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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Cloudy ~ Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~ Odd Named Cities in Arizona ~ Cheesy Swiss Popovers ~ Bruiser ~ 9-1-1 Outage ~ Sunset ~ National Pepper Pot Day

Good 33º super dense foggy morning.
Holy cow........... 3 days left of 2018!! Zoom............ went so fast!
Yesterday was so typical of this time of year. Stayed cloudy and foggy and we topped at 46º.
Bruiser stayed occupied playing in empty boxes.........
Picture of the Day...... oops!

Interesting names of Arizona cities....
The Grand Canyon State.  The Copper State.  The Extremely Hot State.  The But-It’s-a-Dry-Heat State.


“Wikieup” is Mojave Indian for “shelter” or “home.”  It’s got about 300 people.  Wikieup is famous for Snoopy Rock, which looks “unmistakably like the head of Charlie Brown's famous mutt,” according to the site.  


It is a weird thing to name you’re town after.  Even so, you’d think they could at least get the spelling right.
“Cowlic” is actually Tohono O’odham for “hill.”  
Cowlic is in the very southern part of the state.  Population: 135.

 Happy Jack

Happy Jack was not named after a song by The Who.  Actually, the name comes from its originally being a logging camp.  A logging camp – you know, with lumber jacks.  Get it? 
Happy Jack’s got about 600 people, and is in the mountains just south of Flagstaff.

Tuba City

Tuba Town, Brassburg, Horn Hamlet, The Villages at Tuba Green – the town fathers just couldn’t decide what to call their little burg.  So they named it after some Indian chief, some guy named Tuuvi.  And, heck, they couldn’t even be bothered to spell it right.
Tuba City’s another big-time player.  They’ve got almost 9,000 people, a history of uranium mining, and some dinosaur tracks


I dunno.
I do actually.  This one’s literally from a Y in the road.  Population: 116.  Location: southwest corner of the state. 


Everyone’s heard of this one.  That said, it still is an absolute gem.  Can you think of any name more likely to scare off potential settlers?  Grim Reaper?  Cadaver?  Death?
There actually is a great story on this one.  Seems some prospector by the name of Ed Schieffelin was planning to scout out the area.  Commenting on the dangers of the locale, one of his buddies told him the only thing he would find there would be his own tombstone.  After Schieffelin struck it rich, he waggishly named his mine “Tombstone.”
Yup, Tombstone is where the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral actually happened.  It’s also home to the Boot Hill Cemetery.  And lots of tourists.

and........... Tombstone is where my Mom and Dad got married in 1926! Leslie and Margaret Mills Laney....

Honorable Mention:

  • Arizona City, Plantsite, Center, Hard Rocks
  •  Short and sweet - Ajo, Eloy, Naco
  • Orthographically challenged – Eagar, Peeples Valley
  • Native American mouthfuls (or, Who put their elbow on the keyboard?) – Hon Dah, Kaka, Gu Vo, Ko Vaya, Ali Ak Chin, Teec Nos Pos, Sikul Himatk, Sivili Chuchg, Gurli Put Vo, Tsintaa Yiti Ii, Vainom Kug, Vopolo Havoka, Wahak Hotrontk, Chuwut Murk
  • Numerically oriented – Secon Mesa, Double Adobe, Three Way
  • Just a little out of place – Colorado City, Peoria, Buckeye, Arlington, Vicksburg, Miami, Patagonia, Florence, Bagdad, Paradise
  • Aytpical adjectives – Mammoth, Superior (world's smallest museum), Continental, Blue, Carefree (world's largest sundial)
  • Abnormal nouns – Portal, Chlroide, Oracle, Cherry, Strawberry, Roll, Moccasin, Anthem, Organ Pipe (yeah, yeah, I know it’s a kind of cactus), Camel, Coffeepot, Surprise, Highjinks, Gripe, Nothing
  • Fun to say – Fredonia, Bapchule, Pirtleville, Copperopolis, Winkleman
  • Just plain weird – Cornville (John McCain has a home here), Bullhead City, Turkey Flat, Grasshopper Junction, Wide Ruin, Paul Spur, Pirtleville, Greaterville, Ft. Misery, Skull Valley, Robbers Roost, Tortilla Flat, Catfish Paradise, Pink Arrow, Burnt Water, Peach Pu, Big Bug
  • Just plain weird, crossing division – Apron Crossing, Booze Crossing, Chair Crossing
  • It’s too hot here for that – Snowflake (founded by Erasmus Snow and William Flake - I kid you not), Christmas, Santa Claus

These Cheesy Swiss Popovers are warm, cheesy, and perfectly satisfying! Once you make these, you'll want this dinner roll recipe to be a standard at every special occasion.


  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, water, flour, and salt until smooth. Let rest 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, brush a 12-cup muffin tin with oil. Place empty muffin tin in oven 5 minutes to heat up while the dough is resting. Carefully remove empty tin from oven and fill each cup three-quarters full with batter. Sprinkle evenly with cheese and scallions.
  3. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until golden and puffy. Remove from muffin tin and serve immediately.
Historically this date......
1845 – In accordance with International Boundary delimitationU.S.A annexes the Mexican state of Texas, following the Manifest Destiny doctrine. The Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is thereupon admitted as the 28th U.S. state.

1997 – Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation's 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.

And births this date include....
1800 – Charles Goodyear, American inventor (d. 1860)
Every picture of him, he's grumpy looking!

1936 – Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (d.2017) 

1938 – Jon Voight, American actor

1947 – Ted Danson, American actor

1972 – Jude Law, British actor

Later chair, wine, lap napping Bruiser, and TV. 

On the news they said Century Link (our phone company) had in many places across the US a 24 hour outage of the 9-1-1 yesterday. If dialed nobody answered. To be safe, put your local police 7 digit number on your phones and also the local fire department in case you have an emergency and the  9-1-1 isn't working. 

Sunset last night....

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

Having been nicknamed as “the soup that won the war,” Pepper Pot has its very own day.  National Pepper Pot Day is observed annually on December 29th.
The winter of 1777 – 1778 was brutal.  The Continental Army was fighting for the newly formed country of the United States of America during the Revolutionary War.  As they were camped at Valley Forge on December 29th, 1777, George Washington asked the army’s chef to prepare a meal that would boost their morale and warm them.  The chef rounded up some peppercorn, small bits of meat, tripe and other ingredients and called it Pepper Pot Soup, also known as Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup.
The meal was well received, and it was nicknamed “the soup that won the war.”