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FEBRUARY EVENTS AND HOLIDAYS NumberWise' obituary # 28

By: palmettobug53 , 7:34 PM GMT on January 31, 2017

It looks like all my tries eventually posted. I think this is the latest one. I've deleted a couple but I'm leery of deleting any more, for fear that I'll delete the one I want to keep.

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7:39 PM GMT on March 01, 2017
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94. palmettobug53
2:54 PM GMT on March 01, 2017
White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits!

Hi, GG and Sandi.

Today is March 1st and it's coming in like a lion. We have possible severe thunderstorms coming through this evening. Got a weather alert email from Mark Malsick of the SC Climatology Office:

Good Morning,

A strong cold front thunders in from the west driving a line of strong thunderstorms across the State tonight. These storm will not have a lot of upper level support but should produce some 40-60 mph wind gusts mixing down to the surface causing the usual arboreal mayhem. A line of storms enters the Upstate near 7 PM and sweeps southeast overnight reaching the beaches to catch the sunrise. This line of storms will weaken significantly before midnight with nefarious night-time cooling.

The Storm Prediction Center in sunny Norman Oklahoma (motto: scarum bejeeberus maximus)has place most of the eastern United States at some risk for severe thunderstorms; a tad bit wide of a net… . Most of the western half of our real estate is at SPC’s definition of slight risk for severe thunderstorms in their cartoon below.

Apparently, winter has been canceled. Re-stow all winter gear.


He had a couple of weather maps included in the email. I'm thinking the Upstate and Midlands will bear the brunt of anything that pops up but I'll batten down the hatches, just in case. That means moving anything that might blow over - or into the neighbors' yards.

Today is Pig Day (Hooray for pigs!), Horse Protection Day, Plan a Solo Vacation Day, World Compliment Day, Refired, Not Retired, Day and Fruit Compote Day.

On this date in History:

1692 Salem witch hunts begin

1872 Yellowstone Park is established

1910 Two trains are swept into a canyon by an avalanche in Wellington, Washington, on this day in 1910, killing 96 people. Due to the remote location of the disaster and the risk of further avalanches, efforts to rescue survivors and find the bodies of the dead were not completed until several days later.

1921 E. M. Forster takes a passage to India

1932 The Lindbergh baby is kidnapped

1961 Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps
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93. sandiquiz
11:45 AM GMT on March 01, 2017


Today is St David's Day - the patron saint of Wales :)
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92. GardenGrrl
10:57 AM GMT on March 01, 2017
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!
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91. palmettobug53
5:32 PM GMT on February 28, 2017
I'd forgotten about that, Sandi. Yes, it is Pancake Day.

I don't know if it's the pollen or if I'm starting up with something. Whatever it is, I hope it is not contagious. I do not need a sick husband.

We had a pizza party for month end, which is why I wasn't on here earlier. I've got just a few minutes, befor I have to clock back in.
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90. sandiquiz
2:57 PM GMT on February 28, 2017
It is called Pancake day in the UK .....


Sorry you are not feeling 100% - hope it is a quickly passing lurgy!

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89. palmettobug53
2:45 PM GMT on February 28, 2017
Happy Fat Tuesday! Dig out your beads and laissez les bons temps rouler, Bébé!! Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we diet!

I am going to give up chocolate for Lent. Or try. Again. I've never quite made it to Easter. Hubby is no help, keeping the fridge stocked with mey favorite candy bars; Almond Joy, Mounds, Reese's.

I think I've wandered into the wrong blogs here on WU without a can of Lysol in hand. I am beginning to feel decidedly dowly. Sore throat, stuff nose. Not sure about fever but I am headachy. Oh. Joy.

Besides being Fat Tuesday, today is Floral Design Day, Chocolate Soufflé Day (see? I'm being tempted already!) and Tooth Fairy Day.

Today in History:

1784 John Wesley charters first Methodist Church in U.S.

1844 U.S. President Tyler narrowly escapes death on the USS Princeton

1953 Watson and Crick discover the chemical structure of DNA. Future criminals curse mightily.

1975 Subway crash in London kills 43

2013 Pope Benedict resigns
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88. palmettobug53
3:01 PM GMT on February 27, 2017
Hallo, everyone! Happy Monday! (Ugh.)

Ylee, it was busy. All the usual weekend chores, plus some yard work. It was 80F out there Saturday!. That's just wrong, wrong, wrong. I've seen dogwoods starting to pop out, there's plenty of azaleas in full bloom. My Carolina Jasmine is blooming and my forsythia has finished blooming and is leafed out.

