My Hippy Dippy Weekend

We interrupt your normally scheduled blog because, well, my day has been interrupted. I got back from my walk this morning, and was checking my tomatoes for signs of frost, when I took a step back and tripped over a brick and came down hard on my right hip on my neighbor’s driveway. Thank goodness for helpful neighbors! One came and helped me up while his wife called 911. I had what I think was my first ride in an ambulance. It was weird to feel so completely helpless and dependent on others.

Once at the hospital, all the doctors and nurses and others have treated me very kindly. I had surgery to put in a rod Saturday, which so far has been virtually pain free, so I’m luckier than many. Up to this point, I’ve had the usual hospital food of Jell-O and applesauce. Hopefully something else soon. I’m also writing this on a different computer than usual, so it’s taking me time and more mistakes than I’m used to!

So just an observation – our lives can be much more precarious than we expect. You can be doing something as innocent as checking tomatoes and have your weekend totally change! Not to mention your life for the next three months, which is how long I’m going to have to use a walker. So if things are a little irregular for the next few days, you’ll know why!


Quotes about health and wellness
The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused, while nature heals the disease.—Voltaire

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.–Irish proverb

He who has health has hope. And he who has hope has everything.–Arabian Proverb

Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.–B. K. S. Iyengar

I reckon being ill is one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.–Samuel Butler

If you wish to keep as well as possible, the less you think about your health the better.–Oliver Wendell Holmes

Medicines may be necessary. Flowers lift the heart. But your smile is the best restorative of all.–Pam Brown

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.–Erma Bombeck

Our health is a voyage and every illness is an adventure story.–Margiad Evans

The sad truth is that there is no point to getting sick when you’re a grown-up. You know why? It’s because being sick is about you and your mother… Without that solicitous hand on your forehead, there is no one to confirm that you are really sick.–Adair Lara

This is a youth-oriented society, and the joke is on them because youth is a disease from which we all recover.–Dorothy Fuldheim

Time is the best doctor.–Yiddish Proverb

Visitor’s footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick.–Bantu proverb

We are not responsible for our illness, we are responsible to them, to what they offer and require of all of us, sick and well alike.–Kat Duff

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National Just Because Day

August 27 is National Just Because Day. For many of us, we do what we do each day because we have to, such as going to work or school, or whatever you must do. Well, today is a day to stand that all on its head. You can do whatever you want – just because!

Apparently, this was once a family holiday of the Goodwins of Los Gatos, CA, but it has spread to become a national, if unofficial, holiday. You are free to celebrate this holiday any way you want, as long as you do something just because you can. Feel free to do crazy things, like singing aloud in public (or in a committee meeting at work). Or skip work and go fishing. Take a walk in the park. Buy yourself flowers. Go for a long drive with no destination. Do something to feed your soul and not your boss’s pocketbook.

But there’s another side to this too. The holiday’s original creation was to give a gift to another for no special reason. That makes it a good day to do the same, or to volunteer at a soup kitchen, or help a neighbor, or do something nice for a shut-in. If you’re like me, you have garden produce coming on. It’s a good day to share some with a friend or neighbor. Get something fixed that will make your spouse happy. Bake up something yummy that will please a family member. But whatever you decide to do today, do it just because!


For the quotes today, here is a list of truly terrible “because” jokes – just because! By the way, I found these on the Funology Website. They do have some jokes there which are actually funny. 🙂

Q: Why did the banana go to the hospital?
A: Because he wasn’t peeling well!

Q: Why can’t you say a joke while standing on ice?
A: Because it might crack up!

Q: Why is tennis such a loud game?
A: Because each player raises a racquet.

Q: Why did the calendar write its will?
A: Because its days were numbered.

Q: Why did the computer squeak?
A: Because someone stepped on its mouse.

Q: Why did the thief take a shower?
A: Because he wanted to make a clean getaway!

Q: Why did the melon jump into the lake?
A: Because it wanted to be a watermelon.

Q: Why was the boy sitting on his watch?
A: Because he wanted to be on time.

Q: Why did the scientist take out his doorbell?
A: Because he wanted to win the no-bell prize!

Q:Why did the opera singer go sailing?
A: Because she wanted to hit the high C’s.

Q: Why did the gardener plant his money?
A: Because he wanted his soil to be rich!

Q: Why did the sea monster eat five ships that were carrying potatoes?
A: Because no one can eat just one potato ship.

