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Monday, December 31, 2012

Times Square Live Cam ~ Bruiser Last Year and Yesterday ~ Mandarin Martini ~ Football

Good 30º cloudy morning.

The last day of 2012. Thinking back, this seemed so far in the future it wasn't funny! Now we're here and rapidly moving on... Sigh...

Here is a 'live' earthcam .... NY Times Square
They are getting ready for the count down!

Yesterday was excitement beyond belief. Put new ink in my printer and got notes and cards done. Not even creative in the kitchen, as I had reruns. Watched some football. Maggie and I took the trash to the road for pickup.... The sun did come out!

The Bruise was out "hunting" and when he saw us in the golf cart he came running. He jumped in the back and I thought at first he was ready for a ride, but no. He jumped out...

I posted the following on my blog a year ago...

"At one point the rain started coming down really hard and I saw the feral kitty run like mad towards the barn and the opening under one stall to get out of the rain. Then a little later the rain subsided and out came kitty .... on the hunt..."

He's so funny, now he sleeps on my bed with me and Harley!!!

My daily drivel friend Judy sent me some "Mandarin Martini Mix" so I tried it. It calls for citron vodka, didn't have any, but it was good anyway! Thanks Judy!

Historically this date...
1879Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

1960 – The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.

1967 – The Youth International Party, popularly known as the "Yippies", is founded.
.... yeah, well that lasted a long time!

1999 – First President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, resigns from office, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President and successor.

2004 – The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 ft).

And births this date include....
1920Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)

1937 – Sir Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor


1943John Denver, American singer and songwriter (d. 1997)
   ... Loved loved loved his singing!

1943 – Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor

1947 – Tim Matheson, American actor
1959 – Val Kilmer, American actor
    ..... toooooo sad!

1974 – Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver

In 2012, we said goodbye to many iconic figures — the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong and the first American woman in space, Sally Ride. We lost writers such as Ray Bradbury, Maeve Binchy, Maurice Sendak, and Nora Ephron. We said farewell to musicians and singers who left an indelible mark on the soundtrack of our times — among them, Whitney Houston, Davy Jones, Donna Summer, Etta James, Robin Gibb, Kitty Wells, Adam Yauch, and Ravi Shankar. We lost great actors such as Ernest Borgnine, Larry Hagman, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jack Klugman, and Sherman Hemsley, as well as TV personalities such as Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller, Dick Clark, and Don Cornelius.

For a complete list of those who are famous and died this year:

And yesterday's football...

Texans 16 Colts 28

Patriots 28 Dolphins 0 (sorry Alex!)

Ravens 17 Bengals 23

Packers 34 Vikings 37

Cardinals 13 49ers 27

Seahawks 20 Lambs 13 (yeah!)

Bears 26 Lions 24

Eagles 7 Giants 42 (BOOOOOO!)

Browns 10 Steelers 24

Bills 28 Jets 9 (sorry Tootie!)

Redskins 28 Cowboys 18

Chiefs 3 Broncos 38

Raiders 21 Chargers 24 (yeah!)

All I know. Happy New Year's Eve Day. I will party with some friends early and be home to watch the ball drop in NY by Pacific time! Enjoy this last day of 2012 and I wish you all the blessings of good health and happiness for 2013. I understand that those of you who lost loved ones this year, it won't be easy, but I understand and send you love.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 31st.

National Champagne Day


The Benedictine Monk Dom Perignon is reputed to have exclaimed, when drinking champagne, "It's like drinking the stars!" Champagne's magic comes as much from its bubbles as from its taste. This wine of romance and special occasions is worthy of constant acquaintance and not just for use at weddings.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bob ~ Gabe ~ Mike&Wilma ~ Heather ~ Bicarb of Soda

Good 37º cloudy gloomy morning.

To my friend Georgia Sue Mattern, my deepest condolences on the loss of her husband Bob. Bob passed away quietly this morning at 3am. My heart is with you GS.

RIP Bob.
Georgia Sue and Bob on their wedding day in 2001.

Today is Gabe Ramirez's birthday (ret LASD). HAPPY BIRTHDAY GABE! (hubby of Ann LASD ret!)

Today is Mike (ret LASD) and Wilma Nelson's anniversary. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS.

And my former neighbor from Temple City, Heather Mehl is the big 29! HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!!! (Jerry nicknamed her 'Heather Weather' ...on the left... and her sister Lindsay ... nicknamed "Lindsay Windsay" on the right !)
.... and last year.... Ladies, you are beautiful!
Lindsay's wedding with baby sisters Heidi on the left and Heather on the right.

Historically this date....
...obviously a time when there were no plans for escape!

1981 – In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.

