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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sky/Weather ~ Reardon's Dominic & Fuzzy ~ Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~ Garage Storage ~ Macaroni Tuna (or salmon or chicken) Casserole ~ Hurricane Florence ~ Dinner ~ Smokey Sunset ~ Mayflower Day

Good 42º dark cloudy morning. 
Yesterday started off pretty cool and stayed that way. 10am only 54º. A thin cloud cover came over and by 1pm we were still only at 70º. 
The sky was clear in the morning....
Later the smoke came back in and we were still in the low 70ºs. 
Then the wind started and blew all the smoke away..... 
We topped at 75º by 4pm.
Pat and Alice Reardon sent me pictures of their cats, Dommie and Fuzzy ......

So while I was on the computer Bruiser was keeping an eye on me by laying on the printer (covered with a towel because of him!) ...

Picture of the Day....
Flying Fish!

Do you have a garage? Do you keep LOTS of stuff in it? Well, I got this on an email from my insurance company, State Farm (and of course my son Brian is my SF agent!!) with some good advice as what not to keep in your garage....
It’s easy for a garage to turn into a catchall storage unit. For most items that’s fine, but some things simply don’t belong in a garage, and they can even become a home hazard without proper storage protection. This list of common red-flag items can help identify what doesn’t belong in the garage.
  • Extra fuel. Stashing portable gas cans and propane tanks in the garage can be dangerous: Highly flammable fuel poses a leaking risk. If you store any fuel in the garage, do so only in dedicated, leak-proof containers out of the reach of children and pets and away from potential sources of ignition such as water heaters or power tools. A shed away from your home is a better storage spot.
  • Paint or home-improvement chemicals. Some liquids, such as latex, freeze at the same temperature as water. Others may need a temperature-controlled environment. Check the manufacturer’s directions for guidance.
  • Furniture. Unless your garage is climate-controlled, its interior is subject to wild swings in heat and humidity. This, in turn, can warp wood, and pests such as rodents may root (and ruin) upholstery, fabric or mattresses. If the garage offers your only option for furniture storage, find a clean, dry spot that’s elevated off the floor. Then thoroughly clean and take apart furniture before wrapping or covering.
  • Clothing. A better spot for out-of-season clothing is a sealed container in an attic, basement or the back of a closet. In a garage, clothing may soak up fumes and dust and be at risk of insect or pest damage.
  • Food. This means any food — food for birds, for pets and for humans. Perishable items are far too tempting for rodents and vermin, and canned food may spoil more quickly in temperature extremes. And think twice about that extra fridge in an unheated and un-air-conditioned garage: The appliance may struggle to operate efficiently as temperatures fluctuate.
  • Anything fragile or valuable. Photographs, artwork and electronics: These are just a few of the items that need the stability of climate control so expensive or delicate elements aren’t damaged. Remember: If you couldn’t bear to see it lost or destroyed, then it probably shouldn’t be in the garage.

Items safe to keep in the garage:

  • Lawn care tools and equipment
  • Gardening supplies
  • Plastic storage bins (rather than cardboard boxes)
  • Hoses (after draining)
  • Sports equipment
  • Cars, of course

I posted this a few years ago.
Macaroni Tuna Casserole
1 pkg 7¼oz macaroni and cheese
1 can 10¾oz condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 can 5oz tuna, drained and flaked (or use a can of salmon)
½ cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
mince fresh parsley (optional)

You could also use shredded chicken and a tablespoon or so of buffalo wing sauce! And I would put in some diced celery, because I like the 'crunch'. With the chicken I'd use the cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup.
Preheat oven to 350º. Prepare mac and cheese according to the package directions. Stir in soup, tuna, milk. Pour into greased or cooking sprayed 2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted. 4 servings.
Historically this date...
1620 – The Mayflower starts her voyage to North America
1908 – The General Motors Corporation is founded.
1919 – The American Legion is incorporated.
1920 – The Wall Street bombing: a bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City – 38 are killed and 400 injured
1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.

And births this date include...
1875 – James C. Penney, American department store founder (d. 1971)

1877 – Jacob Schick, American-Canadian electric razor inventor (d. 1937)

1924 – Lauren Bacall, American actress (d.2014)
                      So sad, she had been such a beauty!
1927 – Peter Falk, American actor (d. 2011)

1956 – David Copperfield, American magician
A year ago our email friends, Gator and June, survived hurricane Irma where they lived in Florida. A couple pieces of siding came off their house is all. This year, they had moved to Georgia and Gator sent this map... they escaped hurricane Florence. They are where the blue dot is....

Later dinner was more of the Schwans cod nuggets. I made a dipping sauce of a mixture of some guacamolé stirred into some mayonnaise and I cooked some Italian risotto. That and a glass of wine to top it off!

The risotto I had not tried previously and was really disappointed in it. It had sun dried tomatoes in it that sounded good, but it wasn't. I threw the rest of it out! The cod was GREAT with the guacamolé mayo dip.

On the NY news last night there was this flooded town and a flock of deer (buck, does, and fawns) all walking/swimming across the road....

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

Mayflower Day commemorates the day the ship set sail from Plymouth, England in 1620.
On September 16 of 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with 102 souls on board. These colonists- men, women, children, some seeking fortune, some seeking religious freedom – were to be later known as pilgrims.
The colonists’ intended to land at Virginia. However, after 66 days at sea, storms and winds blew them off course and they ended up near modern day Cape Cod, Massachusets on December, 21st.

This day commemorates the day the Mayflower set sail for the New World. At the time, William Bradford, the separatist leader whose journal is often referenced for Mayflower history, recorded dates according to the Julian calendar.  At that point in history, both the Julian and the Gregorian (the calendar most often used today) were both in use. There is a 10-day difference between the two calendars, accounting for the different dates across historical accountings of the Mayflower’sdeparture from Plymouth, England.