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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Kazumura Cave ~ All In One Breakfast Bake ~ Joan Petitclair ~ National Johnny Appleseed Day


Good 34º foggy morning. 
Yesterday we topped at 48º. 

Picture of the Day.... unusual tree trunk!

Interesting about this cave...

Kazumura Cave is a lava tube and has been surveyed at 40.7 miles  long and 3,614 feet deep making it the longest and deepest lava tube in the world. The cave is located on the island of Hawaii on the eastern slope of Kilauea. Kilauea is the most recently active volcano on the Big Island. The Aila'au lava flow that contains Kazumura Cave originated from the Kilauea Iki Crater about 500 years ago.

By 1993, a single year of extensive surveying established that it was the longest in the world. Originally Kazumura was two separate caves known as Upper Kazumura and Old Kazumura. Kevin Allred and Mike Meyer connected the two caves after seeing a small connection between the two caves and enlarging it to permit entry. More connections were made later at Paradise Park Cave when it was connected to Kazumura through a breakdown pile. Later, a culvert was installed to keep the passage stable.

The Kazumura Cave Atlas lists 101 entrances, all on private property. Under current Hawaiian laws, landowners must be asked before entering any lava tubes on their property. At least one landowner runs paid adventure tours through his section of the cave as of 2016.

From Mr. Food


With Mother’s day right around the corner, we have an all-in-one dish that Mom is going to love. It’s loaded with a handful of our dairy- and freezer-aisle favorites and is super easy to make. All you have to add is the TLC and dig in.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 (6.4-ounce) packages fully cooked sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cups liquid egg (see Tip)
  • 1 (30-ounce) bag frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Cook sausage and onion 5 to 6 minutes or until onion is tender.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; stir in sausage mixture. Spoon into a baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until set and golden.
Special birthday today... my travel pal, Joan Petitclair is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOAN!
Historically this date.....
1945 – World War II: The Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived puppet state, is established with Bảo Đại as its ruler.

1946 – Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops.

2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.


And births this date include....
1934 – Sam Donaldson, American reporter
1936 – Antonin Scalia, American Supreme Court Justice (d.2016)

1956 – Joey Buttafuoco, American criminal
An interesting read about Buttafuoco, then click on his gf's name and read about Amy Fisher and what she became and then about his wife Amy shot, Mary Jo. Click on his name above and their links are on there.

Tuesday I was having a plumbing problem and Mike Artoff of Artoff Plumbing came out and fixed it. 
Serving the Rogue Valley... 541-582-0853

He also put a new filter in my well pump and then told me there was a leak in the pump.

Yesterday Steve Pergin, owner of Well and Pump Service, came out and fixed the leak. Also serving the Rogue Valley ...541-582-4357

Both services are recommended. I have used them both several times.  
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

March 11th – On National Johnny Appleseed Day, we remember a man who made apple (and pear) trees bloom across the nation. The day celebrates a kindly legend who lived by sage teachings and labored to bring the shade of fruit trees across much of the United States.
John Chapman
He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Simons Chapman. Not much is known about his early life other than his mother died when he was two. His father packed up Johnny and his sister (an infant brother had died the previous year) and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. His father served as a Minuteman and fought at Bunker Hill.
Then in 1797, Chapman shows up in northwestern Pennsylvania, propagating his apple seeds. He worked his way steadily into the frontier of West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana. Eventually, Chapman became known as Johnny Appleseed and worked his way as far west as Illinois and Iowa and as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin.
In his wake, he left orchards and the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish spiritual leader. Appleseed would buy his books with whatever payment he might receive for his endeavors. In turn, Johnny would give the books away as he traveled and planted.
Mostly, though, he planted his seeds and seedlings for free along with his wisdom, his broad-brimmed pasteboard hat keeping the sun from his eyes as he went. Often shoeless, he traveled mostly by foot and sometimes by horseback or canoe. His appearance was nearly as noteworthy as his accomplishments, but so was his kindness. Farmers and frontier folk always found a place at the table if Johnny Appleseed came visiting.
There are many stories told that the man would travel many miles to nurse an ailing orchard when word would reach him of its poor condition. Bringing the trees back to health would be his chief endeavor while dispersing wisdom, care, and kindness as he did.
Across the Midwest, landmarks pepper the countryside honoring the man that brought fruit to the frontier. Warren County, Pennsylvania, lays claim to Johnny Appleseed’s first tree nursery.
Mansfield, Ohio, honors the man with a monument in South Park.  The last known Chapman tree still lives! In rural Ashland County, Ohio, the tree struggles to survive, but half of it still manages to bloom in the spring.
In his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts, there is an entire park named after the man who nurtured the land and made apple trees bloom across a young nation.
Two dates celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day, either March 11th or September 26th. The September date is Appleseed’s acknowledged birth date. However, many people across the country prefer the March date due to the planting season. While some vagueness surrounds Appleseed’s death and burial, he became ill in early March and passed soon afterIn Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Johnny Appleseed Park, a grave marks the spot where the legendary sower of apple seeds rests.