Lammas, Girlfriend’s Day, Raspberry Cream Pie Day

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August 1, 2013


★~  Today’s Quote: Rabbit Rabbit! 

★~ Lammas


Happy Lammas/Calan Awst/Lughnasadh. Lammas Day is one of the oldest medieval festivals/feasts. It is a celebration of the end of the growing season and the gathering of the harvest.The Celts celebrate this festival from sunset August 1 until sunset August 2. It is a celebration in honor of God Lugh, the Sun-King, whose light begins to dwindle after the summer solstice. The Saxon holiday of Lammas celebrates the harvesting of the grain. The first sheaf of wheat is ceremonially reaped, threshed, milled and baked into a loaf. The grain dies so that the people might live. Eating this bread, the bread of the Gods, gives us life.

Lammas is a festival of regrets and farewells, of harvest and preserves. Let go of your regrets, say farewell to what no longer serves you well, and harvest any seeds that you have planted. Make bread, preserve fruits, plant bulbs. Share a loaf of bread or even popcorn with a friend and toast the passing summer with your favorite beverage. One popular Lammas custom is to feed your loved one a piece of bread while saying, “May you always be nourished.”

★~ Girlfriend’s Day:


Happy Girlfriend’s Day! Where would we be without our girlfriends?  Simple put–Girlfriends just get it — no matter what it is.  The girlfriend golden rule is: What happens with your girlfriends stays with your girlfriends!

★~ Raspberry Cream Pie Day:

I love this easy peasy, light and breezy Chilled Raspberry Cream Pie recipe. Did you know a single raspberry is actually 50 to 150 tiny fruitlets that grow together.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1873 – The first cable streetcar in America began operation on Clay Street Hill in San Francisco, CA.

♥~ 1962 – . Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced a new superhero for Marvel Comics in issue #15 of Amazing Fantasy that hit newsstands in August: Spider-Man. Nerdy teen Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and soon discovers that he has the proportionate strength and agility of the spider—as well as web-shooting talents and “spidey sense.” The arachnid crime fighter got his own comic book in March 1963 and quickly became the center of a multimedia empire.

♥~ 1981 –  MTV debuted in some two million homes. The first music video was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.

♥~ 1994 – The Rolling Stones started their 43-city Voodoo Lounge world tour before 55,000 fans at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.

♥~ 2002- Pizza dough spread across Chippewa County, Wisconsin, after hot weather caused yeast to rise and pop open the back of a Tombstone delivery truck. The truck driver didn’t notice for 25 to 30 miles. Police said it “was quite a mess.”

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1818 – Maria Mitchell, the 19th century astronomer who discovered a comet which came to be named Miss Mitchell’s comet. Mitchell discovered the comet C/1847 T1 on October 1st, 1847 before reaching her thirtieth birthday. She was a pioneer in the field of comet study and a pioneer among women in science. Despite being an American, King Frederick VI of Denmark gave Mitchell a gold medal for her discovery. Google has transformed its logo into a Google Doodle honoring  Maria Mitchell and her discovery.

♥~ 1770 – William Clark explorer: Lewis and Clark Expedition;

♥~ 1779 – Francis Scott Key attorney, poet: The Star-Spangled Banner: U.S. national anthem; died Jan 11, 1843

♥~ 1939 – Robert James Waller author: The Bridges of Madison County, Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend; professor of economics, business management

♥~ 1942 – Jerome John Garcia was born at San Francisco, CA. Country, bluegrass and folk musician and a guitar player of remarkable ability, Garcia was the leading force behind the legendary Grateful Dead, the band that sustained a veritable industry for its legion of followers. He died Aug 9, 1995, at Forest Knolls, CA, ending a musical career that spanned more than three decades.

★~ Good to Know: 

Fuel Door

♥~ Charging:  Switch your phone to “airplane mode” before you charge it. Your phone won’t search for a signal while its charging and you’ll get to full bars much more quickly.

♥~ Red is Sexy:  It’s science! A Study for the University of Northern Brittany in France discovered that men are more attracted to women who wear the color red.

♥~ Pop Out:  Right-click a YouTube video and select “pop-out”. The YouTube video then pops out into it’s own re-sizable window complete with TV controls.

♥~ Google Search:  There’s a faster way to search Google for what you’re looking for in Chrome. Highlight a word or phrase in any text. Right click and choose “Search Google for…”. A new window will pop up with the results.

♥~ Gas Leaks:  Even leaks that are too small to smell can be dangerous. To check for trouble before it occurs, spray soapy water on your gas connections. If the soapy water starts to bubble, you have a leak on your hands that you need to get fixed.

♥~ Perfect “Hard-Boiled” Eggs:  No water necessary. Place the eggs in a muffin tin in an oven heated to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Next dip the eggs in ice water and they will peel perfectly.

♥~ Fuel Door:  Don’t want to drive up to the pump the wrong way? Check your gas gauge. You’ll find a small arrow that points to the side the fuel door is on.

♥~ Super Glue:  It’s great to keep in an emergency kit. Use it to close a wound or cut. It stops the bleeding, reduces scarring and holds things together until you can get help.

♥~ Driver’s License: If you find someone’s driver’s license on the street, just drop it in the mailbox as-is. The post office will send it to the owner with postage due upon delivery.