GG, my chips and hummus and guac were great Friday night. I just dipped and nibbled away.

Sandi, you, too? I love a good plate of nachos.

Now that you mention it, I do seem to recall that you had a regular greenhouse and that the small one was for overflow. I don't seem to remember anything these days. I think my brain is too full!

Today is Strawberry Day, Kahlua Day and Polar Bear Day.

Today in History:

1827 New Orleanians take to the streets for Mardi Gras, beginning the annual celebration.

1915 The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle is published in novel form.

1973 AIM occupation of Wounded Knee begins

A bit of sad news I picked up last night. Bill Paxton died Saturday from a stroke after having heart surgery. 200 storm chasers pay tribute to 'Twister' star.
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87. sandiquiz
1:00 PM GMT on February 27, 2017
I must have had your Tortilla Chip day in my mid when I bought the ingredients for nachos this morning!! lol

Almost the end of February!
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86. GardenGrrl
10:52 AM GMT on February 27, 2017
Oh tortilla chip day! Chips and salsa, one of my favorites, right up there with chocolate.
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85. Ylee
4:46 PM GMT on February 26, 2017
Hope you're having a good weekend!
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84. sandiquiz
5:13 PM GMT on February 24, 2017
Bug - I have a fully glazed greenhouse that is near the house and was unscathed. The little plastic one is an "overflow" I bought a couple of years ago, to house the seedlings when I start them off in the spring. The only thing that got damage was a plant pot that cracked in two and I lost four small plants. The rest seem OK - they have two chances!!

Have a good weekend - you will have seen in my blog I am going to be busy!! lol
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83. palmettobug53
2:48 PM GMT on February 24, 2017
GG, I'd say Woody had good taste! LOL

Sandi, I saw that shot of your greenhouse all topsy turvy. I hope you didn't have too many things in there or that there was damage.

You need a more substantial one. Got any old window frames? That's what one of my uncles did. He had replaced all the windows in his house. They were all piled up behind his workshop and Dad asked him what he was going to do with them. He didn't know. Dad suggested he use them to build a greenhouse along one side of his workshop. So, he did.

It's long and narrow but it has a shelf (recycled wood, of course) along each side, about waist high. There's enough room in the middle to get back and forth. He found an old storm door to use. He scrounged up a fan to put at the opposite end from the door. It works a charm. He does have to get his kids to load it up in the fall and unload it in the spring now. He is getting a bit tottery.

I am LOVING the Barn Cam with sheep, goats and there was a Holstein cow out there just now! I love cows!

Wisconsin Farm Sanctuary

Today is World Bartender Day (Hooray for bartenders!) and Tortilla Chip Day. I'll be having some tonight - bought some Publix jalepeno hummus and some Wholly Guacamole for dips. Add some extra jalepenos and I have supper! Hubby won't eat any of it, so he's on his own.

Today in History:

1786 Wilhelm Grimm is born

1836 Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo. (Note: Travis was born in Saluda, SC in 1809 - I drove right through there every time I went up to see Dad in Greenwood.)

1840 Adams begins arguments in the Amistad case

1917 British troops capture Kut in Mesopotamia
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82. GardenGrrl
4:42 PM GMT on February 23, 2017
Hi Bug, did you know that Woody Guthrie was a tenant of Orange Voldemorts father and came to despise the man? Hmmm. So let's celebrate Woody Guthrie and delicious baked goods, as well as the very cool sport of Curling which is one of my favorite Winter Olympic events to watch. Next we need run on sentence day.
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81. sandiquiz
2:58 PM GMT on February 23, 2017
How about - "Doris" day! lol

Wild and windy here... my small greenhouse blew over even though I put extra big paving slabs on the base!!
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80. palmettobug53
2:52 PM GMT on February 23, 2017
Happy day before Friday to all us working stiffs!

Today is Play Tennis Day, Chili Day, Digital Learning Day, Banana Nut Bread Day, International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (everyone have dog biscuits to munch on?) and Curling is Cool Day (have your brooms handy!).

