Do A Grouch A Favor Day, Almond Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
February 16, 2013

sunlit snow


★~ Today’s Quote:  “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ― Steve Maraboli,

★~ Do A Grouch A Favor Day:

Oscar the grouch
One of the best-known grouches of modern history is Oscar, a Muppet character first introduced on “Sesame Street” in 1969. Like all grouches, Oscar’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grumpy as possible. He complains about everything, then wants to pass that feeling on to everyone else. When a visitor knocks on his trash can – invariably interrupting him from a nap or an important task – Oscar greets them with a snarl. He’s a grumpy old fart, always complaining that he wants to be left alone.

Some times the best favor you can do for a grouch is leave them alone to suffer their own company. And sometimes a grouch just needs a hug and a distraction to have a better day.

★~ Almond Day:


You will never go hungry again if you stash a handful of heart-healthy almonds in your purse or gym bag.

Almonds are packed full of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber, and can help lower cholesterol. While they are native to the Middle East and South Asia, the state of California, produces 80% of the world’s supply of almonds.

The crunchy almond can be served roasted with a little sea salt.   Or you can spice them up with cumin and cayenne; enjoy them spicy-sweet in a honey-sesame crust, or cover them with a combination of vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. I like mine cover in chocolate!

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1868: The Jolly Corks organization in New York City changed its name to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

♥~ 1918 –  Lithuania proclaimed its independence. Happy Lithuania Day to Doville and her family (my sister-in-law)

♥~ 1937 –  Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.

♥~ 1968 –  The nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala.

♥~ 1980 –  “Do That to Me One More Time” by Captain & Tennille topped the charts and stayed there for a week.

♥~ 1998 – A driver ticketed in Great Falls, Montana, for doing 104 miles an hour in a 45 zone told police he had washed his truck and was just trying to dry it off. He was cited for reckless drying.

★~Born Today:

John McEnroe

♥~ 1959 –  John McEnroe, Tennis Hall of Famer, In 1992, at the age of 33, McEnroe became the oldest men’s player ever to win a Grand Slam (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open) title of any kind when he and Michael Stich of Germany captured the Wimbledon men’s doubles championship.

♥~ 1961 – Andy Taylor musician: guitar: group: Duran Duran: Planet Earth, Hungry like the Wolf, Save a Prayer, Rio, Is There Something I Should Know, Union of the Snake, Wild Boys

♥~ 1971 – Sarah Clarke, Actress, Twilight

★~ Did You Know: Odd News From This Week


♥~ Pope Resigns, Lightning Strikes St. Peters: Just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced that he was resigning the papacy, a photographer caught lightning striking the dome of St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. Filippo Monteforte, a photographer for Agence France Presse, waited for two hours in the rain to get the shot. He had a feeling that he might catch lightning during the storm. However, he missed the first lightning strike -but caught the second strike. If it was a sign from God, He made sure that the photographer had it on film.

♥~ Alabama Lemur Held for Ransom: Gizmo, a ringtail lemur kept as a family pet, was taken from his home in Mobile, Alabama, during a burglary in January. After Gizmo’s owner offered a cash reward for the stolen lemur, investigators got a tip from someone who had seen the lemur in Welborn’s possession. Investigators say Welborn thought he could ransom the animal, and had contacted its owner with information on Gizmo’s whereabouts. But before Welborn’s plan could pay off, authorities moved in and made an arrest. George County police have charged Wellborn with possession of stolen property, and he is awaiting extradition to Mississippi, where other charges are pending against him. Gizmo was returned to his home, where he is doing fine

♥~ Disabled not Allowed  In Disability  Court: This may be the weirdest story of British bureaucracy gone wild yet. Occasionally, disabled people must go to court to prove their disabilities or face losing benefits. However, someone decided to put the disability tribunal on the fourth floor of the Acorn House building in Basildon, England. Therefore, health and safety officials barred people in wheelchairs from attending because exit would be difficult in the event of a fire.

Sylvia Middleton, from Wickford Place in Pitsea, was turned away last Wednesday.

She said: “They said they couldn’t guarantee my safety and they didn’t let wheelchairs upstairs.

“Why are they holding disability tribunals in a building disabled people aren’t allowed in?”

The 65-year-old has been told she has to wait two months for a new hearing 12 miles away at Southend.

Officials had originally ordered she attend the court or risk losing her disability benefits.

Court officials claim the ruling is in error and are trying to work out a policy in which no one will be turned away.

