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Monday, July 15, 2019

Clouds ~ Clean Out Day ~ Weather ~ Amazon Milk Frogs ~ Cucumber Soup ~ Dan and Judi Patz ~ National I Love Horses Day ~ My Horse

Good 55º cloudy morning...
Tomorrow is a full moon. Plan ahead and be careful!
Yesterday I cleaned out a cupboard filled with food items I haven't even looked at in years, since before Jerry passed away! It's a good feeling to get rid of all those old foods. Most were old rice and I tossed a bunch of it out for the birds. They were happy. 
Our weather yesterday was warm warm warm. We topped at 95º. 

Picture of the Day.....
Interesting frogs.....
These tree frogs are most commonly called ‘Amazon Milk Frogs’, due to the milky white secretions that are released from the frog’s back when threatened (this rarely occurs with captive bred animals). In the past, Amazon Milk Frogs have also been called Amazon Cave Frogs, and Gold Mission Frogs, due to black markings on their eyes that resemble crucifixes. These frogs can be found throughout the Amazonian Basin of South America. The Amazon Milk Frog's scientific name is Trachycephalus resinifictrix.
An Amazon Milk Frog secretes a foul-smelling, poisonous milky substance from the skin to protect itself from predators and does not have natural enemies (thanks to the poison on/in the skin), except the tadpoles of its own species which feed on the eggs.
This frogs rests under the leaves and branches high above the ground. It always chooses branches above the water to prevent injuries that could result from accidental falling from the tree. It is a carnivore (meat-eater). Its diet is based on insects, spiders and other types of small arthropods (that can be swallowed in one piece). Its toe pads can hold up to 14 times its body weight (That's like an average American man holding a Honda Civic with his toes!)

How about something nice and cool and tasty for these hot days...
Cucumber Soup
  • 2 large cucumbers, optionally peeled and diced
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 green onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • water
  • salt to taste
  1. Puree everything in a blender along with enough water to get the desired consistency before letting chill in the fridge for at least an hour to over night.
Options: Mix up the herbs! Tarragon is a nice option!
 Strain the soup through a sieve for a smoother texture.

Special anniversary today...
Judi and Dan (LASD ret) Patz are celebrating Anniversary 47! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!!
Dan was having some serious medical problems and for the last 10 months has been in the hospital and rehab care. He is now home, finally!!!

Historically this date.....

1870 – Reconstruction era of the United StatesGeorgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
1916 – In Seattle, WashingtonWilliam Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).
2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.

And births this date include...
1935 – Ken Kercheval, American actor  (d.2019)
1935 – Alex Karras, American football player and actor (d 2012)
1939 – Patrick Wayne, American actor
1944 – Jan-Michael Vincent, American actor (d.2019)
So many problems with drinking.
1951 – Jesse Ventura, American professional wrestler and politician

1963 – Brigitte Nielsen, Danish-born actress
Five husbands and 2 "partners". Busy!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
On July 15 we recognize the love of one magnificent creature.  Today is National I Love Horses Day!
With over 200 breeds, these spirited animals give humans much to love.  Their loyalty and devotion throughout history may only be a portion of the reasons to love them. Not just a means of transportation, horses cleared fields, fought wars, and moved cattle. Beyond their utility, their companionship was indispensable long lonely trails. Cattlemen, pioneers and more recognize horses as cornerstones of survival in a burgeoning nation.
The tallest horse breed is the Shire.  The stallions of this draft horse breed tower at 17 hands above the tiny Falabella, which grows to only eight hands and is the smallest breed of horse.
The phrase “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” is a reminder to be grateful for the gifts, opportunities or kind gestures that come our way. The phrase comes from inspecting a horse’s teeth to determine its health and value. If the horse was a gift, such an inspection would be considered an insult.
The quarter horse, named for its speed on a short track, is one the of three fastest breeds of horses.  Thoroughbreds follow quarter horses for longer distance, but Arabians outlast both breeds for endurance on the longest races.
A horse can see almost 360° at once. Because of this, it’s difficult to sneak up on a horse. Their only blind spots are directly behind them and in front. However, don’t approach a horse from behind; their powerful hind legs can do serious damage if they decide to defend themselves with a kick. Because horses have such an excellent range of vision, they can be easily distracted or startled. Trainers will place blinders or blinkers on their harness to block the horse’s view from the side. The small piece of leather helps the horse to focus their vision forward.
Just like human hair and fingernails, a horse’s hooves are made of the same protein – keratin. Farriers specialize in caring for horses’ hooves. They not only fit horses with shoes, but they trim their hooves and make recommendations for hoof care and foot health. Since horses spend an enormous amount of time on their feet, the care a farrier provides is instrumental to their overall health.
Celebrate by visiting a local stable for a horseback ride. Seek a view of wild horses in a national park. Spend time riding your own horse if you have one. 
Years ago I bought an Appaloosa horse from a deputy.
I wanted to be in the Sheriff's Mounted Patrol.
Chief was a great horse but I found out he was so frightened of sirens. I was riding him and a siren went by and it was "high ho silver and away!!!!" OMGOSH! So, I didn't think that would work and found a deputy who wanted to buy him and barrel race him. That worked great, as Chief won many barrel races!
And speaking of the Sheriff's Mounted, when I was in high school I played the glockenspiel in the Sheriff's Boys Band.
                                           ^not me
(And yes, politically incorrect as there were 5 of us girls...two carried the banner and three of us played the glockenspiel!) As for parades, we marched behind the Sheriff's Mounted. 

Back then they didn't have anyone coming along and picking up the horse poop, so we marched right through it! YUCK! Our white boots became brown boots!