September 10: Idea Swap Day, Sewing Machine Day, TV Dinner Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
September 10, 2011

 ” Every year since 1st grade we have gone to the beach to watch the sunrise on Labor Day. It’s a tradition. This year, Ella joined us for the first time” Thank you Laura for sharing your sunrise tradition with us. Click here for video.

★~ Today’s Quote: “It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river” ~ Abraham Lincoln

★~ Idea & Tip Swap Day:

Two heads are better than one right?  Right. Today is dedicated to sharing great ideas and tips amongst friends, family, the butcher, the baker, and the Starbuck’s barrister. Good idea’s are meant to be shared and passed around.

Here are a few computer basic’s that I use everyday….

You can double-click a word to highlight it in any document, e-mail or Web page.

You can tap the Space bar to scroll down on a Web page one screenful. Add the Shift key to scroll back up.

When you’re searching for something on the Web using, say, Google, put quotes around phrases that must be searched together. For example, if you put quotes around “electric curtains,” Google won’t waste your time finding one set of Web pages containing the word “electric” and another set containing the word “curtains.”

Google is also a units-of-measurement and currency converter. Type “teaspoons in 1.3 gallons,” for example, or “euros in 17 dollars.” Click Search to see the answer.

Nobody, but nobody, is going to give you half of $80 million to help them liberate the funds of a deceased millionaire…from Nigeria or anywhere else.

I have more where these came from….what will you swap me?

★~ Sewing Machine Day:

Today we  celebrate Elias Howe who patented the lock stitch sewing machine in 1846 –    Before the sewing machine all of our clothes were sewn by hand, stitch by stitch. On the domestic front the sewing machine used to be an everyday household appliance, freeing women from the tedious task of mending everything by hand.

Although the sewing machine is a relic in many homes we can still recognize the contributions it has made to out lives. Does anyone know what “nine the stitch in time saved?”

★~ TV Dinner Day: 

In 1953 – Swanson sold its first TV dinner. Clarke and Gilbert Swanson started by cooking up their famous pot pies. By 1954, Swanson TV dinners included turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy peans topped with butter, and whipped sweet potatoes flavored with orange juice and butter on a three-section aluminum tray — and sold for 98 cents. Other dinners sold for as little as 69 cents.

The Smithsonian Institute inducted the original Swanson TV Dinner tray into the Museum of American History in 1986.

Today we celebrate this piece of American cultural history with TV Dinner Day!

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1935 –I’m Popeye the sailor man…” toot! toot! Popeye was heard for the first time on NBC radio. The show was based on the Elzie Crisler Segar comic strip, which featured Popeye, Olive Oyl, Brutas, Wimpy and Sweepea. Now, eat your spinach in celebration!

♥~ 1955 – Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the Miss America Pageant on NBC. The show became a TV tradition as Parks sang to the newly-crowned beauty queen, “There She is … Miss America”. The song was composed by Bernie Wayne and was sung for the first time on this day. Sharon Kay Ritchie was the first Miss America to be honored with the song. When she married singer Don Cherry (Band of Gold), There She Is was part of the wedding ceremony.

♥~ 1964 – Rod Stewart recorded his first tune, titled Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, for Decca. It was not one of his more successful recordings.

♥~ 1967 – Gentle Ben (a boy and his bear) premiered on television .

♥~ 1989 – Deion Sanders intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons. Four days earlier he hit a home run for the Yankees. Two American dreams in one week.

♥~ 1989 – Zippy Chippy lost his 100th race at the Northampton Fair at the Three County Fairgrounds. He went off at odds of 7-2 making him the second betting choice.. A host of fans were there that day to cheer him at the start and to take his picture. Said his jockey, “It would be nice if people took photos at the end of the race too.” Zippy came in last.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1914 – Robert Wise Academy Award-winning director: The Sound of Music [1965], West Side Story [1961]; Two for the Seesaw, The Andromeda Strain, Star Trek: The Motion Picture; died Sep 14, 2005

♥~ 1950 – Don Powell musician: drums: group: Slade: Get Down and Get With It, Coz I Love You, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Cum on Feel the Noize, Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me, Merry Xmas Everybody, We’ll Bring the House Down, My Oh My, Run Run Away

