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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

10-15 ~ Fog/Sun ~ Picture of the Day ~ Hope Diamond ~ Pork Chop Casserole ~ Jason Mize ~ National White Cane Safety Day

Good 35º pink sky morning...

10-15 is a radio code for "prisoner in custody"

Yesterday morning the fog moved in.....

And then the sun! Yeah!!! 

We topped at 79º.

Picture of the Day ... snow in Japan... glad we don't get it that deep!!! Never knew they got that much snow in Japan!!! I cannot even imagine driving in that! Claustrophobia! 

Interesting about Hope Diamond...

The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous jewels in the world, with ownership records dating back almost four centuries. Its much-admired rare blue color is due to trace amounts of boron atoms. Weighing 45.52 carats, its exceptional size has revealed new findings about the formation of gemstones.
The jewel is believed to have originated in India, where the original (larger) stone was purchased in 1666 by French gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier as the Tavernier Blue. The Tavernier Blue was cut and yielded the French Blue (Le bleu de France), which Tavernier sold to King Louis XIV in 1668. Stolen in 1791, it was recut, with the largest section acquiring its "Hope" name when it appeared in the catalog of a gem collection owned by a London banking family called Hope in 1839. After going through numerous owners, it was sold to Washington socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean, who was often seen wearing it. It was purchased in 1949 by New York gem merchant Harry Winston, who toured it for a number of years before giving it to the National Museum of Natural History in 1958, where it has since remained on permanent exhibition.
The Hope Diamond has long been rumored to carry a curse, possibly due to agents trying to arouse interest in the stone. It was last reported to be insured for $250 million.

From Mr. Food
Pork Chop Casserole

Looking for the perfect way to prepare pork chops? Here it is: the ultimate weeknight dinner solution, and one of our easiest pork chop recipes! This Pork Chop Casserole comes together in just minutes and fills the house with an aroma that will bring your gang running to the table. It's hard to find the perfect pork chop casserole recipe that everyone in the house will agree to eat, but this easy pork chop recipe is just that; with creamy mushroom soup and wild rice, this pork and rice bake will be a favorite meal for years to come!

Your family will love how tender and flavorful this twist on a classic pork chop recipe tastes. Easy to serve to a crowd, our pork chop casserole with mushroom soup is sure to be one of your new favorite meals.

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 thick pork chops, rinsed and left damp
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cups beef broth
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can condensed golden mushroom soup
  • 1 (6-ounce) package long-grain and wild rice mix
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Place flour in a shallow dish; add pork chops and turn to coat completely.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Brown pork chops 5 to 6 minutes per side.
  4. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a 9- x 13-inch baking dish; mix well. Place browned pork chops over mixture and cover  with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake 1 hour, or until no pink remains in pork.


Historically this date........
1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.

1951 – The first episode of I Love Lucy, an American television sitcom starring Lucille BallDesi ArnazVivian Vance, and William Frawley, airs on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).

2003 – The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi runs into a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.

Special birthday neighbor Frank Mize's son Jason is celebrating. Please tell him HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me, Frank!

And births this date include...
1924 – Lee Iacocca, American automotive executive (d.2019)

1937 – Linda Lavin, American actress

1942 – Penny Marshall, American actress and film director (d.2018)

1946 – Richard Carpenter, American musician (The Carpenters)

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National White Cane Safety Day is observed annually on October 15.
Since 1964, This National Day has been a national observance in the United States.  This day has been set aside to celebrate all of the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.
Don’t overlook being a help to those who are visually impaired, keep aisles and doorways clear of boxes and other debris is one good first step. 
A joint resolution of the United States Congress H.R. 753 was signed into law as Pub.L.88-628 on October 6, 1964, and codified at 36 USC § 142.  It was this resolution that authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day.
Within hours of the passage of the joint resolution, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first White Cane Safety Day proclamation.
This Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day, in 2011, by President Barack Obama.
There is always so much more one can do to make a difference. For more information regarding White Cane Safety Day from the National Federation of the Blind, see:

Monday, October 14, 2019

Weather ~ Lulu's Family Brunch ~ Picture of the Day ~ Highest Point in Florida ~ Pepperoni Garbage Bread ~ Dash Pendleton ~ Columbus Day

Good 35º cloudy foggy morning. 
Clouds came and went yesterday and we topped at 76º.

