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Friday, January 18, 2019

Rain ~ Clouds ~ Picture of the Day ~ Oldest Bottle of Wine ~ Chili Mac Casserole ~ Jim & Babette ~ National Winnie the Pooh Day ~ National Thesaurus Day

Good 37º super dark and cloudy morning. More rain on the way....
So far the rain has dropped 1".
Yesterday morning we had gotten 1/2" and at the coast Chuck said they had gotten 1 1/2".
The rain stopped and we got 20 minutes of sunshine.... and back and forth ....

Picture of the Day .... Kansas City Public Library....

Interesting about the oldest bottle of wine.......

The Speyer wine bottle holds wine and was originally found in 1867. It was found in what is now the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, near the town of Speyer (one of the oldest settlements in the area). The artifact has since become known as "the world's oldest existing bottle of wine". The bottle has been dated between 325 and 350 AD, and is the oldest known unopened bottle of wine in the world. Since its discovery, it has been exhibited at the Wine Museum section of the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer. It is always displayed in the same location within the museum. The "Römerwein" is housed in the museum's Tower Room. It is a 1.5-litre (51 US fl oz.) glass vessel with amphora-like "shoulders," yellow-green in color, with dolphin-shaped handles.
The bottle was discovered during an excavation within a 4th-century AD Roman nobleman's tomb. The tomb contained two sarcophagi, one holding the body of a man and one a woman. One source says the man was a Roman legionaryand the wine was a provision for his celestial journey. Of the six glass bottles in the woman's sarcophagus and the ten vessels in the man's sarcophagus, only one still contained a liquid. There is a clear liquid in the bottom third, and a mixture similar to rosin above.
While it reportedly lost its ethanol content, analysis is consistent with at least part of the liquid having been wine.[1] The wine, likely produced in the same region, was diluted with a mixture of herbs. The preservation of the wine is attributed to the large amount of thick olive oil, added to the bottle to seal the wine off from air, along with a hot wax seal. Petronius (c. 27–66 AD), in his work, Satyricon, writes of plaster sealed bottles, and this one is analogous. The use of glass in the bottle is unusual, however, as typically Roman glass was too fragile to be dependable over time.[6]
While scientists have considered accessing the liquid to further analyze the content, as of 2018 the bottle remained unopened, because of concerns about how the liquid would react when exposed to air. The museum's curator, Ludger Tekampe, has stated he has seen no variation in the bottle in the last 25 years. Oenology professor Monika Christmann of Hochschule Geisenheim University has said, "Micro-biologically it is probably not spoiled, but it would not bring joy to the palate."
  • Here is a super easy Chili Mac Casserole
  • cooked in your slow cooker....................
  • 2 cups macaroni cooked al dente
  • 1 lb ground beef cooked and drained
  • 2-15 oz cans diced tomatoes drained
  • 15 oz can chili
  • 1-3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • Mix together all of your ingredients, except for your mozzarella, in a large bowl.
  • Spread your mixture into a sprayed slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle your cheese evenly across the top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours

Today is a special anniversary... my high school pal Sandy's (Todoran) baby sister, Babette and her groom Jim Faust have been married since 1986.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!!!

Historically this date.........
1788 – The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay.

1896 – The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time.

1944 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers are Louis ArmstrongBenny GoodmanLionel HamptonArtie ShawRoy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

1990 – Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
And births this date include....
1779 – Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (d. 1869)
He wrote one of my most favorite books!!!

1813 – Joseph Glidden, American farmer who patented barbed wire (d. 1906)
With that name, you'd think he invented some kind of paint!  LOL, probably a relative!

1882 – A. A. Milne, English author (d. 1956)

1892 – Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor (d. 1957)

1904 – Cary Grant, English actor (d. 1986)
Mr. Grant and I at a Fabergê sales meeting in the Bahamas. He was dreamy then, even at 77 years old!

1913 – Danny Kaye, American actor (d. 1987)

1941 – David 
Ruffin, American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1991)
   Saw them at the Playboy Club in the 70's... NEAT!!!!


