Celebrating: Backyard Campouts, and Catfish!

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
June 25, 2011

★~ Quote: It always rains on tents.  Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.  ~Dave Barry

★~ Great American Backyard Campout Day:

I love the backyard campout days… Our backyard was a summer campground for the neighborhood kids, and it was so much fun watching Joe set up the tent, pull out the sleeping bags, cook the burgers, supervise the marshmallow roasting, and tell the scary but not too scary bedtime stories. I loved kissing those rosy, chubby checks good night under the light of the fireflies and telling Joe what a great dad he was, as I headed back inside the tent to my mosquito free big bed, alone. Those were the days, my friends. Today, I will celebrate backyard campout day by sipping my little Coke from my lawn chair, perhaps watching a pup or two frolicking around the yard. I hope that those of you with younger children will take advantage of today and enjoy your night under the stars… while those of us with older children remind you that your days on the hard ground, being nibbled on by mosquitoes, while little arms and legs batter you, will be fleeting. So, enjoy every minute. Sweet dreams!

★~ National Catfish Day:

It was President Reagan who issued a proclamation in 1987 making today National Catfish Day. Why? I think it was to acknowledge the value of the catfish farmer. Or maybe he just liked a good fried catfish sandwich. I have never had catfish, but I am told it is very good. It can be prepared any number or ways and is low in calories… If only catfish did not have whiskers on their faces, I might be tempted to try one! But even if I could not see the whiskers, I would know that they had been there at one time. I don’t want to spoil your catfish dinner, though!! I am sure catfish are delicious.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1876 – Indian Chief Crazy Horse won the two-hour Battle of the Little Bighorn, Montana, wiping out the army of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. Custer, who led the battle against the Sioux Indian encampment, was among the 200+ casualties. Ironically, the only survivor of Custer’s forces was a horse, Comanche.

♥ ~ 1967 – The Beatles performed a new song, “All You Need Is Love,” during a live international telecast.

♥~ 1993 – Bruce Springsteen was a surprise guest on the final Late Night with David Letterman. After more than 11 years at NBC, Letterman began a similar show (Late Show with David Letterman) on CBS two months later. (Springsteen played Glory Days and Letterman seemed genuinely touched by the performance.)

♥~ 1995 – Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Pulse’ the bands fifth US No.1.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1874 – Rose O’Neill illustrator, author, doll designer;  The Kewpie Doll was created by Rose O’Neill.  She also produced more than 700 illustrations for the magazine Puck, however it was the little doll with the top-knot hairdo that earned her the most fame and by far the most fortune — Kewpie filled Rose’s purse with an estimated $1.4 million.

♥~ 1925 – June Lockhart actress: Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction, Deadly Games, The Big Picture, The Yearling, Meet Me in St. Louis

♥~ 1945 – Carly Simon Grammy Award-winning [Best New Artist, 1971] singer: Anticipation, You’re So Vain, Mockingbird [w/husband James Taylor], Nobody Does It Better, You Belong to Me, Coming Around Again; Academy Award-winning song: Let the River Run [1988]; author of children’s books

♥~ 1947 – Jimmie Walker actor, comedian: Good Times, B.A.D. Cats, Airplane!, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

♥~ 1961- Ricky Gervais actor: The office where RIcky played a inept  mid-level manager.  Gervals did not really expect the Office to be successful. He told interviewer James Hughes, “This is why I confuse broadcasters, because The Office shouldn’t have been as big as it was. It’s an acquired taste … Suddenly, this strange, acquired-taste comedy aimed at the very few with no laugh track, no stars, no jokes and quite depressing scenes was the biggest comedy around … I think I’m a cult comedian who got more famous than he should have.”

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ Named for the barbels near its mouth that resemble cat’s whiskers, catfish are immediately recognizable by this feature and their scaleless skin

♥~ One catfish can lay up to 4,000 eggs a year per pound of body weight.

♥~ There are over 3,000 catfish species known to man

♥~ Catfish is the fifth most popular fish in America in 2010

♥~ Catfish are 99% farm-raised and are one of the highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States.

♥~ The largest catfish ever caught  was nearly nine feet long and as big as a grizzly bear, the behemoth tipped the scales at 646 pounds.

★~ Today’s Giggle:

A counselor was helping the campers put their stuff away on their first morning in Summer Camp. He was surprised to see one of the youngsters had an umbrella. The counselor asked, “Why did you bring an umbrella to camp?”

The kid answered, “Did you ever have a mother


Do you like catfish? Have any by the camp fire, under the stars stories you would like to share? If you have an El Morno moment drop me a comment…Odd Loves Company!


5 thoughts on “Celebrating: Backyard Campouts, and Catfish!

  1. Love the today giggle! That is such a sweet story and it’s inspire me. Maybe I’ll try to do a summer backyard camp this summer. I’ll let you know! 🙂

  2. I always dread the “can we camp out in the backyard” request but it ends up being a lot of fun and keeps my kids busy setting up camp all afternoon..the kiddie pool becomes a pond, the outdoor fire pit–the camp fire…Clean up is the downside but many hands make light work and I insist on many hands.

  3. My family loves camping. A friend of yours and mine (Emily) set up a backyard projector and had sleeping bags full of kids. Looking at the pics made me want to get one and do that with kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews. What a fun way to have family night. Oh, of course we love fried catfish fillets, cheese grits and hushpuppies. I know that will not surprise you. 😯

  4. HA! I didn’t know it was back yard camping day yesterday! Katie and I had our first of the summer night in a tent last night, in our back yard. Didn’t turn out so well, you’ll read all about it I’m sure later this week!

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