Saturday, February 22, 2020

Happy George Washington's (real) Birthday & Be Humble Day

I'm a little frustrated with George Washington's MANY birthday celebrations.  When I was researching Lincoln's birthday, things I read played it down saying it is now celebrated on Presidents Day.  However, when I researched Presidents Day, it was all about George Washington.  And NOW it's Washington's birthday AGAIN!  Yes, Washington holds a place of honor in our history but so does Abraham Lincoln and I feel like he's being ignored.  That's all I'm going to say about this.

The trouble with humility is if you say you are, you aren't.  Follow the link to listen to Mac Davis sing It's Hard to Be Humble.  I'm not advocating his language or message, just the fact that we all become full of ourselves from time to time.  Considering my rant a paragraph earlier, I may need to examine myself. 😔   True humility is recognizing who we are in light of a perfect God.

Psalm 25:9  He [God] guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.

2 Corinthians 10:12  We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves.  When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.


Friday, February 21, 2020

Happy National Sticky Bun Day

I totally thought sticky buns were the same as cinnamon rolls but they are not.  I don't really like sticky buns so I'm going to reinterpret this to mean cinnamon rolls - with lots of white icing.  Real sticky buns are in a spiral shape and covered with nuts.  The sticky sugary topping (like honey & syrup) is put in the pan first and the dough is put on top.  After it is cooked, it is turned upside down so the bottom becomes the top.  The sweet liquid drips down the sides making them sticky.

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Happy National Cherry Pie Day and Clean Out Your Bookcase Day

It is not only National Cherry Pie Day; it is National Cherry Month.  Cherry pie is yummy but fresh cherries are just as yummy.  Pillsbury has an easy cherry pie recipe if you want to make one yourself.  If you don't want to make a whole pie , Mom Spark has a great mini-tortilla cherry pie recipe that's super easy to make.  Not pie, but Recipes That Crock has an easy cherry cake-type dessert called Cherry Delight (who can resist that).  Cherry dessert options galore!

This is the day to pull all your books (and other things) off the shelves, dust, then rearrange them.  One third of my bookcase shelves are nail polish related items which I regularly enjoy taking down, re-swatching, and rearranging in a different way.  There are 3 shelves of books and 3 shelves with craft items.  (I have 2 tall bookcases.)  Most of my books are on my Kindle Fire so I will also take some time to re-evaluate the books I have on that "shelf."  I use my Kindle practically every day.  I like the Fire because it has audio and it reads to me as I drive back and forth to work.  It's so nice to have all my books at my fingertips whenever I want them.  And what a bonus that it always opens to where I stopped.  No more accidentally pulling the bookmark out and losing my place.  We used to pack a box of books to take on vacation and I always had a few in my suitcase and one in my purse because you never know what type of book you'll be in the mood to read.  Now travel is so much easier and lighter!  This may be one of my favorite days and my favorite ways to celebrate.  I do enjoy organizing things and as you can see from the picture below, I have my work cut out for me!  Good thing my work is closing at 1 pm (it's supposed to snow) today.

What's on your bookcase?

Joshua 1:8  Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Happy National Chocolate Mint Day

Since Peppermint Patty Day was last week, I'm thinking this celebration should include mint chocolate chip ice cream or mint hot chocolate, stirred with a candy cane.  Andes makes good bite-sized chocolate mints.  I think I saw some mint M&Ms at the grocery store.  You could eat some Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies.  There is also an herb called chocolate mint; the leaves (apparently) taste like chocolate and mint (makes sense).  Make a cake and frost it with mint icing.  Dinner then Dessert has an easy mint icing recipe.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Happy National Battery Day & Thumb Appreciation Day

I really appreciate my thumbs.  It's difficult to function without them (I've heard).  Thumbs are also called opposable thumbs because they can be stretched opposite fingers in order to grip things.  Some people celebrate by trying not to use their thumbs thus increasing their appreciation of them, while others celebrate by consciously using them.  How could you play "Where is Thumbkin" without thumbs?  Or play "got your nose?"  You couldn't sign toilet.  Thumbs are even more important than I thought!  Watch Spy Kids to see some big thumbs.  However you celebrate today, give it a big thumbs up.

