Lent Challenge

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Today is Ash Wednesday marking the beginning of Lent. The next forty days many people will go without something they love and Catholics, like me, will forgo eating meat on Fridays. Every year I have logged into Facebook to see of a garbage bag filled with clothes. Underneath the bag it says, “Every day for Lent put a piece of clothing you don’t wear anymore in a garbage bag. Then you will have gotten rid of forty pieces of clothing.” Someone who I know has done this for years now. Today I started doing it and to be honest, I got rid of more than one piece of clothing. In fact, my garbage bag is almost full already and we aren’t even twenty-four hours into Lent. I thought I would share this nifty challenge with you as it is a way to clean out and donate something that many people need so dear. I don’t know where I am donating to yet, but I will share more after Easter.

Happy Mardi Gras!

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A few years ago I took a trip with my dad to New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is know for it’s jazz, food, and haunted history among other things I could right about. But, today is the day before Ash Wednesday, commonly called Mardi Gras. Down in New Orleans there are usually parades and parties being held. However, due to COVID-19 many of those celebrations aren’t going to happen until next year. I was happy to see many houses being decorated and to see the residents find another way to celebrate Mardi Gras. One day I do hope to go down to New Orleans for the real Mardi Gras celebration. I don’t know how old I will be, but I heard that it is a fun loving time. To all those who are celebrating Mardi Gras down in New Orleans I hope you stay safe and well.

There is No Excuse

Yesterday, like many people, I was shocked and horrified to watch the U.S. Capitol building be raided by protesters. Do people have a right to protest? Yes, they do! Do they have the right to break into a building and destroy property? No, they don’t! There is no excuse whatsoever for what happened yesterday in Washington D.C.

It was terrifying to watch as the news played footage from inside the building as members of this mob started to break in by banging on the door. It was shocking and mind numbing to see lawmakers lying on the ground before they left wearing gas masks. The horror of seeing people who had no right walking into the house chamber where they were jumping off balconies and sitting in chairs. The fact that these “people” managed to go into offices of congress where they read their email, took classified information, and left notes on their desk was disgusting. The worst part of this is knowing that they will do what they can to justify their actions.

I just read that the FBI is looking for information on this attack inside the U.S. Capitol. Here is the link: https://tips.fbi.gov/digitalmedia/aad18481a3e8f02. If you have any information about what happened please report. Let these rioters know that there is NO EXCUSE for doing what they did. The U.S. is a country of law and order. What happened yesterday is no reflection of the United States of America as a whole. Will the day be remember? Yes, it will, but it will be remembered as a day of turmoil and terrorism.

Merry Christmas

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To all who celebrate I hope you are having a very Merry Christmas. Don’t forget today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. 2020 has been a tough year on many and the holiday season has been hard on some this year being separated from their families due to the pandemic. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas today.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

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Happy Advent

 

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way.” “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.”- Mark 1-3

Today marks the beginning of the Advent season! The four weeks leading up to Christmas is a joyous tradition as each candle marks another week closer. I am looking forward to being home when I get to light the purple candle! Happy Advent!

Celebrating Thanksgiving

There is so much to be thankful for this year. As I said in my last post I will be seeing family through zoom for celebrations today. Only having people over via internet isn’t exactly how I imagined celebrating Thanksgiving. So, as a fan of all kinds of holiday specials, including Thanksgiving, I am going to be watching them. Here is a list of a few of my favorites:

The Mouse on the Mayflower: One of the original Rankin/Bass holiday specials you’ll follow along with a church mouse, Willum, as he joins the pilgrims on their long journey to the New World. There he witnesses the first Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Compact.

Rugrats The Turkey Who Came to Dinner: A little 90’s nostalgia here! Growing up one of my favorite shows was the Rugrats. In this special you’ll follow along with Tommy and the gang as they try to protect a live turkey from Angelica and their parents who want to eat it.

