Statistics show that the older we get, the less we are touched. Babies are almost constantly being touched, picked up, cuddled and talked to but people are less sensitive with regards to seniors. Many times people tend to shout when talking to seniors. Just because one is older, does not mean he or she is hard of hearing PLUS when one speaks loudly, there is a tendancy for the mouth to form differently than when one is speaking at a normal tone. If a senior citizen is attempting to read your lips, it may be difficult if you are speaking too loud. Also, bend down if necessary, look directly at a senior citizen when speaking to them. It is a courteous thing to do and it will help certain seniors to focus on the conversation. And by all means, feel free to attempt to touch your senior's hand or hold it while speaking with them. Some may withdraw but most will welcome this act of love. One book I have found extremely helpful in my learning more about how to help my Mom is entitled, "Comforting The Confused", by Stephanie Hoffman and Constance Platt. It is a wonderful resource. The Bible tells us to, 'Honor thy mother and thy father...' Exodus 20:12. Wouldn'titbe wonderful if we made it a practice to honor all of our senior citizen? This Valentine's Day give a senior citizen a kiss, hug, smile or simply a touch.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 3 tablespoons HERSHEY'S Cocoa 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup water 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tube pink decorating icing CHOCOLATE FROSTING (see recipe below)
Instructions: Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 8-inch square baking pan. In medium bowl, stir together flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat with whisk or spoon until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Transfer to cutting board. Using 3-1/4 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut cake into 4 pieces. Spread CHOCOLATE FROSTING on top of two pieces; place remaining two hearts on top. Garnish with decorating icing.
CHOCOLATE FROSTING RECIPE 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 2/3 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon HERSHEY'S Cocoa 2 to 3 teaspoons milk 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
In small microwave-safe bowl, place butter. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 20 seconds or until butter is melted. Stir together powdered sugar and cocoa; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beating with spoon or whisk until smooth. Stir in vanilla. About 1/3 cup frosting.
Remember this passage from Matthew 25 33-40.... ...I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone and away from home, and you invited me into your home. I was without clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you came to visit me.' "Then the good people will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you alone and away from home and invite you into our home? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?' "Then the king will answer, 'I tell you the truth. Anything you did for any of my people here, you also did for me."
Love is something we all need and it comes in many forms. It doesn't matter what your station of life is...you need to receive love and give love on a daily basis. God is love. Isn't that AMAZING in itself. He loves us so much that He gave His only Son so that we may have everlasting life. WOW! What a sacrifice. So as I prepare for a very special event, which I will fill you in a bit more as the week progresses, I am filled with thoughts of love...LOVE OF GOD, LOVE OF SELF AND LOVE OF OTHERS.
Ladies, here is something I want you to think about today. When was the last time you took a bath? No, I'm not talking about a shower and I don't mean to hop in the tub simply for cleansing.I am talking about allowing yourself about an hour of non-interrupted time, actually gathering a candle or two, the lighter, your fluffiest towels (and if you need to, go out and buy a couple just for you...Ollies has great prices on 100% Egyptian cotton and Bamboo..,amazingly soft!), some body oils/lotions, a pumice stone or loofah and your FAVORITE music. How about going back to your favorite era...maybe music from your teen years...a time period that sparks some pleasant memories.
Remember Paula's post from last week and others we have done over the years about Scents? They truly stimulate the senses, help us to relax, etc. So I implore you to make this particular bath a LOVING BATHING EXPERIENCE just for Y- O- U.
Once you get out of the bath, please do not rub to dry off. Gently pat yourself, leaving the skin somewhat moist, then apply whatever lotion or body oil you like. In doing this, your skin will hold onto the moisture a bit and your skin will feel wonderful.
Now, have a fantastic day,,,,or a marvelous sleep!