How Long Has It Been Since You Took A Ride On A Merry-Go-Round?

Wow – I sat down at the computer to finish filling out some online documents for a government job site, and in what felt like no time at all, several hours had passed me by, my backside felt numb from sitting for so long and it was time for lunch! Here’s a bit of advice for anyone who is new to the job market – keep a record of your employers with your starting and ending dates, no matter what the job is/was, how long you were there, etc. Civilian jobs are different, they go back no more than 10 years, maybe 15, but federal jobs want your ENTIRE work history – I am in my 50s, and I started working my first W2 job when I was 13 years old.  That’s a lot of years, a lot of jobs and a lot of guessing about dates. I could spend $150 and take a couple of months waiting to get the Social Security Administration to send me a list, but if I had kept a list it wouldn’t matter.  I was sitting here trying to figure out where I lived and how old my children were for any particular job. Right when I thought I had them all – memory tends to go a little blurry over the years – my daughter called me and reminded me of THREE other jobs I’d completely forgotten about. Keep a list. You’ll thank me some day.



Verse of the Day

July 25, 2018

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

Psalm 119:60

 Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Obedience is faith put into practice. Without action, James 2 reminds us that our faith is not real. So without arguing, let’s quickly obey, even when we don’t fully understand why because we’ve seen God’s love demonstrated to us in Jesus, and we’ve seen the protection that his will has for us when we obey him.


Food for Thought

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with a really good idea – or so it would seem at 3:00 in the morning – and fall back to sleep, only not to remember a single thing about it in the morning! Dang it! I know whatever it was, was an amazing idea.


Carousel Day / Merry-Go-Round Day – What a magical thing to celebrate!  I love carousels, always have.  There is an old classic wooden carousel at the Washington State Fair (see the picture to the left)- every time we go I would take a ride with the kids.  It’s beautiful, with all the brightly painted animals and seats, the brass poles to hold onto.  There’s another one that is set up every year at Westlake Center in Seattle during the Christmas season.  It is absolutely magical!  All of the trees on the block are all lit up with twinkle lights, Christmas music is piped in, and depending on the day, you may get to take a ride on the carousel while listening to Christmas carolers.  The whole thought just puts a smile on my face!  Truth is, you can’t get on a carousel without feeling wonderful when you get off.  It just takes you back to childhood!  There are some carousels that are considered to be National Historic Landmarks.  William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa patented the modern carousel on July 25th, 1871. 

* Visit a classic wood carousel (from the 1800s to the 1940s)

* Take a ride on a metal carousel (built in the 1940s to the 1960s)


Culinarian’s Day – This is a day that EVERYONE can celebrate!  It is for anyone who cooks.  You don’t have to be a chef, just be able to make your way around a kitchen a little bit.  We all have to eat, right?  Eating out gets expensive, and honestly there isn’t any control over what is in the food when you eat out.  We are a country that is getting more and more obese every year, so it really is time for more people to figure out how to do healthy cooking at home.  This holiday is a great place to start!  Get into your kitchen and celebrate by cooking up a storm! In my house EVERY day is Culinarian’s Day.


Hire a Veteran Day – Around the world our military members are putting their lives on the line, each and every day, to protect our freedoms and the way of life that we are blessed to live. They are out there performing so many different types of employment, that when they decide to leave the military, they are ready to be a benefit to civilian employers! From the military we have people who are experts in Information Technology, Cyber Security, Engineering, Food Service, Marketing, Finance, Healthcare, Skilled Trades such as auto and airplane technicians, welders . . . and the list goes on. Hundreds of these talented people leave military service every day, and they are looking for jobs. Employers – give these heroes a chance. They have served us, it is time for us to honor them with a great job.


Thread the Needle Day – No, this is not a day about sewing.  Though threading the needle is definitely something that someone who sews does, but that’s a completely different celebration.  “Thread the Needle” is a saying.  It means to either walk a fine and awkward line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult.  One example of that would be if you have two friends on opposite sides of an issue – you may have to “thread the needle” on the issue as you try to retain both of them as your friend.  “Threading the Needle” is also a term used in billiards, referring to the precise shooting so an object ball is carefully shot through a narrow pathway.  The term has been used in football and basketball, and apparently it is also a yoga pose!  Wow!  Quite the versatile little term!



This Day in History –

1814 – American forces defeat the British at the Battle of Niagara Falls (Lundy’s Lane).

1978 – Louise Joy Brown, the First “Test Tube” baby is born in Oldham General Hospital, UK.


Food Celebration of the Day –

Hot Fudge Sundae Day – Is there anything more delicious than hot fudge on ice cream?  There’s something absolutely decadent about it, and satisfies that need for something cold, sweet, rich and absolutely calorically sinful. Mmmmm, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, nuts sprinkled on top with whipped cream and a cherry!  My tummy just gurgled!  While looking this up I found out something interesting.  Hot Fudge sauce, planters nuts, A-1 sauce and Kellogg’s corn flakes were all introduced in the United States in 1906!  I digress though – one of the awesome things about eating low-carb is that this sort of a treat is NOT off the table, as long as it is made without sugar – and since making ice cream low-carb is super easy, as is making hot fudge, this is a treat you can have whenever you want! Click the link above to find a delicious low-carb hot fudge sauce from! Yum! I made strawberry ice cream yesterday, so I think I may whip up some fudge sauce to pour over the top!


It is so late in the day that I really need to get moving.  I think I’m going to just walk away from the computer for a while! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.



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2 thoughts on “How Long Has It Been Since You Took A Ride On A Merry-Go-Round?”

  1. I keep my iPad next to my bed for the very reason that inspiration hits at all hours. I also make sure I have my phone with me when I walk. Aside from the safety aspect, I use my notepad to jot down the ideas that ALWAYS come to me when I’m out for a walk.

    1. I have done that but unfortunately this time I don’t think I completely woke up – I just remember thinking that whatever it was would be a great idea, the next thing I knew my alarm was ringing to get up and the thought was wiped clean out of my head.

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