July 12, 2012: Different Colored Eyes Day, Simplicity Day, Pecan Pie Day

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July 12th

Different coloured flowers - Vajdahunjad castle - Budapest Hungary

★~  Today’s Quote:  Be not simply good – be good for something. Henry David Thoreau

★~ Different Colored Eyes Day:

Heterochromia, in case you didn’t know, is just a fancy word for different-colored eyes. It comes in several forms – different colored eyes entirely, eyes that are part one color and part another, or even eyes that are a different color around the pupil than at the outer edges. It’s quite rare, but a surprising number of famous people seem to have been afflicted (blessed?) with it. Here are a few of them.

Kate Bosworth: The actress arguably best known for Blue Crush has one blue eye and one eye that’s blue and hazel.

Christopher Walken: As if he needed another reason to be distinctive, Walken shares Bosworth’s blue-and-hazel combo.

Kiefer Sutherland: Back when Julia Roberts was dating him, she referenced her then-fiancee’s blue-and-green eyes in an acceptance speech.

Jane Seymour: Dr. Quinn would have been able to diagnose this heterchromia right away, even though Seymour’s case is a bit more subtle with one brown and one hazel eye.

Dan Aykroyd: has the same colors as Jane Seymour. What, you never noticed?

Simon Pegg : His are blue-grey with brown areas, which he once explained by saying, “I am slightly mutanty.”

Gallery of celebrities who have different colored eyes: 

★~ Simplicity Day:

We celebrate simplicity day on the birthday of Henry David Thoreau, who wrote of simple living in his book Walden, the memoir of his time spent living at one with nature at Walden Pond. The best reason to keep life simple is so we can focus our time and energy on the things that are near and dear to us.

★~ Pecan Pie Day:

If pies are considered to be a national offering of comfort, pecan pies are the grand dames of Southern hospitality.

Made with simple ingredients, these perfect pies combine an ooey-gooey bliss-inducing base of melted butter, eggs, corn syrup and sugar with the woodsy crunch of pecans. You can also pour some chocolate chips an bourbon into the batter to sass it up even more.We’d like to think this simply divine dessert has been around since before the days of white-columned wraparound porches, but recipes for the pie didn’t surface until 1925. However, New Orleans is happy to take the credit for its creation after Native Americans introduced them to the home-grown nut.  Click  for the recipe  of one of the Best Pecan Pies I have ever tasted…and truthfully I don’t even like Pecan pie.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1873 – It rained frogs in Kansas City. Really. The logical explanation for the odd occurrences is that a tornado or strong whirlwind picked up the frogs from a shallow body of water and carried them – sometimes for hundreds of miles – before dropping them on a Kansas city.

♥~ 1958 – Yakety Yak, by The Coasters, became the number one song in the U.S.A., according to Billboard magazine. It was the first stereo record to reach the top of the chart.

♥~ 1960 – The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. Over 50 million units were sold during the next 25 years. It was the favorite toy of many moms because it was self-contained and so-o-o quiet.

♥~ 1962– Fifty years ago, a band called The Rollin’ Stones played their first gig. Just a couple of months before, guitarist Brian Jones had placed an ad in Jazz News, a local nightclub newsletter, announcing auditions for a rhythm-and-blues band. Two London flatmates named Mick Jagger and Keith Richards joined the band. Jagger and Richards had gone to primary school together in Kent, and had lost touch, but then they ran into each other on a train in 1960 and renewed their friendship. They both loved blues, and had formed a band of their own: Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys. They had run into Jones a few times at the Ealing Jazz Club, and they’d occasionally jammed together. Jones was the one who came up with the new band’s name. He was on the phone with the Jazz News, who asked him what his band was called. He glanced over at a Muddy Waters album that was lying on the floor. One track was “Rollin’ Stone Blues,” and the band was christened The Rollin’ Stones, then and there.

♥~ 1982 – E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial broke all box-office records by surpassing the $100-million mark of ticket sales in the first 31 days of its opening.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1817 – Henry David Thoreau philosopher, writer: On Walden Pond; died May 6, 1862

♥~ 1854 – George Eastman inventor: Kodak camera; flexible roll film; died Mar 14, 1932 An interesting fact about Eastman-he hated to have his picture taken.

