Yesterday I was working away at my desk, looked up at the clock and BAM! It was already 11:30! I love it when a work day flies by like that! Before I knew it, it was time to go home, and I’m sure that’s the favorite time of day for many of us who have to go to work each day. As much as I would like to say that the end of the day slowed down so I could have plenty of time in my evening to get a lot done, it did not. It seems like every day bedtime creeps up faster and faster without much time between. No wonder I get so excited when the weekend comes! And I’m fortunate that I get off work at 4:00! People who have to stay at work until 5:00 or later have that much less time for home and family. See what I did there? Yep, I found the silver lining to my work day. That’s something to celebrate, right? Thought so.
Verse of the Day
May 7, 2019
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases…
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Our God is an awesome God. He not only defines and defeats sin; he delivers us from the consequences of sin by forgiving our sins and purifying us. True healing means more than just curing a sick body — and we praise God for the times he has done that in our lives. No, true healing means to forgive and deliver us from what breaks our spirits and makes our souls and bodies unhealthy. Only God offers this “benefit” as part of his retirement package!
Cosmopolitan Day – I’ve never had one of these pretty pink drinks, but I’ve seen them in the movies, and honestly after finding a recipe, they sound delicious! I think I have everything I need to make them, so perhaps tonight we’ll celebrate this delicious drink! I can make it low-carb by using unsweetened cranberry juice and make a simple syrup out of erythritol and water. Well, yum, tonight will be fun! The recipe is simple: 1 oz vodka, ½ oz triplesec, ½ oz lime juice and 1 oz cranberry juice. If you’re using unsweetened cranberry juice like I will be, add a bit of simple syrup made with low-carb sweetener of choice. Shake all the ingredients together and strain into a cocktail glass. It’s a pink drink kind of night!
National Barrier Awareness Day – It is no secret that I feel that the best President we ever had was Ronald Reagan, though as far as getting things accomplished, I have to say that President Trump is right up there in the top two. It came as no surprise to me that he signed this Proclamation 5472 declaring May 7, 1986 to be the first National Barrier Awareness Day. I can’t possibly say it better than he did, so here is his proclamation:
“Today some 36 million Americans suffer from some form of handicap. Eighty percent of Americans will experience some disability in their lifetime. That makes it necessary for all of us to understand and appreciate both the barriers they must surmount and the contributions that they can make to our society. Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of public understanding of their needs. We must become more aware of the barriers that prevent or inhibit so many of our fellow Americans from participating fully in the life of our society, and how much more they could contribute if those obstacles were removed….”
Bless him for that, and may the barriers continue to be broken down so that those who face them no longer be kept from achieving their dreams and goals because of these sorts of struggles.
National Tourism Day – Well, this is interesting. Yesterday was Tourist Appreciation Day, and today is National Tourism Day? Seems like someone, or a group of someone’s, is gearing up for summer – when tourism is at its high! Many cities and attractions really ramp up their advertising this time of year, offering discounts and promotions to draw people to bring their vacation dollars and boost local economy. So, if you are getting ready to go on a vacation and aren’t sure where to go, or what to do, start watching for the deals on sites like www.travelzoo.com, orwww.groupon.com. Lots of wonderful stuff to do, much of it local, at really great deals. Don’t just browse and dream, book some sort of travel plans today! Hubby and I aren’t in the market for a big vacation this summer but will focus most of our attention on short road trips around our own state, and weekend camping trips. We’re pretty happy keeping things low key.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Roast Leg of Lamb Day – People either love lamb or hate it. It does have a distinctive flavor that for many is an acquired taste. I never knew the difference between lamb and mutton. Bon Appetit magazine has suggested that they are one and the same. The only difference is the history of the people who used the words. Lamb was used by peasants of German descent, and mutton was used by the aristocratic French. Most of us though, use the two terms to describe two totally different types of meat. Even though both lamb and mutton come from sheep, lamb is the meat from a sheep that is less than a year old. Mutton is from a much older sheep and the meat tends to be gamier and tougher. I don’t eat baby animals – I’d like them to have a chance to grow up first – so I’ll stick with mutton, thank you very much. Lamb is an Easter favorite, and is easy enough to cook that it can also be an everyday dinner, yet fancy enough for a special occasion. I’m guessing that this is the food of the day because we usually are having Easter closer to this time of year, and for some reason it came a lot sooner this year.
I lift my morning coffee to you and encourage you to all have a wonderful Tuesday, and when you make it home safe and sound, have a pink drink! You can’t help but smile when you are sipping something pretty! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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