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Monday, August 27, 2018

Sky ~ LAX to Medford ~ Picture of the Day ~ Ladybugs ~ 4 Ingredient Roast Chicken Dinner ~ Cows & Mary Jane ~ Sunset ~ National Banana Lovers Day

Good 55º cloudy morning. 
Yesterday we had lots of clear sky all day with a few cirrus clouds. We warmed to 85º by late afternoon.

I found out that Jen,Sami, and Jean's plane got into Medford at 12:30am Sunday. It originally was to be in at 3pm Saturday. Then Brian said they had to wait an hour for their bags!!! He didn't get them home until 2am. Everyone sleepy!
OMGOSH, what a pain all that smoke has caused! I saw on the news that many many flights were cancelled out of Medford and one gentleman is in a band and was flying to somewhere like Denver. Since he couldn't fly there, he rented a car and was going to drive. Medford seems to get a lot more smoke down in the valley and it just lays there. 
Picture of the Day....
Jennifer Lopez walking with her pants down?

Interesting about ladybugs...
Coccinellidae (/ˌkɒksɪˈnɛlɪd/) is a widespread family of small beetles ranging in size from 0.03 to 0.71 inches. The family is commonly known as ladybugs in North America, and ladybirds in Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world. Entomologists widely prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not classified as true bugs.
The majority of coccinellid species are generally considered useful insects, because many species prey on herbivorous homopterans such as aphids or scale insects, which are agricultural pests. Many coccinellids lay their eggs directly in aphid and scale insect colonies in order to ensure their larvae have an immediate food source.

The name coccinellids is derived from the Latin word coccineus meaning "scarlet". The name "ladybird" originated in Britain where the insects became known as "Our Lady's bird" or the Lady beetle. Mary (Our Lady) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings, and the spots of the seven-spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise her seven joys and seven sorrows. In the United States, the name was adapted to "ladybug". Common names in some other European languages have the same association, for example, the German name Marienkäfer translates to Marybeetle.
Coccinellids are often conspicuously coloured yellow, orange, or red with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, heads and antennae. There is, however, great variation in these colour patterns. For example, a minority of species, such as Vibidia duodecimguttata, a twelve-spotted species, have whitish spots on a brown background. Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 6,000 species described.

Most coccinellids have round to elliptical, dome-shaped bodies with six short legs. Depending on the species, they can have spots, stripes, or no markings at all. Seven-spotted coccinellids are red or orange with three spots on each side and one in the middle; they have a black head with white patches on each side.
The main predators of coccinellids are usually birds, but they are also the prey of frogs, wasps, spiders, and dragonflies. The bright colours of many coccinellids discourage some potential predators from making a meal of them. 
Most coccinellids overwinter as adults, aggregating on the south sides of large objects such as trees or houses during the winter months, dispersing in response to increasing day length in the spring.

The ladybird was immortalised in the popular children's nursery rhyme Ladybird Ladybird:
Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone
All except one, and that's Little Anne
For she has crept under the warming pan.
.... how we have always said that poem here in the USA...
Ladybug!  Ladybug!
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire.
And your children all gone.
All except one,
And that's little Ann,
For she crept under
The frying pan.

Easy Simple 4 Ingredient Roast Chicken Dinner
Let the oven do the work!

3 1/2 - 5 pound whole chicken
2 pounds baby potatoes, halved if large
1 t. olive oil
1 T. salt
1 t. ground black pepper
1 bunch asparagus
Preheat oven to 450º.
Toss potatoes with olive oil in a baking dish and season lightly with salt . (not much olive oil is needed as the chicken will seep quite a bit of liquid which included fat that renders off the chicken.)
Place chicken on top of potatoes and season with remaining salt and pepper.
Bake for 90 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken thigh (without hitting the bone) is 165º.
About 8 minutes before the chicken is finished add the asparagus to the pan.
Allow the chicken to rest 5-10 minutes before carving.

**The size of the chicken will determine cooking time. The chicken in the picture is approximately 5 pounds and took 90 minutes to cook. Rule of thumb is to cook the chicken 20 minutes per pound.
Historically this date....
1859 – Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well.
1918 – Mexican RevolutionBattle of Ambos NogalesU.S. Army forces skirmish against Mexican Carrancistas in the only battle of World War I fought on American soil.
1939 – First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world's first jet aircraft.
1980 – A massive bomb planted by extortionist John Birges explodes at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada after a failed disarming attempt by the FBI. Although the hotel is damaged, no one is injured.
2003 – Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant.
2011 – Hurricane Irene strikes the United States east coast, killing 47 and causing an estimated $15.6 billion in damage.

And births this date include.....


1916 – Martha Raye, American actress (d. 1994)
Holy cow, 7 husbands!

1937 – Tommy Sands, American actor and singer
Oh God. Some people just don't age well!

1942 – Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille .... now divorced.

1943 – Tuesday Weld, American actress

1947 – Barbara Bach, American actress
(Mrs. Ringo Starr)

1952 – Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), American actor

1969 – Cesar Millan, Dog trainer


LOVE this guy. Amazing his abilities with dogs!


This is a Facebook item, Laugh or Croak, shared by my pal Carol Nasca (Wilsonite!)
Exciting day yesterday, as usual... then dinner and chair, wine, and TV.
Here are the sunset clouds around 8:30......


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

National Banana Lovers Day Date in the current year: August 27, 2018

National Banana Lovers DayAugust 27 is a holiday for all of you banana lovers out there. The National Banana Lovers Day is the day to celebrate the most popular fruit in the United States and one of the most popular fruits in the world.
Bananas are edible fruit produced by several kind of plants in the genus Musa. Contrary to a common misconception, bananas are not trees but large herbaceous plants. Bananas are rich in dietary fiber and sugars. They are an excellent source of vitamin B6. They also contain other B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, iron, and manganese.
There are a lot of dishes that include bananas as one of the primary ingredients. Some of them are: banana bread, banana pudding, banana split, banana cream pie, banana muffins, Bananas Foster, plantain soup. Banana chips are a popular snack food.