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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Fog ~ 10-7 ~ Clouds ~ Doe & Fawns ~ Picture of the Day ~ Golden Gate Bridge ~ Hash Brown Breakfast Pie ~ Dinner ~ New TV Show ~ Gymnastic Sami ~ National Frappé Day

Good 37º foggy ice on the barn roof morning.

10-7 radio code means "out of service".
The weather yesterday stayed pretty much overcast and cool... temps went from 67º to 69º to 70º and back down to 66º....

The sun managed to come through the clouds and we did warm for a bit.

The fawns and mom were out and about, munching on the grasses on the burn pile....
and eating acorns.....

Pictures aren't very clear because I took them out the kitchen window so I wouldn't scare them.

Picture of the Day

Interesting about the Golden Gate Bridge........

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide  strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the American city of San FranciscoCalifornia– the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula – to Marin County, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers
The Frommer's travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world." At the time of its opening in 1937, it was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world, with a main span of 4,200 feet and a total height of 746 feet.
Before the bridge was built, the only practical short route between San Francisco and what is now Marin County was by boat across a section of San Francisco Bay. A ferry service began as early as 1820, with a regularly scheduled service beginning in the 1840s for the purpose of transporting water to San Francisco.

The Sausalito Land and Ferry Company service, launched in 1867, eventually became the Golden Gate Ferry Company, a Southern Pacific Railroad subsidiary, the largest ferry operation in the world by the late 1920s. Once for railroad passengers and customers only, Southern Pacific's automobile ferries became very profitable and important to the regional economy.The ferry crossing between the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco and Sausalito in Marin County took approximately 20 minutes and cost $1.00 per vehicle, a price later reduced to compete with the new bridge. The trip from the San Francisco Ferry Building took 27 minutes.

Many wanted to build a bridge to connect San Francisco to Marin County. San Francisco was the largest American city still served primarily by ferry boats. Because it did not have a permanent link with communities around the bay, the city's growth rate was below the national average. Many experts said that a bridge could not be built across the 6,700 ft strait, which had strong, swirling tides and currents, with water 372 ft deep at the center of the channel, and frequent strong winds. Experts said that ferocious winds and blinding fogs would prevent construction and operation.

Although the idea of a bridge spanning the Golden Gate was not new, the proposal that eventually took hold was made in a 1916 San Francisco Bulletin article by former engineering student James Wilkins. San Francisco's City Engineer estimated the cost at $100 million, which would have been $2.12 billion in 2009, and impractical for the time. He asked bridge engineers whether it could be built for less. One who responded, Joseph Strauss, was an ambitious engineer and poet who had, for his graduate thesis, designed a 55-mile-long railroad bridge across the Bering Strait. At the time, Strauss had completed some 400 drawbridges—most of which were inland—and nothing on the scale of the new project. Strauss's initial drawings were for a massive cantilever on each side of the strait, connected by a central suspension segment, which Strauss promised could be built for $17 million.

The color of the bridge is officially an orange vermilion called international orange. The color was selected by consulting architect Irving Morrow because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge's visibility in fog.
When the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937
 the toll was 50 cents per car, collected in each direction. It was reduced to 40 cents each way in 1950, then lowered to 25 cents in 1955. In 1968, the bridge was converted to only collect tolls from southbound traffic, with the toll amount reset back to 50 cents.

Bicycle, pedestrian, and northbound motor vehicle traffic remain toll free. For vehicles with more than two axles, the toll rate is $7 per axle for those using license plate tolling or the one time payment system, and $6 per axle for FasTrak users. During peak traffic hours, carpool vehicles carrying two or more people and motorcycles pay a discounted toll of $4; drivers must have Fastrak to take advantage of this carpool rate. The Golden Gate Transportation District then planned to increase the tolls by 25 cents in July 2015, and then by another 25 cents each of the next three years.

Hash Brown Breakfast Pie 
Looking for a new way to serve up breakfast for your gang? (or make it just for 1 or 2 and freeze some of the leftovers!) Bake up this Hash Brown Breakfast Pie. Loaded with all their favorites, including eggs, bacon, cheese and hash brown potatoes, this breakfast pie recipe will leave them and you in awe!
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 9-inch deep dish pie plate with cooking spray.
  2. Squeeze potatoes with paper towels to remove any water. Place in a large bowl with butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; mix well. Spoon mixture into pie plate and press on bottom and up sides to form a crust.
  3. In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk, remaining salt, and remaining pepper. Stir in remaining ingredients and pour into pie crust.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until eggs are set in center.
Historically this date............

1982 – Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

1993 – The Great Flood of 1993 ends at St. Louis, Missouri, 103 days after it began, as theMississippi River falls below flood stage.

2001 – The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan begins with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.

And births this date include...
1905 – Andy Devine, American actor (d. 1977)

1917 – June Allyson, American actress (d. 2006)
1943 – Oliver North, American former military officer
We named our little pit bull after him.... we called him Ollie! Here is a picture of him I have taped to my computer...
1959 – Simon Cowell, English recording executive

There will be a new show on TV on ABC starting Tuesday October 16th. It's a new police show about LAPD called The Rookie. We'll see if this one is any good. A 40 year old rookie. Hmmmm......
Yesterday Sami was in a gymnastic competition in Ashland, Oregon. She won 1st place in the Vault and Bars and 2nd place over all!!!!  GO SAMI!!!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
Frappé coffee (also known as café frappeé or Greek frappé) originates in Greece though the word frappé is French. When describing a drink, this word means “chilled”. Frappé is an iced coffee drink which is made from instant coffee and covered with foam.
Frappé was invented in 1957 in Thessaloniki during the International Trade Fair by an employee of the Nestlé company. He wanted to have an instant coffee during his break but couldn't find any hot water. So he used a shaker to mix instant coffee with cold water and ice cubes. This improvised drink turned out to be a success. It is one of the most popular drinks in modern Greece.
Greek frappé is typically made with spray-dried instant coffee, sugar, and water. Sometimes milk is added. The beverage can be flavored with liqueurs such as Baileys Irish Cream or Kahlúa. Outside Greece, the espresso version of frappé is popular. In the United States, the term “frappe” can be applied to various iced coffee beverages, either chilled or frozen. Starbucks has its own trademark for a line of frozen coffee drinks – Frappucino.
To celebrate the National Frappé Day, have a nice cup of iced coffee. You can top it with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, or a ball of ice-cream.