1955 – Kevin Costner, American actor*
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Winnie the Pooh Day is observed annually on January 18th.  Author A.A. Milne brought the adorable, honey-loving bear to life in his stories which also featured his son, Christopher Robin.  National Winnie the Pooh Day commemorates Milne’s January 18, 1882, birthday.
Milne’s lovable Pooh Bear, as he was fondly called, is a fictional bear inspired by a black bear named Winnie who lived at the London Zoo during World War I. The author’s son, Christopher Robin, would visit the bear often and named his own teddy bear after her and a swan named Pooh.
This friendship inspired a collection of books starting with Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926. The books were illustrated by E.H. Shepard.
In the 1960s, Disney bought the rights to the Winnie-the-Pooh characters dropping the hyphen from Pooh’s name. The illustrations were a bit different, too.
Milne’s stories have been translated into over 50 languages and are considered classic children’s stories today.

And........... today is also.....

National Thesaurus Day is observed annually on January 18 in honor of Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, who was born on this day in 1779.  In 1840, Roget retired from a successful career in medicine and spent the rest of his life working on “Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.” He published his first book of synonyms in 1852. 
The thesaurus has been used for centuries by writers and poets to help make their writing come to life.
Whether you are looking for a new word or trying to complete a sentence, the thesaurus can be your best friend. Expanding your vocabulary improves both written and spoken communication skills, creative writing abilities and can be helpful in advancing your career.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Weather ~ Throw Back Thursday ~ Picture of the Day ~ Harry Houdini ~ Teriyaki Beef Stuffed Peppers ~ Joe & Jo Ann Kirk ~ Winter Vegetable Soup ~ National Hot Buttered Rum Day

Good 41º pouring rain morning.

Rain started yesterday morning just about 11:30. We got 4 drops. Then the All Natural Pest Control guy, Eric, came over to check the bait traps. We had a great chat. Super nice guy. A teacher in a lot of different countries, far east, Argentina, even in Santa Monica and Seattle. Now a resident of So. Oregon. Still a Seahawks fan though! LOL. Anyway, after he left the rain started again. It didn't last long, just enough to wet everything and then it stopped. Now it's back! 
Happy Throw Back Thursday... Deputy Jerry 1969, working Catalina Island...

Picture of the Day.....
Interesting about Harry Houdini....

Harry Houdini (/hˈdni/; born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, strait jackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it.
In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense for an hour. Another stunt saw him buried alive and only just able to claw himself to the surface, emerging in a state of near-breakdown. While many suspected that these escapes were faked, Houdini presented himself as the scourge of fake spiritualists. As President of the Society of American Magicians, he was keen to uphold professional standards and expose fraudulent artists. He was also quick to sue anyone who imitated his escape stunts.
In 1893, while performing with his brother "Dash" (Theodore) at Coney Island as "The Brothers Houdini", Houdini met a fellow performer, Wilhelmina Beatrice "Bess" Rahner. Bess was initially courted by Dash, but she and Houdini married in 1894, with Bess replacing Dash in the act, which became known as "The Houdinis". For the rest of Houdini's performing career, Bess worked as his stage assistant.
Another of Houdini's most famous publicity stunts was to escape from a nailed and roped packing crate after it had been lowered into water. He first performed the escape in New York's East River on July 7, 1912. Police forbade him from using one of the piers, so he hired a tugboat and invited press on board. Houdini was locked in handcuffs and leg-irons, then nailed into the crate which was roped and weighed down with two hundred pounds of lead. The crate was then lowered into the water. He escaped in 57 seconds. The crate was pulled to the surface and found still to be intact, with the manacles inside.
Houdini performed this escape many times, and even performed a version on stage, first at Hamerstein's Roof Garden where a 5,500-US-gallon (21,000 l) tank was specially built, and later at the New York Hippodrome
seconds. The crate was pulled to the surface and found still to be intact, with the manacles inside.
Houdini performed this escape many times, and even performed a version on stage, first at Hamerstein's Roof Garden where a 5,500-US-gallon (21,000 l) tank was specially built, and later at the New York Hippodrome.

