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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Official Hawaiian Bird, Goose ~ Berry Grape Chicken Salad ~ Patrick and Alice Reardon ~ National Devil's Food Cake Day


Good 44º cloudy morning. 
Yesterday clouds moved in and rain is predicted for today

Yesterday also, Larry from Woodville Rentals picked up my riding lawnmower and took it to his shop to sharpen the blades. It needs some new blades so it will be a couple days until he returns it. 
Picture of the Day... The LongHorn Steak House in Mesa Az...😁

Interesting about the Hawaiian Goose....



The nene (Branta sandvicensis), also known as nēnē and Hawaiian goose, is a species of bird endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The official bird of the state of Hawaiʻi, the nene is exclusively found in the wild on the islands of Oahu, MauiKauaʻiMolokai, and Hawaiʻi.


The Hawaiian name nēnē comes from its soft call. The specific name sandvicensis refers to the Sandwich Islands, a former name for the Hawaiian Islands.


It is thought that the nene evolved from the Canada goose (Branta canadensis), which most likely arrived on the Hawaiian islands about 500,000 years ago, shortly after the island of Hawaiʻi was formed. This ancestor is the progenitor of the nene as well as the prehistoric giant Hawaiʻi goose (Branta rhuax) and nēnē-nui (Branta hylobadistes). The nēnē-nui was larger than the nene, varied from flightless to flighted depending on the individual, and inhabited the island of Maui. Similar fossil geese found on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi may be of the same species. The giant Hawaiʻi goose was restricted to the island of Hawaiʻi and measured 3.9 ft in length with a mass of 19 lb, making it more than four times larger than the nene. It is believed that the herbivorous giant Hawaii goose occupied the same ecological niche as the goose-like ducks known as moa-nalo, which were not present on the Big Island. Based on mitochondrial DNA found in fossils, all Hawaiian geese, living and extinct, are closely related to the giant Canada goose (B. c. maxima) and dusky Canada goose (B. c. occidentalis).


The nene is a medium-sized goose at 16 inches tall. Although they spend most of their time on the ground, they are capable of flight, with some individuals flying daily between nesting and feeding areas. Females have a mass of 3.36-5.64 pounds, while males average at 3.74-6.72 pounds, 11% larger than females. Adult males have a black head and hind neck, buff cheeks and  heavily furrowed neck. Aside from being smaller, the female Nene is smaller to the male in coloration. The adult's bill, legs, and feet are black. It has soft feathers under it's chin. Goslings resemble adults, but are duller brown with less demarcation between the colors of the head and neck, and striping and barring effects are much reduced. 


The nene could have been found at one time on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Kaho'olawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai. Today the range is restricted to Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, and Kauai. A pair arrived at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on Oahu in January 2014. Two of their offspring survived and are seen regularly at the nearby golf course at Turtle Bay Resort.


The nene population stands at 2,500 birds, making it the world's rarest goose. It's believed that it was once common, with approximately 25,000 Hawaiian geese living on Hawaii when Captain James Cook arrived in 1778. Hunting and introduced predators, such as small Asian mongooses, pigs, and cats reduced the population to 30 birds by 1952. Species breeds well in captivity, and has been successfully re-introduced. In 2004 it was estimated that  there were 800 birds in the wild, as well as 1,000 in wildfowl collections and zoos. 



From Mr. Food


Brighten up your lunchtime with this Berry Grape Chicken Salad! It's a super simple recipe that starts with precooked chicken and features lots of fresh fruit (as well as an unexpected ingredient). Once everything comes together, and you take your first bite, you'll fall in love with this tasty combination!


  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup green seedless grapes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 red apple, cored and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and cut into chunks
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix gently until well combined and everything is evenly coated.
  2. Serve on individual plates or a serving platter.



Special anniversary today, my friends Pat (LASD ret) and his Alice Reardon are celebrating their 42nd Anniversary today. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!
             ^at the Laughlin LASD reunion 2 years ago

Historically this date......
1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery,treason, and incest.

1921 – The U.S. Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.

1950 – A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city.

1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square GardenNew York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday".

1986 – The Firearm Owners Protection Act is signed into law by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

And births this date include...
1925 – Malcolm X, American civil rights activist (d. 1965)
1935 – David Hartman, American actor and television personality

1939 – Francis Richard 'Dick' Scobee, American astronaut (d. 1986)

1949 – Archie Manning, American football player
.... father of Peyton and the arrogant Eli!

1959 – Nicole Brown Simpson, American murder victim (d. 1994)
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Wednesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Observed annually on May 19th, National Devil’s Food Cake Day is enjoyed by chocolate cake lovers throughout the country and around the world.
Devil’s Food Cake is a heavenly chocolate cake. It differs from a regular chocolate cake by its darker color and tends to be more moist and airy. Devil’s Food cake recipes use hot or boiling water as the primary liquid. Cocoa is typically utilized in the batter, as opposed to chocolate, and coffee can be added for a distinctive flavor. A delicious chocolate frosting usually accompanies the cake.
Recipes for Devil’s Food cakes often appeared alongside recipes for Angel Food cakes. One of the earliest recipes appeared in the August 10, 1898, edition of the Hagerstown Exponent of Hagerstown, Indiana. While earlier chocolate cake recipes existed before this one, Devil’s Food Cake is uniquely different for other chocolate cakes.