What a gorgeous, amazing spring day! I am cleaning up around the house, doing a few miscellaneous things I haven’t had time to do lately and enjoying the fresh air coming in the window. Of course, having the windows open also lets in extra sounds from outside, which means Moose has been going bonkers barking at every small noise that happens along. I have spent quite a bit of time going to the front window to see if someone is there. There hasn’t been. *sigh* I guess it’s extra steps, right?
Verse of the Day
April 25, 2018
God has chosen you to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Christ lives in me. Until I can become completely like him through the power of the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18), he lives in me. Until I can go home to be with him he lives in me (John 14:1-21). Everywhere I go and everything I do, he is in me. Our goal is to have him formed more perfectly in us, not just live in us. Of course, that will be done by his power and through the gift of his Spirit!
Holy Humor Month / National Humor Month
Perks Of Being Over The Hill
- There is nothing left anymore to learn the hard way.
- Things that you buy now won’t wear out.
- Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.
- You no longer think of the speed limit as a challenge.
- Your investment in health insurance is finally paying off.
- You can quit trying to hold in your stomach no matter who walks into the room.
- Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them anyway.
- You can sing along with elevator music.
- Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the guy on the television.
- Your eyes won’t get too much worse.
- Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
- People call you at 9 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you???? “
- You can get into a heated argument about pension plans.
- You can eat dinner at 4:00 in the afternoon.
- In a hostage situation you are the most likely to be released first.
- No one expects you to run — anywhere.
- You are no longer viewed as a hypochondriac.
Food for Thought
Some people suck the air out of a room, just by their very existence. Others fill it with sunlight. Which do you want to be?
Administrative Professionals Day (Executive Admin’s Day / Secretary’s Day) – Today is the day to show appreciation for your administrative staff, and it is set in the middle of an entire week set aside to be showing gratitude for all the hard work they do each and every day. In 1952 Harry F. Klemfuss of Young, Young and Rubicam created National Professional Secretaries Week and Day. He recognized the importance and value of the position to any company or business. He had a goal to encourage more women to become secretaries, so using his skill and experience in public relations, he promoted the values and importance of the job that secretaries do. The title has changed and evolved as the position of secretary has changed – the new terms being Administrative Professional and Executive Administrative Professionals. The two names sometimes mean different roles and responsibilities, depending on the company, but both are broader terms that cover more positions than the original role of secretary. Today these positions are filled by both men AND women. Some employers are really great about recognizing and celebrating this day, making their staff feel very special and appreciated. Some give it a token gesture mention, and some ignore it completely. I have worked for all three categories, and can honestly say that having an employer that actually takes the time and makes the effort to do something meaningful this week improves morale, and that results in improved productivity.
DNA Day – DNA Day was made into an official observance by Congress, but it is the NGHRI (National Human Genome Research Institute) who organizes events and speakers to go out and speak to students and general public who want to learn more about DNA. This day commemorates the anniversary of James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery of the Double Helix, as well as the completion of the Genome Project, which took 13 years to complete, coming to completion in April 2003.
Hug a Plumber – I don’t personally KNOW any plumbers, since my hubby takes care of anything that happens around here, but I know that they are a necessary and vital contact to have, should an emergency happen with your ability to have running water! We are all so dependent on it that if it should stop flowing freely it would be quite a disruption. If you know a plumber, or need one today, it may be a good idea to give him/her a hug of appreciation. I’m lucky since I can hug my guy every day and know that he can fix pretty much anything around here that needs to be fixed. Aren’t we glad we have plumbing that we can sometimes need plumbers to fix? In the old days, people hand-carried water from rivers. They did their . . . um . . . business in the bushes, or in cesspools, outhouses or chamber pots that they’d toss into nasty, unsanitary streets. Plumbers have saved mankind from suffering from horrible squalor and disease! It’s a difficult job, often filled with icky stuff that they have to deal with, so for Plumber’s Day, if you happen to see a plumber, or know one – say hello and tell them how important their work is. Sometimes it is just nice to hear.
International Guide Dogs Day – Have you ever watched a guide dog at work? It’s amazing. These are some of the most incredible animals on the planet, and they make such a difference in the lives of their people that it just is difficult to say enough how special they are! When you watch them you can’t help but feel awe and take inspiration from the dedication shown to their owners. Today is for honoring all of the hard work that goes into training a guide dog, and all of the dedication and love that these amazing dogs give to their owners every day. We all know dogs are incredible creatures anyway, and many of us are blessed to have them as a part of our families. Think how much MORE blessed are those who have one of these well-trained canines to assist them throughout their lives.
World Penguin Day – are both great opportunities to learn about and appreciate one of the few natives of Antarctica. We’ve already celebrated Penguin Awareness Day back in January, so this is our last chance this year to officially take some time and learn about them on a special day picked out just for them. Studying them on the internet or from a book is good, or watching a documentary would be a good thing. If you have a zoo nearby, most have penguin habitats set up, so maybe so sit and study them in action! We have two zoos within a couple of hours and both have pretty great penguin areas set up. It would be nice to go on a day when it isn’t very busy (do zoos have those?) and just sit and watch them play! If you REALLY are getting into the mood you can wear black and white in the penguin’s honor, and even tell a penguin joke or two. I don’t know any – I’ll have to look some up! *Found one!* You ready? A Car Full of Penguins: A man was driving down the highway with a car full of penguins, penguins sticking out the windows, penguins coming out the sunroof, penguin everywhere. A cop pulled him over and told him if he didn’t want a ticket he’d better take those penguins straight to the zoo. The man promised he would and drove off. The next day, the same highway, the same car, the same guy, the same cop and the same penguins – only this time the penguins were all wearing sunglasses! The cop pulled the guy over and said, “I thought I told you to take these penguins to the zoo!” “I did” said the guy, “Today I’m taking them to the beach!” (yes, a touch corny, but it’s cute!)
This Day in History –
1945 – Delegates from 45 countries meet in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Crotilla Day – Well, this is a new one to me, and I looked everywhere for a recipe to try to make this low-carb, but apparently this is a fairly recent Walmart invention and is sold exclusively at Walmart! So, what is a crotilla? It is a cross between a croissant and a tortilla – a hybrid of a buttery, flaky croissant that is shaped like a tortilla – sort of a thin, round, croissant. Apparently it doesn’t taste much like a tortilla, but can be baked in the oven and used like a tortilla, or a pizza crust. Well, OK! This is truly too carby for me, but it does sound like fun.
National Zucchini Bread Day – I think it is funny that Zucchini bread day is today, since it is usually in the summer that people have so much zucchini and need to know what to do with it. Well, seriously, by the time that happens aren’t most of us sick of zucchini? So . . . we celebrate it now and get us all excited about the bounty that is to come. For some people anyway. . . for some reason I have the hardest time growing zucchini! I know! It’s weird! NOBODY has a hard time with that! Well, I do. It’s sad, I know.
Zucchini Bread With Blueberries
I have been working on this pretty much all day long, on and off. My laptop keeps locking up on me. I really need to do something about this when the tax return comes. There is an obvious problem that I have no clue how to fix. Again. *sigh* But, with that said, I do have a few things to finish doing around here, including trying to make scalloped potatoes minus the potatoes. They say that rutabaga and daikon radishes are a good substitute, and they have been in soups and hash, so I’m trying it this way today. We’ll see – the jury will be out until we see what the final product tastes like. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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