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Monday, December 10, 2018

Fog ~ Clouds ~ Picture of the Day ~ Odd Named Cities in California ~ Potato Puffs ~ Napping Bruiser ~ Nobel Prize Day

Good 43º really foggy morning!

Yesterday the fog and clouds hung around and we stayed in the 30ºs until after 10am, then skyrocketed to 47º by 1pm. 

Rain started at 1:15pm. It mostly just drizzled on and off. We topped with 1/4" of the wet stuff.
Picture of the Day.......

Interesting about odd named cities in California....


“Where ya from?”  “Earp.”  “Excuse me?”  “Earp.”  “Well, I never …”  “Earp.”  “You should be ashamed of yourself!”  “Earp.”
Yup, Earp’s named after Wyatt, who lived in the area for a few years.


Yes, Tarzana was named after Tarzan.  No, it wasn’t given that name just because some early settler loved to read books about feral children in Africa.  Tarzana was actually the site of Tarzana Ranch, owned and named by the Tarzan author himself, Edgar Rice Burroughs.


According to legend, local residents debated long into the night on a name for their new town.  One of them pointed out that they would likely never agree upon a name.  Some wag thereupon nominated the name "Likely," and the rest is history.
Wow, ten cities with the word “city” in their names.  Now, that’s imaginative.
  • California City – created in 1958 with the aim of becoming California’s “next great city” (it didn’t)
  • National City – from Royal Ranch (El Rancho del Rey), which was changed to National Ranch (El Rancho de la Nacion), which somehow became National City (and notranch)
  • Studio City – from a studio that Mack Sennett built on ground that the developer donated
  • Cathedral City – at the mouth of Cathedral Canyon, so named for a peak in said canyon that looks like … you guessed it … a cathedral.  Sonny Bono is buried here.
  • Temple City – after Walter P. Temple, first settler.  Officially, the City of Temple City.

  • Holy City – built by cult-leader William E. Riker, who advocated celibacy, temperance, communal living, and white supremacy (more here)
  • King City * – named after founder Charles King; formerly Hog Town and City of King
  • Highway City – named by the incredibly imaginative fig grower J. C. Forkner, of Golden State Highway Fig Gardens fame
  • Plaster City – well, it is owned by the United States Gypsum Corporation
  • Project City – named after the Shasta Dam construction project
  • City of Industry – created in 1957 for the sole purpose of industrial development.  Site of the mall parking lot from Back to the Future.
  • Yuba City – possibly from uva, the Spanish word for "grape"
 and then there is Weed...... LOL

Weed was named after Abner Weed, the founder of the local lumber mill.  The surname itself comes from Old English and basically means an “irascible person” (  Mt. Shasta is nearby, so the area gets a lot of tourists.


Win over party guests or even your family with these homemade, melt-in-your-mouth Potato Puffs. The warm, golden crust contrasts with the creamy potato filling to ensure that you'll never want store-bought again!

  • 3 pounds Idaho Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 400 º. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in a soup pot and add just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium and cook 12 to 15 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain off water, mash the potatoes, and allow to cool.
  3. In a small saucepan, saute onion in olive oil over medium heat until tender. Add sauteed onion, the cracker crumbs, salt, and pepper to mashed potatoes; mash mixture.
  4. With your hands, roll mixture into balls and place potato balls on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg yolk and bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden and crusty.
Historically this date........

1817 – Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state.
1965 – The Grateful Dead's first concert performance under this new name.

And births this date include...
1914 – Dorothy Lamour, American actress (d. 1996)
1928 – Dan Blocker, American actor (d. 1972)
....drafted into the Army during Korea but was fanatical against the Viet Nam war to the point of leaving the country! A Texan, a Methodist, and a Democrat. Odd.
1941 – Tommy Kirk, American actor
Strange life!
1941 – Tommy Rettig, American actor (d. 1996)

1952 – Susan Dey, American actress

1964 – Bobby Flay, American chef and restaurateur
Later it was Schwans Orange Chicken dinner. Then chair, wine, lap sleeping Bruiser 

, and TV. 

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

Nobel Prize Day is observed annually on December 10.
On November 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize. His family opposed the creation of the Nobel Prize, and the prize awarders he named refused to do what he had requested in his will. It was five years before the first Nobel Prize could be awarded in 1901.

Where does the money for the Nobel Prizes come from?
At the age of 17, Swedish Alfred Nobel spoke five languages fluently. Nobel became an inventor and businessman, and at the time of his death on 10 December 1896; he had 355 patents worldwide – one of them was the patent on dynamite. Furthermore, he had started 87 companies all over the world. According to his will, Alfred Nobel’s enormous fortune was to be used to establish prizes to award those who had done their best to benefit mankind in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, five years after Nobel’s death. In 1969, another prize was added “The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.”
The Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies
The Nobel Laureates are announced at the beginning of October each year. A couple of months later, on 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, they receive their prizes from the Swedish King – a Nobel diploma, a medal, and 10 million Swedish crowns per prize. All Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, except for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded in Oslo, Norway. (When Alfred Nobel was alive, Norway and Sweden were united under one monarch, until 1905 when Norway became an independent kingdom with its own king.)
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Watch the Nobel Prize ceremonies live online.  
Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded annually on December 10.