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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Brown Pelican ~ Banana Pancakes ~ Sandy Beck ~ Terry Polley ~ National Drink Beer Day


Good 47º super foggy morning. 
Yesterday with the winds and rain we topped at 60º.
Picture of the Day... some thought for this business name!


Interesting about the state bird of Louisiana ...


The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is a bird of the pelican family, Pelecanidae, one of three species found in the Americas and one of two that feed by diving into water. It is found on the Atlantic Coast from New Jersey to the mouth of the Amazon River, and along the Pacific Coast from British Columbia to northern Chile, including the Galapagos Islands. The nominate subspecies in its breeding plumage has a white head with a yellowish wash on the crown. The nape and neck are dark maroon–brown. The upper sides of the neck have white lines along the base of the gular pouch, and the lower fore neck has a pale yellowish patch. The male and female are similar, but the female is slightly smaller. The nonbreeding adult has a white head and neck. The pink skin around the eyes becomes dull and gray in the nonbreeding season. It lacks any red hue, and the pouch is strongly olivaceous ochre-tinged and the legs are olivaceous gray to blackish-gray.
The brown pelican mainly feeds on fish, but occasionally eats amphibianscrustaceans, and the eggs and nestlings of birds. It nests in colonies in secluded areas, often on islands, vegetated land among sand dunes, thickets of shrubs and trees, and mangroves. Females lay two or three oval, chalky white eggs. Incubation takes 28 to 30 days with both sexes sharing duties. The newly hatched chicks are pink, turning gray or black within 4 to 14 days. About 63 days are needed for chicks to fledge. Six to 9 weeks after hatching, the juveniles leave the nest, and gather into small groups known as pods.
It is the official state bird of Louisiana, appearing on the flag, seal, or coat of arms of each. 

Louisiana is nicknamed 'the Pelican State'.  It has been rated as a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It was listed under the United States Endangered Species Act from 1970 to 2009, as pesticides such as dieldrin and DDT threatened its future in the Southeastern United States and California. In 1972, the use of DDT was banned in Florida, followed by the rest of the United States. Since then, the brown pelican's population has increased. In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt set aside the first National Wildlife Refuge, Florida's Pelican Island, to protect the species from hunters.

The brown pelican is the smallest of the eight extant pelican species, but is often one of the larger seabirds in their range nonetheless. It measures 3 ft 3 in to 5 ft 0 inches in length and has a wingspan of
6 ft 8 in to 7 ft 6 incjes. The weight of adults can range from 4.4 to 11.0 lbs., about half the weight of the other pelicans found in the Americas, the Peruvian and American white pelicans. The average weight in Florida of 47 females was 7.0 lbs., while that of 56 males was 8.2 lbs. Like all pelicans, it has a very long bill, measuring 280 to 11.0 to 13.7 inches in length.

From Mr. Food

There's no monkeying around when we say that we're bananas over this pancake recipe! And you're gonna love how you get 'em (the bananas) in each bite of pancake and in the syrup. Fire up the griddle now!


  • 3 large bananas, divided
  • 2/3 cup maple or pancake syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups baking mix


  1. Peel and cut 2 bananas into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Combine syrup and butter in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Stir in sliced bananas, and remove from heat; set aside.
  2. Mash remaining banana in medium bowl; whisk in eggs, sugar, and milk. Whisk in baking mix until blended.
  3. Pour about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto a hot griddle coated with cooking spray. Cook pancakes until tops are covered with bubbles; turn and cook other side of pancakes. Repeat procedure with remaining pancake batter. Serve pancakes with banana syrup.



Special birthdays today.... my BFF and high school pal, Sandy (Todoran) Beck is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDY! xo

                         ^with her hubby, Jerome (LASD ret)
Also celebrating is friend and former mechanic from Temple Station and Jerry's pal, Terry Polley. HAPPY BIRTHDAY "Da Pully"!

Historically this date.....
1928 – Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.

1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month later.
1971 banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
1994 – The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.
1996 – Former president of Afghanistan Mohammad Najibullah is tortured and brutally murdered by the Taliban.

And births this date include...
551 BC – Confucius, Chinese philosopher (d. 479)
1836 – Thomas Crapper, English inventor (d. 1910) 

1901 – Ed Sullivan, American television show host (d. 1974)

1934 – Brigitte Bardot, French actress. Wow, 6 "partners" and 4 husbands! Busy woman! 


1987 – Hilary Duff, American actress and singer
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

That malty elixir is toasted annually on September 28th on National Drink Beer Day.  As the Oktoberfest season comes to an end, this day is a great reminder to enjoy the world’s most popular adult beverage.
Beer lovers have more selection than ever before in the ale and lager market. An explosion in the craft beer industry keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors seasonally.  Beer connoisseurs quench their thirst with flavors drastically different from their grandfather’s beers.  Root beer to raspberry, caramel, and hints of herbs all tickle the palate when it comes to artisanal beers.
From the wide assortment available, enjoy National Drink Beer Day.  There is something for everyone!


While National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this delicious beverage holiday, it’s interesting to note it lands on the birth of Arthur Guinness, the founder of Guinness Brewery. 

Beer Drinking FAQ

Q. What is a brewmaster?
A. Brewmaster oversees operations at a brewery, develops recipes, and is a seasoned brewer. A brewmaster may also supervise other brewers in the company.

Q. What is a beer flight?
A beer flight includes 3-5 small samples of beers offered in a pub, brewery or restaurant. The samples are usually 5-7 ounces. The bartender usually lines each small glass from lightest to darkest, strongest brews. Drinking each sample in that order will provide you with the best tasting experience.


Monday, September 27, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Baltimore Ravens NFL ~ Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwich ~ Patty Rodriguez ~ National Family Day


Good 57º raining morning.
Yesterday was sunny and then it got windy and the clouds moved in.....

