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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Frozen ~ Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Flight Recorder ~ Upside-Down Banana Bread ~ Melinda Plumbridge ~ National Drink Wine Day (WHOOOOOOHOOOOO!)

Good 24º everything is frozen morning. 

Along with the pastures the top of the barn is covered with ice... and the geese are sitting up there!

Yesterday the sun came through the fog and melted the ice..... 

In Grants Pass it was still foggy......

Then the fog moved in here again...................... sigh.....

Picture of the Day ... perfect timing! 

Interesting about flight recorders........

A flight recorder is an electronic recording device placed in an aircraft for the purpose of facilitating the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents. Flight recorders are also known by the misnomer black box—they are in fact bright orange to aid in their recovery after accidents.
There are two different flight recorder devices: the flight data recorder (FDR) preserves the recent history of the flight through the recording of dozens of parameters collected several times per second; the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) preserves the recent history of the sounds in the cockpit, including the conversation of the pilots. The two devices may be combined in a single unit. Together, the FDR and CVR objectively document the aircraft's flight history, which may assist in any later investigation.
The two flight recorders are required by international regulation, overseen by the International Civil Aviation Organization, to be capable of surviving the conditions likely to be encountered in a severe aircraft accident. For this reason, they are typically specified to withstand an impact of 3400 g and temperatures of over 1,830 °F, as required by EUROCAE ED-112. They have been a mandatory requirement in commercial aircraft in the United States since 1967. After the unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014, commentators have called for live streaming of data to the ground, as well as extending the battery life of the underwater locator beacons.

The "Flight Recorder" was invented and patented in the United States by Professor James J. "Crash" Ryan, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota from 1931 to 1963. Ryan's "Flight Recorder" patent was filed in August 1953 and approved on November 8, 1960 as US Patent 2,959,459. A second patent by Ryan for a "Coding Apparatus For Flight Recorders and the Like" is US Patent 3,075,192 dated January 22, 1963. An early prototype of the Ryan Flight Data Recorder is described in the January 2013 Aviation History Magazine article "Father of the Black Box" by Scott M. Fisher.
Ryan, also the inventor of the retractable safety seat belt now required in automobiles, began working on the idea of a flight recorder in 1946, and invented the device in response to a 1948 request from the Civil Aeronautics Board aimed at establishing operating procedures to reduce air mishaps. The requirement was for a means of accumulating flight data. The original device was known as the "General Mills Flight Recorder".

From Mr. Food...
We had a little fun in the Test Kitchen and turned your favorite banana bread upside-down! Our Upside-Down Banana Bread is great as-is or served with some vanilla ice cream. Just be warned, no matter how you decide to eat it, it'll be hard to stop at just one piece!


  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 7 ripe bananas, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly in baking dish and drizzle with butter. Slice 3 bananas in half lengthwise, then cut each of them in half. Layer banana slices cut-side up in baking dish over brown sugar; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mash remaining 4 bananas. Add eggs, oil, water, vanilla, and sugar; beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Spread batter evenly over bananas.
  4. Bake 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let sit 5 minutes, then invert onto platter. Serve warm.


***We think this recipe is great when slight heated and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Today is a special birthday... my nephew Jimmy Plumbridge's bride Melinda is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL!! xo

Historically this date........
1911 – The first official flight with air mail takes place in AllahabadBritish India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.

1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.

1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.

2001 – Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.

And births this date include....
1919 – Jack Palance, American actor (d. 2006)

1925 – George Kennedy, American actor (d.2016)

1950 – Cybill Shepherd, American actress

1954 – John Travolta, American actor

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

While February 18 is observed annually as National Drink Wine Day, it would be a shame to celebrate only one day a year.  Perhaps this day is just a reminder to drink wine.
Wine does have its benefits after all. Moderate drinkers of wine have lower risks of liver disease, type II diabetes, certain kinds of cancers, heart attack and stroke.  It also can reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good (HDL).
Drinking wine includes other benefits as well. When paired with the right meal, it enhances the flavors of spices, fruits, and sauces. A glass of wine helps relax us. Learning about wine keeps our minds sharp, too. Since the fruits, regions and the making of wine have such a complex story, those who delve into find themselves traveling to learn more. 


Always drink responsibly and try a new wine.