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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Arizona 411 ~ Canned Salmon Patties ~ Ginny and Merill Feiker ~ National Mail Order Catalog Day

Good 63º scattered clouds morning. 

Yesterday we topped at 95º and it was very humid and very cloudy. 

Picture of the Day ... LOL...shared by my NY friend, Vivia.

Interesting about Arizona.....

The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. The white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus.

Arizona leads the nation in copper production.

Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona.

The bola tie is the official state neckwear.

The Palo verde is the official state tree. Its name means green stick and it blooms a brilliant yellow-gold in April or May.

The cactus wren is the official state bird. It grows seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of thorny desert plants like the arms of the giant saguaro cactus.

Turquoise is the official state gemstone. The blue-green stone has a somewhat waxy surface and can be found throughout the state.
Arizona is home of the Grand Canyon National Park.

The ringtail is the official state mammal. The ringtail is a small fox-like animal about two and one-half feet long and is a shy, nocturnal creature.

The amount of copper on the roof of the Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.

Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the daylight savings time change.

The battleship USS Arizona was named in honor of the state. It was commissioned in 1913 and launched in 1915 from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Arizona’s most abundant mineral is copper.

Bisbee, located in Tombstone Canyon, is known as the Queen of the Copper Mines. During its mining history the town was the largest city between Saint Louis and San Francisco. (This is where my mon's father worked as a mining engineer and where my mom met my dad and eloped to Tombstone!)

  1. The state’s most popular natural wonders include the Grand Canyon, Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon Caves, Lake Powell/Rainbow Bridge, Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, Sedona Oak Creek Canyon, Salt River Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Picacho Peak State Park, Saguaro National Park, Chiricahua National Monument, and the Colorado River

  2. The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.

  2. Arizona, among all the states, has the largest percentage of its land set aside and designated as Indian lands.

Arizona became the 48th state on February 14, 1912.

Tombstone, Ruby, Gillette, and Gunsight are among the ghost towns scattered throughout the state.

Canned Salmon Patties

1 can salmon, 14.75 oz
1/3 c bread crumbs
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 c chopped celery
1/4 c mayonnaise
1 egg, beaten
4 Tbsp butter, for frying
lemon and dill, for garnish

Drain salmon.
Remove bones and skin.In a large bowl combine salmon, bread crumbs, onion, celery, mayonnaise, and beaten egg. Mix.
Shape into 4 even-sized patties. Two for dinner. And two the next day for a salmon burger. Condiments of your choice.

In a large saute pan, melt butter on low. Add salmon patties.
Cook on medium until golden brown on each side and cooked through.

Special anniversary today.... friends from way back in California and  were members of our California LE Motorcycle Club, the Chiorboys. We had lots of fun rides... Jerry and I  rode his Fat Boy.. To belong to the Choirboys you had to have a Harley and be current or retired law enforcement.
Happy 64th Anniversary Ginny and Merill Feiker!!

Historically this date....
1917 – A Great Fire in ThessalonikiGreece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.

1965 – Vietnam WarOperation Starlite begins – United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the first major American ground battle of the war.

1983 – Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over USD $1 billion in damage (1983 dollars).

And births this date include....
1587 – Virginia Dare, first English child born in North America (unk where/when she died)

1904 – Max Factor, Polish-born cosmetics entrepreneur (d. 1996)

1936 – Robert Redford, American actor...

1952 – Patrick Swayze, American actor (d. 2009)

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

What was once one of the most popular ways of shopping is remembered each year on August 18th as it is National Mail Order Catalog Day.
This day marks the anniversary of the first Montgomery Wards mail order catalog. On this day in 1872, Aaron Montgomery Ward of Chicago produced a catalog designed for direct order via mail. He aimed to remove the middleman from the business of buying and selling. As a result, he also drastically lowered prices.  
The very first catalog consisted of an 8 by 12-inch single sheet of paper. On it, Ward included the merchandise for sale, price list, and ordering instructions. Before long, the Montgomery Wards single-page list of products grew into a 540 page illustrated book selling over 20,000 items. 
It didn’t take long for enterprising merchants to copy Montgomery Wards’ idea. One notable merchant, Richard Warren Sears, mailed his catalog in 1896. As others entered the field, catalog sales grew. By 1971, catalog sales of major United States firms exceeded more than $250 million in postal revenue.
It’s interesting to note, according to the National Mail Order Association, Aaron Montgomery Ward wasn’t the first to conceive of the mail order catalog. In the United States. Benjamin Franklin may have formulated the first basic mail order concept. He produced a catalog to sell scientific and academic books. Franklin also receives credit for offering the first mail-order guarantee: “Those persons who live remote, by sending their orders and money to B. Franklin may depend on the same justice as if present.”
Today, mail order catalogs have been replaced with internet websites. Additionally, the term “mail-order” has been replaced with the term “online shopping.”


While our catalogs are digital these days, which ones are your favorites? Nearly every retail business has an online presence and with that, their catalog of products grows, varies, and changes. It’s an excellent day to support your small online business by shopping with them, sharing their products, or giving them a review. Is there a product you wish they’d carry? Let them know! Many retailers seek customer feedback to improve their business.