★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
July 29, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
★~ Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day:
If you wish to catch some mice,
First, some cheese you must sacrifice.
So, purchase the cheese
upon this day,
And a mouse-free house
is here to stay!
These days we all know mice much prefer peanut butter over cheese, so let’s just sacrifice a little extra money on some really good cheese. If you are so inclined, you could add extra cheese to a lasagna recipe.
★~ Rain Day:
Sit a spell. Take your shoes off. Come and listen to a story about a farmer born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania on a rainy July 29, 1874. One day, this farmer told Byron Daly, the owner of the drug store, that tomorrow he should expect rain. The farmer made this guess because it always rained on his birthday, July 29. When the farmer’s prediction proved true, Mr. Daly made an annual game of it, betting store patrons and townspeople that they could expect rain on July 29. The typical wager for this bet? A hat. Every year it rained, and every year Mr. Daly won himself a new hat. Over the years, Daly and his son amassed a huge collection of hats, which were donated to raise money for charity. So, next time it rains on Rain Day, just think, somebody out there is winning a hat. And somebody’s bare head is getting soaking wet. Chicago has experienced 28.46 inches of rain so fair this year (Jan 1-June 30). I guess is true, we are all wet!
If you would like to listen to rain: Rainy Mood.
★~ National Lasagna Day:
It all began with a pan! The term “lasagna” comes from the Greek word, “lasagnum,” meaning dish or bowl. The ancient Greeks first used these baking dishes. Later the Romans used the same style of dish, but created a recipe to go along with the dish which they called “lasagnum” it was made with layers of pasta with other food fillings in-between. This new “lasagnum” was so popular it spread across Europe, eventually reaching Britain, where it was published in the very first cookbook.
Food historians believe the Italians changed the name from “lasagnum,” to “lasagna” and the name became associated with the pasta dish.
One of the most famous recipes for lasagna is served at New York’s Del Posto restaurant. It features 100 layers — 50 coatings of sauce between 50 sheets of handmade pasta. Frankly, I can’t believe it is one bit better than my sweet Mothers lasagna!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ Mary, Queen of Scots married for the second time. Her new husband was Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. The marriage lasted less than two years. There was an explosion in Henry’s bedroom, but some sources say he died of strangulation, not from the blast.
♥~ 1773 – The first schoolhouse to be located west of the Allegheny Mountains was built in Schoenbrunn, OH.
♥~ 1914 – The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York and San Francisco.
♥~ 1950 – RKO pictures released the Walt Disney adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson literary classic, Treasure Island.
♥~ 1981 – Millions of people around the world watched on television as England’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer took center stage amidst the pomp and splendor of their royal wedding at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Their marriage ended in divorce 15 years later.
♥~ 2005 – Scientists reported a tenth planet, bigger than Pluto, to be the farthest-known object in the solar system. Later named Eris, the planet was 9 billion miles — or about three times Pluto’s distance — from the Sun. Eris orbits the Sun once every 560 Earth years.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1972 – Wil Wheaton actor: Stand by Me, Toy Soldiers, Star Trek: the Next Generation, The Liar’s Club
★~ Good to Know:
The World Snail Racing Championships were held in Norfolk, England and the results are in. The winner? A snail personally trained by 6-year-old Sue Ryder named Racer II, who completed the course in 2:47.
If you didn’t get to enter your prize gastropod in this year’s competition, there’s always next year. The race will be held July 19, 2014.
The weather is picture perfect so I’ve been outside snapping lots of pictures of my camper. If you want to see some of the pictures click on Camp-Run-A-Pup. There is also a picture of “Bacon,” a rescue pup I helped transition into her forever home this past weekend. Bacon went from starving to having a team of us worrying over which premium dog food she should eat. Gotta love “dog people.”
My Mom and Dad use to hold snail races in our backyard. If only I had known! I’m sure one of our snails was a racer and a winner. Oh well, another missed opportunity. (Late note: that second ‘n’ in winner is important…especially these days :-D. Feel free to point these things out to me, k?)
Wishing everyone a Merry Monday!
Odd Loves Company!