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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Weather ~ Power Outage ~ Picture of the Day ~ Crows Memory ~ Taco Mac and Cheese Casserole ~ National Tie One on Day 


Good 37ยบ dark cloudy morning. Yesterday we did get a few minutes of sun and blue sky. Last night it rained. 

Yesterday morning about 8:30 our power went off. I called Pacific Power. It came back on an hour later. I called the company and a recording told me that 1300 in this area were without power. The reason is under investigation. Later they said it was caused by an automobile accident. 
Picture of the Day

Interesting about Crows....

Never cross a crow - it will remember your face...

Crows can remember human faces associated with stressful situations for up to five years and they’ll also warn their friends.

Crows are known for their extraordinary smarts and have been observed making tools to dig food out of tight spots.

Now a five-year study by scientists at the University of Washington has found they possess an unusually good memory for human faces linked to a stressful event.

The researchers donned a caveman mask before trapping, banding and releasing wild crows at five sites on or near their campus in Seattle, Washington.

They then observed how the crows reacted when approached by someone wearing the caveman mask and compared it to the reaction prompted by a control mask – in this case, a mask depicting the face of former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney.

While the Cheney mask drew a muted response, the caveman mask prompted rounds of angry squawking and flapping, not only from the birds previously captured but also from crows that had witnessed the initial trapping.

At one of the five sites, 20% of crows reacted angrily to the caveman face shortly after the trapping. After five years, the proportion of crows reacting to the caveman face was recorded at 60%, suggesting that word had spread among the flock that this was a dangerous face.

From The Slow Roasted Italian..
" Taco mac and cheese has seasoned ground beef and gooey cheese sauce over tender pasta. Make this Mexican-inspired recipe for taco night!"

  • 16-ounces elbow macaroni noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-ounce taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-ounce) can of Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies, drained well
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups half and half
  • 4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • Taco Toppings such as tortilla strips, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, sour cream, chopped cilantro, sliced jalapenos
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Cook the noodles per the directions on the back of the box and drain well, set aside.
  2. In a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat brown the ground beef. Drain any excess fat or water off of the beef and add the taco seasoning and Rotel, stir it in well, cook an additional 2 minutes, and set aside.
  3. In a heavy bottom skillet over medium-low heat, add the butter and melt. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and flour to the pan and whisk to mix into the butter. Cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  4.  Slowly add the half and half to the pan whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Bring to a simmer to thicken. Take off the heat and add 3 cups of the Monterey Jack cheese and 1 cup of the sharp cheddar cheese, whisk to combine and melt the cheese into the sauce.
  5. Mix the cheese sauce with the noodles and the ground beef mixture, pour everything into the baking dish. Smooth out the top so it cooks evenly.
  6. Add the remaining cheeses on top of the casserole. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Serve with your favorite taco toppings!
Historically this date.....
1667 – A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.80,000!!!!

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reaches its peak intensity which it maintains through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die. 9,000!!!

1759 – An earthquake hits the Mediterranean destroying Beirut and Damascus and killing 30,000-40,000!!! should be known as the Day of Death!

1839 – A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (which has never been completely rebuilt). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster. 30,000!!! These numbers are hard to fathom!

1926 – The deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history strikes on Thanksgiving day. 27 twisters of great strength are reported in the Midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an estimated F4, that devastates Heber Springs, Arkansas. There are 51 deaths in Arkansas alone, 76 deaths and over 400 injuries in all.

1963 – President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

1987 – Typhoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that destroys entire villages. At least 1,036 deaths are attributed to the storm.

2009 - my beautiful and loving Yukon had to be put to rest.
I miss you Yukie-boy! Forever in my heart! ♥ ♥


And births this date include....
1846 – Carrie Nation, American temperance advocate (d. 1911)'s to ya Carrie
 With a mug like yours, a man would have to be under the influence of adult beverages to even stand to be in the same room with you! Your face could sour beer!
Thank goodness you failed in your attempts...

1914 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (d. 1999)

1926 – Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (d. 1969) death!

1933 – Kathryn Grant, American actress
.... married to 'der Bingle' (Bing Crosby)

1940 – Reinhard Furrer, American physicist and astronaut (d. 1995)

1947 – John Larroquette, American actor

1960 – John F. Kennedy, Jr., American publisher; son of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy (d. 1999)

1981 – Barbara Bush, daughter of George W. Bush and Laura Bush
1981 – Jenna Bush, daughter of George W. Bush and Laura Bush

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

National Tie One on Day might confuse people with its name. However, it is not at all about going out, getting crazy and drinking too much while others are at home, working hard preparing for tomorrow’s big Thanksgiving Day meal.

The day celebrates the apron as well as the past generations of women who wore them and it was also created as a day to bring joy to the life of someone in need and celebrate the spirit of giving.

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.” EllynAnne Geisel

Through the years, aprons have served many purposes. They’ve protected hands from hot items coming out of the oven. In a moment of sadness, they’ve wiped tears away. Generation after generation, they protect our clothes while we cook. Though, they also protect shy, young children as they hide from strangers. During moments of haste or even humor, they handily swat away unwelcome kitchen visitors (cats, flies or cookie snatchers). They’ve carried eggs, vegetables, toys, and even the catch of the day. Aprons fan us as we wait for cakes to finish cooking and while on cool mornings, they’ve warmed hands waiting for children at the bus stop or for the postman. Occasionally, they even make us feel a little more adept in the kitchen, too. 



Best-selling author, Ellyn Anne Geisel, created National Tie One on Day. She’s also the author of the book titled, The Apron Book.