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 Paleocene, Eocene, 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 kiwis, emus, 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)
...with Ginger Rogers.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo