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Friday, April 30, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ California Quail ~ Caprese-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich ~ Gil and Mary Zavala ~ National Arbor Day ~ National Hairstylist Appreciation Day

 

Good 39º sunny morning. 

Yesterday the light clouds moved in, it was quite breezy, and we topped at 89º.



 
Happy last day of April and here comes May....
 
 
Picture of the Day
 

 
 
Interesting about quail.....
 

 

The California quail (Callipepla californica), also known as the California valley quail or Valley quail, is a small ground-dwelling bird in the New World quail family. These birds have a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward: black in males and brown in females; the flanks are brown with white streaks. Males have a dark brown cap and a black face with a brown back, a grey-blue chest and a light brown belly. Females and immature birds are mainly grey-brown with a light-colored belly. Their closest relative is Gambel's quail which has a more southerly distribution and, a longer crest at 2.5 in, a brighter head and a scalier appearance. The two species separated about 1–2 million years ago, during the Late Pliocene or Early Pleistocene. It is the state bird of California.

The California quail is a highly sociable bird that often gathers in small flocks known as "coveys". One of their daily communal activities is a dust bath. A group of quail will select an area where the ground has been newly turned or is soft, and using their underbellies, will burrow downward into the soil some one to two inches. They then wriggle about in the indentations they have created, flapping their wings and ruffling their feathers, causing dust to rise in the air. They seem to prefer sunny places in which to create these dust baths. An ornithologist is able to detect the presence of quail in an area by spotting the circular indentations left behind in the soft dirt, some 2.8–5.9 inches in diameter.

 


They are year-round residents. Although this bird coexists well at the edges of urban areas, it is declining in some areas as human populations increase. They were originally found mainly in the southwestern United States but they have been introduced into other areas including British ColumbiaHawaiiChileUruguayBrazilArgentinaPeruSouth AfricaNew Zealand, and to Norfolk Island and King Island in Australia. These birds forage on the ground, often scratching at the soil. They can sometimes be seen feeding at the sides of roads. Their diet consists mainly of seeds and leaves, but they also eat some berries and insects; for example, Toyon berries are a common food source. If startled, these birds explode into short rapid flight, called "flushing". Given a choice, they will normally escape on foot.

 

Their breeding habitat is shrubby areas and open woodlands in western North America. The nest is a shallow scrape lined with vegetation on the ground beneath a shrub or other cover. The female usually lays approximately 12 eggs. Once hatched, the young associate with both adults. Often, families group together, into multifamily "communal broods" which include at least two females, multiple males and many offspring. Males associated with families are not always the genetic fathers. In good years, females will lay more than one clutch, leaving the hatched young with the associated male and laying a new clutch, often with a different associated male.

 

They have a variety of vocalizations including the social "chicago" call, contact "pips" and warning "pips". During the breeding season, males utter the agonistic "squill" and will often interrupt their social mate's "chicago" call with a "squill," a possible form of antiphonal calling.

 

The California quail is the state bird of California. It was established as the state bird in 1932.


Quail distribution areas.... 


The quail population has fluctuated significantly throughout California. Once plentiful in San Francisco, by 2017 only one California quail remained in the city. Local birders named the male bird Ishi after the last known member of California's Native American Yahi tribe. The California quail eats insects, especially in summer, as well as plants. Unlike many other bird species, they require a high protein diet. 

 

 



From Mr. Food
 

The colorful and fresh ingredients we'd find in an Italian caprese salad are layered and melted together in this novel Caprese-Style Grilled Cheese sandwich that's sure to become a favorite at your house!

 

  • 8 slices Italian or sourdough bread
  • 4 plum tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

 

  1. Place 4 slices bread on work surface. Evenly layer each with tomato and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with basil. Place remaining bread slices on top and brush both sides of sandwiches with olive oil.
     
  2. Cook in batches in a skillet over medium heat, until golden on both sides and the cheese is melted.


 
Today is a very special anniversary... high school pal and fellow Job's Daughter Mary (Fancher) and her hubby (also high school pal) Gil Zavala are celebrating their 55th Anniversary. CONGRATULATIONS kids!!!
 
 
 
Historically this date......
1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York CityGeorge Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.


1803 – Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.


1812 – The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.


1900 – Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.


1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
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1945 – World War II: FührerbunkerAdolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building.


1947 – In Nevada, the Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam a second time.

2009 – Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.



And births this date include....
1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American companion of Gertrude Stein (d. 1967)
... a very interesting read!
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1908 – Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)
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1926 – Cloris Leachman, American actress (d.2021)
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1933 – Willie Nelson, American musician
Busy life, wives/children/marijuana.....
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1938 – Gary Collins, American actor (d.2012)
.... the boy has racked up quite a few of mug shots over the years for DUI and dine and dash....
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1943 – Bobby Vee, American singer (d.2016)
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All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Friday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Each year in April, National Arbor Day encourages us to celebrate and plant trees. The observance takes place each year on the last Friday in April.  

Trees provide vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion, oxygen, and homes for wildlife. They also are a renewable resource that provides a variety of materials for building, fuel, and office supplies.

Trees beautify our environment, provide shade on a sunny day, and improve our quality of life. The day celebrates all these things and aims for American generations to enjoy all the benefits trees have to offer.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate the day by planting a tree today. You can also spend time caring for trees in your area.  Join an event near you or organize one in your community. Consider the trees you plant, too. While you may look for fast-growing trees so that you may enjoy the tree during your lifetime, planting a slower-growing tree is an investment in the future. Generations to come will enjoy the shade and beauty of the tree long after we’re gone. And leaving something as precious as a tree behind is quite an investment.

