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Monday, May 31, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day/Los Angeles Union Station ~ Interesting about Martha Washington ~ Mixed Fruit Smoothie ~ Memorial Day

 




Good 49º clear sunny morning. 
 
Yesterday we topped at 96º!
 
 
Picture of the Day ... 1939 Union Station in Los Angeles

And here is what it looks like today...... 

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Interesting.....
5 Things You Didn't Know About Martha Washington


 
President George Washington’s devoted widow and the nation’s first first lady, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, died at her Mt. Vernon home on this day in 1802. Here are five things you probably didn't know about Martha Washington...
 
Martha's Marriage to George Was Actually Her Second MarriageThough George and Martha enjoyed a 40-year marriage before his death in 1799, George was not Martha's first husband. Her first husband was a wealthy planter named Daniel Parke Custis, whom she married on May 15, 1750. At the time of their wedding, she was just 18 years old, and her husband was nearly twenty years her senior. The couple had four children together before Custis died eight years later, presumably of a heart attack. His death left Martha a young widow at age 26, with independent control over a dower inheritance for her lifetime. Martha ran the plantation, aided by her innate business sense. Two years later, the socially prominent widow met George Washington. 
 
Martha Was Fabulously Wealthy When She Met GeorgeTo say that Martha had more to offer than good looks and a winning personality would be an understatement. She had numerous properties and more than seventeen-thousand acres of land across six different counties. She also had hundreds of head of cattle and sheep, and nearly 300 slaves who worked her vast tobacco empire. Indeed, she was the wealthiest woman in the colony of Virginia when George proposed marriage—and her wealth and social status meant a great deal to the young Virginian. By marrying Martha, George quickly achieved the social advancement he craved.
 
She Is One Of Two Women to Have Appeared on U.S. Paper MoneyWomen rarely appear on U.S. currency, with perhaps the most well-known being the Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea dollar coins. But as far as paper money goes, only two women have appeared. The first was Pocahontas, who was featured on a $20 bill in the 1860s. The other was Martha Washington, featured on $1 silver certificates in the 1880s and 1890s. There have been no other women on U.S. paper currency since then.
 
She Had Never Been Referred to as “First Lady” in Her LifetimeSince Martha was married to the first US president, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that she was the country’s first First Lady. But the title was rarely used to refer to the spouse of a president until the 1930s. In fact, in all her life, Martha was never referred to as “First Lady.” Instead, she was commonly addressed as "Lady Washington."  An article published in the newspaper St. Johnsbury Caledonian in 1838, nearly four decades after her death, was the first time she was referred to as “the first lady of the nation.”
 
She Outlived Two Husbands And Four Children.Tragically, Martha outlived not only the two men she got married to, but also the four kids she had given birth to. All four of her children were fathered by Custis – she had none with George. Two of the kids died before reaching the age of four, while one passed away at the age of 16. John Parke Custis was her only child to make it to adulthood and get married. However, he too died prematurely, at the age of 26, after having contracted “camp fever” while serving as a civilian aide-de-camp to his stepfather during the siege of Yorktown. After already having witnessed the death of her two husbands and four children, Martha died on May 22, 1802, at the age of 70.
 


From Mr. Food


 

Start your day on a refreshing and delicious note by sipping on a naturally sweetened smoothie! Our Mixed Fruit Smoothie is full of yummy fruits and bright colors that kids of all ages will get excited about.

 

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cups ice cubes

 

  1. In a blender, blend all ingredients until ice is crushed and mixture is thick and frothy.
  2. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

 

***The great thing about smoothies is that you can add or subtract ingredients with ease.

***For more yummy recipes, check out our collection of 6 Satisfying Summer Smoothies!
 
 
Historically this date....
526 – A devastating earthquake strikes AntiochTurkey, killing 250,000.
... unbelievable!


1935 – A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.


1970 – The Ancash earthquake causes a landslide that buries the town of Yungay, Peru; more than 47,000 people are killed
 
 
 
Obviously not a good day for earthquakes!!!


1971 – In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30.
 
1985 – United States–Canada tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit OhioPennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
 
 

And births this date include..
1930 – Clint Eastwood, American film director and actor
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"I know what you're thinking. Did I fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?" Love it love it love it!!!!
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1934 – Jim Hutton, American actor (d. 1979)
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1943 – Sharon Gless, American actress
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1943 – Joe Namath, American football player
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1949 – Tom Berenger, American actor
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1965 – Brooke Shields, American actress and supermodel
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All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Memorial Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

 

Each year in the United States, Americans observe the Federal holiday, Memorial Day, the last Monday in May. It honors and remembers all men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is also a day to remember all loved ones who have passed away.

