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Fire up the grill

Today is National Hot Dog Day in USA. Not sure it really a National Day but it is a chance to celebrate one of America’s favorite summer sandwiches. Add lots of condiments. First Sunday in August is National Mustard Day for one of most used condiment on hot dogs.

It is summertime when Hot Dogs are everywhere. They are center stage on the grill, and at picnics all across America. They are at the ballpark. They are sold from carts on street corners in every city. It’s not hard to find them. We consume hundreds of millions of hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone. I had Nathan’s Beef Frank this year on the Fourth of July. I like my hot dog with mustard, ketchup and dill pickle.

 

Quotes on hot dogs:

 

“Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.” – Dwight David Eisenhower

“A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz.” – Humphrey Bogart

“May the dragon of life only roast your hot-dogs and never burn your buns!” – Author unknown

“Do you know what I miss most about baseball? The pine tar, the resin, the grass, the dirt — and that’s just in the hot dogs.” –  David Letterman, said during a baseball strike

“The Hot Dog has all four food groups: mustard, relish, bun and meat.” Author unknown

I am…on fire

I…am on fire.(Metaphysically speaking)

Does it feel like a fire has sparked new interests? If so, get in touch with burning desires and take steps to manifest them in your life. I had a desire to learn to play Pickle Ball in fall 2016. My next door neighbors were encouraging me to try it. They played almost every day when the weather permitted. We have outdoor courts near our homes. They made it sound like fun and set a spark of fire/desire to take action. I am still playing today and  have taken classes to improve my skills. Added bonus there are four players in a game which means I had made new friends along the way.

The fire represents action. Remember fire that is not controlled can be destructive. So keep an eye on the fire and let it remove obstacles in order to move forward. What sparks your desire to get up and start moving now?

 

Quotes on fire:

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. – Arnold H Glasow

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. – Buddha

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. – William Butler Yeats

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. – Ferdinand Foch

Love in its essence is spiritual fire. – :Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

“True love is friendship —caught on fire.” – Author unknown

Fourth of July

Let the fireworks begin as it is July 4th Independence Day in United States. A federal holiday. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as new nation.

I love going to the parade and watching all the different branches of the military walk by. Some like the World War II veterans ride by in truck. And of course standing and applauding as they pass by. The parade in Redwood City is almost two hours long.  It starts with boy scouts carrying a huge flag down the street. There are classic cars, old fire trucks, youth sports teams, college bands, horses,  local politicians, and lots more. It ends with street sweeper to clean up, well you know the horse poop.  There is lots of flag waving and the wearing of red, white and blue.

Celebrating takes lots of different forms. Choices include barbecue, picnic, parades, carnivals, fairs, concerts, baseball games and fireworks after dark. This year I volunteered to sell raffle tickets as a fund raiser for local High School scholarship fund. I also volunteered at local holiday celebration to answer questions and demonstrate how to play Pickle Ball.

BBQ on the 4th means hot dogs and hamburgers. I had a BBQ hamburger after I finished volunteering.  Ended lunch at the free ice cream social.

I went shopping for the hot dogs, buns, and dill pickles earlier in the week. I couldn’t wait until the fourth before fixing a couple of them for myself. Yum. Served with lots of mustard and ketchup too.

The fourth of July is a time to remember the foundation that the United States was built on. To recall the courage displayed by our founding fathers. And finally it is a time to appreciate the wonderful gift of freedom that we all enjoy on a daily basis.

Did you know that our 30th President Calvin Coolidge was born on the fourth of July in 1872? So far he is the only President to be born on the fourth of July.

 

Quotes for the 4th of July:

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D Brandeis

“Freedom is never given, it is won.” – A. Philip Randolph

“Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcolm X

By |July 5th, 2018|Affirmations|Comments Off on Fourth of July|

How can you help keep California beautiful?

I am…volunteering

One way is by volunteering to participate in California Coastal Clean-up Day. I volunteered with other members of my church to help clean the shoreline in Burlingame. We we’re provided with gloves and bags for garbage and recyclable items. The item I saw the most was cigarette butts.

California Poppy

Weather was pleasant with just a light breeze. Plus it was fun to work alongside friends. Oh, and the beach looked beautiful when everyone finished.

Then I moved to Sierra foothills from San Francisco Bay Area. Here I volunteered at a clean-up program in Auburn State Recreational Area. Again we were provided with equipment and given an area  in the park to cover.  I worked an area near a bridge and found lots of broken glass. I did need to wear long pants because I was walking through tall grass. I actually picked up a tick at my ankle though it hadn’t bite me yet. I was lucky.

During the summer months I get up early to take walks. The temperature is comfortable then vs. the 95+ degree later in the day. There is a nice paved path outside entrance to my community. It goes up and down making it a good work out for me. It is also next to a road and after seeing aluminum cans along the path I started bringing a plastic bag to pick up the debris. Good for me to get in a walk plus an opportunity to keep my area clean and beautiful by picking up trash.

