All or Nothing Day, Aunt and Uncle Day, Coffee Milkshake Day

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July 26th, 2013


This is Chip, we met him at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

★~ Today’s Quote:  Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Carl Jung

★~ All or Nothing Day:

All or Nothing Day is the day when we live as if there were no tomorrows. It is a chance to face fears, overcome challenges, and mend friendships. Stop letting things hold you back. Go for it if you’re gonna go for it, and quit making excuses. Carpe diem—seize the day.

★~ Aunt and Uncle Day:

Carla and Cole

Happy Aunt and Uncle Day! And Cole would like to offer a special shout out to Aunt Carla. Who is not his aunt, she is his second cousin, but Cole refuses to believe this and so they argue on and on and on.

★~ Coffee Milkshake Day:

Coffee Lovers REJOICE! Beat the July heat and celebrate Coffee Milkshake Day by sipping your favorite brew—frozen instead of steaming hot.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1903 – Horatio Nelson Jackson, a 31-year-old San Francisco physician and auto enthusiast, completed the first successful automobile drive across the United States — in a slighly used Winton. Jackson was accompanied by Sewall Crocker, who served as mechanic and backup driver on the cross-country trip. The trip took 63 days, 12 hours, and 30 minutes (they had left San Francisco on May 23); cost $8,000; and left a transcontinental trail littered with broken parts, tools, clothes, flat tires and tears. At the time, there were no gas stations and less than 150 miles (240 kilometers) of paved roads between coasts

♥~ 1969 – Sharon Sites Adams, at age 31, achieved her goal of becoming the first woman to sail solo across the Pacific Ocean. Adams sailed 5,618 miles in her 31-foot Sea Harp from Yokohama, Japan to San Diego, California in 74 days (she left Yokohama on May 12).

♥~ 1969 – The Archies entered the Billboard Hot 100 with “Sugar Sugar.” The Archies singing voices, from the TV cartoon show, were all provided by studio backups Ron Dante and Toni Wine. One of the hand-clappers was Ray Stevens. It was the top song of 1969.

★~Born Today:

Bernard Shaw

♥~ 1856 – George Bernard Shaw playwright: Pygmalion; died Nov 2, 1950

♥~  1875 – Carl (Gustav) Jung Swiss founder of analytic psychology.

♥~ 1902 – Gracie (Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie) Allen vaudeville, radio, TV, stage actress w/husband, George Burns: The Burns and Allen Show; College Swing, Honolulu, Two Girls and a Sailor, We’re Not Dressing; died Aug 27, 1964

♥~ 1943 – Mick (Michael) Jagger singer: group: The Rolling Stones: 41 hits [1964-89], 5 gold records, 8 number one hits [U.S.]: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Get Off of My Cloud, Paint It, Black, Ruby Tuesday, Honky Tonk Women, Brown Sugar, Angie, Miss You; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer

♥~ 1949 – Roger Taylor (Meadows-Taylor) musician: drums: group: Queen: Seven Seas of Rhye, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, You’re My Best Friend, Somebody to Love, Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga-Ga; solo: LPs: Fun in Space, Strange Frontier

♥~ 1964 – Sandra Bullock Academy Award-winnning actress: The Blind Side [2010]; Speed, Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Net, While You Were Sleeping, A Time to Kill, Hope Floats, Forces of Nature, Miss Congeniality, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous, Fool Proof, Exactly 3:30, The Chambermaid, Premonition

♥~ 1968 –  Singer Jeannie C. Riley recorded “Harper Valley P.T.A.” The Tom. T. Hall song skyrocketed to #1 and became the country music Single of the Year.

♥~ 1996 – Amy Van Dyken became the first American woman to win four gold medals at a single Olympics as she captured the 50-meter freestyle in Atlanta.

★~ Good to Know: 

King George

In case you missed it the Royal Baby was born on July 22, 2013.The new little Prince of Cambridge will go by the names George Alexander Louis, making him a future King George VII. He is named for his great-great-grandfather George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II; Alexander could be either a reference to old kings of Scotland, or it’s the male version of Alexandra, a top girl name contender, the name of a past queen consort who was one of the baby’s many royal ancestors; Louis comes from Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten. For now, the Royal Baby will be known as Prince George of Cambridge. (USA Today) 

♥~ Six previous British kings have been named George. Most of them were German, one didn’t speak English, one secretly married a Catholic, and two had Oscar-winning movies made about them. Meet England’s six King Georges.

♥~ George I (1714–27) : George certainly sounds like a traditional English name for a king, but the first King George was crowned relatively recently, in the 18th century. And he was German. It gets worse from there: in 1682 while he was still just a Hanoverian duke, he married his first cousin for her money. Not surprisingly, the relationship didn’t last and Sophia was imprisoned in a German castle until she died more than 30 years later. Amid wrangling over who should become the next British king, he was given the nod after defeating the French in battle. He never even bothered to learn English.