Traditionally on Memorial Day, the flag of the United States of America is raised briskly to the top of the staff then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position where it remains until noon. At noon, it is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country. Raising the flag at noon signifies the nation lives, that the country is resolved not to let their sacrifice be in vain but to rise up in their honor and continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.

In the United States, Memorial Day also traditionally marks the beginning of summer.

 

HOW TO OBSERVE 

Attend Memorial Day services in your community. In your own way, pay tribute in remembrance of service members who have died while serving. Visit a veterans’ cemetery to honor those who’ve impacted your life. 

 

MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

Honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the military, communities, individuals, and organizations have kept Memorial Day in various forms in the United States since the end of the Civil War. General John Logan first called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 5, 1868. The observance was called Decoration Day, and it was observed on May 30th, 1868.

 

Decoration Day

General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery with Generals Grant, Howard, Logan, Pane, Wool, and Hancock in attendance. Volunteers also decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

Across the country, humble tributes occurred on that first Decoration Day. Just outside Fort Stevens near Washington, D.C., there was a small cemetery where 40 soldiers were buried, one of whom belonged to a widow from Northern Vermont. He was one of three sons she lost to the war. On Decoration Day, she went to the cemetery carrying 40 wreaths for 40 graves.

Someone placed a laurel wreath upon the head of a Lincoln statue at City Hall, Washington, D.C.

In Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroads transported passengers to the Spring Grove Cemetery.  As a tribute, communities displayed flags at half-mast along the routes. More volunteers placed floral wreaths on the soldiers’ graves, and speeches were made. Many of the first Decoration Days recognized only the Union soldiers. However, other events included the Confederate soldiers as well. Over time, the day grew to include all those soldiers lost during the conflict.

Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and now honors all U.S. service members who have died during a military conflict. Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30th for many years. Then, in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed the last Monday of May.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Weather ~ Grants Pass Boatnik ~ Picture of the Day ~ Superman Christopher Reeve ~  Crispy Honey Mustard Wings ~ National Mint Julep Day

 


Good 46º clear sunny morning and will be hot again today. 
And yesterday we topped at 95º.
 

Yesterday was the Grants Pass Boatnik Parade. Here is the website with lots of photos/video...  https://www.boatnik.com/
 

 
Picture of the Day .... perfect timing. 😁
 

 

Interesting about Superman Christopher Reeve....

 
Things you didn't know about Christopher Reeve's Superman....

On May 27, 1995, actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down when he was thrown from his horse during an equestrian event in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Here are five things you probably didn't know about this real-life Superman...
 
He Beat Out Muhammad Ali And Elton John For The Role Of SupermanWhen casting began for the role of Superman, over 200 actors competed for the part. Among them were some true Hollywood A-listers. Producers auditioned muscle-bound talents like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallon. They also auditioned actors such as  Al Pacino, Robert Redford. Charles Bronson, Dustin Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Nick Nolte, and Steve McQueen. Even pop star Elton John auditioned for the chance to be Superman. Even boxer Muhammad Ali was considered at one point. Despite all these stars vying for attention, Christopher Reeve caught the eye of the producers despite only having three brief TV roles.
 
Christopher Reeve Trained Under Darth VaderAfter landing the role of Superman, a skinny Christopher Reeve was told that needed to wear an artificial muscle suit to become a match for Superman's physique. He refused, preferring to undergo a strict workout regimen to buff-up for the part. Enter David Prowse, the British actor who provided the body of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Prowse was hired to train Reeve and instituted a weight-training program to bulk Reeve up for the role. Prowse's teachings were a success, and after an intense six-week program, Reeve went from 170 pounds to 212 pounds. Reeve continued gaining muscle mass while filming, to such a degree that some scenes had to be re-shot because his body no longer matched the original footage
 
Reeve’s Pay for the Movie Was Ridiculously SmallBecause he was still relatively unknown, Reeve only earned $250,000 for Superman, and his second film Superman II. This was peanuts compared to some of his co-stars. Gene Hackman was paid $2 million for his role as Lex Luthor and Marlon Brando received an astounding $3.7 million to play Jor-El. This made Brando the highest-paid movie star ever, at the time. The Superman actor didn't publicly complain about this, instead saying that  "Superman brought him many opportunities". Brando, by comparison, sued the producers for not paying him enough and eventually took $14 million from them for appearing in just ten minutes of the movie.
 
