NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY

TL 9-4 NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY

http://www.nationalwildlifeday.com/

According to the Bible, animals point to God as creator, as love, as designer and artist.  They are a gift to man.  To be around wildlife lowers blood pressure (unless you are being chased by an angry lion), and causes us to feel more relaxed.

I remember the day Lucinda wrote this first poem.  I had read that baby zebras are called DAZZLES which made me chuckle.  When I think of something that dazzles, my mind goes more toward a disco ball from the 1970’s than to a baby zebra!  Well, it turns out I wrote a poem that talked about dazzles and she did too.  For some reason, I can’t find mine – LOL.  But here’s Lucinda’s poem, Dazzles, and Ducklings.

TURTLE JOE'S STORYYELLOW WARBLERCRITTERS GREAT & SMALLGOD'S NATUREFEATHERS ON A BIRDI love animals…  domestic and wild.  Once in a while, a photo of wildlife inspires me to write a poem or some other piece.  God has created such a diverse group of animals for us to enjoy and care for.  How could we not take a moment today to celebrate the magnificent world we live in?

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I grew up watching Mutual of Omaha’s WILD KINGDOM.  Ah…  I see hands raising all over – you did too!  Wasn’t that a great show?

I never missed an episode!  Animals fascinate me.  The Creator obviously has a wonderful sense of humor and admires diversity in His creation.  We humans should take a cue from Him and start appreciating and admiring the differences in other human beings.  I heard a few AMENS I think.

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.  – Martin Buber

If you have a wildlife reserve or zoo in your area, maybe today would be a good time to visit, while the weather is a little cooler in most places, yet not too cold yet.  Of course, here in Wichita, we have the Sedgwick County Zoo.  It’s tempting to schedule a visit today – it does sound like fun.

Wildlife doesn’t always mean animals that live in the jungle.  Our turtle JOE lives in our lake, but he’s wild.  I wouldn’t dream of trying to trap him and take him in the house.  Our warbler flew in one morning when I was sitting out on the deck trying to concentrate.  What a noisy bird, but God had a message to convey, and if I had not heard the bird, I may not have taken the photo and the poem would not have been written.

Whether you get to go to a wildlife refuge, zoo or a park close to your house, observe God’s creation – think about how different every animal looks.  How some are big and slow while others are tiny and quick!  There is an endless supply of entertainment when you sit and watch animals…  or sometimes even people.  God takes such good care of us and I guess He wants to make sure we are not bored.  🙂

 

NATIONAL MOTH WEEK

TL 7-23 thru 7-31 NATIONAL MOTH WEEKMost of the moths in our part of the country are not as pretty as the photo on today’s banner.  Ours tend to be fuzzy little dark brown critters and nothing as pretty as their cousins the butterflies.  insect-626199_1920

This week we pay homage to the humble little moth, a creature that God made and apparently wanted to save and saw to it that a couple made it to Noah’s ark.  What are the differences between butterflies and moths?  moth-butterfly-differences

http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-butterflies-and-moths/

http://nationalmothweek.org/

Moths make up the order Lepidoptera, one of the major groups of insects. There are over 150,000 species of moths!  They live around the world, inhabiting forests, meadows, fields and human houses.  Since they destroy certain fruit and crops, they are classified as pests.  Moths can range in size from smaller than a pencil tip to bigger than a songbird.

Moths are usually active at night and rest during the day in a preferred wooded habitat.

So they aren’t just the drab little brown creatures that hang around our porch light and cling to our screens at night in the summertime.  Who knew?  I didn’t know there were folks out there interested in raising them.

The beautiful Luna moth does not have a mouth — so cannot eat — and will live only for about one week, with the singular purpose of mating!  There’s a small group of moths called “bird dropping” moths.  Yep – it’s because that’s what they look like when they are at rest.

Here’s a resource for anyone who wants to know more about moths.  It was written with the beginner in mind and is easy to understand.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/peterson-field-guide-to-moths-of-northeastern-north-america-david-beadle/1104512944

Did you know that moths like beer?  The Nature Conservancy writes, “Nothing attracts these guys like beer.  A tip from our scientists:  Mix a paste of beer, brown sugar and banana.  Paint it on some trees, kick back and relax, then check back in the evening with your flashlight to see the multitude of moths you’re sure to attract.”

