Take a Penny / Leave a Penny – It’s More to Me Than the Value of the Coins

We are getting a little break from the heat for a couple of days, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  I just hope that the predictions of rain come to pass.  We desperately need it – everyone does.  We need enough to really saturate everything, put out the fires that are burning in various places, and to protect against more fire risk.  I’ll take whatever we can get though. 

The time spent with my daughter was wonderful. We were able to unload everything she had packed into her car, wipe down her kitchen cupboards and put everything away. It will make move in day much easier knowing she is able to prepare a meal without having to juggle boxes. I know we were both pretty tired when we got home though, and I’m not sure how it went for her with Baby R for sleep, but for myself, I slept like a log last night.  I usually am awake a couple of times in the night, but not last night. I was in the same position when I woke up as I was when I closed my eyes last night. I bet if the alarm hadn’t gone off this morning that I could have kept sleeping for a few more hours without any problem. That’s what weekends are for though, right? And it’s right around the corner!


Verse of the Day

August 2, 2018

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

James 1:22

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

What we know and what we believe are not all that significant if they do not show up in the way we live our daily lives. Pure and simple, faith not lived out in everyday life is not faith; it is facade. Just as Jesus had told us to put into practice what we have learned from him, his brother James reminds us the same thing: when we learn the truth of God’s word, there is only one thing left for us to do: put it into practice!



Food for Thought

For anyone who has been watching the news – at least the real news – you have likely seen footage of the remains of some of our Korean War Veterans as they came home to U.S. soil. It was with tears running down my face that I watched each box solemnly carried from the airplane to the vehicles that would be transporting them, and pride as I saw our military members treating the boxes so carefully and with such respect. It will take time for the DNA testing to be performed to make sure that each of these soldiers is actually who they are supposed to be before their families can take them home and to their final resting place. I am proud of our President for getting this accomplished, and of our Vice-President for the moving words and emotions he shared, and my heart feels so much for the families who have spent all of these years not knowing what happened to their loved ones and the ongoing sense of waiting that they must have felt, without the closure that they so desperately needed. Their waiting will be over soon, and their hearts can finally be at peace.


National Coloring Book Day – Have you noticed that coloring has become very popular among adults again? Today was declared to be National Coloring Book Day by Dover Publications.  Here’s a link to their website where you can sign up for a mini-coloring book.  The idea behind this day is that coloring reduces stress and allows people to show their creativity through coloring – just like when we were kids.  Some people are even having coloring parties.  Whether you celebrate this one alone, with your kids or grandkids, or in a party, everyone will have a very good time.


Take a Penny / Leave a Penny Day – I cannot find any one reference to what this one is all about as far as celebrations go.  I guess I can just put my own spin on it though.  We have all seen those trays in the stores at the check-out counters – usually in quick marts – where you can take or leave a penny to either make up the difference if you’re short or help the next person in line. Those little trays of pennies always fascinated me as a kid. I couldn’t wrap my mind around leaving a penny since I collected them in a bowl at home.  In my mind 100 pennies made a dollar, which meant they all add up, so I wasn’t leaving any of mine behind! Whenever my Mom sees a penny she stops and picks it up.  Eventually it turns into multiple pennies, and that, in turn becomes dollars.  That’s all well and good, but to me, this isn’t what is important about pennies.  Think about it a moment. What is on each penny – on each of our coins actually?  “In God We Trust”. Isn’t that beautiful? It’s a reminder with each coin we see that we are not alone – God is with us.  Now, if the squalling minority voices have their way, this will disappear from our coins, but I sure hope they don’t get their way.  I love seeing this on our money, and it is an extra reminder that when we are stressed or worried, we can see those words and it brings to mind that we truly have Someone walking by our sides, with us every step of the way.  Pick up the next penny you see, look at those words and take them to your heart.  In God We Trust . . . what a wonderful reminder!



This Day in History –

1876 – Wild Bill Hickock is killed during a poker game. He was holding a “Dead Man’s Hand”, two pair aces and 8’s.


Food Celebration of the Day

India Pale Ale Day – There are a few kinds of beer that I like, but this one isn’t one of them. I know a LOT of people who do though! Here’s an IPA history lesson. IPA beers date back to the 18th century when ales were brewed for sailors who were making log sea voyages to India. Most beers would keep well on board the ships, but London brewer George Hodgson was the first to develop a pale ale with a high hop content, which kept better. There you go! For the people who enjoy India Pale Ale, you can go sit at your local micro-brewery and lift a glass with all of your IPA loving friends – Cheers!


National Ice Cream Sandwich Day – I love ice cream sandwiches.  I love the ones we usually find in the stores with the chocolate rectangular cookies with vanilla ice cream in between, and I like the kind I can make at home with homemade chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies, or even peanut butter, with the ice cream of my choice in between.  The idea of sandwiching ice cream between cookies isn’t new. Good Humor was the first to introduce packaged ice cream sandwiches in the 1920s.  America isn’t the only country that appreciates this fancy frozen treat.  In the Philippines sweet vendors sell ice cream sandwiches using hamburger buns instead of the cookie or cake sandwich pieces that we are familiar with.  I can honestly say that this type of ice cream sandwich just doesn’t sound all that appealing! These are pretty easy to make low carb – by making a batch of low-carb chocolate chip cookies, and your own vanilla ice cream, you can put together some of your own sandwiches and have them on hand for when a craving for something sweet hits – without the guilt!

My day today is going to be spent looking through the pantry and fridge to figure out what we need, then heading to the grocery store to pick up some necessary things. I’m pretty sure Moose will be happy with a new bag of food, and the coffee needs to be replenished. That’s something we never want to risk running out of, right? I’d better get to it!  God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!



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