♥~ 1953 – Amy Irving actress: Yentl, Crossing Delancy, The Competition, Benefit of the Doubt, Carrie, Honeysuckle Rose; singing voice of Jessica Rabbit: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

♥~ 1960 – Colin Firth actor: Pride and Prejudice, Circle of Friends, Hostages, The Advocate, Valmont, Apartment Zero, The Secret Garden, Another Country

♥ ~ 1972 – James Duval actor: Independence Day, The Doe Boy, The Weekend, Window Theory, Frog-g-g!, Pledge of Allegiance, Amerikana, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Go, Wild Horses

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Zippy Chippy (born April 20, 1991) is a thoroughbred race horse, who is most notable for being winless in 100 races.

♥~ Felix Monserrate acquired Zippy in 1995 in a trade for an ’88 Ford truck. Monserrate was already boarding Zippy Chippy and knew his temperament. He’d been bitten many times.

♥~ Zippy Chippy was banned for infractions of every Thoroughbred horse racing rule in place.

♥~ Monserrate refused to enter his horse in a claiming race just to get a win. “I don’t want any crazy people claiming him. He’s like a member of my family. He’s mean, he kicks, he bites, but he has a home forever with me and my daughter.”

♥~ In December 2004, he retired to become an outrider pony at his hometown track, Finger Lakes racetrack in Farmington, New York, where he’d also been banned from racing on September 8, 1998 after failing to leave the gate with the rest of the field for the third consecutive time. As an outrider pony, he will escort horses in the post parade and lead them to the gate.

♥~ In 2000, People magazine included him on its list of that year’s most interesting personalities. An English ad campaign used his name and image to convince kids to stay in school.

♥~ Zippy Chippy’s lifetime record is: 100 starts = 0-8-12, with earnings of $30,834.

♥~ “Say you have three children,” Felix said, “One is a lawyer, doing well. The other a doctor, very, very successful. But the third one, not so smart, What do you do? Ignore him? Course not. He’s the one who needs your help. That’s Zippy.”


I just love the story of Zippy Chippy.  I get it.

Back in the early day’s of Camp-Run-A-Pup, I had a camper named Debbie, a rat terrier, rescued by a young school teacher and her son. Debbie’s original owner had died and the rescue organization had been less than honest with Debbie’s adoptive family about her ornery disposition, eye and skin issues, and other health problems. However, on a school teacher’s budget, the single mom and her son did their best for Debbie. When they traveled for two weeks during the summer, Debbie camped with me. She hated Joe. She hated Cole. She hated other dogs. She barked unless she was with me, and she peed in the house. She also itched a lot and had oily skin. I loved Debbie and she adored me. I think we were best friends in another life. My family loathed her and counted the days until her visit ended. Joe would often say, “ We don’t get paid enough to keep that dog…in fact there isn’t enough money in the world to justify keeping that dog. ”  Little did he know we did not get paid at all.

Have you ever loved a Zippy Chippy?

Have a super Saturday. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will leave Comment. . .Odd Loves Company!


16 thoughts on “September 10: Idea Swap Day, Sewing Machine Day, TV Dinner Day

  1. I sew for pleasure. Love making my grandchildren clothes and their dolls. I have made some great outfits for my pets over the years. I could spending all day in a fabric store. My sewing machine has been with me for years; my husband has offered to buy me a new updated one but I would never replace the one I have…It would be like leaving a loyal and wonderful friend. Odd I know.

    Thanks to El Morno. I will now go and hug my sewing machine. 😉 Have a great day.

  2. I had never heard of Zippy! The horse that was loved despite the fact that he was a winner at losing races. What a nice story. 🙂 I’m surprised he wasn’t turned into glue. Love pot-pies..not Swanson’s tho. I also love the dessert and mash potatoes in tv dinners. YUM.

    Have a great Saturday.

  3. You had me going for a moment, I thought Debbie? I thought that dogs name was Nancy.
    Paige had me going too! I’m looking around desperately for someone who can hem my pants, and here she is sewing up a storm. Why can’t every female just be born with the ability to sew???

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