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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Rain ~ Picture of the Day ~ First Lady Names ~ Meatball Sub Casserole ~ National Rubber Ducky Day


Good 48º cloudy morning. 
Yesterday the rain came down all day. 
Picture of the Day... tallest palm tree in the world, 200' Columbia...

About the trees:
Interesting about first lady names...

Elizabeth has been ranked among the most popular girls' names in the United States for more than 100 years. The name (and its variants) around the world frequently rank in the top 50.

So, if you go by the names given them at birth, perhaps it's no surprise that of the 47 First Ladies who have graced the White House, three have been named Elizabeth. The first was Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, the wife of the fifth President, James Monroe, who served from 1817 to 1825.

Next was Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Truman, the wife of Harry S. Truman, who lived in the White House from 1945 to 1953.


Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford was the most recent, serving as First Lady from 1974 to 1977 as the wife of President Gerald Ford.


Two first ladies each had the name Abigail: Abigail Adams & Abigail Fillmore, and two were named Anna: Anna Harrison & Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, (better known as Eleanor). There have also been two each of Edith (Edith Roosevelt & Edith Wilson), Ellen (Ellen Arthur & Ellen Wilson), Julia (Julia Tyler & Julia Grant), and Martha (Martha Washington & Martha Jefferson).

*Letitia Tyler (wife of John Tyler) and Ellen Wilson (wife of Woodrow Wilson) both passed away during their respective husbands’ terms in office. Both men remarried while still in office, creating the apparent discrepancy of 47 First Ladies to 45 Presidents.

From Mr. Food


Get the gang rushing to the dinner table with a casserole they're going to love. Our Meatball Sub Casserole is delicious and hearty, making it perfect for families with big appetites. (It's also great for game day get-togethers!)


  • 1 (11.25-ounce) package Texas toast
  • 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (20-ounce) package cooked frozen meatballs, thawed
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar pasta sauce
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 425º . Arrange bread slices in a single layer in an ungreased 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until toasted. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together meatballs and sauce. Spoon over toast. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Historically this date....
1822 – The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.

1993 – Space Shuttle programEndeavour heads for space for the third time as STS-54 launches from the Kennedy Space Center.

2001 – An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.

And births this date include...
1884 – Sophie Tucker, Russian-born singer and performer (d. 1966)

1919 – Robert Stack, American actor (d. 2003)

1931 – Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor (d. 2007)

1934 – Rip Taylor, American actor (d.2019)

1943 – Richard Moll, American actor


1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress

1962 – Trace Adkins, American country music singer-songwriter
1966 – Patrick Dempsey, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Enjoy your Wednesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

According to a 1973 Sesame Street calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is January 13th so around the country it’s National Rubber Ducky Day! A friend of Ernie and Big Bird, Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode.
The rubber ducky (also spelled duckie) has come a long way from his first concept as a chew toy for children. While the origin of the first rubber ducky is uncertain, many rubber molded toys came about when rubber manufacturing developed in the late 1800s. They produced a variety of toys from dolls and various animal shapes, including the rubber duck.
In 1928, Landon Smart Lawrence received the earliest patent fora rubber duck toy. His clever design weighted the toy so that when it tipped it returned to an upright position. The sketch included with the patent was that of a duck.
During World Wars I and II, rubber was a valuable commodity. Rationing became mandatory and by the 1940s with the advent of plastic, the rubber ducky began being produced in vinyl and plastic.
Russian Sculptor Peter Ganine sculpted many animal figures. One, a duck, he later designed and patented into a floating toy which closely resembles the rubber ducky we have become familiar with today.
Sales of the iconic yellow rubber ducky we’ve come to know today soared in Britain in 2001. Why? A British Tabloid, The Sun, reported Queen Elizabeth II had a rubber duck in her bathroom that wore an inflatable crown.
The rubber ducky became a Toy Hall of Fame inductee in 2013. Founded in 1998, the Hall of Fame has only inducted 52 other toys.