September 26: John Appleseed, Shamu, Eat together, Pancake Day

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September 26, 2011

Utah Sunrise

★~ Today’s Sunrise:  I love the different colors in this desert sunrise. The sun is truly an artist and so is Merrilymarylee’s BroJoe.

★~  Today’s Quote: “If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.”  T.S. Eliot

★~ John Appleseed Day:

An Odd Dude. Some say Johnny Appleseed was a pioneer but I picture him more as an 1800’s hippie. He wore coffee sacks with holes cut out for his arms, rarely wore shoes even in the winter he could walk over the ice and snow barefooted and the skin was so thick on his feet that even a rattlesnake couldn’t bite through it, he wore a mush hat on his head. A leather bag filled with apple seeds was slung over his shoulder. His dream was to plant so many apple seeds no one would ever go hungry. . .crunch an apple in celebration of Johnny Appleseeds Birthday. Click here to learn more about Johnny and pick up a great recipe for Apple Kuchen.

★~ Shamu Day:

Shamu was born on this date in 1985 at Sea World in Orlando, Florida. She was the first killer whale to be born in captivity and survive.

Shamu and other killer whales with the same name (Shamu’s mother, Katina, also plays Shamu in the shows at Sea World Florida) have entertained millions at Sea World parks and at other ocean-life parks throughout the world.

Up until February 2010, Shamus were giving rides to their trainers and sloppy kisses to tourists. Are we crazy? Killer whales are called “killer” for a reason. They’re meat eaters, and it’s hard to know when they’re having a bad day. Shamu, like most wild animals, reverted back to being what he was born to be—a killer whale—not an amusement attraction.

Celebrate today by honoring the instinct in every animal, especially wild animals; you can take the animal out of the wild, but you will never take the wild out of the animal.

★~Family Day-A Day to Eat Dinner Together:

Dinner together at the end of a long day is just not always the optimal time to foster family togetherness. After school activities and long commutes make meals together tougher than crossing the Alps was for Hannibal. Don’t let research that says family dinners keep  kids substance free make you feel guilty. Instead, just be creative; realize that what your children want most is time with you each day: breakfast, lunch, dinner… reading a special book, taking a walk with the dog…do the best you can.

★~ National Pancake Day:

I’m not sure why we are celebrating pancakes today. It does not make any sense at all. Pancake Day is supposed to be on Shrove Tuesday (which is the day before Lent). But since pancakes are a good food to enjoy together as a family, it might be fun to have a family pancake party… pancakes are good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1962 – “Come and listen to the story ’bout a man named Jed…” The Beverly Hillbillies aired on CBS-TV. U.S. audiences were enchanted with Jed, Ellie Mae, Granny, Jethro, Miss Jane and that banker feller. Enchanted, as in a trance, in fact, for 216 shows. Bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs had the honor of composing and recording the theme song and hit record, The Ballad of Jed Clampett.

♥~ 1964 – Gilligan’s Island began its 98-show run on CBS. The TV show starred Bob Denver in the title role, Jim Backus as Mr. Howell, Natalie Schafer as Lovey Howell, Alan Hale as the Skipper, Russell Johnson as the Professor and Dawn Wells and Tina Louise as Mary Ann and Ginger, respectively.

♥~ 1983 – The longest winning streak in sports — 132 years — was broken. It was the America’s Cup race and the United States team expected to maintain their title; one they were defending for the 25th time. Challenger Australia II won!

