Yesterday was a good day. I was tired, and even had some trouble staying awake at work, but overall, I felt pretty good and had plenty to do to keep me busy. The tipping point that made it great was when my son called to say hi on his way to work. He didn’t want anything more than to tell me he loves me. During our conversation he commented that I sounded more energetic and happy than he has heard me be in a long time. We are 8 days into being back on track with our food, and though I didn’t realize it, I really AM feeling so much better! If there is this much change in 8 days, I can’t wait to see how much better I’ll feel after a few months! Little changes make a big difference – take those baby steps with pride!
Verse of the Day
January 8, 2019
Joshua said, “For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
God demonstrates his love to us because he is loving. God demonstrates his love to us because he knows we would be lost without it. God demonstrates his love to us because he wants to show his power to the peoples of the world. God demonstrates his love for us because he wants us to know his awesome might to save. God demonstrates his love for us so we will deeply respect, honor, and revere him.
Food for Thought
Do you ever get ridiculously excited over something very small? Something that perhaps others may laugh at how silly it might be to get so happy about something little? That was me, yesterday. I was at the grocery store and found something I wasn’t even looking for on a great sale. I ended up with 20 of them and went home with a big smile on my face. This whole blog is about celebrating the little things and seriously, I am still a bit giddy over this one. What little thing makes you happy?
Argyle Day – What is Argyle, and why on earth would we celebrate it? I asked myself that question and I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for the answer (humor me, ok?). Argyle is a pattern made of diamonds (also called lozenges). Sometimes the word refers to an individual diamond in the design, but it more often is referring to the overall pattern. Most argyle contains layers of overlapping diamonds, giving it a sense of 3-dimensional movement and texture. Usually it is make with an overlay of intercrossing diagonal lines over solid diamonds. The argyle pattern comes from the tartan of the Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland, used for kilts and plaids, and from the patterned socks worn by the Scottish Highlanders since around the 17th century. Argyle knit became the fashion in England, and from there the USA, after the 1st world war. In the 1920s it became popular for argyle jerseys and long socks to be worn for golf clothing. So, if you are hiding away an argyle sweater in that drawer or closet, today is the day to take it out and wear it! Until recently I’d never had anything argyle, but now I have a couple of pairs of argyle socks. I like them!
Bubble Bath Day – Today is the day to celebrate bubble baths in any way you can think of. It’s a day to try out a new fizzy bath bomb, new bath bubble scent, or make bubble bath gifts-in-a jar that you can make yourself to give to friends. There is nothing more relaxing than filling up the tub with hot, bubbly, scented water, lighting a few candles and soaking all the cares of the day away while reading a good book and sipping a glass of wine. Yep, you guessed it, when I am finished with dinner and clean-up, I will be celebrating this particular holiday with enthusiasm and a sigh of contentment – provided I have time. I’m truly going to try to have time.
Earth’s Rotation Day – So, what is this one all about? Well, the Earth rotates around its own axis, from west towards east. If you look at the earth from the North Star, or polestar (Polaris), then it would be turning counter-clockwise. The Earth rotates once in about 24 hours with respect to the sun, and once every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds with respect to the stars. The Earth’s rotation is slowing a little bit with time, so a day was shorter in the past. There’s no way I completely get the science behind it, but this is due to the tidal effects that the moon has on the earth’s rotation. Atomic clocks show that a modern day is longer by about 1.7 milliseconds than it was a century ago, which slowly increases the rate at which UTC (Universal Time Coordination) is adjusted by leap seconds. So, basically, we are spinning at an incredible rate of speed . . . and I’m always a bit shocked that we can’t tell that we are! When I was little and learning about this stuff in school, I would imagine what it would be like if we COULD tell . . . it would be sort of like riding a merry-go-round and hanging on for dear life.
Midwife’ Day or Women’s Day – This one is celebrated, from what I can tell, in Greece. My search – though admittedly not long – found that in Greece: “On this day women stop their housework and spend their time in cafe’s, while the men do all the housework and chores as well as look after the kids. In some villages, men who are caught outside will be stripped …and they will be drenched in cold water!” I had to chuckle over this one – it brought up some pretty funny mental images. They must have a great sense of humor because I cannot imagine most men, I know going along with this “punishment” for such a “crime”.
National Joy Germ Day – Remember the song “If You’re Happy And You Know It?” well, today is the day to spread that happiness around and “infect” others with it! Yes, happiness – smiling, laughing and joy – are contagious, and today is the day to spread that cheer around. The ripple effect from happiness just keeps spreading and sharing from one person to the next, so share some JoyGerms with someone today!
Show and Tell Day at Work – Do you remember taking show and tell to school when you were a kid? I do. It was so much fun to plan what it was I was going to take when it was my turn. I agonized over it. Would the other kids like it? Or would they think it was silly? Well, today is your day to relive those feelings and take something to work to show off and tell your co-workers about! It shouldn’t be too hard, since you just spent two days apart! I’ll be showing and sharing some of today’s Food Celebration with my office mate/co-worker/boss and friend. She appreciates the work that goes into them and she isn’t afraid to tell me if they aren’t her favorite, but does it in a way that isn’t hurtful. It’s nice to have friends who we can be honest with and know that there won’t be hard feelings, isn’t it?
Food Celebration of the Day –
English Toffee Day – This one has my taste buds wishing for a bite of this lovely, rich, buttery treat. National English Toffee Day is meant to remind you of the flavor of North America’s favorite type of toffee. Store-bought English toffee can be used in many of our dessert recipes. After a quick search I found many, many recipes for making your own, for that homemade touch, whether your preference is for chewy or crunchy toffee goodness! Here’s a good looking recipe I found that looks very simple! I may have to give this a try one of these days!
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Celebration list sources:
www.verseoftheday.com www.brownielocks.com www.holidayinsights.com www.thenibble.com www.foodimentary.com