WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

TL 5-31 WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging everyone to observe a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco today. This is WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY!!!

I’m not going to lecture you about all the health risks of tobacco, but I am going to urge you to take part. I realize it’s a bit like asking me to give up my morning coffee every day. If you have a habit, whether it is coffee or tobacco, it takes determination and some plain old-fashioned willpower to overcome it. You have to want it bad enough.

If you have an addictive personality as I do, then you will have to be especially careful when giving up tobacco. It will be very easy for you to replace one bad habit with another. I quit smoking and started eating too much! There are a lot of products on the market designed to help people stop smoking – everything from pills to patches and more. Back when I quit there was not much help – it was either quit cold turkey or keep smoking. I quit cold turkey!

I will say that once I stopped smoking, food tasted better. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed food so much and gained weight! I know if I ever smoked another cigarette I would be sunk. I would be addicted all over again. Like a recovering alcoholic, I have to stay completely away from cigarettes. It’s difficult for me to be around people who smoke because if I got started I could not stop. Well, obviously I can, but it would not be as easy, or at least I don’t think it would.

I watched my brother-in-law battle oral cancer and ultimately die because of cigarettes. What a waste because he was such an intelligent person.

We all know the health risks associated with tobacco. If you are diabetic the risk is even greater. Do yourself a big favor and quit – just for today. Don’t say you’ll quit forever, but quit today. If you say you will not smoke every day then eventually you will be a non-smoker. It’s not easy, but it sure is worth it. ❤

WATER A FLOWER DAY

TL 5-30 WATER A FLOWER DAY

Today is WATER A FLOWER DAY!!! I humbly give you a thought to ponder. A strong relationship is like a soft, fragile flower. Without water and care, it withers and ultimately dies. Even a cactus needs a little water once in a while.

In our world, the media would have you believe that everything is all about sex. From shampoo to chewing gum, sex sells, and always has ! The superficial coating that people want to pass off for love leaves me shaking my head and screaming at the top of my lungs… THERE MUST BE MORE TO IT THAN THIS!!!

Let me begin by saying I am not an expert or a therapist or anyone who has the perfect formula for a relationship. I’m just a person who finds human behavior fascinating and I wonder why some relationships seem to flourish while others seem to fade.

I believe that relationships should be rooted in the soil of trust. Whether you are in the flourishing class or the fading group, one of the most important ingredients for success is trust. Once it is plain that the one you have entrusted with your love and your very life cannot be trusted, there is little hope for love to grow. At that point a relationship cannot thrive and will die rather quickly.

But trust extends beyond just knowing that your significant other is not stepping out on you. Trust also includes a degree of respect for what the other person wants and needs along the way. Seeing to it that they have what they need is good, but when what they want is also deemed as important, that is when love can be seen and trust can be built. If that is lacking, then trust can be easily lost.

Just as the best soil for flowers is beneficial, there is real delight when you know your partner in life can be trusted. Trusted to care for you – see that you get not only what you need (food, clothing, shelter), but what you may want once in a while. I’m not suggesting that anyone take advantage or be taken advantage of. I am, however, suggesting that trust is reinforced when both parties play fair in the relationship.

This post may fall on deaf ears, but I’m writing it anyway. I submit that good healthy relationships, like flowers, are all about using good quality soil (trust) and proper watering (care). If you want to keep your partner happy and healthy and feeling delightful, be trustworthy and caring! Doesn’t everyone deserve to feel delight in a relationship?

Remember the Golden Rule

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Well, the rule is still golden and the principle still applies. Nobody likes to feel slighted, cheated – or like a second-class citizen!

It’s a delight to trust somebody so completely. – Jeff Goldblum

Do more than is necessary to make your partner happy. Don’t just do the least required. How much does that person mean to you? Think about it. ❤

PUT A PILLOW ON YOUR FRIDGE DAY

TL 5-29 PUT A PILLOW ON YOUR FRIDGE DAY

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Through the years I’ve heard that more is better. Today is PUT A PILLOW ON YOUR FRIDGE DAY!!! This wacky holiday started in Europe and spread to the United States. It seems that putting a pillow on your refrigerator will bring good luck to the household. So if one pillow on the fridge brings good luck, would two pillows double your luck??? Let’s just pile pillows on the fridge and have smooth sailing for the long haul!!! Works for me!!!

Make sure the top of your fridge is clean before you put a pillow on it.  Here’s a neat little tip about keeping the top of the fridge clean.

And what sort of pillow do we need to use? Is there more luck stored in a pillow off my bed? Maybe I need to use a pillow from my couch. They are not very specific about the type of pillow, so maybe I should just put one of each.

No one was more superstitious than my dad. I could not let a rocking chair keep rocking when I got up or let a broom fall to the floor. It was awful if a bird happened to get into our house! All of these things meant there would be a death in the family.

