BACON DAY

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12-30 BACON, EGGS & COFFEE

We plan, we toil, we suffer – in the hope of what?  A camel-load of idol’s eyes?  The title deeds of Radio City?  The empire of Asia?  A trip to the moon?  No, no, no, no.  Simply to wake just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs.  – J.B. Priestly

There are bad words that begin with the letter B.  We won’t be reviewing those here – I’ll not waste time, gray matter or space to dignify those words.  I will, however, let you know one word that starts with B that will make you smile and want to heat up the skillet – BACON!!!

Today is BACON DAY!  Did you know bacon had a special day?  Well – it does!  Most Americans feel downright patriotic about bacon!

What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?  – Lin Yutang

We don’t eat a lot of bacon since my husband had a heart attack a few years ago, but once in a while we use common sense and moderation with some foods, bacon being one of them.  Through the years I have seen some pretty weird things that have a bacon scent, such as:

 CANDLES

AIR FRESHENERS FOR CARS

TOOTHPASTE

ADHESIVE BANDAGES

SOAP…

just to name a few! 

There’s just something about the smell of bacon, isn’t there?  Oh – and have you seen the DIET COKE WITH BACON, or the BACON FLAVORED TOOTHPICKS?  If you can come up with a product that smells or tastes like bacon, you have a hit on your hands for sure!

Here is a Bacon Day Q & A:

Wasn’t that helpful and informative?  So what will you do to celebrate Bacon Day?  I thought of writing a poem, but all I heard was the sound of crickets in my head – so I just took a nap instead.  I was going to ask my friend Lucinda to write a poem about bacon, but I was afraid she would call the Wichita chapter of the men in the white coats to come and take me away.  I’m just kidding, she wouldn’t do that.

I did find this…

Wow – he’s really passionate about his bacon, eh? I think Lucinda and I should recite our poetry with bongo drums.  LOL!

And yeah – there’s a song about makin’ bacon pancakes.  Hee hee (hiccup – oh, sorry!)  Not bad manners, just good bacon…  😉

Well, I know that fried bacon is a temptation all by itself, but I like this recipe:

 http://youtu.be/Zg3HkXaKm0s

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It’s not too late to order your copy of Lucinda Berry Hill’s new devotional book!  Everybody needs a new devotional book to begin this new year, right?

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Click on the link below to get your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

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NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE AWARENESS DAY

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11-30 NOT EVEN ONCE

We recognize November 30th as NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE AWARENESS DAY, in order to generate awareness about the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals, families and American communities.

A picture says it all.  I watched this and cried.  I’m not just sad, I am mad!  The dealers are getting rich, knowing they are systematically killing their customers.  It’s blood money, but in most cases the dealers are just as hooked as the customers.  Where does this end?

Meth labs are in decent neighborhoods.  Some people move many times in an attempt to escape drugs.  A friend told me there was a meth lab about a block away from their house – in a small abandoned cinder block house.  Meth makers are like rats in the dark.  They wander around looking for an empty building to inhabit.  They’ll use any kind of building and they don’t care if there are children playing next door.  Actually, they count that as a bonus.  Dealers have no conscience and will get anyone at any age hooked on meth.  Remember, if they’re making their money that’s all that matters.  They don’t care where the kids get the money (they often steal it from their parents).  Meth dealers are selfish and destructive.

Even if a person moves to a so-called “upscale” neighborhood there is no guarantee there will not be drug dealers close by.  Some of the more affluent areas are where the high schools seem to have the worst problems with drug use.

Some things are simply out of our control.  All we can really do is teach our children about the evils of drug use and warn them about what could happen in their high school.  We pray over our neighborhoods and our schools and hope the kids listen to our advice.

If you have a neighborhood watch or a homeowner’s association, make sure they are on board with drug issues – on the lookout for any suspicious behavior and ready to report it to the authorities.  At any cost we need to protect the kids as much as possible.

Unfortunately, addicts often become thieves in order to afford their expensive habit.  Please see this link for common sense advice about displaying wrapped gifts in front of open windows.

http://www.crimedoctor.com/home_security_3.htm

It’s tempting to have your beautiful Christmas tree displayed in a large picture window with presents underneath.  Think about how tempting it would be for someone to smash your picture window and take the gifts.  Even if you feel secure in your neighborhood this sort of burglary can happen.  Addicts will do anything to get the money for their next high.

I pray for the ones who are addicted – and for the ones who fund their habit by selling to children.  I pray for the children who are tempted to try drugs or feel peer pressure to give in to temptation.  I pray for our neighborhoods – that God would bless us and protect us from this evil behavior.  I pray for the rehab facilities set up to help addicts and that the addicts would see their need to take advantage of those facilities.  I pray for the 12-step programs offered in churches.  May they help many addicts in Jesus’ Name.

This is the day we recognize the problem exists, raise awareness and remind each other that we need to be more vigilant about where our children go in the neighborhood and who they hang out with.  We love our kiddos and want to protect them.

