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Monday, March 9, 2020

Full Moon ~ Rain ~ Picture of the Day ~ Poppies ~ Shepherd's Pie Soup ~ Wendy Harp ~ Leah (Moran) Marmorato ~ Ike Saben ~ National Crab Meat Day

Good 39ยบ full moon day. Be careful out there!!! 

Not only are we having a full moon, but Friday will be the 13th!! 

Yesterday the dark gloom hung around and we had some rain. 

Picture of the Day .... LOL case you didn't know...
Poppies are herbaceous plants, often grown for their colourful flowers. One species of poppy, 'Papaver somniferum', is the source of the narcotic drug opium which contains powerful medicinal alkaloids such as morphine and has been used since ancient times as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drug. It also produces edible seeds.

Ancient Egyptian doctors would have their patients eat seeds from a poppy to relieve pain. Poppy seeds contain small quantities of both morphine and codeine, which are pain-relieving drugs that are still used today.
Poppy seeds and fixed oils can also be nonnarcotic because when they are harvested about twenty days after the flower has opened, the morphine is no longer present.
Poppies have long been used as a symbol of sleep, peace, and death: Sleep because the opium extracted from them is a sedative, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy in particular.
In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead. Poppies used as emblems on tombstones symbolize eternal sleep.
It is believed that its origins may come from the Sumerian people, where the first use of opium was recognized. Poppies and opium made their way around the world along the silk road.
Juglets resembling poppy seed pods have been discovered with trace amounts of opium and the flower appeared in jewelry and on art pieces in Egypt, dated 1550-1292 BC.
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Eschscholzia californica (California poppygolden poppyCalifornia sunlightcup of gold) is a species of flowering plant in the Papaveraceae familynative to the United States and Mexico. It is an ornamental plant flowering in summer, with showy cup-shaped flowers in brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow (occasionally pink). It is also used as food or a garnish. It became the official state flower of California in 1903.

From Mr. Food

We took the taste of an English favorite and added a healthy dose of comfort to create Shepherd's Pie Soup. Mmm! Soup's on, and it's not just a plain old soup!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cups beef broth
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen diced potatoes (about 4 cups)
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups instant potato flakes


  1. In a soup pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned and no pink remains; drain.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except potato flakes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 15 minutes. Stir in potato flakes and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until thickened. Serve immediately.


Today there are two special birthdays.... Wendy Harp over on Catalina Island is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WENDY!!

^with her hubby, Rick, retired Catalina fire Captain with LA Co Fire.

Also celebrating is Leah (Moran) Marmorato,   who was my hairdresser for 20 years and has now changed occupations and works for Dutch Brothers Coffee... HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEAH!! 

^with her mom Julie (Mgr at Ace Hardware) and her dad Mark (former Jackson Co firefighter)

Today would also have been my friend Ike Saben's birthday. Ike was retired LASD and Homicide Detective, and a great guy. Sadly he passed away October 31, 2019. Rest In Peace Ike!  

Historically this date......
1842 – The first documented discovery of gold in California occurs at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush.

1916 – Pancho Villa leads nearly 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against Columbus, New Mexico.
This picture was taken in 1910 in Cananea Mexico. These are Pancho Villa's men who came to my grandparents home and told them since they weren't Mexican citizens they must leave. My Mother on the left with some kind of bandage on her head, my Uncle Lloyd in the middle, and my Aunt Agnes on the right. At the time my grandfather was a mining engineer at some mines in Mexico. They left there and moved to Bisbee AZ and he worked at the copper mine there.

1945 – The Bombing of Tokyo by the United States Army Air Forces began, one of the most destructive bombing raids in history.

1959 – The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

2011 – Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.

And births this date include...
1902 – Will Geer, American actor (d. 1978)

1921 – Carl Betz, American actor (d. 1978)

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

Observed annually on March 9th, National Crab Meat Day (also National Crabmeat Day) offers a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite crustaceans. With 1.5 million tons of crab consumed every year around the world, plenty of crab meat lovers celebrate every year. 
While crab meat is a healthy choice, once you add the butter, the fat and calories add up.  And there are thousands of species of crabs, but only certain ones are edible. In the United States, some of the more popular and tasty ones are the blue crab, stone crab, Dungeness, king, and rock or snow crabs. They come in both hard and soft shells and can be found along all the coasts and Hawaii.
Enjoying the meat of these crustaceans can be done in many ways. Boiled crab, either the legs or the whole creature, results in a feast requiring some labor from the diner. However, every tasty morsel is well worth the effort. Mix the meat with other ingredients to create dips, cakes, or soups. 


Boil or steam some crab.  There are a variety of ways crab can be used. Or, give one of these recipes a try: