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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.