Memorial Day, Sunscreen Day, Grape Popsicle Day

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May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

★~ Today’s Quote:  It’s foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” George S Patton

★~ Memorial Day: 

Memorial Day

Many thanks to each of our veterans and their families for your sacrifices and all you’ve done and continue to do for all of us. This weekend is yours and we salute you!

★~ Sunscreen Day:


Summer is here, lather up and protect your skin  from the sun’s harmful rays and keep it healthy and vibrant.

★~ Grape Popsicle Day;

Grape popscicle

Little Frank Epperson was just eleven years old when he made a soft drink one winter night in 1905 by mixing soda water powder and water, a popular concoction at the time. He left a stirring stick in it and mistakenly left it on the porch overnight. The next morning, Frank found the concoction frozen to the stick, tasted it, and showed it to friends. Eighteen years later, in 1923, he applied for a patent on his “frozen ice on a stick.” He decided to call the novelty the Eppsicle ice pop and began producing the frozen treat in several different flavors. A father by then, his children had begun referring to the Eppsicle as the Popsicle. That name has stuck.  Today is called Grape Popsicle Day because that was the first flavor Frank Eppsicle made, but you can celebrate Popsicle Day with your favorite flavor!

~ Two billion Popsicle are sold annually.

~ Cherry is the No. 1 Popsicle flavor

~ The twin popsicle was invented during the great depressions, so two children could share one popsicle for just a nickel

★~ Today in History:

Golden Gate Bridge

♥~ 1790 – In England 19-year-old heir Jeremiah Carlton went to bed and stayed 70 years just because he wanted to. More than 40 servants fed and bathed him until he died in bed at age 89. Odd.

♥~ 1930- Richard Drew patented cellophane tape.

♥~ 1933 – Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning animated short “The Three Little Pigs” was first released.

♥~ 1937 – Ceremonies marking the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge were held in San Francisco, CA. The bridge has been called one of the greatest engineering marvels in the world.

♥~ 1957 – That’ll be the Day, by The Crickets and featuring Buddy Holly, was released by Brunswick Records. On September 14th, the tune became the most popular record in the U.S. It was the first hit for Holly and his group after two previous releases went nowhere on Decca Records in 1956.

♥~ 1999 –  The restoration of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci went on display in Milan, Italy. The restoration, in the refectory of the Milanese Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, took 22 years to complete.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1837 – Wild Bill (James Butler) Hickok U.S. Marshall, frontiersman, army scout, gambler, legendary marksman; shot [from behind] and killed Aug 2, 1876 while playing poker holding a pair of aces and a pair of eights [known since as the ‘dead man’s hand’]

♥~ 1935 – Lee Ann Meriwether- Miss America [1955]; actress: Barnaby Jones, Batman

♥~ 1936 – Lou Gossett Jr. Academy Award-winning actor: An Officer and a Gentleman [1982]; Emmy Award winner: Roots-Part Two [1977]; Sadat, Enemy Mine, Iron Eagle series

♥~ 1955 – Richard Schiff actor: The West Wing, The Bodyguard, Hoffa, Ghost in the Machine, The Hudsucker Proxy, Volcano, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Pentagon Wars, Deep Impact, Crazy in Alabama, Forces of Nature

♥~ 1961 – Cathy Silvers actress: Happy Days; Phil Silvers’ daughter

♥~1963 –  The album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released by Columbia. Establishing Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached No.22 in the US charts and No.1 in the UK charts. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame.

♥~ 1965 – Todd Bridges actor: Diff’rent Strokes, Fish, Home Boys, Twice Dead

★~ Good to Know:

Memorial Day

♥~ Memorial Day was established to honor those who’d died in the bloody conflicts of the Civil War, and continues to serve as a day of remembrance.

♥~ It was originally called Decoration Day: To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967.

♥~ It was not always celebrated on Monday: After the Civil War, General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, called for a holiday commemorating fallen soldiers to be observed every May 30. But due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends.

♥~Observe a National Moment of Remembrance — It’s the Law: In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen.

♥~ James A. Garfield delivered the speech at the first Memorial Day ceremony on May 30, 1868, he addressed the several thousand people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery. “If silence is ever golden,” Garfield said, “it must be beside the graves of 15,000 men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung.” *it was called Decoration Day in 1868.

♥~ Several states observe Confederate Memorial Day: In addition to the national holiday, nine states officially set aside a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War: Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. The days vary, but only Virginia observes Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May, in accordance with the federal observance of Memorial Day.

♥~ Waterloo, NY is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day:  In 1966 Congress unanimously passed a resolution to officially recognize Waterloo as the birthplace of the holiday. However, it remains a contentious debate, with other towns, like Boalsburg, Pa., claiming the title of “Birthplace of Memorial Day” as well.


I’m writing Mondays El Morno with my foot in ice.  A little Coke straight up with a rootbeer float chaser is at my side. The popcorn is within reach. Let me tell you about my Bad News, Good News, Sunday, in order of occurrence.

Bad News: I dropped a large jar of sauce on my foot.

Good News: The jar didn’t break and neither did my foot.

Bad News: I dropped my phone and, the screen cracked.

Good news: “We Fix I-Phones” can replace the screen in 20 minutes.

