40 Days of Joy

Message In A Grocery Cart

Yesterday I was at the grocery store getting the ingredients for the cherry cheesecake tarts and the pumpkin chiffon pie.

As I put the groceries in my car, I noticed a 4 x 6 index card in the bottom of the shopping cart.  This was the message:

“Merry Christmas! May love, peace and abundance be yours this Christmas and in the New Year.”

What a lovely way to be like Ralph Waldo Emerson and “Scatter Joy” through out the holiday season. Most people would assume it was a grocery list left by the previous shopper. When they pick up the card to throw it away, they find the message.

The cards could be tied to balloons, left on windshields, or left behind on a table in the mall’s food court. There are so many ways this message could be scattered around town.  One never knows the impact a little gesture could have on a person.

Who knows how many people saw that card yesterday.  Hopefully it brought some comfort and joy to them. I know other people saw the card, because I left it in the grocery cart.

I was not about to hog that message all for myself.


“Scatter Joy”

A quickie post to start the week as it is Monday and I know everyone is a little sluggish from the weekend.

Move Over George

Over the weekend I found another quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson while in Hallmark looking for an anniversary card.  (Move over George Clooney, Ralph is the new man in my life.)

The card I found it on was not an anniversary but a birthday card. The card’s front has diamonds scattered down the front and in the card’s center is Ralph’s quote:

Scatter Joy

The inside message is:

Goodness happens wherever you’ve been.

 (May it all come back to you on your birthday.)

Your Mission

Your mission today and every day is to “scatter joy.”

My Wish

May the joy you scatter come back to you not only on your birthday but every day. 


San Diego Style Strawberries

It’s time for another Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s recipe.  Although it feels more like fall.

Today’s recipe for a quick and easy fruit dip, comes from a cookbook called “Crowd Pleasers”,  which was   put together by the Junior League of Canton, Ohio, Inc.   (There will be more recipes from this book in the fall during football season.)


San Diego Style Strawberries

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup low-fat cream

1 tablespoon brown-sugar, packed

1 tablespoon rum

1 tablespoon orange liqueur

20 large strawberries with stems.

Combine sour cream, cream, sugar, rum and liqueur in a small bowl.  Mix until blended.  Serve mixture in individual serving dishes with strawberries arranged on a large bowl of crushed ice.  Dip strawberries into cream mixture.

Have a great weekend and remember to “Scatter Joy” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).