♥~ Keep Safe:  See a clearly drunk driver on the road? Get their license plate and call 1-800-GRAB-DUI to report them.

♥~ Gambling with Gas:  Once your gas meter reaches “E” you should get to a gas station ASAP. But keep in mind that most car and truck models are designed to drive roughly another 30 miles before they officially run out of gas.

♥~Marker Ink:  Is your marker dry when you really need it? Revive the tip. Place the marker tip in rubbing alcohol for 15 minutes. Moisture will return to the tip and the marker will work if there’s ink inside.

♥~ Fill Up: Buy gas early in the morning. Gas is stored underground and in the early AM it is at its most dense and will give you more gas for your dollar.



Celebrate the first day of August 1st! by putting some gladiolus in a vase (August flower). Gladiolus  symbolize remembrance, sincerity and strength of character .  Plus they are real purty.

If you are shopping, August is a great month to buy Linens & Storage Containers, Office Furniture, Kids’ clothing, and swimsuits.

Wishing you an Awesome August and a Terrific Thursday!

Odd Loves Company!


18 thoughts on “Lammas, Girlfriend’s Day, Raspberry Cream Pie Day

  1. I miss Jerry, that guy could play.

    I have to write about my mom mailing a drivers license back. Thanks for reminding me of something you didn’t know about!

  2. Yeah, I remembered Rabbit Rabbit, so I’m looking forward to a terrific month!

    I didn’t know that about charging your phone — thanks!

    Web designers just gotta love Spider-Man and his “spidey sense.”

    This is a tad early for “the gathering of the harvest,” but what an interesting concept. I guess the Celts must’ve had a shorter growing season or knew winter was right around the corner.

    • Yeah you. It is going to be a terrific month!
      I tried the phone trick and it did seem to work.
      Funny about Spider man. I marvel at web designers. 😀
      The way the weather is going this year–the harvest will be here before we know it. Such a difference from last summer in a good way!

  3. Thanks el Morno readers for your kind thoughts and wishes. I really stepped it up in the final weeks of studying. Long hours in the library, no electronic distractions. So I’m just now getting caught up with email and missed el mornos! But I’m DONE. I did what I could, felt okay about some parts of the two day test, not so good about others. Based on the reactions around me that seemed pretty normal.

    I was assigned to a seat in a room that held 1,325 test takers. I kid you not. I was sure there would be untold logistical delays in handing out and collecting various parts of the exam, but the organizers worked like a well trained army. The only delay was yesterday befor the start of the final portion. The microphone stopped working. We had to sit, stay silent, and wait and watch as 15 minutes slowly ticked by on the MASSIVE digital clock in the room until someone found the needed 9 volt battery. Amazing how very much more quickly the final 3 hours flew by as everyone scrambled to complete the test. I was a little perturbed that the girl to my left finished in 2 hours then just closed her test book and sat there. Either she knew her stuff really really well, or just gave up. Based on her expression as we were all leaving I would say it was the latter.

    One thing for sure, I was amazed at how eerily quiet a room of 1,325 test takers could be. You could hear a pin drop. I didn’t even need to wear my ear plugs.

    At any rate, I’m DONE! Thanks again for the good wishes. I wish I could say I was now nursing a hangover, but instead I’m nursing a stress related migraine. I plan to spend the day in my jammie’s relaxing with an actual book (hard cover!) that I’ve been saving as a treat for the last 3 months. Ahhhhh.

    • DONE. It must have been such a relief to wake up this morno and realize it was over. Jams and a book sound like a great way to celebrate the day and let the numb wear off.
      The process sounds like quiet an experience. Hard to imagine 1,325 people all taking the same test at the same time. An organizational feat!
      Hope the next few days bring you lots of R &R and a routine beyond studying!
      Thanks for bringing up to date!

  4. hooray for you, joanne ^! you deserve whatever relaxation you desire….enjoy!
    said good morning to nik before *rabbit rabbit*…
    will give lammas day some thought.
    yes, girlfriends are an important part of life!
    raspberry cream pie sounds good. love raspberries.
    good to know good to know short cuts!
    leaving for day 2 of pt! making progress!
    good day!

    • Excellent on the progress! Maybe next month we could tape a post a note reminder to Nik’s ear? I’m sure you’ll still have a great month. Raspberry pie is good and so refreshing.
      Calan Awst to you!

  5. I liked all the tips so I printed them out to save with my other printed out tips.
    Joanne, know that we are all wishing you well.

  6. Katybeth, I am so glad that you are back in business . I really enjoy your daily history and tips everyday. I have learned a lot.
    Happy Girlfriend Day to all your ladies on your Blog ! 😀

  7. Did you all miss me? Blew out of here this morno for a meeting that was an hour away and forgot to check on El Morno until after lunch when I felt like something was all wrong and missing from my day. Eureka! I immediately clicked over and there was El Morno. Happy Lammas, Greeting to all my girlfriends, Glad the test part is over for you Joanne, good tips, and I marvel at the Spiderman comics and movies.
    I’ll be back in my usual spot tomorrow.

    • Terrible. Thought you had blown me off. So happy you showed up in rare form. See you tomorrow bright and early, i hope.

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