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Sunday, October 13, 2013

China Wall ~ Fruit Flies ~ NY Pigeon ~ Stump Grinding ~ Sea Scallops

Good 42º supposed to be foggy and cloudy today.

"10-13"   ... 'Advise weather and road conditions' ...
If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?

It appears that part of the Great Wall of China is losing a battle with Mother Nature...

I have put a glass with red wine in it, like the suggestion on my blog on October 7th, and it is working for me too. 6 little drunken dead fruit flies in the bottom.... LOOK, there's one now heading in....

This photo was posted on: with the title "The City Is Mine"!

I took a similar photo of a pigeon, also on the Empire State Building...
and then he turned and looked at me....
Gawd, I LOVED NY!!! Such a fun city. AND surprisingly, nice people~!!! Friendlier than LA!!!! Imagine that. Thanks to my friend Joan Petit-Clair for such a great tour! I wanna go back!


Historically this date...
1775 – The United States Continental Congress orders the establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United States Navy).
.... hey Squids, this is your day!

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.

2010 – The 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Copiapó, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground awaiting rescue.

And births this date include....
1244Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar (d. 1314)
... if you are in Masonry or are related to a Mason, this article about Jaques might be of interest to you. My Father, Leslie Laney, was a Past Master, 32º Mason of El Sereno Lodge 588 ... My Mother Margaret was in Eastern Star. I was a Job's Daughter in Bethel 103 (which has moved to Mountain View, CA from El Sereno) , my son Brian is a Mason in Grants Pass Lodge #84, and was the Master Councilor in the Lexington Lodge #104 DeMolay in El Monte.

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

1925 – Margaret Thatcher, English politician (d. April 8, 2013)
1941Paul Simon, American singer and musician (Simon & Garfunkel)

1959Marie Osmond, American entertainer

1962 – Kelly Preston, American actress

1967 – Kate Walsh, American actress

1970 – Paul Potts, British opera singe  
.... one of my pal Trish's favorites....
I don't think I could be happy with the initials "PP" !

Yesterday afternoon Dude and I took a ride/run (I ride in the golf cart, he runs) to the mailbox... just before it rained. Surprising, as the weather persons said, "30% chance". LOL We got 1/4"!

About 4pm Tim and Rick White of White's Tree Service (541-973-5155) came by and ground up the stump in the front yard. YEAH! 

The electrical wire (disconnected) is still there from the light on the tree. Jake said he'd take care of it.

Last night dinner was my favorite scallop dinner, with a twist.
Olive oil
1 T. capers, drained
sea scallops
pickled asparagus spears
1/2 cup lemon juice
3-4 pats butter
shallots (dried or fresh)

The original recipe calls for canned in water quartered artichoke hearts... I didn't have any so used the pickled asparagus spears and mushrooms instead. If using dried shallots, reconstitute in a little water.  Heat pan and sauté artichoke hearts or asparagus and/or the mushrooms. Toss and heat through. Add in capers and shallots. Set aside. Wipe out pan.
In another pan I sauteéd some cut up baby squash with Asian seasoning.
Dry and season the scallops with salt and pepper, add olive oil to cleaned pan, heat very hot and sear scallops in single layer .. 2 minutes each side.

Add lemon juice and butter. Add  the vegetables and capers to the pan and heat through.
When plating spoon the butter/lemon sauce over the scallops.
AWESOMLY GOOD! Was surprised how good the pickled asparagus was. With that and the capers, no need for salt.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
October 13th
International Skeptics Day
(it says... "Calmly, patiently listening to what others have to say, and recognize when they're feeding you a line of shit.") 

International Skeptics Day is the perfect day for you...the "doubting Thomas". Perhaps the earth isn't really round!? Maybe, the sky isn't truly blue!? Does he(she) really love me!? ........These are the words and questions of the classical skeptic.  By definition, a skeptic is a person who questions or doubts facts and theories. He, or she, is a mis-believer. A skeptic does not accept the "Given". If you are inclined to doubt things that you see or hear, then International Skeptics Day is for you. If you practice a little, I'm sure we can make a good skeptic out of you. Go ahead, give it a try. And, what better day to practice skepticism, than  International Skeptics Day?