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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Wind/Clouds ~ Dash & Dude ~ Woodpecker ~ Picture of the Day ~ LASD History & Radio Cars ~ Slow Cooker Potato Bacon Soup ~ Lovella Moore ~ Wind/Rain ~ Dash and Dude ~ National Chewing Gum Day

Good 55º dark cloudy morning.
Yesterday the clouds started coming in and it was quite windy... and no smoke!
By noon we were only at 70º! By 3pm we hit 80º and there were a few more clouds...

Dash was following Dude around the yard....
And Mr. Woodpecker was making more holes in my power pole!
Dash was like Bruiser... he napped by my feet under my desk! That is his chewy sitting on top of my slipper!

He also loves to run outside and chase the birds around the yard!
Picture of the Day
The Golden Bridge in Viet Nam opened June 2018

Interesting about LASD....
The History of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department began with its founding in 1850 as the first professional police force in the Los Angeles area.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has become the seventh largest law enforcement agency in the United States. Since 1996, it has also been the largest sheriff's department in the world.

Following the organization of the State of California into counties, the Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County was formed in April, 1850. Elections for the office of Sheriff were held annually until 1882, when the term was increased to two years; in 1894 the term was increased to four years. The first Sheriff of Los Angeles County was George T. Burrill and his staff consisted of two Deputies.
In 1857, the outstanding crime was the murder of James Barton, Sheriff of Los Angeles County, and several members of this posse by members of the Flores Daniel Gang. Barton was killed only three weeks after he was elected to his second term.
On a tip, Sheriff Barton and his posse set out to capture a group of bandits. They traveled south toward San Juan Capistrano. On the morning of January 23, 1857, Barton and his posse encountered the bandits. In the ensuing struggle, the Sheriff and all but two of his men were shot. Three of the bandits were killed. Immediately after the funerals another posse gave pursuit to the villains. In all, fifty-two bandits were captured, eleven were hanged. They were hanged at Fort Hill - a rise of ground behind the jail - where a temporary gallows had been constructed." Fort Hill was located north of Los Angeles and Aliso Streets.

Twenty-four men have served Los Angeles County as Sheriff since 1850: nineteen were elected and six were appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve the unexpired term of their predecessors. Two were killed in the line of duty. Of those appointed, four were re-elected to the office.

The first sub-stations were completed in 1924. They were the Florence (became Firestone Park Station in 1955) and East Los AngelesStations. Two years later, the Vermont (became Lennox Station in 1948), NorwalkTemple City and Newhall Stations were also completed, with the AltadenaFairfax and San Dimas Stations completed within the next few years.
The marked patrol car system was inaugurated and uniforms were adopted in 1932. Prior to this time, all Departmental personnel wore civilian clothes. The Sheriff's School of Instruction, now known as the Sheriff's Academy, was opened in 1935.
1963 - After 179 years of private police patrol, Catalina Island contracted with Los Angeles county. the Men's Central Jail was completed and the Sybil Brand Institute for Women was completed.
1964 - The City of Industry Station was completed. The "Sky Knight" helicopter patrol was initiated in 1966.
1970 -The Special Enforcement and Emergency Services Bureau facilities were completed

This Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff posing between two Buicks, gives a rare glimpse at a pair of period radio cars. On the left is a 1932 Buick Phaeton equipped for police work with an extra light on the roof, a spotlight on the passenger side, a siren on the frame cross tube and a very bald tire!
The 1930 or 1931 Buick Four Door Sedan on the right has the same extra lamps with the addition of colored lens inserted int he cowl lights.

What could be easier and soooooooo good!
Slow Cooker Potato Bacon Soup

  • 5 lbs of peeled and chopped potatoes
  • 1/2 - 3/4 lbs bacon cooked crisply and crumbled
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 43 1/2 oz chicken broth or combination of chicken broth and water
  • 10 3/4 oz. cream of chicken soup
  1. Place all ingredients in crock pot and stir
  2. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high for 5-6 hours
Special birthday today, one of our Jackson County Repubs, Lovella Moore, aka Love. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!!!
Historically this date...

1927 – Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season.

1935 – The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona andNevada, is dedicated.

1947 – The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, istelevised for the first time.

1955 – Film star James Dean dies in a road accident aged 24.

1972 – Roberto Clemente records the 3,000th and final hit of his career.

1982 – Cyanide-laced Tylenol kills six people in the Chicago area. Seven are killed in all.


And births this date include....
1861 – William Wrigley, Jr., American industrialist (d. 1932)

1921 – Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (d. 2007)

1931 – Angie Dickinson, American actress


1935 – Johnny Mathis, American singer
I could listen to him sing forever!

1971 – Jenna Elfman, American actress

Later about 6pm the winds had been blowing HARD and howling and then the rain started! YIPPPPPPEEEEEEE. We didn't get a lot, but I'm sure the .10 of an inch helped the fires subdue!! Actually when the rain started the electricity flickered on and off a couple times. Had me a tad worried. But, it came back on and no more problems. 
Dash and Dude in their beds...... while I was watching TV.
Then Dash decided he wanted my lap...........
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 
Humans have used chewing gum for over 5,000 years. They may have chewed it for enjoyment, to stave off hunger or to freshen their breath much like we do today.  The sources used to make gum resulted in minty and sweet chewable globs of wax or sap resin that fulfilled that human urge to gnaw.  It was unlikely they were capable of producing glossy, pink bubbles worthy of jealous pokes from siblings.  However, waking up with it stuck in your hair was still a possibility. 
Various forms of chewing gum have existed since the Neolithic period. In 2007, a British archaeology student discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum which was made from bark tar with tooth imprints in it. Presumed to be the oldest piece of chewing gum, it was found in Kierikki, Yli-li, Finland.  Made from bark tar, the gum was believed to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages.
  • Many other cultures chewed gum made from the resin of the mastic tree, from plants, grasses, and other resins.
  • In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum which was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum”.
  • Around 1850, a gum made from paraffin wax was developed and surpassed the spruce gum in popularity.
  • December 28, 1869, William Semple filed an early patent on chewing gum, patent number 98,304.
  • Studies show chewing gum helps improve memory, reduce stress and increase alertness.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum improves overall oral hygiene while also helping to curb cravings and improving digestion.
Celebrate National Chewing Gum Day by buying a pack of your favorite flavor of chewing gum and sharing it with your friends.


