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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Full Moon ~ Weather ~ October ~ Brian Pendleton's State Farm ~ Picture of the Day ~ Fear of Pumpkins ~ Garlic Cheddar Biscuits ~ Ten Code ~ National Fire Pup Day ~ Dalmatian History 


Good 47º smoky October morning. Stay safe.... full moon!
Yesterday started with a cloud cover and smoke that lasted all day. 

By the end of the day we topped at 94º.

October retained its name (from the Latin and Greek ôctō meaning "eight") after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans.

October is commonly associated with the season of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and with spring in the Southern hemisphere.

Month-long observances:

Today is the 12th anniversary of my Brian's State Farm Office. You do a GREAT job Bri! Lots of customers and everyone likes him!

Picture of the Day  

Interesting about "the fear of pumpkins"...

Cucurbitophobia is an excessive, irrational and unreasonable fear of pumpkins. The word Cucurbitophobia comes from Latin 'cucurbita' which represents different members of the pumpkin family ('Cucurbita maxima').

Most phobias, including the fear of pumpkins, start in childhood. Sometimes, they can come on for no apparent reason. However, in the case of Cucurbitophobia, the frightening significance of pumpkins during Halloween is the most common trigger.

We all know the use of pumpkins in carving Jack O’ Lanterns. The Celts, Irish and Scottish people who migrated to the United States started using pumpkins to create these frightening displays. Some symptoms of this phobia include anxiety, invasive thoughts (frightening and dangerous thoughts about pumpkins), terror and feeling dizzy or unsteady.

On a dark night, a display of pumpkins with carved, hideous faces and flickering candles inside can be a chilling vision for a person with an already sensitive disposition. A child who has been teased or scared by a friend or sibling with a scary pumpkin could easily develop Cucurbitophobia. The phobic’s mind tries to make sense of the unexpected sense of and intense anxiety or panic which, in turn, adds to the phobia. In most cases of childhood phobias, the phobic overcomes the fear with age.

Cognitive behavior therapy, neuro-linguistic programming and hypnotism are some phobia therapies that may be used to cure Cucurbitophobia..

2230 pound pumpkin....


Read here about growing the world's largest pumpkins:



From Mr. Food


Getting ready to bake something for your bread basket? Well, our yummy Garlic Cheddar Biscuits are such a cinch to prepare, why would you buy ready-made ones? These warm, freshly made flavorful biscuits will melt in your mouth.


  • 2 cups pancake and baking mix
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted



  1. Preheat oven to 450º.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir baking mix, milk, and cheese until a soft dough forms. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Mix garlic powder and butter; brush half the mixture over biscuits.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush remaining garlic mixture over warm biscuits and serve.
Historically this date....
1880 – John Philip Sousa becomes leader of the United States Marine Band.

1890 – Yosemite National Park is established by the U.S. Congress.
1908 – Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US $825.

1910 – Los Angeles Times bombing: A large bomb destroys the Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles, California, killing 21.

1957 – First appearance of In God We Trust on U.S. paper currency.

1979 – The United States returns sovereignty of the Panama canal to Panama.

1987 – The Whittier Narrows earthquake shakes the San Gabriel Valley, registering as magnitude 5.9.
Scary. Everything in my kitchen cupboards rattled. Kristen heading to college classes and Brian to high school felt as if their cars were hit by another vehicle. Sandy's chimney fell down.

And births this date include...

1909 – Sam Yorty, American politician (d. 1998)
... could not say Los Angeles (los an-gel-less) he said "Las Angle-lees". Sheesh!

1910 – Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (d. 1934)

1920 – Walter Matthau, American actor (d. 2000)

1927 – Tom Bosley, American actor (d. 2010)

1928 – George Peppard, American actor (d. 1994)
.... Two pack a day smoker, died young, lung cancer!

1935 – Julie Andrews, British actress and singer

1936 – Stella Stevens, American actress

1945 – Spider Sabich, American skier (d. 1976)
......shot and killed by Claudine Longet.... she had been married to Andy Williams.

1950 – Randy Quaid, American actor

1963 – Mark McGwire, American baseball player
October is the month of "10 codes"... these are codes used by our LASD and many other departments/agencies. So, today is 10-1 and that is the code for "receiving poorly". Or in other words, "What did you say?"

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

National Fire Pup Day on October 1st recognizes the canine firefighters that have long been members of fire departments across the country.
While the Dalmation’s origin is unknown, (**not true, scan down and read about them) their use in firehouses began during the 1700s. Trained as a carriage dog, the Dalmatian’s agility transferred quickly to horse-drawn fire engines. Even though Dalmations weren’t the only dogs fit for carriage work, they were the ones who mostly filled the role of fire dogs. They were also easily identified by their spotted and speckled coats.
In the days of the horse-drawn fire carts, they provided a valuable service, having a natural affinity to horses. The Dalmatians duty was to run alongside the horses. They ran in front of or beneath the wagon axles clearing the way.
Long after the red engines replaced horse-drawn wagons, the Dalmatian remains a recognizable tradition in fire stations across the country.  These energetic firehouse mascots serve to educate the public about fire safety. They also represent past fire pup in honor of their heroism. 

^4-5 week old puppies