A bird never flew into our house – but I did accidentally let a broom fall to the floor once – and wow, did I hear about it! I was a grown woman in my home. My dad was the guest. I was sweeping in the kitchen and my broom fell to the floor. You’d have thought the world was coming to an end. It was an accident – really it was.

Because of my father’s superstitious nature, I’m really not keen on these kinds of things. I just think they are interesting to research and write about. Basically I enjoy poking fun at them.

Does luck exist? Do things take a turn for the better just because we do some of these silly things? I don’t know, but since I am my father’s daughter, I might put a few pillows on my refrigerator today just to be on the safe side!

Well – GOOD LUCK!!!

SIERRA CLUB DAY

TL 5-28 SIERRA CLUB DAY

 

On May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California, the Sierra Club was founded. Today is SIERRA CLUB DAY!!! This grassroots environmental group has been one of the most influential in the country and is still going strong.

Don’t count the day done until you’ve made the day count.  – Dr. Thom C. Gibson

I like their motto – LEAVE NO TRACE. That of course means that when you go on an outing – you clean up and leave your site just as you found it. If you packed it and used it – pack it back up and take it with you. You don’t have to be a member of the Sierra Club to use that kind of common sense when it comes to taking care of the planet.

Don’t wait until Arbor Day to plant a tree. You can plant a tree now!

This falls under the heading COMMON SENSE – but when you leave a room – flip the light switch off behind you. Why keep a light on – or a TV on if you are leaving the room? Instead of cranking up the heat in the Winter or the AC in the Summer, adjust the amount of clothing you wear to get more comfortable.

Stay informed on the latest eco news. If you hear of a more green way to do things, maybe you should consider making some changes for the sake of the planet.

Ask yourself a question before you mindlessly toss something in the trash: Could this item be re-purposed or re-used for something? You might be surprised what you can do! I recently turned a gallon jug into a handy watering pitcher for my plants.

Do you throw your gum away in a trash can, or do you just spit it out the car window and let it land wherever? Think about how you dispose of your gum next time. Aside from the fact that someone might step in it, a bird would think the gum is a rock and swallow it. The gum then expands, killing the bird.

A few small changes made by all of us can make a huge impact. This is the only Earth we get – no backup Earth – sorry. 😦

MEMORIAL DAY

TL MEMORIAL DAY
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Memorial Day is a day of reflection. It’s a day to remember those who were once here with us but now are not. We loved them and they loved us. We know we will be reunited one day, but until then, there is a void. What would my family urge me to do? God is love and love covers a multitude of mistakes. I think they would tell me to love. Just love.

As we begin our stroll through my peaceful, serene labyrinth of love, let me ask you a question. What is the source of love? Where does it come from originally? Most of you know what my answer is. I believe that God is the true source of love, and apart from Him, you are not really able to love at all. Know God – know love. No God – no love. If you know God, then I hope you enjoy this little stroll through the labyrinth. If you do not know God, perhaps you can sit down on one of the simple wooden benches when you finish the walk to rest and get to know God. Can you hear the birds singing? The gardens surrounding this labyrinth are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and there is not a more quiet place of solace to do a little soul-searching.

It’s such a perfect day to take a leisurely stroll. There are people on the outside who are running, but we are not. We are not going to hurry, but be deliberate with each step. There is nothing scheduled in your day that is of any importance. You won’t need a watch. Take your time and seek. Seek God and find the love He wants you to have.

Read just one section at a time. When you have read the scripture, close your eyes and think about what you just read. Let the thought of it sink in and talk to God about it. You can talk to Him out loud or just think a prayer – He hears your prayer either way. Imagine you are walking, reading, pondering and praying. Let’s begin.

Love comes from God:

1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

God proved His love for us:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Some couples seem to be real soul mates and some are polar opposites trying to find some common ground. No matter which class your marriage falls in, we are taught what love should look like in our Christian marriages. I laughingly refer to these as the “bite your tongue” verses! There are times when love in marriage is a real bear! But for the sake of unity, peace and joy with your mate, you really do have to bite your tongue!

Love in Marriage:

Ephesians 4:2-3 “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Philippians 2:2 “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”

There is sure victory because of love:

Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We are definitely instructed to love other people:

1 John 4:9-11 “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

“Love each other deeply with all your heart.” – 1 Peter 1:22b

And finally, we are told that we are to walk the walk of love and not just talk the talk.

Make sure the love you show is genuine:

1 John 3:18 “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

Have a blessed day! ❤

SALLY RIDE DAY

TL 5-26 SALLY RIDE DAY

There are many “firsts” in the world, but today we celebrate the life of the first American woman to go into outer space! Today is SALLY RIDE DAY!!! Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951 and served as an inspiration for many little girls and her life was incredible and adventurous. She is definitely someone who lived it to the fullest. Dr. Sally Ride joined NASA in 1978, and on June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7.

