning!!!  I hate that!  You know the reaction that most of us get when that happens?  Well, it’s a reaction I have, and I’d like to think I’m not alone in this . . . the flailing of the arms, the screeching and dancing around while trying to make sure that there aren’t any spiders running around in your hair!  Oh my -OK, it’s not a fear, but it’s close! “They” say to conquer our fears by facing them . . . sorry . . . not going to deliberately run face first into a spider web to deal with this . . .you’re welcome to if you like . . . let me know how that goes for you.  I found a website that listed 100 Weird Phobias . . . the list gets a little long, so if you don’t want to read it all, I understand.  I found to be fascinating, so if you have some time . . . enjoy!

Social Phobias

These anxiety disorders are triggered by certain types of people, relationships, and social situations.

  1. Venustraphobia: Also known as caligynephobia, this is the fear of beautiful women, and may be caused by low self-confidence or putting too much pressure on appearances.
  2. Anthropophobia: This phobia literally refers to the fear of people but can also mean the fear of having company.
  3. Aphephobia: This phobia causes people to feel afraid when touched.
  4. Autodysomophobia: If you have a bad or “vile” odor, you may trigger someone who has autodysomophobia.
  5. Deipnophobia: Dinner parties, dining and dinner conversation are all off limits for people who suffer from this phobia.
  6. Nomophobia: This modern phobia affects people who are very afraid of losing cell phone contact.
  7. Soteriophobia: Some seriously independent-minded individuals may have soteriophobia, or the fear of becoming dependent on someone else.
  8. Sociophobia: Those who fear being judged by society suffer from sociophobia.
  9. Gamophobia: It’s not just an excuse: some people actually have a valid fear of getting married.
  10. Syngenesophobia: While there are certainly jokes about scary stepmothers or in-laws, this phobia refers to the fear of all relatives.
  11. Ecclesiophobia: The fear of church and going to church is called ecclesiophobia.

Zoophobias

Many people are afraid of snakes, rats or bats, but these phobias represent the fear of more random animals.

  1. Ornithophobia: The fear of birds — especially pigeons — is referred to as ornithophobia, and is actually a fairly common
  2. Lutraphobia: While some people think they’re cute, others are afraid of otters.
  3. Equinophobia: The fear of horses is also called equinophobia.
  4. Zemmiphobia: It certainly sounds frightening: zemmiphobia is the fear of “the great mole rat.”

Natural Environment Phobias

Wind, the Northern lights, and even flowers are just too stressful for people with the following phobias.

  1. Aerophobia: Those with aerophobia — the fear of drafts, air swallowing and airborne diseases or germs — may wish to wear face masks, especially in public.
  2. Pteridophobia: For some, being near ferns is too frightening.
  3. Anthophobia: Most people are happy to receive flowers, but anthophobia refers to the fear of them.
  4. Ancraophobia: The fear of wind is also called anemophobia.
  5. Heliphobia: Nighttime hours come as a relief for those who are afraid of sunlight.
  6. Auroraphobia: Those who are afraid of the Northern Aurora lights have auroraphobia.
  7. Chionophobia: Instead of hoping for snow, those with chionophobia must dread it.

Personal Phobias

People who have trouble dealing with certain aspects of their own character or appearance suffer from these phobias.

  1. Spectrophobia: Those who are too afraid to look at their own reflection in a mirror have spectrophobia.
  2. Athazagoraphobia: Athazagoraphobia is the fear of being forgotten, and also the name of this blog.
  3. Gelotophobia: Those who fear being laughed at — and actually evaluate social situations for “signs of laughter and ridicule” — suffer from gelotophobia

Physical Objects

From red lights to knees, here are some weird phobias involving physical objects and body parts.