♥~ 1987 – Whitney Houston’s fifth consecutive #1 U.S. single hit the top. Didn’t We Almost Have It All was a cut from her LP, Whitney, which was number one on the album charts from June 27 to Sep 11 that year.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1888 – T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot Nobel Prize-winning poet [1948]; The Waste Land, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; died Jan 4, 1965

♥~ 1925 – Marty Robbins (Robertson)Country Music Hall of Famer; Grammy Award Winner: El Paso [1960], My Woman, My Woman, My Wife [1970]; A White Sport Coat, Don’t Worry, Devil Woman; actor: Road to Nashville, Ballad of a Gunfighter, Hell on Wheels, The Drifter; last Grand Ole Oprey singer to perform in Ryman Auditorium, 1st to perform in new Opryland; died Dec 8, 1982

♥~ 1933 – Donna Douglas actress: Beverly Hillbillies (Ellie Mae), Frankie and Johnny

♥~ 1948 – Olivia Newton-John singer: You’re the One that I Want, If Not for You, Let Me Be There, I Honestly Love You, Have You Never Been Mellow, Please Mr. Please,Physical, Magic; actress: Grease, Xanadu, Two of a Kind

♥~ 1962 – Melissa Sue Anderson actress: Little House on the Prairie (Mary Ingalls), The Loneliest Runner, The Equalizer: Memories of Manon

★~ Did You Know: 

The best kind of Whale Watching

♥~ Killer whales, are the largest of the dolphins and one of the world’s most powerful predators. There real names are Orcas.

♥~ They feast on marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, and even whales, employing teeth that can be four inches (ten centimeters) long.

♥~ Whales make a wide variety of communicative sounds, and each pod has distinctive noises that its members will recognize even at a distance.

♥~ Killer whales travel in groups, breathing in unison.

♥~ Killer whales brain is five times larger than humans. They are very social, intelligent, and curious.

♥~ The life expectancy of a killer whale in the wild is 50 – 60 years for males, and up to 90 years for females, however, killer whales in captivity live less than 30 years

♥~ Killer Whales are called “the wolf of the sea”, the orca can be a fierce hunter with well-organized hunting techniques, although there are no documented cases of killer whales attacking a human in the wild.

♥~ Although orcas are widely distributed, total world population is still unknown. They have no natural enemies and have not been hunted as much as other whales. Recent studies suggest that a significant threat to orcas, and other marine mammals, may come from man-made chemicals

♥~ In Oklahoma, it is against the law to hunt whales.


Hope your Monday morning sends you sailing into a wonderful week. If you have a morno moment leave a comment—Odd Loves Company!


14 thoughts on “September 26: John Appleseed, Shamu, Eat together, Pancake Day

  1. I see Mike is here once again Bright Eyed and bushy tailed. 😀
    Bucket List: Whale watching. I agree seeing them in the wild would be amazing. I did see Shamu at Sea World and it was a great show; he had never been in the wild but you can’t help but wonder if he didn’t yern for the open ocean, He was certainly well loved, well feed, and cared for but is that what a whale wants?
    I will try and have Apple Pancakes for Lunch!

    Have a Marvelous Monday.

    • I have always wanted to go whale watching too!! Shamu at Sea World was cool but it the wild he would awesome….I remember seeing a big bear in Alaska and it was a much difference experience than the bears I had seen at the zoo.

      Pancakes for dinner for us…Have a great day!

  2. I’ve been a lover of the whale for twenty years! If I believed in reincarnation I would ask to come back as a whale. Did you know that when mating season rolls around the female is courted by two males? Yep and they snuggle up close to her for days of foreplay! The male that strokes the lucky spot is the one she selects to impregnate her. The male penis is like twenty feet or some ridiculous number and it reaches all the way around his lovely mate. The female is a mammal and nurses her young. They are amazing creatures!

    • The moment I read your comment I started humming..

      Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
      A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
      Then one day he was shootin at some food,
      And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

      Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

      Well the first thing you know ol Jed’s a millionaire,
      Kinfolk said “Jed move away from there”
      Said “Californy is the place you ought to be”
      So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.
      Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

      Well now its time to say good by to Jed and all his kin.
      And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.

      You’re all invited back a gain to this locality
      To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality

      Hillybilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.

      Y’all come back now, y’hear?.

  3. I love T.S. Eliot’s quote AND BroJoe’s beautiful sunrise! Something sad about keeping killer whales in captivity, when they live so much longer (and presumably just as safely!) in the wild!

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