Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day, Cherry Turnover Day

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August 28, 2013

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★~ Today’s Quote: 

“If you don’t start, you can’t fail”

It sounds ridiculous when you say it that way.

But of course, it is ridiculous. It’s (quite possibly) the reason you’re stalling.

On the other hand, there’s no doubt that, “If you don’t start, you will fail.”

Not starting and failing lead to precisely the same outcome, with different names. Seth Godin 

★~ Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day:

Today you are encouraged to go crazy with your cursor! Race your mouse in and out of your icons when web pages are slow to load, you are sitting in a boring meeting or are terminally on hold.  This is fun game to get you started.   On your mark…..get set….. Let ‘er rip! This game will help you get started.

★~ Cherry Turnover Day:

Let’s clean up a common misunderstanding right off the bat. Cherry turnovers are not popovers, which are considered to be a quick bread rather than a pastry; turnovers are light, airy, and filled with some luscious goodness, from cherries to cream cheese to nuts.

As you probably guessed, the best way to celebrate National Cherry Turnover Day is to enjoy one of these tasty temptations. You can pick some up at your local bakery, enjoy my favorite store-bought choice (Pepperidge Farm) or try your hand at making your own. Here is a great cherry turnover recipe.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1837 – Pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins of Worcester, England began the manufacture of Worcester Sauce. Check here for the ingredients.

♥~ 1907 – It isn’t often that entrepreneur teenagers develop small businesses into corporate giants. But that’s in Seattle when nineteen-year-old Jim Casey borrowed $100 from his friend, Claude Ryan, and started a local delivery service. They called it the American Messenger Company. Jim’s slogan was, “Best service, and lowest rates.” The company did well because Jim and Claude stuck to their principles: round-the-clock customer service, courtesy, reliability and low rates. Today, United Parcel Service “operates an international small package and document network in more than 200 countries and territories, spanning both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. With its international service, UPS can reach over four billion people.” So give that package to the UPS man in the Buster Brown truck. (Truck drivers refer to the UPS trucks as Buster Brown when chatting on the CB.)

♥~ 1963 – Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Some 250,000 people witnessed one of the most stirring speeches of the century. Check out today’s Google Doodle.

♥~ 1991 – In Newport, South Carolina, 15-year-old Dirk Tanis escaped from his burning home after Spuds, the family Dalmatian, bit his hand to wake him up. Safely outside, Dirk then watched Spuds carry out Gizmo, a 5-month-old kitten, by the scruff of its neck.

♥~ 1993 – Billy Joel’s album River of Dreams hit #1 in the U.S. It was his first album to debut at #1 and stayed at top for three weeks.

♥~ 2000 – Foster’s Brewing of Australia announced a deal to buy the Beringer winery in California for $1.5 billion. The deal created the world’s largest premium wine company.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1925 – Donald (David Dixon) O’Connor dancer, singer, actor: Singin’ in the Rain, Francis the Talking Mule series, The Donald O’Connor Show, Call Me Madam, Walking My Baby Back Home, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The Buster Keaton Story, Toys, Out to Sea; died Sep 27, 2003

♥~ 1943 – David Soul (Solberg) actorStarsky and Hutch, Salem’s Lot; singer: Don’t Give Up on Us

♥~ 1961 – Jennifer Coolidge actress: American Pie, A Cinderella Story, Legally Blonde, Robots, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Joey, For Your Consideration, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

♥~ 1965 – Shania Twain (Eilleen Regina Edwards) Grammy Award-winning singer: The Woman In Me [1996]; Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?, Any Man of Mine, No One Needs to Know, [If You’re Not in It for Love] I’m Outta Here! , Come On Over

♥~ 1968 – Billy Boyd actor: The Lord of the Rings , The Flying Scotsman, On a Clear Day, Instant Credit, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

♥~ 1969 – Jason Priestley actor: Beverly Hills 90210, Sister Kate, Calendar Girl, Tombstone, The Boy Who Could Fly.

★~ Good to Know: 

Meet Louis Allen Vaught. He was born in 1859, and his masterpiece, Vaught’s Practical Character Reader, was self-published in 1902. The physical address of his “publishing company” was also, according to these advertisements, home to the dubious sounding Human Science School and the Chicago Institute of Phrenology.

