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Monday, November 30, 2020

Full Moon ~ Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ US Presidents with Beards and Facial Hair ~ Thanksgiving Leftover Poppers ~ Cyber Monday


Good 33º high fog morning.
Be careful out there..... full moon!
30 days hath September..... April, June, and November. All the rest have 31, except February, which has 28, but 29 in leap year!
Yesterday, again, super foggy for the start of the day.
Then it lasted all day. Not a drop of sunshine at all. Stayed cold... topped at 37º.
Picture of the Day .... exciting! 😶

Interesting about US Presidents with facial hair and beards.....

At the beginning of our republic's history, facial hair was not popular. It wasn't until Abraham Lincoln was elected to the presidency in 1860 that a young girl wrote him a letter saying that he would look good with a beard because his face was so narrow, and he would look more masculine wearing one. He didn't have a full beard, but just "chin whiskers" keeping his upper lip bare.

No president had worn a beard starting with George Washington, and only four presidents have ever worn a beard since then.....

Abraham Lincoln 


Benjamin Harriso 


James Garfield 


Rutherford Hayes


8 presidents had facial hair.....

Grover Cleveland, Martin Van Buren, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Chester Arthur, Ulysses Grant, Zachary Taylor, John Quincy Adams 

From Mr. Food 


If your Thanksgiving leftovers look sort of blah, it's time for a leftover makeover! No worries, we've found an easy, freezer-aisle shortcut way to turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into a tasty favorite that's way more fun to eat than a plain old turkey sandwich. Our Thanksgiving Leftover Poppers take just 15 minutes, which makes them a good idea if you're in a hurry to go shopping!


  • 2 (7.5-ounce) cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup prepared stuffing
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup diced, cooked turkey
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Separate dough into biscuits. Flatten each biscuit into thin, round circles.
  2. On center of each circle, place 1 teaspoon each of stuffing and cranberry sauce and a few pieces of turkey. Bring edges together and pinch tightly to close. Shape into a round roll and place on baking sheet seam side down; repeat with remaining dough
  3. Brush tops of biscuits with egg. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.



  • Serve these tasty poppers with warm turkey gravy for dipping.
Historically this date.....
1902 – American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.

1954 – In Sylacauga, AlabamaUnited States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a 
human being hit by a rock from space

1982 – Michael Jackson's second solo album, Thriller, with producer Quincy Jones was released worldwide and became the biggest-selling album worldwide and still is to this day.

2004 – Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings.
And births this date include...
1835 – Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American writer (d. 1910)

1918 – Efrem Zimbalist Jr., American actor (d.2014)
1926 – Richard Crenna, American actor (d. 2003)

1927 – Robert Guillaume, American actor (d.2017)
1929 – Dick Clark, American television host (d. 2012)

1952 – Mandy Patinkin, American actor and singer

1965 – Ben Stiller, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Cyber Monday is the Internet’s answer to Black Friday deals. The official observance takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving.

While Internet-based companies traditionally offered their best holiday shopping on Cyber Monday to compete with Black Friday deals in brick and mortar stores, things have been changing. However, in more recent years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals tend to run together. Some start as early as the week of Thanksgiving and run right through the holiday season. But don’t neglect online deals. There may still be savings to be had. 

In 2014, Monday after Thanksgiving online sales continued to trend upward with 15.4% increase in revenue from 2013 sales, making it the biggest, online shopping day in history. In 2014 Americans spent an average of $124 per order on Cyber Monday.

Social media also ramps up advertising opportunities, bringing potential shoppers to retailers’ online stores. Cyber shopping is expected to be up again this year with a predicted 3 billion in sales.

Purchases on mobile devices also have increased, adding to the convenience of Cyber shopping for the holidays. No longer do you have to be strapped to your PC or Mac in order to make an online purchase. Purchases can now be made on the train during a morning commute while waiting for a doctor’s appointment or during a lunch break.

Some of the most popular online purchases are likely to be tech items, especially wearable technology as well as traditional small appliances, clothing, gift cards, and digital media.


When it comes to holiday shopping, we all want to get the best deals on the best gifts. While we’re on the internet, it’s important to be safe while we’re being savvy shoppers, too.

  • Make your list early and stick to it. This will also help you to stay on budget.
  • Stick to trusted websites and be wary of spam, scams, and spoofed sites.
  • Shop local websites. Many small businesses also participate in Cyber Monday. You may find a deal you didn’t expect.
  • Check your favorite retailer’s social media feeds for the best deals.
  • Maximize your savings by using the card with the best points.
  • When all the shopping is done, be sure to monitor your credit cards and bank accounts for suspicious activity. If you notice anything you don’t recognize, report it immediately.

Get your computer out and enjoy those online deals. 



On November 28 of 2005, Cyber Monday joined the lexicon thanks to a press release in They announced a marketing revolution with the title “Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year” with astounding online sales increases the Monday following Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Weather ~ Fog RR & GP ~ Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~ Alcatraz Island ~ ~ Italian Layer Bake ~ Electronic Greeting Day


Good 32º, foggy again, morning. 
Yesterday morning the fog here.... looks like this today also....

