*Yawn* Don’t you hate it when you wake up suddenly in the middle of the night, thinking you heard a noise, so you lay there and listen carefully for far too long? Yeah, me too. I jerked awake at 1:15 this morning absolutely certain that I heard a knock on the door. The dog, who goes berserk when someone is at the door, didn’t twitch, so I know it was something in my dreams. It sure did SEEM real though, so I, all wired up, laid there and watched the numbers change on the clock. And a very sleepy morning was had by all . . . or at least me. More coffee please.
Verse of the Day
March 27, 2018
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Who we are, what becomes of us in life, and what we accomplish of significance are all in God’s hands. We cannot achieve lasting honor for ourselves without his blessing. We cannot secure our future or our safety without his protection and blessing. The basis of all achievement and glory is dependent upon our willingly placing our lives in his care.
Food for Thought
At what point does personal responsibility become important to the people who are being taken advantage of by the users of this world? When do the individuals being used finally say NO to those who won’t figure out life for themselves? There is a local person who many in our community knows and he/she is in perpetual whine mode about everything, never able or willing to figure out life on their own. Their van is broken down, so they borrow someone else’s to go to work. In the process of borrowing this vehicle it too breaks down, but since they have no resources of their own they leave it to the owner of the vehicle to fix it themselves. Another vehicle is borrowed, and it too is ruined. They want the local auto shop to fix it for free, and of course the shop has to earn money to pay their employees, so they say no. I think to this point they are the only ones saying no to this person! I saw a post on a local neighborhood site begging for help for this person, and seriously, I have to wonder when enough will be enough? When will this user be told no by enough people so they absolutely have to figure out their own life without involving anyone else? It’s sad really, to see so many people having their generous natures abused in this way. My point? If you are one of those generous people in this world who always find yourself on the used end of things, it REALLY is ok to just say no. Really!
American Diabetes Association Alert Day – More than 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes. 90-95% of those have Type 2 diabetes. In Type 2 diabetes, glucose cannot reach the cells where it is needed, but instead builds up in the body and causes health problems. Some of these issues are:
* Damage to the nerves and small blood vessels of the eyes, kidneys and heart. * Pre-dispose someone for hardening of the large arteries – which can cause heart attacks and strokes * Cause an increase urination, which results in dehydration * Cause a diabetic coma
American Diabetes Association® Alert Day® is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. This is always held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, so this year’s Alert Day is today! If you click the link I’ve provided for the Diabetes Risk Test, you will be asked to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for pre-diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. There are preventative tips provided for everyone who takes the test, and also encouragement for those who test as high risk to speak with their doctor. If even one person is made aware of their risk and takes steps to address the problem today, then it will be worth it!
Celebrate Exchange Day – I have learned so much from doing this blog. There are so many things out there that I had NO idea about, and this one is one of them. To me it’s a pretty interesting thing to learn. The National Exchange Club was founded by Charles A. Berkey in Detroit in 1911. The purpose of the group was to exchange ideas and information with other like-minded people about how to better serve their communities. Since that time the organization has grown and been involved in many significant changes in our country. The National Exchange club was one of the driving forces that succeeded in getting the words “Under God” added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. (Bless them!) In 1985 the group amended its constitution to begin allowing women members. Their current national project is working to prevent child abuse. Today is the 106th birthday of the club. You could celebrate by seeing if there are any local chapters in your area!
National Joe Day – don’t really understand this one I guess, since we’ve already celebrated a day for changing our name this year – but apparently this is ANOTHER day for this – must be a lot of folks out there who don’t like their names! So here we go – today is a chance to change your name, if only for today. Many people do not like the name their parents gave them – and I admit I completely understand that for some people. They wish they could change it. On National Joe Day, it is perfectly okay to have everyone call you “Joe”. Why Joe, and not Bob or Mike or Radcliffe? Simply, because apparently some poll says that everyone likes the name Joe. If you are called Joe today, we know that you’re “Joe cool”! This works well for the men out there. What about the ladies? Well, one suggestion is that you choose Josephine or Jody.
Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day – I really enjoy country music. I didn’t always, but I’ve come to appreciate that, for the most part, the artists and the music are pro-God, pro-family and pro-country. What’s not to like about that? One thing thought that always makes me giggle are some of the song titles. They are quirky – which is what this celebration is all about. So, no matter how you may feel about the music, perhaps some of these titles can bring a smile to your face today. I learned that many country music songs are written with a comedic purpose in mind. If you have a few minutes and aren’t familiar with country music, perhaps look up a few of these titles on You Tube and see what I’m talking about: Tim McGraw’s – “Do You Want Fries With That?” Brad Paisley’s – “I’m Gonna Miss Her” I am actually going to have to look up the one by Tim McGraw myself, it’s not ringing any bells by the title, but the I have the one by Brad Paisley running through my head now! Geesh! Anyway, I don’t know who all of these following songs are by, but the titles I ran across are pretty doggone funny and shows the humor of these artists –
“My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don’t Love You” “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better” ” I Ain’t Never Gone to Bed with an Ugly Woman, but I Sure Woke Up with a Few” “I’m So Miserable without You; It’s Like Having You Here” “If My Nose Was Running Money” performed by Aaron Wilburn.
Have some fun listening to a few of these songs today to celebrate such a fun holiday. There is too much yuck going on in the world not to take a few minutes to smile.
This Day in History –
1964 – The biggest earthquake ever recorded strikes Anchorage, Alaska. It measured 8.3 on the Richter scale.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Paella – I have often heard of people making Paella. I didn’t have ANY idea what it was so the first time I celebrated this one I decided to give it a try, and it was DELICIOUS! If today wasn’t Easter and we didn’t have our traditional Easter dinner planned, I’d make it again. The history of this dish is actually quite fascinating! According to the information I found on Wikipedia, this dish has a history dating back before to the 15th century. The people of Moorish Spain often ate casseroles of rice, fish and vegetables for family and religious feasts. It became customary for cooks to combine rice, vegetables, beans and dry cod – cooked over an open fire – to make an acceptable Lenten meal. Pretty much any combination of rice, veges, meats and spices could be called paella – and is commonly a dish made to use up leftovers. Basically, a fancy name for Leftover Surprise! By whatever name, this is a beautiful meal to the eyes to the taste buds. I am pretty sure I can do a paella with cauliflower instead of rice, so I may give this a try tonight. I didn’t have anything planned anyway. OK – Dinner is decided!
Here are a few recipes to get you started on how to make it.
I am dragging my feet, but do need to get out of here. I think it’s going to be a very long day, but I am hoping I am wrong. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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