September 10, 2012: Swap Idea Day, TV Dinner Day, Chicago Teachers Strike

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
September 10, 2012

Sunny September Day

★~ Today’s Quote:  Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. Jim Rohn

★~ Chicago Teachers Strike: 

The first teachers strike in 25 years has hit Chicago. Over 400,000 children will be out of school..  The people of our city are sad. Please think good thoughts for Chicago! (the strike will not effect Cole-at least directly)

★~ Swap Ideas 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.

★~ TV Dinner Day: 

Food historians (yes, there is such a thing) believe that the  introduction of the frozen “TV dinner” marked the beginning of America’s love affair with convenience food. 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, green beans 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. Click for more Zippy facts.

★~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: A few tips to share

♥~ Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.

♥~ Remove crayon, and scruff marks from your TV, computer screen or walls with WD40.

♥~Stop cut apples from browning by securing with a rubber band.

♥~Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

♥~ Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music.

♥~Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

♥~ Add Baby powder to your beach bag and remove sand off your skin easily.

♥~ Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.

♥~Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins (and tweezers and clippers) behind a vanity door

♥~Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels.

♥~ Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!

♥~ True love is a heart-shaped egg for breakfast.



Wishing you a Marvelous Monday, an empty laundry basket, and a meal plan for the week. And someone to do the laundry and make the meals! Never wish small.

I’m off to  leash up Rascal and start my day with a walk. Hopefully clearing the cob webs from my mind.

Speaking of leashes if you are looking for a really beautiful one for your pup..check these out! They are hand braided by our good friend Norma Rust and come in a variety of colors. Nothing beats a good leather leash! Really.  (

What are you up to today?

Odd Loves Company!

12 thoughts on “September 10, 2012: Swap Idea Day, TV Dinner Day, Chicago Teachers Strike

  1. Morno,
    Strikes are hard on a city. People should keep talking but sometimes actions speak louder than words.
    I’m buying a hungry MAN meal tonight and eating it while I watch Monday night football!
    Have a good one.

  2. Hope your teacher and the city settle there differences quickly. Seems like so much is out of balance in US these days.
    Love the tips. I always look at them and wonder, “now, why didn’t I think of that…”
    I enjoy a pot pie every now and then but it has been a long time since I ate a tv dinner. I loved the desserts when I was a kid.
    Thanks for El Morno. Have a nice day!

    • Pot pies!! YUM. I loved the desserts too and when Cole was little he insisted on a tv dinner night. He loved picking out his own dinner at the store.
      Thanks for dropping bye.

  3. akkkkk teacher strike. Parents thrown into unexpected child care nightmares. I know they had warning but even so it’s hard. And if your kids are in their teens you face you can’t exactly send them to a park after school program. Hard. Hope it over very quickly.
    The tips are great! I’ll remember the cupcake box the next time I have to send cupcakes to school. So handy.
    Millions of errands to run today. Have a Merry Monday.

    • Hope you got all your errands run. I didn’t get as much done as I hope too but I did check some things off my list. It was messy out there but law and order has stayed intact.

  4. I’ve been hearing about threats of that strike for a while now; sorry to hear it’s materialized, and I hope it’s settled soon. What a nightmare, all around!
    I’m taking the Sheltie on his walk after lunch — after I’ve had time to mess with a new Website I’m working on.
    A tension rod to hang spray bottles? Why didn’t I think of that??

    • The only good thing about it is traffic is light. The truth according to some of us is that the Union leader Karen Lewis is getting her day of fame and she does not want to give up the spot light. I’m not a fan of our mayor –but what they in the way of money we don’t have and the mayor seems to genuinely be trying. …Hope you had as nice a walk as Rascal and I did!

  5. What in the world is gravy peans??? Did you mean green beans and gravy?? A real horrible Monday… Don’t know where I put my mind, but it sure isn’t in my head. Won’t discuss this here and I really want to forget it ever happened. These Senior moments are getting scarey. ‘nuf said on this for now. The ideas are fabulous. Loved the heart shaped egg.

    • Laughing hard. Your good! YES! green beans and butter. Not sure what happened there. Obviously you are sharper than I am….! I made the correction. Thanks!

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