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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Autumnal Equinox ~ Picture of the Day ~ More WD-40 Uses ~ Easy Pumpkin Bundt Cake ~ John Berokoff ~ Clouds/Heat/Smoke ~ National Elephant Appreciation Day ~ National Ice Cream Cone Day

Good 45º dark cloudy smokey gloomy morning.
If you’ve sweated your way through a long hot summer, you might be ready for a change in season! The autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox and the fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere—falls on September 22 this year! Wondering why it’s called an equinox? 

Specifically, the Northern Hemisphere marks the autumnal equinox on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at exactly 9:54 P.M. EDT. 
Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moorIrish proverb
The autumnal equinox—also called the September or fall equinox—is the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
Why is it called an equinox? The word comes from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal” and nox, meaning “night.” 
During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator.” Imagine a line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky above the equator from north to south. Earth’s two hemispheres receive the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator, so at this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.
 see the sunrise and sunset times for your region:
Picture of the Day....
Altay, China... A car gets stuck while sheep block the road during migration...

Now here are a few more uses for WD-40...
Clean tile and grout. Tile floors can be a pain to keep clean.  Should the tiles and grout get mucked up by paint, nail polish, mascara, or scuff marks you can get rid of it all with WD-40! Just spray the area with the WD-40 and wipe it away with a clean cloth. Then simply clean the area with warm soapy water. 

One of the hardest things to clean off your hands is grease. Spray your hands with WD-40 before soaping up, and it will come off much easier. Spray your hands over a garbage bin or sink so the WD-40 doesn't go everywhere. Wash your hands really well to remove the excess WD-40.

Removes fresh blood stains from fabrics. If you catch the blood stain within the first hour you can prevent the blood from leaving a stain. Simply spray the stain with WD-40, let it sit a few minutes, then toss the clothing in the wash and wash like normal. This works on clothing, towels, and bed sheets. 

WD-40 will take rust off tools that got left outside. Spray the area with the WD-40, let it sit a few minutes, then rub the rust away. this works for saw blades, tools, and pretty much any metal object that is likely to become rusted.

Revitalize plastic furniture. You know when you have plastic lawn furniture outside it starts to look faded, dull, and ugly. Spray the WD-40 on the plastic and buff it with a dry rag. The plastic will shier like new and any rain will slide right off thanks to the water repellent properties.

Removes coffee or tea stains from white counter tops. Just spray some WD-40 on the stain and wipe it away with a damp sponge or rag.
Since Fall is here, how about a super easy Pumpkin Bundt Cake!
1 18¾oz yellow cake mix package
1 3.4oz instant butterscotch pudding mix
4 eggs
¼ cup water
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 t. pumpkin pie spice
powdered sugar
whipped cream
In large mixing bowl combine the first seven ingredients. Beat at low speed for 30 seconds, beat on medium for 4 minutes.
Pour into greased and floured 10 inch bundt pan.
Bake 350º  50-55 minutes, until wooden pick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool for 15 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of cake and serve with whipped cream, if desired.
Special birthday today... John Berokoff, known since kindergarten and high school friend from Wilson S'63. 

Sierra Park grammar school, John 2nd from left in the back...

Historically this date
1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published

1941 – World War II: On Jewish New Year Day, the German SS murder 6,000 Jews in VinnytsyaUkraine. Those are the survivors of the previous killings that took place a few days earlier in which about 24,000 Jews were executed.
1975 – Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford, but is foiled byOliver Sipple.
1991 – The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by theHuntington Library1993 – A barge strikes a railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama, causing the deadliest train wreck in Amtrak history. 47 passengers are killed.

And births this date include...

1927 – Tommy Lasorda, American baseball manager
Interesting read.......
1959 – Tai Babilonia, American figure skater

1960 – Scott Baio, American actor
1961 – Bonnie Hunt, American actress

Yesterday some clouds moved in......
Our temperature went up to 92º. It was humid too.
The smoke moved in late in the day.... the sunset....

Dinner was one of my addictions... Schwans shrimp spring rolls and their green beans with some pumpkin roll for dessert.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy First Day of Fall. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Elephant Appreciation Day is observed every year on September 22.
People of all ages are fascinated by elephants.  They are larger than life and profoundly intelligent animals.  The average lifespan of an elephant is 60 to 70 years, and they develop remarkably close family bonds.  They are very playful animals who love to frolic in the water.  Elephants are herbivorous animals who will eat almost any type of plant from grass to trees.  In captivity, they are also very fond of cabbage, lettuce, bananas, apples and many other types of fruits and vegetables.
Show your appreciation today by visiting the elephants at your local zoo. 
National Elephant Appreciation Day originated in 1996.

... and today is also....
National Ice Cream Cone Day is observed annually on September 22.
While there is some controversy as to who invented the ice cream cone, one of the earliest mentions of them showed up in French cookbooks around 1825.  Originally referred to as “little waffles”, ice cream cones were waffles rolled into the shape of a cone.
Ice cream cones first became popular in the United States in the late 1800s.  Confectioners turned the first cones by hand. The ice cream cone made its debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904.  In 1912, an inventor from Oregon obtained a patent for a machine to make them. He sold his company to Nabisco in 1928, and they still make ice cream cones today.
The ice cream cone continues to be a popular treat for children and adults alike as more flavors of ice cream continue to be made available to please our palates.