Thursday, April 26, 2018
For Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2018
56 Days Until Summer
Sunrise: 6:32 am
Sunset: 8:20 pm
Life is a Special Occasion!
It’s National Pretzel Day!
Centuries ago, monks created the first pretzels from scrapes of leftover dough. The unique knot shape represented the Holy Trinity, but the significance of this symbol has evolved over the course of history. During the 17th century pretzels symbolized the bond of marriage. This is where the phrase, tying the knot, originated. Today traditional soft pretzels are popular at sporting events, carnivals and festivals.
Hard pretzels are a fairly new invention compared to the original soft pretzels. According to legend, in the late 1600’s a Pennsylvania baker forgot a batch of pretzels in the oven. The over baked treats were dark and hard, but the baker sampled one anyway. He was pleasantly surprised by the crunchy deliciousness. Hard pretzels are now one of the most popular snack foods.
To celebrate today simply enjoy your favorite type of pretzel!
Today is also Audubon Day and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
This week is Administrative Professionals Week
If you can't see the Bright Side, polish the dull side
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Life is a happy thing, a festival to be enjoyed rather than a drudgery to be endured.
Pretzels are a great snack and I especially enjoy them with dip so I thought I’d share one of my favorites today. It is similar to the popular strawberry pretzel salad, but is a delicious dip.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
8 ounce tub Cool Whip
3/4 cup Strawberry Pie Filling, divided
Pretzels for serving
Use a hand mixer to beat cream cheese, sugar and salt until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Stir in about 1/2 cup of pie filling. Chill dip until ready to serve.
When ready to serve, place dip in serving bowl and top with 1/4 of pie filling for garnish. Serve with pretzels.
So far this week I’ve deviated from my 15 minutes a day plan and turned my attention to the sunporch. It had become a dumping place during the winter and needed a good cleaning . Now that is done I will hopefully finish off the cleaning out the closets by the end of the week.
I love having the sunporch to enjoy in the nice weather and spend a lot of my time there. It has windows and screens to open when it warms up. I took some pictures of it to show you today. It’s my little summer oasis and is shaded by the big oak tree outside.
Next week I hope to start on Spring cleaning. With the nice weather and more daylight, the dust bunnies really show up and the windows need a good cleaning too. There is nothing quite like a sunny day to show you where the dirt is.
Of course, the grass will soon need mowing too…there are going to be some very busy and happy days ahead.
I hope you all have a GREAT day. Happy Thursday!
COUNTING MY GIFTS
To live is so startling it leaves time for little else.
Counting at least 3 things every day that I'm thankful for. There is truly is always something to be thankful for.
5921. for a sunporch to enjoy
5922. for strawberry dip and pretzels. Yum!
5923. for busy days that keep me out of trouble
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
My advice for a good life is to stay busy, involved and interested.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone dear…