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Monday, September 30, 2019

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Alfred Hitchcock ~ Pigs In A Blanket ~ Lovella Moore ~ Tucker & Grants Pass High School Band ~ Patriots ~ National Chewing Gum Day

Good dark cloudy foggy 45º morning. 

Yesterday we stayed mostly in the 40ºs but topped at 51º. 

Picture of the Day ... another super weird mailbox....

Interesting about Alfred Hitchcock.........
Film director Alfred Hitchcock made cameo appearances in 39 of his 52 surviving major films. For the films in which he appeared, he would be seen for a brief moment in a non-speaking part as an extra, such as boarding a bus, crossing in front of a building, standing in an apartment across the courtyard, or even appearing in a newspaper photograph. This playful gesture became one of Hitchcock's signatures; and fans would make a sport of trying to spot his cameos. His appearances became so popular that he began to make them earlier in his films so as not to distract the audience from the plot.
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock  (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential and extensively studied filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known as "the Master of Suspense", he directed over 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades, becoming as well known as any of his actors thanks to his many interviews, his cameo roles in most of his films, and his hosting and producing of the television anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1965). His films garnered a total of 46 Oscar nominations and six wins.
Born in Leytonstone, Essex, Hitchcock entered the film industry in 1919 as a title card designer after training as a technical clerk and copy writer for a telegraph-cable company. He made his directorial debut with the silent film The Pleasure Garden (1925). His first successful film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog(1927), helped to shape the thriller genre, while his 1929 film, Blackmail, was the first British "talkie".[3] Two of his 1930s thrillers, The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938), are ranked among the greatest British films of the 20th century.
By 1939 Hitchcock was a filmmaker of international importance, and film producer David O. Selznick persuaded him to move to Hollywood. A string of successful films followed, including Rebecca (1940), Foreign Correspondent(1940), Suspicion (1941), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), and Notorious (1946). Rebecca won the Academy Award for Best Picture, although Hitchcock himself was only nominated as Best Director;[4] he was also nominated for Lifeboat(1944) and Spellbound (1945), although he never won the Best Director Academy Award.
The "Hitchcockian" style includes the use of camera movement to mimic a person's gaze, thereby turning viewers into voyeurs, and framing shots to maximise anxiety and fear. The film critic Robin Wood wrote that the meaning of a Hitchcock film "is there in the method, in the progression from shot to shot. A Hitchcock film is an organism, with the whole implied in every detail and every detail related to the whole."

After a brief lull of commercial success in the late 1940s, Hitchcock returned to form with Strangers on a Train (1951) and Dial M For Murder (1954). By 1960 Hitchcock had directed four films often ranked among the greatest of all time: Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho(1960) with the first and last of these garnering him Best Director nominations. In 2012, Vertigo replaced Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941) as the British Film Institute's greatest film ever made based on its world-wide poll of hundreds of film critics.  By 2018 eight of his films had been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, including his personal favorite, Shadow of a Doubt (1943). He received the BAFTA Fellowship in 1971, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979 and was knighted in December that year, four months before he died.

Pigs In A Blanket

1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
8 hot dogs
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
Caraway seeds
Preheat oven to 375°. Separate crescent dough into triangles. Place hot dogs at wide ends of triangles and roll up. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Combine egg and water; brush over rolls. Sprinkle caraway over tops; press lightly into rolls.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Special birthday today, Lovella Moore, one of our Jackson County Republican Women. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!
                      ^with her great-granddaughter Debbie

Historically this date....
1927 – Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season.

1935 – The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated.

1947 – The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time.

1955 – Film star James Dean dies in a road accident aged 24.

1972 – Roberto Clemente records the 3,000th and final hit of his career.

1982 – Cyanide-laced Tylenol kills six people in the Chicago area. Seven are killed in all.

And births this date include....
1861 – William Wrigley, Jr., American industrialist (d. 1932)

1921 – Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (d. 2007)

1931 – Angie Dickinson, American actress

1935 – Johnny Mathis, American singer
I could listen to him sing forever!

1971 – Jenna Elfman, American actress

Saturday my grandson Tucker Pendleton and the Grants Pass High School Band was in a competition , Pacific Coast Invitational in Salem Oregon. They won!!!!! 

Speaking of winning.... last week my Patriots won 30-14 playing the NY Jets and yesterday they beat the Buffalo Bills 16-10. Beginning of season and no defeats for the Pats so far. 

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

National Chewing Gum Day exercises our jaws on September 30th. Pop a bubble or freshen your breath with your favorite piece of chewing gum.
Humans have used chewing gum for over 5,000 years. They may have chewed it for enjoyment, to stave off hunger or to freshen their breath much like we do today.  The sources used to make gum resulted in minty and sweet chewable globs of wax or sap resin that fulfilled that human urge to gnaw.  It was unlikely they were capable of producing glossy, pink bubbles worthy of jealous pokes from siblings.  However, waking up with it stuck in your hair was still a possibility.  
Various forms of chewing gum have existed since the Neolithic period. In 2007, a British archaeology student discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum made from bark tar with tooth imprints in it. Presumed to be the oldest piece of chewing gum, it was found in Kierikki, Yli-li, Finland.  Made from bark tar, the gum was believed to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages.
  • Many other cultures chewed gum made from the resin of the mastic tree, from plants, grasses, and other resins.
  • In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum, which was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.”
  • Around 1850, a gum made from paraffin wax was developed and surpassed the spruce gum in popularity.
  • December 28, 1869, William Semple filed an early patent on chewing gum, patent number 98,304.
  • Studies show chewing gum helps improve memory, reduce stress, and increase alertness.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum improves overall oral hygiene while also helping to curb cravings and improving digestion.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Rain ~ Picture of the Day ~ Iron Lungs ~ Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread w/ Caramel Sauce ~ Gay St Clair ~ Alex Corsaro Winner ~ National Coffee Day ~ National VFW Day

Good super dark, cloudy, and cold, 39º, morning.

