THE TIMES I HAD ONCE PLAYED DRESS-UP ON HALLOWEEN…


Today, not only the fact will be that I shall be going to work, but I shall be dressing up for Halloween for a very special reason-The place where I work at, the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base here in Dover, DE, is having this Halloween costume contest in which the best costume would be judged; I am planning on going to work in a mash-up costume…What kind of mash-up costume, you ask? Well, that I cannot tell you, because it is kind of a top secret. Hopefully, I shall tell you all about it in the next post soon…

Now, this happens to be the very first time that I am going to spend Halloween in a workplace, so it is with that that I would surprise my co-workers with a costume that’s as original as I can think of; and boy, are they gonna be surprised…

This is definitely not the very first time that I had dressed up for Halloween-I had been dressing up for as long as I can ever remember, ever since I was a little kid. Which brings me to this story in which I shall now share with you: When I was a little girl and was then living in Philadelphia, PA, I was attending which I think was then called public school; That Halloween I had left my Ben Cooper Barbie costume-and-mask at home, so my old school had provided me with a costume that they say belongs to somebody: In case you have been wondering what that costume was, yes, it was a cow costume. And just before the school had its Halloween parade, I had begun to imitate a certain sound that all cows do make, and that sound happens to be: “MOOOO!!”

The Halloween parade at my old school in my former home of Philadelphia began, and I had walked on stage in that cow costume as very best as I could…

As the years went on, I would attend my old school’s Halloween parades in the various costumes that I have dressed up in, until I had graduated in June of 1987; So that Halloween moment in time, as well as others, wal all of those years ago. I have since gotten much older now, 44 going on 45 years old, and I had begun to have this certain kind of feeling that, with personal things of my own going on in my mind, that maybe I really am just too darn old for Halloween, and that maybe I should be fully concentrating on other coming holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas (while I should not ever forget my birthday)…But I do not think so, just not yet, at least not until after I would do just once more for the road, donning that top-secret mash-up costume. Just my co-workers wait and see…

COPYING & PASTING: How One Blogger Saves Time (Namely Me)…


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As my ReadAloud Delaware supervisor would say, “Easy-peasy”…

I have decided to try something different a while back, and not only did I liked it, it actually helped me to save time when one tries to find it in terms of trying to follow the draft that I have written for my blogs: I began using Microsoft Word to write post drafts for my blog, KALEIDOSCOPE (www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com); And then, I began to copy what I have written, and then paste it on my blog so that it can be published! Not only was this ever-so-easy, but also a wonderful time-saver because, since I now have a part-time job of food service work, and if I would write things instead of focusing what I should be doing, then I would be in trouble, that’s for sure…
Writing happens to be the most wonderfully important gift of talent a person like me can ever bestow; However, I might have to find time enough to write things since I would be too busy in my food service job, so the best thing that I would do is to try to create a writing schedule, so that I won’t have to miss out on what I want to write and whatever I should be writing.
On to another subject; Yesterday, I have gotten 200+ views of my blog, because one of my posts very much happens to do with National Cat Day! Wow, what a feat! But this is not the first time that this here blog has achieved a high view score: When I launched my blog as Dream In Music back on November 12th, 2012, I had 190 views because I had done a “Christmas Treasure of the Day” daily special, and that’s not all: I had also scored another high view, this time 430+, a few years ago, because I had done special posts to celebrate Jerry Blavat’s 75th birthday. Now, this high view score of 200+ is just another achievement for my blog, and as I have just mentioned, it is not the very first time that I had this many views, nor probably the last.

