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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Temps/Sun ~ Poo On The Porch ~ Rain ~ Picture of the Day ~ Funny Names of New Mexico Towns ~ Easy Pull Apart Cheese Bread ~ Alexandria Margaret Follen ~ Family Special Birth Days ~ Three Kings Day ~ National Bean Day

Good 34º raining, snowflakes dropping (not sticking) morning! 
Yesterday about 8:22am when the sun peeked through the clouds and shined on my mountain for a couple of minutes.....
Also, on my porch first thing was some "poop" from an unknown animal! Must be a local cat or who knows what....
Maybe it was on the porch to get out of the weather, or drink some water from the bowl I leave out there.
Yesterday the rain started on the coast in Brookings and in Cave Junction. At noon here we had some blue sky and sun....

It lasted about 45 minutes, then the clouds moved in again...
This trend lasted most of the day with the sun then clouds and on and on. By 2pm we were a blistering 62º!
The rain started late in the afternoon and was very windy. By this morning we have gotten 2¾" of rain!!! 
Picture of the Day
So, since today is the date New Mexico became the 47th state... here are the weird town names from that state....

 Truth or Consequences

Back in the ‘50s, there was a popular radio show called “Truth or Consequences.”  As a publicity stunt, the show offered to broadcast from any town in the US that changed its named to that of the show.  Hot Springs, NM stepped up to the plate … and the rest is history.
As for the town itself, it has 6,500 citizens, is in the southwest part of New Mexico, and actually does have several hot springs (and spas).


Talk about stating the obvious …
Dusty is that … and not much more.  I count a couple of buildings on a dirt road a little northwest of T or C.
By the way, there’s also a Dusty, WA and a Dusty, Tajikistan.


Not to be confused with Chili, another NM town; or chile, the state dish; or chilly, what you can become in the NM mountains.
Our Chilili has about 100 people and is about an hour southwest of Albuquerque.  It’s actually got a quite a history.  It was originally an Indian pueblo, then a mission, was abandoned in the 17thCentury, and then came back to life in the 1840s.
Chilili is actually one of the oldest names in NM, having first been recorded in 1581.  It’s from the Tiwa chiu alle, and means “sound of water barely trickling.”
It’s famous for a cemetery where all the tombstones are made of tin.

Pie Town

Yes, they do have a festival!  And, yes, it does feature pies!
As for the name?  Well, long ago, before there was any festival, there was a local store here, famous for its pies.  And the rest, as they say, is history.
This tiny town is in the west central part of the state, close to … well, pretty much nothing.  With only 35 people, though, it does claim two pie shops, the Pie Town Café and the Pie-o-Neer.
Pie Town’s other claim to fame is appearing in a set of Dust Bowl photographs by Russell Lee.  Complete article on that from the Smithsonian magazine right here.
Yeah, right

 Humble City

We are the humblest city in the whole darn state!  They’re ain’t nobody humbler than us!  We are to humble what Michael Jordan is to basketball, Picasso was to painting, and Donald Trump is to real estate!  Believe me, they’re ain’t nobody humbler than us!
Well, looks like these folks might actually have something to be humble about.  It appears that they have about a half dozen streets and maybe a dozen or so homes.  Oh, and it’s also in the middle of absolute nowhere, in the southeast corner of the state.
The town was named after the Humble Oil Company.  And that company just so happened to gets its start in Humble, TX.  And that town got its name in turn from one Mr. Pleasant Smith Humble, an early settler.  You may know Humble Oil, by the way, in its current, considerably less humble incarnation – as Exxon Mobil, the largest corporation on the planet.

Honorable Mention:

  • B-o-r-i-n-g – Cliff, Field, House, Central, El Pueblo, Road Forks
  • Short & sweet – Elk, Jal, Tome, Bibo
  • Numerically oriented – Three Rivers, Five Points, Seven Lakes, Seven Springs, Seven Rivers, Sixteen Springs, Tres Piedras, Tres Ritos, Tres Lagundas
  • Just a little out of place – Las Vegas, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Folsom, Hollywood, Des Moines, Cleveland, New York, Monticello, Florida, Miami, Cuba, San Juan, Malaga, Madrid, Valencia, Milan, Sofia, Jordan
  • Just slightly off color – Elephant Butte, Beaverhead
  • Orthographically challenged – Gallup, Dunken, Texico, Nutt, Watrous
  • Miscellaneous mouthfuls – Ranches of Taos, Black River Village, Blanco Trading Post, San Felipe Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
  • Unconventional verbs – Grants, Reserve, Turn, Hatch (after Gen. Edward Hatch)
  • Atypical adjectives – French, Loving, Bent, Tinnie
  • Abnormal nouns – Sunshine, Rodeo (Sp. for “enclosure”), Monument, Vanadium, Chloride (previously called Bromide), Queen, Counselor, Oracle, Coyote, Anaconda, Sedan, Lingo (probably from a surname)
  • Fun to say – Artesia, Tucumcari, Claunch, Carizozo, Escabogo, Vanderwagen
  • Hard to say – Tapiciitoes, Abiquiu
  • Just plain weird – Oil Center, Missile Range, Wagon Mound, Fence Lake, Radium Springs, Bread Springs, Waterflow, Sunspot, Cloudcroft, Shiprock (where NM, AZ, CO & UT meet), Loco Hills, High Rolls, Angel Fire, White Signal, Candy Kitchen
  • I’d like to introduce you to – Eunice, Nadine, Lucy, Dora, Roy, Floyd, Otis, Stanley, Tyrone, Moses, Solomon, Anton Chico, Juan Tomas, Luis Lopez, Bernardo Contreras, Charles R Ranch,
  • En espanol – Cebolla (“onion”), Porvenir (“future”), Tijeras (“scissors”), Tierra Amarilla (“yellow earth”), Ruidoso (“noisy”), Raton ("rat"), Mosquero (“fly trap”), Ojos Calientes (“hot eyes”)