Yesterday "sprinkles" started about 8am. We got 4 or 5! 

Then they stopped. Then still no rain by 1pm...
Then the rest of the day we'd get rain for 5 minutes, then it stopped, then an hour later start again. We topped at 61º for half and hour, then back to the 50ºs. 

Picture of the Day... 😱

Interesting about Iron Lungs...

In the 1940s and 1950s, throughout the United States, rows of iron lungs filled hospital wards as a result of the polio outbreak. Two types of polio called bulbar and bulbospinal polio were more common. The iron lung helped children and adults whose lung was paralyzed. More specifically, the breathing muscles were paralyzed.
Another name for the iron lung is a negative pressure ventilator or pulmotor. It is a mechanical respirator which enables a person to breathe on his or her own in a normal manner, when muscle control is lost, or the effect of breathing exceeds the person's ability.
Later, a improved model called an Emerson iron lung was developed. The patient had a bed that could slide in and out of the cylinder as needed and the tank had portal windows which allowed attendants to reach in and adjust limbs, sheets and hot packs. A patient would lie within the chamber, which when sealed, provided an effectively oscillating atmospheric pressure.
Today its use is largely obsolete as superior breathing therapies have been developed, and due to the eradication of polio. Most recently however (2019) there has been a re-occurrence of polio cases in select metropolitan areas in the US, due to the lack of vaccination (reported by major media outlets)
History: On October 30, 2009, June Middleton of Melbourne, Australia, died at age 83. She spent more than 60 years in her iron lung. Her life experience is an entry in the 'Guinness Book of Records'.

Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread w/ Caramel Sauce

6 oz cream cheese, softened (from 8oz pkg)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup + 2 T. sugar
2 t. pumpkin pie spice
2 cans (16.3oz each) Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup caramel topping

Heat oven to 350º. Spray a 12 cup tube cake pan (bundt pan) with cooking spray.

In bow stir cream cheese, pumpkin, 2 T of sugar and 1 t. of pumpkin pie spice until well blended.

In another bowl mix remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar and remaining 1 t. pumpkin pie spice until well blended. Set aside.

Separate dough into 16 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers, to make a total of 32 biscuits. Spoon 1 rounded t. of cream cheese mixture in the center of each biscuit. Bring all sides of dough over filling, stretching gently, and gather in center above filling to form a ball. Firmly pinch edges to seal. Dip each ball into melted butter and roll in sugar mixture.

Layer biscuits in pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.
Bake 45-50 minutes until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Run small spatula or butter knife between cake and pan on all sides. Cool 3 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate. Cool 15 minutes. Drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm.
Cover and refrigerate any leftover monkey bread.

Special birthday today, Gay St Clair, wife of infamous LASD ret. Bob, is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAY!

Historically this date........
1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

1966 – The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.

2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

 the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami.

And births this date include....
1904 – Greer Garson, British actress (d. 1996)

1907 – Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and businessman (d. 1998)

1925 – Steve Forrest, American actor (d. 2013)

1931 – Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (d. 2015)

1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, American musician

1942 – Madeline Kahn, American actress (d. 1999) sad she died so young ... she was cute and fun and funny!

1957 – Andrew Dice Clay, American comedian and actor
....weirdo! and ugleeeee..... ditch the glasses dude!

Yesterday my Italian son, Alex Corsaro, was in a 5K Heroes in Health Care Fun Race at Freestone Park in Gilbert Arizona, and won 1st Place! CONGRATULATIONS ALEX!!! 

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

Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29 be sure to observe National Coffee Day!
Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance roasted beans cast.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how we brew it will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.
Where a coffee bean grows determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!

Many legendary accounts tell how coffee first came to be. However, the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  Here, monks first roasted coffee seeds and brewed coffee, much like we prepare them today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, Baba Budan smuggled coffee seeds out of the Middle East by strapping seven seeds onto his chest. The first plants grown from these stowed away seeds were planted in Mysore. Coffee later spread to Italy and the rest of Europe, Indonesia, and the Americas.
While Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country, Colombia closely follows. Also, more than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, too. As a result, we choose from a bountiful selection of flavors for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.


Today is also.......

National VFW Day is observed annually on September 29, honoring the men and women devoted to this valuable organization and those members who have served our nation.
Members of the VFW today hold a long-standing history of volunteerism in their communities. Not only have they served their country, but they continue to serve their fellow veterans, families, and communities by sponsoring scholarships, career fairs, mental wellness campaigns, and so many more excellent services.
VFW membership since its inception has been instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Administration, the creation of the national cemetery system and passage of the GI Bill. Through the VFW, veterans honor veterans and serve their communities.  On National VFW Day, take a moment to recognize all the VFW does in your community.
Honor the VFW members and veterans in your community. Let them know that you appreciate the sacrifices they have made for all of us. We truly are the land of the free because of the brave.
The VFW was established on September 29, 1899, by a group of veterans from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. It has since grown to be the nation’s largest group of combat veterans. They continue “to honor the dead by helping the living.” The VFW promote patriotism, goodwill and youth scholarships. They also provide military assistance and community service programs, promote youth activities and volunteer many hours in their local communities.