  1. Selenophobia: Selenophobia is the term for the fear of the moon.
  2. Asymmetriphobia: If you’re afraid of mismatched socks or asymmetrical objects, you have asymmetriphobia.
  3. Aurophobia: Most people would be ecstatic to have the chance to find gold, but people who suffer from aurophobia are petrified of it.
  4. Ereuthophobia: The fear of red lights is called ereuthophobia.
  5. Genuphobia: Knees can cause great irritation and fear in people with genuphobia.
  6. Automatonophobia: The fear of human-like figures, like dummies or wax figures, is called automatonophobia.
  7. Atephobia: Visiting ancient Greek or Roman ruins would be a nightmare for those with atephobia, or the fear of ruins and old buildings.
  8. Aulophobia: Aulophobia refers to the fear of flutes.
  9. Dextrophobia: People with this phobia do not like having objects situated to their right.
  10. Linonophobia: Though it’s useful, string is the cause of anxiety for people with linonophobia.
  11. Papyrophobia: Paper is the cause of great anxiety and even fear in people who suffer from papyrophobia.
  12. Domatophobia: One wonders where people with this phobia — the fear of houses and being inside houses — live.

Ideas and Concepts

Certain intangibles cause a lot of anxiety and irritation in some people, even seemingly harmless ideas like depth or newness.

  1. Tachophobia: Anyone who suffers from tachophobia — the fear of speed — may be afraid of riding in cars or trains.
  2. Xerophobia: The fear of dryness is also called xerophobia.
  3. Arithmophobia: Arithmophobia means to the fear of numbers generally, but can also refer to the fear of math, numerals, certain numbers, calculations, and/or calculus.
  4. Bathophobia: This obscure phobia refers to the fear of depth.
  5. Cainophobia: Sometimes called cainotophobia, this is the fear of anything new.
  6. Macrophobia: Doctor’s offices and holiday shopping trips must be nightmares for people who suffer from macrophobia, or the fear of long waits.
  7. Hagiophobia: Holy figures and holy things or ideas are feared by people with hagiophobia.
  8. Sophophobia: Those who are afraid of learning anything new have sophophobia.
  9. Barophobia: While it’s common to have a fear of flying or a fear of heights, others have a fear of gravity, or barophobia.
  10. Rhabdophobia: This anxiety disorder means several things: the fear of magic and a magic wand, being beaten by a rod, or being very harshly criticized.
  11. Symbolophobia: Figurative and symbolic ideas can become a legitimate phobia for some.
  12. Chronophobia: The fear of time is referred to as chronophobia.
  13. Mnemophobia: The fear of memories is called mnemophobia.
  14. Philosophobia: It can be a challenging subject, but for some individuals, philosophy is legitimately terrifying.

Activities

Sitting, standing and walking are sore spots for people who suffer from these and other phobias.

  1. Ablutophobia: Ablutophobia is the fear of washing or bathing.
  2. Amaxophobia: The fear of riding in cars is referred to as amaxophobia, and can cause problems especially for those living in suburban areas.
  3. Agyrophobia: Even if there are no cars around, some people still suffer from the fear of crossing roads.
  4. Chorophobia: Weddings, prom, and parties must pose lots of problems for those who suffer from the fear of dancing.
  5. Ergophobia: If you miss a day at the office, you could try telling your boss that you’ve suddenly developed ergophobia, or the fear of work and/or functioning.
  6. Kyphophobia: Being in the stooping position causes too much anxiety for people with kyphophobia.
  7. Mageirocophobia: Cooking is a source of anxiety for people with mageirocophobia.
  8. Scriptophobia: A common phobia is the fear of speaking in public, but scriptophobia is the fear of writingin public.
  9. Sitophobia: The fear of eating is called sitophobia, and can become very serious.
  10. Basiphobia: Those who are too afraid to walk or stand because of the possibility of falling have basiphobia.
  11. Cathisophobia: Conversely, this is the fear of sitting down.

Group or Race Phobias

These prejudicial phobias are the result of the fear of random groups of people.

