Super Bowl Sunday, Cordova Ice Worm Day, Carrot Cake Day

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February 3, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote:  We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. Anais Nin

★~ Veil Painting:  Taking a bit of El Morno space to show off Cole’s art work. Cole is very fortunate to attend a Waldorf school where art is considered and valued as a main subject and is an essential part of the high school curriculum. The students are introduced to Veil Painting in the 10th grade, a watercolor technique taught in Waldorf Schools, inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s writing and painting. Veil painting requires that the water colors are thinned down to a very light value 7 or 8 on a photographers’ scale, and wet colors are applied one at a time only over dry colors. The artist patiently layers “veils” of color over one another in varying patterns, taking care to not repeat the same shapes in the same place, waiting for an image to arise out of the color itself, then seizing upon the motif that the color has presented. Cole painting was inspired by the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” Albrecht Durer. I patiently waited 12 months for this painting to come home from school so I could hang it on our refrigerator. Ok. Fine. I might find a better place for it….like the living room wall.

★~ Super Bowl Sunday:


The championship game of the U.S. National Football League — the Super Bowl — is the biggest sporting event in the United States. And it’s a spectacle that has a growing international audience.

More than 100 million people in the U.S. and around the world are expected to tune in on Sunday when the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers meet in Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

​​Sunday’s contest is a family affair. For the first time in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues — hockey, basketball, baseball and football — brothers are opposing each other as head coaches in a playoff game. Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh.

★~ Cordova Ice Worm Day:

Cordova Ice Worm Day

In 1898 a young man named E.J. “Stroller” White was struggling to make it as a journalist in Dawson, Alaska. He got a job with the Klondike Nugget on the condition that he increase sales. Luck was with him, because a huge storm soon hit the area, and in the wake of the storm White excitedly announced that a new creature had been discovered: ice worms.

The ice worms that White described were quite bizarre. Being cold-loving creatures, the extreme chill of the recent storm had apparently caused them to crawl out of their holes in a nearby glacier in order to “bask in the unusual frigidity in such numbers that their chirping was seriously interfering with the slumbers of Dawson’s inhabitants.”

The worms soon became the talk of the town and sales of the Klondike Nugget soared as White continued to write about them. People went out on expeditions to find them, carefully listening for their characteristic chirping. And bartenders in town began serving a drink called ‘Ice Worm Cocktails.’

As the years passed and the ice worms retreated back into their home inside the glacier, the tiny creatures became something of a legend, often depicted on local postcards.

Every year the town of Cordova, Alaska celebrates the ice worm with a winter carnival that is held during the last week of January or the first week of February. The festival includes the election of an ice worm king and queen.

★~ Carrot Cake Day:


Carrot Cake has been around since the Middle Ages. At that time, sugar and other sweeteners were rare and very expensive, so people used sweet vegetables to flavor their puddings.

This technique became obsolete for several hundred years, but resurfaced in the 20th century. During World War II, the British government rationed many luxury foods and household staples including sugar. To appease the nation’s sweet tooth, the Ministry of Food promoted recipes for carrot puddings, carrot-filled pies, and carrot cakes.

FYI: The first wild carrots were red, white, yellow and purple. It took 16th-century Dutch farmers crossing a red with a yellow to honor the House of Orange, the royal family, to create the orange roots we enjoy in one of America’s favorite cakes today.

Carrot Cake Recipe  Carrot Cake is a favorite of El Morno Friend Debbie’s son and she will attest to the fact that it’s  just as good without the walnuts.

★~ Today in History:

buddy holly- big bopper-ritchie

♥~ 1959 – The Day The Music Died – Singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed when their plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, shortly after their last concert at the nearby Surf Ballroom.

♥~ 1971- America’s first man in space, Alan Shepard, landed on the lunar surface with Edgar Mitchell during the Apollo 14 mission.

♥~ 1973 – The No. 1 Billboard Hit was “Crocodile Rock,”  by Elton John. The single was the singer’s first No. 1 song  in the United States.

★~ Trending Now: 

♥~ Super Bowl 2013: 49ers-Ravens QB matchup is run vs. gun

♥~ Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at Shooting Range; Suspect Arrested

★~Born Today:


♥~ Charles Lewis Jensen – Daddy and grandaddy extrodinair. Bird watcher, Genealogist, Fig Newton Lover.

♥~ 1874 – Gertrude Stein  When she was 30 years old, she moved to Paris and lived there for almost the rest of her life. She once said, “America is my country and Paris is my hometown.” She covered the walls of her house in Paris with paintings by Cézanne, Picasso, Renoir, Gauguin, and others. Her house became known as “The Salon,” and writers and artists came from all over to get advice and encouragement from her. Ernest Hemingway once said, “Gertrude was always right.”

