October 4, 2012: Toot Your Flute Day| Taco Day| Vodka Day|

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October 4, 2012

Fall Colors

★~ Today’s Quote: I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. ~ Ron White

★~ Toot Your Flute Day:

Admit it, you’re a an awesome and wonderful person.  And you look fabulous. It’s true! This is the one day out of the year where it really is all about you! So make sure everyone knows it, because frankly, you earned it by being so ridiculously great!

★~Taco Day:


In 1520, the conquistador Hernando Cortez wrote to King Charles V of Spain to tell him that he had a “muy buena cena” in the New World. The Aztec inhabitants had prepared him a “tlaxcalli” or “tortilla.” This is the first historical reference to tacos! These days you can enjoy (oh the horror) spaghetti tacos, peanut butter and jelly tacos, and (are your ready?) armadillo taco’s. Thank you very much but I’m sticking with my dad’s beef tacos or the local Mexican grocery store tacos!

★~ National Vodka Day: 

Cheers to National Vodka Day! I thought since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, that I would share a recipe for preparing a 100 proof Turkey. This is the perfect turkey to serve if family gatherings make you a bit tense, after a bite of two of this turkey you will attain that blissful state of intoxication wherein your relatives’ little comments can’t drive you into a homicidal rage. (click for more fascinating Vodka facts)

100-Proof Turkey Recipe

14 lb turkey
2 bunch thyme
2 bunch oregano
2 bunch sage
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 stems celery, diced
6 oz olive oil
8 oz fresh cranberries
4 oz Georgi Vodka each in the following flavors: peach, apple, cherry, orange and lemon
8 oz Georgi Blue Vodka (100 proof)

Put turkey breast-down the night before with the diced vegetables, one bunch each of fresh herbs, cranberries and 4 oz of each flavored vodka. Refrigerate to marinate. On the morning of Thanksgiving, turn the turkey breast-up and cover with herbs and vegetables. Roast in oven at 375 degrees for three hours.

Blend the remaining fresh herbs, olive oil and Georgi Vodka Blue and inject into turkey.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1881 – The player piano was invented by Edward Leveaux of Sussex, England, who received a U.S. patent for it this day.

♥~  1957 – History changed, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world’s first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball (58 cm.or 22.8 inches in diameter), weighed only 83.6 kg. or 183.9 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race.

♥~ 1957 – Leave It to Beaver premiered on CBS-TV. “…And starring Jerry Mathers as the Beaver,” Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver), Tony Dow (Wally), and Barbara Billingsley as Mrs. June Cleaver. The Cleavers lived a surreal-American life. June even did the housework in three strands of pearls, fashion plate dresses, makeup and high heels. Life was so grand!

♥~ 1966 – It was, indeed, a Sunny day for singer Bobby Hebb, who received a shiny gold record award for his song.

♥~ 1981- History’s oldest gerbil, Sahara, died at age 8 years 4-and-a-half months. Sahara was owned by Aaron Milstone of Lathrup Village, Michigan.

★~Born Today:

Susan Sarandon

♥~ 10/04/1957– Happy Birthday El Morno Friend Julianne Pierce Joyce! Born the day the.first sputnik was sent into Orbit. . . .”My Dad always joked the day I came into the world they decided to find another place to live.” Julianne  the world is a brighter place because you are a part of it!

♥~ 1861 – Frederic Remington artist: captured the American West on his canvases; died Dec 26, 1909

♥~ 1924 – Charlton Heston (John Charlton Carter) Academy Award-winning actor:

♥~ 1937 – Jackie Collins author: Hollywood Wives, Hollywood Husbands, Rockstar, Lady Boss, American Star; actress: Barnacle Bill, The Safecracker, Passport to Shame,Jackie’s Back!; sister of actress Joan Collins

♥~ 1941 – Anne Rice (Howard O’Brien Rice) author: Interview with a Vampire

♥~ 1946 – Susan Sarandon (Tomaling) Academy Award-winning actress: Dead Man Walking [1995]; Little Women, Atlantic City, Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo’s Oil, Witches of Eastwick,Bull Durham, The Client, Search for Tomorrow

★~ Did you know: Leave It To Beaver Trivia… 🙂

Leave it to Beaver

♥~ From 1957 to 1963 and in decades of reruns, the glamorous June, who wore pearls and high heels at home, could be counted on to help her husband, Ward (Hugh Beaumont), get their son Theodore, better known as Beaver (Jerry Mathers), and his older brother, Wally (Tony Dow), out of countless minor jams, whether an alligator in the basement or a horse in the garage. Baking a steady supply of cookies, she would use motherly intuition to sound the alarm about incipient trouble (“Ward, I’m worried about the Beaver”) in their immaculate, airy house in the fictional town of Mayfield. (The house appeared to have no master bedroom, just a big door from which Ward and June occasionally emerged, tying their bathrobes.) On the show June Cleaver wore her famous high heels for height advantage over “her boy” as they experienced growth spurts and the pearls were used to conceal a surgical scar on her neck.

