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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Weather ~ Grandson Jackson the Drummer ~ AWESOME Vegetable Soup ~ Granddaughter Alex and Cutco ~ Bizarre Foods

Good 40º cloudy morning. Got some sprinkles yesterday and lots of wind! Never warmed up and I was cold all day. Hands especially. Finally after all the heaters were on and I was under a comforter I felt warm. Oh, and after drinking about 5 cups of hot tea! Patty over at the coast said they got 4" in 3 days. Looks like maybe more here.... but who knows... pressure goes down and then back up and down again! California is supposed to get a good amount! Hopefully.

The Siskiyou Summit got a bit of snow....

Kristen made this video of Jack playing some jazz... he is such an AWESOME drummer!!! So proud of my grandson!
He's been taking drum lessons since he was 7. I told him he was the next Gene Krupa. He said, "who is that?". Oh wait, I forgot, Krupa was my generation entertainer! (

Yesterday was "pay bills day" and organize for "work on taxes day" today. UGH. Hate doing either!!!

Historically this date...
1788 – American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory arrive at the confluence of the Ohioand Muskingum rivers, establishing Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory, and opening the westward expansion of the new country.

1798 – The Mississippi Territory is organized from disputed territory claimed by both theUnited States and Spain. It is expanded in 1804 and again in 1812.

1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among theMandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.

1827 – John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year.

1967 – Film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times.

2003 – U.S. troops capture BaghdadSaddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.

And births this date include...
1928 – James Garner, American actor (d. 2014)
1933 – Wayne Rogers, American actor
1938 – Jerry Brown, American politician, California governor (boooooo)
Lucky California! LOL

1954 – Jackie Chan, Chinese actor, director, producer, and martial artist
1956 – Christopher Darden, American lawyer, writer, and lecturer, prosecutor in O. J. Simpson murder case
.... click his name, interesting read.
1964 – Russell Crowe, New Zealand-Australian actor

Dinner was a rerun of the soup I made the other night. I had stuff in the fridge I needed to use up.... 2 leeks, a bag of carrots, potato, garlic, yam ... 
Everything got chopped up except the garlic, left it whole..

I had the diced dried tomatoes and some couscous....
Into the little Crock*Pot they went...

I added in the whole box of chicken stock and then a can of cream of chicken soup....

This soup was soooooooooooo AWESOME! Mmmmmm.... will make this again and again. I cooked it on high for 3 hours, turned it off and let it sit on warm for a couple hours. The potatoes were soft and the carrots still had a crunch to them. Yummmm....
UPS Dave came with my Cutco Order yesterday .... yes, awesome knives!!!! My granddaughter Alex is selling them. I already had one Cutco knife that NEVER needs sharpening and is the best knife ever! Also I already had some Cutco kitchen shears. They will cut ANYTHING!

If you are interested .... I can have Alex get in touch with you. Just lemme know! She will have you turn on your computer and she will walk you through the Cutco website. She's loaded with all the information!

Later it was TV and some interesting travel shows. One was Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel.
For you guys and ladies who are not squeamish, you might enjoy this like I did. Some fascinating foods out there from all over the world. Some I really wanted to try and some I didn't. Apparently there are many cooks and chefs in Portland who go over the edge with their cooking. Ok, a trip to Portland for a "foodie tour"!!!! Sounds fun.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
April 7th
No Housework Day

No Housework Day is your chance to do anything, except housework. Better still, have someone else do the chores for a day. Housework is a daily, seemingly endless and repetitive groups of tasks. It often goes unrecognized and worst of all..... taken for granted. But, watch out! If the dishes aren't done, or there's no clean towels, somebody notices.
There's two ways to celebrate this day:
If you normally do the housework around the house, cease and desist for this day. Instead, kick back and enjoy the day. Relax and do anything, except housework.
If you are a spouse or significant other, do the housework for your mate. It gives her (or him) a break from the housework. And, you just might get an appreciation of how much work it takes to keep up the house.'s also National Beer Day!

New Beer's Eve is an unofficial holiday in the United States, celebrating the end of Prohibition in the United States on April 6.
The beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen–Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 23, 1933. Sales of beer in the U.S would become legal on April 7, 1933, provided that the state in question had enacted its own law allowing such sales. The beer had to have an alcohol content less than 3.2% (4% ABV), compared to the 0.5% limit of the Volstead Act, because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication. On the evening of April 6, people lined up outside breweries and taverns, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. Since then, the night of April 6 has been referred to as "New Beer's Eve" and April 7 is known as "National Beer Day"
For the best places to drink beer in each state, go here: