December 11: International Mountain Day, Noodle Ring Day

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December 11

Eclipse-Chicago Northwest

Thank you El Morno Friend Cynthia for today’s picture of yesterday’s Eclipse!

★~ Today’s Quote: Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks; they are the summits of ranges. Thomas W. Higginso

★~ International Mountain Day:

International Mountain Day was designated in 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly to create awareness about the important role that mountainous regions play in the global ecosystem. Mountains are essential to the world’s freshwater supply. They also safeguard many natural resources and protect communities against natural disasters.

The symbol for this holiday consists of three equilateral triangles on a single horizontal line. The left triangle has a blue diamond shape at the top, representing ice and snow on mountain peaks. The middle triangle has an orange circle, representing the resources that are continuously mined from the inside of mountains. The triangle on the right has a small green triangle at the base, representing the crops that grow on mountains.

You could climb a mountain today or perhaps just sing the song…

Climb every mountain,
Search high and low,
Follow every highway,
Every path you know.
Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,

Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you find your dream.
and so on. . .

★~ Noodle Ring Day:

A noodle ring, for those of you who don’t know (and really, who does?), is made by mixing eggs and noodles together with ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and cheese and then, inexplicably, smashing the concoction into a ring mold to bake. In some variations, once the ring is released from the mold and properly plated, the center of the ring can then be filled with creamed chicken or tuna. Once a staple of mid-century cookbooks, the noodle ring has since fallen into obscurity. Can’t imagine why.

★~ Today in History:

New England Northern Lights

♥~ 1719 – The first display of the northern lights was recorded in America. The sighting was made in New England. The report said that a mysterious face seemed to appear in the atmosphere; The simplest explanation for the green, red, and frost-white northern lights is that, just as the gas in a neon light glows when charged with electricity, so the gas in the atmosphere glows with specific colors when charged with electric particles from the sun. For a more technical explantation, see Mankind’s Explanation: Aurora Borealis or Aurora Season Begins. As far as we know, there is still no technical explanation for the off-season display.

♥~ 1816 – The Hoosier state, Indiana, entered the United States of America as the 19th state. The peony is the state flower. The cardinal, the state bird.

♥~ 1939 – Betty Grable and her famous legs were featured on the cover of LIFE magazine. Legend has it that she didn’t care much for the picture, but it became an international symbol of ‘back home’ for those at war.

♥~ 1973 – Karen and Richard Carpenter received a gold record for their single, Top of the World.

♥~ 1973 – Ron Santo was traded to the Chicago White Sox from crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cubs. Santo became the first major-league baseball player to invoke the rule which permits 10-year veterans of a club to refuse to be traded. He turned down a trade to the California Angels.

★~Born Today:

~ 1940 – Donna Mills actress: Knots Landing, The Good Life, False Arrest, Curse of the Black Widow, Beyond the Bermuda Triangle, Play Misty for Me

♥~ 1944 – Brenda Lee (Tarpley) singer: I’m Sorry, All Alone Am I, I Want to Be Wanted, Sweet Nothin’s, That’s All You Gotta Do

♥~ 1966 – Gary Dourdan actor: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, A Different World, Weekend at Bernie’s II, Alien: Resurrection, King of the World

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ It is estimated that one eighth of the world’s population lives in mountainous zones, and that mountains cover a quarter of the world’s surface.

♥~ All of the world’s rivers start on a mountain

♥~ Over half of the world’s fresh water comes from mountains.

♥~ Mountains exist on every continent. About one fifth of the world is covered in mountains.

♥~ The world’s longest mountain range is located under the sea and stretches over 40,000 miles!

♥~ The world’s highest peak on land is Mount Everest in the Himalayas. It is 8,850.1728 m (29,036 ft) tall. The highest 14 mountains in the world are all found in the Himalayas.

♥~ The Alps are the most densely populated mountain area in the world

♥~ Roger Ederlin and his dog, Diente (“Tooth”), climbed all 54 fourteen-thousand foot peaks in Colorado. Diente usually led and was assisted only on Capitol Peak’s knife edge.

♥~ With over 130 deaths, New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington (6,288 feet) is the second deadliest mountain in the world, behind Mt. Everest (~172 deaths).

♥~ The “Christmas Tree” was born in 1851 in the Catskill mountains when Catskill Farmer Mark Carr hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them all.  By 1900, one in five families had a Christmas Tree, and 20 years later the custom was nearly universal.


I’m just not sure about “noodle ring” have you ever tried one? It kind of reminds me of a dressed up tuna casserole. Let me know if you have ever made one or tried one. Inquiring minds want to know.

Wishing you a Super Sunday.

15 thoughts on “December 11: International Mountain Day, Noodle Ring Day

  1. Yesterday’s sauce turned out great so I will not be eating a noodle ring. Wouldn’t mind spending some time in the mountains tho.

    Have a good one.

  2. I like picnicking beside a mountain and nice stream. I see no reason to climb it when i can just sprawl beside it with my sandwich. I love the way mountains smell especially after a rain.

    Off to fight the masses and try to get some Christmas shopping done. Will pass on the noodle ring but hearing about Mike’s spaghetti sauce two days in a row has me hungry for spaghetti!

    • Hope you survived shopping. Cole and I took advantage of “Holiday Hours” and went buy concert wear at 6:30pm last night. The store was almost empty.

      Love picnicking in the mountains when I visit New Mexico.

  3. Not sure about the noodle ring,but I can say I have actually climbed Mt Washington!! And Mt Holy Cross in CO.
    Why? Not sure.

  4. A bright and beautiful sunshiny day here in Illinois, but …it is a cold SW wind out there. Guess it is winter time. I have seen the Northern lights when I was a little girl and the lights in the neighborhoods were few, so the stars were always so bright and beautiful. The N. lights were very visual at that time and I asked my dad what that sight was and he told me it was the sun shining off the ice in Alaska. That was good enough for me. So really, that is the only explanation I have ever heard. Could be true or not! Who ever doubts what their dad tells them?

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