Leave me a comment here if you vow to never try any drugs.  By leaving a brief note such as I PROMISE, you are being proactive in your determination to stay away from this temptation.  I hope after reading this post you will take a moment to leave a message.  I promise to pray for you – that God will help you to keep that promise.  ❤

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I'M LOST WITHOUT MY LIPSTICKIt’s not an obsession my husband will ever understand. I think I might begin to worry if he did, to be honest. It’s the love affair I have with my lipstick. Most women never leave home without it. Our lips must never be left uncovered.

Just for fun, I counted the tubes of lipstick I have in my vanity, in my car, in my handbag and the stray tubes of beeswax I have also grown to depend on. Lets just say if you count up the cost, you could more than likely pay off the national debt with money to spare. Am I addicted? Well, that’s a matter of opinion, but I do begin to shake violently if I discover I’ve run out of lipstick and can’t get to any fairly quickly.

Men don’t understand, but women have to get a shade that goes with every outfit they wear. There are some women who are happy with one shade and they wear it and call it their “signature shade”. Good for them and I wish I was that disciplined. I’m not. I like variety and have to change my shade, like a chameleon of sorts.

Sorry, it’s a result of training by my mother. Hey, I’m just now breaking out of the “HANDBAG AND SHOES HAVE TO MATCH” rut. Baby steps.

“A girl can’t read without her lipstick.” -Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This is the quote that inspired the poem. Audrey Hepburn was my favorite actress. She was a real lady and so very beautiful! Such a talented woman who inspired millions. She was just as lovely on the inside as she was on the outside. There will not be another like her.

I may take some time to watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” today. Her movies are timeless and classic, just like her! ❤

CAMERA DAY

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Scrapbookers are a different breed

The things we hope for, the things we need.

We wish for tape runner to finish that row.

We sometimes wish our guests would go.

We wait all day for that time to be

That special time – that time for ME.

Each photo is mounted, the colors arrayed,

Stickers and punches have been carefully laid.

Now we relax, this is our pleasure

Scrappin’ this page will soon be a treasure.

We always ignore that mental warning

Scrappin’ all night makes it rough in the morning.

But time’s unimportant, we don’t heed clocks

We just need paper and our photo box.

A spot adhesive helps to adhere

Those lifetime of moments that bring us cheer.

Our project awaits us, now we proceed.

This must be heaven – what more do we need?

https://youtu.be/b3-DLcZ7awQ

Today we celebrate CAMERA DAY!!! As I researched this holiday, several suggestions were given for celebrating, including a camera-theme party or a day out with your camera, taking photos of nature. These are great suggestions, but when I think of cameras, my mind quite naturally goes to scrapbooking!

I’ve been a digital scrapbooker for over ten years. I have compiled about twenty scrapbooks – everything from my photos of childhood to a book of my mother’s side of the family, to a book of my sweet dog, Casey.

If you decide to make greeting cards to sell, think twice before using a rubber stamp because that stamp may be under a copyright and you could possibly be violating copyright laws if you use it and then sell your card.  It’s a little fuzzy, but copyright laws are important.  I would suggest you use vintage prints for greeting cards if possible.  They have that retro feel that we all love and there are some beautiful designs on the internet that are labeled public domain.

http://youtu.be/eELV8qEiixw

My husband thinks that there should be a Betty Ford clinic for scrapaholics. He whole-heartedly supports the notion that a scrapbooker who is not holding firmly to her camera will very quickly develop the DT’s. He thinks this innocent hobby can turn a corner and head down obsession avenue.

He came up with this theory shortly after we attended a Manheim Steamroller Christmas concert in 2007. Everything was decorated in the Grand Palace to the nines and there were plenty of photo ops. I happened to have my camera in my purse when I stepped into the ladies’ room.

Now – I collect angels. I don’t have an extensive collection, but I have several angels, so when I notice a pretty angel, I like to take a photo of it. Inside the ladies’ room there happened to be a beautiful wall hanging of an angel. I knew I had my camera on me, so I went ahead and snapped a picture of it. I don’t think it dawned on me that it was hanging in a restroom! I was so excited about the photo, I ran up to my husband and showed him what I had seen.

He was trying to hold his laughter. With a straight face, he asked for the camera. I didn’t want to give it up, but I reluctantly handed it to him. He told me to stay put and he was going to the men’s room. I waited patiently for him to return. He mockingly ran up to me with the camera in his hand and said, “Look what I got a picture of.” My first thought was, “Wow – maybe they have angels in the guys bathroom too.”

I turned on the camera to see what he was so excited about. It was a photo of the urinals.

Well played, Palmer. Well played.

True story – I have the photos – ALL OF THEM – in the scrapbook to prove it!  Will I show them to you?  Um…  nope!

Oh – we recently went to the Longaberger Homestead in Ohio.  Yes, I did have my camera and used it a LOT.  Here is a slide show of that trip.

https://youtu.be/E0PlFTKIhyM

Happy CAMERA DAY!!!  🙂