Behind the Scenes this Morning

January 10, 2008 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Today’s quote by Ben Franklin “The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished.” came from a box of Celestial Seasonings tea I picked up at the IGA this morning after dropping the kids off at school.  I wanted to get some ingredients to make two pot pies to deliver to a few friends today who need food.  I don’t know if it’s still on your heart to take food to people who’ve been in the hospital, but it’s so appreciated by folks.  It’s a grace the older generation know and do well, and one we are often too busy to do.  Since I’m home, I figure I can joing that part of hospitality, even though I can’t often have people into my own home due to, you know, health risks from walking across a cluttered carpet floor.  Anyway, I love these quotes on food lately.  Dove chocolate has fun sayings and challenges, too.  (Though, last week I read one that said to “wink at the person driving past you”.  Right.  Like THAT is going to work on any level of thought.  We laughed, though.

The name of this tea with today’s quote is “Tension Tamer”.  Sounded GREAT.  It has some ingredient unknown to me called Eleuthero (okay, so WordPress just linked it for me, I’ll have to read it when I get done typing), apparently recognized by the Chinese to help “restore harmony” to your hectic day.  Any cup of decaf tea helps restore “harmony to my hectic day”, but I’ll be interested to look this herb up. 

It cracks me up to see a tea call “all ingredients natural” when I don’t recognize the ingredients at all.  It grows in nature, so do snakes, for heaven’s sake.  But, hey….I’m drinking out of my new “delight in the everyday” mug by Ali Edwards, designer, that I got myself for Christmas off her website.  In that cup, we are delight with even snakes and dirt and whatever “natural things from nature” may be in our tea.  Just goes back to what Mom used to say, “A little dirt isn’t going to hurt anybody.  It’s fiber.” 

In other news, I’ve been getting a MUSIC e-newsletter the last couple weeks  from Christianity Today.  I’m really enjoying it.  I was getting one from Christianity Today on women for a while, but found myself sighing when it came into my inbox for some reason.  As I went to unsubscribe, I found this one and thought I’d give it a whirl for variety.  It’s good:  concise, informative, personal, to the point, with a lot of added information thrown in for good measure for other age group music, etc.  Just how I like it.

Today, the author said that in the 30 sec ad for the new American Idol series, they chose music for the background of the ad from a relatively obscure Christian music group I’ve been reading about the last fear years on blogs called “Coldplay“.  It is said that they have a fresh sound mimicing the quality of rock stuff in secular music.  I’ll have to give them a listen sometime.  I have a feeling it is not my genre of choice, but I’d still like to know what’s out there.  I agree with the author:   it’s cool that music is being selected for it’s integrity and quality rather than it’s specific genre for high exposure ads like this.   Not every band is geared to do something like that, but this band hit’s a crossover audience more easily perhaps.

I’m going to start a new post to techie tip for email, so stay tuned for that today. 

(Why a second post?  Let me tell you, since you asked.  🙂  People people search for things by topic.  If you don’t create a new post and give it a clear title with key words in it, google can’t find it.  If google can’t find you, people can’t find you, and if they don’t make it to your blog, they may never meet Jesus through you.  Get it?…okay, so that was another little techie hint for you bloggers today).

Have a great day!

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