And from the downtown camera in Grants Pass....
In the afternoon we got some puffy white clouds and blue sky. We topped at 45º.

Again, Bruiser was happy to be out and about. He went wayyyyyyy up in the pasture on a hunting trip...

Picture of the Day  😀

Interesting about Alcatraz Island.....

Alcatraz island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, California, United States.

The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison from 1934 until 21 March 1963. The water currents around the island were high at all times, which presumably decreased the chance of an inmate escaping.

In 1972, Alcatraz became part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Alcatraz Island is home to the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States, early military fortifications, and natural features such as rock pools and a seabird colony (mostly western gulls, cormorants, and egrets). According to a 1971 documentary on the history of Alcatraz, the island measures 1,675 feet by 590 feet and is 135 feet at highest point during mean tide. The total area of the island is reported to be 22 acres.

Today, the island's facilities are managed by the National Park Service as part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area; it is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island in a little under 15 minutes by ferry ride from Pier 33, San Francisco.

If you want to read more about Alcatraz, go here:




From Mr. Food


Our recipe for Italian Layer Bake is a Mediterranean delight. This recipe features layers of Italian meats, peppers, and bubbly cheese under a golden crust. When you bring this dish out for lunch, everyone will be asking for seconds!


  • 1 (8-ounce) container refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 8 slices deli turkey (about 1/2 pound)
  • 8 slices deli ham (about 1/2 pound)
  • 12 slices deli hard salami (about 1/2 pound)
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted peppers, drained
  • 4 eggs, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Unroll crescent roll dough without separating triangles. Separate dough into 2 squares along center cut line.
  2. Place 1 square of dough into an 8-inch square baking dish. Using your fingertips, press dough to fit bottom of dish.
  3. Layer with half the turkey, ham, salami, Swiss cheese, and roasted peppers. Pour half the beaten eggs over the peppers and repeat  the layers with remaining meats, cheese, and peppers. Place remaining square of dough over peppers. Pour remaining beaten eggs over dough and cover lightly with foil.
  4. Bake 20 minutes, remove foil, and bake an additional 20 to 22 minutes, or until golden and heated through. Let cool 5 minutes, then cut and serve.



***For even more flavor, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, along with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Feel free to try another cheese too - like provolone!
Historically this date.....
1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.

1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole.

1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.

And births this date include...
1896 – Yakima Canutt, American actor and stuntman (d. 1986)
Interesting how he got his name, it sounds American Indian, not.

1927 – Vin Scully, American baseball announcer

1955 – Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian

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


Observed annually on November 29th, Electronic Greetings Day encourages us to send an electronic greeting. At the same time, the day reminds us of how much things have changed.  

The convenience and speed of sending an electronic greeting allows more people than ever to participate in this thoughtful process. We all enjoy it when someone remembers our birthdays, anniversaries, and other important life events. While greeting cards continue to be used, electronic greetings are far more cost-effective and mean equally as much.

Since the advent of the electronic greeting, social media and other messaging systems are expanding our communication methods. We can send a birthday wish through a messaging system and include a favorite memory. If a friend is sick, we show we care by simply clicking a button and sending funny videos. When we miss someone, these days we’re never very far away. We can send them a video message. Wait, we can do better than that. With our smartphone or computer, video chats keep us connected, too. The miracles of technology continue to expand and bring us closer all the time. 


Send an electronic greeting. Use your preferred method of communication – electronically. It may be text, video, live or pre-recorded. Make it short or long. Maybe it will be on social media, or perhaps, it will be a sweet card through e-mail. Gather the family together for a group discussion or play a game online. However, you send it, Celebrate Every Day® with enthusiasm, and share it using #ElectronicGreetingsDay to post on social media.


Not long after the advent of electronic mail (e-mail) in 1993, the electronic greeting came along.  Judith Donath created the first electronic greeting card site in 1994 at the MIT Media Lab. It was called the Electric Postcard. National Day Calendar® is continuing research on the source of Electronic Greetings Day.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Weather/Fog ~ Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~ Some Thanksgiving Information ~ Grands Mini Turkey Pot Pies ~ My Thanksgiving Day Family ~ Small Business Saturday


Good 32º SUPER foggy morning!
Yesterday we started off foggy and cold. 

By early afternoon a lot of the fog left and we actually had blue skies......

Some fog still above my neighbors place.....

We went from the 30ºs to 52º and then clouds moved back in and it started dropping into the 40ºs. 

Bruiser was out enjoying the sun and warmer weather in the pasture.... hunting! He ended up bringing a mole up on the porch! UGH.

