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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Rain/Gloom ~ Bruiser ~ Charlie Tharp ~ 10-20 ~ Picture of the Day ~ Haboob ~ Bacon Egg Grilled Cheese Breakfast for 1 ~ Tucker's High School Band ~ National Brandied Fruit Day

Good 44ยบ dark cloudy morning. 
The rain/gloom hasn't gone away. Yesterday it was all day again...

The gloom and rain sprinkles didn't seem to bother Bruiser.... he was way out in the pasture exploring! After I took the pictures I called him and he came running!

Sadly yesterday Charlie Tharp (LASD ret.), aka Tharpie Dude, passed away. Charlie worked at Temple and was a friend of Jerry and I. When our Kristen went to work at Temple she worked with Charlie. Here is a picture of the two of them.....

10-20 is a radio code for 'what is your location?'

Picture of the Day..... LOL!

Interesting.... Haboob

Haboob (‘blasting/drifting’ in Arabic‎) is a type of intense dust/sand storm carried on a weather front. They were first named in Sudan for the sandstorms most commonly seen in the summer in the Khartoum region.
Haboobs are frequently created by the collapse of a thunderstorm. When this downdraft of cold air, or downburst, reaches the ground, it blows dry, loose silt and clay up from the ground, creating a wall of sediment that precedes the storm cloud. These storms can carry and transport large amounts of dust and sand, with the leading edge being composed of a wall of thick dust as much as 15,000 ft.  high and 60 to 90 miles wide. Haboob winds can travel at 22-62 mph, and they may approach with little or no warning. Often rain does not appear at ground level, evaporating in the hot, dry air (a phenomenon called virga). The evaporation cools the rushing air, accelerating it. When the rain does persist, it can contain a considerable quantity of dust. Severe cases are called mud storms. Dust storms have been linked to outbreaks of Valley Fever in the U.S. Southwest, possibly caused by fungal spores in dust.
Haboobs occur regularly in any arid region of the world. Global dust storms on Mars have been compared to haboobs on Earth.
In North America, they are most commonly called dust storms or sandstorms. They often occurred during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, with one “black blizzard” famously reaching New York City in 1934.
More familiar to the desert of Saharan Africa, the first massive dust cloud of the year  engulfed the city of Phoenix cutting off power to 9,000 homes and closing the international airport for 20 minutes in 2012.....

The haboob covered cities in the metropolitan Phoenix area such as Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Apache Junction, Santan Valley, Chandler, Casa Grande and downtown Phoenix.

Caused by Arizona's monsoon season which begins in early June and runs through till the end of September, haboob's only occur in Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Phoenix, Arizona.

Bacon Egg Grilled Cheese Breakfast for 1

This doubly good breakfast sandwich combines a load of favorites all in one! Imagine starting your day off with a hearty and melty Bacon and Egg Breakfast Grilled Cheese!


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk or water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 teaspoons butter at room temperature, divided
  • 4 slices whole wheat or white bread
  • 2 slices slices Colby-Jack cheese
  • 4 slices full-cooked bacon


  1. In a small bowl, beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until blended.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 teaspoon butter until hot. Pour in egg mixture. As eggs begin to set, gently pull the eggs across the pan with an inverted turner, forming large, soft curds. Continue cooking -- pulling, lifting, and folding eggs -- until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do NOT stir constantly. Remove from skillet.
  3. Spread remaining butter evenly on 1 side of each bread slice. Place 2 slices in skillet, buttered side down. Top evenly with scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon. Cover with remaining bread, buttered side up.
  4. Grill sandwiches over medium heat, turning once, until bread is toasted and cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.

Historically this date.....
1944 – Liquid natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland, then explodes; the explosion and resulting fire level 30 blocks and kill 130.

1968 – Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

1977 – A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in Mississippi, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines along with backup singer Cassie Gaines, the road manager, pilot, and co-pilot.

1981 – Two police officers and an armored car guard are killed during an armed robbery in Rockland County, NY, carried out by members of the Black Liberation Army and Weather Underground.

1991 – The Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3,469 homes and apartments, causing more than $2 billion in damage.

2011 – The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Mutassim Gaddafi are killed shortly after the Battle of Sirte while in the custody of NTC fighters.

And births this date include.... 
1931 – Mickey Mantle, American baseball player (d. 1995)

1942 – Earl Hindman, American actor (d. 2003)

1950 – Tom Petty, American musician (d.2017)

1958 – Viggo Mortensen, American actor

Yesterday Brian and family all went to Hillsboro Oregon, up by Portland, for Tucker's Grants Pass High School Band competition. They won!!!!

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

On October 20 each year, we celebrate the delicious food holiday known as National Brandied Fruit Day!
Brandied fruit first became popular around the Victorian era. During this time, it was discovered by adding brandy to fruit, it was easiest way to make it last longer. Incidentally, this process was also a great way to harvest the taste of fruit, while creating a delicious dessert for adults.
Brandied fruit is created by soaking sweet fresh fruit in brandy, sugar, and spices. Often sitting for 30 days after preparation, this delicious treat is best used as a topping on desserts, such as pies or cakes. Interestingly, brandied fruit is used as a starter for Friendship Cake. Similar to the concept of a starter for sourdough bread, Friendship Cake takes time to prepare. However, once you’ve completed the process, you’re sure to enjoy one of the most delicious treats ever!
We’ve added a Brandied Fruit Recipe to our National Day Calendar® Recipe Collection. You may not know it, but it’s super easy to make. So easy you don’t need canning skills to make your first batch of Brandied Fruit on your own!