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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ St. Louis Gateway Arch ~ 2 Easiest Ways to Cook a Roast ~ Jo Ann Kirk ~ Crossword Puzzle Day 

Good dark cloudy 41º morning. 
Yesterday high winds were predicted, but we didn't seem to get any here. My friend Jeannie said they did in Grants Pass. Guess the winds couldn't get over the mountain!  :o)  We stayed in the low 50ºs. 

Picture of the Day ...

Interesting about the St. Louis Gateway Arch...

The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, and officially dedicated to "the American people," the Arch, commonly referred to as "The Gateway to the West" is the centerpiece of Gateway Arch National Park and has become an internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis, as well as a popular tourist destination
The Arch was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1947; construction began on February 12, 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965 at an overall cost of $13 million (equivalent to $80.6 million in 2018). The monument opened to the public on June 10, 1967. It is located at the site of St. Louis's founding on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

The two easiest ways to cook a roast...

#1 Take a 3 pound roast (sirloin tip is my fav).
Heat oven to 300º.
Place roast in heavy pan, grind lots of fresh pepper on top. Bake uncovered 3 hours.
3, 3, and 3 !
#2 Put a 3 pound roast in crockpot. Grind lots of fresh black pepper on top. Cook covered on low for 3 hours. Then add 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup with garlic. This makes the best gravy!
Then add small Yukon Gold potatoes and small carrots. Cook another 2-3 hours.

Special birthday today, Jo Ann Kirk, wife of the infamous Joe Kirk (LASD ret.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO ANN!!!

Historically this date........
1913  Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.

1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater.

1968 – Apollo programApollo 8 launched from the Kennedy Space Center, placing its crew on a lunar trajectory for the first visit to another celestial body by humans.

1988 – A bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over LockerbieDumfries and GallowayScotland, killing 243 and 16 crew. 

2004 – Iraq War: A suicide bomber killed 22 at the forward operating base next to the main U.S. military airfield at MosulIraq, the single deadliest suicide attack on American soldiers.

And births this date include....
1922 – Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (d. 2005)

1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host

1946 – Carl Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (d. 1998)
L-R Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson (d. at 39), Carl Wilson (d. at 51)

1954 – Chris Evert, American tennis player

1957 – Ray Romano, Italian-American comedian

1959 – Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (d. 1998)

1966 – Kiefer Sutherland, British-born Canadian actor

He's got the longest name of anyone I ever heard of! Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland!

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

Crossword Puzzle Day on December 21st commemorates the birth of a challenging word game enjoyed by millions around the world.  
The first crossword puzzles were published in England in children’s books and other publications. They were simple word games derived from the word squares where letters were arranged in a square so that the words read the same across and down.
The object of a crossword puzzle is to fill in the white spaces of a grid with the correct words using the clues provided. Black spaces separate individual words. The clues to more challenging puzzles read like riddles, making the game more complex.
Many tout the benefits of crossword puzzles. Not only are they fun, but challenging crossword puzzles may help delay the effects of dementia or sharpen the brain for problem-solving. They can also increase vocabulary and even relieve the mind from the stress of the day by focusing on something other than worldly problems.


Buy a crossword book or find one online. Enjoy some popcorn while you puzzle your way through your favorite crossword! 


Journalist Arthur Wynne from Liverpool is credited as the inventor of the word game we know today.  He created what is considered the first known published crossword puzzle. The puzzle appeared in the December 21, 1913, edition of the New York World newspaper.