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Friday, January 18, 2019

Rain ~ Clouds ~ Picture of the Day ~ Oldest Bottle of Wine ~ Chili Mac Casserole ~ Jim & Babette ~ National Winnie the Pooh Day ~ National Thesaurus Day

Good 37º super dark and cloudy morning. More rain on the way....
So far the rain has dropped 1".
Yesterday morning we had gotten 1/2" and at the coast Chuck said they had gotten 1 1/2".
The rain stopped and we got 20 minutes of sunshine.... and back and forth ....

Picture of the Day .... Kansas City Public Library....

Interesting about the oldest bottle of wine.......

The Speyer wine bottle holds wine and was originally found in 1867. It was found in what is now the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, near the town of Speyer (one of the oldest settlements in the area). The artifact has since become known as "the world's oldest existing bottle of wine". The bottle has been dated between 325 and 350 AD, and is the oldest known unopened bottle of wine in the world. Since its discovery, it has been exhibited at the Wine Museum section of the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer. It is always displayed in the same location within the museum. The "Römerwein" is housed in the museum's Tower Room. It is a 1.5-litre (51 US fl oz.) glass vessel with amphora-like "shoulders," yellow-green in color, with dolphin-shaped handles.
The bottle was discovered during an excavation within a 4th-century AD Roman nobleman's tomb. The tomb contained two sarcophagi, one holding the body of a man and one a woman. One source says the man was a Roman legionaryand the wine was a provision for his celestial journey. Of the six glass bottles in the woman's sarcophagus and the ten vessels in the man's sarcophagus, only one still contained a liquid. There is a clear liquid in the bottom third, and a mixture similar to rosin above.
While it reportedly lost its ethanol content, analysis is consistent with at least part of the liquid having been wine.[1] The wine, likely produced in the same region, was diluted with a mixture of herbs. The preservation of the wine is attributed to the large amount of thick olive oil, added to the bottle to seal the wine off from air, along with a hot wax seal. Petronius (c. 27–66 AD), in his work, Satyricon, writes of plaster sealed bottles, and this one is analogous. The use of glass in the bottle is unusual, however, as typically Roman glass was too fragile to be dependable over time.[6]
While scientists have considered accessing the liquid to further analyze the content, as of 2018 the bottle remained unopened, because of concerns about how the liquid would react when exposed to air. The museum's curator, Ludger Tekampe, has stated he has seen no variation in the bottle in the last 25 years. Oenology professor Monika Christmann of Hochschule Geisenheim University has said, "Micro-biologically it is probably not spoiled, but it would not bring joy to the palate."
  • Here is a super easy Chili Mac Casserole
  • cooked in your slow cooker....................
  • 2 cups macaroni cooked al dente
  • 1 lb ground beef cooked and drained
  • 2-15 oz cans diced tomatoes drained
  • 15 oz can chili
  • 1-3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • Mix together all of your ingredients, except for your mozzarella, in a large bowl.
  • Spread your mixture into a sprayed slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle your cheese evenly across the top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours

Today is a special anniversary... my high school pal Sandy's (Todoran) baby sister, Babette and her groom Jim Faust have been married since 1986.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!!!

Historically this date.........
1788 – The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay.

1896 – The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time.

1944 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers are Louis ArmstrongBenny GoodmanLionel HamptonArtie ShawRoy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

1990 – Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
And births this date include....
1779 – Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (d. 1869)
He wrote one of my most favorite books!!!

1813 – Joseph Glidden, American farmer who patented barbed wire (d. 1906)
With that name, you'd think he invented some kind of paint!  LOL, probably a relative!

1882 – A. A. Milne, English author (d. 1956)

1892 – Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor (d. 1957)

1904 – Cary Grant, English actor (d. 1986)
Mr. Grant and I at a Fabergê sales meeting in the Bahamas. He was dreamy then, even at 77 years old!

1913 – Danny Kaye, American actor (d. 1987)

1941 – David 
Ruffin, American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1991)
   Saw them at the Playboy Club in the 70's... NEAT!!!!


1955 – Kevin Costner, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Winnie the Pooh Day is observed annually on January 18th.  Author A.A. Milne brought the adorable, honey-loving bear to life in his stories which also featured his son, Christopher Robin.  National Winnie the Pooh Day commemorates Milne’s January 18, 1882, birthday.
Milne’s lovable Pooh Bear, as he was fondly called, is a fictional bear inspired by a black bear named Winnie who lived at the London Zoo during World War I. The author’s son, Christopher Robin, would visit the bear often and named his own teddy bear after her and a swan named Pooh.
This friendship inspired a collection of books starting with Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926. The books were illustrated by E.H. Shepard.
In the 1960s, Disney bought the rights to the Winnie-the-Pooh characters dropping the hyphen from Pooh’s name. The illustrations were a bit different, too.
Milne’s stories have been translated into over 50 languages and are considered classic children’s stories today.

And........... today is also.....

National Thesaurus Day is observed annually on January 18 in honor of Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, who was born on this day in 1779.  In 1840, Roget retired from a successful career in medicine and spent the rest of his life working on “Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.” He published his first book of synonyms in 1852. 
The thesaurus has been used for centuries by writers and poets to help make their writing come to life.
Whether you are looking for a new word or trying to complete a sentence, the thesaurus can be your best friend. Expanding your vocabulary improves both written and spoken communication skills, creative writing abilities and can be helpful in advancing your career.