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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Weather ~ Mike ~ Picture of the Day ~ Statue of Liberty ~ Hawaiian Poke Cake ~ Dude ~ Social Media Day


Good 46º clear sunny morning. 


Yesterday we started off clear and sunny and stayed that way with a few clouds. We topped at 85º.



Mike came over yesterday and weed-eated. Safer on that dried grass than using the lawnmower. The fire season law says you can't mow dried grass from 1pm - 8pm. 





Picture of the Day ...  😁  




Interesting about the Statue of Liberty.........

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York, in the United States. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

The statue is a figure of Libertas, a robed Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. A broken shackle and chain lie at her feet as she walks forward, commemorating the recent national abolition of slavery.[8] After its dedication, the statue became an icon of freedom and of the United States, seen as a symbol of welcome to immigrants arriving by sea.

The torch-bearing arm was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, and in Madison Square Park in Manhattan from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened by lack of funds. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer, of the New York World, started a drive for donations to finish the project and attracted more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was built in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe's Island. The statue's completion was marked by New York's first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland.

The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, and is a major tourist attraction. The monument has been temporarily closed since March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public access to the balcony around the torch has been barred since 1916.

Liberty is depicted with a raised right foot, showing that she is walking forward.
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From Mr. Food



Get out your beach chairs and pass out the flower leis 'cause this Hawaiian Poke Cake is going to transport you to a tropical paradise. In this easy cake-mix dessert, we've included all the flavors you'd expect in a Hawaiian recipe, including coconut, pineapple, and macadamia nuts.

 

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package French vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained and juice reserved
  • 2 (4-serving-size) packages instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup coconut, toasted
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, prepared cake mix according to package directions, replacing the water with reserved pineapple juice, and adding enough water for total amount required. Pour into baking dish.
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out dry. Let cool 10 minutes. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke large holes over entire cake.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk just until pudding begins to thicken but is still pourable. Add pineapple and mix well. Pour mixture over cake and into holes, using handle of spoon to help fill holes, if necessary. Evenly spread whipping topping over pudding. Sprinkle evenly with coconut and nuts.
  5. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours, or until ready to serve.

 

***For that tropical taste and look, when ready to serve, garnish each slice with a maraschino cherry!

Historically this date.......


1864 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for "public use, resort and recreation".


1882 – Charles J. Guiteau is hanged in Washington, D.C. for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield.


1953 – The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.


1971 – Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect




An births this date include.....
1917 – Susan Hayward, American actress (d. 1975)
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1917 – Lena Horne, American singer and actress (d. 2010)
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1959 – Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor
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1966 – Mike Tyson, American boxer
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1985 – Michael Phelps, American swimmer
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 Yesterday I had to take Dude to the vets because he started limping on one of his rear legs he had surgery on. The vet, Dr. Dickey, said he will need an x-ray next week. In the meantime he gave him some pain meds. Could have something to do with the rod and screws that were put in his leg a couple years ago. Sometimes they move. 





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




Social Media Day is observed annually on June 30th. In its short life, social media has redefined how people interact, communicate, and share with family, friends, and the world.
With the launch of Friendster in 2002 and MySpace in 2003, social media became mainstream. Then 2004 brought the founding of the king of social media, Facebook. Twitter encouraged us to be succinct by posting our thoughts with fewer than 140 characters. When we express ourselves better through imagery, Instagram, and Flickr offer all the sharing we can handle. And speaking of video, YouTube is the social place for everything from how-to to pop culture to what not to do with your fireworks on the 4th of July.
Social media makes it possible to stay connected and informed about those important people in our lives. Reconnecting with classmates, past work associates, and more is also a valuable part of social media. It has also made it possible to connect with ancestors and find relatives you never even knew existed. Yes, the family tree has become a social media platform as well. MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.com, and many others all supply a social platform where distant family members potentially meet and build their family trees.  
DID SOMEONE SAY FOOD
The Internet has long loved food, and social media is no different. Pinterest, Tumblr, and WordPress share and socialize about the latest accessible and exciting food trends. This may be the most addicting part of social media. One moment a picture of a decadent, perfectly golden roast duck comes across your news feed. In an instant, the complete video detailing how to execute this delicacy in 17 easy steps is provided for you. One tweet later and you are off to the butcher. In a Snapchat -Instagram -Tumblr hour, you destroy your kitchen and end up with a Pinterest board titled “They Lied.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Post something on your favorite social media platform. Find a social media meetup in your area. Share your favorite meme or connect with someone you’ve not spoken to in ages. 

SOCIAL MEDIA DAY HISTORY

Social Media Day was founded in 2010 by Mashable 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Dark Clouds/Weather ~ Dude ~ Doe ~ Picture of the Day ~ Frank Serpico ~ Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops ~ David Smail ~ National Camera Day


Good 45º clear sky sunny morning. 

Yesterday the dark clouds stayed all day with a few breaks in the clouds for some sun to shine through....



The sunshine made Dude happy.......we topped at 75º.



