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Friday, July 15, 2016

Wine Story ~ Drummer Jack ~ Bike ~ Mike ~ Don & Joan Swift ~ Veggies/Chopped Clams/Gnocchi ~ Tapioca Pudding

Good 50º few wispy clouds morning.
Yesterday was beautiful, slight breeze, some clouds, and we hit 92º.

A story about 2 Buck Chuck wine..

Charles Shaw had a vineyard in Napa. He sold his wine for about $14 a bottle. He and his wife divorced and I had heard that he didn't want her getting a LOT of money, so he made a deal with Trader Joe's to sell it for $1.99 a bottle. In 2005 his Chardonnay was judged Best Chardonnay from California at the commercial wine competition.  Charles Shaw's winery went out of business and was sold to Bronco Winery Company in Ceres, California. Trish you will laugh when you hear who heads that company.... Fred Franzia!!!
There you go, the two wines I buy... 2 Buck Chuck from TJ's and Franzia box.
My grandson Jackson, aka Jack, aka Doodle Bug is one AWESOME drummer. He is 16 and going to be a senior this year. Here is a short video of him at age 9 playing the drums:
And Jack at age 10:
And this was last year:
And Jack with the band rehearsing Wednesday...

Later UPS Dave showed up with my new "toy". 
It's a stationary bike, suggested by my cardiologist as my degenerative disc disease make exercising or walking very far very painful. Something that happens to a lot of us as we get older. 
Mike Hannan was here yesterday and he helped me get the bike out of the box. I took it and all the parts that have to be assembled into the house to work on today...

Mike did a lot of work... trimmed trees, dragged tree stumps from down by the barn to the burn pile, and cleaned out the rain gutters...
Dude followed him everywhere all day. He loves Mike!!

Today is a special day for special  people...Don (LASD ret) and his bride Joan are celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary. HAPPY ANNIVERSAY kids!!!

Historically this date...
1870 – Reconstruction era of the United StatesGeorgia becomes the last of the formerConfederate states to be readmitted to the Union.

1916 – In Seattle, WashingtonWilliam Boeing and George Conrad Westerveltincorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).

2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.

And births this date include...
1935 – Ken Kercheval, American actor

1935 – Alex Karras, American football player and actor (d.2012)

1939 – Patrick Wayne, American actor

1944 – Jan-Michael Vincent, American actor

1951 – Jesse Ventura, American professional wrestler and politician

1963 – Brigitte Nielsen, Danish-born actress
The 'do' isn't really working for you!

Later I decided to experiment with dinner (what else is new!) I chopped up red and yellow sweet peppers, celery, baby carrots.

Added them to the pan with olive oil and some of the juice from canned chopped clams and let cook. Then added in spinach.... 

Cooked the gnocchi and added it in the fray along with the two cans of chopped clams, and some cheese... 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Friday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
July 15th

Today is Tapioca Pudding Day.  Tapioca Pudding is a cooling, enjoyable dessert, for a hot summer day.
Perhaps it is hard to believe, but many people have never had Tapioca Pudding. The most popular flavors are vanilla and chocolate.
You know what to do on this day, don't you!? Right, eat some Tapioca Pudding. Whether or not you've had it before, Tapioca Pudding is good treat for today, or any day.
Did you Know? Tapioca is the starch from a cassava root. This starch forms the soft, tiny balls in the pudding. It gives tapioca pudding a unique texture.

(You can buy a package of individual servings of this pudding in the refrigerated section at the market. I love it! )