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Monday, January 31, 2011

~ Bisbee and Tombstone ~ Squirrel? ~ Brandy Alexander ~

Good 34º foggy morning.
Wow, the last day of January.
85 years ago today Leslie and Margaret
eloped from Bisbee Arizona
to Tombstone Arizona
and were married.
19 years later Susan Leslie was born. Taaa daaa.....
(the picture is the court house where they got their
marriage license)
Not much to say about yesterday... I had that ADHD thing going on... cleaned out one cupboard, oh look... here's something in this one that needs to be tossed out... oh wait, here in my bedroom I need to clean out this closet.... but wait, there's a squirrel! Sigh. I did get quite a bit done and more for the Goodwill.
We didn't really get any sun yesterday.
Looked like this at noon....
And they by 5pm we had a semi-pretty sunset....
Dinner, a fire, TV.
The Pro Bowl was strange to say the least. The NFC defeated the AFC 55-41. Gotta say, the AFC gave it an awesome try to come back from 41-zip.
Historically this date...
1876 – The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.
19303M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
1957 – Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.
1971Apollo program: Apollo 14 – Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon.
1990 – The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.
And births this date include...
1872Zane Grey, American novelist (d. 1939)
Go to Catalina and stay at the Grey Pueblo.
A house he owned, wrote there, and it has
the most wonderful view of Avalon Harbor.
1892Eddie Cantor, American actor and singer (d. 1964)
1902Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (d. 1968)
1921John Agar, American actor (d. 2002)
1921 – Carol Channing, American actress and singer
Maybe someone can explain
to me why some Hollywood
folks wear those ugly ugly
huge wide-rimmed
glasses.... I don't get it. Even Cary Grant wore them!
1921 – Mario Lanza, American singer (d. 1959)
1929 – Jean Simmons, English American actress (d. 2010)
1934James Franciscus, American actor (d. 1991)
1937 – Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (d. 2008)
1959Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor
1970Minnie Driver, British actress
1973Portia de Rossi, Australian actress
All I know. Need to stack wood on the porch.
Need to clean out the wood stove. Need to
cook something! And there are a dozen other
things I'll be doing. Happy Monday! Nuff said...
xo Mom/Soupy/Sue
January 31st.
Brandy Alexander Day
1 1/2 oz brandy
1 oz dark creme de cacao
1 oz half-and-half
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the brandy, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the nutmeg.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

~ Rain! ~ Woodpeckers ~ Baron ~ Inane Answering Machine Messages

Good 39º morning. Rained last night. About 1/5". Started around 8pm. Can you believe it, tomorrow is the LAST day of January!!! Gaaaaaaaaaaaaa..............
First my mountain was visible....
Then it disappeared .....
Now it's somewhat back......
And the red-headed kids were out there....
Yesterday I headed to Grants Pass to visit with Bob and Candy. I stopped at Ace to pick up some fire starter and saw they had back scratchers. I picked up one for Bob. His surgery was on his right shoulder, so it makes it difficult to do many things. I think he really enjoyed the back scratcher!
Before I got to their house I stopped at the drive-thru carwash. My truck was a mud ball!
Ahhhhh.... mucho better!
 We sat and visited for a couple of hours and had wine.... I really enjoyed our chat! Several LASD stories, which are always fun. I LOVE their dog, a Brittany Spaniel, Baron. He is a sweetheart!
He loves chasing that ball!
He even climbed up and snoozed
on my lap! Awwww.... he liked me!
The view from their hilltop house is really spectacular....
 Came home and it was already dark and I hadn't stacked any wood on the porch, so Maggie and I, me with a big light, filled the wheelbarrow with wood and stacked it on the porch. We had a great fire, reruns of the butternut pasta for dinner, and watched some TV and snoozed in my chair. Today is pay bills day and organize tax stuff. Groan.................... (Oh, and Candy, I'll send you the picture of Bob and Baron, came out darling! and the recipes for onion soup.)  
Historically this date....
1835 – In the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States, Richard Lawrence attempts to shoot president Andrew Jackson, but fails and is subdued by a crowd, including several congressmen.
1847 – Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco.
  ... a wise decision, since "yerba buena" means "good grass"... I think they
smoke enough of that stuff in SF, but to have it named that.......    !
1969The Beatles' last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.
1971Carole King's Tapestry album is released, it would become the longest charting album by a female solo artist and sell 24 million copies worldwide.
1994 - my mother Margaret Laney passed away from the ravages of Alzheimers.
   Sooooooo many things I'd like to tell her and show her. I miss her so much.
And births this date include.....
1914John Ireland, Canadian actor (d. 1992)
1914 – David Wayne, American actor (d. 1995)
1922Dick Martin, American comedian (d. 2008)
1925 – Dorothy Malone, American actress
1930 – Gene Hackman, American actor
   "Popeye Doyle"!!    
1937 – Vanessa Redgrave, English actress
1941 – Dick Cheney, American politician, 7th White House Chief of Staff, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming, 17th United States Secretary of Defense and 46th Vice President of the United States
1962 – Mary Kay Letourneau, American convicted statutory rapist
   ... remember that fiasco.... and read what she is doing now!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday!
xo Mom/Soupy/Sue
National Inane Answering Machine Message Day
(One of my favorites) "Hello... We are avoiding people we don't like. Please leave your name and number and if we don't call you back, It's YOU!"