Yesterday for "brunch", I met up with Brian, Jen, Tucker, Sami, Jean, and Kristen at Lulu's in Grants Pass. We were celebrating Jean's birthday, a little late as her special day was 11 days ago. 

                                 ^Jean, Kristen, Sami

                                                      ^Brian, Tucker, me, Jen 

^ My brunch. Oregon Benny - Bacon, avocado and poached eggs on grilled focaccia with hollandaise. Many interesting things on their menu. 

Yesterday evening Kristen flew back to L.A. So great having her her for a visit, even though short. Come back again Tootie!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

Picture of the Day.... clarity!

Interesting.... flattest state

While many people might think that Kansas is the flattest state in the country, they would be wrong. The flattest state is Florida, and Kansas isn’t even among the top five flattest states in the country. By any measure, Florida takes the prize for the flattest state in the nation because the highest point in the state is only 345 feet above sea level. Illinois comes in second, followed by North Dakota, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Delaware. Kansas, despite its reputation for hill-less plains, was merely the seventh-flattest.

From Mr. Food
Pepperoni Garbage Bread...

Don't let the name fool you. Our Pepperoni Garbage Bread is named for the fact that you can throw whatever you want inside. Use last night's leftovers or anything you have in the fridge and enjoy!


  • 1 (13.8-ounce) package refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pepperoni slices (about 32 slices)
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and lightly patted dry, then cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • Garlic powder for sprinkling
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Unroll pizza dough onto baking sheet. Sprinkle cheese evenly over dough. Layer with pepperoni, red peppers, and spinach. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Roll dough up jelly roll-style and fold ends under to close. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden. Let cool 5 minutes, then slice and serve.


  • Feel free to add any leftover veggies, cheese, or cooked chicken or meat you may have on hand! This is perfect for those clear-out-the-fridge days.
  • Serve with warm pizza sauce and a side salad. We'd like to suggest our crunchy, delicious Caesar salad!

Special birthday today.... Dash, Brian's dog, is 2 years old. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DASHIE!! xo

Historically this date....
1908 – The Chicago Cubs defeat the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, clinching the World Series. It would be their last one to date.

1912 – While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the former President of the United StatesTheodore Roosevelt, is shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank, a mentally-disturbed saloon keeper. With the fresh wound in his chest, and the bullet still within it, Mr. Roosevelt still carries out his scheduled public speech.

1967 – The Vietnam War: The folk singer Joan Baez is arrested concerning a physical blockade of the U.S. Army's induction center in Oakland, California.

1968 – Jim Hines of the United States of America becomes the first man ever to break the so-called "ten-second barrier" in the 100-meter sprint in the Summer Olympic Gamesheld in Mexico City with a time of 9.95 seconds.

2003 – Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman becomes infamously known as the scapegoat for the Cubs losing game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series to the Florida Marlins. This has become known as the Steve Bartman incident.

And births this date include....
OMGOSH, so interesting!

1890 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, American general and 34th President of the United States(d. 1969)

Our Senior Leadership class in high school went to Pepperdine University to see President Eisenhower receive an honorary degree. I got to shake his hand. OMG, he seemed larger than life and his hands were HUGE! He was very pleasant.

1927 – Roger Moore, English actor (d.2017)

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Columbus Day Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Columbus Day is a holiday celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. The event is celebrated in many countries including the United States, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Spain.

Is Columbus Day a federal holiday?

Yes, it became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937 due to the decision of Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Nowadays it is generally observed by the U.S. Postal Service, federal agencies, banks, most state government offices, most school districts and many businesses. Most states celebrate it as an official state holiday and close schools and other state services.

When is Columbus Day celebrated?

Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October, but up until 1970 it was celebrated on October 12 to commemorate Columbus' arrival in the Americas which occurred on October 12, 1492. Since 1971 due to The Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the holiday's date has been fixed to the second Monday in October.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Jellyfish ~ Parmesan Broccoli Balls ~ Mike Bastian ~ Saddleback Fire ~ US Navy Birthday

Good 39º dark cloudy morning. 