Vaught was a physiognomist. Physiognomy had been a “science” since ancient Greece, and it waxed and waned in popularity over the millennia until the 20th century. Those who believed in it sought to sum up the soul and strengths of a person simply by looking at their physical characteristics—to apply structure to the natural instinct to judge on appearanceOk, which humans have always done and likely will always do. (The slope of a brow suggests criminal inclinations, the cut of your nose indicates your suitability as a good accountant.) Vaught identified around 40 “Elements of Human Nature,” such as suavity, alimentiveness, and approbativeness. To each of these Elements, there is a corresponding head or facial feature.


Eventually, physiognomy became closely aligned with phrenology (the same concept, instead using only skull bumps), which was discredited in the 20th century. Though there are instances of revival, most people today put little stock in the shape of a person’s ear cartilage reflecting the shape of their spirits.

Vaught’s illustrations show that he subscribed to the “Bugs Bunny” philosophy of criminality. His sample subjects look somehow incomplete without a raccoon mask and a bag with a dollar sign printed on it. However, if you are able to imagine these cartoon characteristics as actual human ones, you might learn a lot about your community. Maybe even about yourself! Let’s find out just how evil your head is.


The first lesson. Never trust a bald, pointy-headed 1930s gangster with Spock ears. That fellow is trouble.


♥~  The Mom children write books about…

The inferiority of this woman as a mother is indicated by her concave “backhead.” This is the center of mother-love, and it bulges in a true mother.

♥~  Girls, don’t let him hook you

This man’s head shows signs of an overly large Amativeness (sexual desire) region. He also appears to have a dishonest nose and a chin severely lacking in constancy.


♥~ Two Roman noses is one too many.


Existential Crisis? It’s your engorged Alimentiveness and Amativeness Faculties.


Tonight we have our back to school Potyuck. I picked up a couple bags Garretts gourmet popcorn  and I’m taking a cooler of real soft drinks. Someone might have mentioned that the host family is supplying the fake organic Colas but I missed that in her e-mail.

At the first Potyuck hosted by this family,  I struggled for almost a half hour to find their home. The area was very dark and there wasn’t a street lamp for miles. I walked along, trying to find addresses with my phone flashlight, it didn’t help that the addresses were obscured by plants, wreaths, and cute welcome flags. Moments before I was considering calling the fire department and reporting the house on fire, so I could follow them to the address (if they could find it), I spotted another family arriving, who had been to the hosts home, so they lead the way.

Upon my arrival, I  greeted the hostess and thanked my guides, mentioning if they had not come along I would surely still be outside in the dark wandering aimlessly; the hostess responded by saying, “Oh, I suppose we could turn the porch light on, we seldom do, because it seems so tacky.” In that moment, I wished with all my heart that dearly departed Joe was standing beside me, because without a doubt he would have looked straight at her and said, “You are a moron. Turn on your porch light” And somehow he would have gotten away with it. Perhaps, by graduation, I will forgive and forget. In the mean time, guests walking around eating cheese popcorn all of over her house makes me smile. 

I suppose, my head has a few passive aggressive angles.

Wish you a wonderful Wednesday.


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15 thoughts on “Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day, Cherry Turnover Day

  1. Tacky? That host family should be ticketed by the potluck police and never again allowed to host a pot luck. Doesn’t everyone know it is polite to let keep the light on for people you have invited to your home?
    Now I will be looking at my head all morning and staring at my husbands head. I knew about bumps but didn’t know about angles.
    Pop overs are tasty. I am not clicking on that mouse game. Last time you posted games two hours flew by and I will still in my jammies with morning breath.

    • Because you thought the host family should be cited by the potluck police I am going to give you a pass for calling turn over day..pop over day. 😀
      Well, what did you find out about your DH from reading his head?

  2. Morno,
    Caught me just in time to swing by and take cherry turnovers to the office. They were gone before I put the box down. I was lucky I still have all my fingers.
    I think my head is ok with the exception of thinning hair.
    No porch light. Was that women brought up in a barn? You always leave the porch light on when you are expecting people. I turn it on for the pizza guy. Why else would you have one. I think you should sneak a red bulb in it and switch it on tonight.
    Have a good one.

