Teddy Bear Picnic Day, Pina Colada Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
July 10th, 2013

Bear by Lake

★~ Today’s Quote:

If you go down to the woods today
Your’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You better go in disguise.
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain because
Today’s the day the teddy bears
Have their picnic…

★~ Teddy Bear Picnic Day:


When Cole was small, he loved the Teddy Bear Picnic book. It included a cassette tape featuring Jerry Garcia and David Grisman singing the Teddy Bear song. We read the book and listened to the tape so many times that we knew them both by heart. The cassette became a tangled mess years ago, but the bear-eared book still has a proud spot in our “keeper library.”

My dear teddy bear Fred has been my best bear since I was about 2–I always give him a special bear hug and a dusting off on Teddy Bear picnic day. Other ways to celebrate today include: taking your best bear for a walk in the woods, packing a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and some lemonade and heading to your favorite park or neighborhood lawn for a bear picnic, or just giving someone you love a big old bear hug.

★~  Piña colada Day:

pina colada

The piña colada is the pine-appley, coco-nutty cocktail that originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was first stirred up by bartender Ramon ‘Monchito’ Marrero in 1954. Ola!

Piña Colada 

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1866 – Edison P. Clark of Northampton, MA patented his indelible pencil

♥~ 1900 – One of the most famous trademarks in the world, ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Talking Machine Company and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.

♥~ 1913 –  The highest temperature ever recorded in the continental United States was 134 degrees which melted thermometers this day in Death Valley, California.

♥~ 1965 – The Rolling Stones, hit the top spot on the Billboard chart. It was their first time at the top. The hit, I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, stayed at number one for 4 weeks.

♥~ 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company announced that the former (regular) Coke was coming back to share shelf space with the New Coke, after a consumer furor. The original formula was renamed Coca-Cola Classic.

★~Born Today:

A Busch

♥~ 1839 – Adolphus Busch brewer: founder of Anheuser-Busch, the world’s largest beer brewery; died Oct 10, 1913

♥~ 1875 – E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley journalist, author of the celebrated detective thriller Trent’s Last Case (1912), but perhaps best known for his invention of a popular humorous verse form, the clerihew. The clerihew consists of 4 rhyming lines of irregular length, and is autobiographical in nature, reminiscent of a eulogy. For instance: / Edmund Clerihew Bentley / Liked poems evidently / And to make them more fun / Just four lines then you’re done

♥~ 1926 – Fred Gwynne actor: The Munsters, Car 54 Where are You?, My Cousin Vinny, Fatal Attraction, Pet Sematary, Ironweed; died July 2, 1993

♥~ 1945 – Ron Glass actor: Barney Miller, Deep Space, Houseguest

♥~ 1977 – Gwendoline Yeo actress: Desperate Housewives, 24, General Hospital, Grounded for Life, NYPD Blue, JAG, The OC, Broken Trail, The Magic of Ordinary Days, The Jane Austen Book Club, I Do…I Did!, Night Skies, Broken Trail, Code, Perfect Girl

♥~ 1980 – Jessica Simpson singer: I Wanna Love You Forever, Sweetest Sin, I Think I’m in Love with You, Irresistible; actress: That ’70s Show, Employee of the Month, The Dukes of Hazzard

★~ Good to Know: 

Teddy Bear Picnic

♥~  In 1880 – Margarete Steiff created the first stuffed bear toy.

♥~  President Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting and the incident made national news (1902) The bear become a symbol of innocence and affection.

♥~  Morris Michtom and his wife created a pair of stuffed bears to put in their shop window. They were an instant hit. With permission from President Roosevelt, they were given the name “Teddy’s” Bears.

♥~ The song The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (written by John Walter Bratton, in 1907, lyrics added by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy in 1932). was used as a theme song during Roosevelt’s subsequent election campaigns!

♥~ The most expensive recently created bear, is called The 125 Carat Teddy Bear. The fur is made with raw silk, mohair and real gold threads attached by hand. The eyes are made with 18k gold imbedded with 20 small diamonds and the pupils are made of sapphires. No doubt you would sleep tight with the 125 carat Teddy Bear!

♥~ The scientific term for teddy bear collecting is Arctophily; arctos for bear and philos for love.

♥~ Collection of teddy bears are often referred to as a “hug” of bears.

♥~A teddy bear survived the 1912 Titanic disaster; its owner, Gaspare Gatti, unfortunately did not.

♥~An original Steiff bear (1926)  sold for $86,000 at Sotheby’s auction. An original Steiff bear can be recognized by it’s famous “button in ear” trademark.

♥~40% of all adults still have their childhood teddy bear.


Guess, it would be a good idea to check before you sent this kids outside to play in this neighborhood!


Wishing you a Beary Good Day!


14 thoughts on “Teddy Bear Picnic Day, Pina Colada Day

  1. Morno,
    I’m going to be drinking Pina Coladas soon and maybe even listening to a little Jimmy Buffett very soon. Day/night just around the corner. I think the kids are tired of us too. Thanks for the Teddy Bear picnic idea. Too hot outside but maybe we will have a Teddy Bear picnic tea party! Always looking for things to do late afternoon when the fun has sizzled and my relief hitter is not home.
    Happy Wednesday. Off to check out Cole’s new post:-D

  2. Morno,
    Internet issues at home. They are doing construction on my block and I think they knocked us out. Hope it is back on tonight. Pina Coladas aren’t bad for a frozen drink.
    Hot and humid today. It would be nice if the humidity brought a little rain with it.
    Have a good one.

    • Glad your internet is humming along again. Hope some rain is in your very near future, but not on the weekend!

  3. Bearrry interesting facts today and I think i might have seen the above mama bear when we were in Whistler last summer about this time wandering through the yard of the B & B we stayed in in Squamish! I jumped into the car. I am a wimp. My childhood teddy is a panda named Wuzzy—brother to Fuzzy a brown bear that my brother has. Still love that bear!!! He heard a lot of secrets over the years. Have a great day—the sun is shining and not so humid here today thank goodness!

    • Wuzzy. So cute. Fuzzy and Wuzzy perfect. Aren’t they great secret keepers!
      I always get to close to everything according to my family—last year in Alaska even Cole was admonishing me to be careful. It’s all about the picture!
      Nice couple of days in Chicago, too.

  4. used to drink pina coladas. good stuff!
    good for president roosevelt for sparing the innocent bear cub! a true man.
    it was nice of mama bear to help out with the lawn. considering the backyard playground probably belonged to the bears originally…….
    i see today in coke history shines for you!
    good day!

    • Good point about the lawn. Key Coke day in my history. We had a bottle cap slow down for the fence but are back hammering along.
      Pina Coladas YUM!

  5. I loved watching that little bear play with the swing. I’m not for hunting anything these days. They are killing wild horses around here and it just makes me sick.

    • Uh? Don’t tell me that!! No hunting. Mama Bear took baby bears home for a nap after the picnic. The end.

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