Today in History and in no particular order:

1945 Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi

1778 Friedrich von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge

1954 Children receive first polio vaccine

1940 Woody Guthrie writes “This Land is Your Land”

1917 Germans begin withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line

1885 A remarkable reprieve for a man sent to the gallows; sentenced to death for murder, John Lee is saved by a mysterious malfunction of the gallows. After 3 tries, his sentence was commuted and he was sent to prison for 22 years. After his release, he emigrated to America.
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79. palmettobug53
3:25 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
Hi, ho, folks! Late break; we had a staff meeting from 9:00 to 10:00.

Ylee, that whole will was very sneaky. As far as I can tell, they all accepted. It shows what greed can do! LOL

Today is Cook a Sweet Potato Day, Single Tasking Day, World Thinking Day, Be Humble Day, MARGARITA DAY - WHOO HOO !!! Ahem, back to the list..... World Yoga Day, Inconvenience Yourself Day (WHY?) and Walking the Dog Day. What an olio!

Today in History:

1819 U.S. acquires Spanish Florida

1968 Tet Offensive ends

1966 Tenzin Gyatso enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama

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78. Ylee
5:22 AM GMT on February 22, 2017
I liked the part where the three lawyers who hated each other got an equal share in the villa, lol!
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77. palmettobug53
7:38 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
This is a bit mean and wicked but funny as the dickens: The Last Laugh - Millionaire Charles Vance Millar and His Practical Jokes from the Grave.

I get a periodic email from "Today I Found Out," which has all kinds of odd and off beat bits of trivia, questions and answers, from the above website. If you'd like to get one, too, just sign up.
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76. palmettobug53
3:01 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
Hi, Wab. You two overdid it, too? Ah, the price we pay.

Pros, I think WU will be topsy turvy for a while, yet.

Today is Sticky Bun Day and International Mother Language Day.

Today in History:

1828 Cherokee receive their first printing press

1848 A double header: John Quincy Adams suffers a stroke and Marx publishes his Manifesto

1916 The Battle of Verdun commences

1927 Erma Bombeck is born - I miss that woman! She was a hoot.

Here's a good belly laugh for everyone. Lord knows, with the state of things, we need one!


GARDEN SNAKES CAN BE DANGEROUS.. by Trey Preston

Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous Yes, garter snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why.

A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.

It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.

She let out a very loud scream.

The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the sofa.

He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.

His wife thought he had had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called an ambulance.

The attendants rushed in, would not listen to his protests, loaded him on the stretcher, and started carrying him out.

About that time, the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That's when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.

The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor who volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch.. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.

But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa.

The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her.

The neighbor's wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband's mouth on the woman's mouth and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.

The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that the snake had bitten him. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man's throat.

By now, the police had arrived.

(Breathe here)

They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little garden snake!

The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.

Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the sofa and one of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. The table fell over, the lamp on it shattered and, as the bulb broke, it started a fire in the drapes.

The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.

Meanwhile, neighbors saw the burning drapes and called in the fire department. The firemen had started raising the fire ladder when they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires, put out the power, and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out).

Time passed! Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car and all was right with their world.

A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring in their plants for the night.

And that is when he shot her.


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75. Proserpina
1:43 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
Good morning. Everything looks upsyturvy on WU and so I do not know if I am tying on a current blog or not. In any event - have a great day!
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74. whitewabit
5:45 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
warm here .. sore too as we worked in the yard and flower beds over the weekend ..
a bit sore in the legs and shoulder this morning ..
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73. palmettobug53
4:50 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
Sandi, I need to keep that in mind, myself. I do not want to mess my rotator cuff again. Overdoing the spring yard work is what caused it to go kerflooey the last time.

Hop yourself into a hot tub and soak those aches away.
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72. sandiquiz
4:10 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
Been in the garden for a couple of hours this morning...now every bit of me aches!!
I ought to remember two things.
Last year when the spring finally arrived I said I would take it easy - I didn't, and I am a year older than I was this time last year!! lol
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71. palmettobug53
2:53 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
Hey, Ylee! I'm to much of a lady to literally throw rocks. Imaginary ones are a different story!

Busy weekend. Grocer shopping, errands, household chores, laundry. I did manage to find a little time to watch 'Mrs. Miniver' again on Saturday. I love Greer Garson! Walter Pigeon was rather dashing in his younger years. Has anyone else noticed that Julian Fellowes pretty much lifted the flower show bit from 'Mrs. Miniver' and put it in 'Downtown Abbey'? I twas in Season 1 or maybe Season 2.

Today is Play More Cards Day, Cherry Pie Day, Handcuff Day (we getting kinky, here?) and Love Your Pet Day. (That's 365 days a year, folks, not just once!).

