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Friday, February 19, 2021

Rain ~ Picture of the Day ~ 911 ~ King Ranch Casserole ~ National Caregivers Day


Good 42º raining morning.
Rain predicted for yesterday and started at a little after 8am. It poured and poured! We were at 40º most of the time.

On I-5 at the Rogue River exit......

And in Medford......
Certainly not a good day to be out driving!

Later we topped at 43º.
Picture of the Day .... perfectly timed.... 

Interesting about 911.....

On February 16, 1968, the first official "911" call placed in the United States. It would years before the emergency number was widespread and decades before it was uniform. To mark the anniversary of the birth of the 911 number , here are 5 things you didn't know about this vital emergency system.

The Emergency System Before 911 Was Iffy at BestNot that long ago, if you had an emergency, you had to know the number for the nearest police and/or fire department. And the emergency number was often the same as the non-emergency number, meaning a busy signal was always a strong possibility. Needless to say, this made both reporting an emergency and responding to an emergency complicated.
The First 911 Call Was Made in Haleyville, AlabamaOn February 16, 1968, the first 911 call was made in Alabama. But it wasn’t for an emergency. The Alabama speaker of the House placed the call to the city's police station and gave the Alabama Telephone Company bragging rights as the first telephone service provider to implement the new system. The phone used to answer that call is in a museum in Haleyville, Alabama.
911 Was Developed by AT&TAT&T worked with the Federal Communications Commission to integrate 911 into their existing systems. AT&T chose the 911 number and integrated the system into the company’s existing systems. The company selected 911 for three reasons: First, it’s short and easy to dial on a rotary phone. Second, the number 9 was not yet used as an extension. Third, the company had already developed numbers like 411, allowing them to use the same basic infrastructure to process and route 911.
Not All Countries Use The Number 911While North America uses 911 as an emergency number, other countries dial 999. These countries include  Ireland, Poland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Macau, Bahrain, Qatar, Bangladesh, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Kingdom of Swaziland, and Trinidad and Tobago. For all members of the European Union and several other countries, 112 is the emergency number. In the United Kingdom, both 999 and 112 connect to an emergency center. Additionally, in the United States some carriers, such as AT&T, will direct the number 112 to 911.
Not All 911 Calls Are EmergenciesSome people phone 911 for non-emergencies such as an overflowing toilet, a barking dog or that the batteries have died in their smoke detector. Usually, the operator will tell them to call someone else, but some cities press charges if 911 is misused. That was the case for a woman in Ohio who was hit with a misdemeanor charge for phoning 911 because she didn’t like her Chinese food. A woman in Deltona, Florida, was arrested after she called 911 four times to complain about a nail technician.
***When I worked 911/Calls for Service at ELA Station and Lakewood I would get super odd 911 calls. On Thanksgiving this was one, "911, what is your emergency?"
"How do I cook a turkey?" Groan
And, when there was a full moon we got LOTS of crazy 911 calls!

From Mr. Food


This stick-to-your-ribs Tex-Mex casserole gets its name from the biggest ranch in Texas (and the world!) -- King Ranch! Our recipe for King Ranch Casserole is big on taste and sure to satisfy your gang's big appetites. With chicken, cheese, tomatoes, and more, there's no way you could pass on this Texas favorite!


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 12 corn tortillas, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Saute bell pepper, onion, and garlic 4 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in soup, diced tomatoes, and chili powder. Cook just until warmed.
  3. Line bottom of prepared baking dish with half the tortilla strips. Sprinkle half the chicken over tortilla strips, top with half the sauce, and half the cheese. Repeat layers.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until bubbly and hot.
Historically this date.....
1807 – In Alabama, former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.

1847 – The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.

1942 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.

1945 – World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima.

1976 – Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford's Proclamation 4417

And births this date include....
1924 – Lee Marvin, American actor (d. 1987)

1955 – Jeff Daniels, American actor

1967 – Benicio del Toro, Puerto Rican actor
All I know. Nuff said. Have a Good TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 

National Caregivers Day on the third Friday in February honors the health care professionals across the country providing long-term and hospice care.

Around the nation, dedicated health care professionals serve those who require long-term or hospice care. They provide vital services, reassuring patients and the families who care about them. Often loved ones require care we are not able to provide. We are either not physically able or do not have the skills or means to provide them. Expert caregivers are trained to provide round-the-clock services in safe environments. Their care enables the family to focus on their loved one’s healing process. In hospice care, a caregiver allows the family to spend time with their loved one without worrying about medical responsibilities. 

Caregivers deliver a variety of duties from personal care to medical services with compassion and professionalism. Their days may be long and demanding, but they provide support to those who need it most.

The celebration recognizes caregivers who provide quality, compassionate care every day.


Take time to thank a caregiver for their dedication and care of our loved ones. There are several ways to show your appreciation:

  • Give them a card of thanks. This may seem like a simple gesture, but it will mean a lot to the caregiver.
  • Let them know with a kind word of encouragement. Your recognition will inspire them to continue their quality work.
  • Tell their supervisor how much you appreciate the services. Compliments are rarely voiced. Take the time to make yours heard.
  • Employers can provide a special appreciation luncheon. 


Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHHA) founded National Caregivers Day in 2015 to dedicate a day to caregivers everywhere. The first observance occurred in 2016. For more information, please visit