NATIONAL ARBOR DAY HISTORY

On April 10, 1872, journalist and newspaper editor J.Sterling Morton established Arbor Day in the state of Nebraska with hopes that it would spread across the country. This first celebration challenged the people of Nebraska to plant as many trees as they possibly could. Since the pioneers missed the trees and forests of the east, they answer the challenge by planting more than 1 million trees that very first year.

And.... today is also
 

Each year on April 30th, National Hairstylist Appreciation Day honors hairstylists everywhere who make artful hairstyles possible. A talented hairstylist will not only make you look good but also make you feel good. This day also celebrates the uniqueness of all styles of hair.
Hairstylists receive training that gives them experience with a variety of textures, styles, and colors. No matter your style, your hairstylist knows the latest cuts and fashions to make your favorite looks come true. They also know how to keep your hair healthy and manageable, too. Whether you like it short, piled high, or sassy, stylists spend their days honing their skills so you look your best.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate your hairstylist by thanking them for their kindness or lending ear. Their morale-boosting, confidence building and self-esteem building talents allow us to look our best. Send flowers, give an appreciation card, leave an extra special tip, or maybe send a gift!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ State of Delaware ~ Chili Dog Bubble Bake ~ National Zipper Day

 


Good 41º clear morning. 
 
Yesterday we had totally clear sky and a slight breeze. We topped at 89º.
 
 
Picture of the Day ... perfect timing
 

 
 
Interesting
United State of Delaware....
 

Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States constitution. It did so on December 7, 1787.
 
Delaware shares a semi-circular border with Pennsylvania. The border was drawn at the time of the original land grants to William Penn from King Charles II and the Duke of York.
 
Delaware is the only state without any National Park System units such as national parks, seashores, historic sites, battlefields, memorials, and monuments.
 
The log cabin originated in Finland. Finnish settlers arrived in Delaware in the mid-1600s and brought with them plans for the log cabin, one of the enduring symbols of the American pioneer. One of the cabins has been preserved and is on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover.


 
The Blue Hen chicken is the official state bird. The hens were noted for their fighting ability. Delaware is sometimes referred to as the Blue Hen State.
 

 
In 1785 Oliver Evans of Newport invented the automatic flour-milling machinery that revolutionized the industry.


In total area Delaware ranks 49th in the nation. It contains 1,982 square miles. It is 96 miles long and varies from 9 to 35 miles in width.
 
The 87-foot Fenwick Island Lighthouse was painted in 1880 for a total cost of about $5.00.

To read more about the lighthouse, go here:
 
 
The Du Pont Laboratories first produced nylon at its plant in Seaford. This earned the town the distinction of being the Nylon Capital of the World.
 

 
 
 
From Mr. Food



 

Hot dogs are a classic American summertime food. If you're looking for a fresh, off-the-bun way to eat them, our Chili Dog Bubble Bake makes a delicious and fun alternative! Hot dogs and casseroles are always a crowd pleaser, so when you make a chili dog casserole that's this good, the right thing to do is bring it to that next get-together, even if you want to keep it all to yourself! Not that we can blame you.

 

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans ready-to-heat chili
  • 8 hot dogs, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated biscuits, each biscuit cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine chili, hot dog pieces, and onion in baking dish; mix well. Sprinkle with cheese.
  3. In a large bowl, toss biscuit pieces with butter until evenly coated. Arrange biscuit pieces over cheese.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown and casserole is heated through.

 

 
 
Historically this date....
1945 – World War II – FuehrerbunkerAdolf Hitler marries his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designates Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor. Both Hitler and Braun will commit suicide the next day.


1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops.


1945 – The Italian commune of Fornovo di Taro is liberated from German forces by Brazilian forces.


1967 – After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.


1986 – A fire at the Central library of the City of Los Angeles Public Library damages or destroys 400,000 books and other items.


1992 – Los Angeles riotsRiots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed.


2004 – Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.




 


And births this date include....
1917 – Celeste Holm, American actress (d.2012)
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1951 – Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001)
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1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian
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1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress
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1958 – Eve Plumb, American actress
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1970 – Andre Agassi, American tennis player
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All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

National Zipper Day commemorates April 29, 1913, when the patent for the modern zipper was issued. The day celebrates something that we often do not think about and may automatically take for granted.
The first attempt at creating the zipper came from the inventor of the sewing machine. In 1851, Elias Howe received a patent for the “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure.” However, Howe never marketed his invention and missed the recognition he may have received.
Forty-two years later, Whitcomb Judson began selling the “Clasp Locker.” Very similar to Elias Howe’s patent, this device served as a more complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener. Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his new device and debuted it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. There he met with very little success. Because Judson put his invention before the public for sale, he earned credit as its creator.
In 1906, the Universal Fastener Company also hired Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer. He was highly skilled and known for his devotion to the company. On April 29, 1913, he was granted a patent for the modern zipper, known then as the “Separable Fastener.” He submitted modifications to his invention in 1917. Today we wear designs quite similar to the ones Sundback created in his patent. While he may have called them a separable fastener, we know them as zippers.
By 1923, B.F. Goodrich popularized the word zipper as it applied to use in the boots and pouches it made. The company even copyrighted the name for a time.

 

NATIONAL ZIPPER DAY HISTORY

The day commemorates the date in 1913 when the zipper was patented by Gideon Sundback on April 29, 1913.