Q: Why did the cookie go to the Doctor?
A: Because he was feeling crumby.

Q: Why did the surfer think the sea was his friend?
A: Because it gave him a big wave!

Q: Why did the spy stay in bed?
A: Because he was under cover.

Q: Why should you never tell a secret in a corn field?
A: Because there are too many ears.

Q: Why did the TV cross the road?
A: Because it wanted to be a flat screen.

Q: Why did the news reporter go to the ice cream parlor?
A: Because she wanted to get a good scoop.

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National Panini Month

Among its other interesting holidays, August is National Panini Month. For those who have never had this treat, a Panini is a toasted sandwich, usually made in a special grill not surprisingly called a Panini press, which usually presses grooves into the sandwich. Some people consider these special sandwiches nothing more than glorified toasted cheese, but to my mind, a Panini is far superior. In fact, just reading about this monthly holiday inspired me to change my boring old egg salad sandwich this noon into an egg salad Panini with onions, turkey, and melted cheese. Yum! By the way, I don’t have an official Panini press, so I use my tiny George Foreman grill, changing the sandwich around several times to get it heated equally top and bottom and front and back, in order to get those Panini grooves.

This seems to be a fairly recent holiday, perhaps created by Sargento Cheese in 2011. You can find some of their Panini recipes on their website. The Harvest Turkey and Apple Panini sounds particularly good. There are more Panini recipes here. The main ingredient is your creativity.

As a little background, the word panino is Italian for “small bread roll”; its plural form is panini. The word is the diminutive form of pane (bread). In some English – and French – speaking countries, panini is sometimes used as a singular word and sometimes pluralized as paninis.

So if you’ve never had a Panini, I urge you to check out the recipes and give them a try. For you old hands, celebrate with your favorite Panini sometime this month. Have fun!

As you might expect, there aren’t really any quotes about Paninis specifically, so here are some about sandwiches in general. Did you know the first time the word sandwich appears in the English language is in Edward Gibbons journal in 1762?


Too few people understand a really good sandwich.–James Beard

There are sandwich shops in New York which offer the nobility and gentry a choice of no less than 100 different sandwiches, all of them alluring and some of them downright masterpieces.–H. L. Mencken

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.–Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side.–Hubert H. Humphrey

There’s no better way to start your morning than with the delectable taste of our breakfast sandwiches. Our customers crave our breakfast sandwiches for one reason – they taste great.–John Gilbert

Call me All-American, but I love Ham and Cheese sandwiches. And not just any old ham and cheese sandwich… My mother’s is the best. I’ve tried many times to make these sandwiches on my own, but it’s never the same.–Andy Roddick

I used to have a jazz club, and I made the cocktails and I made the sandwiches. I didn’t want to become a writer – it just happened.–Haruki Murakami

I make a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich.–Jack Black

When I was a boy there were only three kinds of sandwiches in common use – the ham, the chicken and the Swiss cheese. Others, to be sure, existed, but it was only as oddities.  Even the club sandwich was a rarity, and in most eating-houses it was unobtainable. The great majority of people stuck to the ham and the Swiss cheese, with the chicken for feast days and the anniversaries of historic battles.–H. L. Mencken

So the perfect sandwich has to be toasted. It has to have Emmenthal Swiss cheese and a combination of sweet and savory – some cranberry or fig thing happening – with different kinds of meats like Black Forest ham and roast beef.–Kyle MacLachlan

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National Thrift Shop Day

I imagine most reading this have shopped at a thrift store, but just to be official, “A thrift shop (also known as a thrift store, charity shop, hospice shop or resale shop) is a retail establishment typically run by a charitable organization to raise money to be used in accord with the organization’s stated charitable purpose.” (National Day Calendar for August 17)

People shop at thrift stores for a variety of reasons. Obviously, one is to save money. A person might want to help out the charity the organization supports. Someone might be just starting out, or just not have enough money to shop at a regular retail store. Or the person might be looking to help the environment by buying used.

I love thrift stores, not so much for their clothing – although I once bought a jacket for $3.50 that I wore for 10 years – but for all the other things they sell. I go up and down the aisles, imagining what I could make out of all the little knick-knacks I see there. I have found such treasures as a Crater Lake mug with my name on it, household items, incredibly cheap candle holders for my Advent candles, colorful socks with my age on them, and all sorts of things that ended up in Christmas presents. I have a wonderful plush polar bear on my bed that called to me one day out of a barrel of stuffed toys as I walked by. And, of course, yarn.