  1. Bolshephobia: Some people are afraid of meeting or hearing about Bolsheviks, and their disorder is called Bolshephobia.
  2. Apotemnophobia: People with amputations cause fear and anxiety in those who suffer from apotemnophobia.
  3. Walloonphobia: This disorder refers to the fear of Walloons, a group of people of German and Celtic origin living in Belgium.
  4. Parthenophobia: Those who are afraid of virgins and young girls suffer from parthenophobia.
  5. Ephebiphobia: This term refers to the fear of teenagers.
  6. Pedophobia: Children are actually frightening to people with pedophobia.
  7. Dutchphobia: Some people believe that the Dutch are upsetting, perhaps because of their traditional costumes.
  8. Heterophobia: Homophobia is a well-known, though controversial, phobia, but heterophobia refers to the fear of heterosexuals.
  9. Transphobia: The fear of transsexual or transgender people is called transphobia.
  10. Hoplophobia: The fear of people who own firearms is called hoplophobia.
  11. Iatrophobia: Those who are afraid of or discriminate against doctors have iatrophobia.

Sickness and Injuries

The fear of particular diseases and injuries are outlined in this list.

  1. Albuminurophobia: This very specific phobia refers to the fear of kidney disease.
  2. Aeronausiphobia: Phobialist.com describes this phobia as the fear of vomiting due to airsickness.
  3. Amychophobia: People who suffer from amychophobia — the fear of scratches — are probably very protective of themselves and their skin.
  4. Anklyophobia: Some people are actually afraid that their joints will stop working, and this fear is called anklyophobia.
  5. Blood-injection-injury type phobia: This odd phobia group includes trypanophobia (the fear of injections); hemophobia (the fear of blood) and the fear of invasive medical procedures.
  6. Body dysmorphic disorder: Also referred to as BDD, this body image disorder causes people to imagine that they have or will develop physical deformities.
  7. Ataxiophobia: The fear of not being able to use your muscles properly is called ataxiophobia.
  8. Injury phobia: If you’re afraid of being injured, you have injury phobia.
  9. Syphilophobia: One hopes that having a fear of syphilis would inspire more responsible romantic encounters.
  10. Chemophobia: Those who get too carried away with organic diets or going green may be at risk for chemophobia, a condition that refers to the fear of all chemicals and preference for natural elements.
  11. Rhypophobia: People who are afraid of defecation have rhypophobia, and are at risk for other health problems.

Truly Bizarre Phobias

In this list, you’ll find some of the weirdest phobias out there, from the fear of purple to the fear of constipation.

  1. Allodoxaphobia: If you like to voice your thoughts on a particular subject, you may want to stay away from people with allodoxaphobia, or the fear of opinions.
  2. Porphyrophobia: The color purple causes some people to be very afraid and develop this condition.
  3. Arachibutyrophobia: If you’re desperately afraid of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth, you have arachibutyrophobia.
  4. Blennophobia: Unless you’re in a science fiction movie, you probably won’t come into contact with slime, but some people are afraid of it anyway.
  5. Cardiophobia: Although the heart is your lifeline, some people are afraid of it.
  6. Coprastasophobia: Some people are actually terribly afraid of becoming constipated.
  7. Didaskaleinophobia: If you’d rather skip class, just claim this phobia, which refers to the fear of going to school.
  8. Nomatophobia: This phobia refers to the fear of names.
  9. Lipophobia: The fear of fats in food may be blamed on the red meat scare of 1977.
  10. Hormephobia: Hormephobia refers to a person’s fear of experiencing shock, which is probably made more likely after an anxiety attack.
  11. Sesquipedalophobia: This term refers to the fear of long words, and seems like a cruel joke.
  12. Phobophobia: This condition is described as a rare disorder and refers to the fear of having a phobia.
  13. Hellenologophobia: Confusing, highly technical terminology — including Greek terms — make those with hellenologophobia anxious.
  14. Cymophobia: It’s understandable that some people might be afraid of waves, but this phobia also refers to the fear of “wave-like motions.”
  15. Pteronophobia: The idea of being tickled with feathers is upsetting for those with pteronophobia.
  16. Optophobia: Opening one’s eyes is just too stressful for some individuals.

Somehow, this list makes me feel MUCH better about being afraid of something so ordinary as heights or snakes!

