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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dec 31st Astronomy ~ Auld Lang Syne ~ Bruiser Then & Now ~ 2015 Wishes

Good 19º (!) colder than yesterday morning by 3º. Sheeeesh.... I keep singing the song from Frozen!

Imagine, tonight is New Year's Eve! Where did this year go so fast?? I received this from Lynn Helbing (LASD ret) and am sharing it with all of you. My Scottish blood gets all goofy hearing the pipes!
The new year, 2015, has already been celebrated in New Zealand and Australia and parts of Russia.

Just heard last night from my pal Linda (Nantz) that she and Andy have two rescued Siamese kittens... a boy and a girl. (Can't remember their names!) She said they are sooooooooo sweet and loving. 

Yesterday I made a quick (sans makeup!) run to the pharmacy for some special shampoo and skin cream my dermatologist recommended. Old age! Almost 70! Falling apart!!!! UGH. Back home after the 'run' and made cards for upcoming birthdays. Organized my Christmas cards. Looked at the bills, but decided to do those today.

Speaking of cats....    I posted this in 2011 on this date..
At one point the rain started coming down really hard and I saw the feral kitty run like mad towards the barn and the opening under one stall to get out of the rain. Then a little later the rain subsided and out came kitty .... on the hunt...
Here he is, yesterday morning, on top of my computer! At first he's kinda nosey...

Then he gets comfy and keeps an eye on everything I do. If he lays down on my desk on my arm (!) I turn on a youtube video of cats and he is mesmerized!

Historically this date...
1862 – American Civil WarAbraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.

1879 – Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, NJ.

1907 – The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York CityNew York.

1909 – Manhattan Bridge opens.

1960 – The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
................OMG, I first thought this said "farting" coin!

1983 – The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.

1999 – Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime MinisterVladimir Putin as the acting President.

And births this date include...
1920 – Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)

1930 – Jaime Escalante, American teacher (d. 2010)

1943 – John Denver, American singer and songwriter (d. 1997)

1943 – Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor

1947 – Tim Matheson, American actor

1958 – Bebe Neuwirth, American actress

1959 – Val Kilmer, American actor



1965 – Nicholas Sparks, American author

1974 – Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver
Dinner was those yummmmy reruns! May make up something for tonight. Speaking of tonight... my usual New Year's routine is a snuggy fire, the east coast channel at 8:30pm to watch the ball drop in NY here at 9pm! Then a nap in my chair. Tomorrow morning will be coffee, cherry cake, and the Rose Parade! May 2015 be good to us all. May the New Year bring rest and peace and good health. My wish for not only my family and friends but for the whole world.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy last day of 2014. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 31st  
National Champagne Day

The rule of thumb: If it’s imported from France and it says Champagne, it’s Champagne. Otherwise, it’s another type of sparkling wine. Champagne can only be made in Champagne region of France.
Champagne varies in sweetnessThe sweetness of the dosage that is added before corking creates the level of sweetness (or dryness) of a Champagne. The word brut on the label means dry. Brut, Extra Brut and Brut Nature (little or no dosage) are the driest styles. Sweet Champagnes are hard to find, but they can be identified by the words Extra Sec (Extra Dry) Sec, Demi Sec and Doux. They go well not just with dessert, but with courses like foie gras that are traditionally paired with sweeter wines. By the same token, a very dry Champagne is not a good match for a sweet dessert. It would pair with anything a dry white wine would go with.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Frozen ~ NFL Black Monday ~ Dan Cermak ~ Gabe Ramirez ~ Stir Fry Veggies/Crab/Gnocchi/Marinara-Alfredo

Good holy guacamole it's cccccold 22º frozen morning!

See.... (omg, the time.... it's Jerry's LASD badge number!)

Hey little birdie, whatcha got there? A piece of cheese? A carrot? A piece of cantaloupe?

Results of NFL Black Monday:
Jets fire head coach Rex Ryan (yeah)
Bears fire head coach Marc Trestman
Falcons fire head coach Mike Smith
Jim Harbaugh leaves the 9ers (probably a good move)
Today is a special friend's birthday.. Big Dan Cermak at Ace Hardware. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!!!! Better luck next year with da Bears!

AND... today is also Gabe Ramirez's birthday. With his bride Ann... (both LASD ret.)
                                      HAPPY BIRTHDAY GABE!!!!
Historically this date....
1903 – A fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois kills at least 605.
...obviously a time when there were no plans for escape!
1965 – Ferdinand Marcos becomes President of the Philippines.
1981 – In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.

And births this date include.... If you want to read about each and/or see a photo of them, click on the underlined name....
(Interesting that two band members shared the same birthday and two TV hosts on the same show share the same birthday!)
1920 – Jack Lord, American actor (d. 1998)
1934 – Joseph Bologna, American actor
1934 – Del Shannon, American singer (d. 1990)
1934 – Russ Tamblyn, American actor, dancer, and singer
1935 – Sandy Koufax, American baseball player
1942 – Michael Nesmith, American singer, songwriter, actor, and musician (The Monkees)
1945 – Davy Jones, English singer, songwriter and actor (The Monkees)(d. 2012)
1953 – Meredith Vieira, American television journalist and game show host
1957 – Matt Lauer, American newscaster
1975 – Tiger Woods, American golfer
Dinner last night...
Gnocchi, fake crab, my marinara sauce, roasted garlic Alfredo sauce, mushrooms, broccoli/carrots/cauliflower/celery .....

Sauté veggies in olive oil....

Add in crab... (or chicken, or turkey, or beef, or pork......)

Cook gnocchi in boiling salted water until it floats.... drain and add

Add in marinara sauce and Alfredo sauce. Heat well....


Yummmmm...... leftovers!!!
All I know. Happy 2nd to the last day of the year! Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 30th
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Maybe National Bicarbonate of Soda Day falls so close to New Year's Eve owing to its old fashioned use as a hangover remedy and antacid. But we like to imagine that it is being honored for its great utility in the kitchen as baking soda! It helps dough to rise, and also makes a mean toothpaste. Good ol' bicarb!