Of course, I have also done my share of donating to charity shops. .It’s a great way to begin simplifying your life.

Also, I would be amiss not to mention Jeff Yeager. He calls it being a cheapskate, but much of his advice is about being thrifty – his mantra is: reduce, reuse, recycle. His first book was called The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less. I think he goes overboard sometimes, but he does have good advice.

So, check out your local thrift store today. Buy or sell, or go in just to help the environment. It’s always fun and usually an adventure.


Quotes about thrift.

(I must admit that as a Shakespeare geek, this is the first one that sprang to mind. It’s Hamlet talking to Horatio about the death of his father, and his mother’s second marriage that followed too soon afterward):
Thrift, thrift, Horatio, the funeral bak’d-meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.

Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character.–S. W. Straus

Thrift was never more necessary in the world’s history than it is today.–Francis H. Sisson (written in 1920)

Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character. –Calvin Coolidge

By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest. –Agesilaus

Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty. –Samuel Johnson

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship. –Benjamin Franklin

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.–Gertrude Jekyll

Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.–Thomas A Edison

I was brought up in an era when thrift was still considered a virtue.–Paul Getty

I like Goodwill and the thrift stores. I don’t like going into a store and picking from a bunch of cute stuff that’s already been found. One of the best parts is finding it myself.–Kreayshawn

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National Relaxation Day

There are few of us who couldn’t do with a day to slow down, take a deep breath, and relax. If that’s you, you’re in luck! August 15 is National Relaxation Day.

There is some controversy over how this came to be. National Day Calendar says that “Sean Moeller founded National Relaxation Day in 1985 as a fourth-grader. In an interview with Valerie Monson in The Des Moines Register Sean suggested people shouldn’t do anything of real value. Cleaning and real work are not part of relaxation.” Others think it was started by spa owners as a way to attract customers on this day. But whoever started it, it’s a good idea.

Many people will, of course, be working today. In that case, perhaps they can slow down this evening, do something quiet, or go out for a relaxing evening with a significant other – or sit down with a good book if you’re an introvert like me.

But more than just a relief from a fast-paced life, taking time to relax is good for your health. Lessening stress in any way is a good thing for your body. Observing this day is a good start; learning how to slow your life permanently is even better.

So make a pact with yourself to do something restful today, whatever that might be for you. By the way, it’s also Lemon Meringue Pie Day, so perhaps you can work a piece of that into your celebrations!


Quotes about rest and relaxation.

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.–Leonardo Da Vinci

For fast-acting relief try slowing down.–Lily Tomlin

He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.–Benjamin Franklin

Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow
The faucets leak, and learn to leave them so.–Marya Mannes

Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.–Indra Devi

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.–Sir John Lubbock

Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.–Wendell Berry

There is no mortal truly wise and restless at once; wisdom is the repose of minds.—-Johann Caspar Lavater

There is nothing so soothing, nothing that gets you into the rhythm of life more readily than working in a garden, whatever its size and pruning.–Sarah Ban Breathnach

To do great work, a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.–Samuel Butler

What we lack is not so much leisure to do as time to reflect and time to feel. What we seldom “take” is time to experience the things that have happened, the things that are happening, the things that are still ahead of us.–Margaret Mead and Rhonda Metraux

When everyone is too busy, don’t expect a more productive society. Expect a frantic society. –Jeff Davidson

Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.–George Macdonald

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National Ice Cream Month

I scream, you scream, we all scream for National Ice Cream Month! (Otherwise known as July.) Ice cream has been around a long time. Well, maybe not exactly what we mean to day by ice cream, but the idea of it started quite a ways back. Did you know that in the fifth century BCE the ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit in the markets of Athens? Nope, neither did I. But they weren’t the only ancient civilization interested in cool treats in the summer. Wikipedia tells is, a frozen mixture of milk and rice was used in China around 200 BCE. In 400 BCE, the Persians invented a special chilled food, made of rose water and vermicelli, which was served to royalty during summers. The ice was mixed with saffron, fruits, and various other flavors. And so it went on up through the years. As far as cones, there were recipes for making them as early as 1888, but they were popularized in the US at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

According to the Food Science department at the University of Guelph, ice cream consists of the following:
Milkfat: >10% – 16%
Milk solids-not-fat (snf): 9% – 12%
Sucrose: 10% – 14%
Corn syrup solids: 4% – 5%
Stabilizers: 0% – 0.4%
Emulsifiers: 0% – 0.25%
Water: 55% – 64%

And all this before adding any fruit, nuts, or other ingredients! Better to make it at home by the looks, with milk (or cream), sugar or sweetener, and whatever additions take your fancy. For me, chocolate ice cream with mint flavoring and chocolate chips. Yum!