Today in History:

1725 American colonists practice scalping (head, not tickets)

1792 George Washington signs the Postal Act

1902 Ansel Adams is born

1919 Amir of Afghanistan is assassinated

1986 Chunnel plans announced
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70. Ylee
3:29 PM GMT on February 19, 2017
Hope you are having a good weekend, bug, and not throwing rocks at people! :' )
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69. palmettobug53
8:00 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Hi, Shirley. I've been seeing a LOT of activity at my feeders.

Wab, it's already warm. Shorts and flip flop weather during the day. Nights are still a bit on the coolish side.

Another couple of hours and I'll be out of here for the weekend. Yah hoo!

Hope everyone has a good one.

P.S. I fully expect the hummer chicks to fledge over the weekend. I 've had so much fun watching them during lunch.
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68. whitewabit
7:02 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
warmth head your way .. 68 here at noon ..
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67. WeatherWise
5:45 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Hi Bug, Just stopping by to check on you. Hope al is well.
Here are some little birds I saw from a distance, yesterday.
Photo
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66. palmettobug53
5:01 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Yes, not throwing rocks counts as an act of kindness, GG.

In the spirit of the day, here is a pearl of wisdom from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama:

“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.”
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65. GardenGrrl
3:17 PM GMT on February 17, 2017

63. sandiquiz
12:16 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
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Today is Random acts of Kindness day ....:-)

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
– Leo Buscaglia


Oh dear, and I woke up pretty dang cranky this morning. Does NOT throwing rocks count as kindness?
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64. palmettobug53
3:16 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
GG, that soup sounded so good, it was almost worth taking the risk of catching the flu! Hope you're starting to feel a bit better. You must be doing fairly well, if you're in the kitchen cooking!

Sandi, we've had that kind of weather all week. Cool at night but very nice during the daytime. Sure wish I could have spent it working in the yard.

Our servers were down this morning and didn't come back up until around 9:00, hence the late break. I did a big clean up and reorganization of my desk, so the time wasn't wasted. Too much. Besides, Friday is my lightest day, work-load-wise.

As you said, today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, World Human Spirit Day and My Way Day. Now, does that mean you have to have your way all day or is it a nod to Ole Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra?

Today in history:

1782 The British and French fight the Battle of Sadras in the Indian Ocean

1820 Senate passes the Missouri Compromise

1865 Sherman sacks Columbia, SC - Damn those Yankees!

1904 Madame Butterfly premiers

1972 the VW Beetle surpasses the Model T as the world's best selling car
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63. sandiquiz
12:16 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Today is Random acts of Kindness day ....:-)

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
– Leo Buscaglia

I spent an hour in the garden this morning. Working on the gravel garden against a south facing wall was very pleasant. I had to take off my coat!! lol
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62. GardenGrrl
11:31 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Hi Bug, yesterdays soup was good. Definitely did its job to make me sweat. Todays soup was amazing. I used those fancy high dollar egg noodles. Oh they are awesome. NO hard spice just standard Chicken Noodle soup. Okay, it did have the rest of the Chayote squash, the thing that really gives it zing? (Whispering....wrap a star anise in some cheese cloth so you can fish it back out and add one of those whilst simmering the broth.) Learned that at cooking school. I also used a mix of bone broth and regular broth.

Sadly can't freeze and share because no one wants a delicious bowl of seasonal flu ;-)
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61. palmettobug53
2:51 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Great life, if you can get it, Wab! LOL

Today is Innovation Day, Almond Day, Tim Tam Day (I've never heard of those), Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Do a Grouch a Favor Day! LOLOLOL

Today in History:

1804 During the First Barbary War, U.S. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur leads a military mission that famed British Admiral Horatio Nelson calls the “most daring act of the age.” Decatur led a daring expedition into Tripoli harbor to destroy the captured American vessel, Phildelphia, on February 16, 1804.

1945 Bataan recaptured

1959 Fidel Castro is sworn in

1968 Tet Offensive results in many 350,000 refugees


1923 Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen.
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60. whitewabit
4:42 AM GMT on February 16, 2017
all they do is eat and sleep and poop .. like most babies !!
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59. palmettobug53
7:37 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
Hummer chicks Right now, they look like sleepy babies. Until Mum shows up for the next feeding!
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58. palmettobug53
2:49 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
WOWIE! The snow is really coming down in NY at the Cornell Feeder Cam.

