"The season of driving over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house is upon us. Addressing three aspects of driving will help make holiday trips -- or any trip -- safer and more comfortable.
Holidays are times of good cheer and family road trips. They are also some of the most dangerous times to be on the road. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA
), drivers are significantly more likely to be involved in accidents on three upcoming holidays. In order of increasing driving danger, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve are statistically risky times to be on the road."
More at: http://autos.aol.com/article/protect-your-passengers/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl4%7Csec3_lnk2%7C179520
Be thankful for those in your life.
The United States
"In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World the Pilgrim's fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. There was corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. They found they had enough food to put away for the winter.
The Pilgrims had beaten the odds. They built homes in the wilderness, they raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming winter, and they were at peace with their Indian neighbors. Their Governor, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians.
The custom of an annually celebrated thanksgiving, held after the harvest, continued through the years. During the American Revolution (late 1770's) a day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress.
In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the middle of the 19th century many other states also celebrated a Thanksgiving Day. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of thanksgiving. Since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, usually designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday.
Thanksgiving in Canada
is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Observance of the day began in 1879.
Biblical lessons from the harvest
"Is there any connection or correlation between the Feast of Tabernacles and Thanksgiving Day? The seventh chapter of the Gospel of John describes Jesus Christ observing the Feast of Tabernacles.
In his New Testament Commentary,
for John 7:2, David Stern writes, “The festival also celebrates the harvest, coming, as it does, at summer’s end, so that it is a time of thanksgiving. (The puritans, who took the Old Testament more seriously than most Christians, modeled the American holiday of Thanksgiving after the Sukkoth [or Feast of Tabernacles]).”'
A History of Thanksgiving Day in the United States
The first Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Massachusetts, lasted three days.
Although records from the early years are incomplete, a proclamation of thanksgiving for September 1639 survives, as do proclamations for 1644 and for every year from 1649 onwards.
Thanksgiving Day was celebrated by the Continental Army besieging the British troops in Boston.
Thanksgiving was for the first time proclaimed by a national authority, the Continental Congress, for all 13 states. It was kept on Dec. 18 by Gen. George Washington and his troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
President Abraham Lincoln established the national holiday of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November.
At that time, Abraham Lincoln warned, "We have been recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven... we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown, but we have forgotten God."
Today was shopping day in the next town. Jay went with me, but he was very miffed that the thrift shops were closed.
The forecast was for 83 deg., so I was wearing a sleeveless dress, and we ran the AC there and back. I had the AC on in the house, for the animals, too
We went to Lowes to get parts for the cargo trailer:
Locite Power Grab Adhesive; as it can be used on Styrofoam.
Small electrical boxes; as they had to be shallower than the normal ones.
Regular and GFI outlets. Shallow junction boxes with covers.
Gusset angles; for where electrical wires go around the wooden corners to protect the wires.
Heavy duty metal repair straps; for where they just had cut grooves in the wood for the wires.
Several nail stops; to protect the wires that were going through the studs.
Plastic bushings for the breaker box.
And a new patio door handle, with lock, for the guest house.
We don't want to be stapling into the wiring when we put up the new paneling in the trailer!
Then I stopped at Krogers, Jay didn't want to go in, as he is there so often with his mother, so he sat in the van under a shade tree, and read one of the Reader's Digests that I keep in there.
Yesterday, Jay had brought some ham to me, to make into ham salad. Remember, his mother is still at her daughter's, so then he leans on me to feed him. BUT he had also brought some mayonnaise, and celery for the construction thereof.
I had ground up the ham, celery, a hard boiled egg, and doused it with real lemon juice and dill weed, and kept it separate from the ham. I wanted to have some myself, but I don't eat mayonnaise. First, because it is so unhealthy, even the light. Secondly, because it has mustard flour in it, which makes me feel ill.
So the stop at Krogers was for some Fage. (Fa-yeh!)
All natural Nonfat Greek Strained Yogurt, in the refrigerated health food section.
Jay made some with his mayo, and I made some with my Fage.
I couldn't believe that Jay liked mine better, he is so picky! He even tried some as a spread on toast. He said he is going to throw out his mayo and get some Fage.
At least in my small way, I can help Jay and his mother to eat healthily. I know I would be very picky about my diet if loving parents had donated their 13 year old's liver to me!
Some refrigerated sliced Monterey Baby Portabella mushrooms were on sale, and when I was checking out, the lady behind me said "Those are good", so I replied
"Yes, and I sauté them in Coconut Oil as it is good for you, and Olive Oil is bad for you when it is heated."
She asked me if Krogers sold coconut oil, so I told her where it was. http://www.montereymushrooms.com/VitaD.htm
I think I will make a scrumptious dish with them, to take to Claudia's daughter's house when I go tomorrow.
Y'all have a very happy and safe day.