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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice ~ Jo Ann ~ Early Parenthood ~ Rice Cooker Quinoa Mixture

Good 34ยบ and now no chance of rain morning.

Today is it! Shortest day of the year...
Winter Solstice is an
astronomical phenomenon occurring in December every year when Sun's elevation with respect to Earth reaches its lowest value (-25.5 degrees). It is accompanied by the longest day on South Pole and the longest night on North Pole of Earth. Today, December 21st, 2013, it occurs at 12:11 P.M EST.

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, respectively, in the sense that the length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset on this day is a minimum for the year. Of course, daylight saving time means that the first Sunday in April has 23 hours and the last Sunday in October has 25 hours, but these human meddlings with the calendar and do not correspond to the actual number of daylight hours. 
Yet as the old wise man once said, it truly is darkest before the dawn. After the Winter Solstice, the light slowly begins its inevitable return, and the days begin to grow blessedly longer, flipping the switch to ON for the inevitable countdown to spring ...

Hey, today is a special day... good friend Jo Ann Kirk (wife of the infamous Avalon Deputy, Joe....) is celebrating her birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO ANN!!! xoxo See you in a few days!

I shared this on a couple friend's FB page... but so funny. Originally shared by my friend Tammy (mother of Jaco and Sideways!) ...
This Argentinean commercial for Coke focuses in on early parenthood. Made me laugh! 

A year ago today...
And the Poopsie Do, aka Maggs, sniffing out the white stuff....
Ewwwww.... do I have to put all of my feet in that ????
....meanwhile, The Bruise took up the middle of my desk.....
Historically this date...
1913Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.

1937Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater.

1968Apollo program: Apollo 8 launched from the Kennedy Space Center, placing its crew on a lunar trajectory for the first visit to another celestial body by humans.

1988 – A bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270.

And births this date include....
1922 – Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (d. 2005)

1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host

1946 – Carl Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (d. 1998)
L-R Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson (d. at 39), Carl Wilson (d. at 51)

1954Chris Evert, American tennis player

1957 – Ray Romano, Italian-American comedian

1959Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (d. 1998)
1966 – Kiefer Sutherland, British-born Canadian actor

Dinner last night was another experiment... 
Quinoa, salmon, artichoke hearts, butter, capers, garlic, spicy tabasco, (not showed .. pomegranate balsamic vinegar), black beans.....
I put the quinoa in the rice cooker with water and garlic....
Then I drained and rinsed the beans, drained the hearts... then tossed them with the pomegranate balsamic. Put them in the steamer basket over the quinoa. Added the drained salmon, a little tabasco on that, then a pat of butter on top. Spread the beans and hearts around the outside.
Turned the rice cooker on and let it cook and steam.

OMGOOD!!!! Today for lunch I'll heat the quinoa mixture and put it on top of some spring greens, that have been drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar~

All I know. Busy Saturday. Enjoy the calm before the storm. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 21st
Look on the Bright Side Day is today. We hope you see the light. Literally looking on the bright side may be a bit difficult today. It is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. And, December days tend to be cloudy. However, we're going to be optimistic, and fully expect you to succeed. Look on the Bright Side Day is a day to be optimistic. The term itself is an optimistic one. It calls upon us to look for something positive, out of an otherwise bad or sad situation. Often, a bad experience has positive lessons to be learned.

It's also National Flashlight Day