In just the short few minutes I've had it up, while on break, I've seen starlings, goldfinches, a cardinal, a dove and a titmouse. The place is HOPPING!

Pros, a tulip? You shouldn't have! LOL

Mass, I can imagiine the hijinks. Those folks looke really old to us, at the time, but they were not and I'm sure had quite 'lively' interests off camera! Hehehehehehe.....

Ole Soupy Sales and the pies in the face! Yep, I remember him.

As for the changes going on here on WU? I've got plenty of experience from all these years working in an office and dealing with constant change. We all hate change but nothing stays the same, no matter how much we wish it. The best advice I can give is that you have to roll with the punches. We'll just have to wait and see. Who knows? Despite losing the WU Photos (sob....), it may well be that the blogs could turn out to be bigger and better.

Sandi, I love easy meals. I left the same advice on your blog just before I got over here. Turn everything off, lock the door, put up a big DO NOT DISTURB sign and get on with it!

Today is Singles Awareness Day, Gumdrop Day and HIPPO DAY! Hurrah for Hippos!

Today in History: (out of order; I'm in a rush!)

1898 The Maine explodes in Havana Harbor, triggering the Spanish-American War

1965 Canada adopts the Maple Leaf Flag (flag, not rag!)

1903 First teddy bear goes on sale

1915 Mutiny breaks out among Indian soldiers in Singapore

1942 Singapore falls to Japan
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57. sandiquiz
9:05 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
I asked C what he wanted for dinner last night and he chose "hot dogs"!!!
Simple for me, so I wasn't complaining!

Out again today - it wasn't planned - but it will take me out of the house for six hours at least! I want to get on with my sketches... I might have to switch off the computer and turn off the phone!! lol

Happy hump day!
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56. masshysteria
5:11 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Quoting 141. palmettobug 53: from Gardengrrl's blogsite

Happy Valentine's Day, GG!

Mass, oh, the memories... Gumby and Pokey, Howdy Doody and Clara Bell, Capt Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, and Ding Dong School. Oh, and don't forget Mighty Mouse.

God, I'm old. LOL


Hey Bug! ~
I just quoted your blurb above from G/G's site about all those TV childhood characters we "toddleresque" (LOL) children of the '50's watched as early daytime entertainment. I, too, vividly remember all those specific names you mentioned above as well as others from our local Boston TV outlets. What a hoot! Once matured into young adulthood, I found out a couple of back stories concerning the false squeaky clean image portrayed by a couple of more local TV celebrities. It made me grimace a bit. I still wonder just how many questionable hijinks went on behind the scenes of one or two of these children's shows. Remember Soupy Sales??? LOL!!!

Well, in any event, I also wanted to stop by and wish you a VERY HAPPY VALENTINES DAY. It's been quite snowy around here (Mass.) the past couple of days and, fortunately, we've caught a nice sunny break today. Looks like temps will slowly begin to warm back up again later in the week. I can't wait till spring officially arrives in 5 weeks, but will feel a bit of trepidation about what will be happening to our blogs supposedly the end of June. Hope it doesn't go further than photo elimination and/or we can all somehow find a way to stay in touch.

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55. Proserpina
4:14 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
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54. palmettobug53
3:02 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Cornell Labs sent out a Valentine's newsletter with a lovely slide show: Avian Love

And my 'Today I Found Out' newsletter was about the Origin of Valentine's Day. Rather an eye opener. We've come a long way from naked men chasing women through the streets of Rome to candy, flowers and candlelight dinners!

Today is also Donors Day, Ferris Wheel Day, Pet Theft Awareness Day, Cream Filled Chocolates Day (YAY), International Book Giving Day (Double YAY) and... and... Extraterrestrial Culture Day? I'm not sure I want to know about that one. Oh., okay, it originated in Roswell, New Mexico. Figures. LOL

Today in History:


278 St. Valentine beheaded (Well, one of them, anyway)

1842 The Boz Ball celebrates Dickens

1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre (do I see a trend here?)

1929 Penicillin discovered

1779 Capt. Cook killed in Hawaii
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53. GardenGrrl
11:04 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
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52. Ylee
5:06 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
Blooming does sound nice, though the pollen it brings may not be so good for you! We still have about 6 weeks before it gets to that point here.
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51. palmettobug53
5:04 PM GMT on February 13, 2017
It was a nice weekend but it was most definitely shorts and flip flop weather. It's not supposed to be this warm in February. Trees are budding out. Tulip trees and forsythias are in bloom and I'm sure the dogwood, wisteria and azaleas won't be too far behind.
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50. palmettobug53
2:54 PM GMT on February 13, 2017
Good Morning!

