Kindness…..What if?

Yesterday I had an opportunity to be a blessing to someone. I had a gentle urging to do something nice for someone else and I listened to that urge. I was immensely blessed in return. I am not going to tell you what happened because it truly wasn’t that big of a deal but it made me and the other person feel good and that is all that matters. My Christian friends would call that urge Jesus or God speaking to me. My non religious friends would say it’s my conscience. Whatever you choose to call it wouldn’t it be nice if we all listened?

As I woke up to the news of yet another shooting this morning and more political name calling and I couldn’t help but think if everyone took just a minute or two out of their day to help someone else what a wonderful world this would truly be. Supposed someone had tried to help the marine with PTSD? What if instead of cursing and name calling those who have religious or political beliefs different from our own we all tried to just be kind? What if we all had just a little more understanding of others views rather than shoving ours down their throats? What if someone does or says something we don’t agree with we just agreed to disagree and moved on. What if someone hurts our feelings and we choose to forgive? What if…..What if…..Sigh. 😞 We could “what if” all day. Until we all stop and put ourselves in another’s shoes and choose kindness nothing changes. And I think we can all agree we need change.

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What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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So what are you doing New Year’s Eve? Going out to a party somewhere or staying home like us? We will most likely be spending our night tending to chickens, goats, ducks, dogs and cats as usual! I do love holidays and traditions though and New Years is full of fun activities and traditions.
Some of the traditions that we take for granted actually came from ancient times. So while you are celebrating this year you might want to take a look at where your traditions come from or add a new one or two. (Source: The Farmers Almanac)

Get loud and Noisy!
In ancient Thailand they fired guns to frighten off demons.
In China, people use firecrackers to ward off the forces of darkness.
In the American colonies gun shots were heard throughout the night.
Shooting shotguns is still done in many Southern rural areas today! We did this as kids at my Grandma’s!
In Italy church bells ring, people of Switzerland beat drums; sirens and party horns blast loudly to ring in the new year in North America.

Eat,and be merry!
In the United States, down South we eat black-eyed peas and pork for good luck.
Mustard, turnip or collard greens are also eaten for wealth, although it hasn’t helped me yet!
Another treat for good fortune is anything in the shape of a ring or circle, such as a doughnut. This symbolizes the year coming to coming full circle.
The Dutch serve fritters called olie bollen.
The Irish eat bannocks, or pastries.
In Spain 12 grapes are eaten at midnight.
In India and Pakistan,eating rice is believed to bring a person prosperity.
Honey dipped apples are a Rosh Hashanah tradition among Jewish people.
In homes in Switzerland,spoonfuls of whipped cream are dropped on the floor and stay there symbolizing the richness of the coming year! This is not happening at my house, the dogs eat everything that hits the floor!

Pop the champagne cork!
A lot of countries celebrate midnight by popping the cork on the champagne, but a few do things just a little differently.
In England Wassail, which is Gaelic for “good health” is served.
The Scottish serve “hot pot” which is a spiced version of Wassail.
It’s the custom to drink a glass or two at home before you share with your neighbors!
I like that idea!
In Holland toasts are given with hot, spiced wine. Hm, another idea is brewing!

Give Gifts.
More presents? I think I could live with that!
In Rome, it’s gifts of gilded nuts or coins.
The Persians exchanged eggs, the symbol of fertility. Hm, maybe those of us who still have hens laying in the cold weather can share farm fresh eggs!
In early Egypt flasks made of earthenware were exchanged.
In Scotland to bring a person good luck, coal, shortbread and silverware are given.

Reflect on your life and the New year ahead.
A new year on the rise is a prime opportunity to take a look at life.
Making a New Year’s resolution is a way to reflect on the past year and plan on the future. This practice may have begun as early as 2600 B.C.
During the observance of Rosh Hashanah Jews have a time for personal introspection and prayer, as well as visiting graves of loved ones.
Since 1770 Christian churches have held a Watch-night service a custom that began in Philadelphia at Old St. Georges Methodist Church.

Other beliefs and customs.

Some beliefs and customs are just sayings or proverbs passed down from family to family, region to region, country to country.
Here is a couple of my favorites!
On New Year’s Eve, kiss the person you hope to keep kissing. – This one Mr.Cheese and I will practice every year at midnight, if we can stay awake that long! 😉
If the old year goes out like a lion, the new year will come in like a lamb.
Begin the new year square with every man. (i.e., pay your debts!) –Robert B. Thomas, founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac –
And finally my personal favorite: What ever you do New Year’s Day, you will be doing all year-long! With that said, you better make it a good day!

 

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What will help make my blog better?

I’ve done this “blogging thing” now for a little over a year. I still consider my self somewhat of a newbie. I’m constantly trying to find ways to make our blog interesting and appealing to a larger and more varied audience. Although we are technically Cheese Acres Farm, we are still people and we have lives with many things going on that might interest someone! Most of the time I stick to homesteading, gardening, cooking, chicken farming, type of issues but as an individual with other interests I will sometimes stray. I try to at least stay in the ball park, lol. I also tend to write what I feel. This is a mistake to some people, but I can’t seem to help myself. I’ve always been outspoken and apparently “out-written”too. (Is that even a word?)  I really don’t try much to fancy things up, since I am just a simple country girl. Although educated ( Education Specialist ) and able to use enormous words and a more eloquent writing style if I choose, I really prefer to keep it simple. I like to look at lots of pictures so I try to share them. I hope I have succeeded at making our blog enjoyable.

One thing I have noticed as I read other blogs is that the easier it is to follow the more likely I am to follow it. If I have to hunt all through it for how to follow or the only choice I can find is email subscribe I might just leave. I hope that I have made it easy to follow us on WordPress, Blogger and by email. I’d to do Google connect also but have not quite figured it out. Help anyone? I also like the sharing of blogs to Facebook , Twitter, Google, Pinterest, etc. I have not been able to get my blog posts to share to Pinterest. If anyone can shed light on how to go about fixing this problem, I’d love the help.

I hope my format is easy on the eyes, because I am aiming for that along with trying for a nice uncluttered look. If anyone has suggestions I’m always glad to hear those as well.

I’m not really in to changing my theme all the time but I do like a change with the holidays. I think changing too much gets confusing for those who have become familiar with you.

My thoughts are that we should help each other. I think we can’t really go wrong with a blog that reads simply, is enjoyable, and is simple to share and follow. I’d love to hear your thoughts!