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I am…flossing

Flossing Day encourages the regular use of dental floss to promote healthy teeth and gums. Interesting focus for the day after Thanksgiving which most of us spend eating and then eating some more. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day for good oral health. It helps prevent gum disease and cavities. Another benefit is reduced dental cost when taking good care of our teeth.

I made another addition to my brushing routine this year. I got myself a Waterpik. Surprising to see a little more food removed from between my teeth after brushing and flossing.

I found Flossing Day at www.daysoftheyear.com. For more information on flossing, go to: www.flossing.org

Quotes on flossing:

“Flossing is so important. Brushing does not get in between your teeth but flossing will.” – Linda Harkins

“It’s like the business equivalent of flossing. You don’t have to like it? You just have to do it.” – Peter Horan

“Never floss with a stranger.” – Joan Rivers

“There is only one goal. That’s to keep working and keep flossing.” – Red Buttons

National Cat Day

Cat Day was first created by Colleen Paige, a strong animal welfare advocate, to bring attention to the plight of the domestic cat. It was meant to be a way of bringing awareness to the number of homeless cats.

I read that shortly after inception, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals adopted Cat Day as an opportunity to get people to adopt pets. With such a day they could bring attention to the number of animals that have been rescued during the

year and the problem and possible solution to feral cat colonies.

How to celebrate National Cat day. That is easy. Hug your furry friend. I have two. And both are black with green eyes. And if you don’t have one think about adopting. That is how I got my two. Their owner was moving from California to Italy and brought them to the local humane society. If you are considering adopting think about a older cat as the kittens are easy to adopt. My two were four years old when I got them. A female named Jasmine and male named Elliot. He is a big guy at 19 pounds and loves to get on the bed and lay on my chest. Which I let him do for a little while. Another way to celebrate is to take them to a groomer or veterinarian if they haven’t been in a while. I took Jasmine for a bath once and they were unable to give her one so I won’t be doing that again. They gave her dry bath instead. Feed them a treat. Mine get a couple of Greenies each night for their teeth. They love them especially Jasmine when she hears me shake the bag

Elliot

she cries, sits up appears excited. Wherever she is she wants to get down on the floor in a hurry. I am happy to bring them to her and yet she just has to get down on the floor. She can’t sit still.

Bottom line just love them.

If you want to read a nice book about cats I recommend Rescue Cats by Susannah Maynard. All the cats in the book as you can guess from the title have been rescued. You see a picture of the cat and story about them. She also has a book called Rescue Dogs.

Quotes about cats:

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Sigmund Freud

“Cats choose us, we don’t own them.” – Kristen Cast

“Cats have it all: admiration, an endless sleep and company when they want it.” Rob McKuen

Today is My Day!

Yes, the Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparent Day. Something I didn’t think would happen for me. Then five years ago my first grandchild was born. This makes National Grandparent Day my day. Now I even have another grandchild. I am lucky to have a boy and a girl for grandchildren. I felt my two sons were a blessing and now to have two grandchildren is wonderful too.

Marian McQuade started in 1970 looking to have established a National Grandparent Day. Which happened in 1978. I learned there is an official flower and an official song. Pretty blue forget-me-nots with yellow centers are the flower and “A song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill is the song. I decided to listen to it on youtube. There was comment about going to the zoo with grandparents.  This reminded me of last November when I and their grandfather took our grandchildren and their parents to the San Francisco Zoo. It was fun. The kids rode in a double stroller. Weather was sunny and a little breezy. We brought our lunch and had a picnic. The first animal we saw were the giraffes. They were the animal theme for my grandson’s baby shower so he has lots of them in his room. The kids rode on the little puffer miniature steam train with their dad. While their mom and us the grandparents watched and took pictures. We also spent some time at the playground inside the zoo.  Fun day for all of us.

Speaking as a grandparent I don’t care that much what the activity is with my grandchildren I just want to spend time with them. I don’t live close to my grandchildren. I won’t see them on the 9th. I going to visit them a week later. Whenever I see them is okay with me. It is all a blessing.

I wish all fellow grandparents a Happy Grandparent Day.

Quotes Grandparents:

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley

“Everyone needs to have access to both grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.” – Margaret Mead

“What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loos change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure. – Gene Perret

“Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.” – Mary H. Waldrip

“Grandparents make the world…a little softer, a littler kinder, [and] a little warmer.” – unknown

Book Lovers Day

I am…a book lover.

Book Lovers Day encourages you to give yourself some quality time reading a book. Like curling up on the couch with a cup of tea to enjoy the adventure in your favorite book.

Book reading is a great hobby. It’s an important one, too. I read that employers look for it on resumes. Reading is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us both smarter and happier people.

Here is a couple of ways to celebrate. Show the your books some love by cleaning and maybe rearranging the shelf you display them on. Gift a book lover friend with a homemade bookmark, first edition or signed book. Throw a book themed party. Guests can wear clothes of a character in the book and serve food from the story. Like having a tea party for characters in “Little Women”. More current party theme around play “Hamilton” based on Autobiography of Alexander Hamilton.

Do you have a library card? If not maybe a good day to get one. Some libraries offer downloadable eBooks.

I belong to Gold Country Writers organization in Auburn California. Earlier this year we started a Read and Review program. So far this year each month we have been reading books written by fellow author members. I have enjoyed reading two memoirs. I got to know my friends on a deeper level from reading their memoir. I also read a couple of novels one based on a true story and one spiritual book around generosity of giving. We will review a book of poetry next month and in November my book I am…Transforming: Creating Meaningful Change through Empowering and Inspiring Thoughts. On my own I am currently reading The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr Edith Eva Egar. Another powerful memoir. I think I have discovered that I enjoy memoirs. As I also enjoy movies based on true stories.

 

Quote on book lovers:
“All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.” – Eugene Field

I am…working with focused attention

By using different techniques I have improved my concentration.  One of these techniques is using the insight timer app on my cell phone to meditate. I can use it for two minutes to over 30 minutes. I can just listen to music, sounds of nature or a guided meditation. Other techniques include spending a few minutes petting my cat, rocking in my rocking chair, sitting outside on my back deck, listening to soft classical music, taking a short walk or having a snack. These and other methods like logging off e-mail  help me reduce my mental chatter, so that I can keep my attention on what’s in front of me.

With focused attention I am able to complete projects in a timely fashion. Maybe because I have taken steps to reduce stress and anxiety this makes staying focused easier for me.

Quote on attention:

“The best way to forget oneself is to look at the world with attention and love.” – Red Auerbach

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” – Richard Moss

“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.” – Jim Rohn

“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.” – Michael Leboeuf

Experience (I am…experienced)

I have over 30 years experience as a professional bookkeeper and I have just over 10 years experience in writing inspirational cards and messages. I have around five years experience writing a blog. I have experience writing and publishing a book. I am currently writing a series of books. I find I am increasing my knowledge about writing from attending meetings of the Gold Country Writers. They have guest speakers, twice a month critique meetings, writing retreats, a mentoring program, writing contests, and  a newsletter. Their newest program is called Read and Review. Currently we are reading books written by our members. We gather together once a month and give the author a review of their book followed by posting a review online. I am enjoying this program for a couple of reasons. One is reading books by fellow members I feel like I am getting to know them better especially since two were memoirs and one was a novel based on a true story. Second the guidelines for doing a review are giving me more experience in how to be a better writer.

Where is your experience? In something you enjoy I hope.

 

Quotes on experience:

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“All experience is an arch, to build upon.” – Henry B. Adams

“Every moment is an experience.” – Jake Roberts

“Experience is the teacher of all things.” – Julius Caesar

“Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

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

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