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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bruiser ~ Artoff Plumbing ~ Picture of the Day ~ Elephant Ears ~ Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese ~ JoAnne Webb ~ Vivia Dennis ~ National Go Fishing Day

Good 52º clear sunny morning.
Bruiser is doing really well. His foot seems fine. He came in and got on top of my printer/fax (that is why I have a towel over them) and decided to take a nap........
Yesterday Mike Artoff of Artoff Plumbing came by and changed the filter in my well pump.

^Mike with his dad, who passed away a number of years ago. Mike's dad and Jerry were friends. Mike was here with his assistant Steve, whose dad is a cop locally and also a firearms instructor, like Jerry was. Such nice guys!
Picture of the Day ... African male lion with his cub
Speaking of African animals... Interesting about elephant ears.......
An elephant's large ears have thick bases with thin tips. The ear flaps, or 'pinnae', contain numerous blood vessels called capillaries. Warm blood flows into the capillaries, helping to release excess body heat into the environment.
This process occurs when the pinnae are still, and the elephant can enhance the effect by flapping its ears. Larger ear surfaces contain more capillaries, and more heat can be released. Of all the elephants, African bush elephants live in the hottest climates and have the largest ear flaps. They are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Another unique characteristic of elephants is their capability to hear at low frequencies- as low as 1 kHz. The hertz symbol Hz (named after the German physicist Herz) is the derived unit of frequency in the International System of Units (SI).
Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild. They communicate by touch, sight, smell, and sound; elephants use an infrasound and seismic communication over long distances. They appear to have self-awareness and show empathy for dying or dead animals of their own kind. As shown in the picture, they also can care for other animals in the wild.

Some foods are all about comfort and feel-good memories, like macaroni and cheese. This Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese recipe is meant to be shared with friends, family, or even neighbors who need a little extra comfort in their lives. Besides, this extra-cheesy, chicken-stuffed, and buttery cracker-topped dish is too good not to share!

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups chunked cooked chicken
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (10-1/2-ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed butter crackers
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 375 º Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except crackers and butter; mix well. Pour into casserole dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine crackers and butter; sprinkle over casserole.
  4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until heated through in center.

Two special birthdays today.... JoAnne Webb, wife of the infamous Arlon (1959 Wilsonite) is celebrating today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOANN!!
Also celebrating is Brooklyn NY pal Vivia Dennis. HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIVIA!!
Historically this date.......
1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
1900 – Empress Dowager Longyu of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats and their families.
1983 – Space Shuttle programSTS-7Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

And births this day include....
1913 – Robert Mondavi, American winemaker (d. 2008)
1915 – Red Adair, American firefighter (d. 2004)
1917 – Richard Boone, American actor (d. 1981)

1942 – Paul McCartney, English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The BeatlesThe Quarrymen, and The Fireman)

1976 – Blake Shelton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 

National Go Fishing Day is observed annually on June 18th.  This is a day to take time from your daily routine to find a stream, pond, lake or river, bait your hook, cast your line and catch a fish or two.
In addition to providing food, fishing is a recreational pastime of many.
Recreational fishing includes conventions, rules, licensing restrictions and laws that limit the way in which fish may be caught.  A rod, reel, line and hooks with any one of the different forms of bait or lures, are the most common form of recreational fishing.
The practice of catching (or attempting to catch) fish with a hook is known as angling.  Catch and release (returning the fish to the water to continue its life) is sometimes expected or required by law. For others, this is a preferred form of fishing. 
Hobbyists with knowledge of habitat, foraging behavior and migration hone their fishing techniques for a successful fishing adventure. Some fishermen still follow fishing folklore, which claims that fish feeding patterns are influenced by the position of the sun and the moon.
The earliest known English essay on recreational fishing was published in 1496.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, recreational fishing began to gain popularity.  In 1653, Izaak Walton published a book titled, The Compleat Angler or Contemplative Man’s Recreation. Walton’s book is the definitive work championing the position of the angler who loves fishing just for the sake of it.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Picture of the Day ~ Fred Meyer ~ Chicken a la King ~ Spencer & Erika Norman ~ National Eat Your Vegetables Day

Good 51º clear sunny morning. 
Be careful out there with that full moon. Drive safe!! 
Picture of the Day ... perfectly timed.....

Interesting about Fred Meyer....

