Good TGIF and first day of winter (YEAH!! the days will be getting longer from now on til Autumn!) 38º cloudy morning.
First the fog yesterday....
Then about 9:30 the rain started. By afternoon we got 1".
The rain was POURING for hours!
Here is the Rogue River off ramp
.... and downtown Medford......
We topped at 44º.
Try and work on my blog with Bruiser laying in the middle of my desk on top of my ELA Low Profile mouse pad!!!
Picture of the Day.....
Interesting about the NY beaver.......
The Beaver is the official mammal of New York State. It's a large, mainly nocturnal, semi-aquatic rodent. The beaver is well known for building dams, canals, and lodges which are used as domiciles. The beaver's predilection for building dams, which create still, deep waters, is both a defensive measure against predators and a means to float food and building materials. Beaver use their large incisors to harvest trees to build these structures.
The beaver once numbered up to 60 million in North America but now numbers from 6 to 12 million. The decline is attributed to hunting for the beaver's fur and glands. The glands can be used for medicine and perfume. It was the exploitation of the beaver that helped develop Dutch colonization in New York State. The beaver's economic importance in early New York, is undeniable. Both NYC and Albany had started as Dutch trading posts heavily dependent on the beaver. In an acknowledgment to this, both NYC's and Albany's flags depict the beaver.
By the late 1600's, up to 80,000 beaver pelts were being exported from North America annually. This rate was unsustainable. This, plus pollution, ensured the beaver's retreat, especially from heavily urbanized areas. By the early 1800's, the beaver disappeared from NYC, where it once widely roamed.
After a two hundred years absence, beavers have returned to NYC. Two beavers, christened Jose and Justin, have made the Bronx River their home.
In New York there is Beaver Lake, Beaver Island, Beaver Camp, Beaver Falls, Beaver Creek, Beaver Pond, Beaver Brook, Beaver Meadows, Beaver Campground, and Beaverkill Bridge!
Easy Crock Pot Taco Soup
Prep 10 minutes Cook time 6 hours Servings 6
- 1 lb ground beef
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 15.5 oz can kidney pinto, black or Great Northern beans
- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 15 oz can sweet corn
- 1.25 oz pkg taco seasoning mix
- Optional: 1 tsp freeze dried garlic or fresh chopped garlic
- Garnish: crushed tortilla chips shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream
Brown your beef on the stove over medium heat, then drain
Put your ground beef in your crock pot
Pour your tomato sauce, veggies (undrained) and taco seasoning (and garlic) into your crock pot
Give it a good stir
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours
Serve with crushed tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream
Or............. put the ingredients in a pot on the stove, bring to slight boil, then reduce heat to low and stir often until ready.
Special birthday today, Jo Ann Kirk, wife of the infamous Joe Kirk (LASD ret.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO ANN!!!
Historically this date.........
1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater.
1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 8 launched from the Kennedy Space Center, placing its crew on a lunar trajectory for the first visit to another celestial body by humans.
2004 – Iraq War: A suicide bomber killed 22 at the forward operating base next to the main U.S. military airfield at Mosul, Iraq, the single deadliest suicide attack on American soldiers.
And births this date include....
1922 – Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (d. 2005)
1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host
L-R Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson (d. at 39), Carl Wilson (d. at 51)
1957 – Ray Romano, Italian-American comedian
1966 – Kiefer Sutherland, British-born Canadian actor
He's got the longest name of anyone I ever heard of! Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo