Good Morning! I haven’t been here for a few days because at first, I was having technical difficulties on Friday morning and couldn’t get onto the website to post. I tried again Saturday morning and couldn’t post again, and quite honestly, I was so tired after my activities on Saturday that I didn’t feel like it. Fresh new week, fresh start.
So, what kept me so busy Saturday? I got up early and headed out to catch a ferry and make the drive my daughter’s house. My parents did the same thing. It was a day for the boys to hang out at the house and the girls to head to a local bridal shop to look at wedding dresses. I can honestly say that I didn’t miss out years ago, and my daughter was so frustrated by the time we finished that it was decided that her favorite online pick would be ordered first thing on Sunday morning – and it was. The store’s website drastically overstated how many dress options they had in stock, the thermostat was set to “boil the customers”, and the area for brides to view themselves was too small to accommodate multiple brides. She tried on four dresses, hated them all, and we left to drown our sorrows in a delicious lunch, followed by a browse around one of the coolest farmer’s markets I’ve ever been to. Later in the day we headed out to the beach where they would like to do the ceremony, but as beautiful as it is, we have serious reservations about whether or not the mobility challenged in our family can get to it. There are other draw-backs, but that is the major one. It’s a good thing this is an informal, very small ceremony – we can change the locations if we can just find one! Anyway, by the time I left there, I didn’t get home until after 9:30 and I am still bleary eyed from being so tired. I could have spent the night, but I was seriously determined to sleep in yesterday and I did!
Let’s get this Monday started with some celebrations, a strong cup of coffee (or more) and a smile!
Verse of the Day
September 10, 2018
[The Lord says,] “Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Thank you, my Father, for promising to never forget me. Because of your faithfulness to your children of old, I know I can trust your promise to never leave me. I trust that no matter where I am or where I go, you will go with me. In Jesus’ name I offer my heartfelt thanks. Amen.
Food for Thought
Many, if not most, little girls grow up dreaming about their perfect wedding gown. It sparkles and flows as they move, drawing every eye to the beautiful bride. Princess themed wedding plans sparkle in their imaginations, growing in proportion as they mature. From the moment they wrap themselves in old lace table clothes in place of veils, and parade around the house in good-will dressy gowns and high heels that are too large for their feet, they dream of their own wedding some day. Television shows are filmed with weddings and gowns as the theme, showing brides with doting parents willing to spend the equivalent of a down payment on a house for a dress that will be worn one time. Why is this? I understand that brides want to look beautiful for their special day, but why is a gown that costs a fortune such a big part of it when a less expensive, equally beautiful dress can be purchased for a fraction of the cost? Maybe I am too practical, but thankfully my daughter is too. She will look beautiful, as she always does, on the day she marries her love, but she won’t be breaking the bank when she does it.
National Boss/Employee Exchange Day – Remember the movie “Freaky Friday”? This celebration is sort of the office version of that. Today employers and employees are encouraged to try to put themselves into the other’s shoes. Now, you don’t actually have to switch jobs for the day, do try to appreciate what the other is doing. Many times, the boss has been in the employees shoes, but it has been so long that perhaps they have forgotten that not everyone has known how to do this job forever. And the employee needs to remember that the boss as a lot of responsibilities and obligations to deal with every day. It’s not all about just one thing or another, there’s a big picture at work here and judging them without knowing what they deal with every day isn’t fair. Opening up our minds and understanding each other today is just a good idea. It will make the work place just a little more peaceful.
Sewing Machine Day – Today we celebrate a very important invention – one that eased the burden so many people – the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s, but it wasn’t until 1846 that they were patented in the U.S. Before this, clothes, blankets, etc. were sewn together by hand, stitch by stitch. Sadly, people who know how to use a sewing machine are dwindling in number. I’m betting that most of our mothers and grandmothers had a sewing machine in the house, but do you? I do, but I’m very much a novice when it comes to using it. It actually intimidates me quite a bit! Many people don’t have one though, and never actually thought about having one. Ever hear of the saying “A stitch in time saves nine.”? I’ve always wondered what that means, and it seemed appropriate to look it up. Well, the first instance of the phrase appeared in 1732, and was printed in a book called “Gnomologia”, by Thomas Fuller. It isn’t known if he actually coined the phrase, or just used a proverb popular during the time. In the 1800’s Louisa May Alcott brought the phrase back into popularity in a short story she wrote that was titled “Kitty’s Day Class”. Though there are many different interpretations, the most common one is to avoid procrastination, or you’ll have more work in the long run. Makes sense! (My Grandma had one like this picture!)
Swap Ideas Day – We all have different knowledge and life experience, and today we are encouraged to share that information with someone else and get some information and knowledge from them in return! If you fully participate in this day, you will get plenty of good ideas to use in your everyday life. I have friends I’ve met who write their own blogs, and I’ve learned a LOT from them. It’s always a good thing to learn everything you can throughout your days on this earth – you never know what information you’ll need or when you’ll need it? Learning from your friends, family and knowledgeable acquaintances is never a bad thing, right?
This Day in History –
1846 – The Sewing Machine is patented.
Food Celebration of the Day –
TV Dinner Day – I remember when I was a little kid, my dad always worked either the swing shift, or graveyard. Because he was gone when we were eating dinner, Mom kept TV Dinners in the freezer for him. You know the kind – the Banquet TV Dinners? He always enjoyed them so much that I always felt like he had some sort of a treat. Reality wasn’t all that edible, but they made the pictures look so good that it took me quite a few years and adulthood to realize that homemade was better. Now there are so many different kinds of TV Dinners, that they don’t even resemble the originals. Today though we remember the originals – the ones in the aluminum tray. The very first one hit the market in 1954, and to the delight of adults and children alike, desserts were added in the 1960s. Most of the frozen dinners in the grocery stores are made of highly processed frankenfoods, but we can build on the concept and make our own homemade TV dinners by making extras at dinner time, boxing them up and freezing them. Here are some pretty cool container options available online to make this easy. Slap a label on these and you can fill your freezer with easy to re-heat meal options to have on hand for the times that convenience food is needed. I think I’ll order some of these and get started on my meal prep for the winter. In the summer we prefer cold foods like sandwiches and salads, but a hot meal on a cold winter day is always nice, and having it pre-prepped always makes it even better.
I’m grabbing my 2nd cup of coffee and heading out the door for the day. My wish for you is a wonderful day, a fantastic week, many celebrations and much laughter along the way. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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