Yesterday morning I left the house early so I could get to the Lab Corp office right when they opened, so I could get blood drawn for tests my doctor needs for my appointment on Friday. I can honestly say that I was very impressed by the technician who took my blood – it didn’t hurt AT ALL! I have never had that happen before! She was awesome. A cute Band Aid would have been nice though – the ones she had were just the plain beige ones.
We’ve made it to mid-week, which is good, since from here it feels like the weekend approaches much more quickly! I’m looking forward to this weekend – it’s our anniversary, and though we aren’t going away like we usually do, we’ll have fun together, no matter what we do. I know going out for dinner is in the plan – I just don’t know where yet.
Verse of the Day
February 20, 2019
Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
We find it easy to be incensed when wrong is done to a friend. We are ready to fight injustice when someone we love has been wronged. However, God reminds us that our worship means little if we do not also protect those who are weak, marginalized, oppressed, and forgotten. It’s not just our friends who need our help; it’s also those who have no friends who need us. “To do right” doesn’t just mean being a good person and avoiding evil in our sanctified little enclaves; it also means to care, comfort, and encourage those no one else wants to notice.
Food for Thought
The 10-day weather forecast says we MIGHT get snow/rain mix over the next week or so. I’m fine with it – would it do me any good not to be? I can’t change it one way or the other, and I’m always up for more snow anyway. So, is it wrong of me to wish for it, just so I can watch everyone around me panic and go into a frenzy as they watch the flakes fall? Seriously, I am finding the entire emotional meltdown over the thought of snow to be pretty amusing.
Love Your Pet Day – I love my pets, to the point that I treat them like children sometimes. You’ve all read about my “babies”, but I’m never reluctant to talk about them again. Our house is home to two pets – we have Moose, our 2-year old Newfoundland/Rottie/Aussie Shepherd mix and Itty Bitty – our 12-year old, not sure what breed she’d be, but she’s a short haired black cat with an attitude. Those of us who are pet owners know that we love our babies all the time, and we shower them with love every single day. Today though is special. Today we celebrate our babies with some extra special cuddles and treats for no reason other than we love them and appreciate the companionship they give to us without asking for anything in return, without judgment and with complete acceptance of who we are, all of the time. That’s a great reason to celebrate them, isn’t it? (this picture is from last year and bittersweet – since my Pepsi kitty isn’t with us any longer.)
Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day – I will not personally be celebrating this one today, but I’ll pass along the information for those of you who wish to observe it. For the folks sick of winter and ready for spring, this day is for you. On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant “Hoodie-Hoo”. Apparently, this is intended to chase away the winter and bring in the spring. Where they came up with this idea, I have no clue, but this is what I’m reading. Maybe it’s a little bit of cabin fever from being shut up all winter and not seeing the sun. If that’s the case, well, I can tell you they don’t live near me. It’s been acting like spring since the beginning of February. The reason I won’t be celebrating this? Well, for starters I’d feel silly, and though I don’t mind feeling silly for a good cause, this one to me isn’t a good cause. Which brings me for reason 2) I WANT winter to continue for a bit longer because I love it, so why on earth would I wish to chase it away??? Duh!
FYI – Hoodie Hoo Day is a copyrighted holiday, created and provided courtesy of the folks at Wellcat.com
World Day of Social Justice – Seriously? What a stupid celebration. Social justice is an utter joke, meant to make liberals who want something for nothing feel justified in taking from the people who have worked hard for their money and giving it to people who are disinterested in earning anything for themselves. Will I be celebrating this one? Um, no – never.
This Day in History
1962 – John Glenn become the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth.
Food Celebration of the Day
National Cherry Pie Day – Did you know that cherry pie is America’s second most popular pie? It’s in line behind only apple pie in popularity. In February though, it’s #1. When he was a young boy, George Washington made the cherry tree popular, with his famous quote “As I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down the Cherry tree.” We celebrate George Washington’s Birthday and President’s Day in February therefore it is traditional to bake cherry pies in honor of these occasions. Being the “hot pie” of the month, it is only fitting that Cherry Pie Day falls in February. I tried every way I could figure out to make this low-carb, but seriously, I could make it LOWER carb, but not low-carb, and since I love cherry pie so much, I don’t want to ruin the ingredients by messing around with a good thing. I’ll wait until I am ready for an amazing splurge for this one. On Cherry Pie Day, if you aren’t on a special eating plan that excludes this, celebrate today with a piece of pie.
- Cherry Pie
- Apple-Cherry Pie Bread
- No-Cook Chocolate-Covered Cherry Pie
- Cherry Cheese Pie
- Dream Whip Cherry Pie
- Impossible Cherry Pie
National Muffin Day – When I think of muffins, I can’t help but think of cinnamon and spice, amazing aromas and the comfort of a fresh warm treat slathered in butter on a chilly morning. Muffins are pretty universally loved, having been enjoyed in the form of English Muffins as far back as a thousand years ago in Wales, and for the muffins that we know here in the United States, since about the 18th century. I had no idea how many different types of muffins there are, since when I think of a muffin I think of the cupcake-like pastry that most of us are used to. There are English muffins (yes, I’ve heard of these, but I think of them more like something to be interchangeable with toast), Portuguese muffins (I had to look this one up – more in a moment), American muffins and many hybrids such as cruffins (?), duffins (??), muffin tops and even more! Added to the types you have the huge variety of flavors! Muffins are quick to whip up, don’t take long to back, make the house smell nice and bring a smile to the faces of anyone who sees them as an unexpected treat. Everyone has their own way of eating muffins. Some people eat the bottom first, saving the top for last, some go straight for the top (which led to the muffin top pan), some split the bottom and butter in between, some just pick up tiny bits and nibble, and some stuff the whole thing in their mouth. OK, those Portuguese muffins? They are sort of like pancakes or a sweeter version of English Muffins.
*yawn* It’s time to leave for work . . . though I wish it were time for a nap! That’s obviously not happening today! Procrastination won’t make the the day progress any faster so I’d better go. God bless you, have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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