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September 11, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: “Painful memories will always remain, as they should, but remembrance stirs us to reflect on both the evil and, yes, the good that emerged on that tragic day and in its aftermath. The good is rooted in the heart and soul of American society. Right after 9/11, as a country, we stood as one. We were all in this together—as proud, strong, determined Americans. We must never lose that sense of common destiny ~ David Harris
★~ Make your bed day:
Odd, but true, statistics say making your bed every day allows your brain to start functioning in an organized manner and sets the tone for the rest of your day. Here are a few more benefits to making your bed.
Bed makers are 19% more likely to sleep soundly compared to those who skip the chore.
A messy bed tends to give a room an overall sense of chaos, whereas a made bed can make even a messy room seem more put together.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, picking one small task to improve your situation, and doing it regularly, can help you regain a sense of self-mastery. Making your bed is a good place to start, and tackling one easy daily step is a good way to energize yourself for tougher situations.
In the interest of full disclosure I did read one pretty good excuse for not making your bed.
When you make your bed, it makes a more safer environment for the dust mites living inside you bed. An unmade bed’s warm, dry conditions are harder for the dust mites to handle. Leaving your bed unmade cuts down on the amount of moisture in your bed, so the mites dehydrate and die.
I make my bed everyday because my sweet Mom told me I have to or my day will be really crappy. I believe.
★~ Hot Cross Bun Day:
Baked from a white flour base freckled with dried fruit, sugar and spices, hot cross buns were considered an indulgent delicacy in 16th century England, at a time when wholemeal breads were the norm for most people. In fact, British law at the time limited its bakers to making the dough only for special occasions; the bread itself was labeled with a cross in honor of its Good Friday consumption.
In honor of its holy background, a cross is sliced into the unbaked bun, to be filled with a powdered sugar icing after the baked bun cools. The finished pastry is typically consumed with butter or jam or paired with fresh fruit. For a particularly flavorful variety that uses raisins, lemon and orange zest, currants, cinnamon and allspice, check out Epicurious’s traditional Hot Cross Buns recipe.
If traditionally Hot Cross buns are devoured on Good Friday why then, is Hot Cross Bun Day months after Good Friday? I have no idea. Just get your buns out there and enjoy.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1773 – Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Josiah Quincy this day, wrote, “There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
♥~ 1883 – The mail chute was patented by James G. Cutler, a former Mayor of Rochester, NY. The device was first used in the Elwood Building in Rochester. Mail chutes can still be seen — and sometimes, they still work — in many old office buildings
♥~ 1962 – Ringo Starr joined John, Paul, George and Andy to record Love Me Do at Abbey Road, London, England. P.S. I Love You was recorded the same day, with Andy on drums again, and Ringo manning the maracas this time.
♥~1974 – Little House on the Prairie aired for the first time. This hour-long family drama was based on books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It focused on the Ingalls family and their neighbors living at Walnut Grove, MN:
♥~ 2001 – 911 Remembrance. The 12th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on American soil. In New York and around the country moments of silence will be held at 8:46 a.m. in observance of the time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, followed by another at 9:03 a.m. when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower. Further moments of silence will be observed at 9:37 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon; at 9:59 a.m. when the South Tower fell; at 10:03 a.m. (1403 GMT) when United Flight 93 hit the ground near Shanksville; and at 10:28 a.m. when the North Tower collapsed.
♥~ 1862 – O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) author: short stories: Gift of the Magi; died June 5, 1910
♥~ 1926 – Alfred Slote author: The Trading Game, Finding Buck McHenry
♥~ 1950 – Amy Madigan actress: Riders of the Purple Sage, Uncle Buck, Field of Dreams, Places in the Heart, Love Letters, Love Child, The Ambush Murders
♥~ 1962 – Kristy McNichol Emmy Award-winning actress: Family [1976-77, 1978-79]; Empty Nest, Apple’s Way, Baby of the Bride, Women of Valor, Dream Lover, Only When I Laugh, Little Darlings, The Summer of My German Soldier
★~ Good to Know: Minimal Effort, Beautiful Bed
♥~ The right pillows. By all means keep your favorite pillow—the flat, dingy one you’ve been carting around since childhood because it has just the right squish factor to lull you to sleep—but also invest in a pair of beautiful goose down pillows. Goose down pillows will look plump and make your bed look welcoming no matter whether you lay them flat or prop them up against the headboard.
♥~ Buy a bolster. Then push it up against the headboard and leave it there. It will make reading in bed more comfortable by filling in the space where the mattress meets the headboard. And it stays in place when you make the bed in the morning.
♥~ Linen is Best: Instead of cotton sheets and pillow cases, put linen on your bed. You can stand at the end of the bed and with both hands go flick and linen looks beautiful, wrinkles and all. Yes, linen is soft.
♥~ Ditch the fitted sheet and instead tuck in a flat sheet around the mattress. Mattresses are all different depths. Fitted sheets never fit properly and they never look good. Instead, use a big flat sheet—if necessary, buy one that’s a size larger than your mattress—and tuck it in tightly around the mattress.
♥~ Good Bye Top Sheet: You don’t need a top sheet. Instead, stuff a comforter inside a duvet cover (preferably a linen one) and let the cover do the job of a sheet. By eliminating a top sheet, you’ll be able to make the bed faster and more easily in the morning.
♥~ Buy the right size comforter insert to stuff inside the duvet cover. Because there isn’t a standard for the sizes of duvet infills, you can’t just buy ‘queen’ or ‘king’ and be done with it; you have to measure your duvet cover. To fill it up, buy an infill that is at least two or three inches larger. You can even buy one that’s six inches larger, and the infill should mush nicely in there. The You Tube video ^ shows you how to put a Duvet Cover on with Minimum Effort by Rolling It Like a Burrito
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