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Monday, February 1, 2021

Rain ~ Picture of the Day ~ FDR and Number 13 ~ Tuscan Bundles ~ National Baked Alaska Day


Good 38º cloudy morning. 
The rain started about 5am yesterday and POURED. First thing in the morning the sun was trying to get through the clouds.....

Then it turned back to this.....

The rain poured and poured all day long. 
Picture of the Day

Interesting about FDR and the number 13.....

In one of the most memorable moments of his political career, Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. However, the man who led America through the Great Depression and World War II, had an irrational fear of the number 13. Roosevelt suffered from triskaidekaphobia, which is an intense fear of the number thirteen. Journalist and Roosevelt biographer John Gunther acknowledged that Roosevelt refused to travel on the 13th day of any month, and would never host a dinner with 13 guests.

Triskaidekaphobia from Ancient Greek τρεισκαίδεκα (treiskaídeka) 'thirteen', and Ancient Greek φόβος (phóbos) 'fear') is fear or avoidance of the number 13. It is also a reason for the fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia (from Greek Παρασκευή (Paraskevi) 'Friday', Greek δεκατρείς (dekatreís) 'thirteen', and Ancient Greek φόβος (phóbos) 'fear') or friggatriskaidekaphobia (from Old Norse Frigg 'Frigg', Ancient Greek τρεισκαίδεκα (treiskaídeka) 'thirteen', and Ancient Greek φόβος (phóbos) 'fear').

The term was used as early as in 1910 by Isador Coriat in Abnormal Psychology.


From the 1890s, a number of English language sources have related the "unlucky" number thirteen to an idea that at the Last SupperJudas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table. The Bible says nothing about the order in which the Apostles sat, but there were thirteen people at the table.


Apollo 13 was launched on April 11, 1970 at 13:13:00 CST and suffered an oxygen tank explosion on April 13 at 21:07:53 CST. It returned safely to Earth on April 17.

From Mr. Food....

For a very special take on a loaded dinner roll, try our Tuscan Bundles. Chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and a spread of Italian cheeses, all wrapped inside soft warm bread. This easy bread recipe makes the perfect addition to any classically Italian meal!


  • 1 (16.3-ounce) package refrigerated biscuits (8 biscuits)
  • 1/4 cup garlic and herb cheese spread
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 3 to 4 fresh basil leaves, cut in 1/8-inch ribbons
  • 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, drained and patted dry, thinly sliced
  • Cooking spray
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 375º.  Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Using your fingers, flatten biscuits to 4-inch rounds. Evenly divide cheese spread on each of the biscuits. Top evenly with chicken, basil, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  3. Bring sides of biscuits up and pinch together tightly to seal and form a bundle. Place bundles on the baking sheet, pinched side down. Lightly spray tops of each bundle with cooking spray and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until golden.  Serve warm.

Historically this date.....
1920 – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police begins operations.

1978 – Director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.

1979 – Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by President Jimmy Carter.

1991 – A runway collision between USAir Flight 1493 and SkyWest Flight 5569 at Los Angeles International Airport results in the death of 34 persons, and the injury of 30 others.

2004 – Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines.

And births this date include....
1687 – Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist (d. 1733)
...........awwww, you mean he didn't invent my favorite shoe??
1901 – Clark Gable, American actor (d. 1960)
1928 – Stuart Whitman, American actor (d.2020)
1937 – Don Everly, American musician (Everly Brothers)
Don on the right....                       Whodda thought!

1968 – Lisa Marie Presley, American singer and actress
Four husbands, none lasted!
Changes like the seasons!

All I know. Nuff said. Hope you have a good Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Ice cream and cake come together on February 1st in a celebration called National Baked Alaska Day.
An elaborate dessert that is also known as “Omelette Norvegienne,” Baked Alaska is made with hard ice cream on a base of sponge cake and covered in a shell of toasted meringue.
In the United States in 1867, an earnest debate erupted over the potential purchase of Alaska from Russia. Secretary of State William Seward agreed to a purchase price of $7 million, and Alaska became a United States territory in 1868. Those of the opinion that the purchase was a giant mistake referred to the purchase as “Seward’s Folly.”
Enter Charles Ranhofer, the chef at Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City. He was notorious for naming new and renaming old dishes after famous people and events. Capitalizing on the heated controversy surrounding the purchase in the frozen north, Baked Alaska fit the bill. It was cold, nearly frozen and quickly toasted in a hot oven before serving.
He served as the chef at Delmonico’s from 1862 to 1896. During his tenure, he also created Lobster Newburg, another famous dish honored with a national food holiday.