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May 20, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” ~ Julia Child
★~ Millionaire Day:
POOF! You are a millionaire . . . now what? What will you spend your million dollars on?
~ Back in the days being a “millionaire” was the Holy Grail of financial success. But just how much is a million dollars worth these days? Adjusted for inflation, here’s what a million bucks would have been in today’s dollars in:
* 1950 – $9,708,737.86
* 1970 – $6,024,096.39
* 1990 – $1,788,908.77
* 2010 – $1,071,811.36
★~ Pick Strawberries Day:
Wild strawberries were discovered by Europeans in Virginia when their ships landed there in 1588. Native Americans began to cultivate the berries as early as 1643. Today, California grows more than 80 percent of the country’s strawberries and can produce 21 tons of strawberries on just one acre of land. Now that’s a lot of daiquiris!
Strawberry season is just getting started, so it’s time to stock up on your favorite shortcake topper and smoothie ingredient. Slather on some sunblock, gather the kids, and head to the strawberry fields to pick a few baskets and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Plan B: Go to your nearest Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or Farmers’ Market, and buy some juicy red strawberries.
★~ Quiche Lorraine Day:
Quiche Lorraine! Named after the Lorraine region of France, and borrowing from “kuchen,” the German word for cake, which was eventually altered to “kische,” the quiche Lorraine is a hallmark French dish that dates back to the 16th century and is still served in France as a light lunch, available at boulangeries, or a first course, or hors d’oeuvre, at dinnertime.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent for work pants reinforced with metal rivets, the pants that came to be known as “blue jeans.”
♥~ 1916 ’s: Norman Rockwell first cover on The Saturday Evening Post appeared. The illustration was of a young boy having to care for his baby sibling while his little buddies left him and went off to play ball. The forlorn child pushing a baby carriage tugged at the heart strings of all who saw it.
♥~ 1927: ‘Lucky’ Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in New York aboard the small airplane Spirit of St. Louis, en route to Paris, France. Thirty-three and one-half hours later, Charles A. Lindbergh arrived at his destination — and flew into history.
♥~ 1978: Mavis Hutchinson, 53, made it to New York City to become the first woman to run across America. The 3,000-mile trek took her 69 days. She ran an average of 45 miles each day. Now that’s what we call a daily workout
♥~ 1988: Champ bull rider Lane Frost became the first cowboy to ride Red Rock to the 8-second bell. In the previous eight years, 312 cowboys had tried unsuccessfully to ride the rodeo circuit’s toughest bull. In the 1987 world champion bull rider, Frost was thrown from a bull at the 1989 Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo . The 25-year-old was fine after the fall but, as he walked away, the bull charged him from behind, breaking Frost’s ribs and puncturing a major blood vessel. Frost died from the injuries. The movie 8 Seconds, directed by John G. Avildsen, depicts Frost’s life and death.
♥~ 1999: Robbie Knievel jumped a 200-foot-wide chasm of the Grand Canyon with his motorcycle. The 37-year-old’s previous world record was 223 feet.
♥~ 1908 : (Jimmy) James (Maitland) Stewart Academy Award-winning actor: Philadelphia Story ; The Glenn Miller Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Harvey, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, Bell, Book and Candle, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Vertigo, The Man from Laramie.
♥~1944: Joe (John Robert) Cocker singer, songwriter: With a Little Help from My Friends, She Came in through the Bathroom Window, The Letter, Up Where We Belong [w/Jennifer Warnes], You are So Beautiful, When the Night Comes, Cry Me a River
♥~ 1946: Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre) singer: group: Sonny [Bono] & Cher: I Got You Babe, The Beat Goes On, All I Really Want to Do; solo: Bang Bang, Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves, The Way of Love, Dark Lady; Academy Award-winning actress: Moonstruck ; The Witches of Eastwick, Silkwood, Mask
♥~1977: Matt Czuchry, actor, perhaps best known for his role as Logan in “Gilmore Girls.” His additional television credits include “Friday Night Lights,” “Veronica Mars,” “7th Heaven,” “The Practice”, “Young Americans and “The Good Wife”
★~ Good to Know: Monday Hacks and Tips
♥~ Ink stains can often be removed from clothes by soaking them in milk overnight.
♥~ Post a stain removal chart in your laundry room: Stain Removal Chart.
♥~ Clump Free Salt: There’s nothing worse than when all of the salt in your shaker clumps together. You can keep that from happening by putting a few grains of rice in your salt shaker. They’ll absorb the moisture, allowing your salt to pour freely.
♥~ Remover the smell so you can repurpose old bottles by mixing a teaspoon of mustard and hot water together in the bottle, shake the solution, and rinse out the container. The smell should e gone.
♥~ Line the bottom of the trashcan with old newspaper. The paper will absorb smells and any liquid that has seeped out of the bag.
♥~ Left over helium balloons? Simply run them along ceilings and walls to catch any spider webs that might be hanging around.
♥~ Need an inexpensive book holder–Try a Pants Hanger.
♥~ Keeping plastic wrap in the fridge or freezer makes it easier to pull off, and less likely to stick to itself when you rip it off the roll. It’ll tear easily, but still stick to the surface you want to apply it to.
Rascal human brother tosses her, rolls her, snatches her up from a sound and happy sleep to hug her while insisting she loves every minute of the attention he is giving her and while I’m pretty sure she doesn’t love every minute…I have to admit she is very fond of the boy…
Wonder if there is room for both of us? Hi Ho, off to the airport we all go….
Hope everyone has a most Merry Monday!