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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Vacuum Cleaner History ~ Basic Macaroni Salad ~ National Zoo Lovers Day


Good 43º cloudy morning. 
Yesterday we stayed clear and sunny and windy and topped at 72º.
Picture of the Day .... Spring Street Los Angeles 1884

Interesting about vacuum cleaner...

In 1860 a manual vacuum cleaner was invented by Daniel Hess of West Union, Iowa. Called a 'carpet sweeper', It gathered dust with a rotating brush and had a bellows for generating suction. 

Another early model (1869) was the "Whirlwind", invented in Chicago in 1868 by Ives W. McGaffey.


The bulky device worked with a belt driven fan cranked by hand that made it awkward to operate, although it was commercially marketed with mixed success.

A similar model was constructed by Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1876, who also manufactured carpet sweepers. The company later added portable vacuum cleaners to its line of cleaning tools.

In 1901 powered vacuum cleaners using suction were invented independently by British engineer Hubert Cecil Booth and American inventor David T. Kenney. Booth also may have coined the word "vacuum cleaner". Booth's horse drawn combustion engine powered "Puffing Billy", maybe derived from Thurman's blown air design," relied upon just suction with air pumped through a cloth filter and was offered as part of his cleaning services.

Kenney's was a stationary 4,000 lb. steam engine powered system with pipes and hoses reaching into all parts of the building.



From Mr. Food

Our easy recipe for Basic Macaroni Salad is a potluck staple. No frills in this recipe, and that's what makes it absolutely perfect! Simple, delicious, classic flavors make this "basic" macaroni dish an absolute work of art.  This has become one of our favorite go-to dishes, and we know you'll feel the same about this flavorful childhood favorite!


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 5 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook macaroni over high heat 7 to 9 minutes, or just until tender. Drain, rinse, and let cool.
  2. Place macaroni in a large bowl, add remaining ingredients, and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.


Historically this date.....
1974 – At Atlanta-Fulton County StadiumHank Aaron hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record.

1992 – Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.
.........he died in 1993.

And births this date include....
1918 – Betty Ford, American First Lady and founder of the Betty Ford Center (d. 2011)

1931 – John Gavin, American actor and politician (d.2018)

1944 – Odd Nerdrum, Norwegian painter
Ok, never heard of this guy, but GEEZE with a name like that!!! Wonder if his middle name is Ball. It should be!

1960 – John Schneider, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Each year on April 8, National Zoo Lovers Day is observed.  This would be a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the millions of people who visit them each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun-filled day.
A few zoo facts:
  • The Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765.
  • The United State’s first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York.
  • There are 350 zoos in the United States
  • Approximately 175 million people visit a zoo each year.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had more than 9.8 million annual visitors.
  • More than 3.2 million people visit the San Diego Zoo each year.
Visit your local zoo ... well, after this virus is over and the zoos are back open to the public again.