Did you have a good weekend? It was so beautiful around here – chilly, but really beautiful! Saturday, we caught a ferry, met up with my daughter’s family, had a wonderful time admiring and adoring our handsome, amazing grandson (he is growing so fast!) and had a great time laughing at his antics. At one point we were on the sidewalk outside of an antique store waiting for his mama and my parents, and as usual, he was in RUN RUN RUN mode. That boy has so much energy! He and his Daddy were running ahead of us when Little Man R turned around and hollered “Gramma! Papaw! Come On! RUN!” hahaha This Gramma does NOT run – but I did increase my pace. I love that boy so much! Yesterday was spent doing a few chores, making the menu plan for the week, and generally grumbling about the spring ahead in time. It messes everyone up, and seriously, is it even necessary? I don’t think so! Apparently, many others don’t think so either because the powers that be in WA state are trying to put a stop to this madness, so this may be the last time in this state that we’ll have to do this! I admit, I wouldn’t mind falling back just one more time, for the extra hour of sleep.
Verse of the Day
March 11, 2019
Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Sometimes there are no immediate answers. We have prayed and cried and tried and gone sleepless and mourned and shouted. Still there are no answers. The days roll by in an agonizing parade of pain. Still there are no answers we can identify. What do we do? We go to the Psalms. We let them raise up our heart’s cry. We are honest with the God of the entire universe and yet we can still anticipate mercy from him. We are convinced that in our troubles, he will not only hear us, but he will also care about what is happening in our lives.
Food for Thought
Every year, the day after we move into Daylight Savings time, I’m a bit on the grumpy and growly side. If you feel the same way, try to hold onto your tempers. Our bodies will catch up with our brains soon . . . I hope. Just in time to Fall Back again. At least then we get an extra hour!
Fill our Staplers Day – A group called the Dull Men’s Club started this one and it make me laugh. How funny! They’ve decided that it is very annoying to run out staples right when you need them, so to eliminate the problem they decided that the day after Daylight Savings time change, and the day after Standard Time change should be designated to refill the staplers. It is also check batteries day and changing the clocks day – so it can all be done at the same time. Now, this one wouldn’t work for me since I use a LOT of staples at work and have to fill it all the time. Perhaps it might work for you though!
Johnny Appleseed Day – There are two possible dates for this celebration – both listed. Today – March 11 is said to be the death date of Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman, and September 26th was his birthday – both listed to be Johnny Appleseed Day. What isn’t disputed though is that Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of American’s great legends. Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman was among the American settlers were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As he traveled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that he planted, the legend grew. During his life the “West” was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois – so not the west as we know it today. He was a deeply religious person and was known to preach during his travels. According to legend he led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money, and often donated the money that he did receive. His death date is noted to be March 11, 1845, and that he died from the “winter plague”. The actual date of his death though has been disputed because it was not formally recorded. What is comes down to, is when would YOU like to celebrate this day? We could go for both days since apples are awesome year round. The best way that I can think of to celebrate is to incorporate as many apples as possible into your day – for snacks, in sauces, and dessert! I’m fine with honoring this American legend more than once in a year.
Napping Day – Daylight Savings Time may mean spring is right around the corner – but it also means that we lose an hour of sleep. If you’ve lost a little of your usual energy from losing that hour, and feel a little sluggish, then this day may be for you (provided you can manage it with your work schedule). Today Americans are more ready for a nap than usual after losing that hour of sleep, so it is a good day to bring the spotlight onto the fact that napping has great benefits for us. Just a 20 to 30-minute nap has quite a few benefits. Besides reducing fatigue, a nap can make you feel better, improve your mood, increase alertness and improve performance. Napping on the job or on the road is definitely not recommended, but it is important to note that napping late in the day, or taking a long nap, can negatively affect your night time sleep. In honor of today though, maybe indulging in a little afternoon snooze would be a good idea!
