Saturday, June 10, 2017
For Saturday, June 10th, 2017
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
The moments of our lives may be bright with possibility, dark with fear or sadness, or even plain everyday gray, but God's glory never fades. May God's glory shine into the exciting lights, upsetting darks, and boring grays of your every day.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH, 2017
11 DAYS UNTIL SUMMER
Life is a Special Occasion!
It’s National Ballpoint Pen Day which commemorates the ballpoint pen and marks the anniversary of the patent filing on June 10, 1943 by the Biro Brothers. Ballpoint pens hit the U.S. market in 1945 at Gimbel's department store, selling for $12.50 each. It became an instant success and the rest is history. The Biro brothers sold their patent to Bic.
If you can't see the Bright Side, polish the dull side
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Like the pen, it (the camera) is as good as the man or woman who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart.
These days I do love a ballpoint pen. There were days in the past that I only used a fountain pen, but for convenience sake, I switched over to ballpoints. With the advent of the computer, I use a pen of any kind less and less. There is a basket full of pens and pencils on my desk so I’ll probably really never need to buy another.
Hot summertime weather is here and they say we’ll hit 90 degrees several days in a row here. So I’ve been thinking of ways to keep cool and also keep the electric bill down. Using the air conditioner tends to send it up. I used to have ceiling fans, but there are none here. They made a big difference so I have to think of other options. So I did some research on line and found this advice to be quite helpful.
On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight.
If you have central air conditioning , check the vents in your home. Some may be closed. Some believe that closing vents can reduce energy consumption by preventing the need to cool or heat a particular room. That's actually a myth, closing vents will actually raise your energy costs.
Use fans. When air in your home circulates properly, it's easier to maintain an even temperature and that means less work for your cooling system. Position your fans so they move the air in the direction you want it to go.
Washing our clothing on the cold water setting will reduce energy costs, and that’s one thing I already do. Ideally, a load of laundry should pack in as many articles of clothing as possible, but stuffing your washer until it's full isn't a good idea either. While the washer can likely fit whatever you throw at it, if you're using a machine drier afterwards you need to consider what it can handle as well. If there's little room for movement in the drier, the hot air won't be able to do its job and you may have to run the drier twice.
Reducing energy consumption with your dishwasher utilizes the same tactics as your laundry machines. Primarily, that means you need to reduce the amount of heat you use and load the machine as efficiently as possible.
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside, not just to the attic.
And just a reminder, that as the temperature rises, so should your water consumption. Getting enough to drink is important whether you’re playing sports, traveling or just sitting in the sun.
Wear loose fitting clothing, preferably of a light color. Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.
Use your common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors when you can and avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot asphalt surfaces. Pay special attention to the elderly, infants, and anyone with a chronic illness, as they may dehydrate easily and be more susceptible to heat related illnesses. Don't forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat related illnesses too.
I hope you all have a SUPER Saturday!
It’s National Ice Tea Day!
With our weather heating up here, Ice Tea will be my drink of choice. It’s very refreshing especially when you include a little lemon juice. I usually make my own, but have become quite fond of a prepared mix for Raspberry Iced Tea. There is however a raspberry extract available that you can add to your tea for the same flavor so I’m thinking I’ll be getting some of that soon.
Making iced tea is easy, and endlessly adaptable: you can brew it light or strong, drink it unsweetened or sweetened. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can start getting creative.
Pour four cups of boiling water over two teabags into a heat proof pitcher and leave for three to five minutes. Remove the teabags, and sweeten to taste by adding a little sugar. Stir in six cups of ice cubes until melted, or use four cups of cold water. Add in freshly cut lemon slices for some citrus zing, and keep refrigerated.
COUNTING MY GIFTS
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Edward L. Wheeler
Counting at least 3 things every day that I'm thankful for. There is truly is always something to be thankful for.
4969. for ballpoint pens, easy to use and convenient
4970. for ice tea, my favorite summertime drink
4971. for my fridge, keeping everything cold
Enter into His courts with thanksgiving — and in His presence is fullness of Joy!
PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Almighty and eternal God,
Protect our military
as they discharge their duties
with the shield of your strength,
may the power of your love
enable them to return home in safety
that with all who love them
they may ever praise you for your loving care.
AND bless our Police Officers, Firefighters
and Paramedics and EMT’s
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
ADVICE FOR TODAY
The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone dear…