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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ The White House ~ Unforgettable Chicken Casserole ~ Street Names ~ National Dog Day

Good 53º morning. 

Our day started out cloudy and cool and we topped at 98º.

Yesterday morning the turkeys were back and up in the grapevines. The turkeys like the grapes and the deer love eating the leaves! And then a bunch of Canadian geese landed on top to the barn! They sat up there and honked and honked for about 15 minutes!!

Picture of the Day .... 😆  The 'other' crowbar! 

Interesting about the White House...

On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops entered Washington, D.C. and set fire to the White House.  Here are 5 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about the White House...

The White House Was Named by President Theodore RooseveltThere’s nothing like the obvious, but Teddy Roosevelt gave an official name to the presidential residence in 1901 by naming it the White House. Before this, it was called by different names such as the “President’s Palace” and “Presidential Mansion.” A major renovation of the building began in 1902, including relocating the offices of the president from the second floor to what later became the West Wing.
Abraham Lincoln Never Slept in The Lincoln BedroomFor the first hundred years of its existence, the White House didn’t have purpose-built offices, and each president had to choose a room to work in, which was usually a converted bedroom upstairs. Abraham Lincoln  used the Second-Floor room now known as the Lincoln Bedroom as his office and Cabinet Room. During the Truman renovation, the room was furnished in the Victorian style, incorporating several Lincoln-era pieces of furniture, including a rosewood bed purchased by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln for placement in a White House guest room.

It Did Not Have Running Water Until 1833Running water was introduced into the White House in 1833. Initially its purpose was to supply the house with drinking water and to fill reservoirs for protection against fire. Very soon, a "bathing room" was established in the east wing to take advantage of the fine water supply. The room featured a cold bath, a shower, and a hot bath heated by coal fires under large copper boilers. Central heat was added in 1837 at a time when most people warmed themselves with a coal or log fire, and gas lighting did not replace the oil lamps and candles until 1848.

It Takes A Lot Of Paint To Keep It WhiteIt is estimated that around 570 gallons of white paint are used to keep the White House its proper color. The paint used is made by Duron and named “Whisper White.” In 2019, the entire exterior was given a fresh coat of paint at $150 per gallon, so to freshen the outside of the building cost $85,000, according to the White House Historical Association.

Willie Nelson Once Lit Up On The Roof Of The White HouseIf there is one musician who knows his way around marijuana, it is country music legend, Willie Nelson. President Jimmy Carter once invited him to spend the night at the White House after a concert. In Nelson’s autobiography, he said he found his way up to the roof but apparently not just for the view. While he was there he said he smoked a “fat Austin torpedo.”

From Mr. Food

Simple and satisfying, our Unforgettable Chicken Casserole has that cozy-comfort taste and texture that will make for a memorable meal. Using readily available ingredients, in just 30 minutes oven time, you'll have a chicken casserole recipe that'll stick in everyone's mind!
This delicious creamy chicken casserole recipe is a favorite for several reasons. First of all, it tastes amazing! With plenty of cheese and rich ingredients like mayo and sour cream, this casserole recipe is indulgent in all the best ways. Second, it's a perfect recipe to feed a hungry family. It makes plenty of servings, and leftovers taste great (if there are any). This is one of those meals that will make leftover night something that everyone actually looks forward to!

Enjoy this cheesy chicken casserole with your family this week. You'll be happy you did!


  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (4-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 (6-ounce) can French-fried onion rings


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together chicken, celery, cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, water chestnuts, soup, and almonds. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Sprinkle onion rings evenly over top and bake 5 more minutes, or until bubbly around edges. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
***Store leftovers of this creamy chicken casserole recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 4 days. Follow Mr. Food's leftover food storage tips for more food safety information and smart ideas!

Historically this date....
1818 – Illinois becomes the 21st state in the union of the United States.

1883 – The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage.

1920 – The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.

1942 – Holocaust in Chortkiav, western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei starts driving Jews out of their houses, divides them into groups of 120, packs them in freight cars and deports 2000 to Belzec death camp. 500 of the sick and children are murdered on the spot horrible and disgusting.

1970 – The then new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women's Strike for Equality.

1980 – After John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, in the United States, the FBI inadvertently detonates the bomb during its disarming.

2009 – Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard is discovered alive in California after being missing for over 18 years.

2015 – Two U.S. journalists are shot and killed by a disgruntled former coworker while conducting a live report in Moneta, Virginia.

2017 – The Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens in AtlantaGeorgia, replacing the Georgia Dome that was demolished on November 20.

And births this date include...
1864 - my paternal grandmother, Emma Laney. Unfortunately I never got to know her... she would have been 81 when I was born, but she passed away before that.

1910 – Mother Teresa, Macedonian-born Indian missionary; Nobel Peace Prize recipient (d. 1997)
1970 – Melissa McCarthy, American actress, comedian, producer, and screenwriter

1980 – Macaulay Culkin, American actor
    .........can you say 'drugs' !!!

I found a street in Grants Pass with my name... Susan Lane. The funny part is that my maiden name is Laney. 😆Add a y and it's me!!

Here is a site with 50 funny names of streets with pictures...

And this is interesting about Los Angeles street names and how they got them...

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

National Dog Day on August 26th encourages dog ownership of all breeds. While seeking a new companion, be sure to consider the mutts, mixes, purebreds, and everything in between.
Whether mixed or purebred, embrace the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe, and abuse-free life. They all give us companionship. Additionally, they keep us safe, and they aid those in need. Dogs play. Well, they play many roles in our lives, too! They keep us healthy, both physically and mentally.
While many days aim to find loving homes for dogs, this day expands that consideration to look beyond the breed. Look into the heart of the animal. The purpose of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year.
A dog is man’s best friend.
Purebreds are animals whose parents were both of the same breed. While the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes official breeds, not all dogs with parents from the same breed are considered official by the AKC. One benefit of purebred animals is that characteristics such as behavior and size are predictable.
With mixed breed animals, the genetics becomes uncertain, and some of the predictability is lost. However, when it comes to choosing a dog to add to your family or for training one to join a team, both purebred and mixed breeds may still fit the bill. Both types of dogs, young and old, find their way to shelters.
Many popular breeds fill shelters due to recent films or television shows. Families buy an animal imagining they will make the perfect pet but are unprepared for the training, care, and other responsibilities that come with canine care. Regardless of their genetics, all dogs require care and training. If there’s a particular breed that has captured your heart, check the shelters. You might be surprised to find either a purebred or one that is a mix of the kind you’re fond of.
When dogs find a forever home, their companionship creates lifelong benefits. They bring with them joy, loyalty, and devotion. Eventually, no matter the breed, these pets become family.


When considering adoption, adopt, don’t shop. If you have your heart set on a purebred companion, consider visiting a website like or to find one at a shelter. Learn how organizations like these are changing the way we adopt. As you search for your new family member, get prepared. Keep in mind the needs of a small versus large dog. Until you find your forever companion, consider volunteering at your shelter or becoming a foster parent.
Post photos of your dog on social media.  Take your dog for a walk.  If you do not have a dog, ask to take your neighbor’s dog for a stroll, or volunteer at a shelter.


Colleen Paige, pet lifestyle expert, founded National Dog Day in 2004. boy Dude....