August 24th

Quickly August is leaving us. I am not ready for the fall to approach even though I know the fire fighters will be glad to see it arrive.

We are expecting high winds today and that is bad news for the fire fighters. I applaud all the firefighters everywhere for the hard work that they do.

This has been an extremely difficult year for them with no down time.

As summer comes to an end so do many jobs and the employment rate will go back up again. Hopefully there will be something in the near future to assist our unemployed families.

History has a way of repeating itself. The sad things is that it has always taken a war to bring us out of an economic depression. That is a very frightening thought especially when we have already lost so many wonderful young people to the war in the middle east.

It is time for our country to decide where its priorities are and pull together more than they ever have before. Instead we see bickering and political mud-slinging which we don’t need right now.

The last thing we need is secrets behind closed doors in the political arena. It is time that our leaders become up front about everything that the public wants to know about them from birth certificates, taxes, to religion.

What do they have to hide if they are truly leaders?

We always fear the unknown and the more you keep secrets the more you will be feared by the public.

Well enough said about that for today.

My quote for today : “Ask and you shall receive.”

I am asking the Lord for guidance for my son in his efforts to find work. He became unemployed yesterday and is very frustrated at this point.

He needs to work and has a job lined up for the end of September to drive Harvest truck however, a month is a long time without any income.

So my prayers are going out to all in his situation. I ask that we all take a moment to as the Lord for guidance in helping us to find our way to make our life better.

Now let’s take a look at the National Days for a more positive out look on things.

National Days:

24 Vesuvius Day

 

Vesuvius exploded without warning at about noon, covering Pompeii in a layer of ash nearly 13 feet deep. The other two cities were buried under mud and volcanic debris. Archaeologists have determined what life was like in Roman times from the volcanic-ash-preserved remains of the cities. Vesuvius is still active.

Today marks the anniversary of  the day Mount Vesuvius exploded.

On August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius, a dormant volcano,  erupted into one of the largest volcanic explosions in history, destroying Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae–all cities in Rome and burying them in volcanic ash.

The volcanic explosion resulted in the death of more than 3,000 people.

The volcano had another major eruption in 1631 killing 3,500 people.

Mount Vesuvius is the only volcano on the mainland of Europe to erupt in the past 100 years. The only other active volcanoes are Mount Etna and Stromboli in Sicily.

The Ring Lady: Skeletal remains of a young woman killed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. She was named the “Ring Lady” because of the emerald and ruby rings found on her left hand. Photo Credit: Vesuvioinrete, 1995.

Vesuvius has erupted multiple times since 79 A.D. and is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.

A 1906 eruption killed more than 100 people. It’s last big eruption was in 1944 and it destroyed four villages.

Today, nearly 3 million people live in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius.

 

1992 – One of the worst natural disasters to hit the United States occurred on this day as Hurricane Andrew crashed into southern Florida. Andrew left a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people, left over 50,000 without homes and caused billions of dollars in property damage.

 

On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew slammed into South Florida, devastating Homestead, Florida City and parts of Miami, then continued northwest across the Gulf of Mexico to strike theLouisiana coastline.

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[Times photo: Jim Stem 1992]
Aerial of a mobile home community in the Homestead area, destroyed by Hurricane Andrew.

In all, the storm caused 15 deaths directly, 25 deaths indirectly and $30-billion in property damage, making it the costliest disaster in U.S history.

photoHurricane Andrew off the coast of Florida. To see a time series movie by Nathan Gasser of NASA, click here.[Photo: NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center]

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More than 250,000 people were left homeless; 82,000 businesses were destroyed or damaged; about 100,000 residents of south Dade County permanently left the area in Andrew’s wake. Andrew also had a severe impact on the environment — it damaged 33 percent of the coral reefs at Biscayne National Park, and 90 percent of South Dade’s native pinelands, mangroves and tropical hardwood hammocks. It also created 30 years worth of debris.

Now we are worrying about a new Hurricane forming and that is Hurricane Issac. Florida is preparing for what is yet to come. However, if history repeats itself it will not be good for those in it’s path.  Let’s all say a prayer for those who will be affected by this horrific storm.

Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac’s path veered further westward Thursday afternoon and is likely to develop into a hurricane come Friday. Isaac threatens to unleash on Haiti.

Isaac’s path was moving westward at 15 mph as of 11 a.m. Thursday, positioning about 200 miles south to southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with winds of 40 mph, the Palm Beach Post reported via the National Hurricane Center. The storm’s path is expected to make a west to northwest turn Thursday afternoon and continue on this path through Saturday.

Brian McNoldy of the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang noted that Isaac’s winds have weakened since Wednesday, but the forceful winds continue to extend out 140 miles from its center.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Hurricane warnings are in effect for the south coast of the Dominican Republic and all of Haiti, added McNoldy.

As the storm moves westward, it looms closer to Haiti.

Isaac currently poses a threat to already-damaged Haiti, where 400,000 Haitians are currently living in camps attempting to recover from the 2010 earthquake, according to CNN.

Twelves inches of rain could fall on the country. “These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Isaac would be the first significant storm to hit Haiti since the earthquake and the NHC forecast map shows the tropical storm passing the region with winds under 74 MPH. “We watch those storms every single time they come near because Haiti is so vulnerable,” Amy Parodi, a spokeswoman for the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision, told CNN.

 

August 24, 2012 is

National Waffle Day

It’s National Waffle Day! On this day in 1869, a man named Cornelius Swartwout received the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Waffles are a delightful breakfast food and can be paired with almost any topping. Butter and maple syrup, fruit and whipped cream, a big scoop of ice cream, or even a helping of fried chicken—the choice is yours!

Did you know that the first waffles originated in Ancient Greece? It’s true! The Greeks would cook flat cakes called “obelios” between two metal pans held over a fire. Today, all you need is a waffle iron and a yummy recipe for waffle batter.

To celebrate National Waffle Day, cook up some homemade waffles and have breakfast-for-dinner tonight! Enjoy!

Growing up as a child that was a favorite of mine. I never cared for pancakes that much but I loved waffles. Mom didn’t make them very often mainly because it required taking the waffle iron out of storage then cleaning it up and putting it away until next time.

She usually would do it when there was left over ham and we would have ham, eggs, and waffles for dinner. I loved that.

I wasn’t a breakfast person but I would eat it for dinner. I think one of the reasons I liked waffles so well is because I could fill each square with syrup and I loved my maple syrup.

Now as I am older I go light on the syrup and rarely have waffles but when I do they are very enjoyable.

 

National peach pie day

While you’re frying up some eggs and bacon, we’re cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today’s food holiday.

Remember the à la mode – August 24 is National Peach Pie Day!

Celebrate this juicy summer stone fruit by mounding up piles of peaches and a little bit of sugar inside a buttery, flaky crust. One bite and you’ll feel the breeze in your hair as you sit in the swing on your grandmother’s porch.

Peach Pie can also be a point of contention between people, by way of regional differences. Do you require the sweet snap of cinnamon in your peach pie, or is it a cardinal sin not to include cardamom? Can you only make it in the summer with fresh peaches or do you sneak them out of the freezer or a can?

Whatever your peachy differences, it’s hard not to love fried peach pies. Perfectly packed up in a pocket of crispy-fried love, this little snack can easily become part of your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

It may have you thinking differently about that lovely lattice-top you were thinking of making, but whatever you decide, we’re sure it’ll be peaches and cream.

for more information go to : http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/08/24/breakfast-buffet-national-peach-pie-day/

 

Boy it looks like the best thing about today is eating good food. How about having peaches on your waffles yum. No matter what you enjoy stay safe and have a great day.

So until next time 🙂

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