♥~ Jerry Mathers (Beaver) started his show business career at the tender age of two modeling for department stores. By the time he auditioned for the role of Beaver Cleaver, his resume was filled with TV and film credits. Contrary to urban legend, Jerry Mathers did not die in Vietnam. He served in the Air Force Reserve while he was still in high school and then tried to enlist in the Marines who told him he would have to remain stateside because of their reluctance to risk the negative publicity that would follow if the child star  were to die in Vietnam. Someone with a similar name (Private J Mathers) was killed in Vietnam, and the news services mistakenly reported that is was the star of Leave It to Beaver who had died.

♥~ Tony Dow (Wally), A Junior Olympics diving champion, went to his first audition at the request of the lifeguard who worked at the pool where he worked out. (The lifeguard was up for a role and needed an athletic youth who could dive off of cliffs to play his son.) That particular pilot didn’t sell, but the producers remembered Dow when they were casting the role of Beaver’s older brother, a high school jock who lettered in almost every sport. For the last dozen years,Tony Dow has been carving out a new career, as a sculptor with pieces that have shown at numerous venues, including — the Louvre in Paris.

♥~ Life has turned out just swell for Eddie Haskell, the disingenuous troublemaker on “Leave it to Beaver,” who could turn on the charm when adults were around. In 1970, Ken Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department and spent 18 years on the force, most of them as a motorcycle cop. He has been married to the same woman for 40 years -Sandy- and has two children.

♥~ Hugh Beaumont (Mr Cleaver) was a deeply religious man and obtained his Master of Theology degree from USC in 1946. He only turned to acting after he was assigned as pastor to a community that couldn’t afford to pay him. To supplement his income, he first did ads and serials on radio. When he made the transition to television, he was usually cast as the “bad guy” until Leave It to Beaver came along. Beaumont was always professional on the set and friendly to the kids, but he harbored a deep sadness that he blamed on the show. He lived with his family part of the year in Minnesota, and he usually drove his crew to L.A. when it was time to work. However, because filming on Beaver began rather abruptly after the pilot sold, Beaumont had to fly to California, leaving his son Hunter to drive Beaumont’s wife and her mother out west. Hunter lost control of the car along the way, and Beaumont’s mother-in-law was killed in the crash.


Take a fika and enjoy a kanelbullens dag (enjoy a break with a nice cinnamon bun) with your cuppa today! Today, our lucky Swedish friends are celebrating Cinnamon Bun Day, but there isn’t any reason we can’t take a break (fika) and celebrate with them! It’s the friendly thing to do! I would love to be able to make cinnamon buns, but I think my family is going to have to celebrate with Pillsbury.

Maybe a cinnamon bun will sweeten my disposition. I feel better but not great, and I’m tired of being home . . . even Rascal is becoming bored with me. Time to head out for a cinnamon bun and tea out of a paper Starbucks cup!

Perhaps tomorrow’s El Morno will offer more than Leave It to Beaver trivia and vodka infused turkeys. We can only hope, right?


10 thoughts on “October 4, 2012: Toot Your Flute Day| Taco Day| Vodka Day|

  1. Tacos for lunch. BEEF tacos. The vodka infused turkey sounds interesting. Mrs. Cleaver sure was pretty. I think I watched the show just because she was the mom. My mom was pretty but she didn’t wear high heals around the house.
    Hope you’re 100 percent soon.

  2. Still feeling low? That bug really did bite hard. Seems a shame to waste vodka on a dead bird when we could just drink it straight and enjoy our butterball on the side. I love to watch Player Pianos.
    The soup can episode of Leave to Beaver has to be the best. Funny how June Cleaver and Ed Haskill are still used to describe people today and even kids who have never seen an episode seem to understand the reference.

    • I’m not sure I have ever really watched a full episode of The Beaver. BUT I know the characters and I can picture Beaver stuck in the soap can. It must just be one of those shows that has just ebbed it’s way into the culture.

  3. Leave It To Beaver was before my time but I use to love to watch it in reruns and I had such a crush on Wally. It must have been because he was a jock or because I was a nerdy little kid.
    I love tacos made with beef or chicken, a spaghetti taco sounds just awful.
    Hope you’re able to go out for a little while and enjoy this beautiful fall day!

    • Spaghetti tacos sound like a nothing mucher to me too! I did go out for a little while and it was beautiful before the rain and wind kicked up. I think we are due for a little weather.

  4. you’re back amongst us, katybeth! glad you are feeling better.
    i’ll toast national vodka day with a white russian.
    leave it to beaver……..good show. no wonder wally looked in such good shape…….impressed with his diving championship. i’m still amused by barbara billingsley’s *i speak jive* in one of those airplane movies from the 80s. talk about out of character!

    • Funny! I tried to find that clip on You Tube. I’m sure it’s there but it was taking more time to search than I could give it at the moment.
      Cheers! My Mom will celebrate with a Lemon Drop and I of-course will toast with a little bottle of coke!

  5. Happy you are on the mend and starting to feel like you will live for another day. No fun to have to put up with those nasty bugs, for sure. I will be rootin’ tootin’ my flute today just because I can.(not)

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