♥~ 1908 – Milton Berle (Berlinger) comedian: Uncle Miltie, Mr. Television: The Milton Berle Show, Texaco Star Theatre; actor: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Oscar, Side by Side; died Mar 27, 2002

♥~ 1937 – Bill Cosby Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor: I Spy, The Bill Cosby Special [1968-1969]; The Cosby Show, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, Leonard VI, California Suite

♥~ 1948 – Richard Simmons weight loss expert, entertainer: Sweatin’ to the Oldies

♥~ 1951 – Cheryl Ladd (Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor) actress: Dancing with Danger, Changes, The Grace Kelly Story, One West Waikiki, Charlie’s Angels, Poison Ivy

★~ Did You Know: Simple Solutions:

♥~ Sunburn: If you spent a bit too much time in the sun, and now have the pink cheeks and shoulders as a souvenir, use this trick to help soothe that sunburn. Mix whole milk and water in a bowl.  Soak a washcloth in the milk/water mixture and apply the cloth to your burn for 10 minutes at a time. The fat in the milk acts as an anti-inflammatory.Then as your burn heals, be sure to keep it hydrated with a light, fragrance-free lotion.

♥~ Let There Be Light: “A liter of light” a 2-liter bottle of water in roof provides as much light as 60-watt light bulb. Brilliant! Video below ‘Did You Know” provides directions.

♥~ Hang It Up:  If you want to attach a skirt/pant hanger to a regular wooden hanger use the pop tabs on a soda can. l

♥~ Dry Shoes: To dry your shoes without the noise, place the laces on the outside and shut the drawer door. The shoes will stay in one place.

♥~ Drip Free: The next time you paint a room, wrap a rubber band vertically around the can as a place to wipe of excess paint

♥~ Candle Lighter: If you don’t have extra-long matches, use an uncooked piece of spaghetti to light multiple or hard to reach candles.

♥~ Perk Up Coffee FlavorAdd a pinch of Morton® Salt to the coffee in the basket of your coffeemaker. This will improve the coffee’s flavor by helping to remove some of the acid taste.

♥~ Patch Up Walls: To patch small nail holes and fine cracks in plaster or wallboard, mix 2 tablespoons Morton® Salt, 2 tablespoons cornstarch and about 4 to 5 teaspoons water to make a thick, pliable paste. Fill hole and let dry. Sand if necessary, then paint.

♥~ Streamline your life


I’m watering my lilacs very carefully this morno, because if so much as a drop of water falls on my neighbors sidewalk  she will have a major melt down. I simple do not understand people who live in a neighborhood and insist on being such grouches. It’s not like I am flooding her yard or basement. Of-course,  It’s simpler to just mind my watering and get along, but I  do fantasize flicking water on her each time she walks by and saying, “Gotcha!,” Gotcha again!

Do you have any simple tips or tricks to share….

Odd Loves Company!

6 thoughts on “July 12, 2012: Different Colored Eyes Day, Simplicity Day, Pecan Pie Day

  1. Your neighbor should like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz. Watch out for your little dogs.
    Pecan pie is at top of my pie list. My sis makes a great one. I think I will forward her EL Morno and suggest she make one this weekend.
    One more day and then big golf plans this weekend!
    Have a good one.

    • :-D…I do watch out for my little dogs!!
      But do you like your pecan pie with pecan’s or without? Read Debbie’s comment below to understand the question!
      Golf this weekend? Really? I never would have guessed….

  2. We had the neighbors from hell… they were in their late 30’s and did not have kids and if my kids set a toe on their sidewalks or grass they had a fit Retrieving a ball that went into there yard was impossible. They were so bad we considered moving but fortunately they moved first. I guess they finally figured out neighborhood living was not up there alley. One of the happiest days of my life.
    Love the tips!!

  3. Pecan Pie is one of my favorites, despite my aversion to nuts! Mom always leaves the pecans BIG so they’re easier for me to remove. Isn’t she a peach?? Wonderful tips, too! Your neighbor sounds mean. Who minds a bit of water, especially in this drought?? I’d almost pay money to see you flick her with the hose, though!!

    • Debbie, you are full of surprises…I would not have guessed pecan pie was one of your favorites. Although maybe you told me last year :-D. Your mother is a peach..a Georgia peach.
      One day I just might give my neighbor an unexpected flick and see if she melts where the water splashes.

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