Today is a great day to learn more about the U.S. space program, and to encourage those young people with dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Accomplishments like that are amazing and deserve to be recognized and celebrated. Sadly, Sally Ride died last July of pancreatic cancer. She was only 61 years old.

How many “firsts” would we like to see in our world? For starters, a real cure for cancers like pancreatic cancer would be great! My dad died at age 62 of pancreatic cancer. My mom died of colon cancer. I hate cancer because it took my family. I know a whole bunch of Diabetics (both 1 and 2) who would love to hear that a cure was available for their chronic disease! The list of diseases that need a cure is so long and I don’t have the desire to name each one. It would be too depressing.

The accomplishments made in space are fantastic and brought us a long way, but there are more personal accomplishments closer to home that I’d like to see take place – wouldn’t you?

DIABETES PRAYER

I know we just need to hold on and exercise our faith in God, though I am tempted to ask God why some things have to be the way they are, I have to accept His plan for my life. He is God and I am not.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if someone came along and said they could cure chronic pain conditions and chronic diseases? We need some more “firsts” – we need some good news. 🙂

TOWEL DAY

TL 5-25 TOWEL DAY

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Towels are not just for showers anymore. Nope. Turns out they have many handy uses and we should never be caught without one, according to author Douglas Adams. I could easily make a list of 100 uses for a towel, but I won’t. I’ll save that treat for another post. I’m sure you’re thrilled.

If you are a Sci-fi fan and have read any books written by Douglas Adams (1952-2001), then I don’t have to tell you what today is, do I??? But for the rest of you – today is TOWEL DAY, the day we celebrate the man and his genius.

He wrote such great adventure books and created word pictures that put you in the middle of things. I like “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”. There’s one particular quote from it that I enjoy:

Reality is frequently inaccurate.

That is one quote that I carry with me to use when I’m having an exceptionally bad day. Then I shrug my shoulders and convince myself that I’m not really having a bad day because my reality is not real anyway.

The book we get “Towel Day” from is “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in which an observation is made about the need a hitchhiker carrying a towel along if something needs to be created make-shift, such as a sail for a ship or in my case, roll it up to make a sort of pillow. So if you see people walking around with towels today and you know they aren’t going to the beach, you will be in on the story. But since reality is frequently inaccurate, maybe you don’t really see people carrying towels after all.

Hmm…

Well – enjoy your reality today. Pick up a Douglas Adams book if you have never read one.

NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY

TL 5-24 NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY

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Today is NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY!!! Those of you who eat snails… Bon Appetit!!! I don’t happen to be into escargot, so I will put a different twist on things. I will talk about chronic pain and mobility issues.

There are days when it seems if I raced a snail, the snail would win hands-down (wait – do snails HAVE hands???) – hmm… anyway – I try to exercise some every day but there are times when it’s easier to stay in the recliner and watch TV. That also means I either have a heating pad or an ice pack against my lower back! I call those my “granny days”. They don’t happen very often, thank goodness.

I have a great deal more respect for snails and the pace they keep than I used to. The thought comes to me that if I just try to do something in the way of exercise, it’s better than doing absolutely nothing. Even if I have to take my cane, I try to go out and walk every day. The thought of losing mobility completely is frightening. Nobody wants that to happen, and so keeping relatively active is crucial to overall wellbeing.

So whether you decide to eat snails tonight, it’s okay if you walk at a snail’s pace. Just keep moving forward – that’s the most important thing! Keep walking – even if it’s with a cane. Those who walk with a cane are going faster than those still sitting in the recliner.

I have an exercise ball and thanks for the suggestions – but um… I think I’ll pass. LOL!!!

Unfortunately, being immobile can cause a great deal of frustration and depression. The last thing you want to do if you are depressed is isolate yourself from others. I understand that you don’t want to be less than your best around other people. Nobody wants to be around someone who is a “downer”, right? I’ve learned a valuable lesson this past year. If someone is a real friend, they are there no matter what. If you have a friend – a real friend like that, you are truly blessed!

I’ve joined a lot of groups on facebook. There are groups for nearly everything on there! I joined a group that talks about grief and another that focuses on chronic pain. We are just people trying to reach out and help each other. Sometimes if the pain is too bad at night, I get online and start chatting with some other poor soul who is unable to sleep. It helps to know you are not traveling the road all alone. I like the groups on facebook because they are made up of real people helping real people. I don’t think I’d feel as comfortable talking to a professional, and they charge money. Let’s face it, the groups on facebook are effective, and they are free.

