Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries Day

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August 12, 2013


★~ Middle Child Day:

The oldest kid gets to do everything first, the youngest gets to be babied. But the middle child just gets lost somewhere in between, or at least that’s the thinking of “middle child syndrome.” So for all the middle children out there, lost in a sea of hand-me-downs, shared bedrooms, and babysitting duties, today you get to be the star. A few famous Middle Children are: John f. Kennedy, Princess Diane, David Letterman, Glenn Close, Lisa Simpson, Bill Gates, Julia Roberts,

★~ Julienne Fries Day:


Julienne refers to the cut of most vegetables, but usually potatoes, into a fry-like shape.The term was brought to the forefront of American pop culture by Ron Popeil’s commercials for the Veg-O-Matic, “It slices! It dices! It makes Julienne fries!” Urban legend indicates the word is derived from Julia Child. 

~  French fries were introduced to the U.S. when Thomas Jefferson served them in the White House during his Presidency of 1801-1809.

~ Americans eat more than 16 pounds of french fries every year, which comes to over 2 million tons!

★~ Today in History:

identical quadruplets

♥~ 1851 – Isaac Singer of New York City patented the double-treadlesewing machine on this day. Although a sewing machine had already been patented, Singer’s sewing machine was revolutionary, having a double treadle.

♥~ 1865 – Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use disinfectant during surgery. Hmm. Joseph Lister. That name rings a bell. Yep. Same Joseph Lister as the one whose name is on those bottles of Listerine mouthwash.

♥~ 1877 – Thomas A. Edison finished figuring out his first phonograph. Edison handed the model of his invention to John Kreusi with instructions on how to build it. Kreusi, a confident man, bet the inventor $2 and said that there was no way that the machine would ever work. He lost the bet.

♥~ 1964 – For the 10th time in his major-league baseball career,Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both the left and ride sides of the plate in the same game — setting a new baseball record. Would this be called  ‘am-bat-extrous’?

♥~ 1966 – The last tour for The Beatles began at the International Amphitheater in Chicago; and John Lennon apologized for boasting that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. London’s Catholic Herald said Lennon’s comment was “arrogant … but probably true.”

♥~ 2007 – A 35-year-old Canadian woman gave birth to rare identical quadruplets. Karen Jepp of Calgary, Alberta, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by Caesarian section at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana.

♥~ 2010 – 10,276 people in Inner Mongolia (China) set a new world record for the longest chain of human dominoes. The previous human domino record was set by 9,234 students in Singapore in 2000.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1910 – Jane Wyatt Emmy Award-winning actress: Father Knows Best [1957, 1958-59, 1959-60]; Gentleman’s Agreement, Lost Horizon, Amityville 4; died Oct 20, 2006

♥~ 1939 – George Hamilton actor: Love at First Bite, Act One, The Survivors, Zorro, the Gay Blade, Where the Boys Are, Evel Knievel, The Dead Don’t Die, Doc Hollywood

♥~ 1949 – Mark Knopfler musician: guitar, songwriter, singer: group: Dire Straits: Money for Nothing

♥~ 1963 – Anthony Ray aka Sir Mix-a-Lot Grammy Award-winning rapper: Baby Got Back [1993]; Let’s G, I’m a Trip, Square Dance Rap, Rippin’, Posse on Broadway, Ironman, My Hooptie

★~ Good to Know. 

♥~ It’s always good to start off the week with a few  Yoga stretches . . .


♥~ And a giggle


♥~ And an Awww…..



I’m odd about pain. Ever since I can remember, when I’m hurt, my first response to the questions Can I help? or Are you ok? is to yell back “Don’t talk to me! Don’t talk to me!” I’ve always believed it is easier to control pain when people aren’t talking to you. I have no idea if this is true or not or where I learned this medical tidbit, but I always say it. My second response is usually to laugh hysterically, and believe me, when your back hurts, laughter is not the best medicine. So with yesterday’s onset of back pain, I alternated between screaming, “Don’t talk to me” at Cole and laughing hysterically. Lucky for me, my kid has a pretty easy temperament and just kept shaking the Alieve bottle and pouring me cups of water. I will also admit to taking a Rymidal, a prescription drug for dogs suffering from aches and pains. When I asked Cole to bring me the bottle of Rymidal, he wondered what to do if I started chasing cars or barking excessively. Smart ass kid—the only side effect is a bit of nausea; it’s about as strong as prescription ibuprofen.

