September 9, 2012: Grandparents Day, Weinerschnitzel Day, Teddy Bear Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
September 9, 2012

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★~ Today’s Quote: There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.  ~Bill Watterson,Calvin and Hobbes

★~ Happy Grandparents Day! 

Marian McQuade established Grandparents’ Day in 1973. McQuade raised fifteen children and had forty-three grandchildren. The purpose of this day is to honor grandparents and strengthen the bond between their grandchildren. It is also dedicated to educating children about the valuable contributions that seniors have made throughout history. Grandparents’ Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. I had amazing grandparents growing up–simply the best! Cole has been as lucky as I was…

When I became a mom, I knew that I would be living, in great part, for someone else. I was ready to give my child everything he needed and much of what he desired; however, there was one thing this only child was not especially happy to share–HER MOM. It took some getting use to. (I’m still working on it.) After Cole was born, my Dad became a different man. The man who took his research from Scientific America was now quoting a four-year-old. When Cole colored on his leather back seats with magic marker, he simply said, “He must have been bored.”  While my dad was driving, Cole pointed a can of mace at him, and asked “What’s this?” as he pushed the button. After my dad’s eyes stopped burning, he was smitten with Cole’s inquisitive nature. When Joe’s dad sat and patiently taught his five-year-old grandson how to use a measuring tape and allowed him to measure and snap it against his nose, tongue, and ear while agreeing with every wrong measurement, Joe was convinced his dad had been body snatched. Yes, my kid has been blessed with the best grandparents. They have given him a lifetime of memories and experiences and have loved him beyond the beyond. The feeling is mutual. From a mom’s point of view, Cole is very lucky…but I’m still not letting him sit next to MY mom in the car.

★~Weinerschnitzel Day:

We are not celebrating Der Weinerschnitzel hotdogs. I thought we were, but we are not, so I guess free rides in the Der Weinerschnitzel mobile will not be forthcoming.

Weinerschnitzel translates to “a thin slice of veal or other light meat, coated in breadcrumbs and fried.”  The dish originated in Constantinople, where meats were covered in gold flakes as a testament to the city’s wealth and opulence. As the recipe spread throughout Europe, common folk replaced gold flakes with affordable breadcrumbs.

When veal proves too expensive, some Europeans substitute pork for it — although German law prohibits the pork-based alternative from touting itself as “Weinerschnitzel” on menus. The dish evolved further once it arrived in Texas with the migrant German settlers of the 1840s. As beef was cheaper — and infinitely more available — in the cattle state, it often replaced veal in the dish’s preparation, paving the way for what we currently call Chicken Fried Steak. Paula Deans Weinerschnitzel recipe 

I hope to never have to spell Weinerschnitzel again.

★~ Teddy Bear Day:

Teddy bears

A few months ago, we celebrated Teddy Bear Picnic Day; today we are just celebrating teddy bears. Those lovable, huggable bears that are great to cuddle and keep children everywhere company when the night is dark and the hall way to their parents’ room is filled with shadows.

Even if you don’t have your teddy anymore, we can all still celebrate  everyone’s favorite — Pooh Bear!

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1850 – When California became the 31st of the United States of America on this day, cries of “there’s gold in them thar hills” had already been heard for two years. So, it’s no surprise that the nickname for the most populous state is the Golden State, and that the golden poppy (orange-yellowish in color) is the state flower

♥~ 1898 – Tom Fleming of Eau Claire, WI won the first logrolling championship — in Omaha, NE.

♥~ 1957 – The same song was #1 on the Billboard pop, country & western, and rhythm & blues charts: Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”

♥~ 1972 – The 41st annual One Arm Dove Hunt begins today in Olney, Texas. Anyone with the use of only one arm or hand is invited. In addition to the dove hunt, events include Glove Swap, One Arm Jokes, One Arm Golf, and Cow Chip Chunkin, Amputee vs. Politician..

♥~ 2003 – A 28-year-old pregnant woman received $400 for walking around London with an ad for MicroBabies painted on her stomach. Zoe Ellis, who was 8 months pregnant, said it was a fun idea and she was proud to rent out   her “bump.”

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1890 – Colonel Harland Sanders Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, born near Henryville, IN. Died Dec 16, 1980, at Shelbyville, KY.

♥~ 1923 – Jimmy ‘The Greek’ Snyder (Demetrios Georgios Synodinos) oddsmaker, broadcaster: The NFL Today; died Apr 21, 1996

♥~ 1941 – Otis Redding musician, singer: [Sittin’ on] The Dock of the Bay; killed in plane crash Dec 10, 1967

♥~  1960 – Hugh Grant actor: Sense and Sensibility, Nine Months, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Remains of the Day, Impromptu, The Dawning, Maurice, Extreme Measures, Notting Hill, Mickey Blue Eyes

♥~ 1966 – Adam Sandler comedian: The Cosby Show, Saturday Night Live [opera man]; actor: Happy Gilmore, Mixed Nuts, Airheads, Coneheads, Shakes the Clown, Going Overboard, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy

★~ Did You Know:

Funny Pictures

Everyone wants dibs (such as “I’ve got dibs on the bathroom!”). But have you ever wondered what dibs was or why you called it? Me either. However, if you are now curious read on. .

Chances are the first time you heard someone calls dibs on something you were a kid on the playground and thought you had reached the swing first, when an older kid surprised you by knocking you off the swing saying, “I called dibs.” Dibs originated on the playground with a game called “dibstones” dating back to the 17th century. The children’s game was similar to what we call “jacks” today. When a player captured a stone, he called out “dibs!” which meant he now laid claim to that game piece. The word was eventually adopted by children outside of the game, but with the same meaning.

And there you have it, the next time you call dibs you’ll know the history behind the call. No need to thank me, I live to pass on this information to you.

Sometime soon we will review ‘double dares’ and ‘cooties’.


This made me laugh . Mostly because I’m not a fan of passwords and detest captcha’s (a captacha is a type of challenge-response test used in computing as an attempt to ensure that the response is generated by a person.) The quickest way to lose my on-line presence is to frustrate me with passwords and Captchas.

Don’t forget to check out this weeks Swap and Blog trade! The trade is  new camera. True it’s an older camera but might be perfect for a young shutterbug.

Off to breakfast with Cole. Hope your Sunday is Sunny and Bright.

8 thoughts on “September 9, 2012: Grandparents Day, Weinerschnitzel Day, Teddy Bear Day

  1. El Morno!
    And what a Morno it is! I love Weinerschnitzel. One of my favorite things to order when we eat at German restaurant we have been going to for years.
    Passwords are the bane of my existence. I have a better chance at losing all my information due to not being able to retrive my password than hackers so I keep them very simple.
    Golf and then an early dinner with my sis and family.
    Have a good one.

    • I have had chicken fried steak but never Weinerschnitzel. I don’t eat veal.
      My password is very simple too. I think they make the whole process way to complicated.

  2. MORNO!
    What a great day. My kids have the best grandparents. I don’t know what we do without them.
    Love the dibs story. Can’t wait to have the opportunity to drop it into conversation…”By the way have you ever wondered about the orgin of dibs?…” People will either think I’m nuts or brillent.
    It’s a beautiful cool day and I’m ready to go out and take full advantage of it…
    Merry Sunday.

    • I know–I’m going to a birthday party with people who don’t read odd and I’m plan to share the dibs story–just casually drop it into conversation. I’m guessing they are going to find me a little strange but I don’t mind.

  3. Grandchildren are God’s gift to you for not killing your own children! Katybeth is certainly dead on about her Father. Cole totallly changed him—-well, at least as far as Cole is concerned.
    Remember, I double dog dare you??? The dare that COULD NOT be ignored?

  4. Sadly, Domer now has only one living grandparent. When he was little, I bought Grandparents Day cards and had him sign them; now off at college, he doesn’t do that any more, but he did call and chat with her (letting her know that was my suggestion!). Didn’t know that about dibs — interesting! And I love your letting me know all these folks changed their names!!

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