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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bruise the Movie ~ Motorcycle Riding in LA ~ Salad ~ Turkeys ~ HB Harley Dude

Good 44º raining raining morning. A "stay inside" day for sure!

Keep your chin up, only the first 40 years of parenthood are the hardest..

LOL, I made a movie of Bruiser laying on my desk. Sorry about the audio, don't know what that buzzing sound is...
He just takes over. When I say, "good boy" he flicks his tail!

Here is some good news for those of you who ride motorcycles on the Los Angeles area freeways.... thanks to Jim Hoffman and his sister Judy Duvall for reminding me to post this....

Motorcycles no longer need FasTrak transponders to use ExpressLanes

The ExpressLanes on the 10 freeway are scheduled to open at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting. There is a press event Friday morning at the new El Monte Station — adjacent to the ExpressLanes — but I wanted to put the word out early that motorcycles no longer need FasTrak transponders to use the lanes; motorcycles use the lanes for free.
Those who have opened motorcycle only accounts will be notified by email and issued refunds when they return the transponder.
Why do motorcycles no longer need transponders? The toll system on the ExpressLanes is automated. A software update to the system now allows cameras to recognize standard motorcycle license plates — thus ensuring they won't receive a notice for not having a transponder.
If you want to
Click here: ExpressLanes | Metro's The Source

Salad was breakfast/lunch yesterday. I cut up some cabbage, tomatoes, avocado, and steamed some broccoli for 5 min in the microwave and put on the salad warm. Topped all with Ken's Steakhouse Honey Mustard Dressing (Thanks Deb for turning me onto this dressing! OMGOOD)


The turkeys are out in full regalia for the mating season.

They always remind me of the song from West Side Story...

Historically this date....
1935DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon

1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.

1991 – The first Gulf War ends.

1993Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.

1997 – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in Armenia and Azerbaijan kills around 1,100 people

1997 – An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.

1997 – The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.

2001 – The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.

And births this date include....
1906Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (d. 1947)


1931 – Gavin MacLeod, American actor

1934Willie Bobo, American jazz percussionist (d. 1983)
........good thing I didn't marry him!! for more than one reason.

1940Mario Andretti, Italian-American race car driver
His winery in Napa makes awesome wine!!!


Today would have been the day we celebrated Harley's birthday. He missed his 22nd birthday by 2 weeks! RIP Harley Dude. You are missed and loved every day. xoox


All I know. Nuff said. Happy Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 28th
National Tooth Fairy Day


National Chocolate Souffle Day

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sideways aka Mr.Big Stuff ~ Mr. Coyote ~ Kahlua Cake (OMG)

Good 29º dog's water frozen morning. The moon phase today is a Waning Gibbous.

Looks like as far as weather goes we will have 40% today then 50% tonight then 70% tomorrow chance of rain, dry on Friday and Saturday and rain on Sunday. Good thing, as Sami's 5th birthday party is Saturday! The Princess can't have rain on her party!

Yesterday was another 'computer' day. I installed the printer/fax, Word Perfect, Business Cards, Roxio, greeting card programs, etc.

By the time a woman realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she's wrong.

Four years ago PJ, on her way home from a pet-sitting project, found a big black lab on the freeway off-ramp. She called me and we got him into my car. I would have kept him in a heartbeat, he was BEAUTIFUL and one of the best looking black labs I had ever seen. But, my back was a problem and I was due for back surgery so my friends Tammy and Gary in Modesto said their dog had died January 27th and they were looking for another dog to be a pal to Jaco, their chocolate lab. Perfect! I nicknamed the dog, Mr. Big Stuff.
( Click here: Mr. Big Stuff Sung by Jean Knight - YouTube ... this was sung in jest often by a ret LASD, Bobby St Clair... a very funny guy!)
Anyway I drove him to the half-way point, Redding, and met up with Tammy and Gary and gave them Mr. Big. He and Jaco are best friends, have to be touching when sleeping, play and enjoy life.

Mr. Big is now Sideways. Gary named him that because of the way he sits! LOL.

Historically this date...
1951 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.

.... lets see how long it will be before the baboon in the White House gets that changed to unlimited!

1964 – The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.

2010 – An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale strikes central parts of Chile leaving over 500 victims, and thousands injured. The quake triggered a tsunami which struck Hawaii shortly after.

And births this date include....
1930 – Joanne Woodward, American actress

1932Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (d. 2011)

1934 – Ralph Nader, American author, activist, and political figure

1934 – Van Williams, American actor
Williams said goodbye to Hollywood around 1970 and followed his interests into a job in the actual world of law enforcement, spending 25 years as a reserve officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and also working at the San Diego Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.He said he formed a mountain-rescue team, taking dead and injured people out of the hills around Topanga Canyon, and worked with a partner as a plainclothes officer on Malibu Beach."We had more felony arrests than any other team," he said.But there are some mysteries relating to Williams' second career that he will not discuss, like the seven years he spent working for the federal government."I'm not supposed to talk about that," he said.
Van was in the first academy class I was in, but because of the "strict moral code" (LOL) the department had and I was "living without the benefit of clergy" with Jerry, I was dropped until we were either not living together or married! (After the wedding nups I went back)

1980 – Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton
UGH! She didn't even have a chance!