 

National Pro-Life Cupcake Day – This one is pretty special in my mind.  Today people who are pro-life will be participating in a national awareness campaign called “National Pro-Life Cupcake Day”.  The event is simply distributing free cupcakes to the general public or on college campuses to celebrate the lives of the unborn.  The idea is sort of like giving someone a birthday cake, but the unborn are never given a birthday, so Cupcakes for Life seeks to honor their lives before they are born. Annually, on October 9, pro-lifers across America participate in an awareness campaign called National Pro-Life Cupcake Day. The event simply involves the distribution of free cupcakes to the general public or school campus to celebrate the lives of the unborn. The idea is similar to giving someone a birthday cake, but because the unborn are often never given a birthday, Cupcakes for Life seeks to honor their lives before they are born.  I have copied and pasted the description about National Pro-Life Cupcake Day” from the Cupcakes for Life site. “Cupcakes are such sweet and fun things to have at events and for people that are cared about, especially for birthdays! With this in mind, we want to help others realize not every child has the chance to have a birthday because of abortion, and that we care about them. We thought these children’s lives should be remembered, so we picked October 9th as a national day to recognize them and raise awareness about the issue of abortion and the impact it is having. By using cupcakes, we are able to reach out to the general public in a warm, non-confrontational way and use it as a segue to raise awareness, start conversation, and potentially educate individuals about issues that would ordinarily be suppressed to silence.”

Here are my personal thoughts for people who would argue about the justifications for what I consider to be an unjustifiable thing . . . every life has value.  And God doesn’t make mistakes.  Anyone who believes in God likely believes that.  If they don’t, then their idea of God is greatly skewed.  PEOPLE may mistakes but God can bring blessings from those mistakes.  Children are a creation of God, from the moment they are conceived – the Bible tells us this plainly and clearly – as such every single child was conceived for a purpose.  Perhaps to bring about peace in a world filled with strife.  Maybe they were intended to bless the lives of someone else with their skills in medicine, in conflict resolution, or as a nurturing spirit to those around them.  Killing these children through the act of abortion says that God made a mistake, and that the purpose of those children wasn’t important.  For everyone who whines that they hope that someone comes up with a cure for cancer, what if that person was created, but their lives were cut short by the selfishness of abortion?  People say, but but but, what about people who are raped, or cases of incest, or where the mother’s life is in danger?  All horrible things, but God is bigger than the crime of rape, He is greater than the horror of incest, and He is the healer of all.  Each life is in His hands, so let it be in His hands that we trust that all will be the way it should, and let these children live.  For women who choose not to keep and raise these children? That is a choice you can make for your own life, but there are plenty of people who crave a family and are unable to have one, so allow them the blessing of a child by giving the one you don’t want up for adoption.  The blessing of that child will resonate into the future with the great things they will potentially accomplish.

 

October 10

Emergency Nurses Day – How many times have you had to go to the emergency room – or had to take a child to the emergency room (this was more often the situation when my son was growing up) and the first people you dealt with were the nurses?  I have had the best experiences with ER nurses throughout the years, and they truly deserve the acknowledgement that this day brings to them.  They are dedicated, committed healing professionals, bringing comfort and compassion to the patients they see each day.  They see it all.  Often, it’s not good, yet they go back to work each day, knowing that they make a difference to sick, injured and sometimes dying people that come through those emergency room doors every single day.  There was a point when my son was in his early teen years that I was beginning to feel like the local hospital needed to give out frequent flyer miles – we were there so often that it almost became funny!  He was on a first name basis with the nurses by the time he was 16 years old, and at one point he even took them candy to thank them for all they did for him.  From cut open knees from bike accidents, to appendicitis, they truly came through for him every time, and eased my mind in the process.  As a worried Mom, heading to the ER is never a good thing, so that was truly a blessing.  Keep these hard-working, compassionate nurses in your prayers each and every day, they deserve all the extra support and love they can get!

