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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Vin Scully ~ Jeans ~ Hawaiian Macaroni Salad ~ Boudin's Sourdough Bread and Clam Chowder ~ National Tater Day

Good 33º wispy cloud morning. 
Wow, a few more hours and March is over! Again, too fast!!
Yesterday stayed foggy and gloomy until about 11am....

Then a bit of blue sky and fluffy clouds....

Then.......... it cleared up totally and we warmed to 72º!

Dude was a happy camper............

Picture of the Day.............
This at a Dodger's game.... Vin Scully said, "I can't believe I actually get to say this, but .... ladies and gentlemen, Hu is on first."

More on Vin...

Interesting about jeans.......
Jeans are probably the most popular clothes in the world. We wear jeans everywhere and every day, enjoying the convenience of this wonderful fabric. But what do we know about its history?
Jeans are named after the city of Genoa, Italy (in French, "Gênes"), a place where cotton corduroy, called either jean or jeane, was manufactured. The name “denim” comes from the name of a sturdy fabric called “Serge de Nîmes”, originally made in Nîmes, France, hence “de Nîmes” - “denim”. Weavers of Nîmes tried to reproduce the Genoa cotton corduroy. After several tries, failures and errors, they finally developed another twill fabric that became extremely popular and known as denim.

Whether they’re boot-legged, low-rise, or skinny, most Americans have at least one pair that they can’t live without. Blue jeans are as American as apple pie, right?
Well, kind of. The word “jean” comes from the French jean fustianFustian is a type of twilled cotton cloth originally from Genoa, Italy. But the plural form of the word was first used in the United States, in 1843. Levi Strauss designed a pair of durable work trousers for laborers, complete with copper rivets that reinforced wear-and-tear seams. Eventually, average Joes and Janes adopted jeans, and they became the preferred casual pants for many Americans.
A lot of jeans are made of denim, “a heavy, Z-twist, twill cotton for jeans, overalls, and other work and leisure garments,” which derives from the French serge de Nîmes. Serge is another another twill fabric, “from Nimes,” a town in Southern France!
And of course, “pants” is short for pantaloons, a type of tights that were popular centuries ago. But what you might not know is that pantaloons were associated with “Pantaloun“, a silly old man character in Italian comedy who wore tight trousers over his skinny legs. The character was originally San Panteleone, a Christian martyr and a popular saint in Venice.
So, whether you prefer jeans or some other kind of trousers, here’s one last bit of trivia for the next time someone tells you to do something by the seat of your pants (which means “by human instinct”). Supposedly, the expression was originally used to refer to pilots who were able to sense the condition of the plane by the engine vibrations they felt through the seat of their pants. But we have to wonder—what was the best fabric for their flying attire?

From Mr. Food..
You're gonna want to dive into this macaroni salad! Our Hawaiian Macaroni salad is bursting with tropical flavor, thanks to the addition of pineapple and carrot. And, since this macaroni salad recipe features chunks of ham, it's filling enough to eat on its own!
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, prepared according to package directions and rinsed in cold water
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained, with 1/4 cup liquid reserved
  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, combine macaroni, pineapple chunks, ham, carrots, and scallions; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk reserved liquid, the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Pour over pasta mixture and mix until evenly coated. Serve or chill until ready to serve.
Historically this date.........

1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened.

1918 – Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.

1930 – The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sexcrimereligion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty eight years.

1951 – Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.

1992 – The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California.


And births this date include....
1929 – Liz Claiborne, Belgian-American fashion designer (d. 2007)

1934 – Richard Chamberlain, American actor

1934 – Shirley Jones, American singer and actress (The Partridge Family)

1935 – Herb Alpert, American trumpeter and band leader

1943 – Christopher Walken, American actor

1945 – Gabe Kaplan, American actor and comedian

1948 – David Eisenhower, American author and professor
.....David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower...

1948 – Rhea Perlman, American actress

Dinner last night was a treat, brought to me by Brian. On their trip they went through San Francisco airport and he brought me a loaf of Boudin's Sourdough. OMG, it's the BEST!! And he brought me a can of Boudin's Clam Chowder. AWESOME!!!

Here is Boudin's web page. Their headquarters is San Francisco at The Wharf. A favorite place of Jerry's and mine!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Tater Day is observed annually on March 31.  This day is set aside to celebrate the potato that is loved by almost everyone and provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.
There are numerous ways to fix and enjoy the potato:  
Baked – Boiled – Steamed – Roasted – Mashed – Fried – Grilled – Scalloped – French Fries – Cottage Fries – Hash Browns – In Stew – In Soup – Potato Salad – Potato Dumplings – Potato Pancakes – Anyway You Like Them!!
This day may have originally had a different meaning.  At the beginning of April, there is a celebration of the sweet potato (Tater Day) in parts of Kentucky.  Sweet potatoes are one of the main cash crops in that area.  Tater Day started way back in the early 1840s with the trading and selling of sweet potatoes.  It is the oldest continuous trade day in the United States.
Worldwide, there are more than four thousand potato varieties
Since the time potatoes were shipped from Europe to the colonies in the early 17th century, their consumption has been a major part of the North American diet. In the United States, there are over 100 varieties of potatoes.  