♥~ George II (1727–60) Can you guess what George I called his son? Yes, George II became king after his father’s death in 1727. He was also born in Germany before moving to Britain with his father. He hated politics, leaving legendary politicians like Sir Robert Walpole and Pitt the Elder to run the country even though he didn’t like either of them very much. He did love fighting, however. He led Britain into battle and drilled the army every day during the Battle of Dettingen. He was the last British king to fight on the battlefield.

♥~ George III (1760–1820) Yes, alright, he was another German. Unlike his grandfather George II, he was born in England though, and English was his first language. That’s where the good news ends. The latter years of his reign became the focus of the Oscar-winning 1994 movie The Madness of King George. His long-suffering wife was played by Helen Mirren. It is thought a blood disorder caused his illness at first but it spiraled out of control amid the draconian mental-health treatments available at the time. And, of course, he was the king during the American Revolution.

♥~ George IV (1820–30) They didn’t have much in the way of imagination, these Germans. As sure as George follows George, George IV was crowned after the death of his crazed father. He didn’t last long, dying just 10 years later, but his flamboyant lifestyle and lavish tastes was hugely influential on what became known as the Regency era. As a patron of the arts he was crucial in the foundation of the National Gallery and the Royal Pavilion in Brighton as well as remodeling Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. He secretly (and illegally) married a Roman Catholic, which is considered a no-go for the head of the Church of England. Thankfully, he had no children or grandchildren named George.

♥~ George V (1910–36) There was an 80-year gap before the next King George. But he was another German. In fact, he had a pronounced German accent that he tried to hide, you know, given the emergence of Hitler and all that, but which he was said to slip into when overexcited. He did manage to change the family name to Windsor in the wake of anti-German feeling after World War I. Welcoming in the radio era, he started the annual Christmas broadcast, which would go on to cause no end of hassle for his son.

♥~ George VI (1936–52) You may recall from the 2011 movie-award season that George VI had a stutter. With a little artistic license, Colin Firth documented his battle to master public speaking in The King’s Speech. He was said to have many girlfriends and admirers whom he entertained at huge elegant parties at Buckingham Palace during the postwar era of austerity. His daughter, now Queen Elizabeth II, is said to have adopted her sober style in response to her father’s wild side.


Today, we are sending Carla home. Sigh. We had such a good visit. But before she leaves we hope to track down the elusive Cronut.  A Cronut is a half croissant, half doughnut creation designed by New York Chef, Dominique Ansel and is taking the world by storm. We have found a few bakeries in Chicago that sell them once a week, early in the Morno. So that is our Morno mission: Cronuts. I’ll report back!  We are also taking Carla to the grand opening of our favorite thrift store. We know how to send a girl home with a scarp book full of memories!

Friday getting to know you questions:

♥~ What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever returned? (Or the weirdest reason you’ve given for returning something?)

♥~ What’s your last “Wow, am I really doing this?” moment?

♥~ If you could choose anyone in the whole world to live next door to you, who would you choose?

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8 thoughts on “All or Nothing Day, Aunt and Uncle Day, Coffee Milkshake Day

  1. Morno,
    Coffee milkshake sound like a winner. Cooling down a bit today so I’m ceasing the moment by taking the day off to play some golf.
    Cronuts. It will be interesting to hear more about them.
    Have a good one.

    • Very tasty. I’ll post a cronut picture tomorrow. Hope you had a good game and enjoyed the weather.

  2. All or nothing day you say??? Hmmmm……I just can’t figure out what to seize today but it might involve sitting on the deck and with a beverage and my husband tonight……:-) Happy Friday to you!

    • Maybe you have seized enough these last few weeks. You’ve been on the go! The deck, wine and a rain storm sounds nice–if your deck is covered!

  3. Aw, gee, Cousin Carla had a short visit, didn’t she? Well, safe travels to her!

    Coffee milkshake doesn’t sound so good — I’m not really into coffee, you know. But cronuts? Never had one, so I’m eager to hear whether you found one and what it tasted like.

    I return a lot of things (I’m sure the local stores are tempted to lock the doors when they see me coming, ha!). Usually, it’s because I’ve changed my mind or because I found something I liked better at a cheaper price elsewhere.

    Happy Friday!

    • The Cronuts were very good. I would like to try them in New York and might even stand in line for one. I’m pretty good at waiting in line. . .I-Phones, I-Pads, Cronuts 😀
      A lot of people aren’t organized enough to return things. Good for you.

  4. i don’t believe i have ever seen a chipmunk down here! guess i need to get away from concrete city more.
    one of my shirts says: run out of excuses. catchy!
    cannot fathom sailing across the pacific let alone solo. wow.
    interesting good to know king george facts.
    all good things must end they say. sorry cousin carla’s visit is ticking away.
    – ???
    – standing, with boot, two weeks after achilles surgery.
    – my 93 year old mother.
    good day!

    • ” Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.” Winnie the Pooh. We don’t see Chipmunks until we get out of the city, they are much cuter than squirrels. I bet standing up was a WoW moment!

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