World Gratitude Day, International Peace Day, Mini Golf Day, Pecan Cookie Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
September 21, 2013

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★~ Today’s Quote:  I’m a nut, but not just a nut. ~ Bill Murray

★~ World Gratitude Day:

World Gratitude Day was started in 1977 by the United Nations Meditation Group. It’s a time to celebrate your existence, passions, local hero’s, relatives, friends and all the little things that bring joy into your everyday existence. What do you value? Who do you appreciate? How do you express your gratitude to others?

Click to watch a short movie about gratitude that says it all: Giving.

★~ International Peace Day:

Created in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly, International Peace Day has been promoted as a day of ceasefires and non-violence throughout the world. One Minute of Silence for Peace – at Noon in all Time Zones around the globe.

Peace be with you.

★~ National Miniature Golf Day:

The exact origins of miniature golf are unknown but the first course was likely conceived by the Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews of Scotland in the 1800s. In a time and place where social conventions prohibited women from enjoying the sport of golf, the club’s ladies had to settle for a “less violent” 18-hole course made of short putting greens. Within decades “garden golf” had become so popular that it had spread to England and across the Atlantic to America, with many hotels featuring miniature courses based on actual golf courses, but scaled down to only one tenth their size. In 1922 the leisure sport was revolutionized by the development of a weather-resistant artificial green that allowed the activity to be enjoyed in all climates. Over the next decade minigolf spread rapidly throughout the United States, but production of new courses came to halt during the Great Depression and almost all of the era’s miniature golf courses were dismantled.

After the depression people were drawn to the sport once again and courses began to pop up across the country, but with obstacles and landscaping rounding out the basic putting greens of the past. Taylor Brothers began to build miniatures courses and supply obstacles to the industry, and were even contracted to ship prefabricated courses overseas for the enjoyment of American soldiers during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Now miniature golf is a staple of many parks, tourist areas, and even indoor arcades around the world. In honor of this fun and whimsical sport National Miniature Golf Day has been celebrated on the Second Saturday of May since 2007.

★~ Pecan Cookie Day: 

The pecan cookie is the best of both world–sweet on the saltier side.  Celebrate pecan cookies  by breaking out your cookies sheets and baking up a batch or indulge with a pepperidge farm crispy Chesapeake Dark Chocolate Chunk pecan cookie. Maple Pecan Cookies 

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1937 – “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien was published.

♥~ 1957 – Famed trial lawyer Perry Mason came to TV. The creation of attorney/novelist Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason found fame first as a series of novels, then as a CBS radio series (1943-1955). TV’s Perry Mason, which continued for 9 seasons (TV’s longest-running lawyer series) on CBS, starred Raymond Burr in the lead role. Della Street was played by Barbara Hale.

♥~ 1963 – Sugar Shack entered the Billboard Hot 100, starting a fifteen-week run for Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs.

♥~ 1970 – ABC-TV debuted Monday Night Football, with Howard Cosell, ‘Dandy’ Don Meredith and Keith Jackson. (Frank Gifford replaced Jackson the following year.)

★~Famous Birthdays:

♥~ 1866 – H.G. (Herbert George) Wells writer: War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Outline of History; died Aug 13, 1946

♥~ 1912 – Chuck Jones cartoonist: The Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, Wiley Coyote; died Feb 22, 2002

♥~ 1931 – Larry Hagman actor: I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas, Staying Afloat, Ensign Pulver, In Harm’s Way, Fail-Safe; son of actress Mary Martin

♥~ 1947 – Don Felder musician: guitar, singer: group: The Eagles: One of These Nights, Lyin’ Eyes, Best of My Love, New Kid in Town; solo: LP: Airborne

♥~ 1947 – Stephen King bestselling author of horror, suspense, and thriller novels. Including Pet Sematary, Christine, The Duel, Misery, The Stand, Carrie, The Shining

