Flitch Day, Stick Out Your Tongue, Raspberry Cake Day, Daiquiri Day

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July 19, 2013

funny dog :D

★~ Today’s Quote: Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”— A.J. Cronin

★~ Flitch Day:

The tradition of the Dunmow Flitch began in Great Dunmow, Essex in 1104 when a local couple so impressed the Prior of Little Dunmow with their marital devotion that he awarded them a flitch (a side) of bacon. The custom continued and the monks offered a “flitch” of bacon as prize for any married couple who could prove to a jury of bachelors and maidens that they had lived together in harmony and fidelity for the past year.  The Flitch custom is mentioned in Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and mock flitch trials are still held every four years in Great Dunmow, England..

“The ancient oath of the flitch was expressed in rhyme:

We do swear by custom of confession
That we ne’re made nuptial transgression
Nor since we were married man and wife
By household brawl or contentious strife,
Or otherwise at bed or board,
Offended each other in deed or word;
Or since the parish clerk said amen,
Wished ourselves unmarried again;
Or in a twelvemonth and a day
Repented in thought in any way,
But continue true and in desire
As when we joined in holy quire.”

When this oath was taken by each couple, it was the duty of the officer who administered it to reply:

“Since to these conditions, without any fear,
Of your own accord you do freely swear,
A whole flitch of bacon you shall receive,
And bear it hence with love and good leave;
For this is our custom at Dunmow well known
Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon’s your own.”

It should be noted that very couples brought home the bacon.

★~ Stick Out Your Tongue Day:

Funny monkey sticks out his tongue

El Morno friend Debbie, was amazed at this bit of trivia last year: Did you know that you cannot stick your tongue straight out and look up at the ceiling at the same time? But, today, you can stick it out at anyone and everyone because it’s Stick Out Your Tongue Day! If someone annoys you, go ahead and stick your tongue out at them. It’s especially fun to do this to crying children in the grocery store or to make this gesture behind someone’s back … and if someone call’s you immature, you know what to do!

★~ Raspberry Cake Day:

Festive Raspberry Cake

History suggests that the people of Troy were the first to appreciate the fruit of the raspberry bush dating as far back as the time of Christ. The Romans are credited with the spread of this delicious fruit throughout Europe, as archaeologists have discovered raspberry seeds in old Roman forts located in Britain. In the last 15 years, raspberries have become increasingly popular in American cuisine, showing up in everything from vinaigrettes to iced tea. Here is a Raspberry Coffee Cake recipe you might enjoy:

★~ Daiquiri Day:


It’s National Daiquiri Day! The drink many people associate with author Ernest Hemingway was, in fact, invented in 1898 by an engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox in the small iron mining town of Daiquiri near Santiago, Cuba. Ernest Hemingway did inspire the creation of the frozen Daiquiri at El Floridita, a restaurant in Havana. In Islands in the Stream, he wrote: “This frozen daiquiri, so well beaten as it is, looks like the sea where the wave falls away from the bow of a ship when she is doing thirty knots.”

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1946  – Marilyn Monroe acted in her first screen test. She passed it with flying colors and was signed to her first contract with Twentieth Century Fox Studios. The first of her 29 films was Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay!

♥~ 1954  – The Lord of the Rings:  First part published anniversary. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings, was published. The publishers chose to publish the book in three parts because it was so long. The Two Towers was published on Nov 11, 1954, and The Return of the King was published on Oct 20, 1955.

♥~ 1969    Senator Edward Kennedy reported to police in Edgartown, Massachusetts, that he had been in a car accident the night before on Chappaquiddick Island.  He admitted to driving a car into a pond, and said he and others had failed to rescue passenger Mary Jo Kopechne from the car.  Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the accident scene.

♥~ 1980  Billy Joel earned his first gold record with It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me, which reached the top of the Billboard pop music chart.

♥~ 1986  Caroline Kennedy married Edwin Schlossberg.