♥~ Stuck At 125MPH for an Hour:  It started with a trip to a supermarket. It ended with a high-speed chase, a frantic call to police, a highway-bound ballet, a border crossing, a ditch, and a guy who is very, very lucky to be alive. Frank Lecerf, from his home in Pont-de-Metz, near the French city of Amiens, was making his weekly trip to the grocery store in his Renault Laguna. He was going 60 miles an hour when the car’s speed dial jammed. Lecerf tried to brake. Instead of slowing, though, the car sped up — with each tap on the brake leading to more acceleration. Eventually, the car reached a speed of 125 mph — and then remained stuck there. For an hour. He called police, who cleared roads and alerted toll gates to open for Lecerf. They also patched in a Renault engineer on the phone, but nothing they did could stop the vehicle. The car finally came to a stop in a village in Belgium when it ran out of gas an hour later. Lecerf had driven over 100 miles. There is no word yet on why the car accelerated out of control.

♥~ Cope Chase Donut Truck:  James Fred Major drunkenly wandered around a gas station in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on February 7, asking for a cigarette before hopping into a Krispy Kreme truck and speeding away. Dewayne Tobias, the Krispy Kreme truck driver, stopped there to make a delivery and wisely left the door unlocked and the keys in the ignition. Cops on patrol spotted a truck matching the description of the stolen vehicle and a high-speed chase ensued. The Krispy Kreme truck then crashed into a mailbox, and Major tried to flee on foot but was quickly brought down by a K-9 police dog and arrested by the police.


I discovered  Downton Abbey!, Tuning in yesterday for the first time.  It was so good, I watch all of season 1 (seven episodes–6 hours) and plan to watch season 2 today. The characters were so amusing and wonderful I wrote down bits of the dialogue.

Cora: “I hate to go behind Robert’s back.”
Lady Grantham: “That is a scruple no successful wife can afford.”

Lady Grantham: “Last night! He looked so well. Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house.”

Mrs Patmore:  Daisy: I was only trying to help. Mrs. P: Oh!…Judus was only trying to help, I suppose, when he brought the Roman Soldiers to the Garden.

Mrs. Patmore:  You (Daisy) are normally dozy, but tonight you make Sleeping Beauty look alert.

I can’t wait to get started watching season 2!  If you haven’t started watching–you must. If you are watching does it just get better and better?

Odd Loves Company!

12 thoughts on “Do A Grouch A Favor Day, Almond Day

  1. Morno,

    How do they figure out you need exactly 23 almonds? What if I only eat 19 or decide to eat 31 will that throw everything off?
    It’s Saturday so a grouch may be a little harder to find but I will keep my eyes open.
    I have not watched, Downton Abbey, but people are always talking about it at the office. Strikes me as a ladies series.
    Amazing story about the guy who managed to handle his car at 125 miles an hour for over an hour. The police did a good job of managing that one.
    Need to work on my taxes today. Which might turn me into the grouch after all.
    Have a good one.

    • Just count the almonds and eat 23. If you want more…eat another 23.
      The police did do a good job helping that guy…I’m not sure he would have done as well in the States.
      Good job with the taxes…I think taxes makes everyone grouchy.

  2. love almonds! trouble is keeping it to one daily handful.
    am a tiny bit of a grouch this morning. have a five hour inservice for work to look forward to. i will see friends which will brighten the day considerably, but at the moment, i’m not feeling it.
    that disability court sounds to me to be the disabled one.
    gotta go. good day!

    • I have known people that can’t eat nuts like peanuts or cashews that do fine with almonds BUT I guess it all depends on is bugging your tummy. And there are other ways to find the same nutritional value. If you wanted to take a chance–go for the Nutella! 😀
      The car was in France and I guess he had to go through some toll booths, but the police were organized enough to have them open for him. Seemed like a very organized effort..very lucky for the driver.

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    • Who is your favorite character? Of-course I liked the Dowager, but I also really like Cora. And despite her disposition I love Mrs. Patmore. The story really is rich and keeps you hanging from one episode to the next.
      I am watching season 2. They have just turned Downton into a hospital and I hated it…I mean really! 😀

      • Love all the characters..I have the DVDs of Downton Abby..I have watched them many times..can’t get enough..I have the book, The World of Downton Abby, too..The history of that period is very interesting as well as all the personal stories. 😀

  4. Love, Love Downton Abby. I wait for the season to begin. . .It is just so well done.
    Usually keep some Almonds in my purse to snack on. They seem to give me energy in the afternoon. I never knew the exact amount to eat, tho.
    My oldest daughter who is usually happy as a clam woke up grouchy and all out of sorts. Giving her lots of hugs and some special attention because I have a feeling she is coming down with something. Very unlike her to be so crabby.
    Hope the cops that caught the donut thief were justly rewarded.

    • I started the second season today. I think that I liked gracious living over the war and I’m a little tired of Anna and Mr. Bates, but I am still enjoying every episode and can’t wait to see what is next.
      Hope your daughter was just out of sorts, and it wasn’t anything more!

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