Be careful out there with that full moon, especially driving. Bad enough normally but with this full moon it's even worse!

10-13 is radio code for 'advise road and weather conditions'.

Yesterday from 30º we warmed to 73º.

Picture of the Day....   HUH?


 Many people may be familiar with collective terms such as a “school” of fish, a “pack” of wolves and a “gaggle” of geese. But what is the collective term for a group of jellyfish? A group of jellyfish is also called a smack. And, that’s what it feels like when you suddenly get caught in a group of jellyfish. Ouch! Jellyfish can be found on shallow or deep ocean waters, and even beached jellies can smack you with their venomous and painful sting. The most venomous jellyfish in the world is the box jellyfish, capable of killing an adult human with a single sting in just a few minutes.

Parmesan Broccoli Balls


  • 1 (10 ounce) package chopped frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 1 (6 ounce) package chicken flavored dry stuffing mix
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Place broccoli in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover. Cover, and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes. Uncover, and continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat, drain, and cool.

  3. In a large bowl, mix broccoli, stuffing mix, Parmesan cheese, onion, eggs, margarine, pepper, and garlic salt. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator approximately 1 hour, until moisture has been absorbed.

  5. Preheat oven to 325º.

  7. Roll the chilled mixture into 1 inch balls, and arrange on a medium baking sheet.

  9. Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until browned.

Special birthday today, Wilson High School pal Mike Bastian. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!!
Back in 2013 we had a Wilsonite reunion in Grants Pass.... left to right me, Mike Bastian, Joe Terror, Ron Loynds, and Linda (Waterlond) Terror.

Historically this date.......
1875 – The United States Continental Congress orders the establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United States Navy).

1792 – In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid.

1962 – The Pacific Northwest experiences a cyclone the equal of a Cat 3 hurricane. Winds measured above 150 mph at several locations; 46 people died.

And births this date includes....
1915 – Cornel Wilde, American actor (d. 1989)

1921 – Yves Montand, Italian singer and actor (d. 1991)

1925 – Margaret Thatcher, English politician (d.2013)

1941 – Paul Simon, American singer and musician (Simon & Garfunkel)
1959 – Marie Osmond, American entertainer (OMG, read about her "personal life"... what a mess)

1962 – Kelly Preston, American actress
1967 – Kate Walsh, American actress
1969 – Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater
Had an email yesterday with a picture from Nancy (Kujala, former Wilsonite and my locker partner) of the fire close her daughter's house. Saddleback fire in California..... OMG!

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 

On October 13th, the United States Navy observes its birthday every year. 
The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service has over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve. 
With only two ships and a crew of eighty men, the Continental Army was born on October 13, 1775. The decision of the Continental Congress set the Continental Navy on course to carry arms to the British army, not to defend against it. However, these two ships and crew represent the birth of the United States Navy.
Throughout the Revolutionary War, their importance grew. Today, the United States maintains 40 naval bases across the country, including the world’s largest Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia.
Below the sea, submarines became a part of the Navy during World War II. While experiments began in the late 1800s and during the Civil War, they did not become a large part of the Navy inventory until World War II. At that point, subs became necessary for surveillance and rescue, even though they were also armed.
With the advent of the airplane, the Navy became vital stations for the Airforce as well. As a result, the Navy modified ships into floating landing strips. Today, joint Naval and Airbases such as Pearl Harbor-Hickam provided necessary fleets of sea and air defense.



On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the first American naval force.  Thus began the long and prestigious heritage of the United States Navy. Between 1922 and 1972, the Navy celebrated its birthday on October 27th, the date of Theodore Roosevelt’s birth. The Navy League of the United States designated the date due to Roosevelt’s foresight and vision in elevating the U.S. Navy into a premier force. Regardless of when the Navy observed its birth, the celebration has always been one of pride.  

The change to October 13 was seen as a more relevant date in line with the first official action legislating a navy.  Since 1972, the Navy has officially recognized October 13th as the official date of its birth.

My Dad was only 16 years old when he volunteered for the US Navy in WWI. He obviously lied about his age!