Saturday, January 29, 2011

~ Rain? ~ Geezer ~ Get Shorty ~ Fritos!

Good 38º soon to be raining morning.
Pressure is going down down down....
Yesterday I puttered around and cleaned, etc. I took the pumpkin
and peeled it, cut in to chunks, and put in the Cuizzzzzz... and pureéd it
and bagged in zip freezer bags for later use.
Looks like about 10 cups after I drained it.
Maggie and I went into town. To the post office to mail off
more old pictures I had found of friends and their children
.... taken way back maybe 25 years ago....
So, standing in line
and this old geezer behind me (told me he was 80) noticed my
Patriots jacket and made the stupid
statement, "I HATE the Patriots!" "And just what did they ever do
to you?" "I just hate them." "Is there anyone you DO like?"
"I was a Charger fan when I lived in San Diego and then I became
a Raiders fan." "Hmmmm..." "You know all of my family and friends like different teams, but none of us HATE another team." (In fact my friend Suz, a Bears fan, said if I ever go to Foxborough she'd go with me and
be a Patriots fan for a day! Great, huh!) So this geezer is going on and on
and I interrupt him saying, "All the teams are good, I don't dislike the
Raiders, it's their fans I don't like!" He was quiet and then I said, "All the
stupid gang bangers wear Raiders shirts/hats, etc." He said, "I wear my
Raiders shirt to church sometimes." I laughed and patted him on the
shoulder and said, "At least God loves you!" Then as I was walking out
of the PO he turned and said (His second stupid
statement!) "Tom Brady would be a better quarterback if he'd bring all
his illegitimate children to the games." I didn't even reply. There were 6 other men in line and they all looked at me, rolled their eyes, and one of them said, "He is a weirdo!"  Sigh.....
Historically this date...
1886Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
1916World War I: Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins.
1936 – The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.
1963 – The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
And births this date include....
17371880W. C. Fields, American actor (d. 1946)
1913Victor Mature, American actor (d. 1999)
1918John Forsythe, American actor (d. 2010)
1940Katharine Ross, American actress
1954 – Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host and actress
1960 – Greg Louganis, American diver
The sunset had nothing to shout about....
Well, there were two things I liked....
and Mr. Hummer that kept buzzing around my head and finally landed
in the tree..
 He was pretty fuzzy behind that branch.
We had reruns for dinner and had a roaring fire. I watched some Tivo'd shows and then the movie, "Get Shorty", 1995. A mobster/loan shark, who goes to Hollywood and discovers the movie
industry is much like his current job. It stars....
I cannot STAND Dennis Farina! What a putz. Reminds me of someone
I know. Anyway, there was a line in the movie that made me laugh and think of my friend, Lydia.... "What kind of writing pays the best? ... Ransom notes."
As we await the rain I'm going to do some laundry and mop. Oh yeah!
Have a wonderful Saturday.
Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Mom/Soupy/Sue
January 29th
National Corn Chip Day 
Mmmmmm.... I LOVE Fritos!!!!