 The next time you are outside and see the moths gathered by your porch light or clinging to your screen door, think about some of the fun facts you’ve learned here.  🙂

 

 

OREO COOKIE DAY

LET IT SNOWWe only have a few more days of winter, at least according to the calendar.  Mother Nature may have other plans, as we here in Kansas know all too well.  In any case, today is Oreo Cookie Day!  How will you enjoy these sweet treats?  A favorite, of course, is a big glass of milk for dunking – or how about a large cup of coffee for dunking?  That sounds good!  🙂

Not to put a damper on the day, but a friend on facebook mentioned that Nabisco is moving to Mexico and it made me so sad.  I really hope our economy turns around to the point where they bring Nabisco and many other companies back to America, don’t you?

Through the years Nabisco has come up with SEVEN varieties of Oreo cookies:

  • Oreo Chocolate
  • Oreo Fudge Cremes
  • Oreo Chocolate Birthday Cake Flavor Cremes
  • Oreo Double Stuf Chocolate
  • Oreo Lemon Cremes
  • Oreo Double Stuf Golden
  • Oreo Double Stuf Heads or Tails

There’s a perfect Oreo for every mood you find yourself in – and let’s face it, variety really IS the spice of life!

How about adding a few Oreos to your favorite brownie mix?

OREO BROWNIE TREATS (makes 24 brownies)

Ingredients:

1 pkg. (19-21 oz) brownie mix (for a 9×13 pan)

15 Oreo Chocolate Cookies, coarsely chopped

Instructions:

Stir chopped cookies into batter.  Prepare pan and pour batter in pan.  Bake as directed on package.

Note:  When baking in a glass baking dish instead of a metal pan, always reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

Per Brownie:

170 calories

8 g fat

2.5 g saturated fat

20 mg cholesterol

125 mg sodium

25 g carbohydrates

1 g fiber

16 g sugar

2 g protein

To lower the carbohydrates and sugar content, I use Pillsbury Sugar Free brownie mix – but it takes two boxes to make 9×13 size.  Adding Oreo pieces does add a bit of sugar and carbohydrate back into the brownie, but it’s not enough per brownie to matter.  🙂  Now, if you sit and eat the whole 9×13 pan of brownies – remember you’re adding 15 cookies!  Then you have to count them!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL SOUP SWAP DAY

TL 1-25 NATIONAL SOUP SWAP DAY

When the weather is cold, isn’t it tempting to make a big pot of soup or stew?  Well, in our house, it never gets eaten up in a day.  Since there are just two of us, it takes several days for us to eat it all, and we are sick of it by the time we’ve finished it.  It takes so many days to finish off the Potato Soup – ugh…

Today is NATIONAL SOUP SWAP DAY!!!  They make it clear that even though this is the official day to swap soup, it is not by any means the only day you can do it.  All you have to do is find a friend who thinks this is as good an idea as you do and coördinate, then SWAP!

I’ll make you some great German Potato Soup if you will fix me some of your grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup.  See how simple it is?  All you have to do is find a partner (or two or three).

There are a couple of things I would suggest, just to make the whole process easier and avoid some hard feelings down the road.

  • It’s okay to make the soup in your best pot or crock pot, but I wouldn’t transport it in the same pot.  Pots grow legs and walk sometimes.  It could lead to some hurt feelings if you have to go out and buy a new one because it does not come back home.
  • Be sure you and the one you are in cahoots with share the same kinds of tastes.  If I make a mild lentil soup for you, don’t make your four alarm chili for me.
  • This can be a hoot at first, but take a break from it once in a while.  Sometimes people just want to eat something besides soup or stew.  I know it’s hard to believe, but on occasion I like a steak cooked on my George Foreman.
  • If you swap with someone and for any reason do not like, or are unable to eat what they give you, don’t tell them.  That just hurts the person and puts a strain on your relationship with them.  I’m not saying you should lie, just say, “My the stew you made was quite remarkable.”  Or, you could just say “Thank you” and leave it alone.  If you over-state, you will undoubtedly get it again…  often.
  • This may or may not work, depending on your partner.  You could plan to meet with cookbooks and make a list of soups or stews that you think you and your family would like.  Leave your list with your partner and that would ensure that you don’t get an unpleasant surprise.  For instance, if there is a recipe for Turtle Soup in her cookbook, just don’t put it on your list if you don’t want to try it.  I mean, that’s what I’d do.

WORRIES GO DOWN BETTER WITH SOUP

Give it a try this winter.  It could be a fun time and a great learning experience.  You’ll never get bored with soups and stews again!  Wink!  😉