 

National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day – What a fun day!  And it’s one that doesn’t cost you anything to celebrate!  National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School day is celebrated each year on the 2nd Wednesday in October.  It’s a really fun way to improve morale and have fun at work or school.  (kids, remember to ask permission at school first – some schools won’t appreciate toys at school.)  According to the “History of the Teddy Bear” by Marianne Clay, the Teddy Bear didn’t become a public icon until 1903.  About that time the people of the United States began to get what she refers to as “teddy bear fever”.  I know that most of us cannot imagine a time in our lives without at least one teddy bear.  They are such a popular toy – warm fuzzy bearers of love and security.  Today honor one of your oldest buddies and take him with you to work.

 

National Handbag Day – For those of you who are handbag obsessed, today is YOUR day! It is the first, official National Handbag day started by Purseblog founder Megs Mahoney. She has all sorts of details on her blog about fancy purses that nobody in my income bracket could possibly afford, and even if I could, wouldn’t want to. There are folks who walk among us who DO get that excited about purses though, so to you, I give you this day! As long as I have something presentable, that doesn’t clash completely with what I’m wearing, and can carry all the stuff I cart around with me every day, I’m good.  Most of my bags aren’t made for beauty, but for practicality. That’s me! Always practical. I do have one totally impractical purse that I love, and most people would probably look at it and wonder “why?” It’s pretty awesome. It’s red, western style, with sparkles and turquoise bits all over it and goes PERFECTLY with my red cowboy boots. Some of the turquoise stones are coming off of it so I need to figure out how to repair those, but it’s still an awesome purse. Alright, maybe I have a little bit of the impractical purse love in me after all.

 

Naval Academy Day – The United States Naval Academy was established this day in 1845, with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors.  The curriculum included mathematics, navigation, gunnery, steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy and French.  This new curriculum required midshipmen to study at the academy for four years, and to train aboard ships each summer.  This basic format remains at the academy to this day!  Happy Birthday U.S. Naval Academy!

 

 

Food Celebration of the Day

October 9 –

Moldy Cheese Day (we presume they mean blue cheese mold) – Your first thing, or at least mine was, when seeing this one was . . . YUCK!  But seriously, let’s take a close look at this one.  Do you have any moldy cheese in your refrigerator?  Do you actually need to have any to celebrate this one?  If you DID have moldy cheese, what would you do with it?  This is one of those days that we come across that doesn’t have any obvious rhyme or reason, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate it!  Did you know that mold is common in cheese?  It is part of what gives some cheeses their particular character and flavor.  For example, the blue color in bleu cheese?  It’s mold!  Delicious mold, but it is still mold.  So, celebrate this one – seek out any moldy cheese hiding in the fridge and see if you can salvage any of it after you cut off the parts you don’t want.  Now, in our house, cheese doesn’t last long enough to GET moldy, but it may not be the same in your house.

 

National Pizza and Beer Day – Is there any better, or more delicious, combination than beer and pizza? Yum!  Well today is the day to put those two together and celebrate with enthusiasm!  Honestly, this one is going to be celebrated a little early in our house on Saturday instead of Sunday.  Beer is one of the oldest beverages that people have ever produced, showing up in written history that dates back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia in 5th millennium BC.  Pizza, or what would have passed for pizza is pretty ancient as well, showing up in documentation back in 997 A.D. in various parts of Italy.  Pizza was more like focaccia bread with toppings, but essentially it was pizza!  Delicious goodies are timeless, aren’t they?

 

October 10 –

National Angel Food Cake Day – Angel food cake is a sponge cake that you can keep simple or make fancy for a great treat.  It’s easy to celebrate this one – just buy or make an angel food cake, top it with fruit or pudding and whipped cream, and enjoy!  Angel food cake is typically vanilla-flavored. But why stop there? It’s equally delicious with chocolate, lemon, cranberry and even blackberry flavoring.  I considered celebrating this one but didn’t feel like actually making a cake.  I looked at the grocery store and there wasn’t one single angel food cake there!  Wrong time of year!  Which makes me wonder . . . why is this one celebrated in the fall instead of in the summer when we can cover it with fresh strawberries and whipped cream?

 

Kick a few leaves today while you are out and about, think of happy childhood memories, and maybe create a few new ones. Have a great Wednesday! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.

 

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