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Bruiser ~ Dash ~ Picture of the Day ~ Enchiladas ~ Cheesy Beef Enchilada Tortellini Skillet ~ Gaye St. Clair ~ National Coffee Day ~ National VFW Day

Good cloudy 57º morning. Rain predicted for later today. Everyone is hoping!!! 
Yesterday it was smokey smokey and the smoke kept the sun from heating us up too much. We topped at  94º. 
Yesterday in the morning, as usual, Bruiser went out and about. When he came back in he was covered with those nasty little dry weed stickers.

I managed to get a comb and comb a bunch of them off of him. Then he came and laid on my desk, so I picked some more of them off. What a mess!!! 

Yesterday Jen and Tucker brought Dash here. 

He will stay until tomorrow when Brian picks him up.
Picture of the Day......
Not now dear, I have a headache!

Interesting about enchiladas....

An enchilada is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including various meatscheesebeanspotatoesvegetables or combinations. Originating in Mexico, enchiladas are popular dish throughout Mexico and American West.
The Real Academia Española defines the word enchilada, as used in Mexico, as a rolled maizetortilla stuffed with meat and covered with a tomato and chili sauce. Enchilada is the past participle of Spanish enchilar, "to add chili pepper to", literally to "season (or decorate) with chili".

The idiomatic American English phrase "the whole enchilada" means "the whole thing".

Enchiladas originated in Mexico, where the practice of rolling tortillas around other food dates back at least to Mayan times. The people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate corn tortillas folded or rolled around small fish. Writing at the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Díaz del Castillo documented a feast enjoyed by Europeans hosted by Hernán Cortés in Coyoacán, which included foods served in corn tortillas. (Note that the native Nahuatl name for the flat corn bread used was tlaxcalli; the Spanish gave it the name tortilla.) The Nahuatl word for enchilada is chīllapītzalli  which is formed of the Nahuatl word for "chili", chīlli  and the Nahuatl word for "flute", tlapītzalli. In the 19th century, as Mexican cuisine was being memorialized, enchiladas were mentioned in the first Mexican cookbook, El cocinero mexicano ("The Mexican Chef"), published in 1831 and in Mariano Galvan Rivera's Diccionario de Cocina, published in 1845.

So........... how about this.....
Cheesy Beef Enchilada Tortellini Skillet
Prep: 5 minutes  Cook: 20 minutes  Servings: 6
8 oz tortellini
1 pound ground beef
1 T. taco seasoning
1 cup water (or beef broth)
1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinseed
1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
1 cup cheddar cheese (or Monterey jack, etc.) shredded
1/4 cup sour cream
2 green onions, sliced (optional)
1 T. cilantro, chopped (optional)
Start cooking the tortellini as directed on package.
Meanwhile cook the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain any excess grease.
Mix in the seasoning followed by the water and enchilada sauce, the tortellini, beans and corn into the beef and bring to simmer.
Top with the cheese, place under broiler until cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes, before topping with sour cream, onions, & cilantro. Or, save the sour cream, onions, and cilantro for each individual to place on their serving.
Today is a special birthday, Gaye, the bride of Bob St. Clair (LASD ret) is celebrating her birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAYE!

This picture taken wayyyyyyy back in 1975 at a party at our house.

Historically this date.....
1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

1966 – The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.

2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

 the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami.

And births this date include....
1904 – Greer Garson, British actress (d. 1996)
She must have shied away from public as there are no pictures of her older.

1907 – Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and businessman (d. 1998)

1925 – Steve Forrest, American actor (d. 2013)

1931 – Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (d. 2015)

1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, American musician
1942 – Madeline Kahn, American actress (d. 1999) sad she died so young ... she was cute and fun and funny!
1957 – Andrew Dice Clay, American comedian and actor
....weirdo! and ugleeeee..... ditch the glasses dude!

Later it was chair, wine, and TV while Dash napped in my lap....

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29 be sure to observe National Coffee Day!
Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.
The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!
There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest.  The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.  It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.
Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia.  More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.
Enjoy a cup or two of your favorite coffee. Here is a Coffee Brewing Guide to help create your own.

Today is also............

National VFW Day is observed annually on September 29, honoring the men and women devoted to this valuable organization and those members who have served our nation. 
Members of the VFW today hold a long-standing history of volunteerism in their communities. Not only have they served their country, but they continue to serve their fellow veterans, families, and communities by sponsoring scholarships, career fairs, mental wellness campaigns, and so many more excellent services.
VFW membership since its inception has been instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Administration, the creation of the national cemetery system and passage of the GI Bill. Through the VFW, veterans honor veterans and serve their communities.  On National VFW Day, take a moment to recognize all the VFW does in your community.
Honor the VFW members and veterans in your community. Let them know that you appreciate the sacrifices they have made for all of us. We truly are the land of the free because of the brave. 
The VFW was established on September 29, 1899, by a group of veterans from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. It has since grown to be the nation’s largest group of combat veterans. They continue “to honor the dead by helping the living.” The VFW promote patriotism, goodwill and youth scholarships. They also provide military assistance and community service programs, promote youth activities and volunteer many hours in their local communities.