Awful News: Out of the blue, one of my campers could not use her hind legs. I didn’t panic, but I did lament being by myself, with a bruised and swollen foot and, a phone that jabbed me with shards of glass when I tried to use it.  I then, maneuvered all 75 pounds of my camper into my van for a trip to the emergency vet clinic. I was thankful that she didn’t seem to be in pain. When we arrived, I hobbled inside to request help bringing my passenger inside the clinic. 

Great News:  My camper didn’t need help, out of the van, she bounced right out and, side stepped into the clinic. I spoke with her owner, and brought her back home. Thank goodness she is fine. An appointment with her regular vet is scheduled. The diagnoses for now is arthritis and, can be solved with an anti-inflamatory/pain meds.

Bad News: The twenty-minute time frame to fix a phone only applies when your phone is the only phone being repaired. The repair will take two hours instead of 20 minutes.

Good News: Two hours later my phone is fixed.

Bad News: Driving home from picking up my phone, I hit a Chicago pot hole. Flat tire.

Good News:  Triple A arrives fairly quickly to change the tire.

Happy News: I heard from my Philadelphia teen!  On Saturday, they drove through Valley Forge and, visited M.C Eshers house, which was, “so cool.” On Sunday, they headed into Philadelphia for authentic Philly Cheesesteak and, he mentioned something about going to see a cracked bell. When he asked how I was… I told him great….just GREAT!

Merry Holiday Monday.  Are you barbecuing?

Odd Loves Company!

13 thoughts on “Memorial Day, Sunscreen Day, Grape Popsicle Day

  1. Big Salute to all those who have fought for freedom.
    Good Lord, girl, your are lucky to have survived yesterday. Hope your foot is better and you have a much better day. I like popsicles, but cherry is better than grape. I hate sunscreen, but I have buddies with marks from skin cancer to encourage me to slather it on.
    Full day of golf, and barbecuing. Take it easy on yourself today.

    • I know! I was lucky. The Cheery popsicle is superior to grape, but it’s not cherry popsicle day. Sorry.
      Have fun out there!

  2. Freedom isn’t free. The price is beyond words. Yes, Thank god they did live! And I’m so sorry they had to die usually much to young.
    Yesterday sounds like a bad, horrible, no good, awful day! I’m glad you didn’t move to Australia tho.
    Thank you Frank Epperson for inventing the popsicle. One of my favorite summer treat.
    My girlfriend leaves late afternoon so we are off enjoy a cuppa with some other friends at coffee house all like.
    I hope today is a much better day for you!

    • I thought about Australia! Much better day today. I love popsicles too, but cherry is my favorite. Enjoy your cuppa and girlfriends.

  3. Cherry popsies are my fav’s. Grandson home from Air Force to spend holidays with us. (Mother’s Day was included). Will be tough to let him leave us again, but we are Thankful that he is here in the states and we can always drive to S.C. when we miss him too much. Your diet is awful, Katybeth. Do you ever eat a normal breakfast? Apparently you are like me and HATE to cook. so take the easy way out and eat just junk food that requires little stove work! Had our little get together yesterday when the sun was shinning. Wonderful time.

    • So glad you are enjoying Josh’s visit. It will be hard to have him leave! Today’s rootbeer float included a scrambled egg and toast. It’s just more fun to talk about junk food. But your right I do eat a lot more crap than I should and hate to cook!
      I think you had your no rain wish granted yesterday even if it was overcast. It’s a rainy day in my neighborhood today.

  4. i like patton’s quote. thank you, brave men & women, for your service to our country. interesting good to knows.
    you won’t be forgetting yesterday’s chain of events. hope the ankle returns to normal shortly. ice= ice, compression, elevation. i had an emergency vet experience like yours when the dog begins walking around like nothing is wrong. i actually told sam to limp! he did not….
    i know someone with the last name epperson. need to quiz him this week.
    nice that cole is enjoying pa. which cheese steak did the group choose? pat’s or geno’s or one of the smaller ones?
    just returned from the farm. nik had fun with all kinds of dogs today. we will be going to our friend’s place later on to celebrate.

    • Sometimes you would like to kill them yourself. I was so relieved she was better, but couldn’t she have been better before we left home. Hobbling in, looking like I needed a camp clean-up with a bit of blood on my face where my phone grazed me with a perfectly fine dog…I’m sure they wanted to say, “Lady are you sure you aren’t the one that needs a hospital.”
      Foot much better, thanks. Not sure yet where Cole ate the Cheesesteak, but he loved it, of-course.
      Glad you and Nik had a fun day!

  5. Awww.w..sometimes it’s good when long weekends end. Hope your foot and your phone are like new by tomorrow! Glad the camper is OK too. Whew!

    • Today has been much better, but Memorial Day has never been one of my better weekends. Last Memorial Day weekend we kept a neighbors dog that spent the weekend trying to attack me. Yes, the pup was fine; I was so worried.

  6. PS: Is there an ORANGE Popsicle day? That’s my favorite. Not so much in love with grape..will save those for someone else.

    • I know there is a Cherry popsicle day…I don’t remember an ORANGE one, but feel free to substitute. I’m not big on rules.

  7. That man must’ve been daft to stay in bed 70 years!

    Guess I’m odd-man-out, but I prefer grape to cherry popsicles.

    Thanks for all the info on Memorial Day — no grilling here because of the rain and thunderstorms. When will it stop?!

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