What opportunities do you have to help keep California beautiful?

Quotes on volunteering:

Because I know I can contribute, I therefore believe I can volunteer my contribution.
-Preston Tulay, former Peace Corps and UN Volunteer.

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another. –Erma Bombeck

Volunteers are not paid — not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. – Author unknown

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. Author unknown

Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one’s ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them. – Harriet Naylor

I am…making soup

Yesterday I made the another soup from scratch. It was the third one since the first of the year and today is only February 3rd. I tried a new recipe from my Moosewood vegetarian cookbook. I have had this cookbook for years and made many recipes in it. I made Barley Mushroom soup. It was easy to put together. And with new tools like electric chopper cutting up onions is easy.

The first week of the year I made minestrone soup. Basic recipe again from my Moosewood cookbook. Though I looked online and tried something new. I added string beans for the first time and a can of crushed tomatoes. Usually I make it with tomato puree.  I have been adding Swiss chard at the end of my recipe for years. This time I decided to put in some baby spinach instead. Feels like I am starting the New Year watching what I eat.

The other soup I made was Provencal Vegetable from a different cookbook. Just to let you know I am not a vegetarian. I do enjoy vegetables and combing them makes soup tasty and healthy at the same time. This last soup has leeks in it. A vegetable I don’t find in many recipes. I like how they taste so no need to look for a substitute vegetable.

When I my children were growing up I would save bones from T-bone steaks and use them to make soup. My sons liked that I would put barley and rice in the soup. And since they weren’t crazy about eating vegetables I would puree the celery, carrots, and onion when soup was done before I served it to them. That way they ate their vegetables without protesting. Mothers are clever.

And they looked forward to my making turkey soup after Thanksgiving dinner. Even before going to bed I would put the carcass in stock pot with same vegetables as my beef vegetable soup. And of course I would add barley and rice. Sometimes I think they enjoyed the soup more than the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy from Thanksgiving dinner.

What will I make next? Maybe Butternut Squash, Split Pea or Spicy Tomato soup.

Do you have a favorite soup you make?

Quotes on soup:

“Soup is the song of the hearth…and the home.” – Louis P. De Gouy

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” – Abraham Maslow

“Only the purse of heart can make good soup.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup.” – Laurie Colwin

“Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal.” – Ina Garten

“As for chicken, I have it once or twice a week.”  – Jack Canfield

Your Words are Powerful

I am…careful with the words I use.

Our words have the power to shape our world. Use them to create the good we desire. Positive words uplift ourselves and others.

If we direct positive words toward a person or situation they have a positive effect. This would mean that negative words directed at a person would have a negative effect. So my thought here is to be careful with our words before expressing them either aloud or on paper. Words put on paper are just as powerful as those you express out loud.

As you go about your day, keep in mind the power of your words. You can make the world a better place by the words you use. You have the power to support and encourage others by the words you use.

We are in this world together let’s work toward peace, love and understanding by being careful with the words we use.

Quotes on words:

“Da Da”: Powerful enough to make a grown man cry when spoken for the first time by his son. – Source unknown.

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil.” Siddhartha Gotoma or Buddha (563-483 B.C.)

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless.” – Mother Theresa

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.” – Dale Carnegie

Words have longer life than deeds.” – Pindar

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

Independence Day

Let the fireworks begin as it is July 4th Independence Day in United States. A federal holiday. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as new nation.

I love going to the parade and watching all the different branches of the military walk by. Some like the World War II veterans ride by in truck. And of course standing and applauding as they pass by. The parade in Redwood City is almost two hours long.  It starts with boy scouts carrying a huge flag down the street. There are classic cars, old fire trucks, youth sports teams, college bands, horses,  local politicians, and lots more. It ends with street sweeper to clean up, well you know the horse poop.  There is lots of flag waving and the wearing of red, white and blue.

Celebrating takes lots of different forms. Choices include barbecue, picnic, parades, carnivals, fairs, concerts, baseball games and fireworks after dark. BBQ on the 4th means hot dogs and hamburgers. I went shopping for the hot dogs, buns, and dill pickles earlier in the week. I couldn’t wait until the fourth before fixing a couple of them for myself. Yum. Served with lots of mustard and ketchup too.

The fourth of July is also a time to remember the foundation that the United States was built on. To recall the courage displayed by our founding fathers. And finally it is a time to appreciate the wonderful gift of freedom that we all enjoy on a daily basis.

Did you know that our 30th President Calvin Coolidge was born on the fourth of July in 1872? So far he is the only President to be born on the fourth of July.

