Let’s Show Our Country Some Patriotic Love and Sing the National Anthem!

Mar 3rd

Have you noticed that every time we get near time for an election, the Democrats go into overdrive politicizing something and pointing fingers of blame where no blame is deserved.  Case in point, Covid-19 – or coronavirus. This is a flu, plain and simple. It’s a flu that has mutated and will continue to mutate, but it’s still a flu. The same things we do for other flu viruses are the same things we do for this one.  Wash hands with warm to hot water and soap for 20 seconds at a time. Cover your mouth with your arm when you sneeze or cough, don’t rub your eyes with your hands, keep your hands out of your mouth if you haven’t washed immediately before. Up your intake of vitamin C, drink lots of fluids, etc. Our President attempted to close the borders when this virus started hitting the news in January, to slow down the rate of exposure of our citizens.  This was EXACTLY what he needed to do! Keeping our citizens safe is his job! It’s what “we the people” elected him to do. Know what happened? A liberal leaning judge appointed by Obama (no surprise there) blocked it! Why would he do that? It doesn’t make sense! Well, of course it does, because these people have what is called TDS – or Trump Derangement Syndrome.  If Trump says something is a good idea, the libs will say it isn’t, even though it is a good idea!  Guess what? Yesterday WHO, or World Health Organization, came out and very quietly admitted that Trump was right, and with the short time our borders were closed, it slowed down the influx of this virus by 2-3 weeks. That is 2-3 weeks that we had to prepare for it.  Oh, and not only did the idiots block what he was doing to protect us, they then turned around and BLAMED HIM FOR THE VIRUS even existing! What the heck is WRONG with these people? Seriously, these people are incredibly messed up. Yesterday a local high school was closed because they suspected a student had contracted Covid-19. He hadn’t. He had the flu, but hey! Nothing like buying into the hysteria and closing the school, right?  Another school not too far from us had a couple of students they were watching for the virus, no news yet on whether they have been found to have the regular flu. Costco sold out of all their toilet paper, bottled water and hand sanitizer (does nobody know how to use bleach any longer?), Walmart had stuff flying off the shelves, from what I’d heard. Though I was able to get everything I needed at our local grocery store, they too were out of hand sanitizer.  That wasn’t on my list because I actually AM one of the people who know how to use bleach. The media is hyping this up just like they did with H1N1, Zika, Ebola, the bird flu, etc. The sky did not fall then, it’s not falling now. Wise up, go wash your hands and stop crying. This illness is also not the end of the world, just like the viruses that preceded it.

Verse of the Day

March 3, 2020

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

1 Corinthians 3:3

 

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

The Corinthians boasted in their wisdom, giftedness, and tolerance. But no matter how gifted a church, no matter how full of earthly wisdom, no matter how tolerant, if the people of that church are caught up in petty arguments, cliquishness and ugly quarrels, they are immature. Rather than being a place where Christ is known and shown, their meetings are no more than just a gathering of “mere humans.” We are recreated in Christ to be more!

www.verseoftheday.com

 

I Want You to Be Happy Day – What an unselfish thought to start out this Tuesday morning.  This is something we wish upon the people we care about and love.  To celebrate today, do something to make someone happy, something that will put a smile on someone’s face.  There are endless ways to do this.  Sending someone an E-Card that can make a loved one smile, a phone call to a relative or friend you haven’t talked to in a long time, making positive comments or compliments to bolster someone up, or making a special meal.  Be creative but keep focus on the thought that you want to make that person happy today!

 

National Anthem Day – The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key.  Today we celebrate this song, and the rich history behind its creation.  The song became our National Anthem on March 3, 1931.

Many people think that The Star-Spangled Banner was written during the Revolutionary War. It was written during the war of 1812 (1812-1814).  In August of 1814, the British army detained Dr. William Beanes as a prisoner of war.  He was a friend of Francis Scott Key.  On September 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key and a U.S. negotiator boarded a British vessel where Beanes was being held.  He negotiated his friends release.  At that point Francis Scott Key was detained, along with the negotiator.  They were held until after the attack on Fort McHenry, which guarded the harbor and the city of Baltimore.  He watched the bombardment of the fort from the ship.  This historic event inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner the following day (September 14, 1814).

There has been some confusion throughout the years, as some people incorrectly assume that National Anthem Day is September 14, the day the song was written. National Anthem Day is every March 3rd, in celebration of the day that congress made The Star-Spangled Banner our national anthem.

Today fly your flag proudly, and perhaps listen to – and even sing – The Star-Spangled Banner.

 

Soup It Forward Day – This is wonderful! Soup nourishes the body and the soul – how many times have we had a beautiful cup of flavorful chicken noodle soup when we aren’t feeling well? Or a steaming bowl of beef stew on a cold day? Seriously, every bite just makes us feel comfort and love, right? So, what could be better than bringing this into someone else’s life who is feeling down and out, needs encouragement or a hot meal? Maybe this is what Soup Kitchens are all about? A HUGE pot of soup can warm a lot of cold, hungry people up, and make them feel the love that goes into every part of it. A great way to celebrate this one would be to make a big pot of your favorite soup and share it with someone in need. It doesn’t get more beautiful than that, right?