Buried alive stunt

Houdini performed at least three variations on a buried alive stunt during his career. The first was near Santa Ana, California in 1915, and it almost cost Houdini his life. Houdini was buried, without a casket, in a pit of earth six feet deep. He became exhausted and panicked while trying to dig his way to the surface and called for help. When his hand finally broke the surface, he fell unconscious and had to be pulled from the grave by his assistants. Houdini wrote in his diary that the escape was "very dangerous" and that "the weight of the earth is killing."
Houdini's second variation on buried alive was an endurance test designed to expose mystical Egyptian performer Rahman Bey, who had claimed to use supernatural powers to remain in a sealed casket for an hour. Houdini bettered Bey on August 5, 1926, by remaining in a sealed casket, or coffin, submerged in the swimming pool of New York's Hotel Shelton for one and a half hours. Houdini claimed he did not use any trickery or supernatural powers to accomplish this feat, just controlled breathing. He repeated the feat at the YMCA in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 28, 1926, this time remaining sealed for one hour and eleven minutes.
Houdini's final buried alive was an elaborate stage escape that featured in his full evening show. Houdini would escape after being strapped in a straitjacket, sealed in a casket, and then buried in a large tank filled with sand. While posters advertising the escape exist (playing off the Bey challenge by boasting "Egyptian Fakirs Outdone!"), it is unclear whether Houdini ever performed buried alive on stage. The stunt was to be the feature escape of his 1927 season, but Houdini died on October 31, 1926. The bronze casket Houdini created for buried alive was used to transport Houdini's body from Detroit to New York following his death on Halloween.

Harry Houdini died of peritonitis, secondary to a ruptured appendix, at 1:26 p.m. on October 31, 1926, in Room 401 at Detroit's Grace Hospital, aged 52. In his final days, he believed that he would recover, but his last words before dying were reportedly, "I'm tired of fighting."

Teriyaki Beef Stuffed Peppers (cooking for 2)
Classic stuffed peppers get a flavorful teriyaki twist and pretty presentation in this new dinner for two that’s a little bit sweet, savory and spicy, too.
1/2 cup uncooked Minute™ white rice
1/2 cup beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)
2 large red bell peppers
1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2 green onions, thinly sliced on the bias, white and green parts separated
1/2 cup shredded carrots
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon chile garlic sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 oz)
  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix rice and broth. Cut each bell pepper in half vertically. Remove seeds and membranes; place cut side up in baking dish.
  • 2
    In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef, green onion whites and shredded carrots over medium heat 8 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is deep brown and vegetables soften. Stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, chile garlic sauce and ginger; cook 1 to 2 minutes longer or until sauce is absorbed. Stir beef mixture into rice mixture. Stir in cheese.
  • 3
    Divide beef mixture evenly among bell peppers in baking dish. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until bell peppers and rice are tender; top with green onion greens.
Special Anniversary today...... Joe (LASD ret) and Jo Ann Kirk are celebrating 10 years of married bliss. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!

Historically this date.....
1899 – The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.

1917 – The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

1929 – Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.

1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company's offices in BostonMassachusetts.

1969 – Black Panther Party members Bunchy Carter and John Huggins are killed during a meeting in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA.

1989 – Cleveland School massacre: Patrick Purdy opens fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground in Stockton, California, killing five children and wounding 29 others and one teacher before taking his own life.

1991 – Gulf WarOperation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.

1995 – The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.
.....6000+ dead!!!! WOW.


And births this date include...
1899 – Al Capone, American gangster (d. 1947)

1922 – Betty White, American actress

1931 – James Earl Jones, American actor

1933 – Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist, puppeteer, comedian and children's television host (d. 1998)

1942 – Muhammad Ali, American boxer (d.2016)

1962 – Jim Carrey, Canadian actor and comedian

On Monday the 14th I posted a "Winter Vegetable Soup" recipe. I made it yesterday.... doubling the recipe and adding in a package of sliced mushrooms, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and a shredded cooked boneless skinless chicken thigh.
It was really good and I will have leftovers today! 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Depending on where you are on this January day, it may be warm, chilly, cold or frigid.  Enjoying a hot buttered rum drink would sure be a good way to warm up if you are in one of the latter three of those options.  Join with thousands of others across the United States, as they celebrate National Hot Buttered Rum Day, an annual January 17th occurrence.
A mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water or cider, sweetener and spices (typically cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves), hot buttered rum is especially favored during the fall and winter months and is sometimes associated with the holiday season.
In the United States, hot buttered rum’s history dates back to the colonial days.  It was in the 1650s when Jamaica began importing molasses to Colonial America.  New England started opening distilleries where the colonists then began adding distilled rum to hot beverages such as toddies and nogs, creating hot buttered rum, eggnog and others.
Hot buttered rum is often made by blending a buttered rum batter with dark rum.  Dark rum is rum which has been barrel-aged for an extended length of time to retain a more intense molasses flavor.  Those that prefer a milder or a spicier taste may choose the option of using light rum or spiced rum mixed with the batter.