 

Quotes for the 4th of July:

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D Brandeis

“Freedom is never given, it is won.” – A. Philip Randolph

“Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Malcolm X

By |July 4th, 2017|Inspirational, motivational, motivational thoughts, positive thinking, uplifting|Comments Off on Independence Day|

Boy’s It’s Hot!

June 22nd is National HVAC Tech Day. It was established in 2016. Here in Northern California it has been hot for the last four days. Today is supposed to be the hottest day of the week and the highest temperature on this day in recorded history. Power outages are being reported and I have a friend whose AC broke down four days ago. An HVAC tech came out the next day  to replace a part. Before that they went out and purchased a couple of window air conditioners. With the inside temperature being 95 they felt pushed to take steps to make their home comfortable for sleeping that night. Unfortunately, it looks like the whole unit may need to be replaced.  They were very happy to have a tech come out. I bet you would be happy to have an HVAC tech come out and get either your heating or cooling system up and running.

Why should we show appreciation for  HVAC(Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) Technicians?

I think I just demonstrated the reason. Having your house at 95 degrees inside is not healthy and of course very uncomfortable.  Remember HVAC technicians tirelessly brave the sweltering heat and numbing cold to restore our comfort, often at the hottest (as we are currently experiencing in Northern California) and coldest times of the year.

They will go where you don’t want to. Like crawl spaces, attics and all points in between. This is where you’ll find an HVAC tech. Depending on the age and condition of the building, they may run into anything from dust, debris and cobwebs to pests, small animals, mildew, wet ground and claustrophobically close quarters.

They can save us money. Having regular maintenance, by a trusted HVAC technician, helps keep your system running at peak efficiency. That prevents energy waste and minimizes wear and tear that can shorten the life of your HVAC equipment.

How to Observe: To celebrate the day and show appreciation to your HVAC technician, enter #NationalHVACTechDay when using social media.

Quote on air conditioning:

I grew up in northern California, where it was consistently in the hundreds in the summertime. My dad didn’t think he should have to turn on the air conditioning when we had a swimming pool in our backyard; it was our built-in air conditioner. Summer Sanders

HVAC pun:

Soon it will be May, and that’s HVAC season. Time to get my ducts in a row,

Technician: “When did your AC go out?”

Client: “Last night.”

Technician: “Well, I hope it had a good time.”

By |June 22nd, 2017|Affirmations|Comments Off on Boy’s It’s Hot!|

I am…me

Yes, I am…me as today is National Selfie Day. Who knew that 3 years ago this “Special” day was created.

Thanks to social media and the smartphone, June 21st recognizes a form of self-portrait that couldn’t exist without them.  It’s National Selfie Day!

On National Selfie Day, we are encouraged to take creative (appropriate) selfies and share them on social media.

While the act of taking a selfie may predate social media, smartphones and the word which is now in the Oxford dictionary, the popularity of taking these self-portraits and the ability to do so has never been easier. Selfie sticks and multi-functional camera phones make it all too easy to take these kinds of photographs as well as group selfies (aka groupies)

To observe this day – Use #NationalSelfieDay to share on social media and visit www.nationalselfieday.net.

I used my tablet recently to take a selfie on me the trail to Cathedral Rock in Sedona AZ.  That is the photo I shared on this blog.

Now go out there and take a selfie. Have fun.

Selfie Captions:

  1. Confidence level: selfie with no filter.
  2. Have you ever considered finding another hobby besides taking pictures of yourself?
  3. Too bad you can’t take selfies of your character.
  4. Does this selfie make me look fat?
  5. Real men don’t take selfies.
  6. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
  7. Anybody have plans to stare at their phone somewhere exciting this weekend?
  8. Your hair is 90% of your selfie.
  9. That awkward moment when someone is watching you take a picture of yourself.
  10. May you someday find someone to love you as much as your selfies indicate you love yourself.

I am…in sync

I had a busy work day at a client and tired as I was just wanting to go home and stop moving.  I decided to make a quick trip to the grocery store. I stopped at the local Safeway store in order to get a few things for Thanksgiving lunch I was going to have with my mother. I drove into the parking lot and luck was on my side. I found an end parking space near the door. I went to get a shopping cart and found one even though there were only a few left. This would be a good indication that the store is very busy. I proceed inside and I quickly found everything I needed. I am walking down the freezer aisle heading to the checkout stands and to my amazement it looks like there is a station straight ahead with no one in line. And before I get there the cashier asks me if I am ready. To which I say Yes. Unbelievable that  I didn’t have to stand in a long line and wait. Easy in, Easy out. It is nice when my thoughts are in sync with my action and outcome.  Life can be sweet.

Quote on in sync:

“If people aren’t in sync, things won’t work out well.” – Stephen Hopkins

“Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.” – Stephen Richards

“When you stop existing and you start truly living, each moment of the day comes alive with the wonder and synchronicity.” – Steve Maraboli