Reeve Also Played Two Voice Parts In The First FilmIn addition to portraying both Superman, Reeve also provided two voice performances for the film. He was asked to lend his voice to the Metropolis air traffic controller character. This character is never seen on screen, but he is heard on the radio during both the Helicopter crash scene and the Air Force One sequence. Reeve's other voice performance was a larger one. He recorded all of Jeff East's lines as the young Clark Kent, which were dubbed over East's original performance during the editing process. "I was not happy about it because the producers never told me what they had in mind," East said. He added: "It was done without my permission but it turned out to be okay. Chris did a good job but it caused tension between us. We resolved our issues with each other years later."
 
He Was A Real-Life SupermanOn May 27, 1995, Reeve broke his neck when he was thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Culpepper, Virginia. The injury paralyzed him from the shoulders down, and he used a wheelchair and ventilator for the rest of his life. Following the accident, Reeve lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research, founding the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founding the Reeve-Irvine Research Center. Reeve died on October 10, 2004, 15 days after his 52nd birthday. A real-life super man indeed.
 
 
                        ^Reeve with his wife Dana and son Matthew. He had a daughter Alexandra and another son Will. 
 
                            ^Reeve in 2003
 
 
 
 
From Mr. Food


 

Just wait until you put out a platter of our baked Crispy Honey Mustard Wings for a party, or even as a change-of-pace main dish! This recipe disappeared in no time when we set it out for lunch in the Test Kitchen; that's why we know it's going to be a hit with your dinner crowd! You'll want to make sure there are lots of napkins on hand, because the finger-licking-good flavor is a great excuse to get messy at the table.

 

  • 4 pounds split chicken wings or drumettes, thawed if frozen
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

 

  1. Preheat oven to 425º.
  2. Place wings in a large bowl and add oil, salt, and pepper; toss until evenly coated, then place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Bake 45 minutes or until crispy, turning once halfway through cooking.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Place cooked wings in honey mustard mixture and toss until evenly coated. Return wings to baking sheet and cook 10 to 12 additional minutes or until cooked through.
 
 
Historically this date....
1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson's wife of bigamy.

1842 – John Francis attempts to murder Queen Victoria as she drives down Constitution Hill, London with Prince Albert.

 
 
1859 – Westminster's Big Ben rang for the first time in London.

 
 
1883 – In New York City, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse causes a stampede that crushes twelve people.

 
 
1899 – Female Old West outlaw Pearl Hart robs a stage coach 30 miles southeast of Globe, Arizona.

 
 
1922 – In Washington, D.C. the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.


 
1958 – Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, are buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery

 
1998 – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.

 

 
2005– American student Natalee Holloway disappears while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, and caused a media sensation in the United States.


 
2013 – Nigeria passes a law banning same-sex
marriage.



 
And births this date include....
1927 – Clint Walker, American actor (d. 2018)
... he sure WAS a hunk!
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1936 – Keir Dullea, American actor
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1936 – Ruta Lee, Canadian actress
 
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1944 – Meredith MacRae, American actress (d. 2000)
.... sad sad sad .... brain cancer.
 
 


1958 – Michael Lopez-Alegria, astronaut
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1964 – Wynonna Judd, American country singer
 

 
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

 
National Mint Julep Day on May 30th each year sets up a refreshing toast to summer. Each year, people around the country gather for a glass of mint julep! This refreshing southern classic is a traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby.
A classic mint julep is made with a mint leaf, bourbon, sugar, and water. In the Southern states, where mint julep is more associated with the cuisine, spearmint is the mint of choice. Preparation of the drink may vary from one bartender to another.
  • Some believe the mint julep originated in the southern United States sometime during the 18th century.
  • The term “julep” is generally defined as a sweet drink, particularly one used as a vehicle for medicine.
  • During the 19th century, Americans also enjoyed a gin-based julep.
  • Each year, Churchill Downs serves almost 120,000 mint juleps over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.
  • May 2008 – Churchill Downs unveiled the world’s largest mint julep glass (6-foot  tall).

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy a mint julep on this nice spring day!

 

Here is a recipe....