By the way, you can also take Flagel (commonly called metronidazole by vets) for a bad bout of diarrhea. Back in my dog show days, we were at a show when the dad of the gal who showed my Doberman for me shared that he had taken Flagel the night before to cure his diarrhea. Curious, I asked him how it worked, and he shared that while he darn near died from the taste, the medicine quickly cured what ailed him. Although I always have Flagel on hand, this is a cure that I’ll pass on. Shall I tell you about the time I talked my vet into putting a couple of butterfly stitches in my thumb?

I digress—my back feels a bit better, but I may need an adjustment, so I’ll call the chiropractor. Rascal has a great one. In the meantime, I’m slowly trying a few of the suggested stretches, alternating hot and cold compresses, and applying Arnica gel. If you don’t know about this gel, you really should give it a try, and for the record, it’s made to be used by people . . . but works fine on pets.

Merry Monday to you all!

Odd Loves Company!


13 thoughts on “Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries Day

  1. Morno,
    Glad your back is better. A chiropractor might be a good idea. I’ve never been to one but my sister swears by the one she goes too when she is out whack.
    Fries of any sort are not wasted around me.
    Twins were funny, I liked the peoples reactions.
    Have a good one.

    • The peoples reactions to the twins are funny. I think you should go to your sisters chiropractor. I bet after all that golf you need several adjustments. Might even improve your game and besides misery loves company

  2. Good Morno,
    Vacation has started and you started my morno off with a giggle. Hope your back is continuing to improve. A chiropractor is a very good thing, one appointment and I bet you feel a lot better.
    I want one of those seal pups! They are so cute. How in the world did that dog learn (or be taught) to follow its owner yoga poses.
    Oldest and youngest in my family. No middle kid. I like Julienne fries really crisp.
    Heading out of town tomorrow. Two weeks of doing it mostly my way. Have a wonderful day.

    • YAY vacation. I want a seal pup too. We could keep them in the bathtub! Nobody even uses our bathtub so it would be ideal. Not sure how the huahua was trained; more than likely with hand signals but its all so subtle. Julienne fries crisp are the best!
      Have a great time….and be mindful on the road. Drop in when you can…..

  3. Good Morno! Boo to back issues. The hubby has had a couple pretty bad bouts and has learned what to do and what not to do and I do not want it to happen again so I respect the pain. Totally. Good to know the dual purpose of some animal drugs though all I have hanging around is Buddy’s Rutin for his chylothorax and it is a people supplement. 🙂 Heal up and yay for middle children. I am a baby and thus was spoiled but I got all the hand me downs—those did not escape me by any means.

    • I’m almost as good as new…or I’m not as good as I once was but I’m as good once as I ever was…..I haven’t overdosed myself yet…but my sweet Mom assures me there is always a first time.

  4. glad you are hanging in there with your back & especially glad you are going to a chiropractor. i hope he/she does myofacial release as well. muscles surrounding the injury have spasmed & need to be loosened up. good luck!
    see? dogs have the right idea about stretching. they do some serious stretching upon awakening.
    good day!

  5. Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. Sorry there are no minute miracles. I am the middle child of my mothers but not my dads. My older sister was11years older than me so hand me downs wasn’t an option. In fact, she was more of a mother to me than my mother was. Loved her unconditionally. Was 2 years ago yesterday that she passed away. Miss her terribly. Feel better, Katybeth .

    • I bet you do miss her. She sounds like a gem. Death anniversaries are so hard. ♥ Sounds like your place in the middle wasn’t so terrible.

  6. Darling Sheltie Dallas has been taking Rimadyl for his back, too, and it does seem to help. His vet didn’t want to give him Prednisone because of the weight gain threat.

    My back feels pretty jaunty today (hope by now, yours is mending nicely).

    Interesting about the woman who had four identical quads. Won’t that be expensive when they all start school, go to prom, college, weddings, etc.??

    • Rimadyl is a terrific drug. I only like to use it on “bad days” Pred has a lot of problems beyond weight gain–there is suppose to be a newer drug than either Rimadyl or Pred that is very easy on a dogs system. Will have to check on the name.
      Well maybe the quads parents can ask for a bulk discount. I would 😀

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