National Promposal Day – It used to be that people would get all nervous and uptight about putting a great deal of effort into their proposals for marriage – and I agree that since this is a life changing event (getting married – not prom) that a lot of thought SHOULD go into it! But these days high school students across the country are putting a nearly ridiculous amount of stress, struggle and planning into asking someone to prom. It’s a dance, seriously, a few hours of your life that probably won’t measure up to the work you put into ASKING that individual for a date! The whole idea is to get creative about asking someone to prom and catching the event on video so everyone can share on social media. Know show started this one? It wasn’t the kids! Nope. It was Men’s Wearhouse. That sounds logical, but seriously, teens should just relax – at the end of the day, it is STILL just a dance! If the person you are asking is a decent person, they will go with you without you spending all of your money on the invitation, so save it for a nice dinner and a gorgeous corsage!
World Plumbing Day – Have you ever stopped to think how blessed we are? Seriously! Even with all the strains and pressures of everyday life, the economic issues, the political nonsense going on, we are blessed! What is the first thing you likely do every morning? You get out of bed, sleep walk to your bathroom, and use your indoor, comfortable facilities. You flush that toilet knowing that any icky stuff is now out of your house. You go to your sink, wash your hands, brush your teeth and take your shower – with the twist of a couple of knobs. Hot water, cold water – right there in an instant. Not everyone has this luxury. There are 3rd world countries where mucky, bacteria infested water is hand carried in buckets to huts, laundry is washed in the river or lake, the very same ones where they get their drinking water. Animals wander in and out of that water, using it for their own drinking and waste procedures, and again that’s the same water the villagers use for drinking and cooking. World Plumbing Day is an international event initiated by the World Plumbing Council celebrating the very important role that plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society. In the aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, and the 2011 tsunami in Japan, we found that it is so easy to take for granted the availability of safe drinking water and sufficient sanitation systems. We take them for granted until they no longer function properly. Historically we find that great leaps in humankind’s advancement – both physically and socially – have been tied to advances in plumbing technology. The safety and abundance of drinking water is a concern for most people all over the world, but what is often lost in that concern is the work that the plumbing industry has contributed to alleviate those concerns. Today be thankful for plumbers and all the hard work they do in keeping our water safe and healthy every day. Now that I work for a plumbing company, this means even more to me.
Worship of Tools Day – Everyone who has ever known a man – or is a man himself – knows that there is a huge fascination with all sorts of tools. Don’t get me wrong, there are many women who love tools too – heck even I start getting a bit excited when in a hardware store wondering if I could create something wonderful out of the materials I see there. Nothing quite matches the glazed over looks on some of the men shopping in the tool section of Lowe’s or Home Depot though. I imagine it is much like the look I get on my face when I’m in the baking section of a cooking supply store, or the cake decorating section at Michaels! My Hubby likes tools – but more, he needs them for his work. I think it’s more accurate to say that he appreciates that a useful tool makes his job easier and more productive. He has a lot of them, and though he isn’t obsessive about them, I know he enjoys browsing the tool section to see what is new that could possibly be added to his collection of useful items to have. I’m always at a loss for what to possibly get him for a gift from this department – there are so many to choose from. How do you celebrate this day? Well, you work with tools of course – and perhaps buy one or two. Receiving a tool as a gift today would make it truly special.
This Day in History –
1888 – The most famous storm in American history begins . . . the Blizzard of 1888.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Ranch Dressing Day – I really like ranch dressing, though I don’t eat it very often. I’m not even sure why I don’t. Maybe it’s because there are others I like even more however, I DO like to use ranch dressing as a dip for vegetables, deep fried mushrooms, zucchini or pickles. Yes, I said pickles, and if you haven’t tried them you are really missing out. You can make your own delicious Ranch Dressing without a mix, which will make it a healthier option over the ones you buy pre-bottled that are filled with various chemicals, additives, flavorings and dangerous GMOs.
It’s time to go to work, with my extra coffee, my grocery list for this week’s menu, and a determination not to let being tired override my ability to be polite. We’ll see how it goes. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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