Father’s Day, Fresh Veggie Day, National Fudge Day

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

Sunflower Valley

★~ Today’s Quote:Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap on a rope. Bill Cosby, Fatherhood

★~ Father’s Day:

Alaska group 2

(Alaska, 2010, Cole’s hair was a bit wilder back then 😀 )

In 1910, the state of Washington declared the nation’s first Father’s Day celebration. The idea of honoring men for their domestic role was considered quite controversial for many years. It wasn’t until the Great Depression that the holiday became universally accepted. Struggling businesses began marketing the occasion as a “second Christmas” for dads, and families all over the country adopted the tradition. In 1972, Father’s Day became an official national holiday.

Naturally my dad is better, stronger, smarter, more handsome than your dad, but nonetheless Odd wishes all great dads and dad-like mentors a very happy Father’s Day!

Don’t forget to check out Google’s fun interactive Father’s Day Doodle

★~ Fresh Veggie Day:


Here’s a scene you’ll probably see this summer: you’ll be at a barbecue or picnic, enjoying nice, fresh in-season tomatoes, and you might make an offhand comment about tomatoes being your favorite vegetable. Almost immediately, some know-it-all will pipe up with, “Tomatoes are fruits, not vegetables!”

No one would blame you if you responded, “Wow! Thanks for correcting me! It’s clear now why everyone enjoys your company so much!” That response is a bit aggressive, though, so try this one instead: “In the case of Nix v. Hedden, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes are vegetables. So there.”

Garlic is a vegetable too (really!) and here is the best gadget in the whole world for peeling it  Zak Designs E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler, Green*
You just insert cloves into the rubber-like tube and roll, applying pressure with the hand. You can hear the skins pop right off. It’s fast and easy, and your hands stay clean. One of my most useful easy to use kitchen gadgets.

★~ National Fudge Day :


Let’s Fudge this holiday a little and and call today  Ice Cream Fudge day.  If you don’t want to cook,  just pick up some Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chuck!  Of-course you could also enjoy traditional fudge made with chocolate, butter and milk=Yum.

★~ Today in History:


♥ ~ 1967 – The Monterey International Pop Festival got underway at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Northern California. Fifty thousand spectators flocked to the first major rock festival in U.S. history. Ticket prices ranged from $3.50 to $6.50 to see more than two dozen rock acts, including Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, The Mamas and the Papas, The Who and The Grateful Dead. The festival was immortalized in D.A. Pennebaker’s 1969 documentary Monterrey Pop.

♥~ 1981 – The Chicago Tribune purchased the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the P.K. Wrigley Chewing Gum Company for $20.5 million. The Wrigley family had controlled the team for over 60 years. The sale ended the longest continuous ownership of a team that stayed put in its original city.

♥ ~ 1999 – Cher launched her Do You Believe? Tour in Phoenix, Arizona. The CD had become a worldwide smash, and the single made Cher, at 52, the oldest woman to have a song hit #1. It was also the first time in nearly a decade that the Cher had done a concert tour.

★~Born Today:

Joan Van Ark

♥~ 1938 – Joyce Carol Oates novelist: The Time Traveler, Triumph of the Spider Monkey

♥~ 1943 – Joan Van Ark actress: Knots Landing, Tainted Blood, Frogs

♥~ 1955 – Laurie Metcalf Emmy Award-winning actress: Roseanne; A Dangerous Woman, JFK, Pacific Heights, Uncle Buck, Desperately Seeking Susan

★~ Good to Know: 


♥~ Father’s Day is celebrated the third Sunday in June in over 50 countries around the world.

♥~ The first Father’s Day celebration was said to be on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.

♥~ A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd spearheaded the efforts for fathers to be recognized after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon at her church. Dodd’s father, a Civil War veteran, had cared for the family after his wife died while giving birth to the couple’s sixth child.

♥~ Dodd celebrated the first Father’s Day by delivering gifts to sick fathers all over Spokane.

♥~ Woodrow Wilson wanted to participate in a Father’s Day ceremony in 1916 in Spokane, but Congress balked because Father’s Day had been the subject of editorial jokes in some newspapers and they didn’t want there to be accusations that the president was endorsing a commercial holiday.

♥~ Many attempts to make Father’s Day an official holiday were shot down.

♥~ In 1966, Lyndon Johnson finally made an official proclamation that Father’s Day would be recognized on the third Sunday of June.

♥~ It wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day became a permanent national holiday. (President Nixon signed it into law.)

♥~ Dodd correctly wrote the holiday in plural possessive form (Fathers’ Day), because it was “a day belonging to all fathers.” Somewhere along the way, the punctuation was changed and the day is widely written as “Father’s Day”.