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Weather ~ Babysitting Dash ~ Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~  African vs Asian Elephant Ears ~ Garden Quiche ~ National Doctor's Day

Good 40º foggy morning. 
Predictions for rain/sun.....hmmmmmmm............. Cloudy yesterday, no rain, blue sky peeking through. Cool.... 57º.
Yesterday babysitting my granddog Dash ended. Brian and family and my Kristen all were on a Spring Break trip. More on that later. I miss Dashie already! 

Here is where he loved spending time.... when I was in my chair watching TV, he was right there with me........

And now that Dash is back home, Bruiser is a happy cat back in his "spot" !!! 

Picture of the Day......

Interesting about elephants........
To the untrained eye, African and Asian elephants can be indistinguishable, but there are key physical features that make these two species relatively easy to tell apart. The most noticeable physical differences can be seen in the ears, tusks and head shapes of the two species, according to The Elephant Sanctuary, a natural-habitat refuge for endangered elephants located in Hohenwald, Tenn. African elephants have large ears, 

shaped much like the continent of Africa itself. The larger surface area of their ears helps to keep African elephants cool in the blazing African sun. Asian elephants have less to worry about heat-wise, as they tend to live in cool jungle areas, so their ears are smaller.

You might want to take a peek into your garden for some of the ingredients needed for this Garden Quiche. It's made with a couple of fresh garden ingredients, like spinach and cherry tomatoes, which make this quiche perfect for a Mother's Day brunch or spring get-together. OR, just get these items at the market! Would be good for Easter breakfast too.

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (9-inch) ready-to-bake deep-dish pie crust
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add spinach and cook 1 minute, just until spinach starts to wilt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs and half-and-half until well combined. Add Monterey Jack cheese, Swiss cheese, onion powder, salt, and pepper; mix well. Stir in spinach and tomatoes and pour into pie crust.
  4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until firm. Let sit 5 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve.

Historically this date.....
1842 – Ether anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long.

1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.


And births this date include....
1853 – Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (d. 1890)


1926 – Peter Marshall, American game show host


1930 – John Astin, American actor

1957 – Paul Reiser, American actor


1965 – Piers Morgan, British journalist and television personality
    YUCK... creep!


1968 – Celine Dion, Canadian singer

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

March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day.  This day was established to recognize physicians, their work and their contributions to society and the community.  On National Doctors Day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and our loved ones.

Healthcare today is more complex than ever.  With more advancements, tools and information at their fingertips doctors have an overwhelming job to diagnose and treat their patients every day.  This is the day to honor the men and women who see us 365 days a year.
Take the opportunity to thank your physician for responding to late night phone calls, working long hours and providing unswerving care. 
March 30, 1933, was the first observance of Doctors Day in Winder, Georgia.   Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians.  On this first day in 1933, greeting cards were mailed and flowers placed on the graves of deceased doctors.  The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.
The first ether anesthetic for surgery was administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1842, marking the date for Doctors Day.  On that day, before Dr. Long operated to remove a tumor from a man’s neck, he administered ether anesthesia.   Following surgery, the man would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware of anything until he awoke.
In 1991, National Doctors Day was proclaimed by President George Bush. The following is the complete proclamation.
George Bush
Proclamation 6253 – National Doctors Day, 1991
February 21, 1991
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation by President George Bush
More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling, and those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellowman understand the tremendous responsibility it entails. Referring to the work of physicians, Dr. Elmer Hess, a former president of the American Medical Association, once wrote: “There is no greater reward in our profession than the knowledge that God has entrusted us with the physical care of His people. The Almighty has reserved for Himself the power to create life, but He has assigned to a few of us the responsibility of keeping in good repair the bodies in which this life is sustained.” Accordingly, reverence for human life and individual dignity is both the hallmark of a good physician and the key to truly beneficial advances in medicine.
The day-to-day work of healing conducted by physicians throughout the United States has been shaped, in large part, by great pioneers in medical research. Many of those pioneers have been Americans. Indeed, today we gratefully remember physicians such as Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and Dr. Charles Drew, who not only advanced their respective fields but also brought great honor and pride to their fellow Black Americans. We pay tribute to doctors such as Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk, whose vaccines for poliomyelitis helped to overcome one of the world’s most dread childhood diseases. We also recall the far-reaching humanitarian efforts of Americans such as Dr. Thomas Dooley, as well as the forward-looking labors of pioneers such as members of the National Institutes of Health, who are helping to lead the Nation’s fight against AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening diseases. These and other celebrated American physicians have enabled mankind to make significant strides in the ongoing struggle against disease.
However, in addition to the doctors whose name we easily recognize, there are countless others who carry on the quiet work of healing each day in communities throughout the United States — indeed, throughout the world. Common to the experience of each of them, from the specialist in research to the general practitioner, are hard work, stress, and sacrifice. All those Americans who serve as licensed physicians have engaged in years of study and training, often at great financial cost. Most endure long and unpredictable hours, and many must cope with the conflicting demands of work and family life.
As we recognize our Nation’s physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury, it is fitting that we pay special tribute to those who serve as members of the Armed Forces and Reserves and are now deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. Whether they carry the tools of healing into the heat of battle or stand duty at medical facilities in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere, these dedicated physicians — along with thousands of nurses and other medical personnel — are vital to the success of our mission. We salute them for their courage and sacrifice, and we pray for their safety. We also pray for all those who come in need of their care.
In honor of America’s physicians, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 366 (Public Law 101-473), has designated March 30, 1991, as “National Doctors Day” and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 30, 1991, as National Doctors Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fifteenth.