But just yesterday, I had begun to be so proud of my achievement that I almost forgot my smartphone! I was at the WalMart, and I was just charging my phone; When it came time for me to leave to go on the bus, as I sat and waited, I begun searching through my purse, and then begun shouting, “My phone!” that was when I realized that I had forgotten my phone which was inside the Walmart! So, I ran back in the store before the bus leaves, and then finally grabbed my phone before anyone would steal it. As I rode the bus all the way home, I clutched the phone in my hand so very tightly; That’s the bad thing about not focusing on the important stuff that you should be doing, and I for one had learned my lesson, because my phone had all of the things that are important to me, such as my calendar that has the days and times of when I should be at work. This happens to be, I think, the first time that I had nearly forgotten something that is so very important to me…But I am very much hoping that it would be the very last.

 

Are You Hungry for Knowledge This Coming Thanksgiving?


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(Zentangle(R)-inspired background artwork by Jenn Webster)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so with that in mind (all while addressing that this month of November is also National Blog Posting Month), I thought that it would be very well appropriate if yours truly shines the spotlight on the food companies that have helped shape the way we enjoy this most blessed holiday of thankfulness…
So, KALEIDOSCOPE begins its special series that focuses on those food companies of Thanksgiving, as well as a certain food dish that has been around for a little over six decades…(try and guess what that is!) Thanksgiving is such a most blessed time of the year in which we should give thanks for all of the most wonderful blessings that we have in the past year, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than by paying tribute to the foods of the holiday that we so very much take for granted.

    Don’t miss this very special Thanksgiving series, The Foods of Thanksgiving, coming soon, right here at KALEIDOSCOPE (www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com)!

 

CORNY SWEET: The History of The Candy Corn


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(Zentangle(R)-inspired background art by Jenn Webster)

There is a certain kind of candy that is so very popular with Halloween as the candy cane is to Christmas; The time-honored candy in which I am talking about, of course, is the candy corn, a confection that is primarily made from sugar, corn syrup, confectioner’s wax, and artificial coloring as well as binders. The three colors of the candy mimic the appearance of the corn, hence the name of “candy corn”: A broad yellow end, a tapered orange center, and a pointed white tip. Each piece of the candy corn is approximately three times the size of a real corn kernel from a ripe or dried ear…
There is quite a history as to how the candy corn came to be, as well as how it became sort of a Halloween tradition, I think…In the 1880s, the candy was first produced with the name of “Chicken Feed”; In the 19th century, a company that is now known by the name of Jelly Belly, the Goelitz Confectionary Company, began manufacturing the candy corn. By the late 19th century, the confectioners of America began to seek the candy corn, as well as the other treats inspired by agriculture at the time, to a largely rural society.

As with the fact that the candy cane has been a part of many Christmases while salt-water taffy has been a part of many a summer for centuries, the candy corn was and still is a staple of both the fall season as well as the holiday known as Halloween; The candy’s taste can be described as somewhat polarizing, and yes, it has been a subject of debate, but I am hoping that it would not be too much of a debate…
In olden times when the candy corn made its debut, it was often made by hand; The sugar, corn syrup, carnauba wax, and water were combined by manufacturers and then cooked all of them into a form of a slurry. (Oh, puh-leese look that up, I do not have any clue what THAT means!) For texture, fondant was added, and then to provide a soft bite, marshmallows had been added; And then that final mixture was heated before being poured into shaped molds. During the pouring process, three passes, one for each colored section, were required. That recipe basically remains the same today as it was then, while a production method that is known as “corn starch modeling”, remains the same as well, even though machines would make the candy corn in place of once-strong hands.
But candy corn could not just be limited to Halloween alone: There also happens to be a certain candy that’s sold around Thanksgiving, called “Indian Corn”, which features a chocolate brown wide end, orange center and pointed white tip. And yes, there also happens to be a Christmas candy corn, which is sometimes called “reindeer corn”, and typically has a red end and green center, while the Valentine’s Day variant, which is sometimes called “cupid corn”, typically has a red end and a pink center. And oh, yes-There also happens to be a candy corn that is made here in the U.S. during 4th of July celebrations, called “freedom corn”: That’s candy corn with a blue end, white center, and a red tip.