Yesterday I was watching a young coyote up in the pasture. I was in the house and when I coughed he heard it! What ears they have! He turned and looked in my direction~


All I know.Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 27th.
National Kahlua Day

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sky ~ The Bruise ~ Pickleball ~ Pistachios

Good 26º frozen, again, morning. Pretty clear sky today....

Last night's sunset was pretty too....

Interesting clouds coming back from Medford yesterday.... see the fish just above the mountain on the right? Looks like a shark....
Bruiser is so funny. He goes off now and hunts and then comes back every day. He's happy to be indoors and on my lap. Sunday he went way up in the pasture. I saw him and called his name. He came back to me RUNNING!

So after 'playing' with the picture I erased the fence...
How cool is that!


Historically this date...
1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).

1987Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.

1993World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.

And births this date include...
1829Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (d. 1902)
1846William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American frontiersman (d. 1917)

1852John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon and advocate (d. 1943)

1887 – William Frawley, American actor (d. 1966)

1916Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer and comedian (d. 1987)

1920 – Tony Randall, American actor (d. 2004)

1928Fats Domino, American musician
This brings back so many fun memories!.....

1953Michael Bolton, American singer

1958 – Susan J. Helms, American astronaut

The annual doc appointment was good. I just love my new doctor, she is funny and cute and so knowledgeable! Left there, stopped at the market, went to Patty and Cliff's. Problem with their AOL and a search window pops up every time they log on. I looked and looked on how to get rid of it, but to no avail. The "opt out" didn't work. So, we had some wine and chatted. I'll look into that from here and see what I can come up with. Soup for dinner. Relaxing fire. Nice. Had a chat with Jeannie (she and Bill down in Casa Grande, AZ) and they learned how to play pickleball yesterday. She said they loved it and had a blast.

Funny, first played on Bainbridge Island, Wa and named after the dog, Pickles, who would retrieve the errant balls.


All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 26th
National Pistachio Day


National Chili Day

Monday, February 25, 2013

Deputy Funeral ~ First Date ~ Daytona ~ Oscars ~ Slow Cooker Spanish Rice ~

Good 37º raining morning. Be careful out there... full moon!

From a few days ago..
A retired deputy’s son took this video from his patrol car. The procession was more than an hour long. He was near the front of the group driving a Los Angeles County Sheriff's patrol car. Deputy MacKay was killed last week in a shootout with Christopher Dorner.

On this date 39 years ago Jerry and I went on our first date. The dinner was awesome, the date was magic, I was in love instantly! (So was he!)

Daytona was, as usual, with drama. Going that fast that close together is insane. The thing is, people go just to see the accidents! Gross. There were several of them! Congratulations to the winner, Jimmy Johnson for making it out alive!

Also big congratulations to Danica Patrick for winning the pole position and finishing in the top ten, in 8th place. Just think #9, you got beat by a GIRL! (Thank you Brian for that line!)

The Oscars... Hollyweird at it's finest. (?)

I could not believe some of the folks at the Oscars last night. Well, yes,I could. Hugh Jackman, charming. Bradley Cooper, cute. Charlize Theron, hair tooooo short.
Jennifer Aniston wow red dress. Sandra Bullock, darling as always. Some of those super poofy dresses were STUPID~!
Adele, could not understand a word she said in the interview with that bloody thick Cockney accent!! Then there was Robert De Niro and his UNCOMBED hair! What a creep.
Don't know much about him, but his wife shocked me.
Then there was Seth McFarland.... I was truly amazed, he was awesome. My favorite all time host is Billy Crystal, but Seth comes in second. He is good looking, has a killer smile, GREAT voice, and he's funnier than all get out!!! Yeah, he made the evening good.
LOVE the song, We saw your boobs" !! And then there was Ben Afflack's acceptance speech for best picture... GEEZE LOUISE! He was talking so fast and mumbling... and it was the dumbest one I have heard. Well, except for Sally Field's "you love me, you really love me" speech. Sure glad she didn't win last night. Hollyweird's "I love me show" always leaves something to be desired to me. I am not a big 'oh look movie stars' person. At least the politics were left out until, gag, the very end with that ghetto wannabe ho, Moochelle, reading the best movie winner. GAG. Oh, did I already say that. Hollyweird just can't stay away.

Historically this date....
1919Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
1932Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
......or as how the current President of our USofA has lied about birth and when/who/and how.
1964 – Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston, Ali took the title.
1991Gulf War: An Iraqi scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.
.........Rest in peace soldiers. God Bless you.
And births this date include...
1913Jim Backus, American actor (d. 1989)

1929Christopher George, American actor (d. 1983)

1938Diane Baker, American actress

1943George Harrison, English singer and guitarist, member of The Beatles (d. 2001)

1971Sean Astin, American actor

How about an EASY Spanish Rice dish that you make in the crockpot?

1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
1 cup water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
Spray a 4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix together all of the ingredients in the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
All I know. Doc appointment today for annual thingy. So exciting. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 25th
National Clam Chowder Day