♥~ 1894 – Norman Rockwell artist: widely known for his realistic, homespun cover art for The Saturday Evening Post; died Nov 8, 1978

♥~ 1950 – Morgan Fairchild (Patsy McClenny) actress: Dallas, Flamingo Road, North and South, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Writer’s Block

★~ Did You Know: 


Before the Ravens and 49ers face off Sunday evening here are some feats, facts and historic firsts about Super Bowl Sunday.

♥~ To date, 3,581,385 have attended Super Bowl games. The largest crowd was 103,985, at Super Bowl XIV (Jan. 1980), which was played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

♥~ Player shares in 2013 include: $88,000 to each member of the winning team; $44,000 to each member of the losing team.

♥~ The Vince Lombardi trophy stands 20.75 inches tall, weighs 107.3 ounces, and is valued in excess of $25,000. The words Vince Lombardi and Super Bowl XLVII are engraved on the base along with the NFL shield.

♥~ For this year’s Super Bowl, American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress Beyoncé will perform at halftime. In Super Bowl I, the halftime entertainment consisted of the Universities of Arizona and Michigan Bands.

♥~ The Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI halftime show last year featuring Madonna was watched by an average of 112.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched Super Bowl halftime ever, surpassing Michael Jackson’s halftime performance in 1993.

♥~ Tom Brady’s 127 pass completions over five Super Bowl games is an NFL record.

♥~ Joe Montana threw the most touchdown passes (4 games) in Super Bowl history with 11 perfect strikes.

♥~ San Francisco scored 8 touchdowns in Super Bowl XXIV (Jan. 1990) over Denver, the most by any team in Super Bowl history.

♥~ 23 NFL head coaches have won Super Bowls with more than one team.

♥~ 18 individuals have won Super Bowls both as a player and as a coach.

♥~ 14 fathers and sons have reached the Super Bowl.

♥~ 22 sets of brothers have reached the Super Bowl.

♥~ 6 NFL head coaches led their team to the Super Bowl in their first season, the last being Jim Caldwell of the Indianapolis Colts in 2009.

♥~ Based on Nielsen record figures, Super Bowl XLV (Feb. 2011) was watched by 162,900,000 viewers on FOX, the most in Super Bowl history.

♥~ The oldest winning coach in Super Bowl history was Tom Coughlin, 65, in Super Bowl XLVI (Feb, 2012); while the youngest was Mike Tomlin, 36, in Super Bowl XLIII (Feb. 2009)

♥~ The ticket prices for Super Bowl I (Jan. 1967) in Los Angeles were $6, $10 and $12.

♥~ This year ticket prices for this years Superbowl were $600, $800, $900 and $1,200.

♥~ Super Bowl XLVII will be the 10th Super Bowl held in New Orleans since 1970, putting the city into a tie with South Florida for the most by any single location.

♥~ The use of Roman numerals to designate Super Bowls began with game V (Jan. 1971), won by the Baltimore Colts over the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13.

♥~ The price of a 30-second commercial for Super Bowl I in 1967 was $42,000. This year, by comparison, for Super Bowl XVII, a 30-second commercial will run $3,800,000.

♥~ It is estimated that more than 179.1 million people will watch the game Sunday, February 3, the up from an estimated 172.5 million last year.

♥~ Nearly three-quarters (74.0 percent) of those watching the game will buy wings, pizza, chips, soda. Additionally, 3.9 million households will buy new furniture items, such as entertainment centers, chairs and couches, while 7.5 million will buy decorations.

♥~ It is estimated that Americans will consume 1.23 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl this year, a 1 percent decline from last year, according to the National Chicken Council.

♥~ Mexico will be the largest supplier of avocados for the Super Bowl, according to the Henry Avocado Corp.

♥~ According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, $93.90 million was wagered on the Super Bowl last year in the state of Nevada.

♥~ There are approximately 22,000 hotel rooms in downtown New Orleans and another 37,000 in the metropolitan area; and all are sold out.

♥~ According to the New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, approximately 150,000 tourists will have stormed New Orleans for Super Bowl 47 this year.

♥~ According to an economic study conducted by the University of New Orleans, Super Bowl 47 will have a $432 million impact on the city.


Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  I hardly know anything about football but I do enjoy the game, commercials and food. We always have ribs, chicken wings, chips and guacamole  along with other various and sundry Super Bowl snacks. Normally we just graze all day long and then eat our ribs during the game. It’s a fun low key day. What are you planning for the day? Are you cheering for particular team?