And births this date include....
(Interesting that two band members shared the same birthday and two TV hosts on the same show share the same birthday!)

1920Jack Lord, American actor (d. 1998)

1934 – Joseph Bologna, American actor

1934 – Del Shannon, American singer (d. 1990)

1934 – Russ Tamblyn, American actor, dancer, and singer

1935 – Sandy Koufax, American baseball player

1942 – Michael Nesmith, American singer, songwriter, actor, and musician (The Monkees)

1945Davy Jones, English singer, songwriter and actor (The Monkees)(d. 2012)

1953 – Meredith Vieira, American television journalist and game show host

1957Matt Lauer, American newscaster

1975 – Tiger Woods, American golfer

All I know. Dashed off to Grants Pass yesterday for ink for my printer, the market for basics (found bell peppers, green red and yellow on sale so will be making something with them shortly), picked up mail, got cracked corn and home again. Movin' slow. Not much incentive. Where does it go???

Happy Sunday. Enjoy the football.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 30th

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
Maybe National Bicarbonate of Soda Day falls so close to New Year's Eve owing to its old fashioned use as a hangover remedy and antacid. But we like to imagine that it is being honored for its great utility in the kitchen as baking soda! It helps dough to rise, and also makes a mean toothpaste. Good ol' bicarb!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Assistant Sheriff ~ Crockpot Soup Version 1 & 2 ~ Pepper Pot Soup

Good 33º Burrrrrr morning. Supposed to get 'sun' for a couple days and then snow predicted for Monday.

Crazy weather. Started snowing yesterday morning at 9am. It was 33º. "Sticking" wasn't happening. Warmed to 35º. Snowed all day, but nothing on the ground. All up the mountain several hundred feet above. As of right now the summit doesn't look inviting ... nobody going either direction except for a Trooper!

.... and we do have a little snow 'stuck' on the ground and the barn roof:


Such good news arrived yesterday... my friend James (Jimmy) Hellmold is being promoted to Assistant Sheriff (LASD) on December 30th and will command Field Ops Regions I, II, III, Detective Div, and Homeland Security Div. Wow! Congratulations Jimmy!!!!! So deserved. HUGS to you! Know your family is so proud of you. Me too!

This "suggestion" from my friend Cyndi Moreno (wife of ret Pete LASD) .... :o)

I made soup in the crockpot and had it for dinner on Wednesday and Thursday. Ingredients:

chicken stock (+ some left from cooking chicken thighs for Maggie), a can artichoke hearts + liquid, mushrooms, cabbage, mini raviolis, fettuccini, broccoli slaw, radishes, zucchini, leek, and green bell pepper. Cooked on low 2 hours.

Then.............. yesterday I added to the leftover soup a package of frozen baby peas, a can of Kirkland Roast Beef in beef broth (this is really good and makes great quick tacos or taquitos~!), and a carton of beef broth! OMGOOD!!!!

So, last night was a fire, soup, and more Hallmark movies!

In two days you are going to have to learn how to write "2013" ... (lol, I just wrote 2012.... !) I still write checks for stuff so this won't be easy for a while!

Today is the birthday of my nephew Andrew Plumbridge. He is 58 years old. Haven't seen him in probably 15 years. Sad, he is estranged from the family. He was always sweet and cute. Drugs ruin lives!
Here he is with  my bro-in-law Bill and sister Marion...

Historically this date....
1778American Revolutionary War: 3,000 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia.

1813 – British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812.

1845 – In accordance with International Boundary delimitation, United States annexes the Mexican state of Texas, following the Manifest Destiny doctrine. The Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is thereupon admitted as the 28th U.S. state.

1940World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.

2003 – The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct.

And births this date include....
1800Charles Goodyear, American inventor (d. 1860)

1808Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States (d. 1875) ... Mr. Happy Pants!

1917Tom Bradley, American politician (d. 1998)
... 20 years as Mayor of Los Angeles

1921Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (d. 2006)
... whoa! YUMMMMM.

1932Inga Swenson, American actress
(no current photos)

1936Mary Tyler Moore, American actress
.....Whaaa? Can't understand why some people ruin a good thing!

1938 – Jon Voight, American actor

1947 – Ted Danson, American actor

1953 – Stanley Tookie Williams, American murderer (d. 2005)
.... leader of the Crips gang in So. Central LA. EXECUTED!

1959 – Paula Poundstone, American comedian

1972 – Jude Law, British actor

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 29th
Pepper Pot Day

Pepper Pot Day commemorates the creation of this thick spicy soup, which was served to the Continental Army during the cold, harsh winter of 1777-1778. Pepper Pot soup was first made on December 29, 1777.