We topped at 86º.
Picture of the Day 😲

Interesting about the Baltimore Ravens...

Once upon a time, in order for a NFL team to move to another city a three-fourths majority vote by the other owners was mandatory. The Raiders changed all that. The owners had rejected Oakland owner Al Davis’ request to relocate from Oakland to Los Angeles to which he moved the team anyway, filed a lawsuit and won.

Baltimore Colts owner Robert Irsay wanted a better stadium and a better stadium deal. In 1972, a proposal was presented to build a magnificent stadium complex located next to Camden Yards including a stadium called the “Baltodome.” But the proposal did not receive enough support to pass the Maryland legislature to which then-Governor Marvin Mandel axed the project altogether.

Irsay approached other cities for relocation including Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Birmingham, Memphis, New York and Phoenix. He asked for a league vote to approve any such move. The owners, fresh off the Raiders debacle, didn’t vote “yes” or “no." They simply stated that the Colts possible move wasn’t a league matter but rather a team matter.

So, the Colts left Baltimore for Indianapolis in 1984.

The City of Baltimore was suddenly without pro football. At the same time, the stadium problems Irsay had in Baltimore Browns' owner Art Modell was going through in Cleveland. So, Modell moved his Browns to Baltimore with the incentive of a new stadium, located next to Camden Yards. How ironic.

But something happened in this relocation that has never occurred before.

After legal actions were filed against Modell and the Browns, eventually Cleveland accepted a legal settlement from the NFL. The conditions of the settlement were exclusive to this situation: the Browns nickname, colors, player history, awards, records, logo, achievements, and even team history, would not accompany Modell to Baltimore but would remain in Cleveland.

In addition, Cleveland would get another team either by expansion or by relocation of an existing team. In the meantime, the newly relocated former Browns Baltimore team needed some identity, like colors, a new nickname, and a logo.

A “name-the-team” contest was held. Baltimore management poured through the entries and came up with a list of 17. From there, it was narrowed down to six and then to three: Americans, Ravens and Marauders. The last step was for the fans to vote on the final three entries. From the 33,288 voters, "Ravens" won out to honor author Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and is buried in Baltimore.

Four years later, the franchise would win Super Bowl 35.  

Origin Facts:

Established: 1996

Original Owner: Art Modell

Original Colors: Purple, black, gold & white

First Stadium: Memorial Stadium, seating 53,371

From Mr. Food

If you've been known to get a little messy at the dinner table, then we've got a meal that's just right for you! Try our Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwiches for a hearty, saucy, and totally delicious way to take a trip down memory lane. Plus, the frozen meatballs are a great shortcut! This way dinner will be fantastic and ready in half the time.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (24-ounce) can Sloppy Joe sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pound frozen cocktail-sized cooked meatballs, cut in half
  • 5 hard rolls, split
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Add onion and pepper; sauté 3 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add sauce, brown sugar, and water; mix well. Add meatballs to skillet; cook covered 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring often.
  3. If desired, toast the rolls; spoon on the meatballs and sauce.


**Just so you know, we've tested this with turkey meatballs, vegetarian meatballs, and even meatballs with sausage mixed in, and all got great reviews.

**No need to mix and form your own meatballs! Look for the cooked and frozen variety in your supermarket. The package usually comes with 30 to 32 meatballs per pound.
Special Birthday today.... Patty Rodriguez (LASD ret) is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PATTY!!
Historically this date.....
1777 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the capital of the United States, for one day.

1821 – Mexico gains its independence from Spain.

1822 – Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta stone.
....interesting read...

1942 – Last day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps troops barely escape after being surrounded by Japanese forces near the Matanikau River.


1995 – The Government of the United States unveils the first of its redesigned bank notes with the $100 bill featuring a larger portrait of Benjamin Franklin slightly off-center.

And births this date include...
1920 – William Conrad, American actor (d. 1994) 
1920 – Jayne Meadows, American actress (d.2015)
  .........I never did get those HUGE glasses~!

1934 – Wilford Brimley, American actor (d.2020)

1958 – Shaun Cassidy, American singer

1972 – Gwyneth Paltrow, American actress
....she named her children Apple and Moses!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


On the fourth Monday in September, National Family Day encourages everyone to gather around the table and enjoy a meal together.

The old saying goes, “Families who eat together, stay together,” but did you know they may also be reducing the risk of addiction? According to the National Center on Addiction, families who eat three or more meals a week together reduce a teen’s risk of using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

That’s a fantastic outcome on its own. Family bonding is just a bonus. However, there are more benefits. For example, families who eat together also learn healthy eating habits, eat smaller portions, and are less likely to stress about food.

And back to the bonding – when parents engage with their children over a meal, their relationships are better. They learn responsibility while helping to prepare the meal and cleaning up. Children feel like they are a part of a unit, a team. They connect with the people who mean the most to them and who know them the best. Parents become and remain the people they turn to when the significant problems crop up.

Look forward to conversations about grades, dating, borrowing the car, and moving away. Don’t forget the debates about politics. Our children won’t always agree with us – and that’s ok. Why? Because we raise them to be independent thinkers and to express themselves effectively. These conversations start at a dinner table. They shouldn’t begin when our children’s world turns upside down.


Have a meal with your family. It doesn’t have to be fancy. But it does have to include food and your family. Gather everyone and set the table. Talk to each other. Find out about everyone’s day. Then, commit to having another meal together before the week is out. Take a family photo.



The National Center on Addiction declared National Family Day in 2001 as a way to combat substance abuse among teens. Their research showed that teens who ate meals with their families were less likely to fall into substance abuse. They also tend to do better in school and eat healthier.