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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Clouds ~ Rain ~ Greg & Becky ~ Kate Smith ~ Football

Good 43ยบ raining hard morning..... started about 8pm... getting a good amount!


Sunrise yesterday about 7am... looking southwest...
and looking east...
1pm driving home from Medford....
... and 4pm...
Got this from Greg in Illinois...

Good Morning, Sue.....
Thank you for your concern about our well being yesterday.
Yes, it was a scary day here in Huntley.  We had rain on 
Saturday, and we got fair warning of T-storms and possible
tornados for Sunday.  The predictions were right on.
Early Sunday morning the most peculiar T-storm woke us,
and lasted about 45 minutes.  The lightning was like thousands of flash bulbs going off at a celebrity event.  The thunder sounded like a snare drummer hitting his sticks on a bass drum.  It was wild. And, of course, the clouds opened up; rain crashed onto our roof. The wind blew constantly, and changed directions frequently, creating a swirling effect.  Becky put together an 'emergency box' with most everything we would need while hunkering down
in the basement.   Our weather radios and TVs were broadcasting constantly, as the clouds were moving very fast... 40-60 mph. gusts of wind slammed the house. 
Thanks for thinking about us.

Do you remember Kate Smith? Unless you are my age you probably don't or never heard of her. Frank Sinatra considered Kate the best singer of her time and said when he and a million other guys first heard her sing God Bless America on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two. The time of this video is 1940. America was in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. This was before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers. Kate Smith was top of the list! Kate was also large, a plus size as we now say, and the popular phrase sill used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings." Kate was also patriotic. She was hurt to see Americans depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote White Christmas) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for he went to his files and found a song he had written but never published 22 years previous in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. They both agreed if the song was well received they wouldn't take any of the profits and would donate them to the Boy Scouts of America. The video starts with Kate in the studio singing and after a couple of verses the scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now". At the 4:20 mark you see a young actor in the movie reading an issue of Variety... it's RONALD REAGAN~ It certainly stirred my patriotic feelings. I turned up the volume and sang along, with tears streaming..... Most of us don't/didn't know there's a lead in to the song.. so here's the entire song as originally sung.
Thank you Marie Vincent for sharing this!
As for history and special birthdays... go here...  a year ago today..
Dinner was leftovers (ravioli with veggie stir-fry) ... football
  a Hallmark movie, and wine to drown my sorrows!
Thanks to everyone who sent me input re scanner/fax/copiers. Looking seriously at a Canon or Epson. Going to toss this HP in the trash heap!
All I know. Happy Tuesday. Par-tay at Ace today for Ace Dave's farewell (retiring) and his birthday. UPS Dave dropped off a package here yesterday while I was gone. He left two dog cookies on top for Dude. I'm sure Dude was sad he couldn't go out and greet his dad. Dog drool on the glass door!! He gobbled up the cookies when I got home. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
November 19th
Carbonated Beverage Day