Of course I talk to God. He is my source of strength and boundless humor always! ❤

LUCKY PENNY DAY

TL 5-23 LUCKY PENNY DAY

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When people refer to ‘Back in the Day,’ it was a Wednesday. Just a little fun fact for you.   – Dane Cook

Today is LUCKY PENNY DAY!!! I remember being taught about lucky pennies when I was a little girl. There was a little rhyme that we used to say. Maybe you remember hearing this in the movie “Grease”:

Find a penny, pick it up – all day long you’ll have good luck!

Simple pleasures like finding a penny on the sidewalk are slowly fading away. As I get older, it gets easier for me to write about the past because there is increasingly more of it to write about!  While life goes on today, as it must, my mind can’t help but go back in time when life was not so difficult.

Kids today will never know the simplicity I knew as a child – and while that is alright, part of me thinks that perhaps they are missing out on an opportunity to use imagination and creativity.  Today we buy kids games and there is nothing left to the imagination and all the kids need to really know how to do is press buttons to make things happen.

When I was growing up we had to be self-starters and create our own play environment.  I once built a pretend house in my back yard using hammer and nails, with leftover scrap lumber from my daddy’s construction job.  It was horrible, of course, and did not stand for a very long time – but it was my concept and the idea was completely my own.

The ability to let your mind wander about and create something from nothing is a great talent.  Back in the day kids did not have much choice.  Of course, in the early 1970’s, something called “Atari” flooded the market and my generation got hooked on Pong.

So goes the beginning of the end of personal creativity as we knew it.  I’m sad and I grieve the loss.

The activities that children take part in now will be the attributes they carry with them into adulthood. There is definitely something wonderful about raising a child with creativity and imagination. Einstein said that imagination will take you further than knowledge. I want to challenge parents to think about that. The next time you think you need to buy your child the next big toy or gadget, stop and think about how that will either encourage or discourage your child’s imagination.

My folks used to take me to the local TG&Y store and let me look around for the whole day!  I got to choose one new toy and it was the most important decision of my life, or so I thought at the time.  It was never two toys – just one.  Narrowing that down to one – wow, it was tough.

I had a Slinky!  It met with an untimely demise one day when it got a little twisted up.  It’s a painful memory and I’d rather not talk about it.  LOL!!!  My Chatty Cathy doll was the blonde one. She talked just fine until one day the string came out and refused to go back in.  When I was a kid there were games that sparked the imagination like Operation and Chinese Checkers. I had an Easy Bake Oven and cooked Incredible Edibles. There were toys that kept us active like the hula hoop and the tire swing hanging from the tree in the back yard. An old-fashioned bicycle is still the best toy for my money.  Helmet?  We don’t need no stinking helmet!  LOL!!!   🙂

BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY

TL 5-22 BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY

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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. – Plato

Today is BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY!!! What a temptation that would be, but I don’t want to go into that kind of debt now. When I bought my Clavinova it was a total GOD thing! I got paid one Friday and was looking through the classifieds in the newspaper. I rarely look at the paper, but that was the only reading material in the break room and I didn’t take a book to read. I spotted an ad – someone wanted to sell their nearly new Clavinova for only $1,000!!! My first question was, “What’s the catch?” I arranged to go look at the instrument and to my surprise, it really was all they claimed. The people were obviously well off and did not need money and wanted to sell the instrument quickly. I stood in the foyer (which you could land a plane in) and wrote the check! We loaded it up and it came home with me! Of course that transaction happened nearly ten years ago, but the Clavinova still works fine. It is not current in its technology – it uses discs to record. I’m not one to do a lot of recording, so it really does not bother me. I just like to play – and I enjoy all the different voices. It’s a lot of fun and how I unwind in the evening.

You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them.  Hold them in your mind until they become second nature.  – Les Brown

The thing we give most of our time and attention to is the thing we love most.  For me, that is music.  Without a moment’s hesitation I say that music is my first love.  OK – second love.  Of course I love Jesus first.  Um…  ok music comes in a close 4th – after my family.

I’ve discovered “fake books” and love them.  When I play within the confines of traditional written music – the notes, staff, rhythm – I am simply playing what someone else has already written.  It is not my whole creation but rather an interpretation of the writer’s vision.  A fake book gives chords with no other instruction.  It allows the one playing to experiment with rhythms and be as creative as they feel like being on any given day.  One day I may want to play a simple tune, but the next day I may want to be a little more intricate in my playing.

I have several “fake books” and hardly touch my traditional music anymore.  I’ve always experimented with music, from hymns to jazz to blues.  I simply do not enjoy following the songwriter’s rules.  Rules were made to be broken, right?

Maybe you’re not ready to sink a wad of cash into a new instrument right now, but if you have not tried to play from a “fake book” yet, I invite you to give it a try.  Just buy one and give it a whirl.  I really think having the freedom to fill in the way you want to will give you a whole new appreciation for music!  Use your imagination and let those fingers fly!   😉