♥~ 1950 – Bill Murray Emmy Award-winning comedy writer: Saturday Night Live [3/12/77]; actor: Stripes, Ghostbusters series, Groundhog Day, Mad Dog and Glory,What About Bob?, Scrooged, Rushmore, Cradle Will Rock, Scout’s Honor, Hamlet, Charlie’s Angels [2000], Speaking of Sex, Osmosis Jones, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation

♥~ 1967 – Faith Hill singer: LPs: Take Me as I Am, It Matters to Me, Faith; sold eleven million records, eight #1 singles, ten #1 videos

★~ Good to Know: 

Barn Owl

♥~ Barn Owl Make Poor Ring Bearers:  You’ve seen weddings in which a pet or a trained animal is included in the ceremony, but this one didn’t come off as planned. A couple from Oxfordshire, England, were married at Holy Cross Church in Sherston, Wiltshire, with a barn owl as a ring bearer. It was a surprise for the groom. But Darcey the barn owl, instead of flying over the wedding guests and delivering the rings, decided the tall church sanctuary had wonderful places to perch. So that’s what he did. The owl fell asleep high above the proceedings, and napped for about an hour. After a short interruption, the wedding ceremony went on, using a set of backup rings. The bird was retrieved by ladder after the ceremony.

♥~ Creepy Clown, Northampton England:  Since Friday the 13th, pictures of a creepy clown in Northampton, England, have been circulating the internet, drawing comparisons with the Pennywise character from the 1990 Stephen King movie It. The clown also launched a Facebook page, but over the week it began drawing unfounded rumors and threatening comments. The mysterious clown finally talked to newspapers without revealing his identity, to say his appearances were all in fun and he meant no harm to anyone. He said he just wanted to amuse people.

♥~ Measure First: An unnamed man in Goosen’s Close, Greater London, UK, arrived home late Thursday night and realized he was locked out of his home.  He decided the best course of action was to stack two wheelie bins on top of his car, climb them and go through his bathroom window. The agile man managed to climb  up the two “wheelie bins” and got as far as the window ledge before realizing he was too big to fit through the window.

His luck then got worse when his tower of wheelie bins collapsed leaving him stranded on the narrow ledge.

The story doesn’t mention how long he was there before the Sutton fire department was summoned. Firefighters managed to get the man down by ladder, and a smaller firefighter was able to fit through the window and unlock the door.

♥~ Why I Don’t Lead A Life Of Crime:  A bank robber in Portland, Oregon, reached the end of his crime spree when he made a rookie mistake: he left his car keys in the bank he just robbed. Andrew Frank Laviguer allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo branch bank, but when he found he could not drive his getaway car, he fled on foot, and police officers found him in a nearby office building. The 57-year-old was arrested on the spot. Investigators linked Laviguer to at least five other robberies in the last two months. There’s no word on whether the getaway car was locked.

♥~ Belly Brewery:  A 61-year-man in Texas went to a hospital complaining of dizziness. He was very drunk, but insisted he hadn’t had a drink that day. His wife said he would become drunk at odd times. Hospital staff assumed he was lying about drinking, but gastroenterologist Dr. Justin McCarthy and Panola College dean of nursing Barbara Cordell wanted to get to the bottom of the case. They isolated the patient and monitored his blood-alcohol level for 24 hours, and found his alcohol level spontaneously went up after eating.

Eventually, McCarthy and Cordell pinpointed the culprit: an overabundance of brewer’s yeast in his gut.According to Cordell and McCarthy, the man’s intestinal tract was acting like his own internal brewery.

The patient had an infection with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Cordell says. So when he ate or drank a bunch of starch — a bagel, pasta or even a soda — the yeast fermented the sugars into ethanol, and he would get drunk. Essentially, he was brewing beer in his own gut. Cordell and McCarthy reported the case of “auto-brewery syndrome” a few months ago in the International Journal of Clinical Medicine.

The condition is quite rare, as brewer’s yeast is usually not a problem for a healthy digestive system.