Sandi, I use very little to no salt when I'm cooking, these days. If you want salt, you add it yourself.

Hi, Tony! How nice of you to stop by. Like Wab, I know you're ready for spring. Shall I send you some?

Ylee, yes. It is WAY too early for the Green Blizzard. Good thing I had a supply of generic zyrtec on hand, left over from the fall pollen season. At this rate, I'll be taking allergy meds all year 'round.

Today is Employee Legal Awareness Day (????), Tortellini Day, Clean out Your Computer Day (Really? I was always under the impression that you should never open up your computer; to always leave that to professionals.), Get a Different Name Day (got something to hide, folks?), Radio Day and , now really.... Madly In Love With Me Day, which sounds like it's made up by You-Know-Who, the man currently trespassing in our Oval Office.

I think they were scraping the bottom of the barrel on those things today.

On to Today in History:

1542 Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, executed for adultery

1633 Galileo in Rome for Inquisition

1689 William and Mary proclaimed joint sovereigns of Britain

1945 Dresden devastated
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49. Ylee
5:51 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
The green blizzard? Kinda early for it, isn't it? Not surprising, as it has been a warm winter!
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48. plapman
3:46 PM GMT on February 11, 2017
Good morning Bug.
I'm just wandering around the blogs and I thought I'd drop by to say hello. Have a good day.
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47. sandiquiz
9:46 AM GMT on February 11, 2017
I haven't been buy for three days!! Unheard of!

(Mind you - we have kept in touch other ways - and I don't mean by brain waves! lol)

I always have to stop and think what 'Broil' means. It is not a word we use here. We would say "grill".
Funnily enough, I am making Mac cheese for tonight. I might put in some bacon, but I will leave out the broccoli. I should think it would make the sauce green!
AND it had a teaspoon of salt in it! I am beginning to think that the sodium companies in the States are in league with the blood pressure tablet companies!!
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46. palmettobug53
7:44 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
The latest recipes:

Chicken-Broccoli Mac & Cheese

Ingredients
 6 oz. uncooked large or regular elbow macaroni
 3 cups pre-chopped broccoli florets
 3 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
 12 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
 1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
 1 cup unsalted chicken stock
 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
5 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded

Directions
1. Preheat broiler to high.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add broccoli to pan during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.
3. While pasta cooks, place bacon in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon; reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tea-spoon salt. Add chicken to drippings in pan; cook 4 minutes. Sprinkle with garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with turmeric; cook 30 seconds, stirring fre-quently.
4. Combine remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, milk, stock, and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Add pasta mixture and 2 ounces cheese; toss to coat. Sprinkle with remain-ing 3 ounces cheese and bacon. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and just begins to brown.

And just in time for Valentine's Day -----

Sweetheart Cupcakes

Ingredients
 1 (18.25 oz) package white cake mix
 1 1/4 cups water
 1/3 cup vegetable oil
 3 egg whites
 8 drops red food coloring
 2 drops raspberry candy oil



Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
2. Beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and egg whites together on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium for 2 minutes, until smooth. Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with white batter; set aside.
3. Stir 4 drops of red food coloring into the remaining bowl of batter to make the batter pink, stir in the raspberry oil. Pour 1/3 of pink batter into a resealable plastic bag and set aside.
4. Mix more food coloring into the remaining bowl of pink batter until it is an orange/red color and pour the batter into a resealable plastic bag. Cut a corner off the bag, stick the open tip into the center of each cup of white batter and squeeze in about two tablespoons of red batter.
5. Cut the corner off the bag with the pink batter, stick the open tip into the center of the red batter and squeeze about 1 tablespoon pink batter into each cup.
6. Bake the layered cupcakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
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45. palmettobug53
2:55 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
Eeeeh, Wab. I wouldn't be able to handle that many pines right on top of me.

Today is Cream Cheese Brownie Day, Plimsoll Day (the waterline, not the shoes) and Umbrella Day.

Today in History:

1763 The French and Indian War ends (aka The Seven Years War)

1957 Laura Ingalls Wilder, of Little House fame, dies

1996 Kasparov loses chess game to computer
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