The predicted rain came at 3pm and slightly drizzled for 3 minutes!


Out in the pasture was this pretty little doe....






Picture of the Day... LOL




Interesting about Frank Serpico....


Francesco Vincent Serpico (born April 14, 1936) is a former New York City Police Department (NYPD) Detective who holds both American and Italian citizenship. He is known for whistle blowing on police corruption in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an act that prompted Mayor John V. Lindsay to appoint the landmark Knapp Commission to investigate the NYPD. Much of Serpico's fame came after the release of the 1973 film "Serpico", which was based on the book by Peter Maas and which starred Al Pacino in the title role, for which Pacino received an Oscar nomination.
Serpico was shot in the face whilst carrying out a drug raid. The bullet severed an auditory nerve, leaving him deaf in one ear, and he has since suffered from chronic pain from bullet fragments lodged in his brain.
The circumstances surrounding Serpico's shooting quickly came into question. Serpico, who was armed during the drug raid, had been shot only after briefly turning away from the suspect, when he realized that the two officers who had accompanied him to the hallway and door of the scene were not following him into the apartment or providing support and back-up. This raised the question whether Serpico had actually been brought to the apartment by his colleagues to be betrayed and murdered.


If you want to read more, go here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Serpico




From the Slow Roasted Italian...
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops

Ultra creamy and tender, this easy recipe of crock pot ranch pork chops can make you fall in love with pork chops again (or give you a new way to love them!) Just mix a creamy base with a blend of herbs and layer it on top of boneless pork chops in a crock pot and you’ll be all set for an easy dinner!
  • 10.75 oz cream of mushroom soup (1 can)
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 4 to 6 boneless pork chops
  • Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)
  • Cooked rice or pasta, for serving
*** Yes, you can use a 1 oz ranch packet (just the powder, not the mixed dressing) instead of the herbs (dried parsley, dried dill, garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, and black pepper). But if you do this you might also need to increase the white wine from 1/3 cup to 2/3 or 3/4 cup.
  1. In a medium bowl, add cream of mushroom, dried parsley, dried dill, garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, and black pepper. Use a hand mixer (or a spatula and some elbow grease) to mix the ingredients on LOW until only small clumps of cream cheese remain, about 2-4 minutes.
  2. Add white wine (or chicken broth) to bowl and gently fold in with the cream until absorbed, about another 2-4 minutes.
  3. Place pork chops in the bottom of a 6 quarts crock pot and arrange in an even layer. Pour ranch mixture on top and spread until the tops of the pork chops are covered.
  4. Cover crock pot and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours




Special birthday today.... one of "our sons" ... and retired LASD, David Smail is celebrating today. He was an Explorer Scout at Temple, worked at the coroner's office before becoming a Deputy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID!


                            ^1980... David with my Kristen and Brian




Historically this date....
1974 – Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with Bolshoi Ballet.


1995 – The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul,South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937.

2006 – Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.

2007 – Apple Inc. releases its first mobile phone, the iPhone.

2012 – A derecho (wind storm!) strikes the eastern United States, leaving at least 22 people dead and millions without power.




And births this date..
1919 – Slim Pickens, American actor (d. 1983)
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1944 – Gary Busey, American actor  (creepy!!!)
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1962 – George D. Zamka, American colonel, pilot, and
 astronaut
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All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Everything comes into focus on June 29th each year when we recognize National Camera Day. The day commemorates photographs, the camera, and their invention. A camera is an irreplaceable tool used to record and replicate memories, events, and people/places. Before the invention of the camera, the only resource to document a vision was a painting. Capturing an image of a person or place in a drawing took time and skill. Very few people can perfectly draw the likeness of someone, let alone capture the essence of an event.
The power of a camera provided many with a simple, inexpensive, and fast solution. George Eastman, also known as “The Father of Photography,” brought the camera to the masses. While he did not invent the camera, he did develop many additions improving the use, ease, and production of the camera. His developments made the camera widely available to homes around the world.
While the first cameras were large and bulky, each later design evolved until some cameras were as small as a pen. Today’s digital cameras have many features and variations, making them appealing to people of all ages for personal and professional use. The portable and easy to use features not only allow us to take photos quickly, but we can also edit them on the fly. Smartphones with built-in cameras include features that allow us to share photos instantly, too. 
Taking photos has become so easy, that according to Business Insider, in 2017 over 1.2 trillion digital photos were taken. From a large boxy camera to one that fits in our pocket, cameras have come a long way.

HOW TO OBSERVE 

Whether photography is a hobby or your profession, celebrate the day by taking photos. Snap a picture of something or someone you enjoy and cherish the memory. But taking pictures isn’t the only way to celebrate.
  • Take a photography class.
  • Teach someone how to take outstanding photos.
  • Expand your photography skills by learning more about your camera.
  • Try a different style of photography or camera.
Post photos on social media using #NationalCameraDay.
Everything about taking quality photos begins with the best equipment you can find.