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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Turtle Pals ~ Stoat ~ Hats Off To Christmas ~ Historical Photos ~ Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork ~ Football

Good 40º too dark to see anything yet morning. Sprinkles yesterday and in the night. No precipitation predicted til Friday. Just "cloudy" ... gloomy....dark.....COME ON SUNSHINE!

Talk about a good friend... a turtle gets stuck upside down and his pal comes to the rescue. (I cheered and clapped at the result!)
Historically this date...
1707 – Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

1920 – The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000.
...........Holy cow!

1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.

1978 – Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.

1985 – Mafia: In New York CityPaul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of the Gambino family.

And births this date include....
1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer and pianist (d. 1827)

1901 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (d. 1978)

1961 – Sam Robards, American actor
Son of Jason Robards and Lauren Bacall. Lauren Bacall died in 2014 at age 89.

1963 – Benjamin Bratt, American actor

The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the short-tailed weasel, is a species of Mustelidae native to Eurasia and North America, distinguished from the least weasel by its larger size and longer tail with a prominent black tip. The name ermine is often, but not always, used for the animal in its pure white winter coat, or the fur thereof.[2] In the late 19th century, stoats were introduced into New Zealand to control rabbits. The stoats have had a devastating effect on native bird populations (see stoats in New Zealand).
It is classed by the IUCN as Least Concern, due to its wide circumpolar distribution, and because it does not face any significant threat to its survival.[1] It was named one of the world's top 100 "worst invasive species" by the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Invasive Species Specialist Group.[3]
The ermine luxury fur is often used by Catholic monarchs, Pontiffs and Cardinals who sometimes use it as the mozetta cape, and devotional images such as the Infant Jesus of Prague. It also forms part of the parliamentary and coronation robes of British peers of the Realm.
Here he is in his summer coat... the white coat is winter coat.

Yesterday was a Christmas Card day... filling out envelopes, etc. Then a couple loads of laundry. Change bed. Stack wood on the porch (ugh). Make a snuggy fire, glass of wine, good Hallmark movie ... Hats Off To Christmas ..(

Here is an interesting site with lots of historical photos...
This sounds good... actually BETTER than good!!
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Pork from Taste of Home (always GREAT recipes!)
Going to make this for sure!!! Might pick up the pork loin chops today..... Drooling....
Last night's football: (WOW.. sorry Suz, Phil, and Big Dan)

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 16th
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Chocolaholics rejoice! Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.
Its a great day to indulge, binge, "pig out", and otherwise consume to excess, your favorite food....chocolate. We believe the timing of this day, during the holiday season, couldn't be better.
Today, we get to enjoy our beloved chocolate by covering something...just about anything... in a generous amount of chocolate. Pour, spread, or drizzle chocolate over cakes, cupcakes, pies, pancakes or waffles, nuts, raisins, even ants (yes, some people actually eat chocolate covered ants!). We will let you decide what is too extreme, and how much is too much, if any.
As chocoloaholics, we shouldn't need any added incentive to enjoy our chocolate. In the giving spirit of the holiday season, make sure to give or share some of your favorite chocolate covered treats today.
Happy National Chocolate Covered Anything Day!!!!

1 comment:

Lydia said...

I'm going to throw a chocolate kiss into a cup of coffee in honor of the day.

"Your" rain is here. This week is like living in Portland- between raindrops.