Born Fritz Grubmeyer in Germany, noted retailer Fred G. Meyer (1886-1978) left his his childhood home in Brooklyn, New York, as a young man and headed out west, first to Alaska, then Seattle and eventually Portland, Oregon.
In the decades of the 20s and the 30s, Meyer's business grew from one downtown Portland store to eight in the metropolitan area. He opened one of the first self-service drugstores in the world at a time when people usually had to buy toiletries and pharmaceutical products directly from a pharmacist. He also predicted the rise of the automobile and made sure that all his outlying stores had ample parking, including one with a rooftop lot.
The Fred Meyer chain featured in-house brands of inexpensive, pre-packaged goods under the brand name My-Te-Fine. This brand name would become the signature motto of the company.
Meyer is perhaps best known for pioneering the concept of one-stop shopping. In addition to the grocery sections, his stores included many departments with everything a shopper might need, eliminating the need for multiple trips to several locations.

From Mr. Food....
Chicken a la King

Fancy-shmancy just got easy-"pea"sy with our recipe for Chicken a la King in a Hurry! This comforting dinner recipe is said to have been created for a King, who loved it so much he put it on his hotel menu the very next day. Now your whole gang can enjoy having it on their menu!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chunked cooked chicken (about 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimientos, drained

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter; saute mushrooms 4 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Add soup, milk, salt, pepper, and chicken; mix well and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until hot.
  2. Stir in peas and pimientos and continue cooking 5 to 7 minutes, or until warmed through.


Serve over warm cooked egg noodles or buttermilk biscuits.
Special anniversary today, friends Erika and Spencer Norman are celebrating number 58! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!! xo

Historically this date......
1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
1898 – The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
.... or as that IDIOT Ovamit would say... United States Navy Hospital Corpse!  such a total jerk. educated? HA!

1933 – Union Station Massacre: in Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash are gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
1987 – With the death of the last individual of the species, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
1994 – Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

And births this date include....
1742 – William Hooper, American signer of

1867 – John Robert Gregg, American inventor (d. 1948)
       ...ahhhh yes, took that shorthand class!

1923 – Elroy Hirsch, American football player (d. 2004)
........old "Crazylegs"!!!

1943 – Newt Gingrich, American politician and author
1943 – Barry Manilow, American singer-songwriter and producer
1960 – Thomas Haden Church, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Eat Your Vegetables Day is observed annually on June 17.  June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and National Eat Your Vegetables Day is one more opportunity to remind everyone to continue with this part of a healthy diet.
Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. 
As part of the main meal or as a snack, vegetables can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.  Each vegetable has its own nutritional content though generally, they contain a little protein or fat and varying proportions of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals and carbohydrates. They also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. Many vegetables also contain fiber which is important for gastrointestinal function. Another benefit is the essential nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.
When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may help lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.  These diets may also help to decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers.  The potassium provided may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
It is recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day.  This recommendation may vary, however, depending on age and gender.  For most vegetables, one serving is equivalent of 1/2 to 1 cup and can be eaten either raw or cooked.
Make sure you consume your recommended daily allowance of vegetables. 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day ~ My Dad ~ Brian/Sami/Tucker ~ Aaron/Maddie ~  Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~ California Condor ~ Asparagus Artichoke Breakfast Casserole ~ Jeanette Laporte ~ White Feathers ~ Father's Day History

                   Moon phase... June 16 waxing gibbous  99%
Good 48º clear sunny morning. 
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the dads out there!
My Dad and I (playhouse in background he built!)
Son Brian with his Sami and Tucker
Step-son Aaron with his Maddie
Yesterday I went to the So Oregon Emergency Veterinary Hospital to pick up Bruiser. He had this cone on him and NOT HAPPY!

I let him out of the carrier in the house and all he did is run into everything! Now I have to give him pills for a couple days. That will be interesting. Shove a pill down a cat's throat??? OMG. Took off the cone, and he's happier now.  His foot where the abscess was is looking fine. 
Picture of the Day ... old gas station. Uniforms were worn by the attendees to pump gas, check oil, and wash windows!
Interesting about the California Condor...
The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is a New World vulture, the largest North American land bird. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured), but the species has since been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah (including the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park), the coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. Although other fossil members are known, it is the only surviving member of the genus Gymnogyps. The species is listed by the IUCN as critically endangered.

The plumage is black with patches of white on the underside of the wings; the head is largely bald, with skin color ranging from gray on young birds to yellow and bright orange on breeding adults. Its 9.8 ft wingspan is the widest of any North American bird, and its weight of up to 26 lb nearly equals that of the trumpeter swan, the heaviest among native North American bird species. The condor is a scavenger and eats large amounts of carrion. It is one of the world's longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 60 years

Condor numbers dramatically declined in the 20th century due to poachinglead poisoning, and habitat destruction. A conservation plan was put in place by the United States government that led to the capture of all the remaining wild condors which was completed in 1987, with a total population of 27 individuals. These surviving birds were bred at the San Diego Wild Animal Park and the Los Angeles Zoo. Numbers rose through captive breeding and, beginning in 1991, condors were reintroduced into the wild. Since then, its population has grown, but the California condor remains one of the world's rarest bird species: as of 2017 there are 463 California condors living wild or in captivity.
The condor is a significant bird to many Californian Native American groups and plays an important role in several of their traditional myths.