    • Sounds like you were the hero of the office. They are so good!
      Well, nothing bad about thinning hair is mentioned, so I think you are ok.
      We turn the light on for anyone who might need to see there way to our front door. Order a pizza, turn on the front light. Glad I’m not alone!
      The red bulb idea is brilliant.

  3. I am studying those pictures…..I am not sure about the Roman nose one—-I have a Dittus nose from my Grandpa Dittus which my husband never lets me forget. Porch light not turned on is ridiculous. What do they have one for??? I hope the cheesy popcorn is delightfully cheesy enough to leave those orange fingerprints all over the place…..I can see it now. And I am smiling!

  4. Remind me never to make you mad enough to want to get even with me, heehee — what a good treat you’re bringing, to an obviously infuriating home! I’d have loved hearing Joe call her on it!
    Yes, I clicked on the mouse cursor game, and yes, I spent WAY too much time there, thank you very much!
    Cherry turnovers are good — I like the Pepperidge Farm variety best, too.
    Interesting head and facial features facts — now guess where I’ll be staring when I meet folks today?!

    • LOL. I have a pretty long wick. Funny, I always took the high rode when Joe was around to take the low one—I would have been mortified when he called her a moron. And I know without a doubt, he would have. I liked taking the high rode. Being flat out direct isn’t easy for me so I have to plot my revenge. Last night I just switched the effen porch light on and then encouraged the kids in there game to catch the popcorn in their mouth.
      If is any consolation I played that game far longer than I should have too!

  5. Don’t worry Debbie ^ you’re not alone I played that Mouse game a ridiculous amount of time. Oh well, I will rationalize that I needed a break in my day.
    That hostess was far from the mostest. Is she just clueless or totally lacking in manners? One would have thought she would have apologize profusely and run to switch the porch on immediately for arriving and departing guests.
    Head info was interesting….I will be looking at people a lot more closely!

    • Very bright and clueless. She understands the bigger picture but forgets the little things like manners. I turned the porch light on for her last night.
      When you click on one of my games pour yourself a cuppa and plan to be a distracted for awhile. A break is good 😀

  6. Of course, now I wonder who that is and am furiously combing the directory ;). Can picture Joe saying and getting away with ‘you’re a moron’ — mostly ’cause he’d be right. In my neighborhood, they actually ask that you leave them on all the time, for neighborhood safety (though we don’t usually, mostly because it’s bothersome shining in the living room window) — but when guest come — ALWAYS (plus string of Italian lights left up year around, so I guess we’re tacky to the max).

    Your friend, Liz had me going with talk of popovers — I thought it was ‘Popover Day” and somehow I’d missed that (which I would have had to honor by making some, since it is you who turned me on to them) — but I see it is ‘turnover’ day and, while I’m not making any turnovers (cherry would, however, delight my husband) I did make a yummy pear tart this morning, so pardon me if I do a little substitution

    And speaking of substitutions, thumbs up on bringing the REAL sodas tonight

    • Hi Isabel!!
      Joe would have said it and I would have been lucky if he had not added and expletive between your and moron. Little tolerance for those kind of things. However, last night when the kids were tossing the cheesy popcorn up and catching in there mouth, I asked them if they thought the could go ten in a row. Ha.
      Your the hostess with the mostest and the Italian lights are the icing on the cake.
      I noticed Liz got it wrong ^ I will have to talk to her about that–I was so clear. When it cools off bake some of the Pepperidge farm cherry turnovers! And then invite me for coffee. 😀 We will save a couple for your family.

  7. i hope i never run into people with the those characteristics….they’re creepy!
    apparently, the *hostess* is not a welcoming type person which is what porch lights are meant to convey (except for criminals). hope the time spent there tonight goes quickly for you. organic soda? really?

    • I thought so too. Very creepy!
      Fake Soda. It’s not diet, and it is carbonated with some sort of juice. It has that good for you taste. It really is just awful. I’m not sure if it is really organic or not.
      The porch light wasn’t on last night, but I switched on as I walked inside. Bold move, I know.

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