It’s Thursday! Can You Believe the Week is Nearly Over?

Work places are interesting things, aren’t they? Family owned and operated businesses take interesting to a whole new level. In one way or another I think most of my employers have been family owned, but in all honesty, some deal with the closeness of family better than others.  Though my previous employers take the prize for family dysfunction, and if there were awards given for backstabbing and rude behavior (with one exception), my current employers have their own stuff that they just put on display, no matter how uncomfortable it is to anyone around them.  I sent myself into the other room to busy myself out of the action. Seriously, I am NOT a fly on the wall. I’m a person, who can feel discomfort when spouses are having words. Shhhh – take it outside! Please! Today should be interesting too, since the employee they were discussing is going to have a meeting with them. I hope they either come in early to deal with it or take it outside! Seriously! Go somewhere else!


Verse of the Day

April 4, 2019

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

John 20:19


Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Overjoyed would be an understatement! After having every dream shattered, now they share the unspeakable joy of seeing what was not possible and experiencing what was unthinkable. The power available to them is now unlimited and their future is without boundary. Jesus, their Teacher, is Lord of all and their future is in his hands.



Finding Peace in Simple Moments

In the evenings my Hubby and I have a little routine.  When he gets home from work, he heads into the other room to decompress from his day, and since I’ve already had a chance to that myself because I get off work earlier than he does, I head to the kitchen to prepare dinner. Usually I have something on TV while I cook, but lately I’ve had Christian radio on.  There I was, making Pupusas, when I realized that I was feeling pretty happy! I was singing along with the music, sort of dancing in place, and smiling. It was a pretty wonderful moment – do everything you do as to the Lord and you will ALWAYS know peace.


National Humor Month

Tom, Dick and Harry went to a party. After the party they returned to the hotel. The hotel was 600 stories high. 

Unfortunately for them, the elevator was not working. They made a plan for the first 200 stories, Tom will crack jokes. 

The second 200 stories Dick will tell a happy story and lastly Harry will tell a sad story.They then started up the steps

After 2 hours it was Harry’s turn. He turned to the other two and said “Ok guys, here’s my sad story. I forgot the keys downstairs.


International Day for Mine Awareness& Assistance in Mine Action – As you all know, I don’t typically post any celebrations that have anything to do with the United Nations, but I have to admit that this one is worthy.  It is observed every April 4th and is aimed at raising awareness about land mines and towards making progress towards getting rid of them once and for all.  Programs and activities will take place in many countries around the world – such as photo exhibits, press conferences, film screenings, educational displays and community chats.  Public events may include speeches and statements by land mine survivors, educational demonstrators and other such presentations.  The term “Mine Action” refers to a range of efforts to clear land mines and explosive remnants of war, and to mark and fence off dangerous areas.  It also includes helping victims, teaching people how to stay safe in an environment affected by mines, and to destroying land mines stockpiled by governments and non-state armed groups.  A report that was made in the Land Mine Monitor Report in 2005 that 84 countries were affected by landmines and unexploded devices, which together kill or maim between 15,000 and 20,000 adults and children each year.  The UN works with countries to find and destroy these devices and helps provide a variety of mine-action services in many countries.  It is a very sad situation in so many countries, and definitely something I pray for success in eradicating.





World Rat Day – I’m going to start out by saying I absolutely love domesticated (i.e. fancy) rats and mice.  This particular holiday is all about the rats though, so that’s what we will talk about.  Many people do not know that the fancy rat is a wonderful pet and a great companion animal for people of all ages. Rats are truly sweet, very intelligent, very clean and incredibly smart.  The misconception about rats being dirty and icky comes from all of the bad years with the Bubonic Plague, the Black Death and other such issues.  Those weren’t domesticated rats though, and it’s true, wild ones can be diseased and therefore dangerous to mess around with.  If you get the chance to spend some time with a fancy rat you may fall in love with them, just like I did years ago!  I started out with mice when I was a kid, and by the time my son wanted caged pets we ended up picking out three rats – sisters.  They all had their own unique and distinct personalities.  They recognized my son and would get visibly excited when he came home from school.  It was so sweet to see them happily crawl out of their cage and snuggle up on his chest and shoulders and fall asleep while he watched TV at night.  They truly were the perfect pets in every way.  Sadly, rats don’t have a very long life expectancy.  Ours lived for just over four years, which was actually quite long for a rat.  Shows how well he took care of them! Please don’t discount rats as “icky” or “gross” without taking an opportunity to get to know one.  You may just find out you like them.


Food Celebration of the Day –

National Carrot Day – The International Carrot day, or The Carrot Day, has been celebrated on this date since 2003.  It’s observed by many carrot lovers all over the world through carrot parties and other carrot related festivities. I’m betting Bugs Bunny would have LOVED this one!  It was actually started to spread knowledge about carrots and its healthful attributes. Apparently, carrot celebrations have been reported as happening in France, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Australia, the UK and Japan in years past.  I’m sure everyone knows that carrots are root vegetables and the most common ones are orange, but we can find them in other colors, such as purple, black, red, white and yellow.  I’ve tried purple and yellow ones but haven’t seen the others in our stores.  The carrots we are familiar with are a domesticated form of the wild carrot that is native to SW Asia and Europe. While looking this one up I saw that it is thought that the wild carrot plant probably started out in Persia and was cultivated for its leaves and seeds, though today the part eaten most commonly is the root itself. I do have to give a bit of a laugh at the thought of hosting a party for carrots, but wouldn’t the food be fun?  There could be carrot sticks with dip, a carrot cake, some carrot juice . . . use your imagination! It could be fun. Too late to plan this now, but it still sounds like fun.



National Cordon Bleu Day –   Fun fact: The “bleu” in Chicken Cordon Bleu is not referring to blue cheese. “Bleu” is just a fancy French way of saying that this dish is blue-ribbon worthy.  So, what IS it? Well, it’s a dish that is French-inspired that is poultry based.  There is evidence that suggests that it was created in the United States by chefs who were imitating other stuffed meat dishes from Europe, though the name is clearly of French origin. The basic parts of chicken cordon bleu are chicken, ham or prosciutto, and either Swiss or Gruyere cheese.  Many recipes also have a bread crumb coating as a crust.  There are many ways to make this dish, from a simple layered casserole to the chicken, ham and cheese being rolled up together and baked.


National Ramen Noodle Day – How many of us spent many happy meals slurping up Ramen Noodles? They are really cheap and honestly, pretty tasty. The pre-packaged ones probably aren’t all that good for us, but they do fill a need for starving singles, artists, college students and after school snacks for kids all over the place. Ramen noodles aren’t just those Styrofoam-like noodles we see in the packages at the store though. You can go into most Japanese or Teriyaki shops and order a bowl of ramen and it’s not going to resemble the noodles we ate after school. They truly are quite delicious, from what I’ve heard, though I’ve never had authentic ramen.


I haven’t poked my head out yet today to see if it’s raining or too windy to walk Moose, but I’m hoping we can get this week in without missing a day. He enjoys it so much, and honestly, I’m enjoying it too!  Gotta run so I can see whether we are going or not, then it’s off to work for me. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.


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