According to the National Confectioners Association, it is estimated that 35 million pounds (over 9000 metric tons) of candy corn are sold annually; And with that, one just got to need a bigger jack-o-lantern bucket!

 

 

MEE-WOW!: It’s National Cat Day!


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(Background art by yours truly!)

Hey, I have heard of crazy days like Halloween before, but this happens to be just plain wonky beyond belief: Today, October 29th, happens to be known as National Cat Day, a day that honors one of America’s most favorite pets, the cat, as well as bringing awareness to homeless cats. This day is celebrated every October 29th here in the United States; In 2005, the holiday was first celebrated as noted by the National Cat Day website, while also stating that this yearly day has been designed “to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us”.
Coleen Paige, a Pet and Family Lifestyle expert, had founded National Cat Day while supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is a non-profit organization which also works to encourage pet adoption.

Now, as to explain what a cat really is, it is ever-so-very simple: This animal is often referred to as the domestic cat just as to distinguish from other felines and felids, and are small, typically furry, as well as carnivorous, mammals. Cats are often called house cats because they are kept as indoor pets; Cats are indeed often valued by humans for companionship while being known for their ability to hunt vermin. There happen to be more than 70 breeds of cats that are recognized by various cat registries.
Cats have quick reflexes, a strong flexible body, retractable claws, and sharp teeth that’s adapted to killing small prey; Cats can hear sounds that are either too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, while having senses that fit a crepuscular and predatory ecological niche, and yes, they can even see in near darkness. But unlike us humans, cats have a poorer color vision, but they do have a much better sense of smell; Cats are a social species, in spite of the fact that they are solitary hunters. The communications of a cat include such things as purring, hissing, growling, trilling, and grunting.
Cats have been around in times throughout history, especially ancient Egypt, where they have been commonly believed to have been domesticated there around 9,500 years ago (7500 BC).

During the domestication process, cats have not undergone major changes during the domestication process, in comparison to dogs; The behavior and form of a typical domestic cat are somewhat the same from those of wildcats, so it is with that that domestic cats are perfectly capable of surviving in the wild.

So, for any of you who have owned a cat, then may I suggest that for today, National Cat Day, that you just simply hug your cat and tell them that you love them? (Just be careful that you do not get scratched…)

 

 

 

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Stranger Than Fiction”


God is the Author Who becomes part of the story-our story. The Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler presents his first message as Lutheran Hour Speaker.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY


I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord . Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord , who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand — you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord , well know. I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness. Lord , don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. Please, Lord , rescue me! Come quickly, Lord , and help me. May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!” As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.
Psalms 40:1‭-‬17 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.40.1-17.NLT

There is No Better Time Than Right Now to Enter Your Thanksgiving Memories in My Contest…


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Back on September 17th of this year, I had just created my “Memories of Thanksgiving” writing contest because I have this idea of doing another special for my blog, KALEIDOSCOPE (www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com) in light of the moderate success of my past special, Homemade Stories, and I thought that this new contest would be another great way for me to showcase other writers’ work.
Well, it has since been a month when I started this contest, and do you want to know something else? NO ONE has submitted their stories of their Thanksgiving memories as of yet, and even though I have extended the writing contest to November 9th, time is surely running out!
I would very much like to invite you to submit your Thanksgiving memory stories to my contest over at the online writing community, the Writer’s Cafe, at this address right here; Yours truly shall select 5 winning stories, 4 of them as well as the honorable mention prize, and their stories shall be featured in my planned special over at my blog at http://www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com. All you have got to do is submit your stories of your Thanksgiving memories to my “Memories of Thanksgiving” writing contest in 650 words or less. Then, I shall choose those five lucky winners in which I shall have their stories featured in KALEIDOSCOPE! Again, all of the complete details are at the link right here

Please hurry and submit your story to my contest by November 9th, or else I shall have to close the contest for good and thus cancel the special. Submit your “Memories of Thanksgiving” stories today, and good luck…Oh, and by the way: Thank you so very much.