Happy Friday! One thing about having a holiday in the middle of the week is that it makes the rest of the week fly by, doesn’t it? Of course, being unemployed does that too – only it has the added bonus of losing track of what day it actually is! I always have to remind myself . . . and today is Friday, so the weekend awaits. I know that yard work is ahead of me and I am hoping for reasonable temperatures in which do it. I did a bunch by myself a couple weeks ago and ended up getting a bit lightheaded and dizzy. This time I am waiting for Hubby to be home when I am outside working, just in case I do run into any trouble.
Verse of the Day
July 6, 2018
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (Spoken by Jesus.)
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
What do you have that will last? Not much — the love you have for God and his children, the praise you offer him, and the Word he has spoken to us through his Spirit, the prophets, and his Son Jesus. Invest in these things and you will never be without lasting truth, blessing, and hope!
Food for Thought
I follow a Facebook page for our local community. It helps me keep up with things that are going on, but it also brings to the forefront how horrible people can be to each other. One of the topics/rants/conversations going on for the last month has been fireworks. We aren’t talking sparklers here, we are talking sticks of dynamite that make the ground shake, and I totally understand why people get upset about the noise, the fear their animals feel, and their concern for veterans with PTSD. I get the panic over the thought of someone setting neighborhoods and forests on fire. I really do! But that is NOT a reason to be horrible to the people in your community. A gentleman posted the thought that perhaps if we look at fireworks through the eyes of history, maybe we could take them in a bit differently. Put ourselves into the shoes of those who fought the Revolutionary War, the ones who witnessed the bombs bursting in air, and the beauty of our flag flying through it all. It was a lovely thought and it did put things into perspective. We blow up fireworks in memory of declaring our independence, through winning a war to gain the very freedoms we enjoy, to emulate those bombs bursting in air. I believe that there is a big difference between then and now – the population increase being one major difference. He had a good point though, and people came out of the woodwork to attack him. He did not do one single thing that gave merit to the comments he received, and I am completely ashamed of so many in our community for being so awful. They had valid points of their own, but not in the way they expressed them. There is such a thing as manners that most of us were raised to express when we were growing up – things to do and not do in a conversation. With social media being so much a part of our lives, those manners need to cross over into online conversations as well.
Earth at Aphelion – OK, today we are going to have a little science lesson. I can’t believe I haven’t covered this before because it’s fascinating. The Earth is closest to the sun at its Perihelion, which is about 2 weeks after the December solstice, and furthest away from the sun at its Aphelion, which is about 2 weeks after the June Solstice. Earth orbits the sun in an elliptical path, which means that there is one point in this path when the sun is at its closest point to the earth, and one point when it is furthest away. The shape of the path changes because of gravitational influences from other planetary objects, such as the moon. About every 100,000 years the earth’s orbital path changes from being almost a circle, to being elliptical. Today earth will be at Aphelion in Seattle, which is close to where I live, at 3:46 p.m. today. This may, or may not interest you, but I think it’s pretty cool!
International Kissing Day / World Kiss Day – Kissing is nice. There are all sorts of kisses, and today we celebrate them all. From the sweet and innocent kiss of a child to his or her parent’s cheek, to the passionate kisses of people wildly in love – there are many different types of kisses that vary widely depending on culture. A kiss may be used to express love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship, good luck and much more.
Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day – I am NOT someone who can create a beautiful website. I can’t change it, I can’t maintain it, and I can’t do anything to make it do what I want it to do . . . I can do these posts, but underneath it all there was creative genius that put it all together. The creators of this website deserve all the thanks for everything that goes right with it, and they earn the credit for putting up with my lack of knowledge with ANYTHING that goes into it. The truth is that I have never met my webmasters, as they are halfway across the country from me. I hope that someday I can meet them and celebrate this one with them in person – Erica and Jesse – if we ever meet, lunch is on me.
This Day in History –
1933 – In the very first All-Star Baseball game, the American League wins 5-2.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Fried Chicken Day – Fried Chicken to me always means time for a picnic. It makes me feel a little nostalgic whenever I smell it frying. When we’d go on a road trip to the beach Mom would always fry up a batch of chicken the night before, since it’s also good cold, cut up a bunch of fruit, grab some crackers and chips, and we’d head out. The first thing I’d grab to eat would be a thigh. There was just something about the spices she used on it that were so good! The best known fried chicken in the U.S. would be Southern Fried Chicken. Many people may not know that nearly every cuisine has its own take on fried chicken.
I had my menu plan all made up for the week, but suddenly fried chicken sounds amazing. I may have to switch things up so we can enjoy some tonight! Yum! I have a lot I want to do today, and I am ready to get started. Low-carb refrigerator jam and some pickles will be two things off of my check list. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!