  Pull-Apart Cheese Bread is great for a movie night at home with some friends and family. That's 'cause this pull-apart bread is made with delicious and irresistible ingredients, like two kinds of melted cheese and yummy buttermilk biscuits.


  • 2 (16.3-ounce) packages refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/4 cups shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • 1/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Separate biscuit dough into 16 biscuits. Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces and place in a large bowl. Add cheeses and chilies; toss until well mixed. Place in baking dish.
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Pull apart and serve.

***When tossing the biscuits with cheeses, make sure to separate any biscuits that stick together. This will help make sure that there is cheesy deliciousness in every bite!
Special birthday today, my granddaughter Alex is 23! 

OMGOSH, how fast those years went! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JELLY BEAN! Love and hugs.. xoxo
                                                ^With my Jerry, her Papa

                 ^10 years ago with Bobo, Jack, Alex, and Kristen
Alex's name is Alexandria Margaret Follen. When she was learning to talk she couldn't say 'grandma' so she called me "Bobo". She couldn't say her own name so she called herself "Andy-sandia Mar-got Fodden". So cute!
Amazing that so many in my family are born on special days... Today is Epiphany or Three Kings Day (
Alex's brother Jack was born on Income Tax Day (4-15) as well as Jerry's son Aaron. We always teased that it was apropos for them born on 4-15 as 415 is a police code (LASD) for "disturbance"! LOL.
My Kristen born on Halloween, as well as Jerry's dad. My Brian born on Valentines Day, as well as Jerry's mom and my sister Marion's husband Bill. My Mom's birthday became the day the war with Japan ended, August 15, and my birthday is VJ Day, when the treaty was signed with Japan on board the USS Missouri. My Dad's birthday, March 16th, was the day the Marines raised the American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima. Not the day he was born, because he was born in 1901.  Grandson Tucker born on September 20th, the date the Star Spangled Banner was published in 1814. And lastly, daughter-in-love Jen was born on 7-11.... Oh thank heaven for 7-11!!!

Historically this date........
1912 – New Mexico is admitted as the 47th U.S. state.

1994 – Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the knee at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan.

And births this date include....
1912 – Danny Thomas, American actor (d. 1991)

1913 – Loretta Young, American actress (d. 2000)


1926 – Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian-born American actor and bodybuilder (d. 2006)

1931 – Capucine, French actress (d. 1990)
On 17 March 1990, Capucine jumped from her eighth-floor apartment in Lausanne Switzerland, where she had lived for 28 years, having reportedly suffered from illness and depression for some time. Sad.... she was such a beauty and a good actress!

1960 – Howie Long, American football player and analyst

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

January 06, 2019 is

Three Kings Day

Today is Three Kings Day! Three Kings Day (or The Epiphany) is a Christian holiday that commemorates the biblical story of the three kings—Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar. The three kings (also known as the Wise Men or Magi) followed the bright star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child.
In Latin America, children dress up in king costumes and go door to door in their neighborhoods singing carols in the days leading up to Three Kings Day. In Argentina, sweet wine, fruit, and milk are left outside for the three kings and their camels to enjoy. In France, people eat Galette des Rois, or "king cake," which has a trinket or bean hidden inside of it. The person who receives the piece of cake with the trinket becomes the "king" for the day!
Three Kings Day always falls at the end of Christmastide—also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas! Traditionally, this is the day when all Christmas trees and decorations are taken down. Happy Three Kings Day!

Today is also...................

Green, red, kidney, lima, or soy are just a few of the different kinds of beans recognized on National Bean Day on January 6.
This day celebrates the bean in all sizes, shapes and colors.  Beans (legumes) are one of the longest cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BC.
Today, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans are an important source of protein.  A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber, are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate and iron.
Significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber are found in beans as one cup of cooked beans provide between 9 and 13 grams of fiber.  Soluble fiber can help in lowering blood cholesterol.
  • There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.
  • Only a fraction of these varieties are mass-produced for regular consumption.
Try one of the following recipes, and enjoy: