October 15, 2012: White Cane Day| Grouch Day| Mushroom Day| Chicken Cacciatore Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
October 15, 2012

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★~ Today’s Quote: “Falling in love is like eating mushrooms, you never know if it’s the real thing until it’s too late.” – Bill Balance

★~ White Cane Day:

The White Cane is a symbol of independence and self-reliance.

President Lyndon B. Johnson,proclaim October 15, 1964 as White Cane Safety Day. The white cane in our society has become one of the symbols of a blind person’s ability to come and go on his own. Its use has promoted courtesy and special consideration to the blind on our streets and highways.

The Lions Club often collects money on White Cane Day in support of the visible impaired. Be on the look out for them.

★~ Grouch Day:

Today is a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life. Oscar explains it best when he sings the Grouch Anthem. Here are the words so you can join in and sing along.

Grouches of the world unite!

Stand up for your grouchly rights!
Don’t let the sunshine spoil the rain
Just stand up and complain (heheheh)

Let this be the grouches’ cause:
Point out everybody’s flaws!
Something is wrong with everything
Except the way i sing!

You know what’s right with this world? nuttin!
You know what gets me hot under the collar? you name it!
And the next time some goody-two-shoes smiles and tells you to have a nice day just remember:

Don’t let the sunshine spoil the rain
Just stand up and complain!
Just stand up and complain!

★~ National Mushroom Day:

Not to be confused with National Stuffed Mushroom Day (February 4), today we single out the mushroom itself. Celebrate Enoki, Portobello, Shiitake and Button Mushrooms!   Three Easy Ways To Cook Mushrooms 

★~ Chicken Cacciatore Day:

Cacciatore means “hunter-style” in Italian. This mouthwatering meal was first served in central Italy during the Renaissance period. It is made with chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and herbs served over spaghetti. Add a green salad and a loaf of garlic bread . . . magnifico! Slower Cook Chicken Cacciatore.  Pioneer Women Chicken Cacciatore.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1860 – Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard. Grace Bedell correspondence with Lincoln

♥~ 1917 – Mata Hari  possibly history’s most famous spy, Mata Hari refused a blindfold and threw a kiss to the firing squad at her execution.

♥~ 1988 – Red Red Wine, by UB40, was the first reggae hit to make it to number one in the U.S. From the album Labour of Love, Red Red Wine was #1 for only one week, but turned out to be UB40’s signature song

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1844 – Friedrich Nietzsche philosopher: “Plato was a bore.”; The Birth of Tragedy, Thoughts out of Season, Human, All Too Human, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, Twilight of the Idols, The Antichrist; died Aug 25, 1900

♥~ 1920 – Mario Puzo novelist: The Godfather, Fourth K.; screen playwright: The Godfather series, Earthquake, Superman: The Movie, Superman 2, The Cotton Club,Christopher Columbus: The Discovery;died July 2, 1999

♥~ 1924 – Lee (Lido) Iacocca mechanical engineer, automobile executive: chairperson of Chrysler Corporation, president of Ford Motor Company; author: Iacocca; chairperson: centennial rehabilitation of Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island foundation.

♥~ 1934 – Peter Haskell actor: Robot Wars, Child’s Play, Christina, Bracken’s World, The Law and Harry McGraw, Rich Man, Poor Man-Book II, Rituals; died Apr 12, 2010

♥~ 1943 – Penny (Carole) Marshall actress: Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple, The Bob Newhart Show; director: Renaissance Man, Big, A League of Their Own, Awakenings,Jumpin’ Jack Flash; sister of director, producer Garry Marshall

♥~ 1946 – Richard Carpenter musician, composer, singer: Grammy Award-winning group: Carpenters.

♥~ 1959 –  Emeril Lagasse celebrity chef, TV host: Emeril Live, Essence of Emeril; actor: Emeril; restaurateur: owns restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando

★~ Did You Know:  The “I Love Lucy” show premiered Oct 15, 1951

♥~  The episode “Job Switching” (often referred to as “The Candy Factory Episode”), featured Lucy hand-dipping chocolates with a real-life dipper that Desi Arnaz had spotted working at the Farmer’s Market on Fairfax Avenue. Amanda Milligan had never seen I Love Lucy (she watched wrestling on Monday nights) but Desi hired her anyway: he thought her deadpan expression would make her a perfect “straight woman” for Lucille to react to.During a break in filming, Lucille asked Milligan “So, how do you like working in show business?” An unsmiling Amanda, who’d spent eight hours per day for the past 30 years dipping chocolates, replied “I’ve never been so bored in my life.”

