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Friday, December 20, 2019

Weather/Rain/Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~ Ostriches ~ My Mother's Celery ~ International Ugly Christmas Sweater Day


Good super dark cloudy 43º morning. 


Yesterday the rain started before 9am and Bruiser was out doing his "thing" when he finally came in... SOAKING wet!!! Took him awhile to lick it all off and dry. He wanted to be in the middle of my desk. NOT! Good thing he came in when he did, because then it started POURING!!!


^Downtown Grants Pass in the rain




Picture of the Day .... ????




Interesting about Ostriches...

The ostriches are a family, Struthionidae, of flightless birds. The two extant species of ostrich are the common ostrich and Somali ostrich, both in the genus Struthio, which also contains several species known from Holocene fossils such as the Asian ostrich. The common ostrich is the more widespread of the two living species, and is the largest living bird species. Other ostriches are also among the largest bird species ever.

Ostriches first appeared during the Miocene epoch, though various PaleoceneEocene, and Oligocene fossils may also belong to the family. Ostriches are classified in the ratite group of birds, all extant species of which are flightless, including the kiwisemus, and rheas. Traditionally, the order Struthioniformes contained all the ratites. However, recent genetic analysis has found that the group is not monophyletic, as it is paraphyletic with respect to the tinamous, so the ostriches are classified as the only members of the order.



Ostriches mainly feed on seeds, shrubs, grass, fruit and flowers. Occasionally they also eat insects such as locusts. Lacking teeth, they swallow pebbles that act as gastroliths to grind food in the gizzard.

When eating, they will fill their gullet with food, which is in turn passed down their esophagus in the form of a ball called a bolus. The bolus may be as much as 7.1 fl oz. After passing through the neck (there is no crop) the food enters the gizzard and is worked on by the aforementioned pebbles. The gizzard can hold as much as 46 oz, of which up to 45% may be sand and pebbles.

Common ostriches can go without drinking for several days, using metabolic water and moisture in ingested plants, but they enjoy liquid water and frequently take baths where it is available. They can survive losing up to 25% of their body weight through dehydration.




Today ostriches are only found natively in the wild in Africa, where they occur in a range of open arid and semi-arid habitats such as savannas and the Sahel, both north and south of the equatorial forest zone.



My Mother's Celery
(sorry no picture, recipe from back in the 1950's)
1 bunch celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
1/2 cup grated sharp yellow cheese
1/2 t. paprika
2 10oz cans cream of celery soup
1/2 cup buttered bread crumbs

Place celery in 9" square baking dish. Cover with nuts and cheese.
Combine seasonings and soup and pour over all. Top with crumbs.
Bake 375º for 45 minutes.




Historically this date........
1968 – The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California. Suspect unknown. Suspect never caught.



1987 – History's worst peacetime sea disaster, when the passenger ferry Doña Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).



1989 – United States invasion of Panama: The United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow government of Manuel Noriega. This is also the first combat use of purpose-designed stealth aircraft.



1991 – A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.



2007 – Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.



And births this date include....
1898 – Irene Dunne, American actress (d. 1990)
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1908 – Dennis Morgan, American actor (d. 1994)
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               ...with Ginger Rogers.

1927 – Charlie Callas, American comedian (d. 2011)
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All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


Since 2011, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has grown to be an international event. Now occurring on the third Friday of December, the celebration gives holiday lovers worldwide a chance to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters.
In 2014, they partnered with Save the Children in their “Make the World Better with a Sweater” campaign. 
Each year, ugly Christmas sweater wearers, decorate, shop, and do their darndest to out ugly last year’s ugliest sweater. Whether they sport the most lights or colors, bells or characters, ugly sweater wearers find the most ribbon and felt ladened sweaters and festoon them with glitter so blinding no Dustbuster invented will capture the wave left behind. The sweaters serve as beacons of light so bright, Rudolph himself will someday be out of a job.
However, don’t be sad. So often Rudolph is featured on many of the sweaters. Elfs, donkeys, snowmen, and many other holiday characters we love and adore find their way to these ugly monstrosities. It’s all part of the fascination with the holiday. So, join in the fun. Celebrate and donate, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE 

Try these tips to take the prize:
  • Animal or cartoon characters with a holiday theme give sweaters a kitsch feel. Think reindeer, snowmen, mice, kittens or elves.
  • Select ridiculous colors. The more they clash, the better.
  • Embellish. Scratch that. Over-embellish! Pom-poms, bells, felt, tinsel, or any other glittery, jingly items lying around the house.
  • Add a collar, dickey, or ruffle.
  • Electrify it! Put Rudolph to shame and go to the head of the team with bright, flashing lights!
  • Give it some 80s flair with shoulder pads.
Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater. 

NATIONAL UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER DAY HISTORY

In 2011, ugly Christmas sweater lovers created National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day as a way to lighten up the busy holidays and to show off their absurdly, ugly sweaters. The day has grown in popularity and is celebrated worldwide.