WORLD HELLO DAY

TL 11-21 WORLD HELLO DAY

11-21 TELL THE WORLD HELLO

Today is WORLD HELLO DAY, a day to take time to say hello to everyone you meet!  Can you say hello without saying a word?

Now you know how I passed French in High School.  LOL!  That song is a good way to learn the numbers one to ten as well as a greeting.  I keep thinking one of these days I’ll find myself in France – at the Eiffel Tower – and need to know the language, at least minimally.  Hey – don’t deny me the dream!  I so want to see Europe one day!

How many languages can you say HELLO in? Well, of course!  Just as we can read our pets by their body language, we can read people.  Sometimes all a person needs is a smile to say hello.  How important is a HELLO from you?  It could make all the difference to someone you encounter, even if you don’t think it will.

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My husband and I discussed the other day a movie called “The Jazz Singer”.  I did a little research and learned that it’s been remade twice.  The original came out in 1927 and starred Al Jolson.  It was one of the first American musicals put on film.  The first remake came out in 1953 and starred Danny Thomas.  Because the film did not do well, Thomas vowed to never act in another movie and stayed focused on television shows.  The second and last remake came out in 1980 and starred Neil Diamond.

Yes, there’s a point here – (thank you for your patience).  In the 1980 movie, Neil Diamond wowed us with his musical talent.  I enjoyed the music so much that I went out and bought the album almost immediately after I left the movie theatre!  Three of the songs from the album became Top 10 pop singles, with “Love on the Rocks,” “Hello Again” and “America” reaching #2, #6, and #8 respectively.

Of the three, my favorite song is “Hello Again”.  I think listening to that today may give us the nudge we need to go out and say hello to everyone we meet!  🙂

  The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  – Psalm 9:9

Each time “selah” appears in a psalm, the musicians paused, either to take a breath, or to sing a cappella or let the instruments play alone?  Perhaps they were pausing to praise Him about whom the song was speaking, perhaps even lifting their hands in worship.

Last night as I watched the President’s address about immigration, I had a “selah” moment.  It’s as if the Holy Spirit spoke to me and reminded me that I am to welcome all.  Now, I have not changed my mind about how things went down- and I likely never will.  It’s wrong for a President to try to make a law – and I’m so tired of the lying and proverbial pulling of the wool over “stupid” American’s eyes.  About those evil things – I pray.  About how angry those things get me – I pray.

But, God reminded me that I am to be Christ-like to people – all people.  That’s my job.  That is what I can control.

I was also reminded of a basic verse from Galatians:

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…  against such things there is no law.  – Galatians 5:22

God does not see borders and He wants me to be His ambassador, His representative.  God does not like ugly – no matter what the circumstance.  God sees all people, and they are precious souls created by Him.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY

TL 9-22 ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY

To celebrate ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY, I wanted to do something fun. Nobody wrote more fun music for movies than Henry Mancini! Of course, this is BABY ELEPHANT WALK, from the 1962 motion picture Hatari! I am a John Wayne fan and this is one of my favorite movies.

Years ago, a friend of mine collected figurines of elephants because she believed they brought her good luck. If her back yard had been large enough, she would have had a pet elephant – trust me.

As I did research for this post, I found some interesting fun facts about elephants that I did not know. Let’s learn together:

1. Elephants don’t like peanuts. They don’t eat them in the wild or in captivity.

2. Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.

3. Elephants can swim – they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.

4. Elephants can hear each other’s trumpeting calls from up to 5 miles away.

5. Elephants can live for up to 70 years.

6. Elephants give HUGS by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.

7. Elephants have pads on their feet that act to cushion each step, absorbing impact.

8. Elephants are blind at birth, and some suck their trunks, much like human babies suck their thumbs.

9. Elephants flap their wet ears, cooling the blood in these veins which keeps the entire body cool.

10. Elephants (cows, females) are pregnant for 22 months.

Oh – and they know how to sling mud, so watch out…

And since I’ll never go on an African safari… guessing you won’t either… 😉

And more play – hey, let’s just step all over mom’s face!

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without. – Rue McClanahan

I read that elephants have a philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child. Are those little babies loved, or what? ❤

NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY

TL 4-29 NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY

There is a scene in “Forrest Gump” where Bubba starts spouting off all the different ways to fix shrimp.  It’s too funny!  That scene is on You Tube if you want to go there to watch it.  If you have never seen the movie, then – number one, you need to, and number two, you must be hiding out under a rock somewhere.  Tonight I will be celebrating NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY with this movie!

Since I was born and raised right smack dab in the middle of the United States, I am not at all familiar with anything having to do with the ocean.  I’ve never even seen the ocean, to be perfectly honest.  That is something that is definitely on my “bucket list”.  One of these days, I’m going to leave Kansas and go look at the ocean.  Which one?  I don’t know – but I’m determined to see a large body of water at some point before I kick the bucket!

So – I wondered what “scampi” meant.  It is a Venetian term which refers to shrimp cooked in garlic, butter, lemon juice and white wine, commonly listed on menus as “shrimp scampi”.

This is a recipe from an Italian cook especially for diabetics.

Diabetic Shrimp Scampi (serves 4)

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
11-15 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Heat butter and oil in large non-stick skillet over high heat.  When butter starts to brown, add garlic.  Lower heat; cook 1 minute, stirring to prevent garlic from overbrowning.

Add shrimp; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add wine, lemon juice, salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through.  Stir in bread crumbs and parsley.  Serve immediately.

Calories:  110
Calories from Fat:  87
Fat 9.7g
Saturated Fat 2.7
Cholesterol 7.8mg
Sugars 0.3g
Sodium 351.5mg
Total Carbohydrate 3.0g
Dietary Fiber 0.2g
Protein 0.5g

Fix the scampi, pop in the DVD and enjoy your evening!  Wink!  😉