Beautiful fall morning in Chicago. I will spending a lot of time outside with my pups and then Cole and I are heading out for a seafood lunch. I have been so hungry for good seafood. I tried coconut shrimp from the frozen food section of the grocery store and while it wasn’t awful, I couldn’t really call it good either. I think this picture may have started my craving.


Wishing you a super Saturday!

Odd Loves Company!

17 thoughts on “World Gratitude Day, International Peace Day, Mini Golf Day, Pecan Cookie Day

  1. Good Morno,
    Kids eat lobster on school trips? Back in my day…well to start with our only school trip was to a local park for a picnic and the favorite food was this fancy jello dessert that Mrs. Skeller always brought to the picnic. Things change.
    I’m grateful and peaceful as I head out to buy some new golf shoes. Maybe someone will offer me a pecan cookie along the way.
    Barn Owl obviously needed more on the job training.
    Have a good one.

    • It isn’t like the old days but kids still like fancy jello at picnics.
      Hope you found your shoes. Aren’t you helping out at a golf tournament tomorrow?
      I think the bride and groom needed some common sense 😀

  2. I LOVE LOBSTER….My most favorite food in the world. It is getting to the point though, that it is just too expensive. I get such a craving for it though that I usually break down and go and have one. Also like those pecan sandies. Haven’t had one of those for years. Is it time to start dragging out the winter woolies?

    • It is expensive but it’s good enough to be worth it. It isn’t fresh Maine lobster but our red lobster makes a decent lobster dinner. We enjoy the pecan sandies from the grocery store. . .usually I buy Oreos or chocolate chip but when we feel like a change the pecan sandies are a good choice.

  3. El Morno,
    Me too! Love lobster. It is expensive but at least it is worth it. Thank you, now we are all going to want to go out and have lobster for dinner! Breaking the budget for the week.
    Gratitude and peace. A nice combination for a beautiful Sat. morno.
    Once again the Odd stories have amused. A barn own for a ring bearer? Some people really do work at complicating there weddings.
    I’m looking forward to dinner with friends tonight. Lobster, perhaps!

    • Really! Drama on top of Drama. The barn owl did not give a hoot at being at that wedding, obviously.
      I had lobster bisque today and it was most wonderful. I am fighting a cold and it hit the spot.

  4. Against my better judgment, I clicked on the Creepy Clown link. Yep, clowns *still* scare me!
    Can’t imagine anyone wanting a barn owl in their wedding. A prized dog? Sure, but no farm animals.
    I’ve always enjoyed mini golf. It’s not as challenging as “real” golf, of course, but it offers its own sort of amusement.
    Great picture of Cole downing seafood delights.
    Whoops, you forgot to mention Larry Hagman died Nov. 23, 2012. I keep up with Dallas-related stuff!
    Have a super Saturday!

    • I didn’t use a picture of the creepy crown because I knew you were ascared if them and you go ahead and click–sheesh.
      IMO Weddings should be for people. No dogs, no pigs, no cows., no goats, and no barn owls. It just adds drama to an event that is already filled with it. Now I did take a bully to be a part of the after wedding pictures and then he was sent home with me and that was kind of cute.
      How did I forget Larry??? I will add him immediately! Thank you.

  5. rain & overcast skies. temp not topping 84* all weekend. yay! our morning walk included mist. nik prefers dry although she toughed it out.
    truth, justice & the american way. i appreciate people who suck it up, are dependable, give their all, take responsibility, own it. applies to me.
    mike ^ is an 18 hole course considered “violent”?!
    love the 50s-60s perry mason shows! the eagles, too!
    perhaps the barn owl was objecting to the union of those two wanting to marry???
    good day!

    • Now you may have a point–I wonder just when that barn owl took flight? BEER FOR OUR HORSES–I know you don’t listen to country but your truth, justice and American way made me think of Toby Keith’s song.

    • I could not agree more. In fact I agree so much I once gave a very, very good friend who bakes and shares with us regularly a large bag of nuts for our goodies. I did it in the nicest possible way and since I continued to received bake goods (with nuts) I don’t think there were any hard feelings.

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