How many battery-operated things are at your house?  Phones, hearing aids, watches, computers, cars....  The list goes on and on.  What would we do without them?  It should be battery appreciation day because our lives would be quite difficult if they quit working.  While we're on the subject, do the batteries in your smoke detectors need to be replaced?

Here are the answers to yesterday's presidential trivia.
1. Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, and John Tyler
2. Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, and Chester A. Arthur
3. John Adams, James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson
4. Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy

Isaiah 40:29  He [God] gives strength to the weary and increases the POWER of the weak.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Happy National Cabbage Day & President's Day & Random Acts of Kindness Day

Cabbage can be used in many recipes.  It's great in vegetable soup, or cooked with potatoes and kielbasa, made into coleslaw, or in the easy egg roll bowl recipe on stylishcravings.com.  Give it a try today.

President's Day is a day of patriotic celebration and remembrance.  Pick a president and learn something about him.  If you are in Northern Virginia, visit Mount Vernon.  It used to be free admission on Washington's birthday, whatever day they decide to celebrate it.  Or take a trip to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore.  Watch 1776 or any documentary about a president.  Read a book about a president or a presidential landmark (like Mount Rushmore).

Here's some presidential trivia for you.  (Answers will be in tomorrow's blog)
1. Who are the 3 presidents who served in 1841?
2. 40 years later,  in 1881, it happened again.  Name the 3 presidents who served that year.
3. Name the 3 presidents who died on the 4th of July.
4. Who were the 4 presidents who were assassinated while in office?

Here are a few suggestions to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day from checkiday.com and nationaldaycalendar.com
  • Smile and say "Good morning," "Hello," or "Have a nice day" to anyone you pass
  • Pay for the order of the person behind you in line
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line
  • Bring treats for your coworkers.
  • Take a friend to lunch.
  • Say "please" and "thank you"
  • Drop off a bag of groceries at the local food pantry
  • Mail a "thinking of you" card to someone you haven't talked to in a while
  • Order a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to anyone in the hospital (Call the florist and tell them to pick a hospital or nursing home and deliver flowers to the person the front desk thinks needs it the most.  It could be a sick child, an elderly person with no family, or a college student away from home.)
  • Send a thank you note to the local fire department, police department or any military personnel
  • Just smile
Ephesians 4:32 Be KIND and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


Not a random act, but here is the b-day gift Abbie & grandkids (Caleb, Leah & Aaron) gave me.



Sunday, February 16, 2020

Happy National Almond Day & Do a Grouch a Favor Day

Almonds are so good for you and they are tasty, although a little expensive.  I buy a big bag of almonds from BJ's and it lasts a long time.  Another way to eat almonds today is in Hershey's with almonds chocolate bars.  I would say drink some Almond Milk but I've been seeing things on the Internet about the production of almond milk killing bees so I'm kind of afraid to promote drinking it now.  If you like cozy mysteries, try 52 Steps to Murder by Steve Demaree.  It's the first in a series and the main character eats almond chocolate bars.

Have a heart and Do a Grouch a Favor today.  If you don't run across any grouches in your day, watch Sesame Street (and tell me where you live that is grouch-free).  Watch the Pixar movie Up.  That guy was a grouch and the Boy Scout did favors for him and look where it got him.  Wait, that may not be a great example.  I can't remember the ending so I should watch Up.  I do enjoy Pixar movies.  Livehappy.com has 5 suggestions to deal with cranky people.  They are:
1. Use a kind or at least neutral tone (Maintain low tones with me - now I need to watch Coneheads!)
2. Try reversing your reaction (I didn't appreciate this one so you read it and let me know what you think.)
3. Don't take it too personally
4. Break it up with a time out (That ought to go over well, you think?)
5. Create a crankiness code word (This is my favorite.  What code word do you want to use?  I think it should be mermaid.  "The mermaid is restless today."  "I can see her mermaid tail switching."  "I think her mermaid scales have changed color today.")  Speaking of codes, I just watched Mad Money.  It has some bad language but the story is so good.  (Did you catch my "squirrel" moment re: Up?)

Here's the Bible's suggestion for dealing with a grouch.
Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
So, hubby did this grouch a favor and went to a cat show at the Fairgrounds