She wore a brand new jersey, that's what she did wear. (Of course.)
Thanks for making my first week open for business as Red Pen Travelers so wonderful. I’ve loved getting to know you and my other new friends, especially on social media (I’m really enjoying Instagram these days, so if you’re over there, please stop by and say hi!).
Here's this week's news from the shop. (If you want this and even more news, including discounts that I share only in emails, scurry over here and sign up so you're on the list for next week!)
Personalize your notebook: Add a stamped heart, star, or fleur de lis to denote your hometown or other significant location! This stamp will be placed in the undyed portion of the notebook cover. Just keep in mind that if your special spot is in a narrow area of the state (such as the panhandle of Oklahoma), it may not be an ideal location to use the stamp. In that case, you might wish to simply place the stamp in the center of the state.
You can now also personalize your notebook with up to three capital initials in the lower right corner of the front cover. This is a great way to customize even more, especially if your notebook is intended as a special gift. Add it on to your order here.
Make your purchase count: The Heart For Africa notebooks will be available throughout September and October, with sales helping to fund a November mission to Uganda. So far I’ve personalized notebooks for people with connections to Botswana and Rwanda, too.
What to put in your Traveler’s Notebook: You can DIY your TN inserts with free printables from Ray Blake at My Life All In One Place. Scroll around and look for the Field Notes size options.
How to use your Traveler’s Notebook: Start a gratitude journal. Almost every night, right before I turn off my bedside lamp, I jot down a line or two of things that make me stop and say thanks. Sometimes they’re big-- like launching an entire new business!-- and other times it’s smaller blessings, like a cooling rainstorm or a few yellow flowers that make me happy. For me, writing down the good things usually helps the unpleasant things (and let’s be real here, every day has some) fade into the background, and anticipating that bit of journaling keeps me open to possibilities during the day. I find myself looking for opportunities to express gratefulness, and that’s a real mood boost!
Life in These United States: Delaware
I had fun this week finding out more about Delaware, a state I’ve yet to visit. Thinking about Delaware always brings this song to mind this song to mind (you’re welcome for the earworm!).
According to the US Mint, “[Delaware native] Caesar Rodney was a delegate to the Continental Congress. On July 1, 1776, despite suffering from asthma and cancer, Rodney set off on the 80-mile journey to Philadelphia withstanding thundershowers and a severe summer heat wave. The next day, he arrived at Independence Hall just in time to cast the deciding vote in favor of our nation's independence.” Caesar Rodney’s historic ride is duly commemorated on the Delaware quarter.
Delaware became America’s first state on December 7, 1787, and its capital is Dover. It has just three counties and one telephone area code (?!), and it’s the only state without a national park. The east side of the state borders the Atlantic Ocean and faces New Jersey across Delaware Bay, with Pennsylvania to the north and Maryland to the west and south.
While you’re visiting this tiny state, you can attend the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Competition and the Apple Scrapple Festival. (So don’t throw your food, boys and girls, unless you’re in Delaware.)