♥~ 1994 – Susan Montgomery blew a record bubble-gum bubble in Fresno, California. It measured 23 inches in diameter.

♥~ 1999  – Thirty years  after Chappaquiddick,  police and the military were searching the waters off Martha’s Vineyard for a plane piloted by Senator Kennedy’s nephew, John F. Kennedy, Jr.  Kennedy, his wife Carolyn, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette disappeared on July 15th in bad weather during a night flight to Martha’s Vineyard.

♥~ 2003  A 42-year-old Austrian man received the world’s first transplanted tongue at Vienna’s General Hospital.

♥~ 2009 – Without warning, a mystery object struck Jupiter. An amateur astronomer in Australia detected the new scar that covered some 73 million square miles, an larger area than the Pacific ocean.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1860 – Lizzie Borden accused of axe murder of her parents; acquitted in a highly public trial

♥~ 1865 – Charles Mayo surgeon: founded Mayo Clinic & Mayo Foundation with his brother 

♥~ 1922 –  George McGovern: (read up for Kennedy connection) John and Caroline’s Kennedy’s uncle, Sargent Shriver, was the running mate of Democratic nominee George McGovern in the November, 1972 presidential election.  McGovern was born July 19th, 1922.

♥~ 1941 – Vikki Carr (Florencia Bisenta deCasilla Martinez Cardona)singer: It Must be Him, With Pen in Hand, The Lesson

♥~ 1947 – Bernie Leadon  musician: guitar: group: The Eagles: Take It Easy, Best of My Love, One of these Nights

♥~ 1978 – R.J. (Robert Jackson) Williams actor: Full House, The Big Five, The Price of Life, The Night They Saved Christmas, American Anthem, The Other Woman, Passions, General Hospital

★~ Good to know about You: 


If the statement applies to your life (or you have a great story related to it), chime in and tell us all about it! And as always, feel free to make up your own question and answer.

♥~ You were on a game show as a kid.

♥~ You have an action figure somewhere on your desk.

♥~ You met your hero—and it was a total bummer.

♥~ You made a major life decision based on advice given to you in a dream.

♥~ You own a pet that’s not a dog, cat, bird, fish, hamster or bunny.

♥~  In your group of friends, you’re considered “the good one” at karaoke.

♥~ You’ve read an entire book in one day at least once this summer.

♥~ You skipped a grade.

♥~ You did something this morning you really regret.

♥~ You’re reading this in an embassy.

♥~ You’re reading this in summer school.

♥~ You’re reading this in a town with fewer than 100 residents.

♥~ You’re only able to read this because you’re stealing your neighbor’s WiFi.

♥~ You’re currently on vacation somewhere awesome.

♥~ You had a fantastic celebrity sighting this week.

♥~ You’re eating something RIGHT THIS MINUTE that you’ve never tried before.

♥~ Someone is looking over your shoulder and it’s really starting to bug you.

♥~ Your library books are way overdue!

♥~  You’ve painted something, hated the color, and painted it again.


Well, we are on day 3 of building, painting, staining, scraping, dumping, dusting, and vacuuming.  God willing, and if the creek don’t rise we’ll post pictures today.

Conversations between Builder Son and Mom. 

Cole: Mom, you moved your hand. Don’t move your hand

Me: Cole the saw was coming towards my finger.

Cole: Mom you can’t move, or it won’t be straight. Trust me.

Me: Fine, But you should know I’m attached to all my fingers. If you cut one of you’re in big trouble.

Cole: Mom, I’ll be careful, your the only one who is available to help me today.

Me: And don’t you forget that!


Me: Cole, why didn’t you cut the board before you painted it?

Cole: I was saving time, I wanted to let the board dry while I did other things and then come back and cut it.

Me: But won’t all the sawdust…never mind.

Wishing you a fabulous Friday!

Odd Loves Company!