At the time of human settlement of the Americas, the California condor was widespread across North America; condor bones from the late Pleistocene have been found at the Cutler Fossil Site in southern Florida. However, at the end of the last glacial period came the extinction of the megafauna that led to a subsequent reduction in range and population. Five hundred years ago, the California condor roamed across the American Southwest and West Coast. Faunal remains of condors have been found documented in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. The Lewis and Clark Expedition of the early 19th century reported on their sighting and shooting of California condors near the mouth of the Columbia River.

Condor bones have been found in Native American graves, as have condor feather headdressesCave paintings of condors have also been discovered. Some tribes ritually killed condors to make ceremonial clothing out of their feathers. Shamans then danced while wearing these to reach the upper and lower spiritual worlds. Whenever a shaman died, his clothes were said to be cursed,[90] so new clothing had to be made for his successor. Some scientists, such as Noel Snyder, believe that this process of making ceremonial clothing contributed to the condor's decline.
 Asparagus Artichoke Breakfast Casserole from Kevin the Closet Cook...
A light, healthy and tasty summer breakfast casserole with asparagus, artichokes and plenty of cheese
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (or ricotta)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  1. Mix everything and place in a greased 9×9 inch baking pan and bake in a preheated 375º oven until the eggs have set and the top is a light golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

Special birthday today, Jeanette Laporte wife of René Laporte
(LASD ret. He worked with my darling and Jerry always called him "La-port-tay").
                               HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEANETTE!
Historically this date..........
1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.

1961 – Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union.

And births this date include...
1829 – Geronimo, Apache leader (d. 1909)

1890 – Stan Laurel, English actor and comedian (d. 1965)

1970 – Phil Mickelson, American golfer
On Thursday June 13 I wrote about peacock feathers and white feathers.... Here is more about the spiritual meaning of white feathers..
I got a note from a friend who said:
Re your article on peacock feathers and the significance of a white feather: "White feathers signify either a guardian angel or a loving message from a loved one who is not alive. If you are gifted with a white feather you should save it and keep it close"
I was working a homicide one Saturday morning behind the Pico Rivera library in the mid-1990's. The body of a 17yr old was found there. He had typically cut through the parking lot as a shortcut on his way home from work at night at a Jack-in-The Box when he was confronted by some gang-bangers and shot when he had the wrong answers to their questions. As I was stooping over his body a fluffy white feather slowly flew down and landed on his chest. Looking up there wasn't a bird flying over or even a tree where the feather might have come from. It seemed very significant at the time, but I never told anyone of the incident. You're the first.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Father's Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


Father’s Day is observed annually on the third Sunday in June.  This day is set aside to honor the role that fathers play in the family structure and society.
After the success of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day observances began to appear.  The road to this national observance was not easy.
  • The first recorded celebration of Father’s Day happened after the Monograph Mining Disaster, which killed 361 men and left around 1,000 children fatherless in December 1907.  Grace Golden Clayton suggested to her pastor Robert Thomas Webb a day honoring all those fathers.  On July 5th, 1908, a gathering in honor of these men took place at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church, in Fairmont, West Virginia.
  • In 1910, the YMCA in Spokane, Washington recruited several clergymen with the help of Sonora Smart Dodd to honor fathers throughout the city.  The date was set for June 5th but was later changed to June 19th (the 3rd Sunday in June) as many clergymen needed more time to prepare.
  • Harry C. Meek, a member of Lions Clubs International, claimed that he first had the idea for Father’s Day in 1915.  Meek argued that the third Sunday of June was chosen because it was his birthday.  The Lions Club has named him “Originator of Father’s Day.”  Meek made many efforts to promote Father’s Day and make it an official holiday.
  • After a visit to Spokane in 1916 to speak at a Father’s Day celebration, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted fearing that the observance would become too commercialized.
  • President Calvin Coolidge stopped short of issuing a national proclamation in 1924
  • Sonora Smart Dodd continued to work to make Father’s Day a national observance.  In 1938, she collaborated with the Father’s Day Council, a group of New York Men’s Wear Retailers for the commercial promotion of the observance.  Many Americans resisted the holiday for decades because of these attempts to commercialize the day.
  • In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers on the third Sunday in June.
  • President Richard Nixon signed into law a permanent national holiday in 1972 over 50 years after Mother’s Day came into existence.