♥~ There are over 65 million fathers in the United States.

♥~ Father’s Day is the fourth-largest greeting card occasion of the year.

♥~ Father’s Day is the busiest day of the year for collect phone calls.

♥~ In Thailand Father’s Day is celebrated on December 5th because that day coincides with the birthday of their current king (Bhumibol Adulyade) A recent tradition is to wear pink, after King Bhumibol was seen in 2007 leaving a hospital in a pink blazer following a health scare. Another (fading) custom involves Thais giving the gift of a Canna flower to their fathers and grandfathers.

♥~ In Nepal, the country’s Gokarna Aunsi is celebrated in late summer, and is not officially a Father’s Day in the Western sense. In fact, its name literally translates to “cow eared no moon night.” So where does Dad factor in? He is given gifts and his son shows his resect by touching Dad’s feet with his forehead. Hopefully, socks is on of Dad’s gifts.

♥~ Romania just starting giving dad his due in 2010. A group called TATA, or the Alliance Fighting Discrimination Against Fathers put Father’s Day on the calendar.

♥~ In Italy, Spain and Portugal Father’s Day coincides with the Feast of St. Joseph. Unfortunately, the Feast falls on March 19th, usually smack dab in the middle of Lent, meaning no steak, burgers, or beer for Dad.

♥~ In Germany Father’s Day (Vatertag) is a federal holiday. Back in the days, the traditional celebration involved men hiking into the woods pulling wagons filled with beer and schnapps; when they found the perfect drinking spot, they would drink in peace, to their hearts content. These days, Father’s day usually involves a pub crawl and some time with the kids but hey, the idea was sound.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday! Do you have any special plans for the day? Cole and I will toast all the great Dads we know at a barbecue with friends.



* The garlic peeler is offer through my affiliate link to Amazon. Which means if you click on the link and buy the product I receive Amazon credit for your purchase. I only link to items Amazon sells, I love and have already purchased, which means I very seldom link to anything 😀 but when I do I will always let you know.

10 thoughts on “Father’s Day, Fresh Veggie Day, National Fudge Day

  1. Morno,
    Kids are taking me to breakfast, son and I are playing some golf, and my sister has planned a b-que with strawberry shortcake. It’s going to be a great day.
    I’m off to Oklahoma tomorrow for a few days to spend some time with my friends who were nailed by the tornados and hopefully help them out a bit. I’m taking my computer but not sure how the internet will flow. Don’t slack off while I’m gone.
    Have a good one.

    • Sounds like you have a great day planned I promise to hold down the fort while you are away. We’ll keep the light on for you!
      Your sister spoils you!

  2. nice picture! happy fathers’ day everyone! hope it’s a great day for all dads & surrogate dads. i lost my dad to cancer when i was 8 yrs old & i’d have to say my mom did a pretty good job with us 5 kids. happy fathers’ day, mom!
    an appropriate celebration must include hot fudge!
    have a great bbq & day!

    • Last night b-q included the mom of our hostess and she raised her four kids on her own so she was toasted with Happy Father’s Day Mom.
      I agree it’s not really a celebration without hot fudge!

  3. Morno!
    Finally have a chance to catch up with EL Morno. We have another two weeks of travel but have set down roots with friends for a few days which should refresh and revitalize us for the rest of the road trip. Great sights, great weather, and the kids have been super travelers. I am going to order two Garlic gadgets today. A great gadget to show up as a Thank you gift after we leave, my friend loves cooking with garlic. Mine will be there when I get home.
    Fudge ice cream works for me!
    Hope you have a wonderful day, it must be a little bittersweet for you and Cole! Big hug.

    • Glad you are having such a great time. Thanks for checking in. You’re missed. The garlic gadget would make a very cool thank you gift!
      Hug appreciated.

  4. Morno,
    Home from Church off to a Father’s Day barbecue. It’s a beautiful day here right now and if the rain holds off until around 6pm it will be a perfect barbecue day.
    Icecream sundaes are part of the b-que dessert menu so maybe I should grab some chocolate fudge! Yum.
    Enjoy your day!

    • Was the fudge a hit? It threatened to rain yesterday but passed us over. It was very humid tho!

  5. After four years, it’s still hard celebrating Father’s Day; I particularly miss picking out just that special card for my dad. Sigh.

    I love the idea of fudge. Domer thought about making some, but the weather conditions have to be right or it won’t set. Now that the rain has passed, maybe I can talk him into giving it a try!

    Neat garlic gadget, and I love the three-generation photo in Alaska!

    • I bet you are one of the best at picking out great cards and I’m sure Dad enjoyed every one!
      We didn’t have a drop of rain yesterday, but as I type it is coming down in buckets—good news since I didn’t water today.

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