15 thoughts on “Flitch Day, Stick Out Your Tongue, Raspberry Cake Day, Daiquiri Day

  1. Morno,
    Amazing about the tongue. Until last years stick out your tongue day, I had no idea you couldn’t look up at the ceiling and stick your tongue out. Must have something to do with neck muscles.
    Cole is right. You can’t move or the cut will be off.
    It wasn’t this morning but earlier this week I put no frizz under my arms. When I told my daughter, she asked if my pits were silky smooth all day. They were.
    I could go for a daiquiri and raspberry cake. Maybe this weekend.
    Have a good one.

    • Mike, I think you have hit on it! It’s the neck muscles. Why didn’t I think of that! That is too funny about the no fizz. Were they silky smooth? Better put on your glasses next time! Or have more coffee.

  2. Good Morno,
    Gave it another try again this year and I still can’t stick out my tongue and look at the ceiling. Why is that? Mike ^ might be right it must have something to do with neck muscles.
    Yum, strawberry daiquiri! Will order one at dinner to tonight.
    I read Number Nineteen by Janet Evanovich’s last Sunday. It was hot, the book was good and I just decided to read the whole book over the course of the day. It was fun.
    Have a fabulous Friday and good luck finishing up. Looking forward to pictures!

    • Neck Muscles! I have been planning to read Number 19. Maybe, this weekend. Cole will be gone for the weekend and I will have some downtime!

  3. If everybody ^ says you can’t look up at the ceiling and stick out your tongue, well, I must be doing it wrong because I still can!! That, or I’ve got weird neck muscles!

    I’m with you about the saw. I rather like my fingers and, even though you trust your darling boy, they don’t call them “accidents” for no reason!

    I don’t have an action figure on my desk, but I do have two stuffed critters — a Frosty Paws dog sent by you and a monkey (to counteract the ill effects of the Chinese Year of the Snake this year).

    I didn’t skip a grade, have never even been to an embassy, and really wish I were on vacation somewhere awesome!

    • Oh Debbie, it’s ok…I know you think you can look up and the ceiling and stick your tongue out and we are fine with that!!
      Critters work and the monkey is a good idea!
      Yes! A vacation somewhere awesome with a Frozen Daiquiri with a little umbrella in it!

  4. I’m with Debbie…I can also look at the ceiling while sticking out my tongue. Always and I mean ALWAYS keep fingers away from a saw heading in your direction. I don’t care who is running the saw…things happen. There are clamps you can use for the purpose of holding things in place, especially while sawing. Go buy Cole a set of clamps ASAP.

    • Carol thanks for being such a wonderful El Morno friend and agreeing with Debbie, I am sure it makes her feel so much better! 😀 Your a gem.
      Ya know, clamps are an excellent idea and I think we have some in the garage! Clamps taking over will also keep the saw dust out of my hair as well as protecting my digets.

  5. I can stick my tongue out and look at the ceiling, although I feel a bit foolish doing it.
    Yes, I’d love to be on a wonderful vacation drinking a Daiquiri.

    • Wow…maybe it’s like rolling your tongue. Only certain people can do it. Interesting. Someone should give a college money to research this phenomenon.

      • I’m pretty sure it’s not a case of Practice Makes Perfect because I only try it annually when you bring it up! And since your dear mom can do it while you can’t, hmm, must not be genetic either. Yes, I’d say this calls for research/grant money!

  6. the basset is thinking awww on this summer day!
    mark me down as a yes, too, & can curl my tongue. this enables me to whistle very loudly!
    that raspberry cake looks delicious! love raspberries on their own.
    i’ll take a daiquiri with the others ^.
    i struck out with all scenarios. i should have been able to chose 1 day to read a book this summer. if anyone has had time, that would be me! color me unsettled. i do have the 19 book ^ waiting for me though!
    good evening!

    • Come back to these questions any old time. I thought that cake looked good too. Not good enough to make but I liked looking at it.
      You are multi talented. I can’t whistle at all!

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