Peculiar People Day, Cut Energy Cost Day, Houseplant Appreciation Day, Bittersweet Chocolate Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
January 10,2013

Winter Sunrise

★~ Today’s Quote:  “By approaching my problems with “What might make things a little better?” rather than “What is the solution?” I avoid setting myself up for certain frustration. My experience has shown me that I am not going to solve anything in one stroke; at best I am only going to chip away at it.”  ― Hugh Prather, I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

★~ Peculiar People Day:

Pecular City

It’s our day to shine! Both Odd and Peculiar celebrate ‘different.’ We put our keys in the freezer, drive off to school without our children, and are surprised when 8 cups of flour makes 80 buns instead of 24.. Of-course I’m using the collective “We” because I know you’re a bit “Odd” too in your own peculiar wonderful way!  I like that about you…Odd Loves Company! Happy Peculiar People Day! May the odds be with you.

★~ Cut Energy Cost Day:


Finding ways to save money is something we can all embrace. Doing an energy audit on your home is a great way to celebrate CuttingYour Energy Costs Day.”

★~ Houseplant Appreciation Day:


We have put the holiday decorations away and as we look around the house, something  catches our eye. It’s over there, in the corner of the room. It’s still green, but it sure looks dry. And, its drooping a bit. Why, it’s our houseplant that with all the holiday hubabuloo, we’ve all but forgotten….Well aren’t our houseplants lucky that  the tenth of January has arrived and we are back to tending to them with tender, loving, care!

★~Bittersweet Chocolate Day:


Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate that does not contain milk. According to FDA standards, bittersweet chocolate must contain at least 35 percent chocolate liquor. The more chocolate liquor that’s added, the more intense the bitter flavor of the chocolate.

Research shows that daily consumption of bittersweet chocolate is actually quite good for you. It contains antioxidant compounds and flavonoids, helps lower blood pressure, and helps protect your heart.

So go ahead and eat a few pieces of bittersweet chocolate, and perhaps chase it down with a glass of heart-healthy wine.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1960 Marty Robbins’ hit tune, Lorena Bobbitt,  ran 4 minutes and 20 seconds, giving many radio station program directors fits; because the average record length at that time was around 2 minutes, and formats didn’t allow for records much longer than that, (e.g., 2-minute record, 3 minutes for commercials, 60 seconds for promo, 2-minute record, etc.).

♥~ 1976 –  Convoy was the #1 single in the U.S. — on both pop and country charts. “Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck … You gotta copy on me, Pig Pen, c’mon? Ah, yeah, 10-4, Pig Pen, fer shure, fer shure. By golly, it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c’mon. Yeah, that’s a big 10-4 there, Pig Pen, yeah, we definitely got the front door, good buddy. Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy…”

♥~ 1984Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry [1967] to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

♥~ 1994Lorena Bobbitt went on trial in Manassas, VA. She was charged with the malicious wounding of her husband John. She had cut off his penis, but was eventually acquitted by reason of temporary insanity

★~ Born Today:

Rod Stewart

♥~ 1836 – Charles Ingalls, otherwise known as “Pa” in his daughter Laura Ingalls Wilder’s  Little House on the Prairie books. Born in Cuba, New York , Ingalls descended on his father’s side from a Mayflower passenger, and on his mother’s from an early settler of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His family had been New Englanders for generations, but they moved to the tallgrass prairies of Illinois when Ingalls was a boy. As an adult he moved by covered wagon from areas that are now Wisconsin to Kansas, back to Wisconsin, to Minnesota, to Iowa, back to Minnesota, and to the railroad town of De Smet, South Dakota, where he lived the rest of his life.

♥~ 1945~ Roderick David “Rod” Stewart, is a British rock singer-songwriter of Scottish and English ancestry. He is one of the best selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. In the UK, he has had six consecutive number one albums, and his tally of 62 hit singles include 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position. He has had 16 top ten singles in the U.S, with four of these reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

♥~ 1949 – George Foreman boxer: oldest heavyweight champion at age 45 [Nov 5, 1994]; commercial pitchman

★~ Did You Know: 


Every time you bite into an orange, you are tasting the results of the sunshine that went into the plant. The same sensation comes with other fresh ripe fruits and vegetables. In the orange battery, citric acid reacts with the zinc in nails inserted in an orange to release light energy. But the glow you see is not all that bright -photographer Caleb Charland, who made the battery, said the photograph required 14 hours of exposure! Still, this beautiful picture was worth it. Link -via Colossal


Hope everyone is staying well. I had my first flu shot this year. Cole will have his today.  My sweet Mother was worried about us. It’s called setting a good example for Cole….no matter how old you are, do not worry your Mother. So far however, we feeeelllll GOOOD and we hope you do too!!

Odd Loves Company! 

11 thoughts on “Peculiar People Day, Cut Energy Cost Day, Houseplant Appreciation Day, Bittersweet Chocolate Day

  1. Morno,
    I had my flu shot back in November. Three people out at work this week–all of them sick as dogs. Even with the shot it’s a nasty virus.
    The bakery makes a bittersweet cake. Not sure if the office is up to it this week, tho. The video and reactions are very funny.
    Enjoy your day.

  2. I had my bout with the flu over the holiday. Dad doctor wrote me a script for Tamiflu and it helped. I was planning to get the the flu shot over my vacation.
    Fascinating about the orange. Laughed all the way through the video. Thanks for the energy saving tips. Fortunately the temps have been mild this year, so far.

    • I have heard Tamiflu is the go to drug if you do catch the flu. Having a Doctor dad must be so handy. The video made me laugh too–the reactions were just so funny.

  3. coming off of christmas, when i hear of cyndi lauper, i think of her duet with sinatra. talk about an odd or peculiar pairing! liked their version of santa claus is coming to town though.
    i faithfully get my flu shot in october. free (sure) at work. good for you & cole for getting your shots!

    • Your right—perfect peculiar pair. Seems like everyone I know is sick or recovering from being sick–so I think my mother made the wise choice for us. 😀

  4. El Morno! influence can spread far and wide. Last year I was influenced by a post to purchase two little house plants. If I could attach a photo I could show you how wonderfully they have thrived. So I gave them some extra appreciation today.

    • Cool beans! I need to find a way for people to attach pictures. If you want to send me a picture…I can post it, tho. BTW–honoring you on the full moon this month. No I have not forgotten…

  5. Thank heaven you’ll both be shot after today. This flu is a bad one. So many people in the hospital and so many have already died from it.
    That video was very funny.

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