Total Pageviews

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:

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)

1944 – Gary Busey, American actor  (creepy!!!)

1962 – George D. Zamka, American colonel, pilot, and

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.


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.