CatDog Talking Turkey: Another popular 90’s TV show! In this hilarious episode an unlucky turkey, Walt, finds out that he is going to become Thanksgiving dinner after the annual Nearburg parade. So, in true cartoon fashion, he finds himself hiding out with CatDog. The two brothers fight over whether or not to hand him over to the town or save his life.

Rocko’s Modern Life Turkey Time/Floundering Fathers: Yup, another 90’s TV special. As you can probably guess I am a child of the 90’s at this point. In the first part Rocko learns the hard way about letting it get out that he pardoned his turkey to the town as he winds up providing refuge for all the turkeys in O-Town. In the second part, Rocko and Mr. Bighead fight over whether or not a float should get into the Thanksgiving parade. As a result everyone ends up arguing over who founded O-Town with their own family history. A side note, Rocko’s Modern Life may not be suitable for all ages.

Garfield’s Thanksgiving: Ah yes, the Garfield special, everyone’s food loving fat orange cat finds himself on a diet the day before Thanksgiving. As a result John and Odie end up going to great lengths preventing him from partaking in the annual feast. That is until John decides he wants to woo Garfield’s vet and things take a comedic turn for.

Arnold’s Thanksgiving: This special comes form another popular 90’s Nickelodeon show Hey Arnold. Arnold and Helga Thanksgivings never go as planned. Arnold’s grandmother plans on celebrating the 4th of July and Helga feels unappreciated by her family. The two of them meet up in the city only to find out there is no place like home for Thanksgiving in the end.

This History of Thanksgiving: In this History Channel special you will learn all about the origins of Thanksgiving. Along with the story of the first Thanksgiving you will learn about the traditions of the famous Macy’s Day Parade and why turkeys have become holiday bird. You’ll also learn about opposing views to Thanksgiving and why some choose to not celebrate.

This is America, Charlie Brown: In this Peanut’s special you’ll get to follow along with the gang, Snoopy and Woodstock included, as they make their way to the New World as pilgrims. Here you will see the gang meeting Squanto and the other Native Americans who helped the pilgrims during their first rough year in America.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: No Thanksgiving special would be complete without this one! When Peppermint Pattie ends up inviting the entire gang over to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving he and Snoopy find themselves scrambling to make a festive meal. Grab some jellybeans, toast, and popcorn as the Peanuts gang celebrates Thanksgiving like no other.

Hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving. I know that this year is different due to COVID-19. Please stay safe and be mindful around those who are vulnerable today. Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy some Thanksgiving specials to lift your spirits!

A Different Thanksgiving

This photo was taken a couple of years ago. I wanted to show the empty chairs at empty tables for this year, unlike previous years.

As we get to celebrate the upcoming holiday Thanksgiving on Thursday things are going to be different. Sadly, with COVID-19 cases rising that means no fun family gatherings, except on Zoom, are possible. It all feels like these gatherings are a thing of the past. Like in the photo posted above, the table will be bare with everything either social distancing outside or gathering online to celebrate.

But, I keep praying and hoping for the vaccine to be distributed soon. Every night on the news, every time I go to a news site, every time I check social media it feels like a vaccine is close, but so far away. I had hoped and prayed that a vaccine would be available by now and celebrations of Thanksgiving would be a reality. Sadly, it does not look that way.

Even though I crave to enjoy the company of a large Thanksgiving feast, there is always next year. Or another time to celebrate when a vaccine has come out and COVID-19 guidelines have been lifted. Maybe this year, the meal will be smaller and the family time will be distant. But, who knows, maybe next year there will be a large feast once everything has been cleared. This year Thanksgiving will be different and I wish you all well during this trying time. Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Halloween

hope all of you are able to enjoy this joyous holiday filled with spooks and frights. I know that it is probably different this year due to COVID-19. Whether you are trick or treating or enjoying a fun night in with horror movies I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

Mum’s The Word

As I said in my last post, I love taking photos of mums in the fall. They are the perfect fall flower with a beautiful array of colors. I was able to snap a few photos earlier of these amazing mum’s. There is something about them that bring me joy when I see them.