Quotes about ice cream

Number of empty Ben & Jerry’s containers: 3 — two mint chocolate cookie, one plain vanilla. (Who buys plain vanilla ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, anyway? Is there a greater waste?)–Ally Carter

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.–Don Kardong

Stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot oftener, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more and cry less. Life must be lived as we go along.–Robert J. Hastings

[I]t was the color of someone buying you an ice cream cone for no reason at all.–Lemony Snicket

Sometime all you need is love … Oh wait! And ice cream, and chocolate to go along with it as nowadays love is anything but sweet.–Megha Khare

Ice cream is happiness condensed.– Jessie Lane Adams

“Not having ice cream,” she proclaimed, “is the culmination of all disasters!”–Brandon Sanderson

Eat Ice Cream. Read Books. Be Happy.–Carew Papritz

I can say with unwavering certitude that I have never started a pint of Ben ‘n Jerry’s ice cream that I didn’t finish in its entirety within 6 minutes.–Gregor Collins

Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.–Judith Olney

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.–Jim Fiebig

Unless your name ends in Baskin or Robbins, I really can’t fit you into my schedule right now.–Uniek Swain

I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day.–Terri Guillemets

I love dessert. All kinds. But there’s something about ice cream that makes me happy.–Rachel Nichols

My love for ice cream emerged at an early age – and has never left!–Ginger Rogers

I go running when I have to. When the ice cream truck is doing sixty.–Wendy Liebman

Happiness is, the sound of an ice cream truck.

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International Fairy Day (or Faerie Day)

Like many American children, I got my ideas about fairies from Walt Disney. We have Tinkerbell playing with Peter Pan, Cinderella’s fairy godmother, Flora, Fauna, and the bumbling Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty, the Blue Fairy granting Pinocchio’s wish to be a real boy. But the history of fairies paints a different picture.

Fairies seem to be particularly part of the mythology of the British Isles. They were seen in many different ways, from small people, to invisible ones, to the souls of the dead. It is said fairies are divided into the Seelie Court, the more beneficently inclined (but still dangerous) fairies, and the Unseelie Court, the malicious fairies. While the fairies from the Seelie court enjoyed playing pranks on humans they were usually harmless affairs, compared to the Unseelie court that enjoyed bringing harm to humans as entertainment. It was never a good idea to get a fairy mad at you. Much of the folklore about fairies revolves around protection from their malice, by such means as cold iron or charms of rowan and herbs, or avoiding offense by shunning locations known to be theirs. They were accused of such things as taking a human baby and leaving one of their own in its place (changelings), causing sudden death from unknown causes, or enchanting young people to dance without stopping.

The Tuatha Dé Danann (pronounced too-AH-ha day dah-NAH) are a race of supernaturally-gifted people in Irish mythology. They are thought to represent the main deities of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland. The Tuatha Dé Danann were spoken of as having come from islands in the north of the world or, in other sources, from the sky. After being defeated in a series of battles with other otherworldly beings, and then by the ancestors of the current Irish people, they were said to have withdrawn to the sidhe (pronounced like the English word she) (fairy mounds).

If you have read any of the Jim Butcher urban fantasy series about Harry Dresden, you know fairies in those stories are anything but benign or helpful.

So enjoy International Fairy Day, but be careful not to mock the fairies!


Quotes about fairies

Fairies, black, grey, green, and white,
You moonshine revellers, and shades of night,
You orphan heirs of fixed destiny,
Attend your office and your quality.
William Shakespeare (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof.–Neil Gaiman (The Books of Magic)

Don’t mess with the fairies.–David Mitchell (The Bone Clocks)

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
–W. B. Yeats

It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.–J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens)

Of course you don’t believe in fairies. You’re fifteen. You think I believed in fairies at fifteen? Took me until I was at least a hundred and forty. Hundred and fifty, maybe. Anyway, he wasn’t a fairy. He was a librarian. All right?–Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections)

I think that people who can’t believe in fairies aren’t worth knowing.–Tori Amos

The fairies went from the world, dear,
Because men’s hearts grew cold:
And only the eyes of children see
What is hidden from the old…
–Kathleen Foyle

Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.
–William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

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