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Monday, April 13, 2020

Family Easter Visit ~ Picture of the Day ~ Sgt. Reckless ~ Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken Skillet ~ Adele (Easton) Graves ~ Gary Adkinson ~ Becky & Greg Lundell ~ National Scrabble Day

Good 28º clear sunny morning. Yesterday we topped at 78º. 

Yesterday Brian, Jen, Tucker, Sami, and Dash came to do an Easter visit, since because of this virus mess we weren't having our regular Easter breakfast and egg hunt. 

They brought me a box with flowers, wine, and candy!! 

We all did a 6' apart "air hug"......

Picture of the Day... Cumming Georgia.... Stand by, the police are cumming!! 

Interesting about a horse...

Staff Sergeant Reckless (c. 1948 – May 13, 1968), a decorated war horse who held official rank in the United States military, was a mare of Mongolian horse breeding. Out of a race horse dam, she was purchased in October 1952 for $250 from a Korean stableboy at the Seoul racetrack who needed money to buy an artificial leg for his sister.

Reckless was bought by members of the United States Marine Corps and trained to be a pack horse for the Recoilless Rifle Platoon, Anti-Tank Company, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. She quickly became part of the unit and was allowed to roam freely through camp, entering the Marines' tents, where she would sleep on cold nights, and was known for her willingness to eat nearly anything, including scrambled eggs, beer, Coca-Cola and, once, about $30 worth of poker chips.

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken Skillet

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Four 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into chunks
1 cup half-and-half
One 5-ounce package baby spinach (about 4 cups)
One 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
Steamed rice, for serving
  1. Whisk together the flour, 1 tablespoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a pie plate or shallow dish. Coat both sides of the chicken breasts in the seasoned flour. Shake off any excess and set aside.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, undisturbed, until deeply golden, about 4 minutes (do not turn). Remove the chicken to a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the skillet. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted. Pour in the half-and-half and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken back to the skillet, seared-side up, reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook, turning about halfway through, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F, 12 to 14 minutes. 
  3. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Add the spinach to the sauce in the skillet, cover and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in the artichoke hearts and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the creamy sauce over the chicken. Serve with steamed rice.

Special birthdays today...
Adele (Easton) Graves (Wilsonite) is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEL!! xo  With her Tom......

and also celebrating is Gary Adkinson, up the road neighbor and friend. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GARY (aka Gary My Love)!! xo Picture with his Katie....

The reason he is also GML is because when Jerry introduced me to Gary, he said, "This is Gary, my love (referring to me!)." He always called me "my love" or "darling" or something loving.

Historically this date.......
1796 – The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrives from India.

1902 – James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming. (Interesting that it's F.W. Woolworth's birthday)

1943 – The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth.

1970 – An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.

1976 – The United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration.

1997 – Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.

And births this date include....
1852 – F.W. Woolworth, American businessman (d. 1919)
1866 – Butch Cassidy, American outlaw (d. 1908)

1899 – Alfred Mosher Butts, American architect and Scrabble inventor (d. 1993)

1923 – Don Adams, American actor and comedian (d. 2005)
A former Marine and Maxwell Smart!

1931 – Dan Gurney, American race car driver (d.2018)
He was my fav!

1933 – Ben Nighthorse Campbell, American politician
Interesting fellow. Military, deputy sheriff, jewelry artist, politician who switched from being a Dem to a Republican!

1935 – Lyle Waggoner, American actor (d.2020)

1945 – Tony Dow, American actor

And yesterday I also got a "Happy Easter" email and photo from Becky and Greg Lundell (Wilsonite).... 

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

Each year on National Scrabble Day April 13th recognizes a game played around the world. Originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words, Alfred Mosher Butts eventually settled on the name Scrabble. The amateur artist and unemployed architect developed the word game in the midst of the depression. Still, it wasn’t until 1948, a final name change and a trademark that Butts finally began to produce the game.   
Scrabble is played with two to four players who score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15 x 15 grid.
In the United States, the name Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. Scrabble is sold in 121 countries with 29 different language versions. Worldwide, over One hundred and fifty million sets have been sold with sets being found in nearly one-third of American homes.
  • 1984 – Scrabble became a daytime game show on NBC
  • 2004 – Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame
  • Some cities sponsor Scrabble tournaments on the weekend closest to National Scrabble Day
  • The word “scrabble” means to “grope frantically.”


Call your friends and play a game or two of Scrabble! Mix it up, too. There are several ways to play the game if you want to change things up a bit. For example, if you’re spending time alone, Scrabble solitaire challenges you at your own game of words. Another version allows players to only play nouns but they earn bonus points for playing nouns that are both a proper noun and an approved Scrabble word. 
Once you’ve played a game, take the final board and create a crossword puzzle using this template. Develop hints to the words and see if others can solve the puzzle. 


National Scrabble Day commemorates the birth of Alfred Mosher Butts, born on April 13, 1899. However, our research had not identified the founder of the day.