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Friday, August 7, 2020

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Tiger's Skin ~ Broccoli & Cheese Salad ~ Purple Heart Day

Good 45º clear sunny morning. 

Yesterday the clouds stayed and we were at 72º for most of the day and then topped at 75º.

Picture of the Day ... reason for the "F" word! 

Interesting about tigers..........

A tiger's skin will still display the stripes if you shave away the fur. Snow leopards, with their spots, are the same way. The reason is likely because the cats' colored hair follicles embedded in the skin are visible, similar to that of beard stubble. Other striped or spotted animals don't exhibit this kind of coloring on their skin. Zebra skin, for instance, is black underneath their striped black-and-white coats.

In addition to being visible on their skin, each tiger's stripes are unique to the animal. As a result, identifying and tracking tigers for conservation purposes can be performed through a visual inspection. Despite their uniqueness, the stripes all serve the same purpose: to break up the tiger's silhouette and make it harder for would-be prey to spot them before they pounce.

From Mr. Food

Need a fresh new idea for a go-along salad this season? Our Broccoli and Cheese Salad recipe fits the bill! This broccoli salad is sort of like a vegetarian antipasto, loaded with veggies and cheeses and topped off with an unforgettable, light and creamy dressing.


  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 (6-ounce dr. wt.) can whole black olives, drained
  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, tomatoes, onion, olives, Monterrey Jack, and Cheddar cheeses.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, mayonnaise, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pour over vegetables and toss until evenly coated. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Sprinkle with bacon, if desired, just before serving.


Historically this date...
1782 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.

1959 – The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design, and was minted until 2008

1965 – The infamous first Reyes party between Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and motorcycle gang the Hells Angels takes place at Kesey's estate in La Honda, California introducing psychedelics to the gang world and forever linking the hippie movement to the Hell's Angels.

1970 – California judge Harold Haley is taken hostage in his courtroom and killed during in an effort to free George Jackson from police custody.
.............Jackson a Black Panther and horrible person! .....

2007 – Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

And births this date include...
1944 – David Rasche, American actor

1944 – Robert Mueller, American soldier and lawyer, 6th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1960 – David Duchovny, American actor

1975 – Charlize Theron, South African model and actress

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

Purple Heart Day, on August 7th, commemorates the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit. The Purple Heart honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. During the American Revolutionary War, the Badge for Military Merit decorated six known soldiers.
General George Washington created the Badge of Merit in 1782. Washington intended the honor to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” Its design included a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk bound with a thin edge of silver. Across the face, the word Merit was embroidered in silver. While the badge symbolized the courage and devotion of an American Patriot, no one knows who designed the award.
Until Washington’s 200th birthday, the Purple Heart persisted as a Revolutionary War footnote. Through the efforts of General Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. War Department created the Order of the Purple Heart. Today the medal bears a bust of George Washington and his coat of arms.
While an accurate and complete list of names no longer exists, National Geographic recently estimated that nearly 1.9 million service members have earned Purple Hearts since its creation. It is the oldest U.S. military honor still bestowed upon service members today. Until 1944, the Purple Heart recognized service members’ commendable actions as well. Then in 1944, the requirements limited the award to only those wounded or killed in combat.
Purple Heart Firsts
  • William Brown and Elijah Churchill received the Badge of Military Merit during the Revolutionary War when the award first replaced the Fidelity Medallion.
  • Army General Douglas MacArthur received the first modern-day Purple Heart.
  • Army Lt. Annie G. Fox received the Purple Heart during World War II for her actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor.


Honor everyone who has received a Purple Heart. Learn more about the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  
While celebrating the heroes who earned the Purple Heart, learn more about them.
  • Read For Military Merit: Recipients of the Purple Heart by Fred L. Borch or Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick.
  • Watch a documentary like Purple Heart Warriors: Tears of a Warrior by Tony Seahorn.
  • Visit a military museum like the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor or The National WWII Museum. 


Since 1932, Americans have celebrated Purple Heart Day on both Washington’s birthday and Valentine’s Day. Some states and cities observed the day in their own way at different times throughout the year. Each declaration encouraged citizens to support wounded veterans with the purchase of a purple viola.
No matter when the observance occurred, it recognized the men and women killed and wounded in combat and their heroic actions. As the day evolved, it more commonly was observed on the day of the Purple Heart’s creation, August 7, 1782.