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Friday, September 13, 2019

Weather ~ All Natural Pest Elimination ~ Picture of the Day ~ Friday the 13th AND Full Moon ~ Asparagus & Bacon Popover ~ Uncle Sam Day

Good 50º clear sky morning.

 AND the moon is full!!!  Be careful out there!!!

Our weather yesterday started off clear and sunny and we topped at 96º.
Yesterday the All Natural Pest Elimination guy, EJ, was here to check the bait containers... that take care of all the creepy crawly critters... digging ground squirrels, etc.  Nice guy. We had a good chat.
This company covers a huge area of Oregon... to check them out, go here:  
Picture of the Day.....

Interesting about today's day...
Superstition will fill the air on Friday the 13th, a day commonly known as one of the unluckiest days of the year. As the sun sets, one of the most well-known full moons will fill the night sky and possibly bring a little extra bad luck with it.

Friday night's full moon is the Harvest Moon, considered one of the most popular moons of the year. The origin behind this moniker dates back hundreds of years. 

"The Harvest Moon provides the most light at the time of year when it was traditionally needed most: during the harvest," the Old Farmer's Almanac explained on its website.The full moon closest to the September equinox is given the name of the Harvest Moon. Under the bright light of the full moon, farmers could work well into the cool September night to harvest their summer crops before electricity was around to power lights.
"Unlike other full Moon names, which are specific to their respective months, the Harvest Moon is not tied to September. Instead, it depends on an astronomical event: the autumnal equinox," the Old Farmer's Almanac said.
The Harvest Moon typically falls in September, but on occasion, it may rise in early October. This year, the September equinox falls on Sept. 23, 2019 at 3:50 a.m. EDT.
Regardless of your superstitions, this will be the last time that there will be a full moon on the same day as Friday the 13th for nearly 30 years.
While the fortune (or misfortune) that a full moon brings may be up for debate, research conducted in recent years has shown that it may still have an effect on people.
According to researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland, people typically do not sleep as soundly during a full moon as they do during the rest of the month. A full moon may also bring an increased risk of injuries.
In 2007, Dr. Raegan Wells co-authored a retrospective study at Colorado State University that examined whether the volume of animal emergency room visits increased on the days of the full moon. The data indicated that the "risk of emergencies on fuller moon days was 23 percent greater in cats and 28 percent greater in dogs when compared with other days."
The best time to see the Harvest moon at pacific time is 12:30am. 
When I worked 911/Calls for Service and it was a full moon we got the CRAZIEST calls!! If you don't have to go anywhere, stay home. Drivers are normally nuts out there, but with a full moon they are over the top nuts!!! 

Asparagus and Bacon Popover

Prep Time:10 minutes Cook Time:35 minutesTotal Time:45 minutes Servings: 4

Asparagus, double smoked bacon and leeks baked on a puffy popover topped with melted cheese
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup milk, warm
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese (or your favorite)
  1. Bring a pan with 1 inch of water to a boil, add the asparagus and cook until it turns bright green.
  2. Rinse the asparagus under cold water and pat dry.
  3. Cook the bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium heat, and set aside on paper towels to drain reserving the grease in the pan.
  1. Add the leeks to the pan, saute until tender, about 2-4 minutes, set aside and turn off the heat.
  2. Add the butter to the skillet and let it melt.
  3. Mix the milk, eggs, flour, salt and pepper and pour it into the pan.
  4. Sprinkle the asparagus, bacon, leeks and the cheese over the batter in the pan.
  5. Transfer the pan to a preheated 425º oven and bake until puffed and golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
Historically this date.......
  1956 – IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305.

2001 – Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

2008 – Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston IslandHouston and surrounding areas.

And births this date include....
1766 – Samuel Wilson, possible namesake of Uncle Sam (d. 1854)

1857 – Milton S. Hershey, American confectioner (d. 1945)

1925 – Mel Tormé, American singer (d. 1999)

1939 – Richard Kiel, American actor (d.2014)

1944 – Jacqueline Bisset, British actress
Wow, 5 husbands... not married anymore!

1951 – Jean Smart, American actress
1952 – Randy Jones, American musician (Village People)

1956 – Anne Geddes, Australian photographer (one of my favs!)

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

On September 13, the United States recognizes Uncle Sam Day in commemoration of the man behind the iconic image. The fascinating nickname for the United States government was born on September 13, 1766.
Sam Wilson, a meat packer from New York, supplied barrels of meat to soldiers during the war of 1812. To identify the meat for shipment, Wilson prominently stamped “U.S.” on the barrels. It wasn’t long before the soldiers dubbed the grub a delivery from Uncle Sam.  As such nicknames tend to do, its popularity spread.
The first illustration of Uncle Sam is unlike the one we know today. Published by Harper’s Weekly in 1861, the young government representative (a starred bandanna on his head and wearing a striped vest) is depicted dividing up Virginia like a butcher. Through the years, the image of Uncle Sam would take many forms.
Credit is given to German-born illustrator and cartoonist Thomas Nast for developing the long-legged Uncle Sam we know today. With the starred top hat and striped pants, the Uncle Sam debut in Harper’s Weekly, also. He took on many issues with Nast as his illustrator. Some of the issues topics included Boss Tweed, Union recruitment, and Reconstruction.
During the modern era, Uncle Sam obtained some color. The United States Army awarded Montgomery Flag with the artwork for the familiar portrait used in the “I Want You For The U.S. Army” campaign during World War I.  It first appeared on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly, an illustrated literary and news magazine.



President George H. W. Bush proclaimed Uncle Sam Day to be September 13, 1989, in honor of the anniversary of the birth of Samuel Wilson.  It coincided with the bicentennial celebration of the City of Troy, New York where Wilson lived and worked.  The City of Troy requested the designation of the President.
On September 7, 1961, through concurrent resolutions, Congress officially named Uncle Sam a permanent symbol of American strength and idealism.