 

What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? – what would happen if . . .One thing that sets humans apart from other species on the planet is that we have opposable thumbs. Our thumbs allow us to do many things other creatures can’t do, so imagine what it would be like if your dog or cat had thumbs!  Can you get a clear picture in your head of your pet with thumbs? Can you see your pet doing things with their new thumbs?  If so, then you are one with the spirit of the celebration!  Now, if you happen to have a pet monkey, you already know what it would be like, but I’m running through my mind what it would be like if my dog Moose could do whatever he wanted because he had thumbs.  The food in the refrigerator wouldn’t be safe!  If my cat Itty Bitty had thumbs, I’m fairly certain my house would look like a herd of raccoons had run through it every single day! Oh my, the mayhem.  As nice as it would be if Moose could open the back door and let himself out (no, we don’t have a dog door because the cat isn’t allowed outside and we truly DON’T want the local raccoons to come in), it would be a much bigger problem in the long run, so I’ll just keep dragging myself out of bed to let him out in the night if he needs to go.  It gives us a moment to appreciate the furbabies being dependent on us though and a relief from the chaos that would ensue if they did indeed have thumbs.   Now, as to the REASON someone felt it was a good idea to celebrate this flight of fanciful imaginings, I have absolutely NO idea.

 

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Cold Cuts Day – We have all probably had cold cuts of one sort or another in our fridge to put onto our sandwiches. They make things simple and tasty. What are they though? Well, cold cuts are sliced, precooked or cured meats, often sausages or meat loaves. They are usually served on sandwiches or on platters with cheese and crackers.  Most commonly we find them in packages at the grocery store, or in the deli case, ready to be sliced to order.  Most pre-sliced cold cuts are higher in fat, nitrates and sodium than the ones that are sliced to order.   I use salami and pepperoni on our pizza on Friday nights. What cold cuts are your favorites?

 

National Moscow Mule Day – Until a few years ago I’d never even heard of a Moscow Mule. One day I started seeing copper mugs appearing in catalogs and stores and had to have some. I had NO idea that they were traditionally used in this drink, until I read about this celebration last year (the 1st annual Moscow Mule Day), and since I already had the never-been-used mugs, I had to try making some. THEY ARE DELICIOUS and incredibly refreshing.  This cocktail was invented in 1941 by Smirnoff, and the original recipe included 1.5 ounces Smirnoff vodka, 4 ounces of Ginger Beer and a lime wedge. Here are three tasty sounding recipes that give this drink a new twist. I may just have to try one!

 

1) Strawberry Moscow Mule Float (courtesy of Megan Marlowe from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen)

  • 5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 4 oz. ginger beer
  • Scoop of strawberry sorbet

Into the bottom of a copper mug, add vodka, lime juice and ice. Top with ginger beer and a scoop of sorbet.

 

2) Cherry Lime Moscow Mule (courtesy of Kendra Darr of Simply Darrling)

  • 3 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
  • 1 bottle of Cherry Ginger Beer
  • 5 oz. Cherry Limeade
  • Cherries and sliced lime for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, mix ice, Smirnoff No. 21, Cherry Ginger Beer and Cherry Limeade. Stir until combined and strain into copper mug over ice. Garnish with cherries and sliced limes.

 

3) Sunrise Over Moscow Mule (courtesy of Jay and Leah from The Gastronom)

Cocktail:

  • 5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
  • 2 oz. Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • .5 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4 oz. ginger beer

Fill copper mug with crushed ice. Add vodka, orange juice and lime juice into the mug. Stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger.

Ice Pops:

  • 5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
  • 4 oz. orange juice
  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • 4 oz. ginger beer

Add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk to mix completely. Pour mixture into ice pop molds and place into freezer. After about 90 minutes, insert sticks into the molds. Allow ice pops to freeze overnight.

 

 

National Mulled Wine Day – Mulled spirits (that is, wines and liquors that are heated and spiced) have long been a go-to balm against winter colds. Whether it heals or not, a cupful can’t hurt.  Until last week I’d never had mulled wine, but I tried it at one of the wine shops we like in Leavenworth and I am hooked! It was utterly delicious! So good that we went back on our last night there so I could get another mug of the delicious, warming drink. Now I want to make it here at home. It isn’t hard and it sounds so good!

Have a great day, stay healthy, wash your hands, and please don’t let yourself panic. It won’t do you any good. God bless you and I’ll see you soon.

Celebration list sources:

www.verseoftheday.com   www.brownielocks.com   www.holidayinsights.com   www.thenibble.com   www.foodimentary.com

 

 

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