Picture of the Day ... 🙄

Interesting about Thanksgiving....
It turns out that our "traditional" Thanksgiving feast may not be as traditional as you might think. Many of the foods we associate with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner were not yet available for "The First Thanksgiving". Turkey was not the star of the feast either. Instead, venison headlined the meal, although there was a healthy selection of seafood, fowl, and fish. There was no cranberry sauce, no pumpkin pie, and no potatoes. The potato had not yet been grown in North America. There was no gravy either, since they didn’t yet have mills to produce flour.
There are four small towns in America that are named after the nation's favorite bird.  There is Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina, Turkey Creek, Louisiana; and and Turkey Creek, Arizona. Oh, and let's not forget the two townships in Pennsylvania: the creatively named Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot!,_Texas

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York took place in 1914 when Macy’s employees dressed in vibrant costumes and marched to the flagship store on 34th Street. The parade used floats instead of balloons, and it featured monkeys, bears, camels, and elephants all borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. It was also originally called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, but was renamed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927.
George Washington was the first to declare Thanksgiving a holiday, but it was on a year-to-year basis, so presidents had to re-declare it every year, according to The Washington Post. Thomas Jefferson was so adamantly against Thanksgiving that he refused to declare it a holiday during his presidency, and many say that he called the holiday "the most ridiculous idea ever conceived." Most historians agree that Jefferson really refused to declare the holiday because he believed in the separation of church and state, and thought that the day of "prayer" violated the First Amendment. It wasn’t until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a federal holiday, that it was officially scheduled to fall on the fourth Thursday of every November.
The White House has a tradition of pardoning one lucky turkey each year. No one actually knows when U.S. presidents began offering their turkeys a presidential pardon. The annual tradition is believed to have begun in 1947 with President Harry Truman. However some historians believe that it actually started in the 1860s with Abraham Lincoln after his son Tad begged him to spare his pet turkey's life. Despite these two theories of the origins of the pardon, George H. W. Bush was the first president to officially grant a turkey a presidential pardon, according to The New York Times.

Here's a great idea for your leftover turkey.....
Grands Mini Turkey Pot Pies
1 10oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables, cooked
1 cup diced cooked turkey
1 10.5 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 16.3 oz can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Refrigerated Biscuits

Heat oven to 375º. In bowl combine vegetables, turkey, and soup and mix well.
Press each biscuit into muffin tin cup. Place 1 round in each greased muffin cup. Firmly press in bottom and up side, forming 3/4" rim. Spoon a generous 1/3 cup turkey mixture into each. Pull edges of dough over filling towards center, pleat and pinch dough gently to hold in place.
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool 1 minute, remove from pan.
  • If your family loves cheese, sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese over each pot pie about 5 minutes before the end of the baking time.
  • Substitute any frozen (cooked) vegetables you have on hand, such as broccoli, corn, peas or green beans, for the mixed vegetables.
Historically this date....
1520 – After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

1994 – In Portage, Wisconsin, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by an inmate in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium.
And births this date include...

1933 – Hope Lange, American actress (d. 2003)

1936 – Gary Hart, American politician
Involved in one of the top 10 political sex scandals of all time.

1949 – Paul Shaffer, Canadian orchestra leader

1950 – Ed Harris, American actor
1967 – Anna Nicole Smith, American television personality (d. 2007)
Here we are yesterday..... Jen carving the turkey....

Sami eating olives....

Dash on top of the pinball machine.... he's so funny, trying to catch the ball!

And all of us.... Grandma me, Grandma Jean (the hostess and cook!), Tucker, Brian, Sami, and Jen....

I only wish my daughter Kristen could have joined us! 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Small Business Saturday reminds us of the prime shopping opportunities right in our own communities. Not only do the small businesses where we work, live, and play offer numerous gift-giving possibilities, they are hands-on and ready to complete your shopping list with quality, thoughtful gifts. 

Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Shop Small movement has energized small business owners to prepare for customers in every way possible. That includes the traditional brick and mortar customer to the online shopper. The single-day event continues to grow each year.  That means business owners are ready for you to shop their stores!

Small businesses feed our communities. They keep our main streets thriving and employ nearly half of the American workforce. Supporting small business means you’re supporting your local economy, local business, tax base, schools, and infrastructure. Your holiday shopping will put food on the tables of people you know. 

You be doing your community some good, and you will also be finding quality gifts. Small businesses take pride in their work. They’ve worked hard for their dream, and it shows in their craftsmanship. 


Keep these tips in mind when shopping this holiday:

  • Check your holiday shopping list for those who would like handcrafted items and buy locally.
  • Handcrafted means a lot of things. For example, woodworking to sewing, pottery to quilting, welding to jewelry, baked goods to preserves and so much more!
  • Small businesses may specialize in one area or they may offer a variety of services. Don’t hesitate to walk in and explore the store. You may be surprised to find what they offer, and discover the one thing you’ve been looking for. 
  • Who has a hard to shop for family member? We all do, right? Ask the shop owner for help. They often have ideas you’ve never considered that will fill your empty stocking. 

Explore your community while supporting small businesses. While finding your amazing gifts, give a shout out to your favorite small business, too! 


American Express founded Small Business Saturday in 2010 to get more customers into small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving.