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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ African Grey Parrot ~ Cheesy Crab Poppers ~ Tick Tock Day

Good 34ยบ super foggy morning. 

Yesterday stayed dark and gloomy and cold. 

Picture of the Day .... LOL! 

Interesting about African Grey Parrots...

The African grey parrot is characterized by distinctive scalloped gray plumage and red tail feathers. They are native to a wide section of Africa including Tanzania, Kenya, and Nigeria. These parrots are more likely to learn to mimic sounds or talk than any other bird. What is particularly interesting about their mimicking ability is that it is often so exact it is difficult to tell the bird from the real thing.
Many times other species of parrots tend to maintain an element of their own voice in when they mimic, but when an African grey parrot learns to say hello it can sound exactly like the person he is mimicking.
An African grey parrot named 'Einstein' resides at the Knoxville Zoo where she helps get children excited about animals and conservation. She will listen and concentrate on her trainer during these sessions. She can often get a new sound on cue in just a matter of a few weeks. She is famous for her spectacular performance on the TV show 'Pet Star'.
Some of these sounds are ones that humans are not capable of copying. A favorite sound to copy for many African grey parrots is the sound of water pouring. The number of African grey parrots who pick up this sound is astounding. African grey parrots are also notorious for learning to copy many other sounds they typically hear such as microwave beeps, answering machine tones, and smoke alarms. Not only can they develop an extensive vocabulary, this sensitive species can learn to understand what it’s saying.
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From Mr. Food

When you're craving the cheesy-fried goodness of a popper, but want something a little different from the average jalapeno popper, make these Cheesy Crab Poppers. They're crispy, cheesy, and have just a light kick to 'em, making them the perfect party appetizer.


  • 1 (8-1/2-ounce) package corn muffin mix
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) container lump crab meat, drained well
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  1. In a large bowl, combine corn muffin mix, bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, butter, egg, milk, scallions, salt and cayenne pepper; mix well. Gently stir in crab meat until combined. Form mixture into 1-1/2-inch balls.
  2. In a deep skillet or soup pot over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Add several crab balls to oil, making sure not to overcrowd. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Place on paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining crab balls. Serve warm. Use whatever dipping sauce is your fav.


Historically this date.........
1845 – In accordance with International Boundary delimitationU.S.A annexes the Mexican state of Texas, following the Manifest Destiny doctrine. The Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is thereupon admitted as the 28th U.S. state.

1997 – Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation's 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.

And births this date include....
1800 – Charles Goodyear, American inventor (d. 1860)
Every picture of him, he's grumpy looking!

1936 – Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (d.2017)

1938 – Jon Voight, American actor

1947 – Ted Danson, American actor

1972 – Jude Law, British actor
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Tick Tock Day, observed annually on December 29th, reminds us to complete any unfinished business that might need addressing before the end of the year.
As the end of the year approaches, there are some things worth considering. Unfinished business usually needs to be wrapped up before the end of the calendar year. Things like larger business purchases and charitable donations for the tax year may need to be transacted before December 31st. 
Another thing to consider is your medical plan. Does your deductible start over? Do you have a Flexible Savings Account with funds to use? Some employers offer annual benefits that will be lost if they aren’t used by the end of the year. Time is running out. 
Another way to look at the observance is by looking at your personal goals. Did you finish reading that book? There’s still time to check a couple of things off a bucket list. Travel to the Grand Canyon. Eat escargot. Maybe your goals are grander or simpler. Whatever they are, tick-tock. 


Check your list. Get that unfinished business completed. Share your tips for checking off unfinished business.
Thomas and Ruth Roy at created Tick Tock Day.