Monday, March 28, 2011
For Monday, March 29th, 2011
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
March 28th, 2011
If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side
Today is Weed Appreciation Day
Dandelions were some of the cheapest toys that we played with as a child. We loved picking the long stems filled with sour dandelion milk, popping off the yellow flowers and linking the hollow stems together in an uneven necklace. We rubbed the flowers on stones or on my skin to extract the yellow color. When the yellow color rubbed off on anyone's chin, we would declare that person liked butter. Dandelions were also perfect fun after the bloom had closed and the seeds had matured and downy parachutes swayed in a perfect circle. How many children have enjoyed watching dandelion seeds float through the sky? We could not resist a dande-fluff and would either blow the tiny parachuted seeds skyward or would wave the seed stems in the air as we twirled around. But this weed is more than just a toy, you can also eat young dandelion greens in a garden salad .
Dandelions attract beneficial ladybugs. Milkweed is food for the caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly. Cardinals feast on plantain seeds, quail love sea purslane, mourning doves enjoy lamb's quarter seeds, finches delight in shepherd's purse seeds. Bees make great honey from clover.
So, what do you think? Has the time come to hug a weed today?
The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common. If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.
Praise fills the heaven and the earth with God’s presence and drives away the darkness. So if you want to live in the sunshine, praise the Lord.
Today: PRAY that your eyes be open to the glory of your surroundings and God’s creation.
NEW IN THE KITCHEN
National Black Forest Cake Day honors a delicious and elegant German dessert that consists of layered chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between layers and on top.
Black Forest Dump Cake
can cherry pie filling, 21 ounce
1 can pitted dark sweet cherries, 16.5 ounce
1 package chocolate cake mix, 18.5 ounce
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Dump cherry pie filling into dish and spread evenly. Repeat with cherries, including juice. Sprinkle cake mix over the top. DO NOT STIR. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Distribute butter pieces evenly over the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes
I haven't tried this recipe but it really does sound good. I think you'd serve it with some whipped cream on top too.
God, we are thankful for Your love and Your presence. Forgive us for grumbling when things go wrong, and remind us of how many things go right in our life. May we rejoice in You always.
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Lord, hold our troops in
your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the
selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need. I ask this in the
name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
AND bless our Police Officers, Firefighters
and Paramedics and EM
GOD BLESS YOU!
Nature is slow, but sure; she works no faster than need be; she is the tortoise that wins the race by her perseverance.
Henry David Thoreau
This week I'll just have Mr. Wonderful Monday and Tuesday so that leaves the rest of week pretty clear for doing lots around home. It would be nice if it got warmer so I could work outside a bit. Still there is plenty to do inside.
Otherwise it looks like a pretty ordinary week without much going on. I do love ordinary days.
COUNTING THE DAYS
If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers
Saint Therese of Lisieux
86 DAYS UNTIL SUMMER!
21 DAYS UNTIL CAMPING SEASON BEGINS
Keep looking ON THE BRIGHT SIDE of things.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone near…
A bit of love from someone near…