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17 thoughts on “Super Bowl Sunday, Cordova Ice Worm Day, Carrot Cake Day

  1. Morno,

    I’m back. Florida and golf were great but it is good to be home. Even if it is wet and cold. Catching up with the mail and laundry and then heading over to my sisters house for the Super Bowl. We always have chili and enough snacks to feed an army. I am cheering for the Ravens. Glad those puppies picked the right team.
    Cole is very talented. I can’t draw a straight line without a ruler.
    Enjoy your day.

    • Glad you are back Mike! Ravens won! So that had to make your Super Bowl party fun. Eventful game.
      Thanks of Cole’s behalf..I can’t draw either.

  2. Hi Mike. I see you are back. Glad you had a good time. Cole’s picture is amazing. He is really gifted although I suspect that kind of painting also takes skill and work. I’m looking forward to eating bad for you food all day and laying low with friends watching the game. I’m cheering for the Ravens. We have a Super Bowl pot luck so I’m never sure what we will have but it’s all really good. I am taking deviled eggs and a sweet and spicy dip that everyone seems to enjoy.
    Love the puppy video. Those puppies were just adorable.
    Happy Super Bowl!

    • Thanks Geri. The painting did take a certain level of skill beyond talent which is why I think Cole is so pleased with it.
      Ravens Won! I love, love, love deviled eggs. I bet they were gone in a flash.

  3. I’ll be working all day. With any luck, I’ll get done my project in time to watch the half time show and the second half. Since the Bears are out and I don’t hate either team who is playing I’m fine with either team winning. What I like is a good, close, exciting game. So that’s what I’m rooting for. As for snacks, nice pot of stew for sure. Not sure what other snacks. Matt’s getting those. Knowing him it’ll be lots of fruit and veggies. Haha.

    • Well…it was a good, close exciting game. Love stew. Yum, with crusty bread. Matt buys fruit and veggies for snacks?? Good to know….

  4. Happy Super Bowl

    Cole’s veil painting is beautiful. I have never heard of that technique before and would love to learn more. I dabble in art and love the concept of it be a part of a school curriculum oppose to an afterthought or elective.

    I’m hosting a Super Bowl party. Mostly neighborhood friends and everyone brings something. We have pulled pork sandwiches, potato skins, chicken wings and lots of chips and dips. Something for everyone. Carrot cake sounds so good. I need to make a grocery store run and I might see if they have one. We don’t have a lot of desserts. Just a few things for the kids. We will cheer for the 49ers since we have California family.


    • Thanks Liz. Hope you had fun. Did you find your carrot cake? Sorry about the 49r but it was a really close game. I love potato skins…have not had them in ages.

  5. Happy B-day to Kb’s dad! Bet he and my late dad would have gotten along (both were born under Aquarius!).
    Ah, you remembered about Domer loving Carrot Cake — thanks for the recipe b/c I didn’t have a really good one to give him.
    I’ll be watching the Super Bowl, but I don’t have a dog in this fight (I’m more fascinated by the commercials, heehee!)
    Loved the Golden puppies picking out the Super Bowl winner — those pups are just too cute! If they’d stay that size, I’d want a whole bunch of ’em!

    • Thanks Debbie…I have always been surrounded by water signs and I am fire. Thank goodness my mother is a Gemini. My dad, Joe, Cole…all water.
      The commercials were good last night. Some lost me but I enjoyed a number of them.
      Those puppies were right! Of-course Goldens usually are…

  6. I’m in El Paso so I’ll be watching the Super Bowl with my friends. I don’t really care who wins as long as the commercials are fun.
    I hope you and Cole enjoy all the snacks and Ribs.

  7. nice piece of artwork by cole. i think the painting would look better on a wall.
    too cute pups in the video!
    happy birthday to your dad!
    a farm romp in the morning to tire nikki out. success! went with a friend to our favorite bbq place to watch animal planet’s puppy bowl ix & then the first half of the game. i don’t need to say which i enjoyed more this year….none of my teams made it to the big game. eats were varied, good tasting & plentiful. i’m stuffed.

    • Thanks Irene…Well, ok..I might be able to find a wall for it.
      Those pups were right..figures….Golden’s.
      Sounds like you had a successful weekend!

  8. Cole has done a fantastic job on his painting. Hope he continues to paint and do some more that inspire him. It is such a nice relaxing hobby. Happy Birthday to your Dad. Hope he has a great day.Puppy bowl much better than the super bowl.

    • Thanks Carol! I suspect Cole will always engage in some sort of painting and art. He loves it. My dad appreciated the Birthday wishes….not as much as the Fig Newton wishes tho which he found very amusing.
      Stay warm and toasty.

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