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★~ Today’s Quote: “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” E. E. Cummings
No problem celebrating Puddle Day in Chicago where the temps have hit 40 degrees, and 18 inches of accumulated snow is melting at record speed. We can offer slushy puddles, puddle with drifting icebergs, and swimming holes. A puddle for one and all.
On January 11, 1878, milk reportedly was delivered in bottles for the very first time — by Alexander Campbell, in New York. Up to that time, milk had been ladled out of a container by the milkman, right into the customer’s own container. We still buy our milk in glass bottles from a local dairy and ice cream shoppe. Cold milk in a bottle is just so much better than cold milk in a carton with an impossible-to-open spout. Got Milk?
★~ Hot Toddy Day:
The hot toddy made with honey, lemon, and hot water, and whiskey, brandy, or rum. It’s the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day, and a few sips can also relieve cold or flu symptoms.
Hot toddies originated in Scotland sometime during the 18th century. Historians believe that the recipe was developed to make the taste of Scotch whisky more palatable. (Apparently the women of the day didn’t care for the smoky peat flavor.) One theory suggests that the word “toddy” evolved from “Tod’s Well” (also known as Todian Spring), the water supply for Edinburgh.
Why not mix up the original hot toddy recipe or try a hot buttered rum tonight?
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1770 – The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London. Benjamin Franklin sent the plant to his buddy, John Bartram in Philadelphia.
♥~1922 – Doctors made a medical breakthrough when they used insulin from animals to treat diabetes for the first time. The first diabetic to get an insulin shot was a 14-year-old boy in Toronto.
♥~ 1935 – Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California. She had also been the first woman to solo across the Atlantic three years earlier.
♥~ 1964 – The day of the infamous “surgeon general’s warning” that cigarette smoking could cause cancer. That original warning from Dr. Luther Terry led to the disclaimer on every pack of smokes made in the U.S.
♥~ 1984 – Thriller, the album by Michael Jackson, became the all-time best-selling LP. Thriller, with ten-million copies sold, surpassed the previous bestseller, the soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever. Among its precedent-shattering achievements, Thriller spent 37 weeks at number one on theBillboard album chart (longer than any contemporary rock or pop album’
♥~ 2003 – Two-year-old Elliot O’Sullivan, who wanted to build a snowman, was upset when no snow fell near his home in Totton, England. So his dad Shaun, who was working 110 miles away in snow-covered Kent, filled his Mercedes Sprinter with snow and drove the whole way home with the heater off to keep the snow from melting. Then, dad, mom, and son built a snowman. Does anyone else wonder why they did not take the kid to the snow?
♥~ 1906 – Albert Hoffman, Swiss chemist considered the “father” of LSD
♥~ 1958 – Vicki Peterson musician: guitar, singer: group; The Bangles: Walk like an Egyptian, Manic Monday
♥~ 1962 – Kim Coles actress: In Living Color, Living Single, One, Frasier, Six Feet Under, Celebrity Mole, Wig, Hell on Earth, Kids in America, The Show With A.J. Calloway, Strictly Business; author: I’m Free But It Will Cost You
♥~ 1972 – Amanda Peet: actress: The Good Wife
★~ Good to Know:
I’ve always wanted a pet dragon, too! So, I loved this story. Even tho I think toothless is an awful name for a girl dragon, but Stewart isn’t a bad name for a boy dragon, I guess. …
A 7-year-old Australian girl wrote to Australia’s national science agency, opening the letter with the charming greeting “hello lovely scientist,” to politely request that they make her a dragon with a black face as a companion for outdoor adventures. They complied, to the best of their ability. Click to read more
And isn’t great how many people will pull together to make things happen for the young and old alike….Here are a few more examples
My favorite share this week. Thanks,El Morno friend, Carol
We emerged from the past week’s arctic blast, with the biggest rain in 2 weeks, and icing despite 40-degree air temps. The thaw has been worst than the cold, in my humble opinion.
Last night, people were sliding up behind my garage to check their pups into camp after being stuck in traffic for hours. My teen was driving from school in the ice and rain; turning back was not an option so he inched home. It took him 2 1/2 hours to make the 45 minute drive; it took some commuters as much as 6 hours to make it home. Snow plows have largely ignored the Chicago side streets and neighborhoods all week which contributed to the problem. Hopefully this will be part of the reason our current ass of a mayor is not reelected.
My yard can now host swimming, ice skating, and a small sledding area. I’m considering hiring a Camp-Run-A-Pup ice skating instructor.
Applause Please! I have still not fallen! First time in, at least, 10 years that I have been on my feet this long. I’m going for the gold medal. Keep in mind my hurdles include corralling campers, retrieving dog toys, managing a gate that keeps falling, despite our best efforts to fix it, and making sure all poop is scooped (Thank you Vickie in this area), and navigating slippery sidewalks to check in campers.
My washing machine and dryer have been running non-stop for weeks. I need dry socks. So, I’m off to do another load of wet towels, and socks. How will you spend your day?
Odd Loves Company!