Brrr! I love it! We had the first frost last night! It even froze my windshield a bit, resulting in the first ice scrape before work this year. It’s invigorating! I have to say though, I am very grateful for seat heaters! This time of year is awesome, and I am really hoping for snow in the coming weeks.
Today I am praying for the family and friends of those who lost their lives last night because of a murderous criminal. May God be with them in this time of sorrow, and with the survivors as they deal with the aftermath and grief.
Verse of the Day
November 8, 2018
If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
While we can’t speak for everyone in our family, we can commit to what everyone in our family should desire: We will serve the Lord! But more than commit, let’s set the example and lead the way. “I will serve the Lord, TODAY!” Then we can ask them to join us.
I Am Very Thankful For . . .
There was a time in my life, when I was younger and the sole breadwinner for a family of four, that there wasn’t always much food in the house. Funds were limited and having a spouse who refused to keep a job made it more difficult to make ends meet. There were quite a few days I skipped meals so my family would have enough, justifying it by the thought that I could stand to lose a few pounds anyway. I don’t have to worry about that at this point in my life. I have a husband who works also, who is an amazing provider, and we always have plenty of food in the house. There may not always be the exact thing I am craving on hand, but there is always food, and for this, I am very thankful.
Cook Something Bold and Pungent – The folks at Wellcat.com created this one, and it sounds like a good one to me! Today is Cook Something Bold Day with the idea that we will be encouraged to cook something bold and daring, something that will fill the house up with warm, cozy cooking aromas. With it being the month of November, many of us have our houses closed up to keep the cold out . . . and that helps keep the lovely aromas of what’s cooking inside! Cook up a storm today and enjoy every bite when you’re finished. To me that is always something with cinnamon, and I have a couple of good ideas since I still have pumpkin in the fridge that needs to be used up!
Dunce Day – We’ve all seen the old cartoons with Baby Huey sitting in the corner with the “dunce” cap on his head. Do we really know what it is though? Well, today is the anniversary of the death of medieval scholar Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland and he created the Dunce Cap. Duns Scotus believed that cone shaped hats increased learning potential, and that knowledge would flow from the point of the cap, down and into the head of the wearer, making that person smarter. About all that this accomplished was that, over time, the perception of the person wearing a dunce cap was . . . well . . . a dunce. The only real positive side to his use of dunce caps was that it motivated the wearer to learn more, so he could be rid of the cap. The name Dunce came from his name and place of birth. Classic humiliation tactic that is funny in the cartoons, but not so funny in real life. Nobody likes to be made to feel stupid, so though I’m all for consequences for bad behavior, this isn’t one of them I would endorse.
National Parents as Teachers Day – All parents are the first teacher(s) their children will ever have, followed by grandparents, siblings and other friends and family. I don’t know that people give this the credit for how important it is! In the 1970’s this celebration was started as a way to help parents prepare children in Missouri for Kindergarten by helping parents provide home support to their little ones. These days, homeschooling is on the rise, making parents not just their kids’ first teachers, but their only teachers, and I have to say if I had it to do over again, I’d be doing the same thing. Public schools are, for the most part, horrible these days, run by a bunch of liberals who spew their rhetoric at the impressionable minds of children, regardless of what the children may be learning in the home. They are places of left leaning political grandstanding by people who have been brainwashed into thinking that they MUST disabuse kids of the morals, religious beliefs and values that they are being taught by their parents. The responsibility of the schools is to teach things that kids need – reading, writing, math, history (REAL history – not revisionist history), language arts, etc. Now they are learning ridiculous, made-up gender pronouns to appease the hysterical masses of mentally ill and confused individuals who, rather than getting the therapy they need to help them be NORMAL, are having their confusion and mental illnesses reinforced and solidified by a politically correct army of zombie minded people calling themselves teachers. It’s awful. So, regardless of how this started, or how it was intended, my take on this one is to celebrate all of the parents who take the impressionable minds of their children into consideration and who opt to home school, or at the very least, private Christian school.
X-Ray Day – In 1895 an incredible discovery was made that would change the way doctors, or anyone actually, would look at the human body. Literally! Because of this new technology, a million other new technologies would be developed for the medical field, as well as security and others. X-rays were discovered by Wilhelm Rontgen, and because of this he may actually be one of the most important people in medical history! The truth is that he discovered it by accident while trying to determine whether cathode rays could pass through glass. There was a chemically coated screen nearby, and it had an odd glow coming from it. Wilhelm called the rays causing the glow “x-rays”. Why would he call them that? Well, X has commonly been used to indicate something that is unknown, and because he didn’t know what was causing it, he called them X-rays and it was never changed. I went to school to learn how to take spinal x-rays when I was working in chiropractic offices. Unfortunately, after getting my certification I moved on to an office that did not have its own x-ray equipment, so I was never able to actually USE this knowledge. Too bad too, since it was REALLY interesting.
This Day in History –
1889 – Montana became the 41st State.
1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt forms the Civil Works Administration to help create jobs for millions of workers unemployed during the Great Depression.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cappuccino Day – This frothed-milk espresso gets its name from its resemblance to the colors of Capuchin monks’ robes, which also give Capuchin monkeys their name.
National Harvey Wallbanger Day – I have heard of this drink, but I’ve never actually had one. According to drink legend (is there a drink legend?) this cocktail was named after a Manhattan beach surfer, but nobody really knows for sure. Originally it was a California concoction but gained national attention in 1970 when TWA had the drink on its in-flight menu. So what is in a Harvey Wallbanger? Three parts Vodka, one-part Galliano and six parts orange juice. Garnish it with an orange slice and enjoy.
My coffee isn’t quite a cappuccino, but close enough to call it celebrating! It IS coffee after all! Have a wonderful day, stay warm (or cool if you are in the heat somewhere) and find something fun to celebrate! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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