You will not hear me complaining about the heat today! Yes, it is going to be warmer than I’d like it to be, but yesterday my friend who just moved to Texas was dealing with 112 degrees! HOLY MOLY! Yes, she has air conditioning – but the dogs still need to go outside, and that has to just take a person’s breath away. It’s rather like stepping into an oven would be, don’t you think? I have indoor projects set to do today, hoping to finalize at least one of them this week. And if it cools down, I have many things that need to be done outside, but I’ll do my indoors things for now. I’m not a fan of yard work and doing it while being burned by the sun isn’t something that thrills me. (I had to use this picture – this kitty looks so much like my Pepsi kitty did when she was little – so cute!)
Verse of the Day
July 24, 2018
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Generosity is love expressed in practical ways with joy. Generosity and justice are two-character traits that needed in our selfish world. They come from a heart touched by grace and from a Father who is gracious.
Food for Thought
I am one of those people who feel that anyone can be anything they want to be, and do anything they want to do, if they work hard and never give up. I am also of the mindset that nobody owes us anything. We are not entitled. It doesn’t matter what race, religion or anything else we are, we are NOT entitled for something free in this life. Nor does one’s race, religion or anything else give anyone special privilege. And to hear anyone say that it does ticks me off. I was not raised in a well-to-do family. My parents budgeted their money, they both worked hard, they kept a roof over our heads, the bills paid and food in our bellies. We did not go on vacations – my very first REAL vacation didn’t happen until I was in my 40s and married to my second husband. We were, by today’s definitions lower middle class, at best. When I was married to my 1st husband we were poor. There are no two ways to put that – he wouldn’t work most of our marriage – as he was perpetually chasing a dream, or a management position, whichever came first. As such there were times I worked two jobs just to keep the lights on and food in the cupboards. I skipped meals, so my family could eat, I commuted 5 hours each day, round trip, so my children would not be hungry. We are NOT privileged financially for any reason, especially due to our skin tone. Which brings me to the reason for this rant. My daughter, who by virtue of her birth and who her parents are, is white. She is beautiful and can take an outfit purchased at Goodwill and make it look like it came off of a rack at an expensive store. My Grandson is a handsome little guy, and his mama makes sure his clothes match and that he looks stylish. The fact that most of his clothes are purchased at Walmart, or from clearance sales, just point to the truth that I raised my daughter to be frugal and spend her money wisely. She was in line at the grocery store the other day with a few things in her cart. The countdown to a major pre-nap meltdown was looming and the line was not moving very quickly. Suddenly she hears a voice behind her, quite loudly state that if the “White privileged bitch would let us go in front of her in line we could get where we are going faster.” My daughter usually is not short on words when people are blatantly rude, but she was in the store with her toddler and didn’t want to escalate an argument. She gave them her best (and it is really good) resting bitch face expression as she looked at their group. Six people, 2 full grocery carts, and they wanted to go in front of her with her few items simply because they felt entitled because they were of a different, darker ethnicity. This is disgusting. I don’t care who someone THINKS they are, or what they feel they deserve, keep it inside. The media may tell you that you are special, the liberals may tell you that you are special, but I am telling you right now, if you think you are better than someone else because of your skin color, you are wrong. If a white person thinks that, they are wrong. If a black person thinks that, they are wrong. Your melanin levels are an accident of your birth. You did not DO anything to achieve this in your life – unless you are that really weird blond chick who decided to chemically change her skin to become dark – and that just makes her crazy, not privileged or special. Step back – see humans for the content of their character, not the wrapping God put around their bones.
Amelia Earhart Day – today is the birthday of the most famous American female aviator in history. Born in 1897, Amelia Earhart went missing on July 2, 1937 when she was attempting to fly around the world. She and her navigator were lost in the Pacific Ocean, heading towards a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island. Weather conditions were less than ideal. While they were still in radio communication, ships on the ground confirmed that she was having a difficult time finding the island. The radio communication faded and died, and her plane was never heard from again. The disappearance of her plane resulted in the largest search and rescue operation to date. It also started rumors about what caused the disappearance. Even now theories and speculation still exist about what happened – some of them even wonder if it was an alien abduction. Today we remember a tireless champion for women’s rights, paving the way for future women with dreams to do something to fulfill their dreams.
Cousins Day – I am the oldest of all of my cousins. They were always enough younger than me that we were on different interest levels, but now as adults, I appreciate them so much! We “see” each other often on Facebook, and when we have occasional family gatherings it is always as if no time has passed and we are laughing and visiting, enjoying each other very much. Today is the day to honor your cousins – but wait! If you have cousins, that means you’re a cousin too, so this is your day as well. If you can get together with your cousins today, and if not at least contact them and tell them how much you love and appreciate the big part they’ve played in your life.
National Drive-Thru Day – How many times have you been in a hurry and you whipped through the drive-thru to grab a burger or a latte? I got to thinking about it one day and realized that each impulsive stop, oh-so-convenient since I didn’t have to get out of the car, was leading to SOOOOO many extra calories taken in. If it hadn’t been so convenient I wouldn’t have stopped and if I had REALLY wanted what was available at that stop, then it would have been worth pulling in, stopping and getting out to order in person. In our hurry, hurry world, more and more things are as easy to get as that burger or drink. Today, depending on where you live, you can get more than just a burger and fries at the drive thru. You can get a six pack of beer, make a bank deposit, and even get married without having to take off your seat belt. There are drive thru libraries, art galleries, prayer booths, funeral parlors (seriously?) and strip clubs (eewwww). Stanford Hospital has even recently tested out a drive-thru emergency room to treat contagious patients during a pandemic or bio-terrorist attack. Wow! So, who’s bright idea was the drive-thru? Well, Jack in the Box was America’s first drive-thru burger chain and they created “National Drive-Thru Day” to celebrate America’s love of convenience by vehicle. Some call it easy, Some call it laziness – but either way, it’s definitely something that has taken our country by storm!
Tell an Old Joke Day – I’m giggling inside as I look up this one. I have known several people over the years who always have an old joke to tell. Sometimes they tell the same one over and over for years, and they are just as tickled by it every time. Today is just for them because it is “Tell an Old Joke Day”. Jokes like “Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?” and “Knock Knock” jokes can call today home and be raised to a new level of if not, funny, then belonging. Jokes plan a very important role in our cultural identity, and let’s be honest, if we’re human then we most likely love to laugh. It’s healthy and good for us to laugh. Here’s an old joke to get you through this celebration. “My psychiatrist told me I was crazy, so I told him I wanted a second opinion. He said OK, you’re ugly too.” hahahaha OK, that’s mean, but it’s funny too.
This Day in History –
1929 – President Hoover announces the Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Tequila Day – Remember this come flu season: During the 1918 worldwide flu epidemic, Mexican doctors prescribed doses of tequila as treatment. I never knew that! I wonder if it really helps the flu, or does it mean that the patient just no longer cared that they had the flu in the first place.
Well, it’s that time in the morning that I need to close all of the windows and the blinds to keep out as much heat as I can. They can usually be opened back up around 5:30 in the evening. It might be just as warm outside as it is inside at that point, but it is not usually as stuffy. On to my projects! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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