♥~ I Love Lucy almost never made it to the air because CBS had trouble securing a sponsor for the show. Finally, tobacco giant Philip Morris signed on at the 11th hour. As a result, lots of smoking was featured in each episode. There was, however, one small problem—when it came to rich tobacco flavor, Lucille Ball was a Chesterfield girl. She eventually overcame this little hurdle by having a stagehand stuff any on-camera Philip Morris packs full of Chesterfield cigarettes.

♥~ George Reeves, TV’s Superman, guest-starred on an episode of I Love Lucy but was not verbally acknowledged in the closing credits. Guest stars or extras who appeared on ‘I Love Lucy’ were credited at the end of the episode in a voice-over, not in a printed scroll. Lucille didn’t want kids who couldn’t yet read to hear that “the part of Superman was played by….”


Grouch Day is a challenge for me. While I do have my moments, I’m mostly one of those annoying happy people; and when I am grouchy, I usually only share my mood with my nearest and dearest. However, I have found that being grouchy can help make friends. Back when Cole was in grade school, I was having trouble connecting with a mom in his class that I really wanted to like me. I tried all kinds of ways to engage her but was unsuccessful. Finally, one day I was standing outside the school waiting to pick up Cole, and I was in grumpy mood. If I had bitten myself right then, I would have died. The mom I had tried for years to engage with was standing next to me, but I felt nothing but contempt for her and had no interest in putting on my usual dog and pony show. I just stood there without acknowledging her at all! To my surprise, she turned to me and started to talk like we were old friends. The words just flowed forth until the kids came out of the building. I was flummoxed at the time but duly noted that being grouchy may be an effective tool sometimes; I have been known to put on my Oscar hat when the situation seems to call for it.

What about you? Do you have a grumpy story to share?

Have a marvelous Monday! Thanks for dropping bye, Odd Loves Company!

10 thoughts on “October 15, 2012: White Cane Day| Grouch Day| Mushroom Day| Chicken Cacciatore Day

  1. Morno,
    Not hard to be a grouch on Monday Morno but I’m just a happy sort of fella. I like Chicken Cacciatore and mushrooms and I respect the WHite Cane AND I have been known to crack a smile while watching I Love Lucy.
    Have a good one.

  2. Hard for me to be grouchy today since my mom and I have a wonderful day planned-just the two of us. My dad is catching up with some old friends, I arranged for a playdates and car pools for the kids and my mom and I are off to have mani-pedi’s, lunch and then to shop a bit.
    I still giggle at I Love Lucy in re-runs. It’s such simple humor but maybe that is it genius.
    I’m off. Have a merry Monday.

  3. Oscar is my favorite Sesame Character. I feel like he has a lot of depth! Sadly, it’s been a very long time since I have watched Sesame street. My daughter always asks me to make Chicken Cacciatore Day for her birthday dinner.
    I Love Lucy!
    Enjoy your Monday.

    • There is something rather endearing about Oscar, isn’t there? Chicken Cacciatore is an interesting birthday dinner choice, yours must be very good!

  4. not a big ‘ol grouch today…….nice weather for a change.
    will look for the white cane folks.
    the candy factory episode is my favorite i love lucy. probably because it deals with chocolate!
    to me, george reeves was the real superman.

    • The candy episode is such a classic. We had a few white cane collectors. Glad the weather is cooling off–assume that is what you mean by nice weather! I lived for cooler weather when I lived in your party of the country 😀

  5. Like you, I find it hard to be a grouch! I’m more of the Little Debbie Sunshine type (probably annoying to all those grouches out there!)
    We had the White Cane collectors out all weekend — they do a worthwhile service, but you have no real way of proving you’ve already donated, so you end up feeling guilty at every four-way stop!

    • I like when the give you a tag for your car. . .if they don’t I tend to spread my donations out throughout the day. I also give extra to the collectors who make me smile or sell my a little on the cause. I apply the same rule to the homeless.
      Being grouchy is a lot of work!

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