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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rain. Yeah! ~ Hot Rum, Good! ~ Winnie the Pooh Day

Good 35º and raining like mad morning! See, my $8 carwash worked. Finally! Plans to go with the 'girls' to Jacksonville Friday are going to be canceled. It's more fun to go there, as Jeannie put it, when it's a nice day and we can walk around. Looks like this storm is going to hang out for a while!

OMG, it just stayed cold all day yesterday. Had a hard time warming up. Even with heaters on, it was cold. Wind started up and then DumbA** neighbor started a burn pile! DUH?? Poor Frank and Cindy were probably smoked out! Looked like this all day.....

Trevor, UPS dude, came by with my new Crock-Pot yesterday.

One quart smaller than my other one, but if you want to transport food in it, there are clamps and a gasket that will keep it from opening and spilling. Neat. (Del, you need to get one of these for Missy so when she takes her crockpot to work it won't spill in her car!!)

Had a visitor...
There was also a hawk out there, sitting on the fence, but he saw my movement in the window and flew off before I could get his picture!

FYI, the links on today's blog may not work as Wikipedia planned to shut down for the day in protest. Their statement:

Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate — that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

So, if you want to read any of the links I guess you had better wait 24 hours.

Historically this date....
1911Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco harbor, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.
Great pictures on this site... click on his name.... come back tomorrow....

1969United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members.

1990Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.

And births this date include...
1779 - Peter Mark Roget, English physician and creator of Roget's Thesaurus. (d. 1869)

Roget who is now famous for his dictionary of synonyms, the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases. During his career he was a doctor in Manchester, a professor of physiology at the Royal Institution, and the secretary of the Royal Society. He retired in 1848 and devoted himself to his dictionary of synonyms, based on notes he'd been compiling since early in his career. In 1852 he published his thesaurus, now commonly called Roget's Thesaurus, which has been in print ever since.

.... I have to say, this is one of my most favorite books!!!!

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

1904 – Cary Grant, English actor (d. 1986)

Mr. Grant and I in 1981 ... Nassau Bahamas. I was working for Fabergé and he was on our board of directors. Such a gentleman!!! YUMMMMMMY too!

1913Danny Kaye, American actor (d. 1987)

1955Kevin Costner, American actor
... a prolific father with 7 children, 6 with his two wives, and 1 with a girlfriend.

Sadly I found two dead birds within the last two days. A dead Towhee was in my carport and a dead hummingbird was laying on the driveway yesterday morning ...

Both got fitting burials. :o(

All I know. Stay at home inside dry and warm day. I did make a 'hot buttered rum' yesterday. Never had one before. Good! Warm. Snuggy. I put cinnamon sticks in it instead of cloves. (Recipe at the end of yesterday's blog)

Maggie is doing good. She doesn't seem to be in any pain. Just no appetite yet.

xo Sue-Mom-Bobo
January 18th
Thesaurus Day
Winnie the Pooh Day
Peking Duck Day